Between cookouts and hanging out at our pool at the apartment in Garner, NC, if you are looking for some ways to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend, here are some ideas:
Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham will remember and honor American soldiers with a special free program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The tribute is for all military personnel in history. Visitors will see period dress, weaponry and more. There also are nature trails and a picnic area on site.
It's a busy weekend at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.
On Friday, the outdoor venue will screen the PG-13-rated "Crazy Stupid Love." Gates open at 7 p.m.
Saturday: the N.C. Symphony's Summerfest series opens at Booth with Play with the Pros. The concert features classic favorites such as Mussorgsky's "A Night on Bald Mountain;" Grieg's Suite from "Peer Gynt;" and Schubert's Symphony No. 9, "Great." Local musicians will play along with the professional musicians.
Gates open at 5 p.m. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: the Triangle Wind Ensemble will perform An American Celebration. The 42-member adult ensemble will play a variety of patriotic pieces. Gates open at 5 p.m. The concerts starts at 7:30 p.m.
Other outdoor music series continue. They include Music on the Porch at Mordecai Historic Park in Raleigh on Friday; Fridays on the Front Porch on Friday at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill; and Six Sundays in Spring in Wake Forest on Sunday.
In Chapel Hill, Southern Village will kick off its Lumina Outdoor Movies series on Friday and Saturday. They'll screen "The Lorax," rated PG starting at dusk each night. At 6 p.m.
Sunday, the neighborhood will feature Magnolia Klezmer Band, Jewish party music from Bucharest to Broadway. The concert is free.
Ackland Art Museum will hold one of its free Family Days starting at 2 p.m., Sunday, with a family tour, followed by story time at 3 p.m. There are hands-on activities at a creation station and scavenger hunts in the galleries. Activities are best for kids ages 4 to 8.
Here are the holiday weekend hours for favorite family destinations:
Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh is open all weekend and on Monday. Hours are 9 to 5. Marbles will have plenty of activities this weekend, including one of its Family Fit series with Raleigh CrossFit from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, and a Science Solvers program about pond critters from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. All day Monday, Marbles will salute Memorial Day with everything from a 21-soda geyser salute to patriotic pinwheels. At 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, they'll have a Bubble Blast with all kinds of bubbles.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and its new Nature Research Center in Raleigh is open all weekend. The museum opened a new 3D theater last year.
The N.C. Museum of History is open all weekend.
Pullen Park's grounds are open from dawn to dusk all year. The carousel, boats and train at the Raleigh park are now open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, including this long weekend. Down By Avalon, playing songs reminiscent of AM pop radio of the 1960s, will perform a special concert at 6 p.m., Sunday.
The N.C. Zoo in Asheboro is open seven days a week from 9 to 5. It recently opened a Dinosaurs exhibit.
Happy Memorial Day weekend from Abberly Place!