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Winter Fun Guide | Activities promise fun for children and parents in Myrtle Beach area

Don't keep the kids cooped up this winter, even if the weather is bad.

There's plenty of family-friendly activities to do during the week, and we don't mean just a day at the movies.

Peruse the following list of events, or let the kids pick what they want to do and odds are, you as parents will have fun, too.

Barefoot Princess Riverboat, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, cruises scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 12, 6 p.m. Feb. 14 and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Prices vary by ride. 650-6600 or 800-685-6601, or www.mbriverboat.com.

Children's Museum of South Carolina, 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. "Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog," through May 6. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. $8 ages 2 and older. 946-9469 or www.cmsckids.org.

Georgetown County Museum, 632 Prince St., Georgetown, at Screven Street. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. $4 ages 18-64, $3 ages 65 and older, $2 ages 7-17. 545-7020 or www.georgetowncountymuseum.com.

Hobcaw Barony, on U.S. 17, just north of Georgetown. Tours and special programs. Fees vary. 546-4623 or www.hobcawbarony.org.

Horry County Museum, Main Street, Conway, continuous exhibits of American Indians, wildlife, birds of prey, turpentine history, the Waccamaw River, Influential Women of Conway, the logging industry and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Also, L.W. Paul Living History Farm, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road, off U.S. 701, north of Conway, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; free. 915-5320 or www.horrycountymuseum.org.

Huntington Beach State Park, U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens. 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15; Guided tours of Atalaya castle $1 extra. Also 17th annual Wildlife and History Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16; free with admission. 237-4440 or southcarolinaparks.com.

Imax 3D Myrtle Beach, Broadway at the Beach, off Robert Grissom Parkway. Movies vary daily. $12 adults, $9 children. 448-4629 or www.imax3dmb.com.

Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C. Sky Theater programs, winter-spring schedule with shows on Fridays and Saturdays through May 28: "Two Pieces of Glass" at 1 p.m., "Astronaut Experience" at 2, "Seven Wonders" at 3, and "IBEX: Interstellar Boundary Explorer" at 4 (best for ages 9 and older).

Also, rock 'n' roll laser shows at 5 and 6 p.m. on the third Friday and Saturday monthly. Per show: $8 ages 17 and older, $6 for seniors and ages 3-16. 910-575-0033 or www .ingramplanetarium.com .

Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front St., Georgetown. Free. 546-7706 or www .kaminskihousemuseum.org .

Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 28. $8 adults, $6 ages 60 & older and students, and $4 ages 3-5. 910-579-1016 or www.museumofcc.org.

Myrtle Beach State Park, on South Kings Highway, one mile south of Myrtle Beach International Airport, across from Seagate Village. 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. Some nature programs free with admission, 238-5235 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.

Ripley's Aquarium , Broadway at the Beach, off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Special exhibit "Lethal Weapons," with dozens of deadly sea creatures such as an electric eel and lionfish. Open 9 a.m. daily. $19.99 ages 12 and older, $9.99 ages 6-11, and $3.99 ages 2-5, plus tax. 916-0888 or www.ripleys aquarium.com .

Taste of the Coast, by Risen Christ Lutheran School of North Myrtle Beach to benefit North Strand Helping Hand, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19 at Barefoot Landing. Free for children, $1 or donation of can of food for adults, 455-6728 or www.tocnmb.com.

19th annual Myrtle Beach Stamp and Postcard Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 6, Holiday Inn West, U.S. 501 at the Intracoastal Waterway next to Fantasy Harbour in Myrtle Beach, free parking and admission. Features dealers, stamps, covers, supplies, exhibits, picture postcards, collections, door prizes and more. Call 347-0087 or e-mail lilfort@sccoast.net.

Free Family Day celebration of the Chinese New Year, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 5, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Myrtle Beach Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, free. Annual celebration includes a dragon parade and lion dance, storytelling, Chinese music and dance, food tastings and more.

The Dynamic Coast, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Myrtle Beach State Park, 4401 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, $3 per person. Explore through hands-on activities how the coast is changing. Appropriate for children 8 and older. 238-5235 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.

Beachcombing Treasures, 10-11 a.m. Feb. 12, 19 and 26, Myrtle Beach State Park, 4401 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, free with park admission; $5 adults, $3.25 seniors, $3 children 6-15, free for children 5 and younger. Take a stroll along the beach to learn about seashells, ghost crabs, sea turtles, sand dunes and tides. 238-5235 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.

Princess Gala , March 5, The Market Common, 477-0020, $25 donation. Event is calling all princesses for a parade, games, pictures, movies, snacks and more.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Festival, March 12, North Myrtle Beach Main Street. A fun-filled festival of music, crafts, food and children's activities on a day for everyone to feel a wee bit Irish. The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and starts off with a parade down Main Street at 9 a.m.

IrishFest, noon-5 p.m. March 12, Valor Park at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. The 2nd annual IrishFest will include activities for kids, Irish food, music and a selection of Irish beers.

Dog Agility Competition, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19-20, A Dog's Way Inn, 761 Pendergrass Ave., Murrells Inlet; 357-4545. Dogs and their handlers race through obstacles courses on the only dog agility field in South Carolina sanctioned by Canine Performance Events, Inc.

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