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Weekend Plans: 'Heroes and Villains' concert, Tree Toss, women's basketball, more

Posted January 3, 2018 8:59 p.m. EST

No plans this weekend? This week’s Weekend Plans post is slimmer than usual on family-friendly fun, but we have some ideas that will keep you busy. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more activities. And a special note for this frigid weekend: Keep an eye on the weather and double check that an event hasn’t been canceled before you go.

"Heroes & Villains," part of the N.C. Symphony's Young People's Concert Series, will feature music from Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Batman, Superman, Supergirl and Harry Potter. Concerts are slated for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh. Tickets for the concerts, designed for kids ages 5 to 12 and their adults, start at $26.

The N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts free weekend family-friendly tours at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, and Sunday, along with a free pop-up art program at noon, Sunday, which features art inspired by artists across the African continent.

The Conservators’ Center’s annual Tree Toss is Saturday (and Jan. 20) at the educational non-profit that provides homes for lions, tigers, fox and much more in Mebane. During the Tree Toss, a popular annual event at the center, animals, who love the scent and textures of pine, get to play with Christmas trees as a special form of enrichment for them. Tickets start at $20.

Starting this month, the City of Raleigh Museum will offer weekly Fayetteville Street Walking Tours at 2 p.m., Saturday. The one-hour, one-mile walking tours will begin and end at the museum every Saturday in 2018 and highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that make up Raleigh’s more than 200-year history. Tickets, which are available on the day of the tour, are $10 for adults; $4 for kids ages 7 to 17; and free for kids 6 and under. Space is limited.

Cary hosts a Three Kings Day Parade from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at the Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St. The parade will feature local community groups and members of the public.

The Chinese Lantern Festival continues through Jan. 14 at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are $15 and $10 for kids ages 3 to 10.

And at 3 p.m., Sunday, the Duke University women’s basketball team will host N.C. State’s women’s basketball team in Durham. Tickets start at just $5. These are a lot of fun for families.