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Family Picks: Have a Super Fun Family Saturday at NC Art Museum

CorrespondentFebruary 6, 2014 

At the N.C. Art Museum Saturday, kids can see a play about art and make a painting.

N.C. ART MUSEUM

The N.C. Art Museum, with its beautiful grounds and spacious facilities, is always a great place to look for family events.

Among the museum’s many offerings for children are Super Fun Family Saturdays, which happen about twice a month and provide an artful and low-cost family outing. Each Saturday is a different theme, so you can go as often as you like.

This Saturday at 10 a.m., the museum will present “Brushstrokes,” which will give families a taste of theater and visual art.

First, actors will present a scene from a new Raleigh Little Theater children’s play, “OPQRS, Etc.” which will open March 14.

The original show is about a town called Ottoville, which is ruled by a dictator who decrees that orange is the only acceptable color. An artist teaches the ruler that all the colors of the rainbow are beautiful. If you are interested in seeing the full play, you can find tickets and showtimes at raleighlittletheatre.org/shows.

After the short play, families will go into the art studio to create an abstract painting that captures movement and feeling – and they will have an incentive to work hard on the paintings. Some of the finished artworks will be displayed at Raleigh Little Theatre during the play’s run, and those whose works are chosen will get free tickets to a preview performance.

The museum says this event is appropriate for children 5 to 11. Tickets are $3 each for members and $5 for non-members.

Register by calling 919-715-5923 or online at ncartmuseum.org. Click on “Explore” and then “Kids and Families.”

If you’re up for a Friday evening outing, there is an event at Historic Stagville, a former plantation in northern Durham County that does a great job honoring the enslaved people who once worked there.

To celebrate Black History Month, it’s holding Stagville Under the Stars from 6-8 p.m. Stagville is partnering with Morehead Planetarium on a program that focuses on astronomy and myths about the night sky.

The program features stories about legends from African cultures as well as modern tales about the stars. Kids will also get a chance to view the night sky through the planetarium’s telescopes.

Museum interpreters will take groups inside the original slave cabins, which were built in the 1700s and 1800s, to talk about the lives of the people who lived in them.

The night will conclude with a constellation tour, where kids will be reminded that they are looking at the same stars that their ancestors once saw.

The program is free. Find more information at stagville.org.

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