8 Things to Do This Weekend in Raleigh, Durham, Cary

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Keep the fun going in January with these family-friendly weekend events, some of which are free!

1. Enjoy a Three Kings Day Parade in Cary, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Town Hall Campus at 316 N. Academy St. Three Kings Day celebrates the end of the Christmas season and is the day that children in Spanish-speaking countries receive their gifts. The Three Kings Day event will include dancing, music, Hispanic foods and a colorful parade featuring members of different Hispanic cultures. Presented by the Town of Cary and Diamante Inc. For more more information search "Three Kings Day Parade" at townofcary.org.

2. Escape to the magical light landscape of the NC Chinese Lantern Festival, which has been extended to run until Jan. 17, at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The festival features 20 intricate light displays and Chinese performers entertaining on weekends. Visit 6:30-10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, and 6:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for ages 3-17. Buy tickets online

Photo courtesy of NC Chinese Lantern Festival

3. Head to Northgate Mall in Durham at 12:30 p.m. Saturday for “Morehead Planetarium: STEMville Saturday of Science,” a free educational event for children and families. Learn more about the biosphere with interactive activities and experiments hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium at the mall’s Discovery Nook, located at suite 109 in Northgate’s Children’s Alleyway. Northgate Mall and Durham County Library are presenting the event.

4. Go ice skating at the Ipreo Ice Rink in downtown Raleigh, and take your kids for a free “mini” lesson, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (weather-permitting). Learn more here

Ipreo Ice Rink phtoo courtesy of Carolyn Scott Photography

5. On Saturday and Sunday, take a 30-minute family tour of "The Worlds of M.C. Escher," the Dutch artist's exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The tour is free with exhibit admission. Purchase tickets online for tours that begin at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

6. Visit "Extreme Mammals," a traveling exhibition about the biggest, smallest and most amazing mammals at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Learn more here.

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

7. Take in a free concert by Kim Arrington at 3 p.m. Sunday at the North Carolina Museum of History. Her music combines funk, soul and jazz, and the concert features her husband, pianist Victor Moore, as well as musicians from North Carolina Central University. Free tickets for this concert are distributed while they last beginning at 2 p.m.

Photo of Kim Arrington Courtesy of Kim Arrington

8. Head out to exercise at a free class, compliments of Durham Parks and Recreation's "New Year, New You" program, which runs through Jan. 10. Learn more here.

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