1 The Polar Plunge: 12 noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Take the plunge (or just go to watch) into the frigid winter waters to support the Special Olympics of Missouri. This is an opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the freezing waters. To register and for further information, call 816-503-4805 or visit https://www.makeyourdayhere.com/calendar.aspx?eid=305.
2 Learn to use Fold3 Research: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 30, Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence, 816-252-7228. Discover how your ancestors served this country by accessing the Fold3 website. You can discover military records, stories, photos and other historical information. Register for this class by visiting mymcpl.org/events and searching for Fold3.
3 Go skating at the Crown Center Ice Terrace, 2425 Grand, Kansas City. Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3. There are “two-for-one” Tuesday specials as well. The terrace is generally open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on the weekend. For further information, call (816) 274-8411 or visit https://www.crowncenter.com/events/ice-terrace.
4 Baby and Me: 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Great Gymnastics Express, 1101 N.W. Jefferson St., Blue Springs, 816-229-7775. This is a free class for a parent and child (between the ages of 8 weeks and 12 months) to increase bonding and work toward developmental milestones such as rolling, tummy time, and social interaction. Call ahead to reserve your space.
5 Snake Days: 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays, George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, 816-325-7115. Meet the calm and mild-mannered George Owens snakes (a corn snake and a Great Plains rat snake) in person. You may touch and hold the snakes and will learn about them. No advance registration is required and no charge for this event.