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March 14th - March 20th 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

It's St Patrick's Day, so put on your green and get to Downtown Raleigh Saturday for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. After the parade, make your way over to Moore Square for the Wearin' O' the Green Festival. Marbles Kids Museum will also join in on the festivities with themed activities like Rainbow Experiments, Clover Creations and Leprechaun Freeze Dance.

Parades & Festivals

Saturday is Reptile and Amphibian Day at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences! ParkGeek will be there Celebrating all that slithers, hops and crawls. This years theme is Snakes and there promises to be plenty of live reptiles and amphibians along with hands on activities, lectures and displays.

Saturday also brings the annual Raleigh Tamale Festival to Peach Road Community Center. The event celebrates the Hispanic culture through the tamale competition, soccer scrimmages, food, music, information booths, dancing and games for both kids and adults.
LEGO-palooza is celebrating castles all weekend at the Morehead Planetarium. Watch them build a large-scale LEGO castle on site throughout the weekend as you enjoy the wide variety of amazing displays from settlements in outer space to hometowns throughout America.
Celebrate the 148th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville both Saturday and Sunday with artillery and infantry demonstrations, period interpreters and an encampment at the Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site.
FIRST Regional Tournament, a high school varsity robotics competition featuring 54 teams from across the US will be at the NC State Fairgrounds both Saturday and Sunday.
Commemorate Arbor Day in Garner on Friday at White Deer Park with a Tree Giveaway and in Wake Forest on Saturday at E. Carroll Joyner Park with a Ceremony & Tree Seedling Giveaway.
Fun at the Museums

Brain Week continues through Saturday at the Museum of Life + Science. Scientists from Duke University and UNC Bowles Center will lead activities that explore brain function, development and anatomy. Head to the Museum Wednesday to celebrate Creek Week. The celebration fosters awareness of our local streams and lakes as well as offers connections to education, activities and volunteer opportunities.

Bring the whole family over to Halle Cultural Arts Center Thursday night for Pizza & a Movie Night. Wreck It Ralph will be the featured family flick.
Save the Frogs will be the theme of Thursday night's Science Cafe at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Monday night's Science Talk will cover Major Themes in Evolutionary Medicine.
On Friday nights the North Carolina Museum of Art kicks it up a notch featuring lively music by local bands and themed small plates and beverages, Art in the Evening this Friday will feature the sounds of Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band Trio. You are also invited to join a Docent-Led Tour on Judaic Art or a Sound Bite on Nature's Cathedral. Follow the fun with the 1931 film, Frankenstein.
Can you believe that is is already the Third Friday? Head over to Downtown Durham for their monthly Gallery Crawl with live music and more.
Raleigh Dance Theatre will give a performance and workshop based around their upcoming ballet Coppelia at Marbles Kids Museum Saturday. Come back Sunday for Science Solvers with scientists from the NCSU High-Powered Rocket Club. Tuesday night brings extended hours and discounted admission for Target $2 Tuesday Night.
There is lots of Spring fun going on this weekend at Historic Yates Mill County Park. Learn about early season planting tips for flowers and vegetables, soil preparation and taste the different parts of a plant that are edible during Saturday's Spring Garden Give-away. Step back in time and take a Corn Grinding Tour with 19th century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, you can also experience free demo's and displays during a Historic Trades Demonstration. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Sunday with a Going Green hike around the verdant (green!) millpond and go on a treasure hunt for "gold coins" that contain earth-friendly helpful hints.
The Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be Wreck It Ralph. The Halle Cultural Arts Center features a free Kids Movie on Tuesday morning.
Join the Burwell School Historic Site Wednesday night for a reading with Deborah Hicks. Hicks will read from her novel, The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America.
Easter is Around the Corner
Saturday is Bunny Day at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. Only a short drive outside the Triangle, they will have a wide assortment of live bunnies as well as face painting, crafts, story-telling and a visit with the Easter Bunny.


Wake Forest will hide over 3,000 Easter eggs for their Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. Kids up to 12 are invited to come gather eggs and search for the rare golden eggs which contain a special prize.

Springs Comes to the Parks
Bring the whole family to Lake Crabtree County Park Friday night to learn how to Sing Like A Frog. You'll learn all about the calls of frogs, why they make them, how to imitate them. and even take a walk on the Nature Trail to experience the croaking chorus.


Come enjoy Campfire, Story and Marshmallow Roast Friday night with your whole family at Durant Nature Park. Take a mid week break on Tuesday evening to enjoy a Family Walk in the Park.
Come meet Cleopatra, an Eastern Kingsnake and The Colonel, a Corn Snake Friday afternoon as you learn about the Snakes at Walnut Creek at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center. Get an introduction to Nature Journaling on Saturday.
Take an Owl Prowl Friday after dark at Bass Lake Park. This family friendly program begins with a brief presentation about owls and other birds of prey followed with a night hike along the trail. Come be part of the Pollution Solution on Sunday.
Join them at the Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Friday or Saturday to enjoy another Nature Play Day. Each month nature play day will have new play opportunities. They'll provide the materials and guidance to get you started on a playful adventure.
Enjoy the sky after dark with a Morehead Planetarium educator Saturday evening during an Astronomy Viewing Session at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. On Sunday, you can join the Welcome Back Spring Paddle around Beaver Creek.
Volunteers from the Wildlife Rescue Center in Sanford will be exhibiting their Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl and two Screech Owls on Saturday at Raven Rock State Park.
Its time for another Citizen Science Saturday at Prairie Ridge Ecostation. These Saturday morning adventures will introduce you to a citizen science project and enlist your help collecting and entering data as you enjoy a walk around the grounds with one of their naturalists.
This Sunday's Spring Hike at West Point on the Eno Park will be out to the Willie Duke's Bluff.
Come discover what makes March the windiest month! Study the movement of air and measure the wind speed using an anemometer of your own design. Then make a kite and fly it high in the sky during Sunday's Family Feature at Crowder District Park.
Join an Umstead Park Ranger Sunday afternoon for a two mile hike out to the old Company Mill site. You will even learn a little history about the importance of mills to the development of the Cedar Forks community.


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