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Family Picks: Explore the world in music and nature

CorrespondentApril 18, 2013 

Danielle Rinz of the Triangle Youth Orchestra.

COURTESY OF MURALI/TRIANGLE YOUTH ORCHESTRA

If you want to inspire your kids with music, a free concert this weekend will show them that it’s not just adults who can make beautiful music.

The Triangle Youth String Orchestra will perform Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center Theater.

The performance is a kid-friendly 45 minutes.

The 88-member orchestra is made up of elementary and middle school students.

The concert’s theme is “A Trip Around the World Through Music” and it will feature pieces from Wales, Spain, Russia, Tibet, Korea, India, Africa, Mexico and the United States.

Orchestra members will offer explanations of each piece, making it even easier for children to digest.

Reserve free tickets by calling 919-645-8434. To find out more about the orchestra: www.philharmonic-association.org.

• Monday is Earth Day, and several weekend events will celebrate the occasion.

At the Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh, the Planet Earth Celebration will be going on all day Saturday.

Kids can plant a seed and take home a sapling, play in an outdoor kids’ zone and learn about composting and how to reduce their carbon footprints.

One of the special events is a free Hawk Walk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A naturalist will teach the group about urban hawks and help participants get a close-up view of the red-tailed hawks that live and raise their young next to the State Capitol building.

For the Hawk Walk, meet on the Edenton Street side of Bicentennial Mall, near the N.C. Museum of History.

• Nearby at Marbles, there will be another all-day Earth Day celebration on Saturday, which is included with museum admission.

A new “Growing Up Green” mural will be unveiled, and kids can try activities to explore solar energy and cloud science.

They can also make art out of recycled materials.

From 9 to 11 a.m., kids are invited to plant and dig in the museum’s outdoor garden and pot a plant to take home.

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