Family Picks

Family Picks: A classic children's book on stage

CorrespondentMarch 20, 2014 

In “Are You My Mother?” at The Carrboro ArtsCenter Saturday, a baby bird searches for its mom, asking a cow, a dog, a kitten and other creatures.

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As of Thursday, spring is officially here! That’s not to say we won’t have another surprise ice storm, but at least things are supposed to start warming up. So as creatures emerge and plants bloom, this season piques curiosity in the young. Parents, enable this! Maybe take your kids to a stage adaptation of a familiar book, or maybe introduce them to some new stories. Or maybe – if the weather’s right – step outside and fly a kite.

Storytelling in Durham

Friday, Durham County Library holds its first storytelling festival. This free event features traditional storytellers, but also celebrates comic-style storytelling in collaboration with the Durham Comics Project. The Comic Contraption will be set up all day, allowing patrons to create their own picture-driven stories, while the festival itself runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Info: durhamcountylibrary.org/storytelling.

Fit for a teen

Admit it – there’s something inherently self-defeating about most teen nights. What teen wants to hang out at something approved by adults? How square can you be (and do kids still say “square”)? The Chatham County Library in Pittsboro, though, sidesteps this paradox by mixing the traditional distractions (board games and snacks) with more devious fare like Dungeons & Dragons during its monthly teen nights. March’s Teen Night is Friday at 6 p.m. Info: 919-545-8084.

‘Are You My Mother?’

Saturday, the Carrboro ArtsCenter presents a stage adaptation of P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book , “Are You My Mother?” In this tale, an innocently naive baby bird searches for its mother, asking the titular question of a cow, a kitten and a floppy-eared dog – but also a passing jetliner, a rusted-out car and a steam shovel. It’s a simple, gentle tale, perfect for pre-K kids. Tickets cost $6-$9, or $28 for a family of four, and the play starts at a kid-friendly 11 a.m. Info: artscenterlive.org.

Fly a kite

Or just go fly a kite. It’s the first weekend of spring, right? Accordingly, the Cary Kite Festival takes place Saturday at Bond Park. Go for the demonstrations or bring your own kite. The rain date is Sunday. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., the festival at 1. Info: townofcary.org.

Help the homeless

Monday sees a benefit concert for homeless families at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. It’s important that kids of all ages (including grown-up ones) help those who may not be able to help themselves. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and there is a suggested $5 donation. Info: genesishome.org/news/events.

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