Hello Smarties, happy Wednesday! I hope you all are having a great week – my son is home from camp and all is right in my household again. Our fine city delivers yet again – there are many great activities to enjoy. Be sure to check out ImaginOn and Discovery Place for their ongoing events and enjoy some of the new events happening this weekend. Get out and have some fun!
Animal Tales: The Very Quiet Cricket
McDowell Nature Center
July 24, 10:00am-10:45am and 11:00am-11:45am
Children will enjoy listening to a book before participating in crafts and activities related to the story. Ages 3-5. Cost is $3.
A Parent’s Guide to Natural Wonders
Reedy Creek Nature Center
July 25, 10:30am-12:00pm
Studies show that kids who spend more time outside tend to be more physically active, have fewer symptoms of ADHD and less stress. While you discover how to develop your children’s natural sense of wonder, Roody Creek’s naturalist will lead them outdoors to explore and play. Ages 4-15 and adults 16 and up. Cost is $3-$4.
Smile for Life
1124 S. Mint St.., Studio A
July 25, 9:00am-9:00pm
Area photographers will be capturing your smiles in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Bring your kids, grandkids, pets and others. All proceeds to benefit the LLS. 100 percent of the proceeds and donations will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Cost is $25-$50.
Carolina Gold Rush Mining Adventure
Birkdale Village – near the fountain
July 25-26, Sat. 10:00am-8:00pm; Sun. 11:00am-6:00pm
“CAROLINA GOLD RUSH MINING ADVENTURE is a mobile gem and fossil panning operation, based in Huntersville, North Carolina. The experience provides a realistic prospecting and educational experience for kids of all ages! Cost is $7-$15.
Kids Summer Space Camp
July 25, 2:00pm
Featuring a space-age schedule of cool astronaut and spacewalk games, solar system crafts and trivia, and other out-of-this-world activities, it’s the most fun you’ll have all summer!
Children’s Poetry Parade
Joseph-Beth Booksellers & Bistro
July 25, 11:00am
Join Joseph Beth for some poetry Fun. You will read from the classics, experience new poetry and write some of our own from pre-cut words and phrases. When all is said and done, each child can read his/her own masterpiece.
The Historic Palmer Building
July 25, 11:00am-4:00pm
Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love is hosting “Woofstock” on July 25th here in Charlotte NC to raise much needed funds for our rescue and the care of our dogs. There will be available Danes on site and other rescues there ( JRT Rescue, Four Seasons Boxer Rescue, Ruff Love and Carolina ACD Rescue and Rebound) along with many vendors for great shopping, a microchip clinic, 60’s themed photo booth, Doggie Kissing booth, off leash doggie play area, food and beverage provided by Earth Fare, music by 95.7 The Ride, Cornhole,face painting for kids and an all round good time for you and your pooches and your family!
Music at Blakeney
Blakeney Village Green
July 25, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Grab your family and friends for a summer of great entertainment. Music every Friday and Saturday night on the green.
Build a Lowes Helicopter
July 25, 10:00am-11:00am
Bring your child to build a Lowes mini helicopter. Free at most participating Lowes stores. Be sure to register online
Raptors, Kings of the Air
Carolina Raptor Center
July 26, 1:00pm
Lions may be the kings of the jungle, but raptors, with their sharp and powerful talons, are definitely kings of the air. This presentation is free with general admission.
Don’t forget to register for our latest giveaway! Our friends at Nothing but Noodles are giving one lucky Smarty a $100 gift certificate valid at both restaurant locations, Elizabeth and Stonecrest. If you mention CSP, you’ll get a FREE kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal (valid through August and limit two per family Monday through Friday). Click here to enter. Good luck!