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Decatur Family Fun in February

Decatur Family Fun in February

The weather outside may not be able to make up its mind, but the River City surely can. We predict a forecast of FUN for the remainder of winter! And the best part is that most of the fun we have planned is family friendly! Grab your kids and your calendar and enjoy months of quality family time at these fabulous events for both parents and kids in Decatur-where-its-greater!

Carnegie Carnival Season in February

207 Church Street NE, Decatur
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM; closed to the public, Sunday and Monday
(256) 341-0562 | More Info

Carnegie Carnival, the largest Mardi Gras celebration north of Mobile in the state of Alabama, kicked off its season with a Twelfth Night celebration in January. During the months leading up to Carnegie Carnival on Saturday, March 2, 2019, candidates for Carnegie Carnival King, Queen, Prince, Princess, Sir Bow-Wow, and Lady Barskalot, will raise money for the Carnegie Visual Arts Center and two partner organizations, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of North Alabama and Rescue Rangers. A full schedule of events can be found on the Carnegie website and all questions about Carnival or candidate events can be answered through the Carnegie.

Moonpie & RC: Celebrating the Quintessential Southern Snack

Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church Street NE, Decatur
January 29 through March 9, 2019
Cost: FREE | More Info

The Carnegie’s current installation will allow museum-goes to explore Southern culture through the creation and companionship of RC cola and Moonpies. This exhibit is filled with vintage RC cola and Moonpie memorabilia! You might even be offered a sample of this delightful Southern treat! Suitable for all ages.

King of All Garage Sales

Morgan County Fairgrounds, 2919 Fairgrounds Road, Decatur
Saturday, February 2nd from 7 AM to 2 PM
Cost: FREE | More Info

February’s Carnegie Carnival schedule kicks off with the King of all Garage Sales hosted by King Candidate Jeff Hallmark and Princess Candidate Jane Hollis Poovey. Come out to the Morgan County Fairgrounds to find a bargain treasure!

Photography Workshop

Oak and Lee, 205 Oak Street NE, Decatur
Thursday, February 7th from 9 AM to 2 PM
$100 per person, includes lunch | More Info

Calling all moms (and dads) who want to learn to take better photos of their families and/or use that camera collecting dust in the closet! Let award winning photographer, Christy Carter show you how in this workshop. Proceeds benefit the Carnegie through Christy’s campaign for Queen.

Mommy and Me Cookie Decorating Class

Burningtree Country Club, 2521 Burningtree Drive SE
Sunday, February 9th at 2 PM
Cost: $20 per parent/child, $5 each additional child, $10 additional adult
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Decorate cookies with your favorite sweetie(s) at this fun, family event. No membership to the club required, as this event is open to the public and supports the Carnegie Visual Arts Center through Kristi Borden’s campaign for Queen. Advance reservations required. Each child will receive cookies and an apron.

Daddy Daughter Dance

Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church Street NE, Decatur
Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 PM
$25 per dad and up to 2 daughters | More info

Moms take a break and let the dads and girls enjoy a fun evening at the Carnegie to support King Candidate Jeff Hallmark and Princess Candidate Jane Hollis Poovey. Dads and daughters will enjoy a DJ, food, and a photo booth.

Silent Disco (Date Night Alert!)

Decatur Country Club, 2401 Country Club Road SE, Decatur
Saturday, February 16th from 7 PM to 12 AM
$50 per person | More Info

Queen Candidate Christy Carter is bringing a unique twist on the classic dance party to town and you will certainly want to grab your favorite babysitter for this event! Partygoers will wear special headphones and can chose from 70s, 80s, and 90s music for a SILENT disco. That’s right, the only music will be in the headphones – how fun!

Kids Painting Class with Amber Stuart

Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church Street NE, Decatur
Sunday, February 17th at 2 PM
$30 per child | More Info
Join Queen Candidate, Kristi Borden for a kids’ painting class with local artist, Amber Stuart. Amber will guide each child through a painting class and each child will leave with an art masterpiece they created themselves. Only 30 spots available so reserve your spot today!

