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Family Picks: Apex PeakFest tops the list for weekend fun

Apex Peakfest is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors, music, and food transform Salem Street into a festival atmosphere.
Apex Peakfest is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors, music, and food transform Salem Street into a festival atmosphere. newsobserver.com

It’s amazing to see a new skill come together: one day, months ago, our 4-year-old suddenly knew how to draw. Of course, she was developing the parts of the skill for years before putting them all together, but it’s still spectacular to see these “ah-ha!” moments. This weekend, slow down and look for those – you’ll find them.

▪ NASA’s Destination Station, a traveling multimedia space travel exhibit with its own touchable moon rock, will be parked outside the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Inside, astronaut Rex Walheim will give 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. talks, while Debbie Wells, who designs scientific experiments for the International Space Station, will talk at 1 and 2 p.m. And if that isn’t enough, the Museum holds its final First Friday movie night during its extended hours, which run 5-9 p.m. Instead of a single B-movie, this will be a celebratory clip show. More at naturalsciences.org.

▪ Apex PeakFest is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors, music and food transform Salem Street into a festival atmosphere. Among the children’s attractions are RC car races, balloon animals, magicians, puppets and gem mining. Pets, it’s worth noting, are not allowed at PeakFest. Visit apexpeakfest.com.

▪ The Carrboro Elementary School Fair is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features bounce houses, games and various kinds of food. It’s a fundraiser, so proceeds from the silent auction, raffle or dunk tank will fund programs at the school. Visit nando.com/3rc.

▪ The Triangle Youth Brass Bands present their season finale at 8 p.m. Saturday at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. These young musicians recently earned multiple awards at the 2016 North American Brass Band Association Championships in Fort Wayne, Ind., so come see three distinct ensembles – The Triangle Youth Percussion Ensemble, the Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band and the Triangle Youth Brass Band. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for students and seniors. Visit trianglebrass.org for information or nando.com/3rd to buy tickets.

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