Just because it’s Easter weekend doesn’t mean everything shuts down. Maybe you have family in town? It’s a good time to show them the neat stuff our area has to offer. Hey, maybe it’s you who’s from out of town, visiting your family in North Carolina. If so, welcome! We have plenty for you and your kids to do (and it ain’t all egg hunts!).
▪ Interested in made-up monsters? Stop by Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, which is showing “Gorgo” – think a British “Godzilla” film – for free at 7 p.m. Friday (info at naturalsciences.org). Interested in real-life monsters? The award-winning pictures from the museum’s latest children’s dinosaur illustration contest will be on display in the museum store window until April 30. One teen’s winning picture takes note of recent research and shows a spinosaurus about to catch a fish, while one artist imagined a stegosaurus happily lumbering by the museum’s distinctive, oversized globe. Visit naturalsciences.org/dinosketch to see all the winning entries (and congrats to everyone who submitted).
▪ Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” opens Friday. It’s a lot like the familiar tale, though director Judy Dove says this version “focuses more on a message of forgiveness and inclusion.” It runs through April 12. Friday’s show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $11 for kids 12 and under, $17 otherwise. Visit raleighlittletheatre.org for all dates and times.
▪ Plenty of people want their kids to have fishing experiences, but what if the parents have none themselves? Don’t fret – Harris Lake Park in New Hill has a beginning fishing clinic Saturday from 9-11 a.m. The first hour is lessons and the second is fishing. This costs $4 per child, for ages 7-15. Register before it fills up by calling 919-387-4342, or visit wakegov.com/parks/harrislake to learn more.
▪ In Raleigh with no plans Sunday? Take a nature hike and learn the basics of wildlife photography at Umstead State Park’s Oak Rock trail. All that’s needed is a camera – even one built into your phone. This park ranger-guided event starts at 10 a.m. and is geared toward school-age kids. Reservations are required, so call 919-571-4170. Visit ncparks.gov, select W.B. Umstead in the drop-down menu and search for “photo” under the “events/free programs” menu tab.
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