Work Your Brain, Hands and Heart This Week

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Kids can get active and enjoy Valentine's Day fun with "Cupid's Cardio," Thursday, Feb. 9, at Marbles Kids Museum.

It’s time to work your brain, hands and heart with a whole week of fun activities for kids and their families.

Adventures in Books at Chapel Hill Public Library FREE

Readers in grades 1-5 explore new topics and do fun crafts in this weekly book club for kids with a taste for adventure. The club meets 4-4:45 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6 (and following Mondays) in the Program Room at Chapel Hill Public Library. Free.

Time for Tots: Painting Dreams at the North Carolina Museum of History

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can learn about North Carolina artist Minnie Evans and make their own piece of “dreamy” art to take home. Registration ($3 per child) is required. This event runs 10-10:45 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

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Making Clay Treasure Boxes with Durham Arts Council

Children and their parents work together in the Clay Studio to create a ceramic treasure box. This event runs 4-5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Arts Council Studio in Northgate Mall in Durham. Registration ($15-20) is required; call 919-560-2726 for more information.

photo courtesy of the durham arts council

Barnes & Noble Preschool Storytime: “Love Monster and the Last Chocolate” FREE

Stop by the Barnes & Noble on Maynard Road in Cary to enjoy preschool storytime. When Love Monster finds a box of chocolates on his doorstep, will he keep them all for himself or share them with his friends? Storytime is Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. Free.

photo courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Nature Watchers: Build a Beaver at Crowder Park

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers will learn what beavers look like by exploring real tracks, a skull and a pelt. Make a fun craft and take a walk around the pond to search for signs of a beaver that once lived at Crowder. This program takes place 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Crowder District Park, off Ten-Ten Road in Apex. Registration ($4 per child) is required.

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Radical Recess: Cupid’s Cardio at Marbles Kids Museum

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh features games and activities that will exercise kids’ hearts — and their funny bones. Practice shooting cupid’s arrow and dance to the beat. The fun runs 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9. Free with museum admission ($5).

March of Dimes Kickoff for Triangle March for Babies FREE

Adults interested in the March of Dimes Triangle March for Babies are invited to a kickoff reception with event chair Amy P. Murtha, a maternal-fetal specialist at Duke Health, and walk ambassador Moline Pandiyan, who lost a son to preterm birth. The kickoff, which builds excitement for the walk and for March of Dimes’ continuing efforts to reduce preterm birth, takes place 5:30-6:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at Aloft Raleigh-Durham Airport hotel in Raleigh. No registration is required for the kickoff reception. The March for Babies Walk & 5K takes place Saturday, April 29, in Morrisville.

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