Here is a sampling of the family-friendly events happening in the Triangle this weekend.
▪ Saturday, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 and 121 W. Jones St., opens its latest featured exhibit, “Mazes and Brain Games.” Inside the downtown Raleigh museum, kids face 3D puzzles and mental challenges designed to both stretch their brainpower and entertain them. Tickets are $5 (free for museum members) and the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Please note that the new exhibit is only open to museum members from 10 a.m. to noon on opening day, opening to the general public afterward. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday (last entry at 4 p.m.). “Mazes” runs through Sept. 3. Visit naturalsciences.org.
▪ There’s a family dance Friday evening at Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex. A string band will play while traditional dance caller Connie Carringer will teach square, circle and Appalachian dances to dancers of all ages. Tickets are $2 for individuals or $5 for families at the door, while the family dance runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit apexnc.org/454/Hallequa-Cultural-Arts-Center.
▪ Quail Ridge Books, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, hosts a kickoff party for the Wake Up and Read book drive Saturday at 2 p.m. There will be a story time for attending families, who are encouraged to either donate gently used children’s books or buy books for donation at a 20 percent discount. Wake Up and Read encourages children’s literacy. Visit quailridgebooks.com/wakeupandread or learn about Wake Up and Read at wakesmartstart.org/program/wake-up-and-read.
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▪ Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University holds a free family day Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The theme is Cardboard City II. Families can build a metropolis of cardboard boxes in Nasher’s Great Hall. There will be two levels of building. Also, students from Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering will be on-hand to share their architectural expertise. The museum is at 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. Visit nasher.duke.edu.