Just Like the Grown Ups
New Year’s Noon
Children’s Museum of Wilmington
Thursday, Dec. 31, Friday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m. to noon
Scheduled for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, this event gives children the opportunity to count down to 2016. Children will toast with juice to the new year, as well as make party crowns, streamer sticks and other crafts. The event caps off with a confetti toss at noon in the courtyard.
Shiver Me Timbers
Inaugural Polar Plunge
Stone Street Beach Access, Wrightsville Beach
Friday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m., $25
Brave a dip in the ocean on New Year’s Day to help raise money for Communities in Schools, a program that helps students who face difficulties in school. The event will also include a steel drum band, corn hole contest, photo booth and children’s activities. The first 300 participants will receive a T-shirt.
Rock and Roll All Night
“Memphis: The Musical”
Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street
Saturday, Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3, 3 p.m., $25 – $29
“Memphis” comes to Wilmington to tell the story of the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s. The story is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, who was one of the first to play black music for white audiences. The cast includes Jerrial Young from the Broadway national tour, along with locals Paul Teal, Tracy Byrd, Khawon Porter and Jon Stafford.
Slipping and Sliding
Learn to Curl
Wilmington Ice House, 7201 Ogden Business Lane
Saturday, Jan. 2, 5 p.m., $20
Coastal Curling’s how-to session begins with a half-hour off-ice session to go over the basics, followed by group instruction on the ice on sweeping, delivery, release and finish. Children should have a parent or guardian present. The 40-pound stone may be difficult for children under 12 to push all the way down the length of the ice.