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Weekend Plans: St. Patrick's Day Parade, Magic Tree House and more

No big plans this weekend? Then head on over to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Raleigh, hear from the author of the Magic Tree House series, fly a kite in Cary and more to do.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

No plans? Check out these family-friendly activities this weekend.

The Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade rolls through downtown Raleigh starting at noon on Saturday. It's followed by the Wearin' 'O the Green Festival at Moore Square in Raleigh (the square across from Marbles). There's live music, dancing and more. Get all the details on the event website.
The Easter Bunny is starting to make appearances at local malls. Be sure to check out our Go Ask Mom Easter Guide.
Raleigh Little Theatre's show "The Hundred Dresses" opens Friday and runs through March 28. The play tells the story of Wanda Petronski, who wants to fit in at her new school. But she's teased because she is poor, speaks with an accent and wears the same dress to school everyday. The play explores bullying and another girl's decision whether to help Wanda out. Adapted from the 1945 Newberry Honor book. Surely these are themes that will resonate with a lot of kids out there. Tickets are $8 for kids, $12 for adults.
It's Reptile & Amphibian Day on Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes lots of educational stations, presentations and demonstrations (including live snake feeding demonstrations.
The N.C. Symphony will present its final Young People's Series concert for the season. "Let's Dance!" explores music and dance customs from around the globe. Kids will experience Appalachian clogging, classical ballet, tango, and more. As part of a partnership with Marbles Kids Museum, from 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. on Saturday just before each concert, kids can enjoy the Marbles Learn Your Notes and Be the Conductor activities in Meymandi Concert Hall at Raleigh's Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Concerts are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15.
Cary’s 15th Annual Kite Festival starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the multi-purpose field at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. There will be an educational workshop, demonstrations and kite flying contests. The event is free and open to the public. Kites Unlimited from Atlantic Beach will host a stunt kite demonstration at 1 p.m., and at 1:45 p.m., kite fliers will launch their kites to become eligible to win various award certificates, including youngest kite flier, oldest kite flier, quickest take-off, best tangle and more. Demonstrations will continue throughout the event, depending on the wind, and award winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate in the Kite Festival, but registration is required and will begin at 12:30 the day of the festival. Before the Kite Festival, children can build a kite from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Bond Park Community Center. Kite Capers art class is for ages 3-5, and High in the Sky is for ages 5-10. The cost of each class is $12 for residents and $16 for non-residents. Registration is required.
Magic Tree House series author Mary Pope Osborne and her sister, author Natalie Pope Boyce, will make a couple of stops in the Triangle to promote Osborne's new Magic Tree House novel "Leprechaun in Late Winter," along with the research guide "Leprechauns & Irish Folklore," which the sisters wrote together. They'll be at Raleigh's Quail Ridge Books & Music at 1 p.m. Saturday. They'll be at Durham's Regulator Bookshop at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Large turnouts are expected at both events and there are some rules and guidelines to follow. Click here for details on the Quail Ridge event. And find out more here about the event at the Regulator. 
Flyleaf Books on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Chapel Hill will have two author events on Satuday. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., John Claude Bemis will talk about his debut novel "The Nine Pound Hammer: Book 1 of The Clockwork Dark." The former elementary school teacher grew up in rural North Carolina and lives in Hillsborough with his family. In this book, Bemis takes American tall tales and reinvents them. Best for kids ages 9 and up. Then from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tilda Balsley will read from her book "Let My People Go" in a special Passover storytime. Best for preschool and elementary school age kids.
The Raleigh City Museum will offer its Second Saturday is Kid’s Day event from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (you guessed it ...) Saturday. The focus is skyscrapers of Raleigh. The event explores the city’s architectural past. Learn about Raleigh’s first skyscraper, how they are built and have changed over time, and about skyscrapers that haven’t been constructed yet! Each participant will receive a Skyscrapers of Raleigh Coloring Book and will have the opportunity to design their own tower. Admission is free.
And the big KidsEveryWear consignment sale is this weekend. Check our consignment sale list for all the latest.

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