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1. Entertain the kids

Kids Fest 2016 will be held May 28 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sneads Ferry Festival Grounds, 126 Park Lane in Sneads Ferry. The event features eight waterslides and obstacle courses, a DJ, face painting, snow cones, prizes, and more. It will also have visits from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Spider-Man, Olaf, and more. General admission to the event is free, and bracelets for the slides and courses are $5 each.

2. Catch a new movie

At the movies this weekend are two long awaited sequels “X-Men: Apocalypse” (rated PG-13) in which the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance after Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, awakens after thousands of years and tries to cleanse mankind and create a new world order. In “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (rated PG), Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

3. Book a visit to the 82nd Airborne Museum

Anyone interested in a day trip to the 82nd Airborne Museum in Fayetteville should register to attend by May 27. Transportation will depart from the Jacksonville Commons Senior Center at 8 a.m. on June 2 and will return at 6 p.m. the same day. The price of the event, $20, includes transportation and tickets and is limited to those 18 years old and above. For more information, call 910-938-5312.

4. Enjoy the beach weather

It’s not officially summer, but it is pool season. If the weather cooperates this weekend, head to the new splash pad in Jack Amyette Park in Jacksonville for some fun in the sun. Or throw a water-fun party in your backyard. Break out the slip-n-slide and the sprinkler, set up a kiddie pool, get some water balloons and get some squirt guns and enjoy the day!

5. Go on a camping trip

It’s also camping season: June brings Great Outdoors Month and National Camping Month. If you can get away for a camping trip this weekend, by all means do. Otherwise have a backyard campout, with tents, a campfire, s’mores and more!

6. Remember the fallen

• The Rotary Club of Sneads Ferry is hosting a Memorial Day service at Fulcher’s Landing on May 30 at 9:30 a.m. The service will serve as a remembrance to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation.

• The Beirut Memorial Chapter 642 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is conducting a cetermony at the NC State Veterans Cemetery adjacent to the Beirut Memorial and entrance of Camp Johnson in Jacksonville. The event will take place at 11 a.m. May 30 and will feature guest speaker Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips.

7. Watch the Indy 500

Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines: Sunday is the running of the Indianapolis 500, a Memorial Day weekend tradition. The Indy 500 is one of the oldest races in the world. If you’re not one of the approximate 300,000 people heading to Indianapolis for the festivities, race coverage will be televised. For more information, go to

8. Cheer on your favorite sports team

The NBA and NHL finals are just about set, so if you’re looking for some other sports action, check out baseball and soccer — both leagues have plenty of games slated for this weekend.