My oldest had her first sleepover with a few friends the other day, and it was just one more reminder of how rapidly little kids stop being so little. Like baby birds, they’ll someday leave the nest. There’s no time like the present, then, to make some essential childhood memories. (And because of potentially iffy weekend weather, be sure to check with venues before heading out!)
▪ Saturday, pianist Anatoly Larkin plays the Cary Arts Center as part of its Marvelous Music family series. For at least one piece, he’ll enlist the audience’s help to spot-compose a work unique to this particular performance. This musical odyssey begins at 3 p.m. and costs $8 per person. Visit townofcary.org and view event info via the calendar. Buy tickets at The Cary Theater.
▪ Selecting the right preschool isn’t easy. Considering how many preschools are out there and how competitive they can be, how do you know you’ve found the best place? In Orange County, at least, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mothers Club helps by organizing an annual preschool fair, featuring representatives from a variety of preschool programs. It’s Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center and free to Mothers Club members and to the public. More at nando.com/3c6.
▪ Bundle up Monday evening and take advantage of the clear winter air: the full moon hike at Harris Lake park in Apex, 6-7:30 p.m., offers a leisurely after-dark stroll away from the streetlights and noise. It costs $5 per family or $3 per person. Register at nando.com/3bw.
▪ Tuesday, author Nick Bruel, creator of the “Bad Kitty” books, is at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Bring kids 7 & up to hear him or buy a copy of the new “Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet” ($13.99) from Quail Ridge for a signing line ticket. Details at quailridgebooks.com.
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