MLK Events/Weekend Fun: 5 Ideas for Things to Do

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1. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy at events across the Triangle through Monday. Attend a family-friendly birthday party, a commemorative march or live performances; donate a gently used book; or sign up for service projects. See our roundup of Triangle-area MLK events for details on times and days.

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2. Head to the World's Toughest Rodeo at PNC Arena in Raleigh at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, to see 30 professional cowboys test their grit in bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding. Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey (pictured below) will be atop his Border Collie mount, Boogie, as they round up wild Barbados sheep. Arrive early to meet some of the cowboys and enjoy a free pony ride.

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3. Take your kids to “Make It, Take It: Sew a Stitch!" — a free drop-in program 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Kids learn to stitch a patch or sew a button. Visit the exhibit "Made Especially for You by Willie Kay" in the Museum of History lobby, which opens Saturday. Learn more here.

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4. Visit a local park for nature programs that inspire children’s curiosity. Take a “Winter Morning Wildlife” hike to learn about song birds. Discover the secrets of logs, dinosaurs, mammals and owls at various programs. Browse our Daily Calendar for details.


5. Enjoy a free sky watching session (weather permitting), 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, 2582 Beaver Creek Road in Apex. Visit this website for details.

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