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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: January 19, 2012

Wondering what's on tap for weekend family fun? You'll find a range of events, from nature hikes to a game night at a local museum and third Friday fun. Catch live performances by kids or for kids.

Or see two exhibits: Genghis Khan: The Exhibition and Race: Are We So Different, before they head out of town.  Another interesting exhibit is At the Speed of a Girl – Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting. If you'd like to play indoors, check out Marbles Kids Museum Power2Play Exhibit idesigned to promote fun and fitness for the whole family. 

With Valentine's Day approaching, find out which Triangle venues are planning fun events for kids or parents. Unless otherwise noted, check our Daily Calendar for details of the following upcoming events.


In Durham, don't miss out on Third Friday fun, which offers a gallery crawl with live music and other performances. You'll find details here, and maps are available at each participating location.

Enjoy a free Friday fun at the Mordecai Historic Park, in Raleigh, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Take in free guided tours of the Mordecai House and outbuildings. No registration is required for the tours, which are on a first come, first serve basis. Tours start on the hour and half hour.

Nostalgic for family game night? The Museum of Life and Science, in Durham, will host one from 6-9 p.m. Friday, when all ages are invited. Design, create and take home a game, or play classic and new games. Games and snacks will be provided. For ticket prices, call 919-220-5429 ext. 31. Pre-registration is required. Visit our Daily Calendar for details.

In Durham, catch the student production of "The Taming of the Shrew," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Common Ground Theatre. Tickets are a $4 minimum donation. Call 919-932-1852 or visit for details.


Gustafer Yellowgold is back at 11 a.m. Saturday at The ArtsCenter, in Carrboro. A multimedia performance that combines original animation with live music, the show revolves around Gustafer, a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow who comes to Earth from the Sun and finds himself neck-deep in absurd situations. Gustafer is the creation of Morgan Taylor, a nationally acclaimed musician, and animator, whose show has been described as a "musical moving storybook." See my earlier post for details, including ticket prices.

You'll also find nature-themed programs on Saturday in Raleigh.  At 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. the N.C. Museum of Art, in Raleigh's Family Fun Saturday: Design in Nature offers a chance to explore intricate designs. The program is appropriate for all ages and pre-registration is required. For details, see our Daily Calendar.

Also in Raleigh,  Nature Stories: Just Chillin' from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday invites kids ages 3-5 to enjoy snow stories and snowflake crafts at Blue Jay Point County Park. For details on pre-registration, cost and more, visit our Daily Calendar.

On Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon, in Durham, head to The Art Market at Vega Metals, an outdoor market featuring locally produced arts and crafts, including metal, jewelry, fabric arts and pottery. Visit or call 919-321-8536 for details.


Love to dance? Pass along that skill to your little one at the Mother-Daughter Dance Workshop from12:15-2:15 p.m. Sunday at World In Motion Dance, Movement and Music Center, in Morrisville. Learn choreography by dancing to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and have the opportunity to perform at the Blue Moon Dance Company Winter Hafla on Jan. 28. The workshop is for ages 5 and up. Juice and snacks are provided. Pre-registration required. See our Daily Calendar for pricing.

In Raleigh, take a Winter Wonderland Hike on from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wilkerson Nature Preserve. During the walk, you'll explore where animals go in winter and discover the beauty of the winter woods. All ages are welcome. See Our Daily Calendar details on pricing and how to pre-register.

Kids ages 10-13 interested in nature can take part in the Young Ecologists to a Winter Wildlife Survey from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary. They'll be helping with the annual check of the preserve's wildlife boxes. For details on pre-registration and cost, visit our Daily Calendar.

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.

If you're going to be dining out, see which Triangle restaurants let kids eat free or for 99 cents in our just updated Family Dining Deals Directory.


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