February 2018: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
The Harlem Globetrotters take on the Washington Generals Feb. 11 in Raleigh.
Photo courtesy of Brett Meiste
Whirlikids Book Festival – Feb. 3
Picture-book creators and celebrated authors of books for young people highlight the Whirlikids Book Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. Enjoy readings and signings from authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins, Ursula Vernon, Stacy McAnulty, Karina Yan Glaser, Alan Gratz and more. Take part in fun activities and visit farm animals in the Belted Barnyard. fearrington.com/whirlikids.
Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival – Feb. 10
Don your masks and beads and head to the Mardi Gras Street Festival in downtown Wake Forest, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This family event features a walking parade at 1 p.m., face painting, street entertainers, kids’ activities, inflatables, food trucks and a variety of contests, including a Bubblegum Blowing Contest at 2 p.m. in Jones Plaza. Admission is free. wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-mardi-gras.aspx.
Harlem Globetrotters – Feb. 11
Don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters when they bring their renowned basketball-handling wizardry to Raleigh’s PNC Arena for a game at 3 p.m. against the Washington Generals. See the Globetrotters’ star-studded roster showcase basketball’s first 4-point line (located 30 feet from behind the basket), and enjoy the team’s celebrated style of comedy and athleticism. Purchase tickets, $18-$75, at ticketmaster.com.