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Family Picks: Picks for Father’s Day weekend

CorrespondentJune 12, 2014 

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The Durham Ukulele Orchestra will play Bynum General Store.

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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 bynumfrontporch.org.

• 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 marbleskidsmuseum.org.

• 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 ecemovies.com or call 919-286-1001 to find out more.

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