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What happens when you mix a little Science and Santa, add a dash of arts and crafts, and a dollop of plain old fun? Why Festive Family Friday, of course!

Festive Family Friday, sponsored by Linville Team Partners, is a music- and discovery-filled holiday tradition at Kaleideum North. This year’s event is Friday, December 9, from 6-9 pm.

Kaleideum North will be dressed in its seasonal best for this event, and every nook and cranny is filled with the holiday spirit.

For a deeply discounted admission rate, visitors can:

  • Give Santa your wish list and take your picture — there will be TWO in the museum!
  • Listen to live music from Twin City Tuba.
  • Make a magical treat for Santa’s reindeer.
  • Catch a holiday laser show in the Planetarium.
  • Experience insta-snow, holiday slime, and sensory bins in a Sensory Friendly Play Space.
  • Shop for gifts in the Gift Shop, which will offer a 20 percent discount on purchases totaling $10 or more.
  • Explore some winter wonders with an up-close look through Kaleideum’s Zoomy Microscopes
  • Engineer a sleigh with reindeer to display for the holidays.
  • Build and decorate dreidels to play thetraditional Hanukkah game.
  • Create your own parol, a Filipino ornamental lantern, and poinsettia, a festive flower native to Mexico.
  • Purchase and decorate a customized wooden ornament by JK Woodworked Creations.
  • Purchase a membership for your family or as a gift for 10 percent off the regular price!

From 5 to 6 pm, Kaleideum will have an Exceptional Hour in which children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities can enjoy Festive Family Friday in a less crowded museum environment. In addition, there will be a sensory-friendly Sky Tour in the planetarium at 5:30 pm.

CiCi’s Pizza will be on site for dinner and drink purchases. Tickets are $5 per person online, $7 at the door. The $3 Museums for All price is available at the Welcome Desk the night of the event.

Download the Festive Family Friday map and activities.