I'm really excited about the Winter Festival of Wonders this weekend in Station North. To be honest, I've been feeling a little burned out on the birthday party/play date/kid museum circuit lately and longing for something a little more culturally/intellectually stimulating, and this seems like the rare event designed to stimulate both kids and adults. Located at a converted warehouse called Area 405, the festival includes really interesting installations by artists both local and national, along with magic and belly dancing, and percussion workshops, and all kinds of performers. Click on schedule to plot your attack.
Our favorite kid band Milkshake (pictured) is having its second annual Valentine Spectacular on Saturday at 10:30. There will be sweet tarts and chocolate kisses from Moo the Cow, crafts, face painting, a book fair, and, of course, a fantastic show by Milkshake, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Arts on Stage. We went last year and had a blast.
There are a still a bunch of shows left for Disney on Ice's 100 Years of Magic at the 1st Mariner Arena, featuring all the Disney stars, including those from Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and tons more.
Also Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm, is Gilman Cultural Arts Festival at the school's old gym. From this video culled from last year's event, it looks like a really cool thing for the students, and it's open to the public. More info at Gilman.edu.