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January 4th - 10th 2018 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

It looks like we are in for a chilly spell, but don't worry, ParkGeek will keep you from suffering any cabin fever. If in doubt, please call ahead to confirm venues are open and events are happening.

The holiday season is still alive at Regency Park. The NC Chinese Lantern Festival continues daily through January 14th with spectacular light displays and the Chinese Dragon on Symphony Lake.

The Weekend Starts Early

Thursday nights are a blast at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science's Daily Planet Café. Each week features a different themed science-centric program. This week's is Science Trivia.

First Friday brings extended hours at the City of Raleigh Museum and Marbles Kids Museum. The NC Museum of History has canceled their First Friday event this month.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts a Teen Science Cafe Friday night on Science in Virtual Reality.

Downtown Raleigh comes alive for the monthly First Friday Gallery Walk.

Friday night brings extended hours at the North Carolina Museum of Art for their weekly Iris after Dark with music, drinks and special small plates. This Friday also kicks off their winter film season with the 1978 film The In-Laws starring Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, and Richard Libertini.

As a special event, the NC Museum of Art is hosting Bespoke: Body Positivity with Jessamyn Stanley Friday evening. Free tickets from the Box Office are required.

Stay Warm at the Museums

Raleigh has four Museums which boast free admission! The NC Museum of History has a wonderful permanent exhibit on the Story of North Carolina that traces our state's history all the way from the early settlements through colonization, pirates, wars, economic development and social change. The exhibit is hands on and fun for the whole family. In addition, there are a variety of other exhibits that display Carbine weapons, Sports Hall of Fame, and the Civil War. Their Special Exhibit, North Carolina and World War I closes January 6th so make sure to stop by to see the 6,500-square-foot exhibition that highlights 500 artifacts, period photography, a trench diorama, historical film footage, educational interactive components, and video re-enactments.

The North Carolina Museum of Art's collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present making it one of the premier art museums in the region. Bring your kids and check out an "Art Tote" at the information desk to explore the galleries on a kid level or take a Weekend Family Friendly Tour or a Meet Your Museum Tour.

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Nature Research Center offer cutting edge science exhibits, hands on labs, live animal presentations, a specimen room, a kids discovery room and dinosaurs every day for free. This weekend's Saturday Science Buffet is a lively science presentation featuring a "taste" of everything the Museum has to offer: live animals, weird science facts, dramatic demonstrations, and explosions (small and controlled of course), all seasoned with a touch of humor.

The City of Raleigh Museum (COR) mission is to "Preserve Raleigh's Past for the Future." The museum collects and cares for artifacts, curates exhibits, and provides educational programing that highlight and interpret Raleigh"s history and heritage. Running January through March, the Museum is hosting an exhibit exploring the Legacy of the 1918 Spanish Flu.

Marbles Kids Museum does have an admission fee, but with that admission, you get a day of fabulous fun kids exhibits and special events. As a special treat, the Museum stays open late every week for Twilight Thursday and offers $2 admission after 3pm.

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham also has an admission fee, but is an awesome hands on science museum with live animals, interactive science labs, a butterfly house & insectarium, dinosaurs, a farm yard, displays on weather, sound, space, math, and health.

Bundle up and get some Fresh Air

Every Sunday through March, West Point on the Eno Park hosts Sunday afternoon Winter Hikes. The guided hikes are different every week so click through to get all the details about this week's Mountain to Sea Trail Hike.

You are invited to become a Citizen Scientist every Saturday at Prairie Ridge Ecostation or join a park naturalist to explore wildlife in the prairie, pond and lowland arboretum on a Walk Through the Seasons Tuesday morning. Bring your little ones to Prairie Ridge every Thursday morning for Nature Stories.

Join Lake Crabtree County Park's bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends early Saturday morning.

Join Harris Lake County Park Sunday to take Geocaching 101. Learn what Geocaching is an head off to find a Geocache in the park.

Come explore the Rocks of Yates Mill Historic County Park Sunday. Take a hike to the mill dam to discover its geologic foundation and explore how rocks have been used in milling grains for thousands of years.

Join them at Oak View for one of their Art at the Farm acrylic painting programs for kids, and then have your work put on display at the park! Learn the basics of color mixing by making a sunflower color wheel (to take home with you), then paint a small acrylic painting featuring a farm scene from Oak View. They will offer a session Sunday and again Wednesday.

Crowder County Park will hold a Nature Families program on Snowball Science Tuesday and and Nature Watchers for ages 3-5 on The Mitten Wednesday.

Art and Culture

Three Kings Day celebrates the end of the Christmas season. The Three Kings Day Parade in Cary Saturday will feature dancing, music, Hispanic foods, and a colorful parade featuring members of different Hispanic cultures.

Continue to shop, eat, and buy local during the Winter Months! The Outdoor Winter Farmers Market will be held Saturday in Holly Springs but has been moved inside the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

The Family Movie Monday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be The Borrowers.


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