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14 family activities for weekend of Jan. 31 to Feb. 2

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Groundhog Day February 2, 2016-30
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
, Go Ask Mom editor
Here's what's happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com's Out & About calendar for more.

Of note, both Raleigh and Garner groundhogs will be prognosticating on Sunday, Feb. 2, Groundhog Day. We've got the details on four events where you can learn more about the groundhog.


Poe Center for Health Education's Terrific Teeth Day is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at the center near downtown Raleigh. The day includes free dental screenings for kid and lots of teeth-related activities.
Blue Jay Point County Park will host a winter open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1. Free activities include crafts, games, refreshments, a chance to see live animals, interactive displays, storytimes and more.
NC State gymnastics will compete against UNC in a match at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at Reynolds Coliseum. Tickets are $5 for kids and $7 for adults.


The 18th annual NC MLK Black History Month Parade and Block Party is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1. The parade runs from Pearson Elementary School to NC Central. DJs, food trucks, bounce houses, obstacles and more will be set up in the St. Joseph's AME parking lot.
Duke Gardens has a couple of events for families. From 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, take a family garden walk. Pre-registration is suggested. And from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 1, visitors can explore the new Liberation Station Black Lit Library inside the Doris Duke Center. This one is a drop-in program. More information about both events is on Duke Garden's website.

Chapel Hill

UNC's women's basketball team plays Clemson at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2, at Carmichael Arena. Tickets are $10.


Bass Pro Shops will offer some free kids activities, Saturday, Feb. 1, and Sunday, Feb. 2. Crappie Fishing 101 is at 1 pm., a craft is at 2 p.m. and a casting challenge is at 2:30 p.m.
The Cary Theater will screen the five short animated films nominated for an Oscar this year at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2. It runs 90 minutes. Nominees for short animated film are "Dcera (Daughter)," "Hair Love," "Kitbull," "Memorable" and "Sister." More information about each of these movies is on the Oscars website. Be sure to check them out to make sure they are right for your family. Tickets are $5.59.
Andia's Homemade Ice Cream will celebrate National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 1. A limited time menu will include doughnut sundaes, Belgian waffle sundaes, frozen hot chocolate, affogatos, hot coffee and more. There also will be free face painting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It's at 10120 Green Level Church Rd., Cary.


Maple View Farm will host National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day from 8 a.m,. to noon, Sunday, Feb. 2, at the farm. They'll have a special menu that features pancakes, waffles, donuts and cinnamon roll sundaes. Wear pajamas or superhero attire. The event benefits the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke.


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