Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Jan. 27-29)
What a full weekend the Triangle has in store, with Astronomy Days at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, multiple celebrations of diversity and cultures, and Roald Dahl’s "Big Friendly Giant" on the big screen. It could be hard to choose!
Enjoy popcorn and Disney’s adaptation of the beloved Roald Dahl classic, in which a young girl launches an enormous adventure when she crosses paths with a mysterious being called the "Big Friendly Giant." The screening is Friday, Jan. 27, 4-5:40 p.m., at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Admission is free.
From sun crafts to solar observing, special presentations to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will find something to do at Astronomy Days, taking place 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, and noon–5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Special guests include solar eclipse expert Jay Pasachoff and Kuiper Belt discoverer Dave Jewitt. Admission is free.
photo courtesy of karen swain/North carolina museum of natural sciences
The North Carolina Museum of History is hosting its 16th Annual African American Cultural Celebration, the state’s kickoff event to Black History Month in February. This festive and educational event for all ages will take place 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. The festival features more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors and more. Admission and parking are free.
photo courtesy of north carolina museum of history
Kidzu Children’s Museum hosts artist Andy Berner’s SHIMMER: The Art of Light. You and your little ones can create LED constellations and then head into the darkroom to watch them glow. The program is 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at University Place, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. Free with museum admission ($7.50).
Check out our guest post about the LIGHTUP Lantern Festival taking place 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at University Place, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. Celebrate the Chinese New Year and learn about Chinese culture at this free event.
Join Durham’s Natyarpana School of Dance and Music for Family Fun Sunday, as their performers share dances from a traditional Bharatanatyam recital. Learn about the art form and the essence of Bharatanatyam, a disciplined and humble endeavor to achieve eternal bliss through movement in music. The performance is 2:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street. Admission is $3.
photo courtesy of Rakesh/Natyarpana School of Dance and Music