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Happy Wednesday Smarties! Celebrate the long holiday weekend by taking the kids to the MLK Day Parade. Floats, bands and much more make for a great morning. This will also be a great weekend to visit one of our fantastic Parks. They do an incredible job with their events and always have something for every member of the family. They also have camps for the Monday Holiday for the kids whose parents do not have the day off. Get out and enjoy!
MLK Holiday Parade
January 19, 11:00am
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual MLK Day Parade. Parade begins at 9th Street and ends at MLK Blvd.
Chicken Day–Calling All Cluckers
Charlotte Nature Museum
January 19, 10:00am-1:00pm
Visitors to this unique event will discover the variety of chickens and other barnyard birds. Comb over an array of chickens at Chicken Day such as the Rhode Island red [Gallus gallus domesticus], America’s most well known breed, and the ‘rumpless’ Araucana [Gallus sp.], which is missing a vertebrae, lacks a tail and lays blue eggs. Talk to local chicken owners about their birds and what it takes to raise a flock. Resplendent adult and baby Silkie chickens [Gallus gallus japonese silkie] will show off their black, blue, white and even lavender feathers, turquoise blue earlobes, five-toed feet and fur-like feathers. Museum Naturalists will have chicken tidbits such as habitat information, nutritional requirements and tips on how to raise chickens in your own backyard. Visitors also can visit with a variety of newly hatched chicks and Museum fowl such as the Chukar partridge [Alectoris chukar], bobwhite quail [Colinus virginianus] and baby button quails [Coturnix sp.], all of which are closely related to the chicken. Nest with us for Story Time including the titles “The Missing Chick” by Valerie Gorbachev, “Rosie’s Walk” by Pat Hutchin and “Be Patient Little Chick” by Patricia Jensen. Fly by Dragonfly Theatre for the Puppet Show, “The Shadow Knows” and drop in to the Naturalist Lab to make crafty cardboard chicks.
The Secret Garden
January 18-20, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 3:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
Celebrate magic on a Broadway scale with The Secret Garden, a modern musical classic. Orphaned 10-year-old Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in England with relatives she has never met. With the help of Martha, a chambermaid, and the gardener, Ben, Mary’s own personality blossoms as she brings life to a neglected garden, as well as her sickly cousin and uncle. Based on the beloved children’s novel and winner of three Tony Awards, The Secret Garden is a timeless tale of hope and inspiration. For ages 8+. Cost is $20.
Who’s Sleeping In These Woods?
McDowell Nature Center
January 18, 9:30am-10:15am & 11:00am-11:45am
After reading a book about hibernation, we will discuss which animals here at MDNC are sleeping through the winter. Registration Required. Ages 4-6. Cost is $3.
McDowell Nature Center
January 19, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Stop in to find natural inspiration and an opportunity for creative expression. This is not your normal art class, more of a guided discovery on what we can create. Each week we will have some type of ‘blank canvas’ to work with, the rest is up to you. We will start each class with an hour long hike to find inspiration and supplies and the classroom is open for the remainder of the day. Ages 12+. Cost is $5.
McDowell Nature Center
January 20, 2:30-3:15pm
It may be winter but evergreens stay beautiful all year round. Take a short hike to collect live evergreen boughs and berries, then come inside to create a kid-friendly wreath to take home, complete with surprise decorations. Hot chocolate provided. Registration Required. Cost is $2.
Make A Miniature Garden
Reedy Creek Nature Center
January 20, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Tired of winter already? Brighten your world in the darkest of winter with a miniature garden made from recycled materials and small plants. A little light and love is all these little gardens need to thrive in the winter in your home. Ages 8+. Cost is free.
Latta Plantation Nature Center
January 20, 1:00pm-2:00pm
No two snowflakes are exactly alike and neither are the paper ones we will be creating. Our beautiful snowflake story will help instill a sense of wonder for this magic of nature. Registration Required. Ages 6+. Cost is $4.
Orchid Spectacular – “Art and Orchids”
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Ongoing until March 17, 9:00am-5:00pm
An unending array of color, forms and shapes proffered by orchids lend themselves uniquely to the creation of art in many media. This year, during the Garden’s annual Orchid Spectacular, however, we from the Garden’s collection of more than 5,000 orchids. It’s a living art display of some of the best orchids in the Southeast.
Sunday Fun Day: Vibrant Voices
Mint Museum Uptown
January 20, 1:00pm-4:00pm
All ages. Enjoy family-friendly craft projects, gallery visits, healthy living activities, artist demonstrations, and more! Monthly on third Sundays. We all have a voice through the arts! Explore art by diverse artists who share their message “loud and proud”, enjoy a gospel choir, go to a stepping workshop, and create your own powerful art.
*Adult only event! 4th Annual Where’s Waldo Bar Crawl (World Record Attempt)
January 19, 5:00pm
It’s Back! The event everyone loves dressing up for! Imagine the EpiCentre absolutely swarming with people all dressed up at Waldo and Wanda! The bar crawl is exclusively at the EpiCentre! Your bar crawl ticket gives you Free VIP access to all the venues at the EpiCentre!
THIS Is How You Join This Bar Crawl:
1. Buy your ticket online here: WaldoBarCrawl.Eventbrite.com
2. Get a Where’s Waldo or Wanda Costume or make one!
3. Show up to the third floor pavillion of the EpiCentre inside the heated tent to check-in. You need to bring your Eventbrite ticket printed off. You can check-in at any time throughout the night at the heated check-in tent.
4. Enjoy every venue at the EpiCentre at your leisure with thousands of other Waldo and Wandas. See if you can find him! This event is 21+ only. Where’s Waldo or Wanda costumes are mandatory. Venues will not let you in without a costume whether you have a ticket or not.
The current World Record for the Most People Dressed as Where’s Waldo/Wanda in One Place is 3,657 (Set by Street Perfomance World Champions organization in Dublin, Ireland).