Happy Wednesday Smarties! Welcome to February. It is going to be the perfect weekend to head Uptown for the circus, a play or to check out on e of the great aactivities at the Mint. Our Parks and Rec. Dept also has several fun activities for the kids this weekend. Take advantage of this great weather, get out and enjoy!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Fully Charged Circus
Time Warner Cable Arena
February 1-5, check website for show times
Don’t miss Fully ChargedSM, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children of All Ages! Cost is $10-$100.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn
February 3-5, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 3:00pm; Sun.,2:00pm
Under the floor boards, Arrietty Clock and her parents, Homily and Pod, live a quiet little life. Tucked away in their cozy home decorated with dollhouse furniture, they survive by “borrowing” what they need from the “human beans” who live above them. But life is too quiet if you ask Arrietty, a typical tween yearning to experience the grown-up world for herself. When the Clocks’ hiding place is discovered, they must venture into the giant universe outside, and Arrietty gets a bigger adventure than she bargained for. This inventive adaptation of Mary Norton’s beloved book transports audiences to a delightful new world. Ages 7+. Cost is $18-$24.
Children’s Theatre, ImaginOn
February 4-5, Sat., 11:00am, 1:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
In Tarradiddle Tales, three actors explore four folk tales from different countries: “The Magic Tree,” a Bantu folk tale; “Peter the Fool,” a Danish story; “Spider Talk,” an Anansi story from Ghana; and “Tiger Trap,” from India. This playful show for preschoolers emphasizes storytelling and audience participation. Cost is $10-$12.
McDowell Nature Center
February 3, 10:30am-11:15am
Join us with your preschooler as we read a fabulous animal tale and then enjoy crafts and activities related to groundhogs. For more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Ages 4-6. Cost is $3.
Nature at Night Open House: Nocturnal Animals
McDowell Nature Center
February 3, 6:00pm-8:00pm
McDowell Nature Center stays open late under the cool glow of Moonlight (blacklight). Listen to stories around our indoor campfire, prowl for owls on a short ¼ mile night hike and learn how wildlife hear, see, and feel to get around in the dark. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate during your visit. For more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Cost is free.
Mint Museum of Art Uptown and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
February 4, 11:00am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Join us for a Collaborative Project with Martha Connerton of Kinetic Works, The Mint Museum, and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. In a unique twist on the idea of a scavenger hunt, visitors will observe dance performances, and then hunt for the works of art that served as inspiration. Cost is $9, free for children 8-12.
Fishing Pier at Latta Plantation Nature Center
February 4, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm
Get involved with the high tech treasure hunt that’s sweeping the nation, and the world! You’ll learn the basics of geocaching, then we will hit the trails to find caches hidden right here at Reedy Creek. Please bring a small item of $1-$5 value if you would like to swap items from a cache. Close toed shoes are recommended. GPS units provided, or bring your own.
Saturday Art Session: Watercolor Workshop
Mint Museum Randolph
February 4, 10:00am-3:00pm
Investigate the jewel-like watercolors of Italian artist Gabriel Carelli in the galleries, and explore watercolor techniques in the classroom. Free with museum admission.
“GO KIDS GO”
Billingsville Elementary School
February 4, 9:00am-12:00pm
The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. presents Go Kids Go from 9am-12pm every Saturday in February! Go Kids Go is a FREE community event for children ages 0-12 and their families which aligns with the JLC’s Healthy Child Initiative. The program encourages and educates children about fun ways to stay active, eating nutritious meals and leading healthy lifestyles. At each event, kids will participate in various fun-filled physical activities, learn about nutrition, safety and disease prevention. Cost is free.