The Culture Center has a variety of offerings, said Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
The West Virginia State Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is free to visit. Families may want to pick up copies of the scavenger hunt photo sheet to see how many artifacts can be found.
The West Virginia State Archives is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
"If you are interested in family or historic research, the archives library has a wonderful collection of information in books, microfilm, files and vital statistics resources that are available for review," Gresham said.
Archives Lecture Series is free and open to the public. All lectures are held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Topics are "Parkersburg: Guardian of the Union" presented by Michael Workman on Jan. 23, "West Virginia Courthouse" by Patti Hamilton on Feb. 4, "Covered Bridges of West Virginia" by Terry Lively on Feb. 20, "Loyalty They Always Had: the 7th West Virginia Calvary in the U.S. Civil War" by Steve Cunningham on March 4, and "Women's Role in Native American Society" by Dianne Anestis on March 20.
The Culture Center's Balcony Gallery has unveiled a new exhibit called "Water, Wood, Metal, Stone and Oil: a State of the Art" with 24 pieces of work spanning several decades. The exhibit remains open through Feb. 18.
For more information about Culture Center activities and exhibits, contact Gresham at 304-558-0220.
While it isn't free, the Clay Center can offer a great deal of entertainment for a reasonable price, said spokeswoman LeAnn Dickens.
Package prices are available depending upon the number of chosen activities.
In the Clay Center's ElectricSky Theater, "Grand Canyon: River at Risk" will be shown through March 7 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure" will be shown through March 7 at noon and 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The planetarium show "Saturn: Ringed World" will be presented 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The traveling, interactive exhibit "Be The Dinosaur" will remain at the Clay Center through Jan. 12 with the price included in gallery admission.
Go to www.theclaycenter.org for more details on offerings at the Clay Center.
Aside from scheduled activities, you also can make your own fun.
Try some new recipes. Play board games with the family. Exercise in an area church gymnasium.
As a way of feeling ahead of the game and relieving future stress, use some time stuck indoors to organize documents for filing taxes or clean out some closets.
And if you have a little cash left, go shopping and stock up on gifts or clothing at bargain prices as stores clear out merchandise in preparation for spring.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1246.