Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Feb. 3-5)
LEGO fans will enjoy LEGO-Palooza at Morehead Planetarium, Saturday, Feb. 4, and Sunday, Feb. 5.
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The weekend of Feb. 3-5 promises big fun for LEGO lovers, plus opportunities to explore America’s musical history, Russian culture and African drumming.
Wake County residents of all ages are invited to create Valentine’s Day cards to show their appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Stop by any Wake County library, where materials will be available for use at no cost. Valentines will be delivered to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham by Feb. 14. This ongoing event ends Sunday, Feb. 5.
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For 14 years, LEGO fans of all ages have been amazed by the ingenuity of the displays created by the North Carolina LEGO Users Group at LEGO-Palooza. This year’s event takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, and 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5, at Morehead Planetarium in downtown Chapel Hill. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Free.
Celebrate Black History Month with an informative and interactive demonstration of African drumming at Durham County Library’s Discovery Nook, located in the Children’s Alleyway at Northgate Mall in Durham. Attendees may also visit the Destination Literacy Bookmobile to borrow or return library materials. Ghana native Osei, a master drummer and African culture specialist, performs at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4; local educator and drum specialist Thad Bennett performs at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18. Free.
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The Triangle Russian Festival, presented by the Rotary Children’s Fund, offers a rich performing arts program with live folk entertainment, food and handmade crafts, and activities for kids and adults. Stage performances rotate every half hour. Admission to the festival is free; tickets ($8-10) are required for the concerts featuring the Moscow Nights Trio (Russian music) and The Golden Gates (youth folk dancers from St. Petersburg, Russia), which are slated for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The festival takes place noon-8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in downtown Apex.
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Explore the melting pot of American music through a child’s eyes with the musical story of “Gershwin’s Magic Key,” part of the North Carolina Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts series. Come early for the Instrument Zoo and other hands-on activities with staff from Marbles Kids Museum. Showtimes are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5, at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. Purchase tickets ($22-25) online, at the theater box office, or at the door.
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