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Family Picks: Final days for ‘Matilda the Musical’ shows in Raleigh

Hannah Levinson as Matilda in “Matilda the Musical,” adapted from the Roald Dahl children’s novel. The musical concludes its run in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium this weekend.
Hannah Levinson as Matilda in “Matilda the Musical,” adapted from the Roald Dahl children’s novel. The musical concludes its run in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium this weekend. ©2016 Joan Marcus

Are you sticking around the Triangle this Memorial Day Weekend? If so, there’s plenty to do here, from theater to canoeing to a beach party at a railroad.

▪ “Matilda the Musical,” adapted from the Roald Dahl children’s novel, concludes its run in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium this weekend. Tickets range from $25 to $105 and show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit dukeenergycenterraleigh.com.

▪ Yates Mill’s “Recreational Adventures: Messing About with Boats” takes a page from “The Wind in the Willows” Saturday morning. Kids can come hear bits of the story and then make a model boat of their own. Then, they get to test these boats out on the pond (and pose for pictures with them). This starts at 10:30 a.m., costs $2 per person and is for ages 6 and up. Register at wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill. Messing around in actual boats comes later in the day, with a 3 p.m. “paddle the pond” session. Attendees aged 5 and up can learn basic canoeing skills and then set out onto the water. The fee is $10 per boat, and registration is available at the same link.

▪ Saturday, The New Hope Valley Railway brings the beach to you – sort of. The family-friendly Brew ‘n’ Choo Bonsal Beach Party features hour-long train rides at this rural Wake County railway as well as beach music, games, prizes and cookout food for purchase. There will be beer and wine for the adults, too. Train tickets cost $10-$12 and a ticket purchase is required to be admitted to the railway grounds. Trains depart at 3, 4:15, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available at triangletrain.com/buytickets and may be a good idea, as these rides could sell out.

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