Children's Holiday Craft Events in Raleigh, Durham, Cary & Carrboro
Time for Tots: Holiday Lights
Dec. 3 and 10 – Discover what menorahs, kinaras and other holiday symbols mean. Hear a story and make a craft to take home. Ages 3-5 with adult. Registration required. $1. 10-10:45 a.m. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7992. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Track-Out Morning: Holiday Crafts
Dec. 3, 10 and 17 – Use natural materials to make a holiday wreath Dec. 3, holiday cards Dec. 10 and a roll of wrapping paper Dec. 17. Ages 6-12. Drop-off program. Register by emailing email@example.com. $45/child. 9:30 a.m.-noon. J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132. ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum.
Little Historians: Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Dec. 6 – Learn about Virginia O’Hanlon and how her letter to The New York Sun in 1897 prompted an editor’s response about hope, generosity and the spirit of childhood. Make a Santa-themed craft. Ages 5-7 with adult. Registration required. $4/child. 11 a.m.-noon. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
A Natural Holiday
Dec. 7 and 15 – Create holiday cards inspired by nature. Ages 5-8. Registration required. $19 residents, $24 nonresidents. 2-4 p.m. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. townofcary.org.
Dec. 7 – Create greeting cards and weave a Dutch Heart to fill with a special surprise. All ages. Ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. $4/person. 1-4 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
Dec. 7 – Discuss The Christmas Barn by C.L. Davis and enjoy crafts and snacks. Registration required. Free. 10-11:30 a.m. City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-996-2220. raleighcitymuseum.org.
Trim the Tree with Twinkle
Dec. 7 – Join Twinkle for an afternoon of ornament making for a holiday tree at WakeMed Children’s Hospital. $5 ages 1-adult. 1-4 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Kids, Cookies and Candy Canes
Dec. 12 – Enjoy family holiday fun that includes cookies, crafts and a children’s show. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. townofcarrboro.org.
Bull City Craft Ornament Party
Dec. 13 – Make ornaments and enjoy refreshments, treats and more. All ages. Advance registration is $6/person, $10/person day of event. Registration suggested. $. 4-6 p.m. Bull City Craft, 2501 University Dr., Durham. 919-419-0800. bullcitycraft.com.
A Doll Christmas
Dec. 14 – Take your favorite doll and make Christmas crafts and enjoy punch and cookies. Ages 5-11. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. $20/child, $18/siblings. 9-11 a.m. Historic Polk House, 537 N. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-285-1537. facebook.com/polkhouse.
Dec. 14 – Families enjoy sweet treats and the fun of decorating a keepsake gingerbread house. Registration required. $10/person, $15/gingerbread house. 10 a.m.-noon, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Dec. 14 - Build your own gingerbread house or village and enjoy games, a healthy lunch and pictures with Santa. Registration required. $20 members, $25 nonmembers. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kidz Celebrate, 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-645-9799. kidzcelebrate.com.
Swim With Santa
Dec. 14 - Children play in the shallow water with Santa and make holiday-themed arts-and-crafts projects on the pool deck. An adult must enter the water with children ages 9 and younger. Lifejackets provided. Register by Dec. 13. $6-$11/child. 5:30-7 p.m. Edison Johnson Aquatic Center, 500 W. Murray Ave, Durham. 919-560-4265. dprplaymore.org.
Kids Programs: Christmas Games and Crafts
Dec. 23 - Create gifts from recycled and reusable items. Enjoy hot cocoa and a snack. Ages 7-12. Meet at the park office. Registration required. $16. Noon-4 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com.
Playdates With Julia and Alexis: Snowflakes
Dec. 27 - Kids enjoy fun, structured play while parents connect with and support one another. The event features crafts, activities and stories. Register online. $5/child. 9:30 a.m., ages 1-3; 10:15 a.m., ages 4-6. Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique, 2845 Jones Franklin Rd., Raleigh. allwrappedupparties.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/come-out-to-play.