December 2018: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
Disney on Ice, Santa Paws, First Night Raleigh and "Our Body: The Universe Within" exhibit
Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment
“Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party” – Dec. 5-9
Join Mickey Mouse and his friends as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map in the hunt for Tinker Bell in Disney on Ice’s newest adventure, “Mickey’s Search Party,” at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Travel to Coco’s fantastical world, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, sing along with Elsa in her icy world, and watch as Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear lend a hand in the search for the beautiful fairy. Visit ticketmaster.com for show times and to purchase tickets, $13 and up. PNC Arena is at 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh.
Santa Paws – Dec. 14
Take your four-legged friend to a special holiday event at the Durham Armory, 6-8:30 p.m. Santa Paws, hosted by Durham Parks and Recreation, offers canines and their owners photo opportunities with the North Pole’s most famous resident, dog-friendly games, a pet market and food vendors. Admission is free. The Durham Armory is at 212 Foster St., Durham. dprplaymore.org/324/santa-paws.
First Night Raleigh – Dec. 31
Ring in 2019 in style when 20 city blocks of downtown Raleigh light up with extraordinary performances, rides and interactive activities on New Year’s Eve. Presented by Artsplosure, First Night Raleigh features dozens of family-friendly activities beginning at 2 p.m. on Bicentennial Plaza, the People’s Procession through downtown Raleigh at 6 p.m., and the countdown to an early drop of the Raleigh Acorn and fireworks show at 7 p.m. at City Plaza. The excitement continues when the acorn is lowered again at midnight. Purchase a First Night Raleigh pass, $11 per person, in advance at area locations listed on firstnightraleigh.com. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults $11 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and younger with a paying adult.
“OUR BODY: The Universe Within” – Through March 31
Discover the inner workings of the human body in “OUR BODY: The Universe Within,” an international touring exhibit making a stop at Triangle Town Center in Raleigh. “OUR BODY” showcases anatomical displays, preserved bodies, reproductions of historic anatomical artwork and more. The self-guided tour includes four touch specimens and is suitable for all ages. Tour times are Saturday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Purchase tickets, $15-$17, at ourbodyraleigh.com. Children ages 4 and younger are free; an adult must accompany all children under the age of 12.