HOLIDAY THIS N THAT

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There is still another week until Christmas. I know some of you are frantically making last minute preparations, but I would like to suggest taking a breather this weekend and enjoying some time with the kids. There is still a chance to see Santa at Horseplay Farms in Bolivia, NC on Saturday. He also will appear in the Bolivia Christmas Parade where you can see horses and llamas as well. The parade will begin at 11 AM with hot dogs and refreshments afterwards at the fire hall.

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On Saturday, in Southport, NC (1 PM – 3 PM) you can spend A Victorian Afternoon at the Maritime Museum making Victorian Christmas ornaments and listening to Christmas stories. At 3 PM you can head over to Oak Island for their Holiday Craft Making at the Oak Island Nature Center. (Pre-registration required at 278-5518)

You can head south to Sunset Beach, NC where you can enjoy ‘Season of Light’ at the Ingram Planetarium. This interesting and informative presentation will be shown at noon and at 6 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Whatever you decide to do – do it with love and joy in the spirit of the season.

INDOOR FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Brr – I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that it’s cold in Brunswick County, NC. Though we have been having record setting low temperatures recently the result of which have been late start times for the Brunswick County Schools, we can still be thankful we have not had any of that beautiful precipitation called snow. Yes, it’s lovely to look at – but it’s not fun to shovel or drive in – especially in an area where there is no equipment for clearing the roads or melting the ice. Some of us have had other problems related to the low temperatures. As for me – this is the third time in a month that my pipes have frozen – and this time I did let my outside faucets drip. Hopefully, they will not burst again this time. And I know I am not alone in this predicament. The first time I understand there were problems all over the island. After tonight’s record setting low (again) the temperatures are supposed to be in the 50s tomorrow – I love you, tomorrow! Sunday will be even warmer, however, rain is predicted. I am sure families have been getting antsy from having to spend so much time indoors and the brief respite tomorrow will likely not be enough to get rid of the pent up energy, so here are a few suggestions for taking the whole family out for a fun and interesting day.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport where they have a vintage periscope through which you can view the surrounding area:(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/north-carolina-maritime-museum-at-southport/profile/)

Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, NC where you can watch a light show and experience Category 1 hurricane force winds in the Science Hall’s Hurricane Simulator: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/attractions/sunset-beach/ingram-planetarium/profile/)

Planet Fun and Starz Grille in Shallotte, NC where you can have all kinds of fun and food as well:(http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/attractions/shallotte/planet-fun-and-starz-grille/profile/)