Giant bunnies, scarecrows and typing cows invade Raleigh this weekend, while Nasher Museum in Durham opens its doors for free family day Sunday. It’s Halloween, so these aren’t the only family-friendly happenings, but they’re a good start.
▪ Giant glowing bunnies appear on the N.C. Museum of Art’s new Ellipse Lawn on Friday and will remain there for ten days. The enormous rabbits serve a double artistic purpose, per artist Amanda Parer’s intent: the oversized bunnies are magical fairytale creatures, but they’re also representative of rabbits as invasive species in her native Australia. The temporary exhibit remains until Nov. 6 and is open until 8 p.m. each evening. Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4, there will be local food, beer and music “hoppy hours” related to these enormous rabbits. These are free events and last 5:30-8 p.m. Visit ncartmuseum.org.
▪ If you’ve read Doreen Cronin’s modern classic “Click Clack Moo,” you know some of what will happen in N.C. State LIVE’s Kidstuff production, but not all: rather than a typewriter, the striking cows in the stage version get ahold of a laptop courtesy of Farmer Brown’s granddaughter Jenny. The show is 3 p.m. Saturday at Stewart Theatre in NCSU’s Talley Student Union and tickets are $12 (or $18 for both “Click Clack Moo” and March 4’s “Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Storybooks” show). Call 919-515-1100 or visit go.ncsu.edu/kids.
▪ Saturday is Pullen Arts Center’s annual celebration of the humble scarecrow. Kids bring scarecrow clothes, while the Center provides stuffing and supports. The scarecrows made here will remain on display, which your children should keep in mind when selecting their scarecrow’s wardrobe. This is free, but space is limited, so call 919-996-6126 to register. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit nando.com/scarecrow.
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▪ Sunday is Free Family Day at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Paperhand Puppet Intervention performs, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos will be celebrated and there will be prizes for homemade costumes. Noon-4 p.m. Visit nasher.duke.edu.
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