Children’s Celebration

2:00 – 6:00

Performances and activities are on Bicentennial Plaza, inside the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Children 5 years old and under are permitted free when accompanied by a pass-wearing adult.



What a perfect way to end our Children’s Celebration! Don’t worry about keeping the kids out too late to ring in 2015 – they can enjoy all of the excitement early in the evening. Join Chuck Davis of the African American Dance Ensemble as we drop the famous acorn and set off fireworks at 7:00… Read more →


Out of This World Fun Crafts


Crazy Comets
NC Museum of Natural Science – 3rd Floor Classroom

Create your own colorful comet to carry in the People’s Procession!


First Night “Out of This World” Photo Opportunity
Bicentennial Plaza

Get your cell phone ready as you pop your face into an “out of this world” design and create your very own New Year’s Eve greeting to post for all of your friends to see… Read more →


Flower Power
NC Museum of History – Demo Gallery (First Floor)

Make and decorate an “out of this world” flower to carry in the People’s Procession!


Flying Saucer
NC Museum of History – Longleaf Room (Ground Floor)

Build an intergalactic flying space saucer to make your First Night Raleigh experience all your own.


Henna Tattoos
NC Museum of Natural Sciences – First Floor

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… Read more →


Scrap Exchange
Bicentennial Plaza

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.


Toddler Play Area with Arts Together
NC Museum of History – Longleaf Room Area (Ground Floor)

This special room is designed for our youngest attendees to get out of the strollers and into the fun too!


Tree of Life
Bicentennial Plaza

Make it rain for the tree of life using recycled water bottles, so tomorrow it will grow!


Zany Space Men
NC Museum of Natural Science – First Floor Lobby

Craft a paper bag space man puppet in any way you can imagine.




Durham Street Piano Player
This Durham street piano player takes the piano out of the parlor and onto Bicentennial plaza just for First Night Raleigh!… Read more →


El Gleno Grande
A one-man show along with “noble steed” Sigfrido, Glenn Singer (“El Gleno Grande”) is renowned for his physical comedy and audience interplay. With a career spanning nearly 20 years, he has performed on six continents.

Using hilarious optical illusions and conversing with the audience, El Gelno Grande’s spoof of a circus equestrian act will have you laughing. Appealing to all ages, we look forward to having him at First Night Raleigh 2015!… Read more →


The Lang Sisters
The Lang Sisters is a band formed in 2012, by Chloe and Jessica Lang. Chloe, 16, and Jessica, 12 , enjoy playing everything from bluegrass, country, and folk.

They have recently been named as Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars (

The Lang Sisters started playing guitar in 2011 and were mentored by talented adults in various bluegrass jams in the Piedmont of North Carolina. They joined the Chatham County… Read more →


Peck’s TaeKwonDo America Demonstration Team
Enjoy this amazing and energetic group!… Read more →


Puppeteer Tarish Jeghetto Pipkins
Magic Puppet Fun!… Read more →


Sonic Escape
A duo of Juilliard graduates that uses every part of the performer – fingers, mind, voice, and story – to reshape the live music experience.

Sonic Escape’s virtuoso members have traveled the world in roles as diverse as soloing at Carnegie Hall, fiddle-dancing in Riverdance, jamming with Beale Street blues bands and playing rock clubs across NYC. Whether Sonic Escape is performing one of their ground-breaking original works or a masterpiece from the classical and world music repertoire, they share with audiences as though it’s the last… Read more →