Schools out, schools out, teacher let the monkeys out! The monkeys are home for the summer, good thing there are lots of great activities this weekend to keep them occupied. There are movies, plays, beach parties and great programs from our Parks and Rec. Get out, play and enjoy the time with the family, the long, hot summer has just begun.
Goodrich Family Fun Fest – Supporting The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte
On Thursday, June 11, from 5 – 8pm, we will take over the Stonecrest shopping center for a Community Fun Fest (current plans include a band, kid bounce houses, balloon animals, face painting, Bobcats dancers, Panther Cheerleaders, mascots from Bobcats/Panthers/NASCAR/Chick-fil-a, X-Box tournament with celebrities, Larry Sprinkle MC). The event is open to the public, with kid activities available for a small donation.
Family Fun Time!
June 12, 10:00am, 11:00am and 2:00pm
Stories, music and fun for the whole family!
Animal Tales: The Hungry Caterpillar
McDowell Nature Preserve
June 12, 10:00am-10:45am, 11:00am-11:45am
Children will enjoy listening to the story, The Hungry Caterpillar, and then participate in crafts and activities related to the story. For ages 3-5.
Movies at Freedom Park
June 12, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Enjoy movies for the whole family. Sponsored by Watershed Church. Cost is free.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
June 12-14, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2pm and 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm
Come see the timeless love story of Cinderella and her Prince Charming. All ages. Cost is $15-$17. Opening Weekend, Internet special, by one get one free!
School’s Out Nature Celebration
Reedy Creek Nature Center
June 12, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Hear nature stories around the campfire while eating smores, then head out on the trails to create nature memories while exploring the preserve after dark. Cost is $3-$10.
Balloon Animal Friday!
Chick-fil-A, Woodlawn Rd.
June 12, 11:00am-2:00pm
How about a Balloon Animal with your lunch?! Chick-fil-A at East Woodlawn hosts a Balloon Artist EVERY FRIDAY IN JUNE! Get a free balloon animal when you stop in anytime between 11:00AM-2:00PM.
Family Fun Saturdays
Mint Museum of Art
June 13, 10:30am-2:30pm
Drop by the art studio to enjoy art-making together. Prepare to get messy. All ages. Cost is $10. Kids free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Family Rail Days Festival
NC Transportation Museum, Spencer, NC
June 13-14, Sat., 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun., 1:00pm-5:00pm
Featuring train rides, model trains, children’s craft area, a chili cook off and much more. Cost is $5-$12.
Junior Naturalist Series
McDowell Nature Center
June 13, 10:00am-11:30am
Want to know all about nature and its creatures like naturalists Jack Hanna, Jeff Corwin or Terri Irwin? A monthly series designed to train the young mind to explore and interpret nature. Ages 7-10. Cost is $3.
Picnic in the Park
McDowell Nature Center
June 13, 11:30am-1:30pm
Kick off the summer with a community picnic. Kayak and canoe lessons, fishing, and scavenger hunts are just a few of the activities we have planned. Hot dog lunch with chips and lemonade are included, soy dogs available upon request. Program meets at Copperhead Island. All ages. Cost is $5.
Ray’s Beach Party
June 13, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Come for fun under the sun. Shag and 2-step dance contests, hula-hoops and entertainment for the whole family. Cost is free.
Wild Series: Bee Wild
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
June 13, 9:00am-3:00pm
See bees, hummingbirds and other winged wonders as never before. Learn what they eat, how they survive in the wild, why bees do that crazy dance and much more. Cost is $5-$10.
Build and Grow: Putting Green
June 13, 10:00am-11:00am
Bring your child to your local Lowe’s and they can build this mini Putting Green. It makes a perfect Father’s Day gift. Register online
Davidson Concert on the Green
Davidson Town Green
June 14, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Sundays from May through September, families bring blankets or chairs and a picnic dinner. Enjoy the music of Abbey Road Live. Pack your picnic dinner for the theme Groovy, Yeah Baby and enter the picnic contest. Cost is free.
Glimpses into Southern Pasts
Levine Museum of the New South
June 14, 12:30pm
Enjoy an afternoon of readings by three children’s authors. Featuring a new Civil War mystery by Charlotte’s Mark de Castrique; a story of a champion speller in a Carolina textile town by Karon Luddy; and mountain Jack tales from Caldecott-medal winner Gail E. Haley. Sponsored by the Children’s Literature Association. Cost is free.
Reedy Creek Nature Center
June 14, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Explore the wonderful world of bugs and be prepared to get dirty as you hunt for these critters. All ages. Cost is $3-$4.
Make a Shirt for Dad
June 14, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Use your hand to make a special T-shirt for dad to wear at your local Michaels. Just purchase the T-shirt of your choice for $2.50 and decorate it for FREE using our paint supplies!
Have a great weekend and if you have an event you would like to share email me at Courtenay@charlottesmartypants.com.