9 Fun Things to Do With Kids this Weekend

Photo of Ipreo Ice Rink by Carolyn Scott Photography

From "Star Wars" fun and a free magic show for special needs kids, to where to visit Santa and find free pizza, check out these ideas for weekend outings around the Triangle.

1. Join in "Star Wars" mania! Headed to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" this weekend? The Triangle is featuring lots of Star Wars-themed events ahead of the movie’s opening on Friday, Dec. 18. Check out this roundup for details on ways to join in the fun. 

2. Take your special needs child (in grades 2-8) to a free sensory friendly magic show. The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host “Hocus Focus” 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18. The show incorporates magic tricks that allow children to learn facts and concepts they can see, touch and talk about. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov/hocus-focus.aspx or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

3. Join in a free holiday singalong! Community Chorus Project, Kidzu Children’s Museum and University Place invite families to spread the holiday spirit through singing 5:15-6 p.m., Dec. 19, at the stage in front of Kidzu in Chapel Hill. Caroline Miceli, the director of Community Chorus Project’s Saturday Glee Club, a program for young singers run in partnership with the Department of Music at UNC-Chapel Hill, will conduct. In Durham, head to the Museum of Durham History/History Hub, 6-8 p.m., Dec. 18, to usher in the season with song. Free hot cider and homemade cookies will be on hand at the “Carolers Under The Gazebo” event.

4. Escape to a magical light landscape. The Chinese Lantern Festival at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary runs through Jan. 3, featuring 20 intricate light displays and Chinese performers entertaining on weekends. Visit from 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 North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival 

5. See Santa! Take your kids to visit Santa at local malls and at special events, including breakfast at Southern Season

6. Enjoy a live family-friendly performance, such as “A Very Cary Christmas,” which runs Dec. 18-20 at the Cary Arts Center. Find more performances in our roundup of December shows

7. Go ice skating outdoors at the Ipreo rink in downtown Raleigh. The seasonal rink is open through Jan. 31, except during inclement weather, so call ahead. On Friday, Dec. 18, you can skate to Christmas tunes and other favorites spun by a DJ and gain free gifts thanks to Will Ferrell's new movie, "Daddy's Home." The cost to skate at the rink is $10 including skate rental. 

8. Celebrate "Diwali," the Hindu festival of lights with a family workshop on Saturday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Orange County Historical Museum in Hillsborough. Make a “diya” saucer to take home, enjoy mithai (little morsels of sweetmeats), and learn a bit about the holiday, its history, music and stories. Register by emailing info@orangenchistory.org or call 919-732-2201 if you would like to share your stories. Admission is free, although a suggested donation of $2 per person is welcome. Visit orangenchistory.org for details.

Photo by Wong yu Liang© courtesy of Shutterstock.com

9. Savor free pizza! Blaze Pizza opens in Garner at 140 Cabela Drive on Thursday, Dec. 17, and on Friday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., the location is celebrating Free Pizza Day. Follow Blaze Pizza on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to enjoy a free 11-inch artisanal pizza with unlimited toppings.

Photo courtesy of Blaze Pizza


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