By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, Go Ask Mom editor
No plans for the weekend? Here's what's happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com's Out & About calendar for more.
The 19th annual African American Cultural Celebration is slated for 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at the NC Museum of History. The free annual event offers up opportunities to see more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists and reenactors in action.
And right next door, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' annual Astronomy Days is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26. The free event offers opportunities for space enthusiasts of all ages to learn more about what's out there in the universe. Museum goers can take part in everything from telescope crafts to astrophotography, dry-ice comets and rocket launches. There also are some special guest presenters.
The massive Kids Exchange children's consignment sale at the NC State Fairgrounds is open to the public this week. Public shopping hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, when many items are half off.
A showcase of North Carolina charter schools is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Raleigh Convention Center. The event gives students and families a chance to learn more about the charter school model.
Laurel Hills Park will host a Chinese New Year celebration from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26. The free event includes performances, activities and games.
UNC Children's Raleigh clinic, which recently opened, will host an open house for the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25. There will be free face painting, crafts and other activities, including food and drinks. The new clinic at 2801 Blue Ridge Rd. is home to a wide variety of pediatric specialists, a pediatric urgent care center and an infusion unit.
Carolina Theatre is hosting the Anime-Magic Film Series this Friday, Jan. 24, to Monday, Jan. 27. Before you go, check to make sure that the movie you plan on seeing is right for your family as some may have some more mature themes.
West Point on the Eno is hosting a stargazing series event from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, at the Environmental Education Pavilion. Take a tour of the night sky as staff provides high-powered binoculars and telescopes for high-quality viewing, according to the description. It's free.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is hosting a free family day from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26. The theme is Cardboard City. With boxes and cardboard, you can transform Nasher's Great Hall into Cardboard City. There also will be live performances, crafts and a chance to explore the galleries. It's free.
Duke women's basketball team hosts Georgia Tech at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tickets start at $5.
Ackland Art Museum will host a Family and Friends Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26. It's free. The afternoon includes a scavenger hunt, crafts and more with a 20/20 Vision theme.
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