FREE coding sessions, family nature programs at our local parks, holiday book drives and even a chance to swim with Santa are happening around town this weekend.  Plan an outing with the kids with our list of weekday family fun.  We’ve even included one of our favorite shopping events from Vend Raleigh where families can finish up their holiday shopping for the season.

Weekday Family Fun Happening In & Around Raleigh: December 5th-9th

(Disclaimer: Before your family outings don’t forget to call ahead or check the website of the venue you’ll be attending to stay up to date on any scheduling changes or cancellations.)

Celebrate Hour of Code with a FREE Coding Session

Monday, December 5th. Wednesday, December 7th. 6:00 p.m.  The Coder School of Cary

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week in December by joining the Global Hour of Code Movement at The Coder School Register for a FREE session at their facility. (Sessions will also be held Saturday, December 10th & Sunday, December 11th. )

Rags to Riches Traveling Troupe Presents: The Owl and The Turtle

Wake County Public Libraries

FREE program for preschool children & their families. The Rags to Riches traveling troupe presents a theatrical interpretation of The Owl and the Turtle. 30-minute production. No registration required. Visit your local branch for performance schedule.

Swim with Santa

Monday, December 5th. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Buffaloe Rd. Aquatic Center, Raleigh

Advance registration required. Bring your suit & camera and take a dip and a photo with Santa. Santa’s elves will be running holiday’s themed activities and an opportunity to write a letter to Santa. Admission rates apply. For information call 919-996-5600.

Nature Tots:  Seasonal Discoveries

Monday, December 5th.  10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Harris Lake County Park, New Hill

For ages 1-3 years with an adult. Discover what is out & about seasonally in the park each month in this program. Experience the natural world and the critters that live in it through stories, hands-on nature activities, games & more. Dress warm for outdoor fun in nature.  Register in advance. Cost:  $2 per child. Don’t forget to check out Kids Discover Nature: Wildlife Treat Creations on Dec. 5th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for ages 2-6 years with an adult.

Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink

Monday-Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday, 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh

Bring your friends and families to Raleigh’s only natural ice outdoor rink.  Check out the skating schedule here.  The rink will be open until January 29th.

Science Solvers:  Kids Code

Tuesday, December 6th.  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

Program robots to play basketball, model fashions you design, or make it through a maze, build binary code bracelets, tinker with tech, and get started using kid-friendly coding apps. In partnership with BASF.

Tuesday Morning Movie

Tuesday, December 6th. 10:00 a.m. (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.) Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex

Bring your snacks and blankets and enjoy a FREE kids movie for all.  Call (919) 249-1120 for movie title.

History Corner:  Sugar & Spice

Wednesday, December 7th.  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  NC Museum of History, Raleigh

For ages 6-9 years with an adult. Discover how gingerbread came to North Carolina, and learn what makes it such a special treat.  Then listen to a story, and make a ginger-y craft. Register in advance. Cost: $3 per child; $1 for Associates/Museum members. For information, call (919) 807-7988.  Also, check out Time for Tots: Moravian Traditions and History Hunters: Moravian Stars

Nature Watchers: White-tailed Wonders

Wednesday, December 7th.  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Crowder District Park, Apex

For ages 3-5 years with an adult. There are a lot of dangers in the woods for deer and rabbits! Read a story about these mammals, practice hiding from predators during a fun game and then make a craft. Cost:  $4 per Child. Registration required.

Holiday Book Drive at Brier Creek & North Durham Orthodontics

Entire month of December. Brier Creek Orthodontics, Raleigh and North Durham Orthodontics, Durham

Take time to clear out cluttered shelves of books your kids have outgrown to give those books a second life with a child who needs them. Kindly donate NEW or Gently USED books to promote literacy in our local community. In the spirit of the Holiday Season, Dr. Gina Lee will give YOUR SCHOOL a $1 donation for each book that you donate during the whole month of December 2016.


Line up your Christmas fun with these events popping up in & around Raleigh for all ages. 

Pop Up Art 

Friday, December 9th.  6:00 p.m.  NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

Free family-friendly art making in the Museum galleries and Museum Park.

Bulls, Bells & Barrels – Bull Riding Event

Friday, December 9th.  Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (Gates open at 6pm). State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Carousel Farms is bringing championship bull riding – barrel racing – western and equestrian riding, Christmas shopping and more to local families. Visit their website for ticket prices.

Park Tales: An Orange for Frankie

Friday, December 9th. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, Raleigh

FREE family program. The Stowell family is abuzz with excitement, and Frankie, the youngest boy, is the most excited of all. But Pa hasn’t returned from his trip and he’d promised to bring back oranges – a holiday treat. Heavy snows might mean no oranges, and, worse, no Pa! Through all this, Frankie learns an important lesson about giving. Come share this heart-warming story written by Patricia Polacco and hear how other people celebrate the winter holiday season. For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children).Registration is not required.

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Runs until January 15th, 2017. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

Have you taken our family to this magical light festival?  Enjoy this annual festival with more than 20 all new displays, each one comprised of hundreds of parts, and thousands of LED lights. Also enjoy the addition of cultural performances and artisan crafts.  Cost: $10 for kids 3-17 years, $15 for adults.

Vend Raleigh’s 5th Annual Sip & Shop 


Friday, December 9th.  6:00 p.m. – 10: 00 p.m.  Bombshell Brewery, Holly Springs

FREE shopping event. Vend Raleigh’s Holiday Sip and Shop is a highly anticipated Raleigh holiday shopping tradition supporting local business-minded moms. Bring your friends and family and shop at this annual event.  Enjoy raffles, prizes and a chance to get your own swag bag.  Social Butterflies NC is proud to be one of the top sponsors for this event for the second year in a row.


kiddillyfbcoverpicture Tickets are going fast to the KidDilly Expo on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 10am-2pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cary. Get your FREE tickets HERE and bring your family out for a day of fun with premier local businesses.


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