I'll have a big post with information about all kinds of activities during winter break, but I thought I'd share this one created by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.
It's their 12 Days of Science ... The museum's website has more information about all of these individual events, which take place at the downtown Raleigh museum. Of course, the museum also has the special exhibit "Secret World Inside You" through March.
Naturalist Center, 1 p.m. to 4pm
Learn about the natural world using our “magic” tables or peruse an extensive collection of hands-on specimens, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, plants, fossils, rocks, minerals and more.
“Antarctica: On the Edge 3D,” noon and 4 p.m.
Explore this unique continent by sea kayak, foot, small plane and dive gear and gain a unique perspective on our planet’s most remote land of sea and ice, and the incredible wildlife that call it home.
Do-It-Yourself Science, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Let your budding young scientists get hands-on experience with real scientific tools and experiments in one of our three Investigate Labs: Micro World, Natural World and Visual World.
Pop Science Quiz Show, 11 a.m.
How far is Earth from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy? What’s the oldest vertebrate animal known to science? Join science correspondent Chris Smith for science Q&A with the Pop Sci Quiz Show!
Science Café: Say Cheese!, 7 p.m.
When we nibble on mozzarella, sprinkle some feta on our salad, or bite into a cheesy gordita, what are we actually eating? Find out what microbes make up your favorite cheeses, and even sample a few!
Discover the Discovery Room, noon to 4 p.m.
Find touchable fossils, try on animal costumes, or check out our new beehive and augmented reality sand table.
Dec. 24 and Dec. 25: Museum closed
“Tiny Giants 3D,” 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona’s scorched deserts are forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time.
Warm Up in the Butterfly Room, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the Living Conservatory, a Central American tropical dry forest housing butterflies, turtles, tarantulas, snakes and even a two-toed sloth. Discover a vanilla orchid, pineapple plant, cashew tree and more!
Science News Now, 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Join science correspondent Chris Smith for a wrap-up of the latest news in the science universe. Test your knowledge of current science events with trivia questions. Find out what’s new and interesting and how it applies to your daily life.
Comedy Night with Brian Malow, 7p.m.
From the lighter side of helium to the darker side of the moon, join science comedian Brian Malow on a rocket ride through the humorverse.
Nano Night featuring “Fantastic Voyage”, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Watch the ‘60s classic film “Fantastic Voyage,” about a miniaturized submarine crew tasked with curing a scientist of a blood clot from inside his body, and learn how modern science is using tiny tech to transform how we treat disease.
First Night Raleigh, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Come meet live Museum animals, make a bracelet by spinning your own wool, take a ukulele lesson, make a space hat with recycled items from the Scrap Exchange, and more.