Did you know that the 20th Annual Backyard Bird Count kicks off this Friday for all ages? Wake County Public Parks has invited your family to take part in this nationwide event. Between creative bird watching activities, the weekend is full of family events from photography, exploring the African skies, kindergarten programs, children’s theater, superhero parties and much more.  Check out a few of the exciting events we found happening in and around Raleigh this weekend.

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Family Fun Saturdays:  Pinhole Photography

Saturday, February 18th.  10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.  NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

For families with children ages 5-11 years old.  Families can craft a photograph from the ground up, inspired by Ansel Adams. Capture and print an image using a camera that you design.  A gallery tour plus a studio workshop is included in this event.  Cost:  $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

SuperFun Saturday

Saturday, February 18th.  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex

FREE arts and crafts for children for ages 4-12 years old. Adult accompaniment required.

NC International Auto Expo

Thursday, February 16th – Sunday, February 19th.  Jim Graham Building at the State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

From classic cars, new production models to concept cars this 30th annual International Auto Expo are showcasing these automobiles for young & old.  Kids can also enjoy the display of race cars, sheriff & highway patrol cars. Cost:  $10 for adults 13 years -60, $5 for ages 6-12 years. FREE for kids under 6.

Star Families: African Sky Stories

Saturday, February 18th.  3:30 p.m.  Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill

Explore astronomy as a family at the planetarium! Become familiar with the current night sky through stories that various African cultures have told about the Moon, planets, and stars. For ages 7-12 years.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Cost: $6.51 for Children (includes tax), $7.68  for Adults (includes tax).  Don’t forget to visit the new Firsts in Flight: A Hidden History exhibit showcasing significant contributions made by African Americans – particularly African American women in our country’s history of aviation space flight.

20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

Friday, February 17th – Sunday, February 20th.  Wake County Parks (Blue Jay County Park, American Tobacco Trail, Harris Lake County Park, Historic Yates Mill County Park, Crowder District Park & Lake Crabtree County Park) 

Join in this annual, four-day event that encourages bird watchers of every age & skill level to count the birds around us while learning more about each through fun activities.  Wake County Parks have lined programs from bird watching to activities, storytimes, crafts and even a breakfast hike to enjoy The Great Backyard Bird Count.  Click here to see which program your family can jump into.

ABC Craft & Learn:  Kindergarten Readiness Program

Saturday, February 18th.  10:30 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. Wendell Community Library, Zebulon Community Library, Green Road Community Library & Southeast Regional Library

FREE program for ages 3-5 years and their caregivers.  Participate in an interactive program with an alphabet craft to nurture pre-reading skills through writing and play and to give an opportunity to develop fine motor skills children require to start school.  No Registration Necessary.

Marbles Superhero Power Party

Saturday, February 18th.  10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

Calling all crime-fighting kids and their grown-up sidekicks! Make your own Superkid gear, discover hidden powers, enjoy a mighty snack and hang out with our special guest Superheroes. New this year – add The Lego Batman Movie to your day of super play! Pre-registration is required. Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

Connect & Create:  Put A Bird On It! with Anna Podris

Saturday, February 18th.  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  ArtSpace, Raleigh

Bring your family to create works of art with a real artist! During this event create a colorful and whimsical mixed media painting that incorporates our feathered friends in fun and unusual ways. Materials are provided.  Register online. Cost: $10 per member, $15 per non-member.  Walk-ins are welcome.

Marvelous Music Family Series: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte presents Commedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Saturday, February 18th.  3:00 p.m.  Cary Arts Center

In this show written by Nicole B. Adkins, a rambunctious group of traveling actors decides to perform the famous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. This commedia dell’arte performance recreates the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, complete with audience participation and other surprises. This slapstick comedy will have kids and parents in stitches! Written by Nicole B. Adkins.

 

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