Nature Playdates, Snowman Sundae, Cat Castles and Other Things to Do with Family this Week – 1/7

It’s a new year and it’s time to get out there for some family fun – stay warm and cozy learning about winter, catch a show, learn about art, shuck oysters and more!

Homeschool Day at Discovery Place Science
Discovery Place Science

Homeschool families, enjoy discounted Museum admission and special class demonstrations. A copy of valid teaching certificate or NCDNPE home school certificate is required for discount.

Owlets Nature Play Dates
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Owlets explore nature with hands-on experiences that will enthrall the senses and engage the imagination.

Snowman Sundae
Mountain Island Library

Enjoy a winter story, games, songs and making a delicious snowman sundae with toppings.

Toddler Tuesdays at Barnes and Noble – Arboretum
Barnes and Noble

This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Beginner Buddies Preschool Program – Snow
Rescue Ranch

Class involves a snow story, craft, exploration stations, and time with two of our animal ambassadors. Some programs also include songs.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
Belk Theater

See this thrilling twist on the classic fairy tale. Set in London during World War II, a chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the Blitz. See website for showtimes.

Young Explorers: Simply Snowflakes
Latta Nature Center

Discover nature through stories, crafts and activities centered on a new topic each week.

Kid’s Half Day Camp: Harry Potter and Magic in the Gardens
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Camp includes a magical tour of The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, wand making, magical crafts, potions and more.

Under Construction: Postwar Collage from The Mint Museum Exhibit
Mint Museum Uptown

Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his colleagues from the 1950s to the present.

Moving Stories with Camerin
Main Street Books (Davidson)

Fun interactive story time for the littles.

How To Train Your Dragon
Fort Mill Public Library
Thursday, January 10, 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy stories, a craft and activities featuring the characters from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.

Take The Oreo Challenge
Lake Wylie Public Library

Come try to identify all the different flavors of Oreo cookies. Register online.

Build Your Cat a Castle
Gaston Main Library

All the supplies are provided by the library for families to build their puurrr-fect cat castle.

Harry Potter Night at Founders Holiday Ice Rink
Founders Holiday Ice Rink

Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and enjoy a magical night on the ice.

Shrek the Musical
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs.

Charlotte Checkers vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Bojangles’ Coliseum

Tumbler giveaway for the first 1,200 fans courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas.

Bilingual Stories and Music 11:15 a.m. + Mini-Masters Adult & Child Art Hour 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Mint Museum Randolph

Criss Cross Mangosauce will present a Spanish/English story time with music, plays and stories. All families interested in raising bilingual and globally-minded children are welcome.

Mini-Masters – little artists and their adult companions explore the museum galleries and create art in this playful hour of art! Projects vary each month – cost + registration required.

Davidson Farmer’s Market

The Davidson Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday, and is a great family-friendly experience.

Howl at the Moon
The Schiele Museum of Natural History

Saturday, January 12, noon

Come howl with the wolves for January’s Wolf Moon! Learn about wolves, coyotes, foxes and their canid ancestors and discover why these animals are often misrepresented.

2nd Saturday at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Inductee Orientation
NASCAR Hall of Fame

Welcome to the NASCAR Hall of Fame family, Class of 2019. Celebrate new inductees by learning how and why these legends got into the Hall of Fame. We will share their stories and will have a hands-on activity based on their contributions to the sport.

Mixing and Measuring
Discovery Place Kids

Read “The Little Red Hen” (makes a pizza), then mix and measure to stir-up an amazing creation.

Meet the Author: Kate DiCamillo
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Kate DiCamillo, the two-time Newbery Medal winner, will speak about and sign her new novel, “Louisiana’s Way Home.” This is a ticketed event.

King Canary Oyster Roast

Enjoy live music and all you can eat oysters (served with crackers, hot sauce, cocktail sauce and shucking kits). Tickets include oysters and condiments.

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Bek Mitchell-Kidd
Bek is an Australian native who has lived in the Lake Norman area for more than a decade.