This is an eventful week!
Fat Tuesday is tomorrow, Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, President’s Day Weekend is coming up, and the Olympics started the past weekend!
We bought our king cake at Whole Foods and it’s great.
Where I grew up (Central PA) we used up our sugar and lard on Fastnacht Day instead. Here’s info on the tradition. Here’s a recipe you can make at home yourself!
Crosstown is having a family-friendly parade with kids’ activities.
Crosstown Mardi Gras Parade
Time: February 13 @ 4:00 pm – February 13 @ 6:00 pm
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with a family-friendly parade around the Crosstown Concourse plaza. Music by the Memphis Second Line Jazz Band. Scooters, bikes, wagons are welcome. Arts activities for kids.
Shen Yun was canceled for February 13.
We went with store-bought this year (our first year ever) but here are some ideas for candy-free Valentine’s. I opt for usable, disposable gifts (like pencils, erasers, glow sticks, playdoh, silly straw, bubbles) or a snack that’s not candy (goldfish, rice krispie treat, apple pouch) Seriously, I wouldn’t want a clemmie or a banana (or, seriously ?! raisins?!) for Valentine’s Day, so neither do the kids. I stay AWAY from dollar store (or Target dollar spot) items that are trinkets that will end up in the junk drawer. Litte figurines, etc. Here are some ideas I pinned really quickly:
Ideas for family dates on Valentine’s Day
The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Time: February 14 @ 7:30 pm – February 14 @ 7:30 pm
Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Sun, 24 Sep 2017 at 10:00 AM
Valentine’s Day for the Kiddos
Trolley Stop Market
Time: February 14 @ 5:00 pm – February 14 @ 8:00 pm
Come together as a family to celebrate Valentine's Day! We'll have heart shaped pizzas, kids crafts, cupcake and cookie decorating, and door prizes every 30 minutes! We'll also be showing a family friendly movie that night!
The 2018 Winter Olympics runs until February 25.
These are the best sources I have found for Olympics viewing with kids.
Winter Olympics 2018: How to watch on TV and without cable (online)
Official Olympics website (with a watch live link).