17 family-friendly activities for weekend of Aug. 24 to Aug. 26

What’s up this weekend? A lot for families. Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front.

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will kick off the school year at N.C. State with performances, meet and greets and more along Hillsborough Street. The annual event is 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, and ends with fireworks. Some of the family-friendly activities include meet and greets with Mr. and Ms. Wuf, Jeghetto Puppetry, chalk art, drone demos and more.

The will stop at Triangle Town Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday. The food and drink menu includes things like mini cakes, macarons, cookies, pocket pies and more. Hello Kitty-themed T-shirts, mugs, sparkly bows, thermal bottles, a lunchbox and other items also typically are for sale from the trucks.

continues this week with Giselle la Trent the Gazellephant, a really fun musical which I got a sneak peak of this week. Shows run through Saturday at the Church on Morgan in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $10 for kids, $12 for adults and $40 for a family four-pack. This is the fourth of four family shows for the company this month.

The from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at Cameron Village. The free event promotes a fall pops concert featuring the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra at Raleigh Little Theatre next month. Two more free concerts are scheduled in the coming weeks.

There are two consignment sales in Raleigh – WINGS Kids Consignment Sale is open to the public Friday and Saturday. And Take Two Kidsignment Sale is Saturday. I have the details in the post.

And , which features animatronic dinosaurs, stops at the Raleigh Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Tickets for kids, ages 2 to 12, start at $20. The $20 ticket includes some, but not all of the attractions. The dinosaur rides, fossil digs, inflatables and other features are each an extra $5. A Kids VIP ticket is $34 and covers everything. Tickets for adults ages 13 to 64 are $20. Seniors get a $2 discount.


is 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, at Historic Stagville. Morehead Planetarium will present a night of West African storytelling and stargazing at Historic Stagville. Learn about the oral tradition that might have been preserved by enslaved families, according to the description. It’s free.

from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The day celebrates North Carolina farming culture and history and includes music, local arts and a hornworm race. It‘s free.

from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, at Durham Central Park. The free family event will feature performances from Rissi Palmer, Baron Von Rumblebuss and Jeghetto, a puppeteer (who also is at Packapalooza this weekend!).

Chapel Hill

continues at Forest Theatre. The show features puppets of all kinds and sizes, along with live music. It’s on stage at the Forest Theatre on select days through Sept. 3 and Sept. 14 to Sept. 23. The suggested donations for the Chapel Hill shows are $15 for adults and $8 for kids. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds. (It will stop in Raleigh Sept. 7 to Sept. 9.)

. The free event is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, and features a themed scavenger hunt, art games and opportunities to create.


The is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, in downtown Cary. You’ll find arts, crafts, live performances, food and family activities at the free event. Be sure to check out Kids World, an outdoor play space in the Page-Walker Arts & History Center Gardens, and the Play Zone, an indoor play space at the Herb Young Community Center.

, a children’s consignment sale that features high-end children’s clothing, runs through Saturday at Cary Towne Center.

Holly Springs

The , featuring products and services from kids ages 6 to 14, is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at Holly Springs Towne Center, NC 55 and New Hill Rd.


, who was the second runner-up on the 14th season of NBC’s The Voice will perform at Park West Village from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday. It’s free.


Kids Mindful Movement will host a , at the studio at 184 East St. The free event includes face painting, art, music and drama classes for kids, bubble art, ice cream and more.

And McIntyre‘s Books hosts a . Andros wrote the new picture book “The Dress and the Girl.”