Hey there Smarties! I hope you are ready for a big weekend. Not only are there tons of very Smarty events but it is also the weekend to celebrate your sweethearts. This includes significant others, children and the family pets (my daughter says they love us too). One great event to take the kids too is at Ben&Jerry’s at Park Towne Village, have a little ice cream and help raise funds in honor of Grier Christenbury. A quick save the date, Beating the Odds to benefit Addi’s Cure will be on Feb. 27, more details to come. Get out and enjoy!
“Hope, Love, And Ice Cream for Grier”
Ben & Jerry’s at Park Towne Village, Woodlawn Rd. (under Jason’s Deli)
February 14, 12:00pm-9:00pm
Did you hear the scoop? Ben & Jerry’s at Park Towne Village will be donating 25% of their net sales on Valentine’s Day…Sundae, February 14th to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in honor of Grier Christenbury! Go Grier Go!!! Ben & Jerry’s will also be donating 50% of their net sales from gift certificates, Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Cakes and Dewey’s Cookies too! Woohoo!!! Please take this opportunity to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and order Valentine’s treats for your loved ones from Ben & Jerry’s in honor of Grier. Please come show your support for pediatric cancer awareness in honor of Grier’s brave battle with Neuroblastoma.
Ben & Jerry’s requires 24 to 48 hours to make a custom ice cream cake. Please place your order by Friday, February 12 by either completing the order form below and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Parktowne Village store at 704-525-9945. You can pay for your cake when you pick it up.
Monster Jam Monster Truck Racing
Time Warner Cable Arena
February 12, 7:30pm
Watch 12-feet tall, 10,000-pound Monster Jam monster trucks race down and rip up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through. Cost is $18.00 – $50.00.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Wachovia Playhouse, ImaginOn
February 12-14, Performance times vary, check website
Virginia Lee Burton’s 1939 classic tale of hardwork, determination and friendship comes to life in this musical. Mike Mulligan and his beloved Steam Shovel, Mary Anne, have been together for many years and must prove the newest, biggest or most expensive isn’t necessarily the best. Performed by the Tarradiddle Players. Ages 3 and older. Cost is $14-$18.
Fairy House Festival
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
February 13, 10:00am-4:00pm
Spend an afternoon discovering the magic of fairy houses. Fairy Houses are whimsical habitats built by children, families, gardeners and nature lovers! It is an outdoor natural habitat structure for fairies, insects and small animals. Storytelling, face painting, crafts, activities and refreshments will be available. Join us for this second annual festival-in your best fairy or gnome costume-that will inspire appreciation of the environment with storytelling, activities and games, all focused on fairies and nature! Prizes for best fairy or gnome costume, and best fairy house will be awarded. Cost is free.
Celebrate friends with friends at the KidScience exhibit. Ages 2 to 7. Cost is free with admission.
Wachovia-Wells Fargo Family Saturday: Chinese Dragon
Mint Museum, Randolph Road
February 13, 10:30am-2:30pm
Celebrate the Chinese New Year by crafting a Chinese dragon puppet inspired by the intricately embroidered silk Chinese court robes on display in the museum. Cost is free for children with adult museum admission.
Auditions for Charlotte’s Web Production
Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson
February 13, 11:30am-1:00pm and 1:30pm-3:00pm
Young actors can audition for Davidson Community Player’s Connie Company Charlotte’s Web spring production. Auditions consist of theatre games, improvisation and cold readings from the Charlotte’s Web script. Ages 7-18.
Plaza Family Band CD Release Party
Pizza Peel, 4422 Colwick Road
February 13, Noon-2pm
Celebrate the release of “Playground Hootenanny,” a children’s CD recorded by local musicians whose children all attend the same Plaza Midwood preschool. The CD includes local musicians Mike Strauss, Hope Nicholls, Aaron Pitkin, Clifton Castelloe and Sergio Agraz.
Simon Kidgits Club Valentine Event
February 13, 11:00am-1:00pm
A fun-filled afternoon of activities for children, including live music, cookie decorating and making Valentines. Cost is $5 per child; free for Simon Kidgits Club members.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Charlotte Nature Museum
February 13, 10:00am
Help identify and learn about bird species migrating or overwintering in Charlotte. Get a bird’s eye view on the Paw Paw Nature Trail and make observations and collect information for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Don’t miss other avian activities including feathered fun making bird houses, special story time and puppet shows. Creature Features are monthly special events and include crafts, puppet shows, storytelling and refreshments. Cost is $6.
Historic Latta Plantation
February 13, Sat., 11:00am-5:00pm; Sun., 1:00pm-5:00pm
Learn about 19th century Valentine traditions as you take a special sweetheart tour through the plantation home. See antique valentines and special treats. Cost is $6 adults, $5 students, free 5 and under.
Valentine Sweetheart Tours – For the Parents!!
Historic Latta Plantation
February 13, 11am-4pm; tours begin every hour
Parents step back in time with their sweetheart on a tour of the historic Latta Plantation home and hear sweetheart stories from the past. Carriage rides are available at the Equestrian Center for an additional cost. This is for the adults. Cost is $6 per person.
LAST DAY TO REGISTER!
Our Smarty friends at Discovery Place continue to roll out new activities and exhibitions resulting from their ongoing renovations with KidScience, a new area for little ones to get their hands and minds on science. The new KidScience is an early childhood exhibition where young children, ages 0-7, and their caregivers learn about science and math as they experiment, create and play together.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that KidScience is the best new Smarty playground in town, so click here to register to win today! CSP and our friends at Discovery Place are giving away a family 4-pack to 2 lucky Smarty readers!!
KidScience opens Saturday, February 13. This giveaway ends Wednesday, February 10th. Even if you don’t win, you can still visit KidScience for less just because you’re oh-so-Smarty…click here for your $2 off coupon good through April 30th.