January can be a long month for kids. The holidays are over and the weather is often cold and gloomy. Kids and parents sometimes hope for a snow day to break up the normal routine.
Here are some local events that will add a little excitement to your family's normal routine this month. Some take place during the week, some on the weekend and some on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. All offer a little break from your normal work week and the kids' school week.
Mark your calendars for the Hearts & Hands for Haiti Book, Yard & Bake Sale at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The annual event will be held at St. Thomas More, 3015 Roundelay Road on January 19-20.
You will find lots of great books and items for your home and family while helping the people of Haiti. St. Thomas More enjoys a twinning relationship with Our Lady of the Nativity church in Savanette, Haiti and the money raised will go to help the church and school in Haiti.
Amazement Square has some fun events on the schedule for January. Great Artists is a new program that has just begun at the children's museum. The program is centered on the history of art and takes place each Wednesday and Friday from 4-5 p.m.
A different artist's work and hands-on activity will be featured each month. During January, Van Gough will be featured and those visiting the museum can use oil paints and learn more about Van Gough's influence in art history. Great Artists is free with admission to the museum.
Amazement Square will be open from 1-5 p.m. for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21. Bring the kids out and enjoy the hands-on activities together.
You can celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a family at Lynchburg College later in the evening. The free event begins at 6 p.m. on Jan. 21 in Snidow Chapel and Hepps Music Center.
You may want to take in some college sports this month. Visit the Liberty University website to find schedules for men's and women's basketball, ice hockey and open ice skating times.
You'll also find schedules for men's and women's basketball at the Lynchburg College and the Randolph College websites. One of the great things about living in a college town is that there's plenty of sports action every season.
You and your kids can learn more about local history at Lynchburg Museum every day. The newest exhibit, "An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia", opened on Jan. 12 and will continue through May 5.
Point of Honor, located at 112 Cabell Street, is the 1800s mansion of Dr. Thomas Cabell. Kids ages 7-12 can enjoy Kids' Night at Point of Honor on January 25 from 6-10 p.m. At this popular event, there will be scavenger hunts, living history, animals from the Nature Zone and more. Call (434) 455-6226 to reserve your child's spot.
Both Lynchburg Museum and Point of Honor will offer free admission to all visitors on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Harvey will be on stage at Jefferson Forest High School on Jan. 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. and on Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. This comedy about Elwood Dowd and his six-and-a-half-foot imaginary rabbit, Harvey, is perfect for the entire family. Tickets are available at Lynchburg Tickets.
Whether it's warm and sunny or raining cats and dogs, you will find plenty of activities for your family this month. For more information about Lynchburg activities and additional January events, check out the articles below.