As I’ve learned this year, the challenge of the holiday season isn’t finding things to do, but finding the balance between seasonal activities and chill-out time at home! If we’re not careful, we wear our two kids out – not to mention ourselves. As whatever holiday you celebrate approaches, don’t be afraid to give yourself a little time and space. If you do this, you and your family will likely have a better time at the events you do check out.
• This year, give the gift of books. (Hey, it’s what I’d want!) Wake County Library’s 2014 Booksale and Festival of Reading continues through Sunday at the State Fairgrounds’ Jim Graham building. Book prices drop by the day, though the selection will shrink as well. Saturday there’s live music, magic and other entertainment. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Visitwakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/booksale.aspx
Never miss a local story.
• Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s holiday parade is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. It starts at Morehead Planetarium, runs the length of downtown Franklin Street, and ends up on Main Street in Carrboro. Give yourself a little extra time to find a parking spot, as parade organizers expect 10,000 attendees. Seechapelhillholidayparade.com
• We erred in last Friday’s Holiday Events Guide and listed the Concert Dancers of Raleigh’s holiday ballet as taking place Dec. 14. It’s actually Saturday afternoon, Dec. 13. The hourlong program starts at 4 p.m. at Meredith College’s Jones Auditorium (3800 Hillsborough St.) and includes ballet performances of “The Night Before Christmas” and other classic holiday fare by local dancers ages 8 to 18. Tickets are $5-$8 in advance or $6-$10 at the door. Call 919-782-0622 or visitfacebook.com/concertdancers
for more details.
• It’s been a little cold for a holiday singalong under the stars. No matter, as Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium presents the Sandbox Band Saturday night. This family-friendly local outfit will play Christmas songs under the planetarium dome. So see the stars and planets and sing along, too – all without freezing! The music runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Adults pay $12 and kids pay $8. Registration is required. Seemoreheadplanetarium.org
for full event info.
Send Family Picks suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org