Happy Wednesday Smarties. Just when we get back to school , we have days off! The Queen City Martin Luther King Parade is on Saturday and should be lots of fun. While uptown, head over to Discovery Place to see Mummies of the World or catch “The Emperor’s New clothes” by Children’s Theatre. Get out, explore and enjoy!
Mummies of the World
Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, presents a never-before-seen collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe, as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years.
11th Annual Charlotte Folk Society Young Talent Showcase Concert & Jams
Great Aunt Stella Center
January 13, 7:30pm-10:00pm
23 young musicians, aged 8 to 18, sing and perform old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, and original material on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, cello & bass. Their resumes include Festival in the Park, Gospel Shout, Singing Christmas Tree, MerleFest, and fiddlers’ convention contest wins. Refreshments, song circle, slow and lap dulcimer jams follow the concert. Family-friendly. Doors open 7 PM. Free parking & accessible entry. Cost is free and donations are appreciated.
Critters in Winter
McDowell Nature Center
January 13, 10:30am-11:15am
Join us with your preschooler as we read a fabulous animal tale and then enjoy crafts and activities related to winter critters. Call McDowell Nature Center, 704-588-5224 for more information. Ages 4-6. Cost is $3.
Kids Night in Nature
McDowell Nature Center
January 13, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Have a night to yourself and leave the kids with us. With winter upon us we will enjoy an indoor campfire (outdoor with weather permits), stories and plenty of night-time games. Dinner will be provided, dress in layers to go outside. For more information call McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Cost is $15.
9th and Tryon streets to Marshall Park
January 14, 11:00am
Each year the City of Charlotte MLK Holiday parade features marching bands, Greek, community, civic organizations, local community leaders and much, much more. This is a great free family event. Come join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
January 14-15, Sat., 11:00am, 1:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
This Grey Seal Puppets production uses playful puppetry and a cast of animal characters to give a whole new dimension to Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story. The Emperor just happens to be a pig; the crafty tailors are foxes; the prime minister a near-sighted camel; and the councilor, a befuddled old walrus. Even the audience takes part, as animals, of course! Don’t miss this fanciful take on a beloved fable, where we learn the dangers of vanity and the rewards of being brave and honest. Cost is $12-$14.
Think Big! The Art of Jun Kaneko
Mint Museum Uptown
January 15, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Discover an exhibition, Jun Kaneko: In the Round, that explores an artist who works on a grand scale, from building massive ceramic sculptures to designing sets and costumes for operas. Try out super-sized sumi-e ink painting, learn the art of karate with instructors from ATA Karate, enjoy the big sounds of Opera Carolina performing from Madama Butterfly, and craft a geometric butterfly puppet. Cost is Free for children, 1/2 price admission for adults.