Happy hump day! Smarties, can you believe that it is the middle of May? Where has this year gone? This weekend is packed full of great activities. Ladybugs, Bats, Dragon Boats and Snow White, talk about choices. Get out and enjoy, there is something going on for everyone!
Ginger Wagoner at Photosynthesis Photography is hosting a super Smarty “Girls Night Out” event on Friday, May 15th to celebrate GIRLFRIENDS! Where would we be without them? At this event, you will enjoy FREE girlfriend portrait sessions (up to 5 at a time), FREE massages, FREE margaritas – need I say more?! Make your reservation for this Girls Night Out by May 12th (I know that was yesterday, go ahead and RSVP) by emailing her at email@example.com.
Animal Tales: The Grouchy Ladybug
McDowell Nature Center
May 15, 10:00-10:45am and 11:00-11:45am
Enjoy listening to a story and then participate in crafts and activities. Ages 3-5. Cost is $3.
The Schiele Museum
May 15, 7:00pm
Bat expert and Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation Rob Miles talk about the mysterious world of bats. Learn about their habits, habitats and adaptations. Meet live bats, including the gigantic Flying Fox from Malaysia, with a wingspan of nearly 6 feet. Cost is $5.
Waxhaw, Main Street
May 16-17, Sat., 10:00am-6:00pm; Sun., 1:00pm-6:00pm
Kids Zone featuring live entertainment for the kids, face painting, balloon sculpting, sand art, moon bounce, petting zoo and more. Over 90 arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and a wide array of food concessions.
2009 Charlotte Dragon Boat and Asian Festival
Ramsey Creek Park
May 16, 11:00am-4:30pm
Watch the races, performances and enjoy celebrations from many Asian countries.
Beach Bash in the Park
Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius
May 16, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Enjoy an evening concert by the Tsunami Wave Riders, featuring a blend of Caribbean, Hawaiian and rock music. Children’s activities and concessions.
Mec Dec Celebration
The Charlotte Museum of History
May 16, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Learn about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and its local observances from many of Charlotte’s historical sites. A collaboration of efforts brings you an evening of festivities about this fascinating moment in Charlotte’s history.
The Schiele Museum
May 16, Mon.-Sat., 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun., 1:00-5:00pm
OCEAN is an interactive, marine science experience that invites visitors to discover cutting-edge ocean research projects and explore our relationship with the dynamic ocean. This multimedia, hands-on exhibit features leading research projects in the fields of marine exploration, biotechnology, coastal erosion and commercial fishing. Cost is $6-$10.
Preschool Naturalist Series: Fun with Flowers
McDowell Nature Center
May 16, 10:00am-11:00am
Spring is blooming all around! Discover the parts of a flower and even plant one to bring home with you! Ages 3-5. Cost is $3.
NC Dance Theatre, Belk Theater
May 16-17, 2:00pm
Back by popular demand is Mark Diamond’s hilarious adaptation of Snow White, featuring the beautiful Snow White, an evil Stepmother and seven lovable dwarves. This production, created especially for families, blends humor with dance for a delightful performance all can enjoy. Cost is $25-$59.
6th Annual Classi-Kool Music Series
May 17, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Listen to a variety of music. There will be a puppet show and train rides around the lake for kids.
Keeping Kids In Motion
Little Sugar Creek Greenway
May 16, 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.
Leapin’ Lizards and Slitherin’ Snakes
Charlotte Nature Museum
May 16, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Observe visiting reptiles and amphibians in addition to the Museum’s resident collection. Don’t miss the live animal presentations.
Super Duper Mini Chefs Event
May 16, 11:00am-1:00pm
Meet at the Center Court for this free, hands-on event sure to entertain the entire family- and even give them a little fun to take back to the kitchen at home.
McDowell Nature Preserve
May 16, 1:30pm
Cool Down and discover salamanders, crawfish, water pennies, and more as we explore the 4 seasons creek! You will get wet! Comfortable water shoes are encouraged. Meet at McDowell Nature Center for this 3/4 mile hike on moderate terrain.
Teddy Bear Tea
Earth Fare – SouthPark
May 17, 3:00pm
Bring your favorite teddy bear for tea time on the patio. A variety of caffeine free teas, as well as, cookies and finger sandwiches will be provided. Please RSVP your child and their teddy at customer service.
All About Baby Series
Belly Elan Maternity Boutique
May 17, 2:00pm-5:00pm
From prenatal ultrasounds to pediatricians, doula services to childproofing, you’ll get all of the information you need, all under one roof. Experience a fun, relaxed atmosphere, where there is never any obligation to buy, plenty of food to eat, and fabulous giveaways to register for! Registration recommended…call 704-214-2951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Don’t forget to reister for our latest giveaway – one week of summer dance camp from Jami Masters. To register for our super Smarty Jami Masters Camp giveaway, click here. This giveaway is valued at $200 ($100 for 2-year-olds) and ends at 11pm on Monday, 5/18. You can find Jami Masters School of Dance at:
Park Road Shopping Center/Back Court