Share the love this week with Valentine’s Day fun, walks in the woods, free movies, and tea parties!


Babes in the Woods
McDowell Nature Preserve

Monday, February 12, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy an easy walk along the paved, stroller-friendly nature trail. Relax, chat, and experience what nature has to offer this month in a casual, social setting. Registration required.


Wee Sprouts
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Monday, February 12, 11:15 a.m.

Enjoy a morning of sensory exploration, singing and fun. This program will explore colors, shapes, movement, texture and a host of other topics in a safe and nurturing environment.


Pajama Rama on the Plaza
Plaza Midwood Library

Monday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.

Wear your pjs on the second Monday of each month for a family storytime that is perfect for bedtime.


Love Bug Valentine’s Day Party
York County Library
Tuesday, February 13, 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy love stories, crafts, and snacks featuring lots of love bugs. Register online.


Health Education: Jump In Heart Challenge
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Wednesday, February 14, 9:00 a.m.
Take the heart challenge by seeing how long you can jump rope without stopping. Win a prize for your efforts and the chance to claim the championship title. Materials provided.


Make Me a Valentine
McDowell Nature Preserve
Wednesday, February 14, 10:00 a.m.
Create a gift from the heart on this day filled with love. Drop-in anytime and enjoy a room filled with supplies and inspiration for your Valentine crafting needs. Share the love for our native animals of the nature center and help decorate their exhibits.


Nature Detectives – Love Bugs
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

Wednesday, February 14, 1:30 p.m.

Become a nature detective and explore the world through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic. This is a drop-off program.


WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party
American Girl, SouthPark

Thursday, February 15, 4:00 p.m.

Put on your wellies and hop into American Girl for a special WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party. Parties include a special menu, crafts, fun WellieWishers-inspired conversation cards, and a cupcake-decorating activity. Reservations required.


Happy Chinese New Year!
Mooresville Public Library
Friday, February 16, 11:00 a.m.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Dog. Listen to stories about the Chinese New Year, learn Chinese words using Manga, learn about the traditional Chinese dragon dance, and make a simple craft.


Now Showing: Despicable Me
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Friday, February 16, 3:00 p.m.
Come to The Block for a special movie and popcorn. This week’s movie is “Despicable Me” (rated PG).


Main Street Children’s Museum
Friday, February 16, 5:30 p.m.
Send your little one, ages 3-7 (potty trained), for museum play, games, and a yummy popcorn chicken dinner.


Museum Camp In: Dino’snore
The Schiele Museum

Friday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.

Dinosaurs once ruled the Earth. Travel 65 million years back in time during an overnight adventure to explore these prehistoric beasts. Learn about dinosaurs and fossils with hands-on activities, crafts, and live animals. You can even sleep among the dinosaurs! This event includes an evening snack and breakfast. Advanced registration required.


Great Backyard Bird Count
Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Saturday, February 17, 8:00 a.m.

Stroll through the gardens or find a spot to sit. Count birds and record what you observe, which helps scientists in their study of birds. Volunteers will be providing guided walks and sharing educational information. Hot chocolate will be served. Register in advance.


2018 Queen City Black Cultural Explosion
The Carole Hoefener Center
Saturday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.
The 2018 Queen City Black Cultural Explosion is Black History Months premiere event. Dance, art, vendors, free giveaways, food, music, and culture all in one place. Performing arts will be highlighted with dance performances by Jumping Dreams, The Step District, Fuzion Force, and MufukaWorks.


Princess Tea
The Ballantyne Hotel

Saturday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy tea sweets and savories with a child friendly menu. Adults enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. Reservations required.


Sunday Fun Day: Drawing Connections
Mint Museum Uptown

Sunday, February 18, 1:00 p.m.

Try out pastel sketching, visit the Figure Drawing Studio to draw from live models, and experiment with unusual drawing tools. This is a drop-in program.

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