This weekend, take the kids to see the Grinch in Raleigh – or take them to experience music from a variety of holiday traditions in Durham. For a scientific December, the Museum of Natural Sciences has events scheduled through the end of the year, while Marbles Kids Museum hosts a bluegrass jam.
▪ As rescheduled from earlier in the month, the Grinch appears at Quail Ridge Books Saturday at 2 p.m. Children 3 and older are welcome at this event featuring a playful Santa Claus alternative, where there will be singing, activities, a reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and photo ops with the mean one, Mr. Grinch himself. Visit quailridgebooks.com.
▪ Bright Star Touring Theatre brings holiday music from all around the world to Northgate Mall in Durham Saturday. Head to the Discovery Nook to learn about and hear songs from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, St. Lucia Day and other international celebrations. This runs from 12:30-2 p.m. and is free. Visit northgatemall.com.
▪ Starting Sunday, the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh has a dozen events it suggests for its “twelve days of science.” Granted, the museum is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but this only means that this series culminates with First Night Raleigh on New Year’s Eve. So check out some or all of these science events, sessions and films. The full list is at naturalsciences.org.
▪ PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, hosts a bluegrass jam at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh Sunday afternoon. Musicians 18 and under can bring an acoustic instrument and jam along, while children who don’t play can either take a close look at the instruments or tap their toes to the music. This lasts from 2:30-4 p.m. and museum admission is $5, while kids 1 and under get in free. Visit marbleskidsmuseum.org or pinecone.org.
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