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Family Picks: Picks for Father’s Day weekend

CorrespondentJune 12, 2014 


The Durham Ukulele Orchestra will play Bynum General Store.


With Father’s Day on Sunday, events across the Triangle reflect the wide variety of dads. Does dad want to kick back and watch a movie? Nerd out on superheroes? Or hear “Pinball Wizard” by an all-ukulele band? Those, obviously, aren’t the only choices, but they’re among the more unique happenings this Father’s Day weekend.

• Durham Ukulele Orchestra plays Bynum General Store Friday at 7 p.m. as part of its Front Porch Music Series. True to its name, the outfit plays nothing but ukes – showing that the little instruments can be more than just steppingstones to their six-string cousins. For more information on this free concert, see

• Also Friday is a free film at Garner’s Lake Benson Park. “Monsters University,” the 2013 sequel to 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.,” will be projected on a 30-foot outdoor screen. Families may also camp overnight at the park, though registration is required and camping costs $12 for resident families ($15 otherwise). There’s no registration required for the film, which starts at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 919-773-4442.

• Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh celebrates Father’s Day in a fun way. At the Superheroes and Superdads program, participants can design capes and masks and think up neat superpowers. Considering that an appreciation for Spider-Man or Iron Man is something many dads have in common with their kids, this is a smart bet. Superheroes and Superdads runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and museum admission is $5. Visit

• Northgate Stadium 10 Theater in Durham has a free kids’ movie series that starts Tuesday (June 17) with “Ice Age 4: The Continental Divide” and runs through August 21 with a different film each week. The movies start at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – a perfect time for parents or caretakers at home with young kids. Visit or call 919-286-1001 to find out more.

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