Fun Things to Do in the Triangle this Weekend, Feb. 16-18 Resizeimage30
Photo courtesy of Rachel Niketopoulos
This weekend, enjoy an entertaining performance and an engaging demonstration of the history of the horn, from shells and antlers to the beautiful instrument of today.

This weekend’s picks include an “owl prowl” at Crowder County Park in Apex, immersion in international art at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, a bird identification 101 program in Raleigh, a performance and history lesson about the evolution of the horn at Duke Gardens in Durham, and Carolina Parent's 2018 Summer, Track-Out and Residential Camp Fair at Embassy Suites in Cary.

Crowder by Night: Owl Prowl

This Feb. 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., go on an “owl prowl” at Crowder County Park in Apex. Attendees will discover the kinds of owls found in the Piedmont, what they eat, where they live and what they sound like. Dissect an owl pellet and practice your owl calls. You’ll be outdoors, so make sure to dress for the weather. This activity is appropriate for all ages and the fee is $1 per person. Advance registration is required. Meet at the park's Cardinal Shelter.

photo courtesy of patricia tyndall

Family Day: Around the World FREE

Calling all globetrotters: Discover art from our big, beautiful world right around the corner at the North Carolina Museum of Art. On Feb. 17, any time from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., enjoy hands-on art activities, stories from faraway places, scavenger hunts in the galleries and more. This event is open to all ages. The schedule of activities includes art making in the East and West buildings and a scavenger hunt originating at the West Building Information Desk. At 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., experience Mende stories and games with Braima Moiwai in the East Building.

photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art

Basic Bird Identification Skill-Building FREE

Join staff at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Prairie Ridge Ecostation Feb. 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m., during the Great Backyard Bird Count to start building your bird identification skills. This program is best suited for beginning birders and will cover the basics of how to identify birds, including making observations, understanding field markings, and learning how to use tools to help you determine which bird you’re looking at. The Ecostation will provide binoculars and field guides to use during the program, but please bring your own if you wish to practice with them.

This program is FREE but does require preregistration. The activity is suited for adults and kids ages 10 and older. Register by emailing Chris Goforth at a list of the names of all people in your group, the ages of anyone under age 18, your email address (if different from the one used to register), and a phone number at which you can be reached the day of the program. She will confirm your registration and send a fact sheet for the program once your information has been received.

Note: There’s a bird walk scheduled immediately after this program — part of the Citizen Science Saturday program. Plan to stay for an extra hour and you’ll be able to practice using your new skills right away.

photo courtesy of Gina Harmeyer

HIP Festival – HIPster Horns Family Concert

This concert on Feb. 18, 1 p.m. is a part of the North Carolina HIP Music Festival. Meet renowned hornists Rachel Niketopoulos and Chris Caudill as they take you through the evolution of the horn. From a hunting horn to a symphonic brass horn, learn about the various roles of the horn in music. This concert is an hour-long interactive event for persons age 5 and older and takes place at Duke Gardens. Tickets are $5 for children 12 and younger and $10 for ages 13 and older.

photo courtesy of rachel niketopoulos

Carolina Parent's Camp Fair is Sunday, Feb. 18

Carolina Parent's 2018 Camp Fair is Sunday, Feb. 18, noon-4 p.m., at Embassy Suites in Cary. Don't miss your chance to meet representatives of day camps, overnight camps and a variety of programs from all over the region. Families can register to attend our FREE camp fair here. Those who attend will be eligible to win the following prizes, and those who register online will receive TWO prize tickets instead of one. Prizes include: 

North Carolina Auto Expo Rolls Into Town

The Wake County New Vehicle Dealers Association brings the world of cars and trucks to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh Feb. 15-18. See hybrids, electric cars, SUVs, compacts, luxury vehicles and more. At the expo, the Carolina Hurricanes launches its fan-interactive Canes Mobile Tour, which will travel throughout North Carolina at fairs, festivals and community events. Purchase tickets online at

Photo courtesy of the Carolina Hurricanes


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