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Always a great spot, that’s only a short drive from your home at Belmont Lake Preserve, to find countless educational and enjoyable activities alike for members of the whole family, the ongoing schedule and upcoming Spring 2019 slate of Rocky Mount Family Programs at the downtown Imperial Centre is sure to offer up a way for you and your kids alike to expand your horizons and add some culture to your life as you can learn and experiment with many different mediums depending on your course of choice.

There is registration needed for some of the courses, classes, and workshops offered as part of the Imperial Centre’s Rocky Mount Family Programs,  and this can be done online at The upcoming Spring 2019 schedule for Rocky Mount Family Programs will be released very soon, and current offerings for the entire family posted at the Imperial Centre website are as follows:

-Make Art Saturdays (Every Other Saturday 11 am-1 pm)
January 12 and 26, February 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18

(Registration is not required) Experiment with different types of art as part of this program. Travel around the Imperial Centre, observe sculpture, paintings, drawings, photographs, architecture, and many more artist-made objects, and then make your own.

-Family Sundays (Every Other Sunday 2-4 pm)
January 20, February 3 and 17, March 3, 17, and 31, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26

(Registration is not required) At the Imperial Centre, Sundays are for Family! Bring your family to the art gallery for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour.

-Lunch and Learn (Select Fridays to be announced at 12-1 pm)

(Registration suggested by the Wednesday preceding the program date you intend to attend) Bring a lunch and interact with artists! From painters, to photographers and all artists in between, learn about process, discuss projects, and ask questions during an hour-long interactive gallery talk and demonstration.

In addition to these great Rocky Mount Family Programs being offered, there will soon be dates available to schedule for the upcoming Spring for the “Sculpture, Talk, and Draw” classes as well. To keep up on these courses, and all the fantastic stuff being offered at the Imperial Centre, visit their website at

Cummins Planetarium

Cummins PlanetariumLocated just minutes from the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community, at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount, Cummins Planetarium offers an array of fun-filled, educational special events that children of all ages and adults likewise have been enjoying since they first opened their doors in the Spring of 2006.

Upon its opening, Cummins Planetarium, which is housed inside the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences building, became the very first planetarium in North Carolina to feature a full-dome video projection system. In addition to this, the incredible 30-foot dome at Cummins Planetarium sets tilted slightly forward to allow for a maximum viewing audience of up to 50 people per show.Cummins Planetarium

Giving visitors both young and old a consistent and divers variety of shows, Cummins Planetarium runs four different shows monthly, with each being having a showing once daily every Tuesday-Saturday. One of the upcoming featured shows at Cummins Planetarium is called “Solar Superstorms,” which takes a dramatic look at the sun and the solar system. “The Amazing Telescope,” is also running at Cummins Planetarium  and will take detail how observatories use telescopes to bring you on an exploration of some of the universe’s great mysteries including the ring’s of Saturn, the spiral structures of the galaxies, and the Galilean moons.Cummins Planetarium

The two other  shows at Cummins Planetarium are more specifically aimed at different age groups, with one that is sure to have the youngsters smiling from ear to ear and a second that will get the parents in the family tapping their toes and maybe even reminiscing of some great music from the past.

A can’t miss showing for the young ones this month at Cummins Planetarium is , “One World, One Sky,” is advertised as “a magical musical journey into space for families with kids ages 3-6 years old. Featuring all your children’s favorite characters from the show “Sesame Street,” this is “Big Bird’s Adventure,” and he and many of his pals take you and the kids on a fun-filled journey to the moon and back. For the older generation, “Laser Classic Rock” will bring them back to the days of stadium-sized rock and roll from the late 1960’s and 70’s as this show is set to the tunes of some of the greatest classic rockers of all time, including, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd, and many more.

For more information on the other upcoming shows and special events at Cummins Planetarium for this month and the remainder of 2016, visit their website at

Rocky Mount Outdoor Movie Nights

Rocky Mount Outdoor Movie NightsBeginning on June 17, the summer season of fun is officially upon our area residents, as just minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve at the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences, the first installment of the Rocky Mount Outdoor Movie Nights, “Lawn Chair Theatre” kicks off with the George Clooney hit, Tommorrowland.

With the doors opening for the Rocky Mount Outdoor Movie Nights at 7:00 p.m., and the films beginning at 8:30 p.m., Lawn Chair Theatre is set to provide fun for all ages every other Friday night through the month of July. The movies are free of charge and shown on the lawn outside of the Imperial Centre, so it is advised that you bring chairs or a blanket to sit on during the showings.

In addition to a great family flick being shown every other Friday as part of the Rocky Mount Outdoor Movie Nights, there is always a little something more for the kids to enjoy at each Lawn Chair Theatre event. During the 90 minutes from when the doors open until the 8:30 start time of each movie, there are a variety of different fun filled games and activities for the youngsters on hand that are coordinated by the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center (which is also located at the Imperial Centre). Also, concessions, including food, drinks, and treats are available for purchase during the Rocky Mount Outdoor Movie Nights.

The full schedule of showings for this summer’s Lawn Chair Theatre is:

The Imperial Centre, which hosts the Rocky Mount Outdoor Movie Nights is located in downtown Rocky Mount at 270 Gay Street. In the case of inclement weather, the scheduled Lawn Chair Theatre movie for the week will be shown inside at the Imperial Centre’s Education Building. For more information on Lawn Chair Theatre and all the great upcoming events taking place here, visit

Winter Events in Rocky Mount

Although the temperature may be dropping as the calendar breezes through November and into December the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences is heating up with a variety of fantastic and fun Winter Events in Rocky Mount just minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina golf community.

Beginning on Friday, December 4, the Imperial Centre begins hosting what is probably the most anticipated of all the Winter Events in Rocky Mount, as the Holiday Skating Rink opens, with public ice skating sessions running each weekend from 1-7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays. The kids and adults alike can get in the spirit of the season as a 45 minute skating session only cost $6 per person during any of the weekends in December other that the 24-26, as the rink closes for the Christmas holiday. Private rentals of the rink can also be arranged by calling 252-972-1266. These private parties allow for your family and friends to enjoy the most anticipated of the Imperial Centre’s Winter Events in Rocky Mount at times during the week and around the aforementioned public skating times and run for two hours where you can have up to 30 guests on the ice at a time.

In addition to the opening of the Holiday Skating Rink, the Imperial Centre also plays host to many other great Winter Events in Rocky Mount, including its popular “First Friday” series. These Winter Events in Rocky Mount take place at the Arts Center on the first Friday of every month, allowing friends and family alike to come out for local music, craft vendors, and activities that all ages can enjoy. The next installment of the “First Friday” Winter Events in Rocky Mount will take on a Christmas theme and take place on Friday, December 4. The highlight s of the event will include the annual “lighting of the Imperial Centre,” in addition to ice skating, sleigh rides, and even a visit from Santa Claus himself. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences will be on hand, and there will also be Blacksmith Demonstrations among a host of other great things to be a part of from 6-9 p.m. at “First Friday.”

The opening of the Holiday Skating Rink and the December 4 “First Friday” event are just two of the many great Winter Events in Rocky Mount on the upcoming schedule at the Imperial Centre. For more details on both of these and for a full schedule of all their happenings, visit