Happy Wednesday Smarties. There is fun for all in the Queen City this weekend. From clowns, pirates, giraffes, fish to animals of the night! Take in the circus, a fantastic Children’sTheatre production, learn tips and tricks to catch coastal fish or help paint a giraffe. All you have to do is get out and enjoy!
Time Warner Cable Arena
January 26-30, Showtimes vary everyday, check website for daily shows
The Greatest Show On Earth just got Greater with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Barnum’s FUNundrum!SM. Featuring 130 performers from six continents, almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates, and mermaids, Barnum’s FUNundrum! is a super-sized spectacle so massive you just can’t miss it!
How I Became a Pirate
January 28-30, Fri., 7:30pm(soldout); Sat., 11:00am, 1:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm, 4:00pm
Jump on board for this fun family musical based on the hilarious and award-winning book by Carolina native Melinda Long. Young Jeremy Jacob joins Captain Braid Beard’s scurvy crew for some high seas adventure, but soon learns that the truly important things in life are worth much more than buried treasure. Cost is $18-$24.
McDowell Nature Center
January 28, 10:30am-11:15am
Discover the orchestra that is the outdoors with your little one through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. For more information call McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Ages 3-5. Cost is $3.
Nature at Night Open House: Astronomy
McDowell Nature Center
January 28, 6:00pm-8:00pm
McDowell Nature Center stays open late under the cool glow of Moonlight (blacklight). Listen to legends of the night sky around our indoor campfire, discovery the constellations or create your own, and take a short hike and peer through our telescope at the heavens. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate during your visit. For more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. All ages. Cost is free.
FABO Café, 2820 Selwyn Ave.
January 29, 10:00am-noon
Kids come by and meet artist Carlleena Person! She will be painting a giraffe mural and you can help by adding your handprints!
Common Fish at the Carolina Coast…and How to Catch Them
January 29, 10:00am-4:00pm
Visit with the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Fisherman” to learn about inshore, surf and offshore fish species common the North and South Carolina. See examples of different types of rigs and lures used to catch a big one and find out about state rules and regulations that are in place to help you enjoy our coastal resources without damaging fish populations. Cost is free.
Hockey Day in the Carolinas!
Extreme Ice Center
January 29, 12:50pm-1:50pm
A day for children of all ages to try hockey absolutely free at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail. Hockey programs are a great way to build character, get physically active, and give children the opportunity for success. USA Hockey in conjunction with the Extreme Ice Center encourage all parents to bring their children of all ages to give hockey a try. The Extreme Ice Center offers a wide variety of hockey leagues and programs for all ages and skill levels.
Nature’s Folklore: Animal Weather Predictions
Latta Plantation Nature Center
January 30, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Can groundhogs predict how long winter will last? Can crickets tell you the temperature? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we explore how people use animals to help predict the weather. Ages 5+. Cost is $4 Adults, $3 children.
I highly recommend the Astronomy @ night program. The best parts are the night hike w/glow sticks & flashlights, free hot chocolate & coffee and the bonfire complete w/ marshmallows for roasting. Not heavy on the science aspect, which was a little disappointing to me & my kids because we love science, but overall very fun!