Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh is the place to go this weekend for low-cost family entertainment.
Friday, you can make your own ice cream at a free workshop with cookbook author Clare Crespo, and on Saturday, you can participate in a Family Science Olympiad.
For ice cream lovers, Crespos workshop is 2-3:30 p.m. It is billed as a way to unlock your inner ice cream artist.
Crespo, a cookbook author and cooking teacher who has her own TV show, will demonstrate some of her recipes. Then families will be invited to create their own flavors.
You do not have to pay museum admission to attend the workshop, which is in the Zanzibar meeting room. Enter from the courtyard without going into the museum.
On Saturday, 1-4 p.m., you and your kids can work together on hands-on science projects in the Family Science Olympiad.
The regular Science Olympiad events held on school campuses are rigorous competitions intended to encourage students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The family event at Marbles is intended to be a low-key introduction to some of the challenges of the Science Olympiad.
You can work at your own pace on any or all of eight activities scattered throughout the museum and facilitated by Science Olympiad coaches. The activities include creating a bottle rocket, building a bridge out of pasta, an egg drop, an exploration of forensic science such as fingerprinting and fiber identification and more.
Organizers say they hope the event will encourage students to get involved with Science Olympiad teams at their schools.
You do have to pay the $5 per person museum admission to attend.
For more information, go to marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Mariposa Music Festival
This weekend is also the Mariposa Music Festival at Booth Amphitheater in Cary. The concert benefits the Mariposa School for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
The event is 4-11 p.m. Saturday and will feature several performers. Jeanne Jolly, a Raleigh singer-songwriter, will headline, and other bands will play bluegrass and rock.
The amphitheater is in a beautiful location beside a lake, and its lawn is a great place for kids to run and play.
Tickets are $15 for the lawn and $25 for reserved seating. They can be purchased at boothamphitheatre.com.