March/April 2015

March/April 2015

ONGOING

 

Horseback Riding – Open Year Round at Mountain Trail Rides, 255 Freeland, Davis, WV. Horseback riding in the beautiful mountains of Canaan Valley, WV. 304-866-4652 www.mountaintrailrides.com.

Private Music Lessons Saint Paul School of Music LIFE UMC Clarksburg and Fairmont locations. New students accepted anytime. Beginner – Advanced. Ages 5 & up. 304-366-3758. See ad on page 23.

P.U.R.R. WV Adoption Events are ongoing at various locations around North Central WV. P.U.R.R. WV is a no-kill cat rescue Please go to http://www.purrwv.org/html/events.html for dates and locations. See ad on page 8.

Give to the WV Children’s Trust Fund  Help children grow up free from abuse and neglect. Check the box on your WV Income Tax Return Form or contribute online at www.wvctf.org. Good beginnings last a lifetime!

Tuesday is for Toddlers  Meadowbrook Mall, 2399 Meadowbrook Rd., Bridgeport, WV. 11 a.m. – 12 noon each Tuesday. Free activities, entertainment, and prizes for children up to age 8. 304-842-5441 www.meadowbrookmall.com

Registration for many summer camps begin in the Spring. Be sure to check out our 9th Annual Summer Camps and Programs Directory in this issue on pages 11-24. Also check out our Online Camp Fair at http://wvfamilyonline.com/online-camp-fair/ for summer camps and a click-through click to take you to their website.

 

MARCH

March is:

American Red Cross Month
30th Anniversary of Music in our Schools Month
National Nutrition Month
Woman’s History Month
National Youth Art Month
National Reading Month  

5306762e8bb25_imageMarch 1- April 3  Walking with the Dinosaurs – Ice Age and Beyond Harrison County Parks and Rec, 43 Recreation Drive, Clarksburg, WV.  Come out to see real museum quality prehistoric fossils.  Two full skeletons – one of which is a juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex – a favorite.  Other displays available also.  Great day trip idea, school or daycare field trip, group visit, and more.  304-423-7800http://www.hcparks.org/calendar.aspx

 

March 1  Coach Purse Bingo  at Knights of Columbus, Fairmont, WV.  Doors open at 1 p.m.,  Bingo starts at 2 p.m.  This event is a fund-raising event for Maddie’s Angels – a non-profit organization providing spaying, neutering, and care of injured animals.  Maddie was a small Momma dog that was shot in the head along with 4 of her puppies in Rachel , WV in 2012.  Advanced tickets $20.  Tickets at the door $25.  Tickets can be purchased from 8th Street Confectionery, Middletown Animal Clinic or Hometown Hotdogs in Fairmont. Or by calling 304-612-1091 or 304-612-7729.  For more information email maddie.angels@yahoo.com or call 304-612-7729.

March 7-8   14th Annual WV Fishing, Hunting, and Outdoor Show
Ruby Community Center, Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV. Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over 150 vendor from boats, sports equipment, camping equipment, game calls, knives, and much more. For more information please visit www.wvoutdoorsportsshow.com.

March 8  Daylight Saving Time Begins.  Remember to Spring Forward!

PrintMarch 12-April 4   Visit the Easter Bunny at Meadowbrook Mall Meadowbrook Mall, 2399 Meadowbrook Rd., Bridgeport, WV. At Seas Court. 304-842-5441 www.meadowbrookmall.com.

March 13-15    2015 Morgantown Homeshow  Mylan Expo Center, Morgantown, WV.  12 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. This year’s show will be bigger and better than last year, in which attendance was phenomenal. Admission is free. Register to win prizes! 304-599-0850. www.morgantownhomeshow.com.

March 14  Women’s Expo Morgantown Mall, Morgantown, WV 11 p.m. – 5 p.m. Visit with vendors and gather important information on health, beauty, home decor, crafts, and more! Plus, prize giveaways and demonstrations will go on throughout the day! 304-983-6200 www.morgantownmall.com.

March 14  Milk & Cookies with the Easter Bunny Chick-fil-A at Meadowbrook Mall, 2399 Meadowbrook Rd., Bridgeport, WV. Must present a ticket. Space is limited. 9:30-10:30 a.m. 304-842-5441 www.meadowbrookmall.com.

