January 2015 Picks of Fun Family Events
Mermaids and pirates young and old will celebrate all things “mer” Jan. 2-4 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. The event features kids’ activities, an underwater fashion show, underwater portrait sessions and more. Kids can swim and frolic with mermaid performers or attend a “scalawag skool,” and adults can enjoy an evening gala Jan. 3 at the Embassy Suites in Cary. General admission tickets are $40. Visit ncmerfest.com for a schedule of events.
The Art of Puppetry and Masks
Join Donovan Zimmerman, artistic director of Paperhand Puppet Intervention, for an interactive puppet performance at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Meet some of the colorful characters from Paperhand’s rich history and explore the traditions of puppetry and mask making. Purchase tickets at $10 for adults and $8 for ages 2 and older at artscenterlive.org.
Dream Big Book Drive
Book Harvest’s annual Dream Big Book Drive is 1-4 p.m. Jan. 19 at Carolina Theatre in Durham. The event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrates diversity, literacy and book ownership for all kids. Donate your new and gently used children’s books to help Book Harvest reach its goal of collecting 40,000 books in a single afternoon. Admission is free. bookharvestnc.org/how_to_help/serve_with_us_on_mlk_day_2015.