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.

We have some surprises up our sleeve this month so follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to hear the BIG news we’ll be announcing soon!

Valentines for Veterans

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.

Little Mermaid performed by the Carolina Ballet

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.

FREE First Friday

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).

From the Heart Children’s Consignment Sale

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.

LEGO-Palooza 2017

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.

Triangle Russian Festival

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.)

Pop-Up Art & Virtual Reality Station

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.

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.

Storytime with Sammy 

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.

Nature Peekers: Can You Growl Like a Bear?

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.)

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.

Kids Exchange Consignment Sale

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.

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 & 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.

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.

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.

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.

Love Bugs!

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.

Valentine’s Day Skate Party

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

Happy Dan the Magic Man

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.

The Secret World Inside You

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.

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.

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.

Youth Art Expo Art Show at The Halle Cultural Arts Center

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.

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.

Still Life with Iris performed by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre

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.

Family Fun Saturdays:  Pinhole Photography

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.

Marbles Superhero Power Party

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.

Family Winter Walk 

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.

Shen Yun Performing Arts

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.

FutureMe Kids Career Fair

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.

Storytellers to Go:  Soar!  The Hero Pigeons of World War I

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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