February 2017: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
"The Little Mermaid" comes to the Fletcher Theater in Raleigh Feb. 2-19.
Photo courtesy of Carolina Ballet
“The Little Mermaid” — Feb. 2-19
Join Carolina Ballet under the sea as Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, “The Little Mermaid,” is brought to life at Fletcher Theater in Raleigh. Enjoy a dazzling performance about a mermaid with a dulcet voice who risks it all for love in a daring deal with a vengeful sea witch. Visit carolinaballet.com/program/the-little-mermaid for show times and to purchase tickets, $35 and up.
Triangle Russian Festival — Feb. 4
Live folk entertainment and authentic cuisine highlight the Triangle Russian Festival at the Halle Culture Arts Center in Apex Feb. 4, noon-8 p.m. The festival kicks off with two kids’ talent concerts and hosts the Golden Gates Folk Show, which comprises a youth dance group from St. Petersburg, Russia, and professional dancers from Tbilisi, Georgia, at 3 and 7 p.m. Crafts, educational activities, Russian souvenirs and an opportunity to learn traditional Russian and Georgian folk dances round out the fun. Admission is free for the festival; the Golden Gates Folk Show charges $10 for adults and $8 for ages 16 and younger. Learn more at trianglerussianfestival.com.
“Ready, Set, School” Community Playdates — Through May 20
Kids ages 3-5 can prepare themselves for kindergarten during “Ready, Set, School,” a series of free community playdates taking place on Saturdays through May 20 at select Wake County public libraries. Children can enjoy play-based activities in English and Spanish, and gain fine motor, spatial perception and social skills. Playdates take place Feb. 4 at Green Road and Wendell community libraries; Feb. 11 at Richard B. Harrison and Zebulon community libraries; Feb. 18 at East Regional and Southgate community libraries; and Feb. 25 at Southeast and Athens Drive community libraries. Visit wakegov.com/libraries for playdate times at each location and also for other sessions in March, April and May.