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Going out guide: The best things to do in the coming week

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 12:01 am

TODAY

“THE LION IN WINTER”: First Presbyterian Theater presents this play set in 1183. An aging and conniving King Henry II plans to name his successor. He summons his wife, Queen Eleanor; his young mistress, Princess Alais; his three sons, all of whom desire the throne; and the crafty young French King Philip (also Alais' brother). With the fate of the empire at stake, the family members engage in their own brand of deception and treachery to stake their claims on the future. This comedy of corruption stars the real-life spouses Bob Haluska and Kate Black as the king and queen. The preview show is at 7:30 p.m., with performances continuing at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for the preview performance and $18-$24 for regular performances. The theater is at 300 W. Wayne St.

FRIDAY

DISCOVER THE DINOSAURS: This hands-on exhibit features more than 60 museum-quality and animatronic dinosaurs, some of which you can control with the push of a button — moving their heads, arms and tails. Static dinosaur displays are anatomically proportioned to reflect paleontologists' findings. Some are close enough to touch. The display features a walk-through exhibit of dinosaur scenes with special lighting, sound effects, animatronics and fog. It is open noon-9 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., and continues 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $16 adults, $11 children 2-11 and ages 65 and older. Children under 2 are free. Admission includes entrance to the dinosaur exhibit, Dino Dig, Dino Den, Dino Theater, Dino Coloring Station and Scavenger Hunt. Other attractions, such as triceratops and T-rex rides, inflatables, gem and fossil panning, mini golf, and dino face painting require separate tickets that are purchased within the event.

SATURDAY

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE: That makes it a perfect day to explore a county park: Fox Island, which is southwest, or Matea Park, which is northeast. Walk the trails (be sure to dress warmly) or check the website at www.allencountyparks.org/ parks/cross-country-ski- to see whether conditions allow cross-country skiing, which requires more than 4 inches of accumulated snow. Both parks rent cross-country skies for $6 an hour for adults and $5 per hour for children. Limited sizes are available, especially at Metea County Park. They stop renting around 4 p.m. each day. Metea also has a sledding hill open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every day if there's enough snow. By the way, if you're hiking, please stay off the trails designated for skiing. Fox Island is at 7324 Yohne Road, and Matea Park is at 8401 Union Chapel Road.

SUNDAY

TOBOGGAN RUN: Why not wrap up the weekend with a quick trip to Pokagon State Park, about an hour north on Interstate 69, for a day of tobogganing? You can reach speeds of 35-40 mph on the quarter-mile toboggan track. With a 30-foot tower and all of the dips and valleys, the total vertical drop is 90 feet. It takes about 20 to 30 seconds from the time you are launched to the time your toboggan slides to a stop. Then you get back in line and do it all over again. The toboggan run will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The cost is $12 to rent a toboggan per hour, with a maximum of four people per toboggan. You must use the park's toboggans. Park entry fee is $5 for in-state vehicles, $7 for out-of-state vehicles. Cash, checks and Visa/MasterCard are accepted.

— News-Sentinel staff reports