Jan. 14-17: Gross Animals, Winter Fun Through History, Geology Lab and Nature Explorers

Weekday fun in the Triangle
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Investigate the grossest, slimiest animals at a program at Duraleigh Road Community Library this week.

This week in the Triangle, learn about the grossest animals in nature at the Duraleigh Road Community Library, find out how kids in the past had fun in the winter at the North Carolina Museum of History, discover the properties of different sorts of rocks at a program at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and explore local nature at West Point on the Eno.

K-5th Adventures: Discover Gross Animals FREE

Elementary-aged kids read, create, discover and explore through books, activities and more at this popular series. On Jan. 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at the Duraleigh Road Community Library in Raleigh, discover the grossest animals that share our world and create your own slimy friend. No preregistration is required.

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Time for Tots: Skates, Skis and Sleds 

Kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers can learn what kids did for fun in the winter in the past at a fun program at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh on Jan. 15, 10-10:45 a.m. After, participants will make a tiny sled or skis from popsicle sticks to take home.The activity is free for museum members or $5 per nonmember child. Preregister here.

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Geology Lab

Learn the basics of geology Jan. 16, 11 a.m.-noon, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Natural World Investigate Lab in the Nature Research Center. Examine typical North Carolina rocks and practice identifying and classifying them. After reviewing the formation of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, participants will learn to read a geologic map of North Carolina and classify geologic specimens. This activity is designed for kids ages 11 and older. Caregivers need not attend the lab but must remain in the museum. The fee is $7.50 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Preregister now, as this is a popular program.

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Nature Explorers FREE

Explore West Point on the Eno with park staff Jan. 17, 10-11:30 a.m. Science and the outdoors are brought to life on a nature hike through the park. Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes or boots that are comfortable to walk in and can get dirty. This activity is designed for kids ages 5-8 and a caregiver. The fee is $3 for Durham residents and $8 for nonresidents. Preregister here and meet at the park’s Environmental Education Pavilion for the fun.

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