Are you searching for a family event this weekend that will WOW your kiddos?  Start the weekend off with some circus fun, special dance parties, Darwin Day at the museum, a heart pumping Valentine’s event and much more. Check out the family fun below….

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Out of this World

Thursday, February 9th – Saturday, February 11th.  PNC Arena, Raleigh

Experience the circus one last time. Blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun as the ultimate circus experience launches into the future. Purchase tickets online.

Carousel Farms American Bullriders Finals

Friday, February 10th – Saturday, February 11th.  6:00 p.m.  State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Families can enjoy watching American Bullriders Finals, Bullriding and Barrell Racing Finals. Door open at 6 p.m. & show starts at 7:30 p.m.  Cost:  $12 General Admission. Kids 5 & under are free.

Children’s Author Lisa McMann with new Unwanteds Series

Friday, February 10th.  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh

Come meet Lisa McMann and explore her new book The Unwanteds Quest: Dragon Captives, the first in the sequel series of The Unwanteds. This event is for ages 9+ and older.

Make It, Take It:  Have a Heart!

Saturday, February 11th.  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  NC Museum of History, Raleigh

Learn about the history of Valentine’s Day and make a Valentine’s craft based on one in the museum’s collection.

Daddy-Daughter/Mother-Son Dance

Saturday, February 11th.  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Cary Ballet Conservatory

Calling all Dads & Moms! Bring your daughters or sons to this special celebration.  Wear your party attire and share in this special evening.  Refreshments, fun games, 5×7 Professional Photos, DJ music, a Goodie Bag & AWESOME Door Prizes!  This is a fundraiser to support the performing, non-profit Cary Ballet Company.  Cost:  $40 per couple, 2nd sibling $12, additional sibling $8. Register online or call (919) 481-6509.

African American History Highlights Tour

Saturday, February 11th.  1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  NC Museum of History, Raleigh

Docent-led tours will visit exhibits throughout the museum highlighting the contributions of African-Americans to North Carolina history.

Darwin Day

Saturday, February 11th.  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  NC Museum of Life & Science, Raleigh

Spend a day learning about Darwin, his theories of natural selection and his influences on the world of science, research and education.  All ages will enjoy hands-on education stations, crafts, games & more.

Winter Exploration Hike on the ATT

Saturday, February 11th.  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  American Tobacco Trail, Apex

Play a fun game of nature bingo as you take a leisurely hike to the Beaver Creek Bridge and back (approx. 1 mile). Wear good walking shoes and bring a water bottle and binoculars. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area by the picnic table. For all ages. $1 per person. Register in advance.

I HEART to Play Day

Saturday, February 11th.  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

Fun fitness challenges, jump rope jam, a dynamic dance party and more.  Kids can explore fun ways to get their heart pumping this Valentine’s Day.

Soar! The Hero Pigeons of WWI

Saturday, February 11th.  3:00 p.m.  Cameron Village Library, Raleigh

FREE event for ages 5 years and up.  Raleigh Little Theatre’s Storytellers to Go! are retelling the true story of Cher Ami, a carrier pigeon who became a war hero in WWI. The story is told from the pigeons perspective.

Weekend Family-Friendly Tours:  Heroes

Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th.  10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

FREE event for families with kids ages 5-11 years.  Join a museum guide and learn how artists celebrate great people, places, and things. Discover art to admire in the collection.  This 30-minute event involves a lively discussion & activities in the galleries.

Pirates & Fairies Valentine’s Dance

Sunday, February 12th.  4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  PlayDays NC, Apex

For ages 0-6 years.  Little ones can wear their wings or eye patches (or PlayDays will provide) and enjoy an afternoon of Valentine’s crafts, dancing & snacks. Cost:  $10 per child, $7.50 for Members.  Check out their Facebook Event Page for more details.  Purchase tickets in advance. 

Did you catch our visit to PlayDays this week? Learn more about all the fun has in store for little ones & Moms.

Little Mermaid performed by the Carolina Ballet

Runs until Sunday, February 19th.  Fletcher Opera Theatre, Raleigh

Carolina Ballet will take your family under the sea as Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, “The Little Mermaid”, is brought to life on stage.


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