Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Feb. 24-26)
Enjoy a free, family-friendly Mardi Gras street festival and parade, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, in downtown Wake Forest.
Phoot courtesy of Town of Wake Forest
Take your pick of history, science, engineering, a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration or a visit to a sustainable farm this weekend. Adults can celebrate American Heart Month with a free weekend of workouts.
As American Heart Month comes to a close, O2 Fitness Clubs are offering a free weekend of workouts for adults interested in improving their heart health. Stop by participating clubs Friday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 26, to try out their fitness equipment and group exercise classes including yoga, spin, kickboxing and Pilates. Free.
Events include "DREAM BIG 3D" opening at Marbles IMAX Friday with five shows throughout the day, an "Engineer It: Weather Edition" event 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, and the Future Me Kids Career Fair 1-4 p.m., Saturday.
Children ages 9-13 will learn about wolves, coyotes and foxes, take a hike to look for tracks and signs, and do a fun craft. The class takes place 3-5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at Wilkerson Nature Preserve on Awls Haven Drive in Raleigh. Register online ($5 per child) for course #199997.
photo courtesy of Wilkerson Nature Preserve
Celebrate Mardi Gras with a community walking parade, street fair featuring children’s activities and food trucks, and competitions including “King and Queen,” “Prince and Princess” and “Most Festive Family” costume contests. The festival takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, on S. White Street in downtown Wake Forest. Free.
photo courtesy of Town of Wake Forest
Raleigh Little Theatre’s youth troupe performs the exciting story of Cher Ami, a pigeon who saved American soldiers during World War I by carrying a message for help. The performance takes place 2-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Free.
Children in grades pre-K through 5 will enjoy this fast-paced and accessible introduction to many of the influential black Americans who have shaped the nation over the last 150 years. The performance by Bright Star Theatre takes place 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Free.
Bring the whole family to Blue Whistler's open farm event, which takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of every month, and learn how sustainably raised food is created. Play on the tire swing, feed and pet the piglets, chickens and bunnies, and enjoy Common Kin Bakery pastries, ice cream and other market products. This event takes place 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at Blue Whistler Farm in Bahama. Free.
photo courtesy of sarah montgomery
Teens interested in getting involved behind the scenes at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh can get the scoop on opportunities at the Teen Volunteer Fair. Opportunities include Junior Curators, Junior Volunteers, Teen Science Café Coordinators and Teen Newsroom. The event is held in the museum’s Environmental Conference Center, 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26. Parents are welcome to attend. No RSVP needed. Free.
photo courtesy of north carolina museum of natural sciences