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Will spring ever come? While you're pondering that question, here are some things to keep you busy this weekend.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Will spring ever come? While you're pondering that question, here are some things to keep you busy with the family this weekend.

There are the free events at Target and Michaels on Saturday. Read more about them here. Target will host a storytime. At Michaels, it's a craft.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus opened Wednesday and runs through Sunday at the RBC Center. Tickets start at $15. And if you're going, you should get there early. There's an all access pre-show an hour before the show where ticket holders can meet performers and animals and learn circus skills. And 90 minutes before show time, there will be an animal open house where ticket holders can meet with the animals and the staff who cares for them.
The Carolina Ballet's Cinderella continues this weekend with shows Saturday and Sunday, including a matinee on both days. Or you can get your tickets for the March 6 show, which was shortened to just include the about hour-long Cinderella ballet ... better for younger kids who might not be able to sit through a full performance (which includes other pieces as well). The performance is at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.
Raleigh Little Theatre's Storytellers to Go! will present U.B.U Just Be Yourself! They'll tell the story of an insecure little cricket, a poetic mouse, a house with dreams and others who all have the message that it's OK to be yourself. It's performed by the theatre's Teens Performance Ensemble and includes some audience participation. Best of all, it's free of charge. The show is 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Village Library in Raleigh.
The N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh will host a Native American Indian art show and sale featuring southwestern tribes and pueblos. You'll find jewelry, drums, bows, lances, rugs, pottery, Kachina dolls, artifacts, and more. It's 10 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the event at the fairground's Holshouser Building is free.
Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill will hold one of its regular Family Fun Tours for kids ages 6 to 12 with their parents. It's an interactive gallery tour for adults and children starting at 1:15 p.m. Sunday.
The Paperhand Puppet Intervention opens what it's calling a puppet rock opera called Love and Robots. Shows are at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro this weekend and next weekend. This is the puppet intervention's second annual winter show. You might know their puppets from major festivals such as Artsplosure and First Night in Raleigh. http://www.paperhand.org/loveandrobots.htm

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