Free, Fresh, Fun Things to Do With Kids This Week

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Stuck in the same old routine? Explore these opportunities in the Triangle to play, learn, exercise, connect with the local community, volunteer and challenge your family to try new experiences. 

Monday, Jan. 18
It’s MLK Day! Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at events in and around the Triangle. Check our full roundup of Triangle MLK Events for details. Also, in honor of MLK Day on Monday, all national parks will be fee-free.


Tuesday, Jan. 19
View images of the Magna Carta, precious manuscripts and documents from the Library of Congress's rare book collections on 12 banners at this free exhibit that opens Jan. 19 in the rotunda of the State Capitol in downtown Raleigh. The Magna Carta is the document that laid the groundwork for individual rights in Anglo-American legal systems. The exhibit, curated by The Library of Congress, runs through Jan. 30. Browse this roundup of exhibits at local museums for details.

Image Courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Wednesday, Jan, 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Join the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter in this kickoff rally for the 8th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Raleigh. Learn more.

Thursday, Jan. 21
Take your little one to a nature program at a local park to spot squirrels, look for “winter wonders” and read the signs animals leave behind. Learn about geocaching and search for newly placed geocaches along the American Tobacco Trail. Search "2016-01-21" in our Daily Calendar for details.

Take kids ages 5 and older tubing (weather permitting) Jan. 22, 4:45-9 p.m., and Jan. 23, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at Cary’s Winter Wonderland at Bond Park. Participants must preregister by Jan. 21. Register now before tubing slots fill up.

Photo courtesy of Town of Cary

Friday, Jan. 22
Shop for gently used clothing, toys, equipment and more at the Kids Exchange Consignment Sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. 

Monday-Saturday, Jan. 18-23
Restart your fitness program. Head out for free FIT4MOM Stroller Strides & Stroller Barre classes at in Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill. Learn more.

Photo courtesy of FIT4MOM

This article was updated Jan. 21 to reflect the Winter Wonderland cancellation due to weather.

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