Welcome to March Smarties. I hope that we get to see you at Discovery Place today at 10:00am. We are excited to be hosting a Smarty Playdate to explore KidScience. Don’t forget to print out your coupon for $5 per person admission (good only on Wednesday, March 3, but good all day from 9a-4p). March has definitely come in like a lion and we are charging into a weekend full of events. There is something for everyone and all interests so get out and enjoy the weekend.
Kat’s Kids Sale (formerly Birkdale Kids Consignment Sale)
Day’s Inn Cornelius
March 4-6, Thurs., 10:00am-9:00pm; Fri., 10:00am-6:00pm; Sat., 8:00am-12:00
Our semi-annual sale has been extremely successful in the past because our consignors bring us only their very best new and gently used children’s clothing, toys, baby equipment, furniture, books, videos, and even maternity clothes. Cash only.
Holy Comforter Weekday School Children’s Consignment Sale
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
March 6, 7:00am-1:00pm
Come out and support the Weekday School while getting some great deals on all the things your children need. All items half-price after noon. Cash only.
March 4-7, Thurs. and Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:00pm and 7:30pm; and Sun. 2:00pm
The colorful and classic fairytale choreographed by North Carolina Dance Theatre President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux premiered in 2001 and was last performed for Charlotte audiences in 2006. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s score, Bonnefoux’s colorful and classic Cinderella follows the classic story of a young girl who goes from being a lonely servant to a beautiful princess. Cinderella, a three act ballet, whisks audiences to the fairytale settings of a sumptuous ball at the King’s palace, a lush garden and a quaint cottage. Tickets are $20-$74.
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids
Charlotte Christian School
March 5, 7:00pm
Performed by Charlotte Christian School’s Lower School. Princess Aurora has been born and the kingdom rejoices. All but Malificent, who is determined to gift the young child with a curse to punish King Stephan and his wife. With the help of three fairies, the princess is spirited away and hidden until her sixteenth birthday at which time the curse will be broken. Malificent is relentless in her search for the young girl and succeeds in her endeavor, not realizing that one of the fairies has altered the curse of death to one of sleep until her true love finds her and wakes her with a kiss. Will the prince find Aurora in time? Will evil be overcome by good? Join us as we explore this classic story for children of all ages.
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show
The Park (Charlotte Merchandise Mart)
March 3-7, Wed., Thur. and Sun., 10:00am-6:00pm; Fri. and Sat., 10:00am-9:00pm
You are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Southeast’s largest and most established home and garden show! Leisurely stroll through 24 magnificently landscaped gardens and celebrate family memories of days-gone-by in our ’60s, ’70’s, and ’80’s themed rooms. Then get up-to date with our inspiring designer rooms from the Interior Design Society along with splendid displays of bonsai, Ikebana, and orchids. Talk with professionals from more than 400 companies showcasing: the latest and greatest in kitchen and bath, building and home improvement, outdoor living, green living, the green market, decorative arts and crafts, and wineries. Taste, travel and shop the marketplace at your own pace and with your own unique spring plans in mind. But, best of all, meet the professionals who can help you with information and advice to create your own dream spaces inside and outside your home. Cost is $8 with advance ticket, $10 at door and free for 15 and under.
Family Owl Prowl
Reedy Creek Nature Center
March 5, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Discover the owls of Mecklenburg County during this after hours stroll through the preserve. We will explore the natural history of these amazing birds while searching for individuals in the woods. For ages 5 and older.
Doubletree Hotel in Southpark
March 6, 9:00am-4:30pm
Everything you wanted to know about yoga in Charlotte but were afraid to ask!
Asana Activewear is hosting the 2nd annual Yoga Jam – each of the 13 Studios in Charlotte teaching 20 different classes all in one location! The perfect place for you to learn about the different styles, studios and teachers available to you here in Charlotte!
When you register for Yoga Jam, you get:
* 4 classes from a choice of 20 different classes taught by Charlotte’s finest
* Full lunch spread with salad, sandwich & drinks
* Goodie bag from Asana and giveaways from our vendors & sponsors
Registration is $65 per person. This year proceeds will benefit Presbyterian Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness’ Yoga Warriors Against Cancer. Presbyterian Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness is a survivorship program offering exercise, nutrition, counseling, massage and yoga to help cancers survivors manage side effects from treatment, including fatigue, stress, anxiety and weight gain/loss.
Raptor Center Behind the Scenes Tour
Carolina Raptor Center
March 6-7, 2:00pm
Get an insider’s look at the Jim Arthur Raptor Rehabilitation Facility and meet the birds on the center’s education trail. Cost is $5 in addition to the admission fee.
Concord Mills Mall
March 6, 11:00am-1:00pm
A day that celebrates books and the joy of reading. Adventure is just a turn of a page away and anything is possible at the Simon Kidgits Club Book Blast. Families and kids of all ages are invited to share in the joy of reading. Celebrity readers, a book drive and engaging activities bring children’s stories to life during this fun, free interactive event. Lauren Martz, Miss North Carolina Teen USA, will read select books from 11am to noon and the first 100 kids to attend the event receive Curious George activity kits. Bring a new or gently-used book to donate to Spencer’s Kids Club.
Save the Frogs
The Schiele Museum
March 6, 2:00pm
Frogs around the world are disappearing and are in danger of extinction. In the last 30 years, 200 species of amphibians have completely disappeared. You can help ‘Save the Frogs.’ Learn all about the myths and facts of frogs and toads in your area. Learn frog calls and how to identify native frog and toad species. Cost is free with museum admission.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Musical
March 6, 3:00pm
OnStage School of Performing Arts presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Musical. An adaptation by Michele L. Vacca specifically for a younger audience. Bring the whole family and hear the familiar tunes and story line so many have enjoyed for years. Cost is $8-$12.
The Tale of a Box Turtle
Reedy Creek Nature Center
March 6, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Box turtle 101: Discover what makes the box turtle special as you journey through a year in the life of a box turtle. Meet the center’s resident turtle and go for a stroll. Appropriate for all ages. Must call to register in advance, 704.598.8857.
Area Bruster’s Ice Cream
March 6, 12:00pm-10:00pm
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream will give a free waffle cone to any customer wearing pajamas to the store on March 6, as a way of thanking customers. The store also will accept donations to benefit local charities.
Live Raptor Presentation
Carolina Raptor Center
March 7, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Meet some of the residents at the Carolina Raptor Center – including hawks, owls and vultures. Learn about the facilities mission of education, rescue, research and rehabilitation.
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve: Latta Plantation Nature Center
March 7, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Discover the mammals that roam Mecklenburg County. Coyotes, bobcats and fox, oh my! Come out and discover the world of deer. You will learn what they look like, how they feel, and so much more. Designed for children ages 5-12.
Healthy Bottoms Diaper Service – All About Baby
March 7, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Please join us for an afternoon of fun, food, freebies and plenty of information about prenatal, postnatal and baby needs! Vendors from the Charlotte area will be on hand to discuss everything from maternity needs to cloth diapers to post-partum care for you and baby! The first 50 moms-to-be to register for the event will receive a FREE Mommy Bag full of samples, coupons and gifts!
Smarty Giveaway to soothe the tummy!
Who doesn’t love that curious little monkey? Our kids have always loved everything Curious George and have watched every episode on PBS a million times over. And now he is coming live to the Bojangles’ Coliseum for the World Premier of Curious George Live! This show runs March 12-14. Two Charlotte Smarty Pants winners will receive a family four-pack of tickets to the show. This giveaway ends March 7th at 11:00pm.