Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Jan. 13-15)


With nicer weather headed our way, Triangle families who are ready to get out of the house have lots of fun events to choose from this weekend.

Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Events commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will take place throughout the weekend as well as Monday, Jan. 16. Find ways to contribute to the Day of Service with our list of family-friendly Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities in the Triangle.

Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility Show FREE 

Dog lovers young and old will enjoy watching the feats of agility on display at this three-day competition, which takes place at the Hunt Horse Complex at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds off Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 15. Admission is free.

Full Moon Hike on the American Tobacco Trail

Friday night’s warmer weather should be perfect for a walk under the full moon. This hike, sponsored by Wake County Parks & Recreation, starts at the picnic table at the top of the hill in the American Tobacco Trail's New Hill Parking Area, off New Hill-Olive Chapel Road in Apex. The event runs 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13. Online registration is required; the program fee is $1 per person.

Photo courtesy of Joanne StClair                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Parents’ Night Out With Kidzu Children's Museum

If cabin fever has parents and kids alike looking for some time apart, Kidzu Children's Museum has the remedy! Kids ages 3-9 can be dropped off at the interactive museum for a fun-filled night including exhibit play, a movie and dinner. The fun takes place 6:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, at 201 S. Estes Drive (inside University Place) in Chapel Hill. Register online; admission is $25 for the first child and $15 for each additional sibling.

Science Olympiad Showcase at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences FREE

Add some extra science to the weekend! Two dozen-plus North Carolina middle and high school Science Olympiad teams will participate in practice events at the downtown Raleigh museum, where visitors can enjoy free Science Olympiad-themed activities — such as hovercraft testing, duct tape crafts and code-busting — and special presentations throughout the day, Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wild Woodwinds With the Mallarmé Chamber Players

Children ages 5 and older can learn about woodwind instruments (flute, clarinet and bassoon) at this family concert. The performance takes place in Kirby Horton Hall, part of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens complex in Durham, 1-2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15. Come early to check out the “instrument zoo” or explore the gardens. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults.

 PHOTO COURTESY OF BROOKE WALSH                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


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