The older your kids get, the more of yourself you’ll see in them. Our oldest, for instance, inherited my inability to get out of bed in the morning. Then again, she also inherited my love of books, while our younger one inherited her mother’s quick wit and perfectly timed jokes. This weekend, why not think about what you and your little ones have in common and find something you’ll both enjoy.
▪ The statewide North Carolina Science Festival, produced by UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, starts today and lasts through April 24th. Wherever you are, there are fascinating, immersive events close by or within a reasonable drive. Visit ncsciencefestival.org and explore the calendar.
▪ Children’s classic “Charlotte’s Web” opens Friday at Raleigh Little Theatre, with the play running through April 17. Kids 12 and younger pay $10, while adults pay $14. A special audio-described performance follows the play’s regular run (that 7:30 p.m. April 20 show costs $5 for kids 12 and younger and $10 for adults). Visit raleighlittletheatre.org for full show schedule and to buy tickets.
▪ It’s Frog Fest Saturday at Crowder District Park in Apex, where the focus is amphibians and their need for clean water. Come out between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for food trucks, music, exhibitors and vendors. The event is free. Visit wakegov.com/parks/crowder.
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▪ Saturday Northgate Mall holds two appealing events with different focuses. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Playathon offers free performances by local piano students, all to raise funds for the Durham Music Teachers Association. Meanwhile, outside at the Sears lot, fire trucks and other heavy equipment (and the people who operate these machines) will be on-hand for Durham Parks and Recreation’s free “Touch a Truck” event, which lasts noon-4 p.m. Visit northgatemall.com.
▪ Addy, one of the popular American Girl dolls, was based on an actual person named Mary Walker, who escaped slavery on the Stagville Plantation in 1848. Saturday at 10 a.m. and then again at 1 p.m., celebrate Addy’s birthday and Walker’s life at Historic Stagville. Admission is $5.38 per child. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged at 919-620-0120. Learn about Stagville at stagville.org.
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