Lots to do this weekend ...
The Smuckers Stars on Ice Tour
stops at the RBC Center for a 7:30 p.m. show Friday. The tour features the ice skating stars of the Winter Olympics, including Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Qing Pang and Jian Tong. Tickets start at $25 and go up to $130. Kids get a 50 percent discount off the $45 and $25 tickets with the purchase of a full price adult ticket.
Help launch the fundraising phase for Raleigh's Sassafras All Children’s Playground with a special event at 7 p.m. Saturday at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Sassafras is planned to replace the aging All Children's Playground at Laurel Hills Park on Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh. Check back here on Go Ask Mom Friday to learn more about the ambitious plans for the playground, which is slated to close in September for construction. Saturday's event features keynote speaker Dick Hoyt, who has pushed and pulled his son, who cannot walk or talk, through over 900 races. The event also features live music and children's activities. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Kids under 16 are free on the lawn. Click here
for details and ticket information.
Houston-based Soul Street Dance will bring their high-energy Breakin' Backwards
show to The ArtsCenter in Carrboro at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The 75-minute performance combines hip-hop, break dance and more. Soul Street Dance members push the boundaries of different dance styles by performing to surprising musical selections, including everything from Vivaldi to Count Basie to Michael Jackson. Tickets are $10. Kids 2 and under are free.
Earth Action Day
is from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Chapel Hill. The annual event celebrates sustainable living and includes live entertainment, demonstrations, information and more. For kids, there will be live animals from the Piedmont Wildlife Center and activities with Kidzu Children's Museum and the Chapel Hill Public Library.
In Durham, the Duke Gardens' storytime
is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Doris Duke Center. Get there early, because it can fill up. Best for kids ages 3 to 8. The fee is $2 per child. The next storytime is May 8.
The 11th annual Frog Fest
at Crowder District Park in Apex is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event celebrates the lives of amphibians and reptiles and focuses on water quality. You'll find games, crafts, live animals, entertainment and exhibits. The popular Traveling Teacher Show and Trish Miller will be there.
WRAL-TV's very own Greg Fishel, along with other local meteorologists and forecasters, will be part of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Stormfest
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event focuses on severe storms in North Carolina and includes demonstrations, training programs and presentations.
Step back 400 years in history at the N.C. Renaissance Faire
, which starts this weekend in Wake Forest and continues on the weekends through April 25.
Cary children will join in a combined choral celebration
at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Cary High School. The free concert features children from Cary-area public and private schools.
And Marbles Kids Museum will host a Home Depot Kids Workshop
from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Kids can build a butterfly house to take home and get expert help from Home Depot employees. First come, first served.