Dec. 10-13: An Epic Gingerbread Challenge, Family Fun Night, Winter Animals and the Santa Train Resizeimage27
Photo courtesy of Jon Harol
Build your best edible structure at the Epic Gingerbread Challenge this week.

This week in the Triangle, build an epic gingerbread house based on a book at a fun program at the Southwest Regional Library in Durham, enjoy a calmer, quieter environment at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh at an event designed for families with special needs kids, learn about how animals prepare for winter at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh and ride the Santa Train at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.

Epic Gingerbread Challenge FREE

Kids in grades 6-12 will have one hour to build a gingerbread house using the materials provided. The catch? The structure must be based on a book of each participant’s choosing. Bring your creativity to the Southwest Regional Library in Durham for this epic showdown on Dec. 10, 4-5:30 p.m. Preregistration is required. 

photo courtesy of casa wilson

Family Fun Night for Kids with Special Needs FREE

Kids with special needs can enjoy Marbles Kids Museum in a calmer, quieter environment Dec. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Preregistration is optional, but attendees who do will receive a schedule of events, list of activities and other preparatory materials. This event is exclusively intended for kids with special needs and their families.

photo courtesy of marbles kids museum

Nature Stories: Nature Neighbors

Learn about the activities of our winter animal neighbors and make a special treat to invite them to your yard at a fun program at Blue Jay Point County Park Dec. 12, 1-2 p.m. Hear themed stories and enjoy activities geared toward children ages 3-5 years old with an adult caregiver. The fee is $4 per child and preregistration is required.

photo courtesy of blue jay point county park

Santa Train

The Santa Train runs every 20 minutes Dec. 12-16 and 19-22 from 5:20-8:20 p.m. at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. This is the 41st year of the annual fundraising event for the museum that has become a holiday tradition for families all over the Triangle. You’ll see thousands of twinkling lights as you make your way to the North Pole to meet Santa and his elves, make holiday crafts, “skate” in your socks on a synthetic ice rink, drink complimentary hot chocolate and more. Tickets are $22 for all riders ages 3 and older. Gates open at 5 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. each night. Purchase tickets for your desired time slot in advance here and get answers to frequently asked questions about the ride here. A portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible.



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