High School Rave with Connor Fortenberry

Magnolia Room, 216 Moulton Street SE, Decatur
Sunday, February 17th at 9 PM
$10 per person | More Info

Join Prince Candidate Connor Fortenberry for some good, CLEAN fun at this “rave” party for high school students. There will be a DJ and fun lights, as well as chaperone supervision. No alcohol or other illegal substances allowed. Last year, the Carnegie high school rave packed out the Magnolia Room and a huge crowd is expected this year.

Charles Pitman vs. Chase Grisham and the All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game

New Austin High School Gymnasium, 3004 Modaus Road, Decatur
Sunday, February 24th from 1 PM to 3 PM
$10 per person; concessions available | More Info

You’ve certainly seen him on TV, and here’s your chance to see him in person! Join King Candidate, attorney Charles Pitman battle King Candidate, realtor extraordinaire Chase Grisham for a basketball battle royal! Other local celebrities, such as MOJO from 104.3, will also join in the action. Fun for the whole family!

Make sure to follow all the candidates on social media to learn about fun spirit nights at local restaurants and to view a full schedule of events!

Decatur Public Library Kid’s Events in February

504 Cherry Street NE, Decatur
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 AM to 7 PM; Friday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM; Closed on Sunday
256-353-2993, ext. 122 | More Info

Each month the Decatur Public Library partners with Youth services to bring families and kids in our community fun and FREE events focused on promoting literacy. Please contact the Decatur Public Library for more information on each of the events listed below.

Decatur Story Time

Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Cost: FREE

Preschoolers and homeschoolers alike will enjoy story time with a group and a coordinating craft.

Book Babies

Wednesdays, February 6th, 20th, and 27th at 10:30 AM
Cost: Free

Designed for babies and toddlers up to age 3, this program is designed to promote early literacy. Babies and toddlers, along with their caregivers, will enjoy music, stories, movement, and fun socialization.

Lego Hour

Thursday, February 7th at 4 PM
Cost: FREE

School age children will build their own Lego masterpieces according to the monthly theme or simply led by their own imagination.

Valentine’s Day Celebration

Thursday, February 14th at 10:30 AM
Cost: FREE

Children of all ages will enjoy this special Valentine’s Day celebration, complete with story time, crafts, snacks, and a special appearance by a Unicorn, courtesy of Magical Memories.

“I Survived” Book Club

Thursday, February 14th at 4 PM
Cost: FREE

Calling all history buffs! School age children will be discussing books they’ve read each month with the theme “I survived.” For the month of February, students will “survive” the American Revolution.

National Dog Biscuit Day

Thursday, February 21st at 4 PM
Cost: FREE

School age pet lovers, does the library have an event for you! Enjoy learning about dogs through story time and make and take a special dog biscuit treat for your favorite furry friend.

Kiwanis Pancake Day

Decatur Middle School Cafeteria, 1011 Prospect Drive (Old Decatur High School)
Saturday, February 23rd from 6:30 AM to 4 PM
Tickets: $5 in advance, $7 at the door | More Info

Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage to benefit the community service projects of the Decatur Kiwanis Club. Tickets may be purchased from any Kiwanis member or at the offices of the Decatur Daily located at 201 First Avenue SE, Decatur. Take-out orders are available also.

Decatur Youth Sports

As a quick reminder, there are several youth sports gearing up for Spring seasons in the River City, and I want to personally encourage you to register your interested child or volunteer, whether your child plays or not. Both Decatur Dixie Youth Baseball and Decatur Soccer are incredible organizations that support our community’s children and we all want to see them thrive. My husband and I both and personally volunteered as coaches for these great organizations and I can honestly tell you that it was one of the most rewarding community service experiences we’ve ever had. Bonus that our children had a BLAST!

Decatur Dixie Youth Baseball

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Early bird registration is going on now through February 9th for youth t-ball and baseball in Decatur. Register your child or sign up to volunteer or coach today!

Decatur Soccer

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Register now for soccer players or sign up to volunteer or coach via the Decatur Soccer website. On-site registration will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 11am at Mellow Mushroom Decatur.

Until next time, my River City friends! Next up for this column, a spectator’s guide to Carnegie Carnival on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 and a preview of the new Cooks Museum located downtown and scheduled to open this summer.

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