Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Jan. 6-8)
The big cats at the Conservators Center in Burlington will celebrate Christmas in January during the Tree Toss, Jan. 7 and 21.
Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Butzer/Conservators Center
Whether or not the Triangle gets snow, there’s lots of fun — both indoor and outdoor — waiting for families this weekend. In the event we do see some inclement weather, check the venues’ websites for closings, cancelations or postponements.
History comes alive when children “Step Onto the Porch” in the Kids Area at this downtown Durham museum. Dig through the costume trunk to find inspiration for play, explore Durham’s railroad history with a train set, and learn about famous local people and places with coloring sheets. Ongoing exhibit. Free. Open Tuesdays–Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays, 1–5 p.m.
Teens with an interest in science are invited to join North Carolina State University professor Gavin Williams from 6–7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh for an informal presentation and activity on how synthetic biology uses microbes in the discovery and manufacture of medicines to treat human diseases and infections. Learn more about this monthly event on the museum's Facebook page. Free. No registration required.
Photo courtesy of Gavin Williams
Enjoy one more holiday event with the Three Kings Day Parade, 1–4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Town Hall Campus in Cary. Traditionally the day on which children in Spanish-speaking countries receive their gifts from the Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings, or Wise Men), Three Kings Day celebrates the end of the Christmas season. The event includes dancing and food as well. Free. No registration required.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Cary
The big cats of the Conservators Center in Burlington get their Christmas presents in January, too, when Cranberry Farms donates their unsold Christmas trees to the animals for some after-holiday sniffing and scratching. Visitors can make gifts for the animals before watching the tree toss and enjoying a self-guided tour and other presentations by the staff. Two Saturday dates are scheduled — Jan. 7 and Jan. 21 — with inclement weather dates of Jan. 14 and Jan. 28, respectively. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets (beginning at $18 for kids 3-11) and a signed waiver are required.
Courtesy of Kim Payne/ConservatorS center
Enjoy a spectacle of another sort when the dynamic Transactors Improv troupe returns to Carrboro's Artscenter, 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, to celebrate the new year. Comedic skits are improvised using audience suggestions, and all humor is family-friendly. Tickets are $6 for children and $10 for adults.
Enjoy the sounds of Dwight Hawkins & The Piedmont Highballers, a Raleigh-based band that specializes in traditional acoustic music “with an attitude,” when they perform at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh, 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8, and follow up with a discussion about their craft. Free tickets will be distributed starting at 2 p.m.