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First Friday Family Fun: After-hours museum play, kids eat free deals, 'Sisters' exhibit

Posted December 31, 2013

John Samosky's "Sisters" series are colorful, interesting and a little odd. Courtesy: 311 West Martin Street Gallery & Studios.

Friday is the first Friday of the month, making it First Friday in downtown Raleigh when restaurants, museums and galleries have special deals and extended hours.

If you're looking for some family friendly options, here are some ideas ...

Marbles Kids Museum is open until 7 p.m., Friday, with special after-hours play. They also have a First Night camp for kids if you're considering an adult evening out. (For what it's worth, I think this would be a fun evening out with family friends - the kids play together at Marbles while the parents enjoy dinner out).

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays. This week, the evening includes a 7 p.m. free screening of the 1962 Mexican horror film "The Braniac" (probably best for older kids). At 6 p.m., the Daily Planet Cafe will host a Teen Science Cafe. Josh Fuchs, an astrophysics grad student from the University of North Carolina, will talk about how telescopes work. You'll get a chance to see the different ways astronomers use light. And the museum will offer a buy one get one adult admission deal to Birds of Paradise through 7 p.m. 

CAM Raleigh is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Learn more about the exhibits from middle school docents. Take part in hands-on activities at the creation station. Enjoy some pop-up performances. The current exhibit, Surveying the Terrain, is a fun one for kids. It's open through Jan. 13.

Winterfest, the downtown Raleigh ice rink, is open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday. Admission plus skate rental is $9 for both adults and kids.

Nuvonivo, the children's clothing boutique on Hargett Street, will be offering a big sale on winter apparel. The store is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on First Fridays. All winter apparel is 50 percent off from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5 in the store and online. They have T-shirts starting at $7 and pants starting at $12.50 after discount.

Artspace, with its broad collection of artists and exhibitions, is open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on First Fridays. It's a great place for families to wander around to see all kinds of art.

The Cupcake Shoppe, 104 Glenwood Ave., offer its buy one, get one half off cupcakes deal on First Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There's also free coffee. 

Videri Chocolate Factory offers free tours of its small chocolate factory, along with free samples. Relax with some coffee or hot chocolate from their bar. It's open until 9 p.m.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit, 170 E. Davie St.,offers free dessert with purchase of a barbecue meat plate and drink or one free kid's meal for ages 12 and under per paid adult meal of equal or greater value.

And there's a new restaurant with a kids eat free deal to add: Shish Kabob Downtown, 438 Fayetteville St., offers free meals for kids 12 and under everyday from 2 p.m. to close. One kid eats free per paying adult. The menu for kids includes a burger, grilled cheese, chicken fingers or mozzarella sticks with fries.

311 West Martin Street Gallery & Studios is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. January's exhibition is "surfaces" by John Samosky. It features a series called "Sisters." According to the gallery, "his studies of sisters, real and imagined, are sure to spark some interesting conversations about how we see ourselves and how we see others." 

And the Lee Hansley Gallery on Glenwood Avenue is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibition, called One Hundred Under 1000 (as in 100 objects priced less than $1,000), features a wide variety of work from serious to whimsical to narrative, according to the gallery.


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