Downtown Rocky Mount Offers Variety of Family-Friendly Fun

Looking for something to do in Rocky Mount? Look no farther than the Imperial Centre. Each summer, the city sets the stage for Downtown Live and Lawn Chair Theatre events—yearly favorites that complement the family oriented activities at the Braswell Memorial Library and the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center, also located in the Imperial Centre. Whether it’s the jazzy strains of Motown classics or the desire to “Let it Go” at a “Frozen” sing-along, there’s something for everyone in downtown Rocky Mount.

Downtown Live

Don’t be shy: Whether you want to “Twist and Shout” or do the “Electric Slide,” the Downtown Live concerts have plenty of room on the dancing floor for you. Residents and visitors may bring lawn chairs or purchase food and beverages on site. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m. Whether you are a fan of the classic Carolina beach music shuffle, the funky beat of Motown, or party music that is perfect for dancing, Downtown Live hits all the right notes. Favorite performers include Steve Owens and Summertime, Legacy Motown Review, and The Embers – featuring Craig Woolard.

For the latest performance schedule, visit the city’s Downtown Rocky Mount website.

Lawn Chair Theatre

You bring the lawn chairs and blankets, and the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences will supply the movie and activities. Every summer, Rocky Mount residents vote on the family friendly movies they would like to see as a part of the Lawn Chair Theatre lineup. This year, the schedule includes everything from the magic of Paddington Bear to the delicious golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. You can see the schedule here.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and kids can enjoy free activities before each show, courtesy of the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center. Concessions and drinks will be available for purchase. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Imperial Centre’s education building.

The Rocky Mount Children’s Museum

Visitors to the Children’s Museum will have the opportunity to meet one of Rocky Mount’s most popular residents: Lizzie, the 14-foot Burmese Python. Weighing in at more than 120 pounds, Lizzie serves as an ambassador to help children learn about the ecosystem of the Carolinas and how to identify local snake species. Groups can also speak with museum assistants about Live Animal Encounter programs, which allow interaction between visitors and reptiles from the museum’s teaching collection.

If you're looking for something that’s "out of this world," the Cummins Planetarium at the Children’s Museum can help astronomers of all ages reach for the stars without ever leaving the ground. The very first digital planetarium in the state, it includes a 30-foot dome and can seat 50 people. From a musical moon adventure with Big Bird to the science behind space travel, all ages can have an evening of entertainment and education at the planetarium. 

The Imperial Centre

The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences serves as much more than the backdrop for these summer events. It may be considered the crown jewel of downtown Rocky Mount. Created from a renovated tobacco facility, the center provides educational activities for all ages, houses a stunning visual arts gallery and raises the curtain on the stellar performances from the community theatre. Interested in getting onstage? The community theatre holds auditions throughout the year. Of course, if you’re more comfortable sitting in the audience, they’ve got you covered too with a great list of performances slated for 2015.

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