Family Picks

The best family picks, Dec. 28

CorrespondentDecember 27, 2012 


CATSHOW1.NE.051102.CEL--RALEIGH,NC--05/11/02--Edie gets ready for her close-up as owner Eric Won, of Washington,DC primps her with a make-up brush. He was readying the Bi-Colored Persian cat for judging at the cat show held Saturday afternoon at the Scott Building on the State Fairgrounds complex in Raleigh.STAFF PHOTO:CHUCK LIDDY


If you have children who turn into pumpkins well before midnight, but you still want to celebrate the new year with them, then Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh may be the place for you.

On Monday, the museum will hold Noon Year’s Eve. The celebration starts at 11:30 a.m., but the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so your kids can play before and after.

The festivities will include a ball drop and bubble wrap “fireworks.”

If you are attending First Night in the evening, your button will get you buy-one-get-one-free museum admission that day. The buttons will also give you $2 off IMAX movie tickets on New Year’s Eve and throughout January.

• If you want to have an adult celebration on New Year’s Eve, you can check out a new event at the Scrap Exchange in Durham.

Children ages 8-12 can sleep over at the beloved store, which is a nonprofit that collects scrap materials from businesses and resells them. The Scrap Exchange is known for helping children create art out of reused materials.

Kids can be dropped off at 7 p.m. for a night of games and crafting. Pick up is at 9 the next morning.

The cost is $90 per child and includes an evening snack and breakfast. Two adults will supervise.

Call 919-213-1278 to register.

• Lastly, if you’re looking for a kid-friendly activity this weekend, you can spend the day with prize-winning cats at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

You can see cats from around the world, talk to exhibitors, shop for accessories for your own cat or even adopt a cat. The show runs 2-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Cats will compete in judging rings, and you can also visit them while they are waiting for their time in the spotlight.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12. Children under 2 are free.

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