This is the last weekend to see the N.C. Museum of Arts fascinating 0 to 60 exhibit. If you havent taken the family yet, dont miss it.
The exhibition, which explores the nature of time through contemporary art, is not aimed specifically at children, but it is full of innovative pieces that can be enjoyed by all ages. My 7-year-old and I were both drawn in for hours.
To encourage families to see the exhibit, the museum is holding special family tours on Saturday and Sunday.
Led by the museums family guides, tours will be held every half-hour from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The tours are included with admission to the exhibit, which is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 7 and older, and free for kids 6 and younger. Its also free for members.
Guides will ask kids thought-provoking questions about the artworks, prompting them to think about the materials, colors, shapes and textures, and also what the works mean to them.
The tours will ask kids to imagine artworks they might make, or even to imagine what they might say if they were the artwork. Museum officials say the tours will encourage children to interact with the art and think about it in new ways.
Among the pieces that are sure to appeal to kids are a TV screen that will show your image and then make smoke appear to come out of your eyes. Another piece is simply a pile of glistening lemon candies in a corner, from which you are free to take a piece. In another, you can play with your own shadow.
One breathtaking installation creates waves of color and texture using items such as candy wrappers, paper plates and popcorn boxes.
My daughter and I agreed that our favorite was a precise replica of a Manhattan studio apartment that you can walk into and explore, and sewn entirely from ethereal, gauzy blue fabric.
The exhibit, which closes on Sunday, is in the Meymandi Exhibition Gallery, which is in the old art museum building.
The last Second Saturday
This weekend is also the last of the states Second Saturdays summer program. There will be special events at historic sites across the state, including the Summer Childrens Festival at Duke Homestead in Durham. The free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kids can make crafts, bake cookies, dress up in 19th-century costumes, play old-timey games and listen to live music. Food and LocoPops will also be for sale.
Go to 2ndSaturdaysNC.com for a listing of all events this weekend.
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