With a 4-year-old in the house, I know every passing month is one month closer to her being in kindergarten and not having as many days home with her each week. Maybe you’re in the same boat, and maybe you’ve been thinking how essential it is to maximize these pre-K years because they won’t come again. I’m resolving to do things that are both fun and fulfilling. Here’s what I’ve found for this week:
• The Kids Exchange consignment sale takes place at the State Fairgrounds’ Graham Building and Expo Center this weekend, with Elsa, Spider-Man and Elmo making appearances Saturday afternoon between 1 and 3 p.m. This massive consignment sale is free and runs from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. View the calendar atncstatefair.org
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• The Amerikickers tae kwon do team will be at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh Saturday, showing off board-breaking skills and teaching moves to attendees. This may pique curiosity in kids old enough for martial arts classes – and it may plant the seed in those still too young. The demonstration runs from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Museum admission is $5 for most, while kids under 1 get in free. Visitmarbleskidsmuseum.org
for more info.
• The North Carolina Museum of Art’s January family fun day is Saturday and this month’s focus is the 17th-century Dutch masters. Tour the collection first, viewing still lifes and everyday scenes, and then create your own inspired works in a family workshop. This runs from 10 a.m.-noon and admission is $5; $3 for members. Register atncartmuseum.org
or by calling 919-715-5923.
• Last summer and fall I discovered that my girls, who are 2 and 4, adore food truck rodeos. Since the weather turned cold, they’ve been asking about going to another. So it’s good news that there’s a winter food truck rodeo at Durham’s Central Park on Sunday. Expect a massive number of trucks and quite a crowd, but also expect kids’ activities from the Duke Lemur Center and a free concert by Luis Del Rio and Los Calaveras. This runs from noon-4 p.m. Visitdurhamcentralpark.org
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