Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more weekend activities for all ages.
The 15th annual North Carolina MLK-Black History Month Parade and Step Show is noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, on Fayetteville Street, starting at W.G. Pearson Elementary School and ending at N.C. Central University in Durham.
The Carolina Ballet begins its run of “The Little Mermaid.” Tickets start at $35. Performances start Thursday and run through Feb. 19 at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.
Part of the N.C. Symphony’s youth series, Gershwin’s Magic Key will be on stage Saturday and Sunday at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh. According to a description, the musical story tells of a chance meeting on the streets of New York City between a poor newspaper boy and the great American composer, George Gershwin. Get there an hour early for face painting and the N.C. Symphony Instrument Zoo. Tickets start at $22.
The N.C. Museum of Art will open a new Ansel Adams exhibit this weekend. To celebrate, they’ll have Pop-Up Art for Ansel Adams from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, at the west Raleigh museum. It’s free and open to all ages (kids just must be with their adults). Activities include drawing an Ansel Adams-inspired self portrait and a chance to experience a view of the Sequoia National Park photographed through virtual reality. The Ansel Adams exhibit showcases 48 of his photographs. Tickets for the exhibit, which runs through May 7, are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors; and $12 for kids ages 7 to 18.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill hosts Lego-palooza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. It’s free and features all kinds of awe-inspiring Lego creations. Best for ages 6 and up.
Poe Center for Health Education launches Children’s Dental Health Month with Terrific Teeth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Raleigh. There will be free dental screenings for kids and lots of other activities.
In Chapel Hill, Kidzu Children's Museum has an augmented reality sandbox on exhibit through Sunday.
We have a consignment sale. First United Methodist Church of Cary’s annual sale is Friday and Saturday.
If you’re up for a drive, Tryon Palace in New Bern has a free day on Saturday.
The Triangle Russian Festival is noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex. The event celebrates Russia’s folk and ethnic heritage, including music, dance, food, workshops and more for kids and adults. The festival is free. Tickets for the performances cost between $8 and $10.
Barnes & Nobles in the region will celebrate Disney Reads Day on Saturday, which includes the reading of popular Disney stories and activities.
And author Ali Standish will debut her new novel for kids ages 8 to 12, “The Ethan I Was Before,” with a reading and signing at 7 p.m., Friday, at Quail Ridge Books.