Here’s a reminder if you’ve forgotten – Sunday is Mother’s Day! What you do with that info is up to you, as not all moms go the breakfast-in-bed route (I know plenty of folks who’d find that boring and uninteresting). This weekend, figure out what the mom in your life – even if that’s you – wants to do, and do it. Just be sure to include the kids.
▪ There’s a Mother’s Day extravaganza Saturday and Sunday at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. There are crafts, snacks, and games, sure, but also a bike rodeo that takes over the Marbles courtyard between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday (participants are invited to bring their own helmet, gear, and two or three-wheeled machine). The overall event takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, and museum admission runs from $4 to $5, with those under 12 months getting in free. Info at marbleskidsmuseum.org.
▪ A Civil War encampment takes over the State Capitol in Raleigh this weekend, part of an extended commemoration of the bloody conflict that ended 150 years ago. Costumed reenactors will play parts ranging from common soldiers to state governors. Free tours take place at 10 and 11 a.m., and then at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m., though reservations are recommended by calling 919-733-4994. Info at nando.com/19d.
▪ The North Carolina Museum of History’s Make It, Take It program Saturday focuses on simple, paper-made time capsules. Kids can make one to take home during this drop-in program, which runs from 1-3 p.m. Museum admission is free and information can be found at ncmuseumofhistory.org.
▪ Do you want the bad news first or the good news? Well, the bad news is, aliens have invaded. The good news is, we can fight back. Learn how at Lake Crabtree Park’s Alien Invaders program, Monday between 1 and 3 p.m., which focuses on the local impact of non-native plants and animals (think kudzu, European starlings) and what people can do to help prevent their spread. This program is oriented toward homeschooled or tracked-out students ages 6-12. Pre-registration is required, and this program costs $8 per child. Visit wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree or call 919-460-3355.
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