As the year winds down and as the holidays approach, it gets harder to find ways to keep the kids busy. Luckily, there’s plenty to do this weekend in the Triangle and nearby, so you can avoid boredom-induced chaos.• Have you ever wanted to feed a jack-o-lantern to a tiger? Who hasn’t, right? At the Post-Halloween Pumpkin Prowl at the Conservators Center in rural Caswell County, you can do exactly that. It’s a bit of a drive (a little over an hour from Raleigh, about 45 minutes from Durham or Chapel Hill), but it’s also a rare opportunity. Visitors carve pumpkins, which the Conservators Center provides. These are then given to tigers, lions, wolves and other creatures, who find them fascinating. This takes place Saturday and again Nov. 15. Tickets for nonmembers are $16-22. Carving starts at 11:30 a.m., and the prowl starts at 12:30. See conservatorscenter.org for information and directions.
• As part of First Friday, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh is showing “The Land That Time Forgot” at 7 p.m. The film, based on a book by “Tarzan” creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, follows soldiers on opposing sides of World War I after they stumble across an island inhabited by dinosaurs and Neanderthals. The viewing is free. See naturalsciences.org.
• Young adult fantasy author Lauren Kate will be at Cary Barnes and Noble Friday at 7 p.m. to sign her latest book, “Waterfall.” A film based on an earlier book, “Fallen,” is due out in 2015. For details, visit barnesandnoble.com and click “Stores and Events” or call the store at 919-467-3866.
• Raleigh Dance Theatre’s “Storybook Tales” returns with performances of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet.” Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrator of the “Fancy Nancy” book that one portion of the dance is based upon, will be on hand to sign copies. Performances are at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Fletcher Opera Theatre in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. See raleighdance.org.
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