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January 2nd - 8th Triangle 2020

by Pam & Michael Davison

It looks like we are in for a mix of weather this weekend, but rain or shine, ParkGeek will keep you from suffering any cabin fever.

The holiday season is still alive at Regency Park. The NC Chinese Lantern Festival continues daily through January 12th with spectacular light displays and the Chinese Dragon on Symphony Lake.

First Friday

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts a Teen Science Cafe where teens can learn about Entomology.

First Friday brings extended hours at Marbles Kids Museum and the City of Raleigh Museum.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Play Late for Less and offers $3 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 Cox Mountain 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.

Both the Triangle State Parks and County Parks host hikes and activities for families, teens and children every week. Go to the ParkGeek Event Search and look up either your local park or the dates to get a list of what's going on.

Art, Culture and the Fairgrounds

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.

The State Fairgrounds will host a Wedding Show and the Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility Competition.

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

The Nutcracker will be Tuesday morning's free movie and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be the featured flick Wednesday night at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.


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