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9 family-friendly Weekend Plans activities for Jan. 19-21

A flyball tournament. A new exhibit at the natural sciences museum. A college gymnastics meet. A women's basketball game. And more weekend family fun for families across Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the Triangle.

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DogGoneFast Flyball Tournament – Sept. 18, 2010
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
No plans this weekend? Here’s what’s happening on the weekend family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more activities. This weekend, it also might be a good idea to check ahead to make sure schedules haven’t changed because of the weather.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences opens a new special exhibit - Mazes and Brain Games on Saturday. It runs through Sept. 3. Tickets are $5 per person. It includes everything from brain teaser tables to a 3D marble maze, a music maze, an infinity mirror and more.
Artspace in downtown Raleigh hosts one of its Connect and Create programs from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday. With the help of artist Anna Podris (who is amazing), participants will make their own book. The cost is $15 (and $10 for Artspace members). All materials are included.
The N.C. State gymnastics team will host a meet against William & Mary and Ball State at 4 p.m., Saturday. These are a lot of fun for families - especially those with kids who love gymnastics. The meet happens at Reynolds Coliseum. Tickets are $5 for kids and $7 for adults.
And the DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog sport that has become a hit on Animal Planet and ESPN's Great Outdoor Games, according to the description. Each dog jumps 4 hurdles and steps on a spring loaded box, which shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the ball and runs back over the 4 hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. The first team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat. Admission is free.
Shopkins Live! stops in Durham for a show on Friday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
There’s a free family day at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. Museum visitors can build their own creations with cardboard with help from students from Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. There also will be art making opportunities, gallery explorations and live entertainment.
The Museum of Life and Science's Frozen Over pop-up exhibit continues this weekend. Find lots of indoor winter-themed fun for young children. It's free with admission.
Chapel Hill
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host a Star Families program with a focus on the planets, bright stars and constellations best seen in winter. It’s 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Saturday, at the Chapel Hill center. Tickets are $7.68 for adults and $6.51 for kids.
The UNC-Chapel Hill women’s basketball team will host Duke’s women’s team for a game at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, at Carmichael Arena. Tickets are $10. Also a lot of fun for families (even if you're not a fan of one of the teams).


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