The best thing I ever did with my Legos was take them all apart and give them to my kids. I started the collection three decades ago and accumulated the little plastic blocks for years, eventually amassing a wealth of bricks and plastic people (and constructing a number of cool spaceships). Yet it’s been incredibly satisfying to just give the whole batch to my kids and see what they make. This weekend, let your kids learn by doing – or by making.
▪ Chocolate Suede plays Bynum Front Porch Friday night. The concert series in rural Bynum is a relatively short drive from the cities of the Triangle and, most importantly, is a safe and easy place to take the family for free live music. The band plays from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit bynumfrontporch.org.
▪ Ceramic jugs and clay pots served important functions in ancient societies. They had intricate designs or paintings on them, sure, but they were also meant to hold stuff. Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art’s Family Fun Saturdays program, learn about the form and function of these ancient vessels, and then create your own small pot with air-dry clay. This begins at 10 a.m. and is meant for the families with children ages 5-11. The cost is $8 per person or $5 for museum members. Visit ncartmuseum.org to sign up.
▪ This Saturday and next Saturday, Northgate Mall in Durham offers free Zumba for kids and teens. Mindful Bodies, a Durham physical and mental fitness company also based in the mall, leads its Fit Kids program between 1 and 1:30 p.m. and then its Fit Teens program from 1:30 to 2:15. Info at northgatemall.com.
▪ Fashion designer-turned-bead artist Eric Ennis leads a drop-in program at the N.C. Museum of History on Saturday. Kids at this “make it, take it” drop-in workshop can watch Ennis as he turns beads into textile art and then they make a simple bead pin of their own. This runs 1-3 p.m. and is free. Visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.
▪ Project Dance, featuring dancers from American Dance Festival, returns to Marbles Saturday, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Kids and families can attend a hip-hop dance workshop led by modern dancer and choreographer Donald West. No prior experience is needed, making this a fine introduction for any kids who may be curious about dancing. Museum admission is $5. Visit marbleskidsmuseum.org.
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