Happy HOT Wednesday Smarties! What a crazy weather week, let’s hope it all clears up and cools off some for the weekend. There are many great things going on for the family. On Friday, Britax is hosting a very important car seat safety event. Please read more below and attend if you can. Family movie nights, concerts and plays are in full swing, take your pick. If the heat is getting to you, enjoy one of the many plays. Get out and enjoy!
Britax Fitting Station
Britax North America, 13501 South Ridge Drive
June 18, 8:00am-noon
A car seat checking station is where certified child passenger safety technicians assist you with car seat installation. There they will teach you the correct way to install your child seat, provide safety recommendations, and answer any questions that you may have. For best results, please bring: your child, your vehicle and vehicle owner’s manual, your child safety seat and all parts, accessories, and instructions, a second adult to assist with watching your child while you learn how to install your car seat . No appointment is needed, and seats from all manufacturers are welcome. Instruction lasts approximately 30 minutes per car seat. Cost is free.
Concerts on The Green
Village Green, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson
June 18, 6:00pm-9:00pm
A summer family favorite, Concerts on the Green are Friday & Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. on the Village Green in front of the Public Library at the intersection of Main Street and Concord Road. Attendees are encouraged to come early, with friends and family,comfy chairs, a blanket or a yummy picnic, or make it a date night in Davidson by visiting some of our local restaurants and retail establishments, then strolling on over to the Village Green and enjoying some great music under the stars. Concerts on the Green is a free annual concert series. This event is free to the public and open to all ages. This weekend’s band is Rough Draft.
Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Movie Series
June 18, Begins at 7:00pm with movies beginning at dusk
Pineville Lake Park
Bring the family out for movies at the park. This week’s movie is Back to the Future. Cost is free.
Movies in the Park at Ballantyne
Ballantyne Corporate Park
June 18, movie starts at dusk
Now in its fifth season, Movies in the Park @ Ballantyne has become a summer tradition. In addition to a free movie, there’s free bottled water, popcorn, door prizes and face painting for the kids. Come early, lay out a blanket and lounge chairs on the grass and bring your own meal and make a night of it! Movies start at sunset around 9:00pm. This week’s movie is The Blind Side. Cost is free.
Into the Woods
Halton Theater, CPCC campus
June 18-20, Fri.-Sat., 8:00pm; Sun., 2:30pm
Once Upon a Time there was composer who took some fairy tales and turned them upside down and out came Into the Woods. The most enchanting retelling of the stories of the Brothers Grimm ever to hit the Broadway stage, Into the Woods lets the audience see Little Red, The Baker and his wife, Cinderella and Jack as only Stephen Sondheim can imagine them in his signature musical style. And stirring this pot of evocative storytelling is a Witch only Sondheim could create. One part wicked and one part mother. Into the Woods explores the relationships of parents, kids and the world around them in way both unique and compelling. Join us in the woods this summer for a truly magical treat. Presented by CPCC Summer Theatre. Cost is $15-$21.
Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas
June 18-20, 10:00am
The Mission Of the Juneteenth Festival Of the Carolinas is to present the history of Slavery in America and to Commemorate its slaverys ending.The Major intent of the festival is to examine the cultural heritage of Slaves and their descendants through the art,education,and research.Futher,Our aim is to cultivate the true spirit of freedom. This is a celebration of diversity and tradition that includes food, arts, dance and music. Vendors will also display arts, crafts and clothing. Cost is free.
Charlotte Nature Museum
June 19, 10:00am-1:00pm
Are “ewe” ready to visit the farm? Find out how udderly important farms and their animal residents are.
Farm Day traces the important path from the farm to your dinner plate. Learn how to cultivate fresh veggies for your family’s meals and, the best part is you don’t need a lot of space at home to grow your own garden! Settle in for story time with a menagerie of tales that includes “Dooby, Dooby, Moo” by Cronin, “Barnyard Banter” by Flemming, “Little Pink Pig” by Hutchins and “Baby Farm Animals” by Windsor. Don’t miss the puppet show “Growing Up Wild”, and make sure to stop by The Naturalist Lab to make your own corn husk doll out of natural farm materials. Trail’s End Store will feature special gifts including a farm activity book and a live butterfly farm kit.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
June 19, 2:00pm
An emperor hires two tailors who promise to make him a set of clothes that will be invisible to anyone who is either incompetent or stupid. When the emperor goes to see his new clothes, he sees nothing at all – for the tailors are swindlers and there aren’t any clothes. Afraid of being judged incompetent or stupid, the emperor pretends to be delighted with the new clothes and “wears” them in a grand parade through the town. Everyone else also pretends to see them, until a child yells out, “He hasn’t got any clothes on!” This musical will have you humming the songs as you remember this classic for years to come. Cost is $5.
Behind the Scenes Animal Care
Reedy Creek Nature Center
June 19, 10:00am-11:30am
Curious about what goes on behind the scenes with our animal collection? Is your child interested in a career with animals? Join a naturalist and discover how we care for our animals. Space is very limited as we will be cleaning and feeding animals, sign up now!
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
June 19, 2:30pm-4:00pm
They’re creepy and they’re crawly, they come in all shapes and sizes and they help to make the work go around! Actually, without insects the world may not be able to survive! Join us as we explore the wonderful world of bugs! Must call 704-598-8857 to register in advance.
Whitewater River Jam
June 19, Begins at 5:00pm
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Come out with friends and family to experience an incredible sunset over the river while enjoying great music, food and drink. If you get a chance to paddle, run or bike the trails or climb before or during the concert, Chef Ben and the folks at the River’s Edge now have over 20 beers on tap and plenty of food waiting for you afterwards. Bring your dog, bring your spouse, bring your kids, bring your friends but whatever you do, just get out here. This weekend features Matone, a Rock fusion band. Cost is free, $5 fee to park.
Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops 2010
Symphony Park, SouthPark
June 20, Prelude at 7:00pm; Orchestra at 8:15pm
Pack a picnic and enjoy the Symphony under the stars! Albert-George Schram conducts orchestral favorites, from movie music to popular sing-alongs, dance tunes, and the best of Broadway. Cost is free but donations accepted.
WHOSE DAD ROCKS?!
We want to honor our awesome Charlotte area dads this Father’s Day! Please send us a photo of your children & their dad with a quote from one of your kids stating, “My dad rocks because …”
Please also include the father’s name. (You can send us his full name, or just his first name and last initial.) We will run all submissions on Father’s Day, June 20th. Please be sure we have yours by Friday, June 18th in order to be included. Send your photo and quote to firstname.lastname@example.org.