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March 3rd - 9th 2016 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend is jam packed with stuff to do! Instead of wondering what to do this weekend, it will be a question of which things to do and how much can you squeeze in.

For more info on everything going on, go to www.Parkgeek.com click on Event Search and fill in the dates. See below for more...

Thursday Happenings & First Friday Fun

Its time for Science Trivia Thursday night at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Along with extended hours, you can also enjoy a Beginning Astrophotography Part 2, a free workshop for ages 14 and up. As their special exhibit Extreme Mammals winds down, this Thursday features the last of the special lectures. Come hear them discuss Africa's Greatest Killer? Understanding Human-Hippopotamus Conflict. There is an admission charge for both the exhibit and the lecture, but if you buy them together, you can save $5.

Come back to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Friday night for all the fun that goes with First Friday! There will be a Teen Science Cafe with a Forensic anthropologist, a chance to experience Extreme Mammals, live music with Fish Dad, an opening reception for the art exhibit "Elements" and the movie "Destroy All Planets."

The North Carolina Museum of History will also extend its hours Friday for a film screening of 120 Days about the struggle of immigrant Miguel Cortes.

Downtown Raleigh comes alive for First Friday with the Downtown Gallery Walk and extended hours at the Raleigh City Museum and Marbles Kids Museum. The Morning Times Market even joins in the festivities this month with local artisans, live music, entertainment, and local craft beer.

Cary will host its African American Film Festival Thursday through Sunday. Click through for the wide variety of films included in the festival along with information on discussions and Q&A opportunities.

Art in the Evening brings live music by the Onyx Club Boys, Sound Bites exploring the Missing Place and the 1929 silent classic Why Be Good with live piano accompaniment by David Drazin.

Way outside the lights of the city, Bass Lake Park invites you to bring the kids to this month's Family Fun Night. The first hour you can make arts & crafts, meet a live animal or do some fishing. Close out the evening with an interactive concert with Trish Miller or a magic show with Dan the Magic Man.

Starting Friday and continuing Saturday, the Durham Bulls invite you to stop by the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for FanFest.

Fun Outdoors

This weekend celebrate 100 years of State Parks at Eno River with some Forest Bathing, or taking a hike that bathes you in nature. There are opportunities for guided hikes Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday brings Cary's Annual Kite Festival to Bond Park. Join them to compete in one of 14 award categories or sit back and enjoy the spectacle.

Raven Rock State Park invites you to join them every Thursday morning for a Hike for Your Health.

Start out Saturday morning with some Birding at Lake Crabtree County Park. Enjoy an easy walk with their resident bird enthusiast, Vernon.

Celebrate North Carolina State Parks Week by Fishing With A Ranger at Falls Lake State Recreation Area Saturday afternoon.

Tours of the fully renovated mill are back for the spring at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park. Take a Half Hour Tour Saturday or an in depth Mill Heritage & Local History Tour on Sunday.

Harris Lake County Park invites players of all levels to join them for a Family Disc Golf Lessons and Play Time Saturday afternoon. Come back to the park Sunday and volunteer for their Big Sweep.

Join a ranger for an Amateur Photography Hike at William B. Umstead State Park Saturday. All ages are welcome to this hike focusing on creativity for newcomers in nature photography.

Take a Night Hike along the American Tobacco Trail Saturday to learn about and search for owls.

They will be Mapping the Motherload Sunday at Lake Crabtree County Park. Learn basic orienteering skills and then use those skills to work with the other mateys on your team to see if you can locate the treasure!

Yates Mill County Park is offering two fun kids programs Monday for those homeschooled or tracked out. Kids 6 and up can learn all about Simple Machines and Power Trains and ages 6-14 can take a Kids History Detective Tour.

More at the Museums

Join them at Mordecai Historic Park and take a step back into North Carolina of the 1800s during this Saturday's Living History Saturday. The event will include a variety of historic demonstrations and reenactments.

Do you have a child that loves history? On the first Saturday of every month, the City of Raleigh Museum invites kids ages 10-13 to join them for a Junior Interpreter Program. Also Saturday at the COR, come enjoy Coffee and Conversation as they present the works of four African American artists.

The monthly Science Saturday is back this weekend to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Come explore the World of Rain: The Story of Measuring Precipitation from Space.

Celebrate Durham's Arbor Day Sunday at the Museum of Life and Science with tree-themed activities around the Museum. Sunday is also another Durham Community Day at the Museum of Life & Science. All Durham residents can enjoy free admission to the museum with proper ID.

Marbles will host a Positive Parenting Workshop Tuesday and Family Fun Night Wednesday night. The free, after-hours program is offered exclusively for kids with special needs and their families to play in the museum in a calmer, quieter environment.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center presents Everest as part of its Academy Award Film Series Wednesday night.

Fun at the Fairgrounds

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds is hosting the annual Dixie Deer Classic all weekend throughout the Dorton Arena, Graham Building, Exposition Center, Scott Building & Holshouser Building. Friday is Wildlife Youth Day for kids ages 13-18. With a hand stamp, admission is good for all three days.

 

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