Family Picks: ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Grease’ on the weekend menu

08/21/2014 8:00 PM

08/20/2014 9:30 AM

This weekend in the Triangle, there are events related to both “Hairspray” and “Grease.” What to do, then, with the kids? Little kids will likely enjoy the bounce and pep of the music, though big kids will require a little more context. Maybe the best thing to do with the latter is explain the grown-up penchant for nostalgia – though be sure to say the ’50s and ’60s weren’t necessarily the good old days for lots of Americans.

• “Hairspray” opens Friday night at Raleigh Little Theatre. Set in 1962, the musical is retro, campy and fun, though it approaches serious topics such as integration and self-confidence in a way older kids ought to appreciate. Shows are at 8 p.m. except on Sundays, when they’re at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22-$24 (first Sunday $13). See raleighlittletheatre.org.
• Bring your best ’50s get-up for Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s “Grease” sing-along Saturday night. The film will be subtitled to ensure maximum shameless singing and dancing. Kids 4 and under get in free, though it’s a bit late for the pre-K crowd. If they’re any older, they’ll either have fun or be hopelessly embarrassed. The 8 p.m. event costs $7-$20. See boothamphitheatre.com.
• Saturday in Raleigh, Artspace holds its annual family fun day and youth exhibition. There will be performances, demonstrations, face painting and carnival treats, but also opportunities for kids to create their own art. 12:30 to 3 p.m.; free (some art-making activities are ticketed). See artspacenc.org.
• There’s a special storytime at Cary’s Barnes and Noble at 11 a.m. Saturday, when the Cary Fire Department stops by. Tour the truck and meet the firefighters. Free. Call 919-467-3866 for more info.

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