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Family Picks: Science fest and puppeteers

Peruvian puppeteers Ines Pasic and Hugo Suarez perform at NC State University’s Titmus Theater Friday through Sunday.
Peruvian puppeteers Ines Pasic and Hugo Suarez perform at NC State University’s Titmus Theater Friday through Sunday. Teatro Hugo & Ines

Between science, music, puppetry and play, this weekend’s offerings are fascinating, fun and intellectually stimulating. As you plan your weekend, maybe lean toward something that challenges the mind in a fun way. Here are a few picks to get you started:

▪ N.C. Science Fest starts Friday and lasts until April 26. There are fascinating events statewide – a buffet of neat, homegrown discoveries. This weekend in particular features a statewide star party Friday night at Old North Durham Park (or, you know, in your back yard), a family science expo Saturday at Raleigh’s Marbles Kids Museum, and a bilingual English-Spanish science event at Durham’s Museum of Life and Science Sunday afternoon. For full information on all NC Science Fest events, visit ncsciencefestival.org.

▪ Peruvian puppeteers Ines Pasic and Hugo Suarez perform at NC State University’s Titmus Theater Friday through Sunday. Their puppets are oddball creations made up of Pasic’s and Suarez’ hands and feet – expressive, unlikely creatures borne of contortionism and street performance. Tickets are $5 for N.C. State students, $16 for non-NCSU students, $21 for college faculty and staff, and $26 for the public; performances are recommended for those 10 and older. Show times: 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit go.ncsu.edu/puppets.

▪ Kidzu Children’s Museum reopens Saturday in Chapel Hill. Its new location, called Launch Pad, features a flexible forest and tree house (perfect for climbing) and a pint-sized farmer’s market (perfect for mixing play and learning). It’s not all go, go, go, though, as Launch Pad also features a book nook where kids can read and write stories. The ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m. at University Mall, and Kidzu admission is $5.50 for adults and children 12 months and older, free for members and those 11 months and younger. Visit kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.

▪ This coming Monday, Thursday and Saturday, musicians from the N.C. Symphony will visit six Wake County libraries to celebrate National Library Week. They’ll read, perform, and bring an instrument zoo for kids to check out at these free events. Musicians will be at Garner’s Southeast Regional Library at 10 a.m. and Raleigh’s North Regional Library at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at Raleigh’s Cameron Village Regional Library at 2 p.m. and at Cary’s West Regional Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, and at Knightdale’s East Regional Library at 10:30 a.m. and Apex’s Eva Perry Regional Library at 11 a.m. next Saturday, the 18th. Visit wakegov.com/libraries for more details.

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