I think April Fools’ Day is more fun for little kids than most other age ranges. Given their high energy level and seemingly innate love of the absurd, a day dedicated to innocuous pranks is basically perfect. So why not spring a few April Fools’ gags on your kids on Friday – and why not encourage them to return the favor? Our other weekend picks are no joke, though.
▪ Marbles STEM Play Corps comes to Artspace Friday as part of First Friday in Raleigh. This middle school group’s mission is to get even younger scientists inspired and involved, and Friday’s experiments will have both a scientific underpinning and an artistic flair. This free event lasts from 6 to 8 p.m. at Artspace’s education room. Visit artspacenc.org for details, or go to marbleskidsmuseum.org/stemplaycorps to learn more about the Play Corps.
▪ The Raulston Blooms! garden festival is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. Celebrate the return of spring with garden and nature programs, plant shopping, ice cream and a birdhouse competition. Families pay $10 and individuals pay $5. Visit jcra.ncsu.edu/raulston-blooms to learn more.
▪ “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” may be Eric Carle’s best-known children’s book, but it’s only one of many gentle, whimsical books by this talented children’s author. Sunday at 3 p.m., Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings black light adaptations of this book – as well as “Little Cloud” and “The Mixed-Up Chameleon” – to Stewart Theatre in N.C. State University’s Talley Student Union. Tickets are $12 ($5 for NCSU students). This show is best for kids in grades preK-3. For more info visit live.arts.ncsu.edu, which has a link to purchase tickets.
▪ Duke University closes off Brain Week with DIBS (Duke Institute for Brain Sciences) Discovery Day Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. See laboratory demonstrations, learn how music improves quality of life, or spend a little time in the kids’ corner set up by the N.C. Museum of Life and Science. Event and parking are both free. Visit dibs.duke.edu/brainweek.
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