How to Recognize Musical Talent in Your Child

Is your child speaking the language of music?


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Image courtesy of Dyanne Harvey

Rap-tap-tap on the back of the driver’s seat.

Rap-tap-tap while reading a homework assignment.

Rap-tap-tap while waiting in the checkout lane at the grocery store.

Always, ALWAYS…rap-tap-tap, rap-tap-tap.

Maybe it’s not a rap-tap-tap at all. Maybe it’s that your child sings her school lessons or can remember the lyrics to that popular song on the radio AND can hit every note flawlessly. Maybe he can hear when grandpa’s guitar is out of key or just wants to sit and pick at his ukulele for the evening.

Do you notice? Are you listening?

If you’ve answered these questions with a resounding YES, then it’s time to really look at these little nuances. Perhaps after some thoughtful observation and evaluation, you might come to the conclusion that your kid isn’t just trying to annoy you.

Maybe your precious little one is simply speaking another language  —  the language of music.

Being a musician AND parent myself, I am aware of other musical gifts around me. But what exactly is it that stamps an individual a musician?

I’ve compiled a list of 8 signs which indicate that your Mr. Rap-tap-tap may be breaking a few drumsticks in his future.

NOTE: It’s important to remember that typically prodigies are obvious prodigies at around age 3. We non-prodigy humans often develop a little more slowly and at our own pace. Basically, we may need extended time to find music on our own. Like Mr. Rap-tap-tap though, we will usually throw our parents a bone.

Read on to find out if any of these signs fit your child:


1. Your Child has Rhythm 

According to Wojcik (2006), gifted toddlers have a rhythmic way of moving. They are not typically clumsy, but rather methodical, precise, almost as if they already have an inner rhythm driving them on.

This is not to say that just because your kid tripped on his shoelaces last week you need to forget about music.

Observe your child. Is there a rhythm in that little body? Can he keep a beat? Can his hands move independently from his feet or even in the opposite direction at will?

Take note of his movements, and you may very well see gauges that point in the musical direction. Rhythm and precision are incredibly common indicators that your child may be musically inclined.


2. Music Is In Your Bloodline — The nature vs. nurture argument has been an interesting debate for many years. No matter which way your opinion swings, there is reason to believe that both nature and nurture are important in terms of musical talent.

In the article Musical Talent: Innate or Learned, Julliard graduate, Dianna Richardson, is penned as believing that musical ability can be attributed to both nature and nurture (2006).

Nature and nurture are both important variables to consider when recognizing a future musician.

If you have a hunch that your little one may have an inner-song brewing, then it may be time to reference the family tree. You will probably unearth some great family history as well as solidify whether you blood runs thick with melody or not. Take a look at the Williams’ kids (Hank Jr., Holly Williams, Sam Williams, Hank III) and the legacy Hank left behind. They give a prime example of how music undeniably pulses through a family’s veins.


3. Sounds Are Perceived Differently

 Future musicians can often hear more sound than the average person, according to Gardner (2006). They may experience their feelings auditorily. For instance, the drone of a spring rain or the out of tune E string on a guitar has the potential to become categorized rather than heard in environmental bulk to these individuals. These sounds are connected to emotion and can be reproduced, remembered, and referenced back to on command.

Sounds become separated and compartmentalized in a gifted mind.

Does it seem to you that your child hears more than most? Can she identify discrete sounds in a multitude of auditory clutter? Most musical children can hear pitch, especially when it’s off. Does she know when an instrument or vocals are off pitch?

This particular identifier may be especially difficult to notice, because most children with auditory sensitivity often don’t know any differently.

As far as they’re concerned, everyone else hears exactly as they do. Recognizing this quality in your child might take special observation and listening skills, but it’s well worth the effort.


4. Expression Through Music

Around the world music is a standard of expression. We sing in the car while cruising down the highway. We play our guitars around campfires. We dance to monotonous beats in clubs. It’s not uncommon for an individual to depend on music as an emotional release.

