Between B-movies and award-winning plays, and between the sounds of science and some important historical documents, there’s a bunch to do this weekend. So get the kids out of the house and expand their little brains!
▪ Maybe bad movies aren’t essential to a every childhood, but there’s still something deeply satisfying about watching a transparently campy old horror or sci-fi film with your children. First Fridays in Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science shows exactly this kind of movie. This Friday at 7 p.m. it’s 1940’s “The Ape,” starring early horror legend Boris Karloff. The screening is free. Visit naturalsciences.org.
▪ Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook continues its STEMville Saturdays of Science with a musical program. At this free program, put on by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, learn the science behind sound with interactive activities and experiments. This starts at 12:30 p.m. Visit northgatemall.com.
▪ Saturday evening the Sanderson High School Theater Ensemble presents a performance of “The Yellow Boat,” which was selected as the judges’ choice for distinguished play at the Southeast Theatre Conference last fall. “The Yellow Boat” is based on the eight years of Benjamin Saar’s life and was written by the boy’s father, David. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $10 at the door. Visit sandersonhs.org.
▪ View North Carolina’s “birth certificate” at the North Carolina Museum of History Monday through Thursday. The 352-year-old Carolina Charter will be on display in the “Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives” exhibit, which is free. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.
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