1. Eat chocolate
The Carolina Chocolate Festival will be held feb. 3 through 5 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Enjoy local and regional wine, a chocolate spa or register to enter the bake off. Admission is $9 for adults or $2 for kids ages 5 to 12. Free admission is offered to military personnel on Sunday. For more information, call 252-393-2011.
2. Watch the big game
The Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots for Super Bowl 51 at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 on FOX. The game marks the 50th anniversary of the first Super Bowl, which was played on Jan. 15, 1967, as well as the Patriots ninth appearance in the championship games — the most of any franchise. Or, you can load up on tailgate snacks and wait for the commercials to air or Lady Gaga to headline what is sure to be a memorable halftime show.
3. Enjoy Broadway on Court Street
For those of you who love the musical Hamilton, this is the party for you. There will be karaoke, Hamilton trivia, dancing and more from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 4 at 742 Court St. in downtown Jacksonville. This is the first in Debbie’s Angels Productions’ Broadway Party series. Only 30 spots are available. Cost is $10. Fore more information, call 910-333-6717.
4. Play in the snow
Swansboro Parks and Recreation offers “Snow Up the Park” from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Swansboro Community Center. Participants off all ages can enjoy sledding, a free toddler snow play area, phototainment booth, winter themed arts and crafts and hot chocolate. Unlimited sledding is $5 per person available from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 910-326-2600.
5. Watch the Puppy Bowl
If football isn’t your thing, tune in instead to Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIII, which starts at 3 p.m. Sunday. Arguably the world’s cutest sporting event, watch Team Ruff take on Team Fluff inside a miniature stadium as well as a bunch of kittens playing during the Kitty Half-Time Show. See the adorable and adoptable starting lineup, behind-the-scenes and more at animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl.
6. Attend a concert
The North Carolina Symphony presents Gershwin’s Magic Kes Young People’s Concert on Feb. 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. at 203 South Front St. in New Bern. The musical story tells of a chance meeting on the streets of New York City between a poor newspaper boy and the great American composer, George Gershwin. For more information and ticketing, call 877-627-6724.
7. See a movie
Head out to the movies this weekend to see “The Space Between Us” PG-13 about what happens when the first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time; “Rings” PG-13 the latest in The Ring horror franchise; “The Comedian” rated R and starring Robert DeNiro as an aging insult comic trying to resuscitate his career; or the Oscar nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” which explores the history of racism in the U.S.
8. Eat ice cream. For breakfast.
This Saturday is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, a holiday created in 1966 by a mother in Rochester, New York, to distract her kids from the February ice and snow. According to icecreamforbreakfastday.org, there are three rules for the day: 1. Eat Ice Cream. 2. On the first Saturday of February. 3. For Breakfast.
9. Have more dessert
The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre presents their Dessert Readers Theatre production of An Evening of One-Acts: Love Makes the World Go ‘Round on Feb. 4 and 5. The Saturday viewing will be at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee showing will be at 3 p.m. All seats are $10 and sold at the door on the day of the show. For more information, visit SneadsFerryCommunityTheatre.com.
10. Explore the library
Head out on Saturday to your local library to celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day. This international initiative encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library on the first Saturday of February. Many libraries are having special storytimes, contests and more. Call your local library — you can reach the Jacksonville branch at 910-455-7350 — to see what they have planned.