Snow days are cool. Even when ice is the cause, they’re still fun in the way a three-day weekend is fun. But there’s also a natural urge to get out of the house after being cooped up (for every action, an equal and opposite reaction). It’s looking to be a cold weekend, but we know you want to get out of the house and do something! (But remember, if the weather is still bad, check with the venue before heading out.)
• Wake County’s Wake Up and Read is a massive, county-wide book drive that aims to collect 100,000 gently used children’s books throughout February, all to promote childhood literacy. The main storage and sorting location is in Cary Towne Center, though there are drop-off points countywide, including Marbles Kids Museum and Nice Price Books in Raleigh, and a whole slew of coffee shops. Collection continues through March 2. For more information on this excellent initiative and a list of locations, visitwakeupandread.org
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• At least two Wake County parks offer evening outdoor programs Friday: Walnut Creek Wetland Center offers a kids’ nature night 4-7 p.m. and costs $5, while Wilkerson Nature Preserve’s family astronomy night runs 6-8 p.m. and costs $2. Register online for either atreclink.raleighnc.gov
• There are two opportunities this weekend to see the Triangle Brass Band, a Cary-based ensemble with 29 years of history playing orchestral works, patriotic music and modern classical. Friday, they partner with the Leesville Road High School band for a 7:30 p.m. concert at the school’s auditorium. Tickets are $6 at the door or $5 in advance. Saturday at 7 p.m., the band plays the Cary Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Visittrianglebrass.org
• Saturday morning there’s a German storytime at Durham’s Southwest Regional Library. It’s put on by Carolina Kinder, a local organization that organizes playgroups and encourages multilingual living – an excellent group to have nearby if your child develops an interest in the language. This free storytime starts at 10:30 a.m. Visitcarolinakinder.org
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