Did you know that we absolutely love the month of February and all the celebrations here in our Raleigh area?
February might be a short month, but it’s packed with local festivals, Valentine’s Day family fun, cultural performances and so much more. Get your calendars ready and take a peek at our favorite events popping up around town.
Runs until Sunday, February 5th. Wake County Public Libraries
Show your appreciation to local military veterans at any Wake County Public Library. All ages are encouraged to use the materials at the libraries’ craft table to design Valentine’s Day cards for men & women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Completed cards will be delivered to the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center for delivery to Veterans before the holiday.
Thursday, February 2nd – 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.
Friday, February 3rd. 6:00 p.m. CAM Raleigh
Enjoy middle school docent-led tours, food trucks, a creation station & featured exhibits at CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Museum of Raleigh).
Friday, February 3rd & Saturday, February 4th. First United Methodist Church, Cary
Spruce up the kid’s wardrobe and give back to local women’s and children’s mission during this annual children’s consignment sale. Visit their website to learn more.
Saturday, February 4th & Sunday, February 5th. Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill
FREE event for families with children ages 6 years & up. Come explore awe-inspiring and never-before-seen LEGO displays created by the North Carolina LEGO Users Group.
Saturday, February 4th. 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex
Come and enjoy Russian culture and experience the unique folk and ethnic heritage. This FREE festival will include Russian and Georgian folk games, dances and workshops for kids and adults. Enjoy traditional Russian foods and desserts from vendors. Golden Gates and Moscow Nights Trio will perform. (Performances cost between $8-$10 to attend.)
Saturday, February 4th. Noon. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh
FREE & open to all ages accompanied by an adult. Discover a wilder you! Create a self-portrait that reimagines the great outdoors inspired by Ansel Adams.
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.
Tuesday, February 7th. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. City of Raleigh Museum, Downtown Raleigh
Come meet Sammy the Squirrel every first Tuesday of the month and enjoy a themed storytime, an activity creating a take-home souvenir and an exploration through the museum.
Tuesday, February 7th. 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Blue Jay County Park, Raleigh
From trumpeting like an elephant to howling like a wolf, kids will love discovering different animals and the noises they make in Can You Growl Like a Bear? by John Butler. For ages 18 months to 3 years with a parent. Cost: $2 per child. Register in advance. (Don’t forget to check out Nature Stories: Silly About Salamanders on Wednesday, February 7th & Family Wildlife Series: Barking Up the Right Tree on Saturday, February 11th.)
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.
Friday, February 10th – Sunday, February 12th. Jim Graham Building & Expo Building at the State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Start your Spring shopping at this annual event or sell some of those gently used items you’re ready to pass on.
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.
Saturday, February 11th & 25th. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 14th. 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Dorothea Dix Park
FREE program. Kids ages 2-6 years old can enjoy games, stories & songs featuring those 6-legged creatures we call bugs. See & touch live bugs and create a buggy Valentine craft. Register online or call (919) 996-6688 for more information.
Tuesday, February 14th. 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. United Skates of America, Raleigh
Wear RED and receive a $1 admission. Skate rental is $3.50 and Rollerblade rental $4.50
Wednesday, February 15th. 11:00 a.m. Renaissance Centre for the Arts, Wake Forest
All ages can come laugh & be entertained by Happy Dan the Magic Man. Kids will enjoy his performance and parent will appreciate the lessons on confidence, safety & reading that he weaves into his magical show. Cost: $5 plus tax.
Runs until Sunday, March 12th. NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
Have you visited this new exhibit at the museum? Come learn about all the teeny-tiny micro-organisms living on traveling through your intestines or crawling on your skin. Kids will be introduced the community of creatures that our immune system, digestive system, and brain rely on every day. Videos, larger-than-life models and interactive games will amaze visitors.
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.
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.
Friday, February 17th – Friday, March 17th. Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex
Youth ages 5-18 years can shine in the spotlight and showcase their artwork on the walls of Halle. Do you have a piece to showcase? Drop off your piece or two by February 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FREE to enter. Also enjoy Jenn Hales’ work in her Pondering Environment & Culture Art Show.
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.
Thursday, February 24th – Sunday, February 26th. Cary Arts Center
Enjoy a fantastical adventure about a girl’s search for home. This performance features actors ages 6-12 years of age; appropriate for all audiences. Call (919) 462-2055 for details.
Saturday, February 25th. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh
For families with children ages 8-11 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.
Sunday, 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.
Friday, February 24th at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, February 26th at 2:30 p.m. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.
Chase away the winter blues with a hike through the Arboretum’s Winter Garden. After the group walks through the gardens warm up inside with a good book and a fun winter craft. This program is for families with preschool & elementary aged children. Register in advance. Cost: $5 per child.
Saturday, February 25th – Sunday, February 26th. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh
For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.
Saturday, February 25th. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh
Join this kid-sized career fair and meet architects, dentists, athletes and many others representing a wide range of careers.
Saturday, February 25th. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. NC Museum of History, Raleigh
A play for ages 5 years – 105 years! Raleigh Little Theatre’s youth troupe performs this exciting story of Cher Ami, a pigeon who saved American soldiers during WWI by carrying a message for help.
Plan ahead and put this event on your list of family fun…
Wednesday, March 1st – Sunday, March 19th. Museum of Life & Science, Durham
Come reminisce about your childhood and enjoy a day of building forts, tunnels & secret hiding places with your kids. FREE with museum admission.
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