Friday may mean the end of your work week, but Friday means something to kids, too. If they’re in school or day care, naturally, they appreciate the start of the weekend, but even kids who stay home pick up on their parents’ excitement: Friday means something! This Friday, why not take your kids to something fun to celebrate the start of the weekend?
▪ Has your child ever wanted to spend the night at the library? This is the next best thing: Friday there’s a stuffed animal sleepover at the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough. It starts at 6 p.m. with an after-hours pajama storytime. Then, Saturday morning, come back at 9:15 for a light breakfast and to see pictures of the stuffed animals’ overnight hijinks. Call 919-245-2532 to register. Visit orangecountync.gov/library.
▪ Children can’t spend the night, but they can stay late at Seed Art Share’s Night at the City of Raleigh Museum program Friday. It’s a kid-oriented mystery: something is missing from the Briggs Hardware building’s 19th century inventory, and its absence will take time-traveling detective work to solve. Parents may either enjoy the performance with their children or drop them off 15 minutes early and then go to Busy Bee Cafe for free appetizers during the show. Shows are at 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. and tickets cost $5.25. This happens again on August 19. Visit seedraleigh.org.
▪ Bestselling Asheville author Robert Beatty appears at the Streets of Southpoint Barnes and Noble in Durham in support of “Serafina and the Twisted Staff,” the second book in his Serafina series. The middle-grade novel mixes the historical and the supernatural, with Beatty’s titular hero splitting her time between the 19th century Biltmore House and the mountain wilds that surround it. Beatty’s presentation, Q&A and book signing is at 6 p.m. Friday. For a wristband to the signing line, inquire at the customer service desk starting at 10 a.m. Visit robert-beatty.com/events or barnesandnoble.com.
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