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January 19th - January 25th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

Whether you are into the crisp cold air of winter or are waiting for the warm winds of spring to come, there is everything from winter wagon rides to tours of historic homes to keep your weekend fun!


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Speaking of updates, this is the final weekend for both the Genghis Khan Exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Rembrandt in America at the NC Museum of Art. Both special exhibits do have admission fees. The Genghis Khan Exhibit presents amazing insight through artifacts, time lines and maps of the Khan Family legacy. The Rembrandt Exhibit offers fascinating evidence to support and refute the identity of the artists that have painted many Rembrants. Both exhibits close on Sunday and the NC Art Museum has extended their hours for this final week.
 
For more info on everything going on, go to www.Parkgeek.com click on "Event Search" and fill in the dates. Select the search button and start planning!

Start the Weekend Early

 

Celebrate National Popcorn Day at Yates Mill this Thursday! Learn about all different varieties of corn and what gives popcorn that unique POP! Take part in a creative popcorn-themed craft, and enjoy some fresh popped popcorn.
Thursday is Family Fun Night at Marbles Kids Museum. An after-hours event exclusively for kids with special needs to experience Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment. There will even be a screening of Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels on the giant screen.
Mordecai Free Friday is back! Come on out Friday for a free guided tour of the antebellum plantation house, and three other historic structures: a plantation kitchen, plantation chapel and The Birthplace of Andrew Johnson-17th president of the United States.
Conservation Assistance Day returns to the North Carolina Museum of History on Friday. You're invited to bring up to three treasured possessions to the museum for assessment and advice on care from their conservators.
After dark, you can take a Moonlight Paddle around Lake Michie.
Art in the Evening returns this Friday night. In addition to the 1959 movie The Best of Everything, you can enjoy a lively, in-depth exploration of Ships in a Stormy Sea off a Coast with a Museum docent.
Come on out to Downtown Durham to enjoy a Gallery crawl with live music and more for Third Friday.
It's a board game, card game, science game "mashup" and the Museum of Life and Science is inviting you and your family to join them. They'll exercise your mind with puzzles, brain-teasers, science games and more during Family Game Night.

 
Back to Nature

 

Bundle up and bring the whole family out for a Winter Woodland Wagon Ride through Harris Lake County Park. They'll provide the hot chocolate and the serenity of the woods at night will provide the ambience!

They will be Birdwatching over at Eno River State Park for you early risers Saturday morning.

Join the Occoneechee Ranger Saturday morning for a look at the Winter Greenery in the park. Come, learn about Occoneechee Mountain's geologic wonders and explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist Saturday afternoon during a Geology Hike.

A Nature instructor will point out wildlife and other things discovered along the trail at Millbrook Exchange Center on a Family Nature Walk Saturday afternoon.

Learn the basics of Stargazing under the night sky at Prairie Ridge Field Ecostation. Learn how to identify constellations and become familiar with our night sky. You will even learn observing techniques that you can do from your own backyard.

Take a Winter Wonderland Hike through the Wilkerson Nature Preserve with a park Naturalist to find out where animals go in the winter and discover the beauty of the winter woods on Sunday afternoon.

Every Sunday afternoon you are invited to take a guided Winter Hike at West Point on the Eno Park.


More Fun at the Museums

 

Learn the stories behind some of the Executive Mansion's furniture and artifacts with Maria Shevzov, Acting Curator of Decorative Arts at the NC History Museum and NC Executive Mansion.
Bring the kids to the NC Museum of Art Saturday to make a Design in Nature or take a Weekend Family Tour. Admission to the museum is always free and to further engage your kids in the variety of the collections, you can check out an Art in a Tote at the main desk. The Tote highlights works of art in a variety of the collections and gives kids a game or story to relate to.
Pop some popcorn and bring the kids over to the Holly Springs Cultural Center for their Saturday morning family movie. This weekend they feature the true story, Dolphin Tale.
On Sunday, Historic Yates Mill County Park will present Pioneer Ways in the Big Woods. Come find out what life was like in the "Big Woods" for Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family?
Learn about Gardening with Herbs Sunday afternoon at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. They will cover how herbs can be incorporated into your landscape for both their beauty and their usefulness.


Fun at the Fairgrounds

 

 

Looking for some great deals? The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is back again this weekend. Great prices on a huge assortment of baby items, toys and clothes.
All weekend long, the Hunt Horse Complex at the Fairgrounds will be hosting a Hunter Jumper Horse Show. Admission is free and the atmosphere is very casual, but its a great opportunity to get up close and see some beautiful horses and their riders perform at their best.
Have you witnessed Flyball yet? Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog sport where Dogs and people alike go wild over this relay race with 4 dogs per team. The DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament this weekend will be sure to keep the tails wagging.




 

 

 

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