Hello Smarties. It is shaping up to be a great weekend. Charlotte is packed with activities from the Quail Hollow Championship to all the great things just for kids! Our area youth are showcasing their acting talents at Children’s Theatre and at Davidson Community Players. Community celebrations are spotlighted in Matthews where you can dance the night away and at Town Day in Davidson. The Charlotte Knights are home this weekend and kick off with a Family Fun Fest. Ok, I am getting worn out just thinking about all the options for the weekend. Get out and enjoy!!
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Presents: “The Commedia Aladdin”
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
May 01, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 11:00am and 1:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
Hop on a magic carpet with Aladdin as he summons the powerful Genie of the Lamp and changes his fortunes forever. Fresh, fast-paced and full of physical humor. Performed by the Tarradiddle Players. Ages 5 and up. Cost is $14-$18.
Davidson Community Players Youth Theatre
Davidson Community Players’ Armour Street Theatre
April 30-May 9
Davidson Community Players opens The House at Pooh Corner this Thursday, April 30th with a dedicated to founder Constance Welsh. This is the first all youth fully staged production produced through Davidson Community Players youth theatre, the Connie Company (named for Welsh). It is recommended for ages four (4) and up. The House at Pooh Corner, directed by award winning director Melissa Ohlman-Roberge, will have eight performances through May 9. Cos is $7.00 per person. You can purchase by phone at 704.892.7918 or online at http://www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org/.
Family Fun Fest at Knights Stadium
May 01, 4:05-7:15pm
Fans attending the Charlotte Knights vs. Syracuse Chiefs game should arrive early for this kid-friendly event just outside the gates. Everyone loves the spectacular free fan festival, which will open just outside the ball park three hours before game time. The Principal Financial Group Family Fun Fest features over 20 attractions including batting and pitching cages, bungee runs, super slides, bounce houses, a “rookie zone” the Great Clips Best Buy Mobile Video Game Arcade, a historic minor league baseball museum, and you can even put yourself on a free souvenir Days Inn baseball card and Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine cover. Cost is free; parking is $3. Game tickets $7-$13. Free Webkinz to the first 500 kids!
Stumptown Park, Matthews
May 1-2, Fri., 6:00pm-10:00pm; Sat. 10:00am-10:00pm
Come and put your toes in the sand. Beach Fest Matthews has rides & amusements, boardwalk style food, shagging and more…Bring the family to celebrate spring and have some fun!
Bluegrass and BBQ Fundraiser
Historic Latta Plantation
May 02, 7:00pm
Enjoy delicious North Carolina BBQ and live bluegrass on the lawn. There will also be pony rides, a bounce house, the pony express and more. Cost is $20.
Bob the Builder Live!
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
May 02-03, Sat., 2:00pm and 5:00pm; Sun., 11:00am and 2:00pm
Join Bob, Wendy, Scoop, Lofty, Dizzy, Scrambler and the rest of the gang in fantastic songs and an exciting adventure as they have to deal with Spud’s mischievous antics, as well as some monster surprises along the way. Cost is $19-$34.
Daddy, Donuts and Me
Plaza Midwood Library
May 02, 9:30am
Stories, rhymes, songs to share with Daddy and their little ones. All ages, donuts and a beverage will be provided. Cost is free.
Dad and Kids Kickball League
Park Road Park
May 02, 2:00pm-6:00pm Registration
Put a little “kick” into your family time – Join the Dads & Kids Kickball League! It’s a six week kickball game schedule. Games beginon May 16. This program is open to all kids ages 6-12 and their dads, plus it’s free. Sign-up on May 2 at Park Road Park. There will be lots of fun interactive games, inflatables and the Wii! For more information, contact Aaron.Cheeks@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.336.7639.
Family “Out-Back” Camping Trip
The Schiele Museum
May 02, 5:00pm-9:00am
Pitch your tent in the natural areas along our nature trail. Enjoy a bonfire, a real weenie roast, marshmallows and campfire stories. Learn about camping in the “old style.” Go on a night hike animals. Breakfast and a special live animal show are included the next morning. Families provide their own camping gear. Cost is $10-$12.
The Village Green in Downtown Davidson
May 02, 10:00am-3:00pm
Annual spring “Town Day” festival with carnival games, foods, arts, vendors and entertainment for the whole family. Other children’s activities will include inflatables, a sand box and duck pond. Cost is free.
Keeping Kids In Motion
Little Sugar Creek Greenway, behind Park Road Shopping Center
May 2, 8:00am
Kids ages 5-12 will get moving and keep moving as they learn new ways to become healthier and more active. Free pedometers, door prizes and mascot appearances.
The Knack Free Family Event- Keepsake Plate
May 2, 10:00am-1:00pm
Create a personalized keepsake for Mom that will be treasured for years to come. Powered by Precious Image Photo Transfer Plate Kit™.
6th Annual Classi-Kool Music Series
May 03, 4:00pm-6:00pm
A variety of music for all ears will be played during this series. There will also be a puppet show and train rides around the lake for children. Train rides only $1 per person.
Let’s Go Fishing
McDowell Nature Preserve
May 3, 9:00am
Bait that hook, throw that line and reel in a great catch. All gear is provided, including bait. Participants 16 and up require a valid North Carolina fishing license.
If you have event you would like for us to include please email me at Courtenay@charlottesmartypants.com.