My kids are learning to ride their bikes. It’s been a long process and I don’t promise results, but it’s been fun. This weekend we’ll work on that … and who knows what else? There are many options, after all.
▪ We have Japanese film studio Toho to thank for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah, but also for the tusked, flying turtle monster Gamera. Friday evening, as part of its excellent First Friday B-movie series, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences screens 1968 Gamera film “Destroy All Planets” at 7 p.m. The film is free. Visit naturalsciences.org.
▪ The multimedia Gustafer Yellowgold show, the creation of songwriter and illustrator Morgan Taylor, returns to the Carrboro ArtsCenter Saturday at 11 a.m. The performance mixes animations of Gustafer, a native of the sun, with quirky, peppy songs that fall somewhere between kindie-rock and grown-up indie like the Flaming Lips. Tickets are $10, with a family pack costing $40 and lap-sitters under 2 getting in free. Visitartscenterlive.org.
▪ Discovery Nook at Durham’s Northgate Mall continues its STEMville Saturdays of Science this weekend with a program on chemical concoctions. Children can learn the basic principles of chemistry by paying attention to the textures, colors and chemical reactions within their concoctions. After this one, the next STEMville Saturday of Science will be March 19 and will focus on the biosphere. These are both free and they start at 12:30 p.m. Visit northgatemall.com.
▪ Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill’s University Place – the U-Mall, that is – turns 10 this weekend. The party is Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., during which time admission is free. There will be cake, creative fun and performances. The celebration continues through 2016 with Kidzu’s Year of Creativity. Visit kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.
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