Museums have birthdays, too. This weekend, help the Museum of Life and Science in Durham ring in 70 years. Elsewhere in the Triangle, compete in a just-for-fun science Olympiad or take the kids to the art museum, where masterful patterns of shape and color hang. And if your child has a food allergy or celiac disease, there is an event at the State Fairgrounds oriented toward cooking appropriate foods.
▪ Celebrate the Museum of Life and Science’s birthday Friday in Durham. Science at Sunset runs from 5 to 8 p.m. with outdoor play and crafts for the kids. There will also be live music, food trucks and a beer tent (for those 21 and older). The museum building will be closed, but outdoor exhibits like the butterfly house and the dinosaur trail will stay open late. Tickets are $7 and are only available the day of the event. Kids 2 and under get in free. Visit lifeandscience.org.
▪ Saturday it’s the Family Science Olympiad at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. Its brain challenges include catapults, rockets, pasta towers and roller coasters. Activities also focus on the weather and the properties of air as well as the transformation of flat maps to three dimensions. This is free with museum admission, which is $5 per person. Marbles members and those under one year old get in free. The Family Science Olympiad lasts from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit marbleskidsmuseum.org.
▪ As we all know – or should know – not everyone can eat everything: people with celiac disease, food allergies and rare metabolic disorders like MSUD or PKU have to put extra thought into eating. When the person who can’t eat just anything is your kid, it’s essential to learn reliable recipes and new ways of cooking. Saturday, an event oriented toward gluten- and allergen-free cooking takes place at the State Fairgrounds’ Kerr Scott Building between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Entry is $10, while children under 13 get in free. Visit gfafwellnessevent.com.
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▪ This weekend’s Patterns Galore tours at the North Carolina Museum of Art are family-oriented half-hour tours focused on artists who employ colorful patterns. These are 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and they start at the West Building information desk. Visit ncartmuseum.org.
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