December 2019: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
American Girl Doll Christmas Tea, Solstice Celebration Lantern Walk, and more
Photo courtesy of Historic Polk House
American Girl Doll Christmas Tea | Dec. 7 (all other teas sold out as of press time)
Historic Polk House in Raleigh welcomes girls ages 5-12 to celebrate the magic of the season with their American Girl doll. Enjoy refreshments, make a Christmas craft for your doll and create special memories inside the 1892 Victorian home decorated in its holiday finest. The American Girl Christmas tea takes place Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. (There is a waitlist for sold-out teas.) Registration is required by emailing email@example.com. Tickets are $22 per attendee; a second child is $20. Historic Polk House is located at 537 N. Blount St., Raleigh.
Family Basketball Ham Toss | Dec. 17
Here’s your chance to win a holiday ham, courtesy of Lowes Foods of Apex. Two members of the same family — 1 adult (age 18 or older) and 1 child (age 17 and younger) — comprise teams to shoot foul shots at the Apex Community Center. The winning team from each of the six ages divisions that holds the highest number of points when the scores of both participants from all three rounds are totaled, wins the ham. Handicaps will be given to the youngest age divisions. For ham toss times, visit apexnc.org/524/family-basketball-ham-toss. Admission is free; registration is not required. The Apex Community Center is located at 53 Hunter St., Apex.
Photos courtesy of Hillsborough Arts Council
Solstice Celebration Lantern Walk | Dec. 21
Celebrate the astronomical phenomenon that marks the beginning of the winter season in the northern hemisphere, and the longest night of the year, during the Solstice Celebration Lantern Walk in Hillsborough. This celestial event is significant to cultures around the globe and recognizes the tranquility that the darker, colder months of the year can bring. Register online at hillsboroughartscouncil.org/solstice. The walk begins at 5:45 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion at 144 East Margaret Lane, travels along the Hillsborough Riverwalk and ends at the Weaver Street parking deck. Take a handmade lantern with an LED light (since flames are not permitted) to guide your family along the route. Only registered individuals with lanterns will be permitted to enter the walk. Admission is free.