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Family Picks: Youth the focus of Kwanzaa celebration in Cary

The theme of this year’s Kwanzaa celebration in Cary is “Developing and Encouraging our Youth.”
The theme of this year’s Kwanzaa celebration in Cary is “Developing and Encouraging our Youth.” newsobserver.com

Even if Christmas isn’t your holiday of choice, it still gets your kids out of school for a few weeks. That end-of-the-year vacation is a fantastic tradition, but some kids – like my 5-year-old – would rather not have the break from school. I hope I haven’t forgotten how to keep her busy. In that spirit, here are some ideas for beyond the weekend. Good luck, everyone.

▪ On the day after Christmas take your wrapper, bows and ribbons to Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill and find alternative uses for the stuff. It’s a good way to keep additional trash out of the landfill – an important goal at the close of the holiday season – and stretches the season one day longer for your kids, allowing them to dig into colorful tinsel yet again. This creative reuse event runs 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Kidzu’s Makery. Museum admission is $7.50 for everyone over 12 months (age 11 months and under are free). Visit kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.

▪ The theme of this year’s Kwanzaa celebration in Cary is “Developing and Encouraging Our Youth,” with featured performers The Magic of African Rhythm and North Carolina Black Storytellers. The children’s village and vendor market are open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, and the live Kwanzaa celebration starts at 3 p.m. This celebration is at the Cary Arts Center (101 Dry Ave.) and is free. More at townofcary.org.

▪ Also on Tuesday, members of the Carolina Hurricanes bring an inflatable slap shot booth to downtown Raleigh’s Marbles Kids Museum. If you’ve moved here from a land where hockey (and ice) are more common, this ought to be neat and familiar; if you’re from the South, here’s an opportunity to introduce your kids to this winter game. This runs 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Museum admission is $5, with military adults paying $4 and kids under 1 getting in free. Visit marbleskidsmuseum.org.

▪ There’s a locally-created, family-oriented hip-hopera (that’s the rap version of a rock opera) Wednesday at Durham’s Nasher Museum of Art. Chapel Hill puppeteer Jeghetto and Durham hip-hop jazz combo The Beast present a futuristic tale based on the “Pinocchio” story. It starts at 10:30 a.m. and museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for everyone 15 and younger. Visit nasher.duke.edu.

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