Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Jan. 20-22)

Photo courtesy of WAKE Up and Read
Reuben the Rooster will be part of the kick-off for WAKE Up and Read's children's book drive at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, Saturday, Jan. 21.

The weekend of Jan. 20-22 beckons Triangle families with squirrels and Beatles, butter-making and books, and a free museum day with art and live performances. There’s something for everyone!

Squirrel Spotters at Lake Crabtree County Park FREE

Get the answers to any and all “gnawing” questions about squirrels, including their habits and habitats and the perils they face. Two sessions are offered, 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. The program is free but online registration is required.

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Beatles Documentary at The Cary Theater

Introduce your older kids to the legend of The Beatles with Ron Howard’s documentary, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years,” which focuses on the “Fab Four’s” early days at The Cavern Club in Liverpool through their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Showtime is 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, at The Cary Theater in downtown Cary. Tickets cost $3-$5 and are available online.


Butter Making for Kids at Durham’s Leigh Farm Park FREE

Step back in time at Leigh Farm Park, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and explore life on a southern farm in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Kids and their parents can learn how butter was made 100 years ago (and sample their creations) during this hands-on demonstration, 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21. Leigh Farm Park is located at 370 Leigh Farm Road, just north of N.C. 54 at the Interstate 40 interchange in Durham. 

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WAKE Up and Read Book Drive Kick-Off at Quail Ridge Books FREE

Quail Ridge Books is once again the kick-off location for the annual children’s book drive for WAKE Up and Read, which supports childhood literacy. The afternoon features celebrity readers, creative activities for children, face painting and an appearance by WAKE Up’s mascot, Ruben the Rooster. The fun starts at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh’s North Hills shopping district. The book drive continues through March 4.

Free Family Day at Duke's Nasher Museum FREE

Explore the Nasher Museum’s Collections Gallery and learn about art from different cultures and eras during this admission-free afternoon, noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22. Create your own works of art, watch a local artist at work, and enjoy a performance by the popular Rags to Riches Theater for Young Audiences. Nasher Museum of Art is located on the Duke University campus, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham.

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Thrift2Gift Dollar Days Clothing Event

Save money this weekend on consigned clothing at the Thrift2Gift Dollar Days Clothing Event. There are two locations: 900 East Chatham St. in Cary and 322 McCormick St. in Garner. The sale takes place Jan. 21-22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. All regular priced clothing, shoes, and accessories will be only $1. Special price clothing, shoes, accessories will be 50 percent off. Proceeds from the sale will directly benefit local charities that help families and children in crisis.


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