Dec. 7-9: Teen Science Café, History of Christmas, Durham’s Holiday Parade and More

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Check out this Saturday's Holiday Parade and Fun Fest in Durham

This weekend in the Triangle, learn about the importance of microbes that live in the human gut at a North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences program, pick from three programs focusing on how modern Christmas traditions began at the North Carolina Museum of History, watch the Durham Holiday Parade and stay for Fun Fest, and go on a virtual vacation at the North Carolina Museum of Art by exploring art from around the world.

Teen Science Café: Microbes on the Menu FREE

There are more microbes in your body than there are stars in our galaxy, and 99 percent of these microbes live in your gut. These bacteria are influenced by the foods we eat and help with digestion, immune regulation and disease prevention — and may even control our cravings, moods and food allergies. During this Teen Science Café Dec. 7, 6-7 p.m., learn how the foods we eat impact our health. Speakers include plant geneticist Christina Roche and microbiologist Dr. Erin McKenney. This event is free and geared toward teens, and is located in North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Daily Planet Café in the Nature Exploration Center. No preregistration is required. 

photo courtesy of the north carolina museum of natural sciences

North Carolina Museum of History Programs

The North Carolina Museum of History hosts three programs Dec. 8 that will appeal to kids of almost any age. From 10-10:45 a.m., kids ages 3-5 with a caregiver can find out people in the past decorated their homes for the holidays and make a decoration to take home in Time for Tots: Deck the Halls! Preregister for Time for Tots here. From 10-11 a.m., kids ages 6-9 can find out how the tradition of having a tree in the home at Christmastime got started, and make an ornament to bring home in the History Corner: Trees and Tinsel activity. Preregister for History Corner here. From 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., kids ages 10-13 can learn how trees became a symbol of Christmas and create their own old-time decoration in the History Hunters: Holly-day History program. Preregister for History Hunters here. Each activity is free for museum members or $5 fee per child for nonmembers.

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Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest FREE

See renowned musician and composer Branford Marsalis; Durham’s Mayor Steve Schewel; CBS 17’s Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein and reporter Derrick Lewis; and floats, bands, community groups and Santa at this free event along Main Street in Durham. Can’t make it? Stream the parade live here.

The parade starts on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m., but make a day of it and stay for Fun Fest, 1-4 p.m., on Blackwell Street between Morehead and West Lakewood Avenues. Fun Fest activities include snow sledding, a Santa Claus meet-and-greet, arts and crafts vendors, and a card-decorating activity benefiting local homebound individuals who would enjoy some holiday cheer. The parade and activities are free, but the food and arts-and-crafts vendors charge for items. View the parade route and parking information here. Check out the Fun Fest layout here.

Fun fact: this parade kicks off the yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Durham, called Durham 150.

photo courtesy of Durham parks and recreation

Weekend Family-Friendly Tours: Vacation Time FREE

Where in the world do you want to go? Travel to a vacation destination through the exploration of art without leaving Raleigh at this all-ages tour through the North Carolina Museum of Art. Meet at the West Building Information Desk at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 for jetlag-free fun. No preregistration is necessary.

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