8 Family-Friendly Events in the Triangle: January 2021
From art walks to story walks
Through Jan. 3
1st Annual Virtual International Art Show of Raleigh
International Focus offers their first online International Art Show of Raleigh, running through Jan. 3 with a focus on the art and influence of Indian artists. Check out the exhibit from the comfort of your home here.
Through Jan. 8
Downtown Raleigh Illuminate Art Walk
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance and VAE commissioned more than a dozen local artists to transform storefronts in Downtown Raleigh. The light-based installations, known collectively as the “Illuminate Art Walk,” are on display nightly through Jan. 8. The tour is self-guided and entirely walkable. The map of these stops can be found here.
Christmas Plugged Synchronized Light Show, 4109 Guess Road, Durham
Each night through January 8, Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in Durham is presenting a FREE drive-through light show. The church has decorated the exterior of their church building with about 40,000 LED lights. The display is synchronized to music for a total of nine songs. Attendees can view the half-hour display while listening to correlating music on 90.1 FM. The display starts at dusk.
Through Jan. 30
StoryWalk at Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh
StoryWalk combines the “pleasures of reading a children’s book while taking a nature walk.” Oak View is featuring the illustrated children’s book “Say Something!” by Peter H. Reynolds. “After taking the walk, stop by the Goat Corral to say hello to Oak View’s goats (weather permitting Mon-Sat 9 am-4:30 pm, Sun 1:15-4:30 pm) and then the Chicken Coop!”
Black Nativity Durham
One of Durham’s top traditions continues this weekend in a nontraditional way. Triangle Performance Ensemble presents Black Nativity Durham as a virtual production for the first time in its history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by Wendell Tabb and Xavier Cason, the annual holiday musical is celebrating 14 years of exhibiting the true reason for the Christmas season. More info here.
Winter Wonders Walk at American Tobacco, Downtown Durham
Head over to American Tobacco Campus in Durham any night until Jan. 1. Stroll along the Old Bull River on a magical illuminated walk around the iconic water tower with the family. Parking is free in the South Deck, as is admission to the walk. Work up an appetite on the walk? There are lots of restaurants on the campus with outdoor seating (and heaters). Lights go on at sunset.
Raleigh Scavenger Hunt, 120 W. Edenton St.
Puzzling Adventures blend scavenger hunts, adventure races, and informational tours. The challenge costs $19.99, and families, friends, and participants of any age are encouraged. Find more information here.
Through Jun. 1, 2021
Exhibit: Toy Boom!
“The baby-boomer years were a time of more in America… including more toys,” says Katie Edwards, the curator of popular culture at the North Carolina Museum of History. “We created this exhibit to help North Carolinians reflect on their paths from childhood to adulthood, including the toys that paved the way.” Toy Boom’s artifacts are “curated into unique environments, including TV westerns, space age, zany toys, creative toys, dolls, action figures and more.”