Happy New Year 2019Family-Friendly Events Kick-off Florence County’s New Year in 2019

Change is in the air! Actually it’s on our calendars, because we’ve rolled into 2019 and life keeps on chugging along. January is typically a light month in the family entertainment department, but Florence County is bringing it with a number of activities to keep the kids engaged and moving (and not to mention the adults, because it’s not like adults don’t want to do stuff!).

Let’s start off with a regular feature that’s nonetheless a terrific opportunity, as the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park holds a live animal meet-and-greet the 5th at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the 6th at 2 p.m.

During “Wild Weekends,” participants meet wild animals up REAL close (as close as you want of course!). Families can take the opportunity to check out the park’s regular features, such as river fishing, canoeing, nature trails, and a swinging boardwalk for a bird’s eye view of the park.

Then the 12th from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Moore Farms Botanical Garden offers Botanical Infused Candles for $30 registration, which parents can do with older kids (they recommend kids 10 and older).

Join Rebecca Turk, MFBG Director of Education and Events, to make handmade candles featuring beautiful botanicals to make candles to serve as centerpieces that waft sweet smells throughout your home. Learn about the different waxes used in candles, along with how to use natural items found in the garden to infuse the candles with an appealing scent. Each participant will make two candles to take home (if kids make their own candles, two registrations and payments are necessary).  If you have any special needs, please contact Rebecca Turk at (843) 210-7582. Register at http://moorefarmsbg.org/events/botanical-infused-candles/.

On the 12th and 13th the Model Train and Collectible Toy Show rolls into the ROB building (Ragsdale Old Building) at 245 South Church Street in Lake City from 9am-3pm. Of course there will be lots of model trains with a variety of all gauges, as well as train parts and repairs. Test tracks will be on-site! Booths will also feature new and vintage and antique dolls; vintage and antique toys; sports cards; comic books; jewelry; collectibles; coins; Tupperware; bath accessories; photography; embroidery; girls’ dresses and hair bows; homemade purses; health vitamins; home décor; crafts and more. Admission is $5, and kids under 10 are admitted for free. Piggyback’s BBQ will be serving food, too. More info at www.SouthCarolinaTradeShows.com.

Then on the 13th at 3pm at the Florence Center the Harlem Globetrotters show off their legendary showmanship and ball skills with their all-new Fan Powered World Tour! Fans will get the chance before, during and after the game to interact with Globetrotters stars.

Fans can also purchase a Magic Pass for unprecedented access to the team, as you learn tricks, shoot hoops, and take photos on the court. After the game, you can take part in a free autograph session. Also back by popular demand are the Flying Globies acrobatic trampoline dunk team. Find tickets: http://bit.ly/globietix19.

Not to be outdone is the Florence County Museum, which is back the 16th at 10am with its popular Mornings at the Museum interactive program for children ages 3-5 and an accompanying adult.

Each program includes a gallery visit, story time, and hands-on studio activity. Mornings at the Museum is free, but they require preregistration via an online registration form. Space is limited to 15 children per session so sign up early. This time the program is called Fabulous Fossils. Take a guess what the historical subject is! 😊 Register here: http://www.flocomuseum.org/mornings-at-the-museum/.

Then the 18th-20th the Florence Center returns with the Kids Jamboree, billed as the region’s largest and most exciting fun-filled youth festival due to its assortment of games, rides, inflatables, education activities, special attractions and much more. There will be plenty of activities specifically designed for toddlers.

In case we actually get winter weather, it’s all inside…magicians, clowns, face-painting, balloon animals, bounce houses, obstacle courses, amusement rides, bungee challenges, slides, games, comedy, coloring stations, toddler games and more. And…it’s only $7 for the entire day!

Finishing off the month on the 31st (last but not least!) is the Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center’s “Aftermath of Math Class” at 9:30am, as part of its Children Series. This one is for schools to take interest in taking their students, since it’s during a school day. The series is only $5 per show (federal school lunch guidelines can reduce that to nothing).

For this class, math, a subject that often has kids running for the aisles, instead engages kids to learn what makes math fun in a charming musical adventure. Lead character Cyrus can solve anything! Whether it involves puzzles, mysteries, or riddles, if there’s a problem to be solved, Cyrus delivers! But in this original musical, Cyrus meets his match – math class. Come along as “Solve it Cyrus” and his friends learn how math is an important problem-solving tool.

For more information on this program or bringing a school group to these performances, please contact their ticket office at 843-661-4444.