March 14  Indoor Colonial Kids Games and  Storytelling Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shake off those winter doldrums and bring the kids to enjoy a day full of activities and stories . Play the games and hear the stories that were popular during the time of our founding fathers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visitor Center. $ 4.00 per person 304-363-3030. www.prickettsfortstatepark.com.

March 14  Fire Prevention Event Fairmont, WV.   Northeast West Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross, a partner of the Marion County United Way, will be going through Fairmont on March 14th, 2015 starting at 10:00am to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home. Joining the Red Cross will be students from West Virginia University and volunteers from Reliable Healthcare Solutions.  304-598-9500.

March 17  Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 19  Absolutely Incredible Kids Day  Celebrate today by letting your kids know how good they are and how much you love them.

Untitled-1March 20  The Easter Bunny is Coming to  Middletown Mall Middletown Mall, Fairmont, WV. The Easter Bunny arrives on Friday, March 20th at 4:00 p.m. Bunny hours are Mon.-Fri. 4-7, Sat. 1-7, Sun. 1-4. Apr. 2-4 1-7 p.m. Pictures available. 304-363-3230.

March 21  ZooHop to Spring Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Celebrate spring while you hop along the bunny trail. During your adventure touch animal bio-facts, make a craft, and meet Zoo animals. Then, join us for entertainment, dancing, and prizes. $Admission. 412-365-2532. www.pittsburghzoo.org.

March 21-23   Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts Spring Fever Festival Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville, PA. Rated 36th BEST Craft Show in America. Over 10,000 visitors expected! Over 180 booths of arts & crafts including jewelry, floral, embellishments, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, pet items, and much much more. Sample treats, face painting, balloon animals, clowns, free parking, free shuttle service. 724-863-4577 www.familyfestivals.com.

Clip Art Illustration of a Cartoon Easter BasketMarch 28  2nd Annual Cass Easter Egg Hunt   Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, 242 Main Street, Cass, WV. 1:00 p.m. It’s a hoppin’ good time for ages 0-14. Egg hunting by age groups. Bring your own basket. 304-456-4300. www.cassrailroad.com.

Easter Egg Hunt   Nature Center at Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton, WV. Fun for the whole family. 304-265-6148. www.tygartlake.com.

March 28, 29, April 4   Breakfast or Lunch with the Easter Bunny Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA. 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Have breakfast or lunch, then make crafts, meet some zoo animals, and have an egg hunt. Bring your camera for pictures! $Admission. 412-365-2532. www.pittsburghzoo.org.

 

APRIL

 

April is Autism Awareness Month

 

Cotton Tail Express

Cottontail Express

April 4  Cottontail Express  Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, Elkins, WV. Bring the kids dressed in their Easter best to meet Peter Cottontail on the train! 1-866-874-7635 www.mtn-rail.com. See ads on page 28 and 31.

April 4-5  Easter “EGG”stravaganza  Cacapon Resort State Park, 818 Cacapon Lodge Dr., Berkeley Springs, WV. A weekend full of fun activities. Saturday – Annual Easter egg hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny, egg ornament crafts, egg coloring. Sunday – Sunrise Service. 304-258-1022 ext. 5209.

ahappyeastereggbasketApril 5  Easter Sunday

April 5   Easter Bunny at North Bend State Park  Join in for an egg hunt, fun and games for all ages. 304-643-2931. www.northbendsp.com.

April 10  Healthy Kids Day – YMCA of Kanawha Valley, Charleston, WV. 5:30- 7:00 p.m. at Charleston Family YMCA.  Event free and open to the public. A variety of activities, such as tennis, basketball, martial arts, yoga, healthy cooking, Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run program, Y-FI (Youth Fitness Initiative), prizes, food, vendors, and more. The first 200 kids will receive a complimentary nylon sport pack.  Several bikes and helmets will be given away through random drawings, along with prizes such as soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, and hula hoops.

 

April 11   Fun Lab Clay Center for Arts & Science of WV, Charleston, WV. 12-4 p.m. Fun-filled, hands-on art experince as kids make bright spring scene collages with recycled matericals. www.theclaycenter.org.
April 11 & 12  Snow White at the Metropolitan Theatre, Morgantown, WV. Morgantown Dance & Morgantown Ballet Company featuring performances of Snow White. Sat. 2:30 and 7:30. Sun. 2:30. 304-292-3266 www.morgantowndance.org.
April 16  Harlem Globetrotters WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV. The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. 304-293-SHOW or visit events.wvu.edu.

