Children’s Celebration

F2012Zirkle8The Children’s Celebration: 2:00 – 6:00 PM

Sponsored by
PNC Bank



Children 5 years and Under are admitted FREE, when accompanied by an adult with a First Night Raleigh ALL DAY PASS admission button or wristband.

At the 2014 First Night Raleigh Children’s Celebration, enjoy performances and activities from 2:00 to 6:00 on Bicentennial Plaza and inside the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.


Community Kite Project
2:00-6:00 (ongoing)
Bicentennial Plaza—Site 1

Kites are used in many cultures to celebrate the New Year. Design your own personal kite to add to the kite display created by the First Night Kite Outreach Project.

Chinese Letter WritingChilren's Celebration make and takes
2:00-6:00 (ongoing)
Bicentennial Plaza—Site 1

Learn to write your name in Chinese!

2:00-6:00 (ongoing)
Bicentennial Plaza—Site 1

Come learn the art of Japanese paper folding to create a small kite, a peace crane, or something more difficult. Skilled artists will be on hand to share their folding expertise.

Noise Makers
2:00-6:00 (ongoing)
Bicentennial Plaza—Site 1

Every international culture makes noise to ring in the New Year… come and make yours!

scrap XScrap Exchange
2:00-6:00 (ongoing)
Bicentennial Plaza—Site 1

Create a cape or hat to wear in the Children’s Celebration using recycled objects from the Scrap Exchange. The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit, creative, reuse center whose mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness and community through reuse.


Paperhand Puppet Intervention Tiny World
2:00-6:00 (ongoing)
Bicentennial Plaza—Site 1

It’s our job to take care of our world! Walk and crawl through the creation made entirely out of recycled cardboard and fabric.

2:00-5:30 (ongoing)
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, First Floor—Site 4

Henna artist Deepika Bhatt has been drawing in henna since she was seven years old. Born and raised in India, Deepika eventually went on to apprentice with three henna artists, and although she has her Ph.D. in genetics, her passion is henna painting.

Deepika returns to India every few years to learn what’s new and “hot” in henna. She treats it with the same respect as research. She has won numerous awards in India, the UK and the US. Many of Deepika’s designs stem from nature because she believes in “looking for beauty.”

Toddler Play Area
2:00-6:00 (ongoing)
NC Museum of History, Longleaf Room—Site 3

Toddler Play Area features fun activities and friends from Marbles Kids Museum! This special area is designed for the youngest of our First Night Raleigh attendees.

People’s Procession
Edenton Street–Site 5

Walk with friends, carrying beautiful creations by Paperhand Puppet Intervention, from the Children’s Celebration to the Mainstage. More info about the People’s Procession…

At the Mainstage, Ten Strings and A Goat Skin and host Chuck Davis will lead the Early Countdown and Acorn Drop!


Ten Strings and a Goat SkinTen Strings & a Goatskin
NC Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium—Site 2

Enjoy the toe-tapping music of this award winning, lively group of young Canadian musicians!

6:00 – 7:00
At the Mainstage: Early Countdown and Acorn Drop

Countdown to the new year a few hours early with Ten Strings and a Goat Skin! The acorn descends and fireworks fill the sky at 7pm!

More about Ten Strings and a Goat Skin…

Windows on the World
2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Third Floor—Site 4

Get up close and personal with some of North Carolina’s smallest residents. Learn about native North Carolina animals from members of the Museum of Natural Sciences staff.

3:30, 5:00
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Mountain Cove—Site 4

Enjoy storytelling at First Night Raleigh with a member of this stellar group of storytellers. The North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers promotes and perpetuates the art of Black Storytelling, an art form that embodies the history and cultures of Africans and African Americans. Experience the folklore, legends, myths, and fables of authentic storytelling!

Michael Stanwood DijeriduMichael Stanwood
NC Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium – Site 2

Critically acclaimed for his performances and compositions, he has performed at numerous international festivals and has served as a musical goodwill ambassador for the U.S. Information Service.
More Michael Stanwood Performances…

The Happy Accidents
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Auditorium—Site 4

Are you ready for laughs, beautiful faces, and the most accidentally hilarious stuff you’ve ever heard? Then swing by and enjoy family-friendly scenes filled with the wit and whims of the students of Enloe High School’s improvisational comedy troupe, “The Happy Accidents”.

Tri-Force Jumprope
3:00, 5:00
Bicentennial Plaza—Site 1

Enjoy this action-packed team of jumpers jumping into the New Year! Tri-Force is a competition and performance team based in Morrisville. The athletes put on a high-energy stage show and will invite festivalgoers to join in the Double Dutch!

NC Phoenix Performing Arts Group
NC Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium—Site 2

Come see this local group of dancers perform traditional pieces “Love From West” and “Bird of Paradise”. The group’s grand, flowing costumes and beautiful, “strong yet melodious” music will give you a brief but authentic taste of Indonesia.