Science, music, art and film – yes, we have these things in plenty in the Triangle, and this weekend promises good events in each world for elementary and pre-K kids.
▪ The STEMville Saturday of Science is at Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook on Saturday. The Morehead Planetarium hosts a series of activities and experiments, all designed to teach kids about our planet’s biosphere – that is, the thin, inhabitable layer we all live in. This free and fun science lesson starts at 12:30. Visit northgatemall.com.
▪ Also on Saturday, cheer for Emily, a 10-year-old who must battle the beast Cacopholous and save a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (sounds like an episode of “Power Rangers” written by Ira Glass). The stage performance at Meymandi Concert Hall of the family-friendly “Emily Saves the Orchestra” runs at 1 and 4 p.m., with the instrument zoo and other pre-concert activities starting an hour before each show. Tickets are $23. Visit ncsymphony.org.
▪ Saturday and Sunday, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh offers special interactive family tours of “The Worlds of M.C. Escher,” at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. each day. These tours – free with paid exhibition ticket – are geared toward families with kids 6-12 and are first come, first served. Exhibit tickets cost $18 adults; $15 seniors, military, groups of 10 or more and college students with ID; $12 ages 7-18. Kids 6 and under are free. Visit ncartmuseum.org.
▪ Home with a pre-K kid with nothing to do on a cold Monday morning? In Wake Forest, the Renaissance Centre offers “flix4kids,” free viewings of G or PG-rated family films. They run at 10:30 a.m. the second Monday of each month. Visit wakeforestnc.gov/renaissance-centre.aspx.
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