Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Week, Dec. 26-28

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Photo of Aya Shabu and daughter Funmi courtesy of Lester Thomas
Learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa starting December 26 in Durham.

Since school is out this week, spend some quality time doing fun things. Get messy with art at Kidzu Children's Museum in Chapel Hill, immerse yourself in a virtual reality experience all about ants at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, celebrate Kwanzaa at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, and wrap up the week by making a fun New Year's craft at the Fuquay-Varina Community Library.

Messy Morning

Explore the messier side of art from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dec. 26-29, in the Makery at Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill. Children can cover up with an art smock and let their creativity run free. This activity is geared toward kids under age 10. The experience is free with museum admission, which is $7.50 for nonmembers ages 12 months and older.

photo courtesy of Kidzu Children's Museum

Investigate Ants: A Virtual Reality Experience

Experience what it's like to come face to face with an ant in a 360-degree video virtual reality experience at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Researchers will guide you through the ant’s world where you will discover a few of the ants you could meet in your backyard, and also find out how you can help with the citizen science project Ant Picnic. By setting up an Ant Picnic in your backyard, then recording and reporting the results, you can help scientists learn about the food available to them in nature. You have a handful of opportunities to catch this fun program. Sessions are approximately 15 minutes and take place Dec. 26 from 1-4 p.m., Dec. 27 from 10 a.m.-noon, and Dec. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Tickets range from $2-$5 each.

photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Hayti Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration honoring African heritage in African-American culture that culminates in a feast and gift-giving. This annual Kwanzaa festival kicks off the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa with family-friendly performances, workshops, films, food and vendors. The fun takes place from 1-9 p.m., Dec. 26-Jan. 1 at St. Joseph’s Performance Hall at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham. Admission is a small donation.

photo courtesy of Lester Thomas

Wintertime Fun – Drop-in Craft FREE

Join library staff at the Fuquay-Varina Community Library when you drop in Dec. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m., for wintertime fun and a New Year’s noisemaker craft. This FREE activity is geared toward kids in grades K-5. No preregistration is required.

photo courtesy of the Fuquay-varina community library


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