The difference is that for these musically gifted personalities creating music may be their go-to channel of emotional expression.

According to Sloboda, they place incredible value on their engagement with music (2005). The connection is a higher dimension than the typical pop song head-bobber.

What does your child do when she’s feeling a strong emotion like sadness, fear, anger, or happiness? Does she turn to an instrument during these moments? If so, does the instrument portray her emotions?

This indicator is very easy to recognize. Making music is nearly an emotional crutch for these kids.

Once you hear your child perfectly couple his emotions to a musical sound you will never forget it.


5. Enjoy Alone Time 

Future musicians often like to be alone with an instrument versus being the center of attention. Unsurprisingly practice requires A LOT of alone time, and this time is primarily driven by self-motivation.

It isn’t uncommon for practice itself to be a reward to musically gifted individuals rather than an unwelcome obligation. In Professor Helen Lancaster’s keynote address to the Thai National Center for the Gifted, she clearly indicates that enjoying alone time can be a quality of a gifted child (2003).

A good indicator of this is by observing your child’s reaction when handed an unfamiliar instrument.

If he curiously takes the instrument somewhere semi-private, ignores the rest of the world, and directs his attention fully to the wonderful new music-maker then you are probably looking at a gifted child.

Conversely, if your child takes the instrument, fiddles around with it while watching closely to the attention being adorned him; he’s probably more of an entertainer than a gifted musician.

This is not to say that entertainers and musicians can’t be confined to the same physical being. BUT they tend to function from different parts of the brain, and often conflict one another.

Taylor Swift is primarily an entertainer.

Jason Isbell is primarily a musician.

John Mayer is both and is tortured with the ongoing fight between the two.

On a side note  — many people automatically relate any type of musical interest to fame and fortune. Many musicians have no stars in their eyes, but are labeled that way by society.

Next time you tell a budding musician to remember you when they’re rich and famous, watch the reaction closely. A socially acceptable look of hidden terror might be the expression you evoke.

Curiously enough, most musicians just want to make the music. In front of a crowd on an illuminated stage is often an uncomfortable place to be in comparison to a quiet practice room safe from the public’s hungry eyes and ears.


6. Play by Ear 

Even with no formal instruction a musically gifted child can typically play music by ear according to Schroer (1993). Often these kids can simply pick up an instrument, and figure it out on their own.

Holding the instrument, touching it, making it work…these things all come very naturally to those with talent.

In addition, identifying musical instruments by sound is quite common among the gifted. Listen closely the next time your child comments on the radio song.

What exactly is he telling you about it? Is he able to identify the different instruments that make up the song as a whole or simply commenting on the music?


7. Incredibly Dedicated 

An individual who takes pleasure in practicing his/her instrument for hours at a time with no expectation of reward is a unique person indeed. These are the ones who will repeat the same piece or line over and over and over until they are satisfied with the level of perfection achieved.

In short, they are extremely driven and astoundingly dedicated — almost obsessive — and have an exceptionally strong internal force of self-discipline.

According to Haroutounian (2002), if practice is a time to think and work through problems for your child then you may be dealing with a musical gift.

This quality flirts with escapism to some extent, so it’s important to be aware of the child’s emotional state.

Does your child work at her craft with a level dedication seemingly beyond her years or do you have to bribe her to practice? Is practice time used to escape life or greeted like a welcoming challenge?


8. Music is Home 

For a future musician, music is the reoccurring theme in their lives. They always, always, always return back to music. This is not to say your child won’t try other activities.

Sports, academics, and art are all wonderful happenings in which to be involved. Our experiences are what create diversity within each of us, so to support those are to support diversity.

Take note to what your child is naturally drawn. Peer pressure is surely to be a challenge at some point. In those situations it’s possible a more popular activity will take precedence, but the inner calling will inevitably win in the end.

When all else fails, what does you child rely on for comfort?

