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Five Kid-Friendly Alternatives To The Super Bowl In Charlotte

January 24, 2014 8:00 AM

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Most everyone in the Carolinas will be sitting by a television on Sunday, February 2, 2014 to watch the Super Bowl XLVIII. Some people, however, just are not football fans and watch the game for the commercials and the half-time show. Active, energetic children could break up the Super Bowl party at home unless they are genuinely entertained and not hungry. This might require an outing. Parents and children of all ages who are looking for alternatives to the Super Bowl have exciting choices for February 2.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 688-9000

Date: Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2014

February 2 is the last day for “the Big Top” in Charlotte. Children of all ages have enjoyed the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus since 1884, so a decision to take the children should yield happy faces all day. “Built to Amaze” is the theme, and this year, Ringmaster Andre McClain presides. Acts include big cats, elephants, horses, dogs, acrobats, aerialists, a female human cannon ball, high wire specialists, a unicycle basketball troupe and clowns. The all-access pre-show allows kids to interact with the performers. Tickets are $10 to $100.

Miss Firecracker Contest
Theatre Charlotte
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 376-3777

Date: Jan. 24 – Feb. 9, 2014

For Southern belles ages 13 and older and their companions, the “Miss Firecracker Contest” provides a theatrical experience they can relate to. There’s plenty of humor and absurdity in this Mississippi-based comedy, produced by Theatre Charlotte. Protagonist Carnelle Scott practices her tap dancing in hopes of winning renewed respectability along with the 4th of July Miss Firecracker Contest. Meet Carnelle’s cousin Elain, herself a former Miss Firecracker; cousin Delmount; Popeye the seamstress; and others in the nutty cast. Praised by the New York Times for “…[an] evening’s torrential downpour of humor…,” playwright Beth Henley provides enough giggles to take the audience’s mind off of the Super Bowl. Tickets are $25 to $27.

Groundhog Day
Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 372-6261

Date: Feb. 2, 2014 at 12 p.m.

“Queen Charlotte” the groundhog will emerge with her court at the Charlotte Nature Museum, a Discovery Place affiliate, to look for her shadow and foretell how soon spring will arrive. This traditional February 2 event will include artistic and scientific activities for the kids. The Charlotte Nature Museum and the Guild of Discovery Place present this and other “Creature Features” during the year to make learning about biology interactive and fun. Those who are exceptionally interested may follow tweets from Queen Charlotte @CLTGroundhog. Admission is free with museum admission.

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Community School of Davidson High School Art Space
404 Armour St.
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 892-7953

Date: Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2014

The Davidson High School is a short drive from Charlotte and the retelling of this familiar fairy tale is a perfect excursion for children and adults. Drama, dance, a beautiful ball gown and a handsome price are the basis of this romantic story. The children will also learn life lessons, such as keeping a positive mental attitude and the importance of telling the truth about your shoe size. All tickets are $10.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 547-3700

The Gantt Center, located in the Uptown Arts District, addresses Black History all year long. Since February is officially African American History Month, it’s a good time to take the kids to visit one of Charlotte’s most distinguished cultural organizations. One youth-related exhibit, “Question Bridge: Black Males,” is a multi-generational, multi-media excursion into challenging topics discussed by teens as well as mature men. Early in the video, young men comment that no blueprint was left for them, while elders such as former US Ambassador Andrew Young indicate that his generation worked hard to make life better for the next. “Question Bridge” and other exhibits at the Gantt Center will sow seeds for discussion at home once the game is over and done. Admission varies, so call ahead for details.

Related: Best Ways To Celebrate Black History Month 2013 In Charlotte

Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at


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