Monday, when I was home with my kids, I succeeded at the impossible. That day, I just parented. I ignored work emails, hardly opened my computer, and went to all kinds of effort to play with them all day. You know what? It was exhausting – fulfilling, but exhausting. On those days when you manage the same feat, it’s good to have a plan or two of what to do – otherwise you’re all in pajamas until lunchtime or after (not that I’d know anything about that).
• Durham’s Cub Scouts converge on Northgate Mall’s center court Saturday for their annual pinewood derby. It’s about racing, sure, but also creativity – and some of these kids make pretty nifty cars! Maybe you were a Boy or Girl Scout as a kid, and maybe you’re just taking your kids to see the little cars race. Whatever the case, this takes place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Seenorthgatemall.com
• Saturday in Durham, a parade on Fayetteville Street celebrates Black History Month and the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. It starts at noon at W.G. Pearson Elementary, with the route concluding at NCCU. Visit the organizers’ site atspectacularmag.com
to learn more.
• Wednesday, Theatre Raleigh debuts its first Theatre for Young Audiences production – “The Wolf,”
which sees fairy tale characters like the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Peter (of “Peter and the Wolf” fame) team up on the titular beast. The show mixes the disciplines of music, dance and traditional theater. Kids pay $10-$15 and adults pay $20-$30. “The Wolf”
runs Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 11-13 and Feb. 18-20, at Fletcher Opera Theater. Seewww.theatreraleigh.com
for times and info.
• My 2-year-old has been so into dinosaurs recently, up to and including naming a plush one “Lucy Spike” (a mashup of her name and a “Land Before Time”
character). For dino-obsessed kids like her, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is holding a dinosaur drawing contest through March 16. The idea is for kids in three age groups, ranging from 2 to 18, to illustrate a realistic dinosaur in its natural habitat (sorry, Michael Crichton). Winners are announced March 23 and receive prizes from the museum store. Visitnaturalsciences.org/dinosketch
for information, rules and submission form.
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