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10 family-friendly weekend activities for Feb. 3-Feb. 4

The Whirlikids Book Festival in Pittsboro. The annual Black History Month Parade. An American Indian Powwow. And more family fun this weekend.

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Hopping across the stumps at Blue Jay Point County Park's nature play area
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
, Go Ask Mom editor
No plans this weekend? Here’s what’s happening on the weekend family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more activities during the weekend of Feb. 3 to Feb. 4.
The Poe Center for Health Education will host Terrific Teeth Day in partnership with the Raleigh Wake County Dental Society from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. The event is free and open to the public and will feature free dental health screenings for children under 12 courtesy of the Colgate Dental Bus.
Blue Jay Point County Park will host a Winter Open House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Take part in crafts and hands-on educational activities. Enjoy some refreshments on the covered porch as you watch winter birds at the feeders. It’s free.
Starting this weekend, during each Saturday and Sunday in February, the N.C. Museum of Art will offer Black History Month-themed family friendly tours. Meet at the West Building info desk at 10:30 a.m., weekends in February, to join one. They are free.
And Marbles Kids Museum launches Word Week on Thursday with activities through Feb. 5 at the downtown Raleigh museum that focus on getting kids ready to read. They are free with admission, which is $7 per person.
The annual N.C. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Parade and Block Party is Saturday along Fayetteville Street in Durham. A block party runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parade, featuring marching bands, floats, step teams and more, begins at noon.
Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University marks its grand opening with a Grand Opening Party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, in Durham. The afternoon includes free performances, hands-on activities and more. The center, nicknamed “the Ruby,” includes 10 multipurpose studios, the Duke programs in Dance and Arts of the Moving Image, a makerspace, a 200-seat theater and more.
And the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics will host its annual American Indian Powwow from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday. The family-friendly event includes music, dance, arts, craft and food and features American Indian dancers, musicians and artists from across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Tickets are $5 per person. It’s free for kids 5 and under.
Whirlikids Book Festival, featuring children's book authors from across North Carolina and the country, will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, inside The Barn at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, not far from Chapel Hill. During the free event, visitors will get the chance to meet the authors behind some recently acclaimed picture books to middle grade novels, which traditionally are for older elementary students and tweens. Authors will read from their books and take questions. Visitors who purchase a book from McIntyre's Books by one of the featured authors can get a ticket to get their book signed by the author.
The Triangle Russian Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Halle Cultural Center of Apex. The event features live performances, food and more. It’s free except for the noon and 5 p.m. performances of Golden Gates & Moscow Nights. Tickets for those are between $8 and $10.


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