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Family Picks: Head to NC art museum for hands-on fun

CorrespondentOctober 17, 2013 

On Saturday, the N.C. Museum of Art will host Fall Family Day, an afternoon of activities focused on design.


If you’re not planning to spend all weekend fighting the crowds at the State Fair, there are plenty of alternatives.

On Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., the N.C. Museum of Art will host Fall Family Day, an afternoon of activities focused on design. There will be guided tours of the museum’s collection, as well as demonstrations and hands-on art activities.

The event is designed to build on the museum’s current special exhibit, Porsche by Design. It’s free, but you will need to buy tickets if you want to see the exhibit about the history and development of Porsche sports cars.

Organizers say Family Day is intended to get kids of all ages thinking about the design work that goes into building the things they use every day, from cellphones to playgrounds.

The event will feature several ongoing activities:

• A design lab where kids can build wigwams, teepees and other structures with bamboo and other natural materials.

• An idea wall where your family can add ideas for new features in the art museum’s 160-acre park.

• A demonstration by a high school robotics team that has created two working robots.

• Workshops where kids can weave a bracelet, make a robot out of wire and bottle caps, collage a dream room and print fabric with fruits and vegetables.

In addition, there will be tours every half hour from 1:30 to 3 p.m., where you can search for the building blocks of design – such as line, shape, texture and color – in the museum’s collection.

Activities will be in both of the museum’s buildings, as well as outdoors if weather permits.

Diwali celebration

This weekend is also Cary’s Diwali, a yearly event that celebrates the culture of India. The free event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheater.

There will be dance and musical performances, as well as Indian crafts and food. The day will include a performance by Alisha Chinai, who is billed as the “queen of Indian pop music.” She begins at 6:30 p.m.

The celebration ends at 8:30 p.m. with a fireworks display.

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