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March 17th - 23rd 2016 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 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, Chavis Park, Anderson Point Park, Spring Forest Road Park, Tarboro Road Park and Peach 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, bounce houses and performances by Magician Shaun Jay.

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.

The Morrisville Easter Egg Hunt Saturday will not only feature the Easter Bunny and traditional Egg Hunts, but there will also be a special egg kids can find to win a prize.

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.

Knightdale will be hosting their Easter Eggstraordinaire which includes an egg hunt, snacks, live music and activities.

Pullen Park will also host a Teen Egg Hunt Challenge Saturday evening for ages 12-17. Join them with a flashlight for an exiting twist on the traditional egg hunt!

Orange County will host their Egg Hunt at Hank Anderson Park Saturday for three different age groups.

My favorite Egg Hunt is over at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Starting Monday, March 21st and running through Sunday, March 27th, 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 features a special Science Cafe: Brain Awareness Week - Brain, Behavior & Addiction featuring both a lecture by neuroscientist Dr. Marina Picciotto from Yale University and interactive tables with exhibits suitable for all ages.

Family Nature Night at Sertoma Arts Center Thursday will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with an evening focusing on his beloved Lorax and the trees.

Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band will be playing the tunes Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art along with a sound bite on Time and Place. Stay after the sun goes down for the 1996 Japanese film Shall We dance.

Traditional Dance Caller, Connie Carringer and an old-time string band will be teaching fun dances for Friday's Family Dance at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.

Its Family Movie Night Friday again this weekend at the Hill Street Community Center. Join them for a free movie, drinks and popcorn.

Explore Spring at the Parks

There are two fun St. Patrick"s Day events Thursday afternoon. Families can Go Green for Frogs at Harris Lake County Park or kids can go In Search of Leprechauns at Historic Yates Mill County Park.

All levels and especially beginners are invited to go on an Amateur Photo Hike at Umstead State Park Friday morning.

Join a Falls Lake Ranger Saturday morning in a hike to welcome back our Spring Birds.

Or bring your kids to go Fishing with a Ranger in Occoneechee's ponds Saturday afternoon.

Fuquay Varina hosts a Big Sweep event recruiting volunteers to help clean up Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Education Park and South Lake Community Park.

Join them on a Salamander Search Sunday along the American Tobacco Trail.

Sunday is the first day of Spring and you can Welcome Spring and learn about the history, cultural traditions and science associated with the Spring Equinox at Historic Yates Mill County Park.

This Sunday's Spring Hike at West Point on the Eno will explore Willie Duke's Bluff Wildflowers. Join them for a somewhat difficult hike with some being off trail, some bushwhacking and one steep climb.

They will be hosting Night Hike and Games Monday after dark at Harris Lake County Park with some stargazing, games and a night hike.

Hike through the forest on Cox Mountain Trail with an Eno River State Park ranger Wednesday afternoon.

More Weekend Fun

Downtown Apex hosts Founders Day Saturday featuring the history of Apex, arts and crafts, and all things vintage/antique. There will be antique cars, re-enactors, tradesmen, and craftsmen all exhibiting their wares.

Bentonville's 151st Anniversary will feature the power of Civil War artillery. Visitors will get a chance to see how a battery of cannons operated and worked together in the heat of the 1865 battle, see artillery and infantry demonstrations, view camps and talk with interpreters about life in the Civil War.

What's on Your Plate, a film by Catherine Gund with Sadie Hope-Gund and Safiyah Riddle will be shown at the Halle Cultural Arts Center Saturday. This witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics takes place over the course of one year and follows two eleven-year old African-American city kids as they explore their place in the food chain.

Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park offers their special Corn Milling Demonstrations one weekend a month and this is the weekend. Join them for a tour with their 19th century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Also on Saturday, join them for Millwrights, Millers & Their Apprentices, a program exploring the historic trades.

PineCone is holding a Kids Jam at Marbles Sunday afternoon. Join them for some finger-picking, toe-tapping bluegrass for young musicians and music enthusiasts!

The Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be Peter Pan.

The Fairgrounds

India Fest - A Cultural Arts Showcase comes to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds this weekend. Discover Indian cultural arts through dance, music, cultural cuisine, and traditional crafts in a Bazaar-style atmosphere.

With Easter right around the corner, you don"t want to miss the Spring Carousel Gift Market featuring art, crafts, foods, clothing and a special shopping experience.

The Coastal Paws Cat Show also comes to the Fairgrounds this weekend with an Allbreed cat show including household pet class judging and feline agility competition.

The Hunt Horse Complex at the Fairgrounds will bring a Hunter Jumper Horse Show to the arena this weekend.

 

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