Duke festival has period-accurate toys and costumes
As I write this, my youngest daughter is home sick with me, so I asked her to help with the Family Picks column. “I’m writing about what kids should do over the weekend,” I told Lucy, who is 3. “What should they do?” She didn’t have to think very long before she had an answer. “Play,” she said.
That about covers it.
▪ The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences shows old horror and sci-fi b-movies every First Friday in Raleigh. This time around it’s 1964’s “The Gorgon” – perfect if your kids can take a campy scare or two. The film starts at 7 p.m. and, true to the First Friday mission, is free. The museum itself stays open late Friday, closing at 9 p.m. Visit naturalsciences.org.
▪ The Chapel Hill Fire Department and Kidzu Children’s Museum in University Place (the old U-Mall) will hold two fire safety puppet shows Saturday. These free shows are on the stage directly outside Kidzu, with one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m. Visit kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.
▪ Duke Homestead’s Summer Children’s Festival is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be period-accurate toys and costumes for the kids to try, plus music from kid-friendly band Baron Von Rumblebuss. It’s a free fest, but donations are accepted. Visit nchistoricsites.org/duke.
▪ Marbles Kids’ Museum stays open late Sunday for Family Fun Night, a free program that allows kids with special needs to play in a less crowded, less chaotic museum. This is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (additional Family Fun Nights are on October 28 and November 20). If you have a kid with special needs or know a family who does, this sounds pretty great. Visit marbleskidsmuseum.org or call 919-834-4040 if you have any questions.
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