It’s a big week… we are rockin’ woodpeckers, squirrels and nuts, and penguins; while ‘Checkering’ in on ice hockey, ice skating, bees, balloons and more!

The Wonderful World of Woodpeckers
Crown Charlotte hosted at Discovery Place Nature, Charlotte
Monday, January 8, 6:30 p.m.

Winter is a great time to observe the Northern flicker, the hairy, the downy, the yellow-bellied sapsucker, the red-headed, the red-bellied, and hopefully even the elusive pileated. Learn lots during this fun family-friendly event.

School of Rock
Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte
Tuesday, January 9 (through 14)

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.  Buy tix here.

Squirrels and Nuts
Latta Plantation Nature Center, Huntersville
Wednesday, January 10, 10:15 a.m., and 1:30 p.m., $3

Discover nature through the eyes of your toddler with stories, crafts, and activities (10:30 a.m.), and the older kids (drop off) at 1:30 p.m. can become nature detectives exploring the amazing world around us through stories, crafts, and activities related to each week’s topic.

Also on Wednesday… Buzzing Bees
Discovery Place Nature, Charlotte
Wednesday, January 10, 12:30 p.m.

Learn about a beekeeper and his bees, and meet the resident beekeeper at Discovery Place Nature.

Adventure Seekers Kids Night Out
Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill
Friday, January 12, 5:30 p.m., $25/ member discount avail.

Drop-off the kids (age 7 -14) for a night of pizza, games and activities. (Weather permitting), there will also be a night hike, s’mores and archery. Register online and then you go out and have a fine time.

Founders Holiday Ice Rink, Rock Hill
Saturday, January 13, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., $10 includes skate rental

Last weekend to Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill.

And, the Checkers V Toronto, 6:00 p.m., $15+ Bojangles Coliseum, and visit NASCAR Hall of Fame 2nd Saturday for special Family Friendly programming $12 – 25.

Sunday Fun Day – It’s Elementary, Dear Artson
Mint Museum Uptown
Sunday, January 14, 1:00 p.m.

Become an art detective, search for clues and unlock the mystery of the elements of art. Enjoy family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, artist demos and family yoga sessions.

And, more art and culture can be found Sunday at The Children’s Theater of Charlotte with showings of both Balloonacy for younger patrons (think age 3), and Mr. Popper’s Penguins for older kids *(age 4+).

*All images sourced from Facebook pages of events listed