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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events

By Katie M

If you are a mom with a rising kindergartner (or preschooler) in Guilford County, please take note! The Third Annual Kickoff to Kindergarten: Parent Days is taking place this Monday, January 25 at the High Point Museum. If you can’t make that date, another Kickoff to Kindergarten will take place on February 22 at the Greensboro Children’s Museum. This free, drop-in resource fair will be open from 11 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm at both locations. Representatives from Guilford County Schools will be available to answer questions regarding school-choice, pre-K options, transportation, school health & nutrition, after-school options, and kindergarten curriculums. Also on hand will be representatives from local libraries, Family & Health Services, Reading Connections, and other important community resources that support the important transition into kindergarten.

Starting kindergarten is a very big and exciting time in the life of a child. For parents it also can be a little overwhelming. There are actually a number of deadlines to meet and choices to make just to register for kindergarten, and the best preparation for kindergarten should include steps to prepare your child physically, mentally, and emotionally as well. Many parents are unsure about everything they need to do to make sure their child has the best school start possible.

For this reason Guilford County Schools, Guilford Child Development, Guilford Partnership for Children, Get Healthy Guilford, United Way, Junior League of High Point, Guilford Education Alliance, Greensboro Children’s Museum and High Point Museum have teamed up to help parents navigate the potentially overwhelming transition to kindergarten.

Be sure to save those dates above, and check below for other great things to do around the Triad this weekend!

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage – Live Event
Register Now for this event occurring February 26 at 7 pm, and Feb 27 at 12:30 pm
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1301 Alamance Church Road, GSO
Do you (or your partner) avoid church in general and marriage conferences in particular? Do you want to learn how to have a successful relationship? Whether you are single or married, you're invited to this event that bills itself as "the marriage conference for people who don't like marriage conferences." Cost is $35 single, $69 couple. Click here to register.

Decorating on a Budget
Thursday, January 21 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Meg Brown Home Furnishings, 5491 US Hwy 158, Advance, NC
Learn creative ideas on how to stretch your decorating budget. Bring and accessory for our fun accessory swap! Every participant will go home with a “new item.” This class is part of The Art of Decorating Workshop Series by The Decorating Gals: Marybeth Barrett of Addressing Spaces and Ava Lewandowski of Redesigns by Ava. Fee is $35.00 per class. Space is limited

Half-Price Friday Nights
Friday, January 22 from 5-8 p.m.
Greensboro Children's Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO
All families welcome on Friday nights for a night of fun at a discounted admission of $3.

Child-Sized Woolworth Counter at Greensboro Children's Museum
January 18th – January 25th
Greensboro Children’s Museum, GSO
Visit GCM this week to see a child-sized replica of the original Woolworth Counter used for the momentous sit-in movement that started right here in Greensboro. We’ll be celebrating civil rights and MLK Jr. Day all week here with special programs and activities. We’d like to give a special thanks to our friends at the International Civil Rights Museum for letting us borrow this special piece of history! Free with admission/membership.

Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog
Mondays, members only. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S
This exhibit has been extended through January 25! Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford™, America’s beloved big red dog with a heart to match. Free with museum admission, $7.

Family Art Classes: Winter Wonderland
Saturday, January 23 from 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Thataways Youth Center, 1334 Overbrook Road, Burlington
Burlington Recreation & Parks and Abrakadoodle present an art class for families and children ages 6-12. Learn about Norman Rockwell and create a family of snowpeople to reflect each member of your family. Registration required. $18 per family (up to 5 people).

Family Fun Day
Saturday, January 23 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Captain White House, Graham
Once a month, the Alamance Arts Council invites you to “Saturday Family Fun Day” to spend quality time with your child, grandchild or just a child who is dear to you! Engage in art projects, games, and fun for children of any age. January's theme is Dinosaurs and February's theme is the Wild West. Members, $2; non-members, $5.

Generations: A Celebration of Mothers & Daughters
Saturday, January 23 from 1-5 p.m.
Salem Fine Arts Center, Salem College, W-S
Forsyth Medical Center for Women's Health presents a program for mothers and daughters ages 9-12. Spend the day with your daughter, learn positive parenting strategies, as well as what to expect as her body changes physically and emotionally. Registration required. $50 per mom/daughter couple; $20 each additional daughter.

Laser Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
Saturday, January 23 at 7 pm and 8 pm.
Natural Science Center, 4301 Lawndale Drive, GSO
Natural Science Center’s OmniSphere Theater will host two special evening showings of Laser Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. This laser show is approximately 45 minutes long and open to ages 4 and up. Pre-sale tickets only: $5. Tickets may be purchased at the NSC's admission desk.

Open Hearth Cooking
Saturday, January 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave., HP
Come watch costumed interpreters cook a traditional meal over an open hearth in the Hoggatt House. All ages welcome. Free.

SciWorks’ Attic Exhibit
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S
Come play in the traveling exhibit hall with your favorite SciWorks exhibits – putting holes, pitching cage and many more. Runs through Aug. 28, 2010. Adults, $10; ages 6-18, $8; ages 2-5, $6; under 2, free.

Free Yoga for Beginners
Sunday, January 24 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Sunrise Yoga Studio, 6000 Meadowbrook Mall, Suite 28, Clemmons
Perfect for everyone who's new to yoga. Try it out with one of our great teachers who makes it a totally fun and NON-intimidating experience! You'll try yoga poses, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation. PS - it's even more fun if you bring a friend! To register: Call (336) 778-1233 or email us at, or just drop by! Taught by Teacher Trainee, Anna Misior

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Victoria said...

Oh man, is it already time to think about our little five-year-olds going to Kindergarten? Wow! We'll be at the museum to get all our questions answered. Good info!

Sam said...

The family fun days at Alamance Arts Council are terrific! Went for the first time recently and my children enjoyed themselves so much.

Meredith said...

If your kids love dinosaurs, the VA Museum of Natural History (50 miles north of Gboro) has a great dinosaur exhibit that opened today. It is great! My son loved it today (he is 2) but all ages would enjoy. for more info.

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