Weekend Offers Free Family Fun, MLK Events
Get ready for a long weekend full of fun family events in Triangle with many kids out of school on Monday, Jan. 16, to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. You'll find lots of free MLK events spread across the weekend as well as nature programs that take kids outdoors for hands-on exploration. See how your town is honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in this round-up of MLK events.
Unless otherwise noted, check ourDaily Calendar for details of the following upcoming events.
At 6 p.m. Friday, head to the MLK Memorial Gardens, at the corner of Rock Quarry Rd. and Martin Luther King Blvd., in Raleigh, for a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. You'll find details in our Daily Calendar.
In Cary, FATE Presents "The Shakespeare Project," a play written by local teens, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, at Harrison Point Shopping Center. See our Daily Calendar for details on ticket prices
In Raleigh, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, enjoy a free Nature Play Day at the Wilkerson Nature Preserve. Meet at the picnic shelter for this drop-in program, which offers imaginative play for all ages.
Enjoy a free Music Together Demo Class from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Friday at the Raleigh School of Ballet, in Raleigh. The class is appropriate for kids from birth through age 5 and their caregivers.
On Saturday, from 1-3 p.m., the N.C. Museum of History, in Raleigh, will feature a free MLK drop-in program, Make It, Take It: Happy Birthday, Martin! Make a peace paper dove in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In Durham, on Saturday, from 2-4 p.m., the W. D. Hill Recreation Center, will offer a free MLK event featuring visual art displays, arts and crafts projects, and community discussions about Dr. King's impact on society. Refreshments will be served.
On Saturday in Cary, the free MLK Jr. Dreamfest Memorial Concert kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center. Hear inspirational music from the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble and The Raleigh LDS Stake Choir and Solists.
You'll find several nature programs for kids in Raleigh and Cary on Saturday. Head to Calling for Owls from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Wilkerson Nature Preserve, in Raleigh. Try Nature Crafts: Nature Sings! From 1-3 p.m. at Blue Jay Point County Park, in Raleigh. ? Join in Eco-Explorers: Things That Creep and Crawl from 2-4 p.m. at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary. Or become a Junior Naturalist: at Nature Fun After Dark from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary. Check our Daily Calendar for details on cost and pre-registration.
At 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Studio A Dancers Present "The Lorax" at the East Chapel Hill High School Auditorium, in Chapel Hill. The play tells a cautionary tale about human's impact on the environment and is adapted from a Dr. Seuss story. It's appropriate for all ages. See our Daily Calendar for ticket prices.
Head to "Ellen's Broom" book launch party at 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books, in Raleigh. Kids will enjoy a reading, signing and craft for the launch of Kelly Starling Lyons' new picture book.
SmartMomma in Raleigh will host Dogs & Storks at 3 p.m. Sunday to offer advice on preparing a dog for a baby's arrival. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details on cost.
Ever wondered where animals live and hide in winter? Hemlock Nature Quest: Winter Adventures will answer that question from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary. The program is for ages 13-18, and pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.
Enjoy a Birthday Party for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday in front of Northgate Books at Northgate Mall, in Durham. Paula Young Shelton, daughter of civil rights activist Andrew Young will read from her book, "A Child of the Civil Rights Movement" and share her experiences with Dr. King as part of her family's daily life, growing up in Atlanta during segregation and marching in Selma, Ala., as a child. Enjoy a free English/ Spanish story time, songs, crafts, and birthday. See this mom's blog for more details.
Headed to the movies? Be sure to check Jean's Movie Choices for Kids first to see what's appropriate for your tot, tween or teen.
Looking ahead: TriangleMommies, the free social networking group for moms, will be hosting its annual free Winter Bash event from 7-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Morrisville. This a fun event open to TriangleMommies members only. Enjoy food, games, free massages and loads of fun! To join in the fun, register at http://www.trianglemommies.com/index.php