Whether it's catching the big game or enjoying the arts, you don't have to go far to find something to do in Dover this weekend.
DROP THE KIDS OFF IN THE WILD
WHERE Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton
WHEN 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday
COST $25 for one child, $5 for each additional child
INFO (302) 284-4299
For parents, before you can even think about planning a Friday night date, often you need to find a sitter, right? Well, why not let the little ones run wild in the wild. Sort of.
If you just need a few carefree, child-free (can you say quiet) hours Friday night to gaze into the eyes of your spouse, consider taking Killens Pond State Park up on its current offer to watch the little munchkins for you. Drop the kids off at the Nature Center, with full bellies from an early dinner at home, and let them run with (supervised) abandon. They'll play games and stay busy with activities. Then, hopefully, they'll be tuckered out and ready for bed when you pick them back up. Space is limited so registration is required.
(FAMILY) NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
WHERE The Biggs Museum, 406 Federal Street, Dover
WHEN 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday
Feed the family an early dinner, then pack up the whole group for a free showing of "Brave," an animated adventure by Pixar that follows the adventures of a skilled young archer, Merida. The young girl defies the customary traditions of her village, causing chaos in the whole kingdom. Then, after consulting a witch, Merida accidentally curses her family. The question becomes: Can she undo the spell herself before it's too late?
The real adventure begins before the movie, though, as patrons will be treated to a flashlight tour of the museum's permanent collection. Everyone is invited to bring their own seating, like a blanket or a sleeping bag. Small snacks are also encouraged.
"Brave" is actually the second of a three-month series of family-friendly movies that will be shown through March. Next month, expect to see a lot of animal shenanigans in "Madagascar 3."
QUIET ZONE LIFTED AT DOVER LIBRARY
WHERE Dover Public Library, 15 E. Loockerman St., Dover
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday
Normally, at the library anything louder than a whisper elicits pleas for quiet and dirty looks. That all changes tonight at the Dover Public Library when the Sankofa African Dance and Drum Company stops by to perform.
Sankofa was founded in 1995 as a performing youth group. Through creative costuming, authentic dance and percussion instrumentation, Sankofa presents a production that is simultaneously entertaining, educational and historical.
CATCH THE GAME, DITCH THE CLEAN UP
WHAT Superbowl XLVII
WHERE Various Dover Locations
WHEN 6:30 p.m., Sunday
COST No cover charges
Of course, you and your friends can catch the big game from the comfort of your couch this Sunday night but that means that you'll be on kitchen duty afterwards.
But, as the saying of the moment goes, "Ain't nobody got time for that."
Instead, why not ditch all the work that goes into hosting an event, from grocery shopping to cooking and cleaning and let someone else do it?
For instance, at the Green Stinger, football fans can munch on made-to-order hot dogs with the Stinger's "Build a Dog" menu. For $5.99, pick from toppings like jalapenos, chili, cheese, bacon, salsa, sour cream, sweet peppers, fried onions, raw onions and relish. Each made-to-order dog also comes with baked beans and chips. Draft beer will be only $2 and there will also be the usual 35-cent chicken wings.
The Green Stinger is located at 492 Walnut Shade Road in Dover. For more information, call (302) 698-3300.
At Dover Downs, the game will broadcast all over the casino floor, in the Festival Buffet, in Race and Sports Book and in the Crown Royal Poker Room. The Race and Sports Book will have chili cheese nachos for $6.95, pulled pork sandwiches for $5.95, chicken wings, $5 Crown Royal, $3 Bud bottles and $4 Ravenators.
For more information about Dover Downs, visit www.doverdowns.com.
Stroll downtown Dover at First Friday
WHERE Downtown Dover
WHEN 5 to 7 p.m., Friday
Downtown Dover's First Friday will get started right when the work week ends at 5 p.m. February's installment kicks off the month-long focus on Heart Disease and prevention with the "City Goes Red" campaign. Local merchants will participant in the campaign with education-related materials and by donating a portion of First Friday sales.
The great thing about First Friday is the casualness of the evening. Stroll from store to store or event to event and check out what the downtown community is up to.
Consider starting at the Biggs Museum for the "Delaware by Hand Trunk Show," featuring hand-made glass, pottery, jewelry, textiles and woodwork of member artists. Or, stop in the Dover Art League Gallery to see the Donald A. Parks Retrospective. The Dover News Stand will have local author Helen Downing with her new book, "Awake in Hell."
Don't forget all the boutiques and restaurants as well. Many will have special prices and sales and a few even feature their own live entertainment.
For more information, visit www.downtowndoverpartnership.com.