Hail to the new chief (Jan. 17, 19 and 20)

January 16, 2009

I hadn’t really thought about whether there were any family-friendly public inauguration viewing events on Jan. 20 until a parent alerted me to the possibility. Turns out there are several, all free and all first-come, first-seated:

  • MSNBC is hosting an event at Wehrenberg’s Ronnie’s 20 Cine. Tickets are required, though they do not guarantee a seat. It’s recommended for kids age 8 to 18 and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To sign up, visit MSNBC’s homepage.
  • The Saint Louis Science Center is showing the inauguration on the Omnimax screen from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are required and can be picked up (limit four per person) from any Science Center box office while supplies last.  Details are on the Obama-Biden homepage.
  • Landmark Theatre’s Tivoli is hosting a simulcast of the swearing in at 11:30 a.m. No tickets are being given, so you’ll want to arrive extra-early if you choose this option.  For details, call the theater directly at 314.862.1100 (there’s also a bit of info online here).

A couple of early celebrations worth noting are the ones at various Borders locations, including the one on Brentwood Boulevard, on Saturday (Jan. 17). The 2 p.m. event includes games, art projects, a scavenger hunt and an official oath ceremony. It’s recommended for kids age 4 to 12, and there’s no charge to participate. There’s a list of St. Louis-area Borders locations online here; call the one nearest you to find out if it’s hosting an event too.

Finally, an event that even S. will dig, though at 2 1/2 he isn’t very into politics: The Black World History Museum has its second Sweet Dreams Cake Challenge. Cakes honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama will be on display  today and tomorrow (Jan. 17) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the public will be invited to eat a slice of history on Monday (Jan. 19) from 1 to 6 p.m. The museum is located at 2505 St. Louis Ave.; an article about the event can be found at the St. Louis American’s homepage.


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