We have a 5-year-old in kindergarten and a 3-year-old at home, and it’s been fascinating to see the little one express her interests and develop her own little circle of friends. Even at just a few years old, kids have distinct tastes and personalities; the more you expose them to, the more chances they have of finding something they truly love. Perhaps that’s a good mission for this weekend.
▪ Even if you’ve read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s enduring “Little House on the Prairie” books, it’s possible you don’t know the stories behind “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas.” It covers a two-year period Wilder chose not to write about. The Meredith Ensemble Theatre presents this play in the Studio Theatre of Jones Hall over the weekend, with a 7:30 p.m. show Friday night and then performances at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for students and seniors, and the play is recommended for families with kids 7 and older. Make reservations by calling 919-760-2840 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More info at meredith.edu.
▪ DINOSAURS. Really, that’s all you need to know, because Raleigh’s Museum of Natural Sciences hosts PaleoPalooza Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibits, expert speakers and activities all revolve around extinct beasts (and a few that aren’t quite extinct yet). Paleopalooza is free, though tickets to dino-themed 3D films cost $3 for kids, $4 for seniors and $5 for adults. Visit naturalsciences.org for the full schedule.
▪ Saturday The Raleigh Jaycees’ Holiday Jingle Vendor event raises money for Goodfellows, an annual day of philanthropy that brings the full Christmas experience to underprivileged children. From noon to 4 p.m. at Raleigh’s Center for Community Leadership, a slew of vendors will be on-hand. Bring the kids and show them they can both simultaneously get holiday shopping done and help those less fortunate. Visit raleighjaycees.org for event info.
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▪ Tuesday at 10 a.m. the N.C. Symphony brings its Instrument Zoo to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts. Little kids get to see instruments in action and then try some of them out at this free event. To learn more, contact Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or email@example.com, or visit the Centre site at wakeforestnc.gov.
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