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March 26th - April 1st 2015 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Easter is just around the corner and we have over 20 Egg Hunts taking place this weekend. The Museum of Life and Science is hosting their second annual Dinosaur Egg Hunt both this weekend and next weekend. There is an additional fee and pre-registration is required.
Raleigh will host Egg Hunts on Saturday at Pullen Park, Mordecai Historic Park, Laurel Hills Community Center, Millbrook Exchange Park, Biltmore Hills Park, Chavis Park, Anderson Point Park, Spring Forest Road Park, Tarboro Road Park. Raleigh Egg hunts stay healthy again this year with healthier snack options and prizes rather than candy.
The Easter Bunny hops into Fuquay Varina Saturday bringing 12,000 candy and toy filled eggs for the Town's annual Easter Egg Hunt at South Park. Fuquay-Varina will also hold a Candy Hop in the historic shopping district Saturday.
In Cary, you can enjoy Breakfast with the Bunny before their Annual Egg Hunt over at Bond Park. There will also be ongoing entertainment, festival food, face painting and performances by Magician Scott Shelton.
Durham will sponsor two Egg Hunts Saturday. One at Campus Hills Park and the other at West Point on the Eno.
Garner's annual Spring Eggstravaganza will be Saturday at Lake Benson Park with an egg hunt, entertainment, games, crafts and food vendors.
Apex will host their Egg Hunt Saturday at the Town Hall Campus.
Holly Springs combines their Egg Hunt with a Community Wide Yard Sale over at Sugg Farm Park on Saturday. There will also be games, inflatables and music.
Wake Forest celebrates the season Saturday with an Easter Egg Hunt at Carroll Joyner Park. There will also be several food vendors and Easter-themed arts and crafts activities in the Joyner Park Amphitheater.
Hillsborough sponsors their Chidren's Egg Hunt at River Park on Saturday. This free event is packed full of live entertainment, games, prizes, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny!
Knightdale will be hosting their second Paws in the Park Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning for dogs followed by their Easter Eggstraordinaire which includes an egg hunt, snacks, live music and activities.
My favorite Egg Hunt is over at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Starting Monday, March 30th and running through Saturday, April 4th, you can take in all the incredible spring flowers while your kids search for brightly painted wooden eggs hidden throughout the Arboretum gardens. Write down the letters on each egg then unscramble the letters to win a prize.

Fun Thursday & Friday

Marbles Kids Museum joins the downtown Raleigh movement to offer extended hours and special activities on Thursday nights. Twilight $2 Thursdays runs every Thursday from 3pm-7pm.
This week's Science Thursday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will explore Dino-Mite: Adventures in Public Science to learn how you can contribute to today's cutting edge research as a citizen scientist.
Thursday night's Pizza and a Movie Night at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, will feature the family favorite The Penguins of Madagascar!
Peter Lamb and the Wolves will be playing the tunes Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art along with a sound bite on Working from Reality. Stay after the sun goes down for some Stargazing or the 2013 film Austenland.
Young wind/percussion instrumental students will be performing with the Cary Town Band at the Cary Arts Center Friday evening for Play with the Band Concert.
The ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival comes to Chapel Hill Friday night with performances by The Dead Tongues and The Suffers.
Look for Signs of Spring after dark at Crowder District Park Friday night. Go on a hike around the pond and then decorate a flower pot and take home a flowering bulb.

Explore Spring at the Parks

Blue Jay County Park invites you to the Grand Opening of their Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course on Saturday. The public/private partnership offers kids and adults the opportunity to navigate through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles and Tarzan swings. There is a fee for the course and reservations are recommended. There will also be food trucks and live music for Saturday's Grand Opening.
Saturday marks the annual celebration of BW Wells Heritage Day at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Come on out for a day of fun and history that includes a variety of guided hikes, kids crafts and activities and displays on 19th century farming techniques and how people used to live without the convenience of modern technologies.
Head on over to Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area Saturday for a Morning Hike out to the summit or a Geology Hike to explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist!
Have you heard the chorus of frogs? They are hoping to catch some Toadally Awesome Amphibians Saturday morning at Lake Crabtree County Park and will be going on a Salamander Search on the American Tobacco Trail Saturday afternoon. There will even be two showings of the movie Amphibian on Saturday at Umstead State Park.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring Sunday afternoon for a Spring Photography Hike at Harris Lake County Park, Nature's Hide & Seek Family Hike at Jordan Lake, Snakey Neighbors Pond Study at Crowder District or Early Bloomers at Lake Crabtree.
This week's Spring Hike at West Point on the Eno will explore Willie Duke's Bluff. Join them for a somewhat difficult hike with some being off trail, some bushwhacking and one steep climb.
Talk about a Stream's Path at Umstead State Park or go on a Seniors Stay Fit Nature Walk at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park Monday.

More Weekend Fun

Saturday is Nano Days at the Museum of Life and Science. Come explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces.
The Museum of Life and Science will also be celebrating Creek Week through Saturday. Become a wetlands biologist and explore water quality, learn about animals that make the wetlands their home and discover why wetlands are such an important ecosystem.
The NC State Vet School Open House on Saturday at the College of Veterinary Medicine next to the State Fairgrounds will include a Teddy Bear Suture Clinic, interesting demonstrations, fun and informative displays explaining advances in the science of veterinary medicine, presentations on pet health, an opportunity to talk with faculty, staff, & students, and a chance to get up close with animals large and small.
Meet Vietnam veterans, see equipment including vehicles, helicopters, personal memorabilia, uniforms, weapons and gear at the North Carolina Museum of History's Vietnam Veterans Day Weekend. They will also be showing Etchings in Stone: Memories of North Carolina's Vietnam Veterans Friday through Sunday.
For two weeks each year a group of dedicated archaeologists descend upon an ancient sand dune on an oxbow of the Great Pee Dee River in South Carolina. Come to the Halle Cultural Arts Center Saturday for the Square Holes Film Viewing and join in on their discovery.
We're Back! A Dinosaurs Story will be the featured movie Saturday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. Saturday is also the last Winter Market before the Grand Opening of the Farmers Market May 2nd.
Marbles Kids Museum will be celebrating NanoDays on Sunday. Meet nanoscientists from Duke University, NC State University and Triangle MRSEC as they share hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations on all things teeny-tiny.
The Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be Secondhand Lions.

The Fairgrounds

the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club will sponsor a Precious Gem & Mineral Show all weekend at the State Fairgrounds.
With Easter and Mother's Day right around the corner, you don"t want to miss the Spring Carousel Gift Market featuring over 150 exhibitors, showcasing home decor, apparel, unique art and one-of-a-kind gifts!


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