Last weekend, during the winter storm, we tried to sled. We discovered that, as native North Carolinians, we’re not all that good at it (we don’t even have a real sled, so we used flotation cushions from our canoe) but we still had fun. With another weekend upon us, we’re just as ready to try something new and exciting, whether we’re immediately good at it or not.
▪ In Durham, this is the last weekend of the Museum of Life and Science’s “Frozen Over” exhibit, which brings wintry fun inside, where it’s warm. Here, the icicles and igloos are made of foam, the snowballs are made of pom-poms and the skating rink requires socks, not blades. Museum admission ranges $11-$16, with members and kids 2 and under getting in free. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit lifeandscience.org.
▪ Kick off Black History Month Saturday at the 15th Annual African American Cultural Celebration, which is at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: this year’s theme is “Civil Rights – March On!” Chefs, musicians, quilters, authors, pilots and dancers will all perform, present or speak at this free festival. Visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.
▪ Especially in the dead of winter, it’s essential to get out of the house when you can. Durham’s winter food truck rodeo, Sunday in Durham Central Park, is both an excuse to get outside and an opportunity to meet new friends or run into old ones. Oh yeah, there’s also the food, courtesy of more than 50 trucks. Attendance is free, though food is not, and it lasts noon-4 p.m. Visit durhamcentralpark.org.
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▪ Thursday’s upcoming “Chill Out! Hibernation as a ‘Cool’ Way to Survive the Winter” presentation should appeal to big kids with scientific minds. Duke University doctoral candidate Sheena Faherty will explain the mechanisms of hibernation and how adaptations that would kill other animals help certain creatures survive harsh winters. The Feb. 4 lecture, which is tied into the ongoing Extreme Mammals exhibition, is 7-8 p.m., and tickets are $10 ($20 for lecture and exhibit). Visit naturalsciences.org.
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