Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Feb. 10-12)
Get in touch with your crafty side (just in time for Valentine’s Day), or explore some history, art and culture at these family events happening around the Triangle this weekend.
Kids can create handmade gifts for Valentine’s Day at Marbles Kids Museum’s make-and-take workshop, offered in partnership with Google Fiber. Stop by 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, for the hands-on fun. Free with Marbles admission ($5).
Visit the ultimate upcycling center for “Upcycled with Love,” a morning of making creative Valentine’s Day gifts and cards. Prepared projects for crafters of all ages will include embroidered cards, paper flowers, trophy wine toppers, leather keychains and bookmarks, and scrappy jewelry. The session runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at The Scrap Exchange, Lakewood Shopping Center, Durham. Register online ($10); materials are included.
If your kids love trains — and what kids don’t? — you’ll want to head to New Hope Valley Railway in Bonsal, just outside Apex, to celebrate its steam engine with a special early-season ride before the locomotive undergoes federally mandated repairs. (Diesel trains will continue to run throughout the season.) Enjoy train rides, food and hot beverages during the “Steam Party,” Saturday, Feb. 11, with trains departing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets ($9-15; free for kids under age 2) may only be purchased at the rail yard ticket office the day of the ride, and proceeds will go toward the engine repairs.
photo courtesy of New Hope Valley Railroad
Experience America’s history up close as the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough showcases living history events centered around the occupation of Hillsborough by British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and his 1,900-man army on Feb. 20, 1781. Highlights include guided walking tours, military drills and demonstrations, and colonial dancers. Events, most of which are free, take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Hillsborough Visitors Center (Alexander Dickson House) and other area historic sites. Tours cost $6-12.
photo courtesy of alliance for historic hillsborough
Families with a love for all things French will enjoy France Pavilion, celebrating France’s contemporary art, food and culture. The traveling exhibition, which opens Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Historic Market Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market, includes art talks and workshops. Family Day, taking place 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, gives children the opportunity to learn about French contemporary art and create their own piece. Free.
photo courtesy of france pavilion