According to Lancaster, Recognizing musical potential or the tendencies towards music come in many forms and are usually placed in the “too difficult to define category,” but there are a few key elements that are often undeniable (2003)

You know your little one. You know what makes him or her tick. With careful observation, you will be able to deliver a firm consensus regarding musical talent.

The earlier you recognize your child’s gift the better, because musical endeavors are in no way cheap.

When you see and hear the outcome of all the dedicated efforts…it is so very worth it.


Dyanne Harvey is a freelance writer. blogger and American singer-songwriter.


References:

Gardner, H. (2006). Multiple Intelligences. New York: Basic Books.
​Haroutounian, J. (2002). Kindling the Spark: Recognizing and Developing Musical Talent. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Lancaster, H. (2003, December). Identifying the Gifted in Music. Keynote Address, Thai National Center for the Gifted, Bangkok. Retrieved October 10, 2016 from http://www.helenlancaster.com/Documents/Identifying%20the%20gifted%20in%20music.pdf
​Marek-Schroer, M.; Schroer, N. (1993, September). Identify and Providing for Musically Gifted Young Children.Roeper Review, v16 n1 p33–36.
​Sloboda, J. (2005). Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition, Emotion, Ability, Function. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
​Wojcik, J. (2006). Musical Talent: Innate or Learned. Des Moines: Drake University Talent Identification Program.

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To promote reading readiness and visual literacy, preschoolers and their caregivers will explore Reynolda through hands-on activities that encourage dramatic play, music, movement, and art-making....

Cost: $25 per family for the six-week session

Where:
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston Salem, NC  27106
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Telephone: 336-758-5599
Contact Name: Julia Hood
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To promote reading readiness and visual literacy, preschoolers and their caregivers will explore Reynolda through hands-on activities that encourage dramatic play, music, movement, and art-making....

Cost: $25 per family for the six-week session

Where:
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
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Telephone: 336-758-5599
Contact Name: Julia Hood
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Home has personal significance and meaning.  Home may be a place, landscape, object, journey or relationship. Through contemporary art and ethnographic artifacts, home is envisioned as a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
W-S, NC  27106
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Sponsor: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
Telephone: 336-758-5282
Contact Name: Sara Cromwell
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Join us for singing, dancing and stories! For ages 2 and under.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kernersville Branch Library
130 E. Mountain St.
Kernersville, NC  27284
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Sponsor: Kernersville Branch Library
Telephone: 336-703-2930
Contact Name: Stefanie Kellum
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Connect with other parents and caregivers of young children. Meet a museum educator for a kick-off activity, and then go exploring, playing, and learning in the museum together. Caregivers are...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
GSO, NC  27401
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Kids of all ages can come in and make a take home craft. Parents and teachers are also invited to learn to make easy crafts for their kids or classrooms. Call 336-703-2910 for more details.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carver School Road Branch Library
4915 Lansing Drive
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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Learn chants, cheers, basic arm motions and a pom routine from Coach Dawn Warn. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in mid-January, until youth basketball season begins in March,...

Cost: $20 per child

Where:
Washington Terrace Park and Community Center
101 Gordon St.
High Point, NC  27262
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Sponsor: High Point Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 336-883-8599
Contact Name: Victoria Garrett
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This program provides a window into the world of modeling for kids ages 5-12. Participants will learn how basic walking techniques and how to look graceful, build confidence and self-esteem....

Cost: $15 per session

Where:
Morehead Recreation Center
101 Price St.
High Point, NC  27262
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Sponsor: High Point Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 133-688-33506
Contact Name: Gary Mattocks
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Black History Month: A Hollywood View of the African-American Educational Experience. From the Academy Award-winning Director of An Inconvenient Truth comes the groundbreaking documentary feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hemphill Branch Library
2301 West Vandalia Road
Greensboro, NC  27407
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What an amazing couple of ladies Sadie and Bessie Delaney are. Bound together by more than 100 years of life, love and laughter, they’re sharing their stories of an American century. From...

