Dinosaurs, Hockey, Stingrays, Backyard Bird Count, V Day Fun, Seed Swap, Art Tours and More Things to Do with Family this week 2/10

It’s a rrrroar-ing good time this week with lots of dino-themed activities. Don’t forget about the ‘first dinosaurs’ – birds, and help get the count in on Backyard Bird Day. Stingrays are not to be left out with a month-long celebration, and find your love bug in nature with fun storytimes, and new art adventures.

Young Explorers: Love Bugs
Latta Nature Center
Monday, February 10, 10:15 a.m.
Discover nature hand-in-hand with your little one through stories and activities related to the topic of the week.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Monday, February 10, 10:30 a.m.
Swim into Feb-RAY-ary. Catch the new ‘Feed the Rays’ talk with a keeper.

Saurus: A Dino-Mite Spectacular
Discovery Place Science
Tuesday, February 11, 11:30 a.m. + 2:00 p.m.
Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play dino trivia and sing-a-long.

Dinosaur World Live
Knight Theater
Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Grab your compass, and explore uncharted territories to discover a prehistoric world of dinosaurs. Meet a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus.

Rescue Ranch Homeschool Club – How Do Animals Hibernate?
Rescue Ranch
Wednesday, February 12, 9:30 a.m.
The drop-off program presents an engineering challenge based on popular nursery rhymes. After an engineering challenge, participants meet animals and participate in humane education activities.

Seasonal Stargazing
Discovery Place Nature
Thursday, February 13, 1:00 + 3:00 p.m.
Gaze up at the stars and constellations in the 15-minute guided tour of the nighttime sky in the planetarium. Tickets are included with Museum admission and can be reserved at the Admissions desk.

Great Backyard Bird Count At Wing Haven
Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Friday, February 14, 8:00 a.m.
Every bird counts at the Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Quietly stroll through the gardens or find a spot to sit and watch, counting birds and recording what you observe, which helps scientists in their study of birds. Hot chocolate will be served. Register in advance.

Valentine’s Day
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
Friday, February 14, 11:15 a.m.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the story ‘The Love Monster’ by Rachel Bright at the Town Hall Stage. Then hop over to I CAN Create to make special craft.

Black History Month: A Romare Bearden Valentine’s Day
Myer’s Park Library
Friday, February 14, 3:30 p.m.
Learn more about Romare Bearden and extend your learning through a Valentine’s Day inspired art activity using the artist’s technique.

Light Up The Night Powered By Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas
Mint Museum of Art
Friday, February 14, 5:30 p.m.
Experience illuminated activities at the Mint Museum Uptown plaza, including music and light-wand painting, plus spotlight tours in the galleries.

Annual Seed Swap
Historic Latta Plantation
Saturday, February 15, 10:00 a.m.
If you have some extra seeds, bring some to swap with other gardeners. Each participant receives at least 10 free packets of non-genetically engineered, heritage seeds – the same seeds used in the historic gardens.

Family Portrait: A Parent + Child Class
Arts+ (The Bridge)
Saturday, February 15
Connect with your child through collaborative art making while learning techniques you can use in your home. Arts+ teaching artists will lead you through stamping, collage, mark making, paper crafts, painting and much more.

Family Fun: Valentine’s Day Sweets
Sur la Table (Huntersville)
Saturday, February 15
Gather your favorite little sous chefs to mix batter, bake chocolate cupcakes and whip up yummy buttercream frosting. Plus, you’ll get plenty of practice cutting out heart-shaped shortbread and getting creative with decorations.

Oddities And Curiosities Expo
Charlotte Convention Center
Saturday, February 15, 11:00 a.m.
Vendors of things weird, creepy and unusual. Find items such as preserved specimens, original artwork, horror and Halloween inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices, clothing, jewelry, and skulls and bones.

Great Backyard Bird Count Family Hike And Kids Craft
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Sunday, February 16, 11:00 a.m.
Learn about The Great Backyard Bird Count, and go for a short hike through the woods. Follow up with a bird craft in the McMillan Greenhouse.

Family Day At The Bechtler Museum Of Modern Art
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Saturday, February 15
Families can explore the Bechtler collection through special hands-on art activities and family-focused museum tours.

Charlotte Checkers Vs. Springfield
Sunday, February 16, 1:00 p.m.
Take the ice with the players after the game during the Postgame Skate.

Painting Party
American Girl
Sunday, February 16, 2:30 p.m.
Color your world with a painting class at Painting with a Twist, then head to American Girl for a tasty dinner in the Bistro, where each girl will get a goody bag.

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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.