Things Kids Love: Books, Heroes and Nature

Photo courtesy of Book Harvest
Jan. 16's Dream Big Book Drive at Durham Central Park will feature kids' activities as well as appearances by local mascots such as the Durham Bulls' Wool E. Bull.

The week of Jan. 16-19 starts with kid-friendly celebrations of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Day of Service, but the family fun doesn't end there. Take in a documentary about raptors or explore nature and the seasons through art.

Dream Big Book Drive at Durham Central Park FREE

Book Harvest marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the Dream Big Book Drive, an annual community-wide celebration of diversity, literacy and book ownership for all children. Bring new and gently used books to donate and enjoy team mascots, crafts with the Scrap Exchange, live music, food trucks and a photo booth. The event takes place 1-4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street in downtown Durham.

Community Heroes Day at Marbles Kids Museum

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with real-life heroes (including a paramedic, police officer and teacher) and be a hero to kids in need by packing food for Backpack Buddies or making blankets for hospitals and shelters with the Wake County chapter of Project Linus. Special activities run 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at Marbles in downtown Raleigh. Free with museum admission ($5 per person); museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Marbles Kids Museum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Nature Nerd Film Festival: "Raptor Force" at Walnut Creek Wetland Center 

Learn about birds of prey with this hour-long nature documentary, followed by an activity about the owls and hawks that live in the Walnut Creek wetlands. Participants may bring their own dinner or enjoy popcorn provided during the film. Recommended for ages 5 and up. This City of Raleigh Parks program is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson Street, Raleigh. Program fee is $1 per person; register online by Sunday, Jan. 15 (course #199053). 

PHOTO OF GREAT HORNED OWL COURTESY OF BILDAGENTUR ZOONAR GMBH/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM                                                                       

"What’s in the Box?" for Preschoolers at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Part of the North Carolina Museum of Art's series for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers, this program explores seasons and nature with activities that encourage imagination, observation and appreciation of visual arts. Three sessions (10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.) take place Thursday, Jan. 19, in the museum's East Building, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Tickets are available online ($8 for members, $10 general public; no charge for caregivers).


Categories: Enrichment, Festivals, Giving Back, Things To Do