By Katie M
Happy Wednesday, Smarty Readers! If you are not too tired from ringing in the New Year, there are some great family events happening in our area this weekend. As always, be sure to add any event scoop you may have in the comments below. Enjoy the first full weekend of 2009!
DADA First Friday Gallery Hop
Friday, Jan. 2 at 7 pm
Downtown Art District Sixth, Trade & Liberty Streets, W-S
Join DADA for the First Gallery Hop of 2009! From 7-10pm streets are closed and shops, studios and galleries are open with artwork, music and more in the downtown arts community. Gallery Hops are funded entirely by the Downtown Art District Association-DADA- a non-profit organization of artist studios, residences and businesses that is dedicated to the promotion of arts and culture through education, entertainment.
Monster Truck Winter Nationals and Thrill Show
Friday, Jan. 2 at 7:30 pm
Joel Coliseum, W-S
Beginning at 6:15p.m. Pit Party Open to everyone. $20 VIP adult lower reserved. $10 VIP 12 & under lower reserved. $15 Adult, Upper level General Admission. Free 12 & under with adult upper level GA ticket. Adult tickets increase $3 day of show. Cost: $20 & $10 VIP lower reserved. $15 & Free upper GA
Friday, Jan. 2
Roaring, moving dinosaurs will invade SciWorks in a new exhibit. Young Dino Hunters will be thrilled by these creations that don’t just look like dinosaurs, they behave like dinosaurs. Museum hours are M-F 10 am – 4 pm and Sat 11 am – 5 pm. Admission: Adults $10; ages 6-19 $8; ages 2-5 $6; age 2 and under free.
Preteen Friday Night Dance – New Year’s Dance
Friday, Jan. 2 from 6-9 pm.
Thataways Youth Center, 1334 Overbrook Rd, Burlington
Thataways will bring in the New Year with their own countdown and a dance contest! Bring your best moves for the annual New Year's Dance Off where they will crown Mr. and Miss Dance King and Queen for 2009. Concessions are open with pizza and cold drinks. Video games and billiards are always available for play. $4. For 3rd-5th grade only.
Winter Wonderland Maze
Friday, Jan. 2
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
Lose yourself in a nature-themed winter scape with twists and snowflakes at every turn. Enjoy special lights, music, a beautiful winter scene with preserved animals native to N.C., a hibernation station and a winter maze. Every Saturday in January will feature special photo-ops in the maze with the NSC mascot, Jolly the Wallaby, from 10 a.m.-noon. Free with admission, adults $8, children 3 and up, $7. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Children's Museum of WS - Three Kings Day
Saturday, Jan. 3 at 11 am
Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem
End the winter holiday season by participating in a community celebration popular in many parts of Europe and Latin America (also known as the Epiphany and Twelfth Night). Experience the giving-to-others traditions of the Three Wise Kings in Mexico style with Rosca de Reyes bread, crafts, a “camel” race, and photo opportunities with the Three Wise Kings. Free with paid admission or Museum membership. Cost: Museum Admission $7, free children under 1
Festival of Sleep Day Pajama Palooza
Saturday, Jan. 3 6-8 pm
My Party Palace Triad, 209-G Century Blvd, Kernersville
Come in your PJ's and enjoy pizza, decorate your own cupcakes, crafts, karaoke and dancing all in celebration of the post-holiday tradition, Festival of Sleep Day. $30
Family First Workshop
Sunday, Jan. 4 from 2 – 4 pm
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, W-S
Elementary school-aged children, accompanied by an adult, are invited to discover sculpture in the museum and then construct their own three-dimensional masterpieces using different paper sculpture techniques. $7!