January Doesn’t Have to Bring on the Boredom!

Hey, 2020 has a nice ring to it, no? Things are looking up, but January is often labeled a “slow” month in the fun department. It doesn’t have to be true! We’ve rounded up some family-friendly fare guaranteed to stave off the winter woes. Links are provided to take you right to the events.

Jan. 10
Harlem Globetrotters
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will be “Pushing the Limits” at the Florence Center Friday at 7pm, including live world record attempts.
Featured will be a free interactive post-game autograph session as well as the 10th anniversary of the four-point shot, a shot 30-feet from the basket they introduced.

Jan. 11
Creating with Color on Family Fun Day at the Florence County Museum
Free of charge, this event from 1-3pm includes Reverse Rainbow Spinner (participants will create a spinning color wheel that blends art and science), Monochromatic Moonlight Painting (participants will use tints and shades of blue to create a nighttime winter scene), and Make Your Own Paint (participants will use kitchen supplies to make their own watercolor paint palette).

Botanical Candles at Moore Farms Botanical Garden
Saturday from 10am-12:30pm at $30 per person join Rebecca Turk, MFBG Director of Education and Events, to make handmade candles. Learn about waxes that can be 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!

Jan. 11-12
Wild Weekend at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
Every Saturday and Sunday check out the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park for a live animal meet-and-greet. Animal presentations are given every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and again at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Participants have an opportunity to meet animals up close!

Jan. 12
The Savvy Soiree Southeast Wedding & Event Expo
The premier wedding show is back at the SIMT (Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology)! Meet local wedding professionals, enter drawings for giveaways, and plan a wedding all at once!

Two Small Pieces of Glass Dooley Planetarium
This Sunday Dooley Planetarium kicks off 2020 with a FREE public planetarium show Two Small Pieces of Glass, as the telescope turns 400!

Jan. 15
Mornings at the (Florence County) Museum
This event brings you History: Colonial Life in South Carolina from 10am-11am (registration required). An interactive program for children ages 3-5 and their accompanying adult. Each program will include a gallery visit, story time, and hands-on studio activity.

Jan. 18-20
The Kids Jamboree at Florence Center
All-new with games, rides, inflatables, educational activities, special attractions and more! The entire indoor facility will be jam-packed with clowns, face-painting, balloon animals, bounce houses, obstacle courses, amusement rides, bungee challenges, slides, games, coloring stations, toddler games, magic and comedy and more.

Jan. 24-Feb. 1
Dreamgirls from the Florence Little Theatre
Dreamgirls celebrates the advent of R&B in the 1960s with a Motown-inspired score, dynamic performances, and a moving look behind-the-scenes of the entertainment business. Recommended minimum age 12+ (some adult language). Length 2 hours.

Jan. 25
3D Design Basics at Girls University
Create your own 3D design using 3D pens. Get a crash course in the 3D modeling design tool as you use it to build your design and then explore. Girls will receive a certificate and patch upon completing this workshop. Three time slots for three age groups.

Jan. 26
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure at Dooley Planetarium
Families with small children are invited Sunday for the FREE program geared toward children age 6 and younger to introduce them to the Sun, Moon, and stars.

Jan. 30
The Nitty Gritty Basics of Plant ID at Moore Farms Botanical Garden
From 10am-12:30pm, learn the fundamentals of morphology—the characteristics and functions of flowers, leaves, stems and fruits. MFBG Research Horticulturist Evan Baker kicks off the Plant Identification Series with this class, which is required before you can advance to the others.

Jan. 31
21st Annual Father Daughter Dance from the Florence Family YMCA
It’s music, dancing, pictures, food and drink, and a great chance to dress up and make memories Friday at SIMT (Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology). Pictures begin at 6pm and the dance begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are still only $25 PER FAMILY and are available any time during business hours at the Florence Family YMCA.

Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Monster Jam at the Florence Center
The Monster Jam returns with full-throttle family fun, as world-class athletes tear up the dirt with gravity-defying feats.