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NASCAR Hall of Fame Rings in the New Year with First Night Kids Event

December 21, 2011

Facility set as kick off station for First Night Kids festivities Saturday, Dec. 31 beginning at noon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 21, 2011) – Families can rev-up their New Year’s Eve celebrations at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as the 150,000 square-foot entertainment facility becomes the kick off point for First Night Kids, a family-friendly day of festivities Saturday, Dec. 31 from noon – 5 p.m.
First Night Charlotte is an innovative, diverse and high-quality alcohol-free celebration of the New Year. With a variety of festive activities ranging from arts and crafts, live shows and special access to local attractions, the event offers the community a family-friendly environment to ring in the New Year.
Newly appointed this year as the kick off location for First Night Kids, guests can purchase their First Night wristbands in front of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and begin their arts and culture journey into the New Year with a special lineup of visual and performing arts along with a free peek into lower floors of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
“We are delighted to increase our participation in First Night Charlotte and in particular to be chosen as the starting point for First Night Kids,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “This is a remarkable Charlotte event that perfectly complements the family, fun, entertainment the Hall offers all year long. We look forward to welcoming parents and children to start this community celebration and explore the entertainment and arts and culture scene that Charlotte has to offer for everyone in the family.”
Visitors with First Night wristbands receive free access to the 278-seat Belk High Octane Theater and the expansive Great Hall where children shows and programs including Fireman Jim, the Ronald Show and live folk music are scheduled to entertain the family crowd. Kids also can decorate a crown for First Night Charlotte’s midnight countdown at Crown Town, an arts and craft station in the Great Hall.
In addition, First Night wristband-holders receive free skate rentals at WBT Holiday on Ice now located in Ceremonial Plaza at the entrance to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Wristband-holders can upgrade to the full NASCAR Hall of Fame experience for $15.95 (adults), $14.95 (seniors) or $9.95 (children) and have full access to all four floors of more than 50 hands-on stations, authentic NASCAR artifacts and historic stock car exhibits. Guests can get actively involved and practice a pit stop, walk through a full-size NASCAR Sprint Cup hauler, call a race, get behind the wheel in one of eight iRacing simulators and more. Young racers can get their hands-on experience in Kobalt Kids Zone and Race Week’s child-friendly pit stop challenge.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame will be open extended hours Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. with the First Night Kids activities running from noon – 5 p.m.
Schedule of First Night Kids Events at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Fireman Jim
Showtimes: Noon - 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 - 2 p.m. and 3 - 3:30 p.m.
The Fireman Jim Safety Show delivers memorable safety practices that are proven to save lives. Utilizing a multi-sensory approach with original music, safety demonstrations, drills, games, stories and videos, Fireman Jim incorporates a rhyme, rhythm, song or dance into each lesson that encourages children to participate in the fun. 
Crown Town
Open: Noon - 4:30 p.m.
Kids can decorate a crown for the First Night midnight countdown.    

Dana & Susan Robinson
Showtimes: Noon - 4:30 p.m.
Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-flailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.

WBT Holiday on Ice
Open: Noon - 11 p.m.
FREE skate rental with First Night wristband.

Ronald Show
Showtimes: 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.; 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
A community show featuring magic, juggling and Ronald’s favorite ideas about staying active, being a good friend and giving back to the community. There will be music, audience participation and fun for every member of the family.
Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling 877-231-2010 or at www.NASCAR Hall.com. General admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Memberships are available starting at $25 for children and $50 for adults. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
For updates and details about the NASCAR Hall of Fame, guests can visit www.NASCARHall.com, www.Facebook.com/NASCARHall or @NASCARHall on Twitter.
About NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. It was the second highest attended sports hall of fame in American its opening year. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010 and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The venue is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. www.NASCARHall.com.
FIRST NIGHT CHARLOTTE begun in Boston in 1976, First Night is an alcohol-free community celebration of the New Year that is now celebrated in over 200 cities internationally. The celebration aims to advance the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through an innovative, diverse, and high-quality New Year’s Eve program that offers a shared cultural experience, accessible and affordable to all. First Night continues the ancient tradition of marking the passage of time but provides an alternative to the usual way present-day celebrants usher in the New Year (i.e., alcohol and adult-oriented venues). A program of Charlotte Center City Partners, and presented by WBTV and the Arts & Science Council, First Night Charlotte is created by and for the community.
Just like last year, the safe, affordable, family-friendly and entertaining option for New Year’s Eve will unquestionably be a family favorite. For more information, visit www.firstnightcharlotte.com.
The First Night Charlotte Committee is made possible due to the hard work of representatives from organizations throughout the community including Charlotte Center City Partners, WBTV, The Arts & Science Council, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Fire Department, Wray Ward, City of Charlotte Neighborhood Development, Hands on Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Audio Ethics.