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Family Picks: The North Carolina Science Festival

CorrespondentMarch 27, 2014 

N.C.State College of Veterinary Medicine Open House will be Saturday.


The North Carolina Science Festival, presented by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, starts Friday and runs through April 13. It’s a statewide affair, with events in 85 of our 100 counties, that encourages science literacy, but also showcases how much fun science can be. So, wherever you are in North Carolina, there’s something nearby. The Triangle in particular has a wealth of options, ranging from the shameless pleasure of poking fun at old sci-fi to cemetery tours and birdwatching. Visit for full details.

Some Triangle highlights:

• Friday’s Water in Our World exhibit explores that surprisingly finite resource – water – and its origins and uses worldwide. This free event starts at 2:30 p.m. at Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill.

• Saturday, the N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine holds an open house, while traveling museum Animal Connections: Our Journey Together features high-tech interactive exhibits designed to pique interest in veterinary careers, perfect for animal-lovers or kids curious about this profession. The free event starts at 9 a.m.

• Take a guided graveyard tour with a perfectly rational twist all weekend long at Raleigh’s Oakwood Cemetery, as kids and families use GPS, historical maps and old-fashioned mathematics to solve a set of clues throughout the graveyard. Friday and Saturday’s Cemetery Sleuths events are at 10 a.m., while Sunday’s is at noon. Again, admission is free.

• Sure, it’s possible to spot Jordan Lake’s bald eagles from the causeway crossing the Chatham County lake, but not reliably enough to necessarily justify a trip; to that end, two pontoon boat rides Saturday take you to the eagles, rather than hoping they come to you. Children must be at least 3 years old to ride, and boats depart at 12:30 and 2 p.m., with a Sunday rain date. Email to register, or call 919-360-6418 for more information.

• Science-fiction can be a ton of fun, and so can science, right? This April Fool’s Day (Tuesday), in the BioNetwork Capstone Center at NCSU’s Centennial Campus, the Science Festival presents the 1953 classic War of the Worlds” film alongside a myth-busting session (this sounds like a less snarky, though equally entertaining episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”). Admission, snacks and soda are free at this 6 p.m. screening.

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