Cost: $10-$53

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Telephone: 336-747-1414
Contact Name: Triad Stage Box Office
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Join the quest! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest® delivers important conservation...

Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
400 W. Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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Classic meets cutting edge. Members of the Taylor II company, in residence at UNCSA, will join School of Dance students in the ebullient Esplanade, one of Paul Taylor’s most popular works....

Cost: $18 Regular/$15 Student with valid ID

Where:
Stevens Center of the UNC School of the Arts
405 W 4th St
Winston Salem, NC  27101
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Telephone: 133-672-11945
Contact Name: Box Office
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In celebration of Black History month, St. Philips Heritage Center will host a fun daily quest for kids to learn about enslaved and free African Americans who worked and lived in Salem. Complete...

Cost: $

Where:
St. Philips Heritage Center at Old Salem
900 Old Salem Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Telephone: 336-721-7300
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Home has personal significance and meaning.  Home may be a place, landscape, object, journey or relationship. Through contemporary art and ethnographic artifacts, home is envisioned as a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
W-S, NC  27106
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Sponsor: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
Telephone: 336-758-5282
Contact Name: Sara Cromwell
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The video game franchise Pokémon is one of the most popular cultural products to ever come out of Japan. Now more than 20 years old, it is still enjoyed by children and adults throughout the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
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Sponsor: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
Telephone: 336-758-5282
Contact Name: Sara Cromwell
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Stay at home moms, get out of the house and get fit! Enjoy a variety of fitness activities that will help get your blood pumping and calories burning. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Southside Recreation Center
401 Taylor Avenue
High Point, NC  27260
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Wake Forest first-year students in museum studies curated this exhibit exploring the “object biographies” of intriguing specimens in MOA’s collections. The exhibit traces objects...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
W-S, NC  27106
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Sponsor: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
Telephone: 336-758-5282
Contact Name: Sara Cromwell
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Babies from birth to toddlers are welcome with their parents/caregivers. We sing songs, repeat chants and rhymes, and have a great time! Please join us. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Reynolda Manor Branch Library
2839 Fairlawn Drive NW
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
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Enjoy story time with your preschooler and make a craft. Included with admission.

Cost: $7

Where:
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
390 S. Liberty St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Story time especially for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carver School Road Branch Library
4915 Lansing Drive
W-S, NC  27105
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Come on out and build with Legos. All children are welcome. Duplo Legos provided for small children. Space is limited, so large groups are asked to call ahead 336-703-2910.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carver School Road Branch Library
4915 Lansing Drive
W-S, NC  27105
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Enjoy $4 admission per person after 5 p.m.

Cost: $4

Where:
Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Sponsor: Greensboro Children's Museum
Telephone: 336-574-2898
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Meet with a park ranger at the start of the Jomeokee Trail to experience our most popular trail as the sun begins to go down and our nocturnal animals emerge. We will try to listen and find some of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pilot Mountain State Park
1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC  27043
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For ages 12-15. Learn to make fresh pasta dough and create classic shapes by hand and machine. We'll enjoy the pasta with a homemade sauce. On the menu: farfalle pasta and roasted vegetable...

Cost: $30 for members/$30 for non-members

Where:
Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Following sell-out shows in the Northeast, Rockin' Road to Dublin is coming to Greensboro on their 2017 national tour. Rockin' Road to Dublin combines the art of an Irish dance show,...

Cost: $20-$40

Where:
The Carolina Theatre
310 S Greene St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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What an amazing couple of ladies Sadie and Bessie Delaney are. Bound together by more than 100 years of life, love and laughter, they’re sharing their stories of an American century. From...

Cost: $10-$53

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Telephone: 336-747-1414
Contact Name: Triad Stage Box Office
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Join the quest! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest® delivers important conservation...

Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
400 W. Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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On $4 Fun Fridays starting at 5, the usual $8 per person admission fee is cut in half. Come enjoy the museum at this amazing discounted cost 5-8 p.m. 

Where:
Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
GSO, NC
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Telephone: 336-574-2898
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In celebration of Black History month, St. Philips Heritage Center will host a fun daily quest for kids to learn about enslaved and free African Americans who worked and lived in Salem. Complete...

Cost: $

Where:
St. Philips Heritage Center at Old Salem
900 Old Salem Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Telephone: 336-721-7300
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Mowgli, bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, the play features a host of colorful characters and your favorite...

Cost: $5-9

Where:
Starr Theatre
520 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27406
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Sponsor: Community Theatre of Greensboro
Telephone: 336-333-7470 x202
Contact Name: Victoria Ball
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Classic meets cutting edge. Members of the Taylor II company, in residence at UNCSA, will join School of Dance students in the ebullient Esplanade, one of Paul Taylor’s most popular works....

Cost: $18 Regular/$15 Student with valid ID

Where:
Stevens Center of the UNC School of the Arts
405 W 4th St
Winston Salem, NC  27101
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Telephone: 133-672-11945
Contact Name: Box Office
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Join staff of Horne Creek Living Historical Farm and a park ranger to make a bird feeder in a fun craft for kids and all ages. Then join a park ranger to walk the grounds of the historical farm and...

Cost: $10

Where:
Horne Creek Living Historical Farm
308 Horne Creek Farm Road
Pinnacle, NC  27043
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Home has personal significance and meaning.  Home may be a place, landscape, object, journey or relationship. Through contemporary art and ethnographic artifacts, home is envisioned as a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
W-S, NC  27106
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Sponsor: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
Telephone: 336-758-5282
Contact Name: Sara Cromwell
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Wake Forest first-year students in museum studies curated this exhibit exploring the “object biographies” of intriguing specimens in MOA’s collections. The exhibit traces objects...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
W-S, NC  27106
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Sponsor: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
Telephone: 336-758-5282
Contact Name: Sara Cromwell
Website »

More information

The video game franchise Pokémon is one of the most popular cultural products to ever come out of Japan. Now more than 20 years old, it is still enjoyed by children and adults throughout the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
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Sponsor: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
Telephone: 336-758-5282
Contact Name: Sara Cromwell
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Come watch our costumed blacksmith in action as he crafts various iron pieces. All ages welcome. Free. Drop-in.

Cost: Free

Where:
High Point Museum
1859 E. Lexington Ave.
High Point, NC
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Sponsor: High Point Museum
Telephone: 885-1859
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10 a.m.: Day-of registration begins Noon: Parade of Plungers 12:30 p.m.: Kids’ Polar Splash 1 p.m.: Plunge begins Take a wintry leap for a great cause! Gather your friends, dress...

Cost: $50

Where:
Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe
3910 S. Holden Road
Greensboro, NC  27406
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They make; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a fun project. Sign up online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

Cost: $2

Where:
Michael's
1050 Hanes Mall Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC  27103
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Parents will complete arts and crafts projects with their toddlers. Participants will work as a pair to complete a new arts and crafts activity each week. For ages 1-5.

Cost: $7

Where:
Morehead Recreation Center
101 Price Street
High Point, NC  27260
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Parents, students and youth are welcome to attend weekly ‘Saturday Children’s Story Hour.’ Guests are invited to meet at the museum every Saturday at 11 a.m. to hear dynamic...

Cost: Free

Where:
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
134 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Sponsor: International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Telephone: (336) 274-9199
Contact Name: Nakia Hoskins
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In celebration of the beloved author's birthday on March 2, we will host a special story time featuring coloring, activities and more. Don't miss out on this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble Friendly Center
3102 Northline Ave.
Greensboro, NC  27408
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Telephone: 336-854-4200
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In celebration of the beloved author's birthday on March 2, we will host a special story time featuring coloring, activities and more. Don't miss out on this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
1925 Hampton Inn Court
Winston-Salem, NC  27103
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Telephone: 336-774-0800
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In celebration of the beloved author's birthday on March 2, we will host a special story time featuring coloring, activities and more. Don't miss out on this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble Alamance Crossing Shopping Center
3125 Waltham Blvd
Burlington, NC  27215
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Telephone: 336-584-0869
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Join us in the park every Saturday for free children's and family activities. Weather permitting.

