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What to do with the kids on a long weekend

CorrespondentJanuary 17, 2013 


Terrariums had their heyday during the Age of Aquarius, and then all but disappeared for a few decades. Now they?re being rediscovered by a new eco-minded generation as a way to connect with nature. Once all the plants are put into place, add colored stones to give it a polished look and also to stop the dirt from splashing onto the glass when watering. (Joel Koyama/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)


Many Triangle schools have a four-day weekend beginning Saturday. Coming so soon after the Christmas break, you may feel the need to get your kids out of the house.

Raleigh’s J.C. Raulston Arboretum is offering a good opportunity Tuesday to keep little hands busy. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, kids can make their own terrarium full of plants, rocks and treasures.

Elizabeth Overcash, who runs the arboretum’s children’s programs, said the program will teach children about the ecosystem and water cycle. She said each terrarium is a small ecosystem in itself.

“They can take it home and water it and watch it grow,” Overcash said. “They can try putting it in sunny spots and shady spots, and see what a garden needs.”

The program costs $25 for non-members, and advance registration is required by the end of Friday. To register, call 919-513-7007 or email

•  If you want to remind your children why they have a long weekend, N.C. MomsRising is offering a free event Monday to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

They will have live civil rights music, readings of children’s books about the sit-in movement, crafts, dancing and ice cream in Northgate Mall’s Center Court.

The event will focus on a sit-in held at Durham’s Royal Ice Cream in 1957, long before the more widely known 1960 Greensboro sit-ins. Several African American youths were arrested and fined for trespassing after occupying a booth in the store’s “Whites Only,” section.

They will do the event twice, once at 10: 30 a.m. and again at noon.

•  In Chapel Hill this weekend, you can see a dance performance inspired by the beloved children’s story “Where the Wild Things Are.” Studio A DanceArts will perform “Wild Things,” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at East Chapel Hill High School.

In this story, Max is a young boy who sails away to an island. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (919) 929-5202.

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