April 18  Hovatter’s Zoo opens for 2015 season.  One of West Virginia’s Largest Collections of Exotic & Native Animals.  http://www.westvirginiazoo.com/

April 18  16th Annual Chocolate Lover’s Day Downtown and Historic Wharf District Downtown, Morgantown, WV. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. A one-day chocolate extravaganza inviting the public to indulge themselves in an array of chocolate creations. For only $5 per person (children under 5 are free), registrants may sample tasty chocolate treats at each business while accumulating points towards the grand prize drawing. This year the grand prize is 4 tickets to Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania. www.downtownmorgantown.com

gearthdayApril 20  Prickett’s Fort opens for tours for summer season.  Something for everyone!  http://www.prickettsfort.org/

April 22  Earth Day Earth Day is celebrated around the world. Some cities celebrate the whole week, others host month long events to stress the importance of teaching about our environment.

April 23-26  South Hills Kennel Club Dog Show  Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV.  12 a.m. Friday to 12 a.m. Monday.  mylanparkmk@gmail.com

April 23-26  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Coliseum, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV. For children of all ages. Experience unimaginable family fun. Amazing performers from around the world. Prices vary. See website for times. www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com.

April 25  The 3rd Annual CASA Superhero 5K  East Marion/Wave Tek Park, Fairmont, WV.  Participants will gather from across the region to be superheroes for abused and neglected children, because every child needs a hero, but abused children need a superhero. Proceeds benefits CASA programs in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia County. It is a timed race and part of the Grand Prix Series. The course is a mixture of flat roads and rolling hills. Participants are encouraged to show their superhero spirit by dressing for the occasion – prizes are awarded to the best dressed superheroes. This is a family event that includes a 1K Fun Run and activities for the children. The after-party includes lunch.  Visit our Facebook page for more info.   Time: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

April 25  PPG Party for the Planet Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day with recycling games, eco-crafts, and other fun activities. Meet with local organizations that will show you ways that you can help protect the environment.  All activities are free and included with general admission. 412-365-2532. www.pittsburghzoo.org.

April 26  Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Beauty & the Beast WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV. 3:30 Family event. From the Beast’s imposing castle to the enchanted forest, Beauty and the Beast illustrates the transformative power of love through striking set design, inventive choreography and a cast of fanciful characters. 304-293-SHOW or visit events.wvu.edu.

May 1  Blackwater Falls State Park reopens for the season.  http://www.blackwaterfalls.com/

May 2  “Send-A-Kid-To-Camp” Hot Dog Sale  Quiet Dell United Methodist Church, Quiet Dell, WV.  10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Hot dogs, nachos, cupcakes, and bake goods. Proceeds benefit church camperships for kids. Tables for crafts, yard sale items, etc. available for $10. Call 304-622-1293.

May 2 Bridgeport Public Library : Dog Day!  Bridgeport, WV – The Bridgeport Public Library invites all children to Dog Day – 1:30pm to 2:30pm. The Mountaineer Therapy Dogs will be present and eager to have children read stories aloud to them! Call the Bridgeport Public Library at 304-842-8248 to reserve a time slot for your child.  If you have questions about this event, please contact Amy Eakle at 304-842-8248.   Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

May 4-10  International Screen-Free Week   Over the past several years, what used to be “TV Turn Off Week”, has turned into “Screen-Free Week” to now also include turning off computers, tablets, smart phones, and other devices with a screen. This is an annual event to encourage children, families, schools, and communities to turn off screens and “turn on life”. Instead of relying on entertainment through television programing, internet videos/surfing, computer gaming, smart device apps, texting, etc…. participants can read an actual book/magazine, daydream, explore, enjoy nature, spend time with their family and friends! Over 300 million people have taken part in the turnoff, with millions participating every year. Go to http://www.screenfree.org/ for more info.

 

 This calender is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of facilities, accommodations, or services. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information in this listing, it is recommended that you contact these businesses and organizations for more information. WV Family Magazine is not liable for damages arising out of errors or omissions. 

 

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