Cost: Free

Where:
LeBauer Park
208 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Parents, students and youth are welcomed to attend this weekly event. Guests are invited to hear dynamic leaders and educators from the community narrate stories and interact...

Cost: Free

Where:
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
134 S. Elm St.
GSO, NC  27401
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Sponsor: International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Telephone: 336-274-9199
Contact Name: Nakia Hoskins
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In celebration of the beloved author's birthday on March 2, we will host a special story time featuring coloring, activities and more. Don't miss out on this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
906 Mall Loop Road
High Point, NC  27262
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Telephone: 336-886-1331
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We continue our three-month series of events celebrating The LEGO Batman Movie. Kids will be called to put their detective skills to the test with themed activities as well as make & play...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
1925 Hampton Inn Court
Winston-Salem, NC  27103
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Telephone: 336-774-0800
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We continue our three-month series of events celebrating The LEGO Batman Movie. Kids will be called to put their detective skills to the test with themed activities as well as make & play...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble Friendly Center
3102 Northline Avenue
Greensboro, NC  27408
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We continue our three-month series of events celebrating The LEGO Batman Movie. Kids will be called to put their detective skills to the test with themed activities as well as make & play...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble Alamance Crossing Shopping Center
3125 Waltham Blvd
Burlington, NC  27215
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Telephone: 336-774-0800
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Joins us as we watch Muscle Shoals, a documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glenn McNairy Branch Library
4860 Lake Jeanette Road
Greensboro, NC  27455
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The new stage play on the life of Nelson Mandela. Part of the Stokes County Arts Council's Winter Dessert Series. Desserts are available one hour before production.

Cost: $5-$12

Where:
The Arts Place of Stokes
502 N. Main St.
Danbury, NC  27016
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What an amazing couple of ladies Sadie and Bessie Delaney are. Bound together by more than 100 years of life, love and laughter, they’re sharing their stories of an American century. From...

Cost: $10-$53

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Telephone: 336-747-1414
Contact Name: Triad Stage Box Office
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Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute students showcase their talents playing side-by-side with their teachers in compositions by Györgi Ligeti, Felix Mendelssohn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Cost: $18 Regular/$15 Student with valid ID

Where:
Waston Hall - UNCSA
1533 S Main St
Winston Salem, NC  27127
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Sponsor: UNC School of the Arts
Telephone: 133-672-11945
Contact Name: Box Office
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Classic meets cutting edge. Members of the Taylor II company, in residence at UNCSA, will join School of Dance students in the ebullient Esplanade, one of Paul Taylor’s most popular works....

Cost: $18 Regular/$15 Student with valid ID

Where:
Stevens Center of the UNC School of the Arts
405 W 4th St
Winston Salem, NC  27101
View map »


Telephone: 133-672-11945
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

Join the quest! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest® delivers important conservation...

Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
400 W. Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
View map »


Website »

More information

Mowgli, bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, the play features a host of colorful characters and your favorite...

Cost: $5-9

Where:
Starr Theatre
520 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27406
View map »


Sponsor: Community Theatre of Greensboro
Telephone: 336-333-7470 x202
Contact Name: Victoria Ball
Website »

More information

In celebration of Black History month, St. Philips Heritage Center will host a fun daily quest for kids to learn about enslaved and free African Americans who worked and lived in Salem. Complete...

Cost: $

Where:
St. Philips Heritage Center at Old Salem
900 Old Salem Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Telephone: 336-721-7300
Website »

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