My kids keep doing this thing and I can’t get them to stop: they keep getting older and smarter. Accordingly, I have to stay creative or they get bored – and they’re old enough now to tell me when this happens! Yet it’s remarkable to see them grow, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are some of the many worthy events coming up this weekend (and beyond) in the Triangle (and beyond).
▪ Swing by Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh Saturday and experience Chinese calligraphy, painting, dance and more from a group of students visiting from Beijing. This Passport China program takes place between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and museum admission is $5, though kids under 1 and members get in free. Visit marbleskidsmuseum.org.
▪ It’s First Sunday in Pittsboro, which features an excellent, manageable play area with a bounce house and tables of toys ranging from recent to vintage (I have a hard time not playing with the “Land Before Time” puppets, personally). First Sunday takes over the humble downtown block from noon to 4 p.m. Check the events calendar at visitpittsboro.com to learn more.
▪ Monday is the Museum of Life and Science in Durham’s fifth annual watermelon day, so bring a watermelon for the keepers to give to the animals. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., everything from bears to lemurs to pigs will feast on watermelons – a treat to the animals as well as the people in attendance. Museum admission ranges from $10 to $14.50, with members and kids 2 and under getting in free. Visit lifeandscience.org.
▪ Do you have a teenager? I don’t, and I would have no idea what to do with one – not yet, at least. Ornamentea in Raleigh, however, does. “Try it Tuesday” is this craft store’s weekly, teen-friendly workshop. This Tuesday, for instance, the craft is medallion fringe kidney earrings ($3 per pair). Stop by between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, or visit ornamentea.com to see what other upcoming “Try it Tuesday” crafts are scheduled.
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