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Family Picks: Play pirate on the first day of summer

CorrespondentJune 19, 2014 

A young boy with exceptional digging skills is plucked from his sandcastle into a life of piracy.

It’s finally summer – at least, it will be as of Saturday. What better metaphor for all things fun and summery than pirates? Think about it: they hang out on boats all day following their own rules. Admittedly, not all things pirate-related are positives – hey, they probably don’t even wear sunscreen – but, this first weekend of summer, why not pretend to be one anyway?

• The cast of the play “How I Became a Pirate” will appear at area libraries Saturday to perform short scenes, while ABC 11 TV personalities will read the book it’s based on. Saturday’s appearances will be at 1:30 p.m. at Cary’s West Regional Library and 4 p.m. at Raleigh’s North Regional Library. There’s another one Saturday, June 28th, at Cameron Village Library in Raleigh. For more information on this weekend’s appearances, call West Regional at 919-463-8500 or North Regional at 919-870-4000.

• The North Carolina Museum of History also has a pirate program Saturday, where kids can learn about buccaneers with ties to the state (like Blackbeard) or even get into a sword fight. The swordplay, obviously, will be fake, but the history is real. This program for kids 5-8 years old starts at noon and costs $10 ($8 for museum members). Call 919-807-7992 to register.

• Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook kicks off summer in its own way. In honor of National Summer Learning Day, there will be stories, a skit, a science presentation and a book giveaway on Saturday. This runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free. Visit for more information.

• Finish this summer weekend with a sunset canoe trip at Lake Crabtree Park in Morrisville. From 7-9 p.m. Sunday, paddle the lake with park staff and watch for waking nocturnal animals. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per canoe, and registration is required. Call 919-460-2723 for more information.

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