It is another great weekend in the Queen City. If you are adding a new car seat or moving up to the next level, be sure to head to the Britax Fitting Station. (All brands of car seats welcome – safety is the priority) Our public parks and area museums are offering wonderful family events this weekend, make sure you head out and support the great work these folks are doing. They continue to offer great programming even through the budget belt tightening. The biggest thing, get out and enjoy the weekend with your family.
Britax Fitting Station
Britax North American headquarters, 13501 South Ridge Drive
July 16, 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.
Atherton Market Saturdays
Atherton Mill and Market
July 17, 9:00am-2:00pm
The Atherton Market hosts farmers, urban growers, and food artisans in the refurbished trolley barn space in South End. You will find fruit, vegetables, pastured meats, eggs, pasta, artisan baked breads, pickles, nuts, flowers, coffee, baked goods, artisanal chocolate, seafood (on Saturdays) and more. Live music on the weekends, and kids activities. Cooking demos, generous samples, and lots of fun.
Schiele Museum of Natural History
July 17-18, Sat., 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun., 1:00pm-5:00pm
Beware! The pirates have landed. Don’t miss this full weekend of piratical adventures. Tour the PIRATES exhibits and enjoy: A pirate encampment with activities for children and adults; Pirate encounters with swords and period firearms, Pirate performances, Displays of pirate gear, food, clothing and craft; A backwater tavern frequented by pirates; A pirate concert featuring sea shanties and pirate songs.
Mingling on the Green
July 16, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Join us every Friday and Saturday night from May 7th – September 11th and enjoy our concert series from 7pm to 9pm. Take a stroll, have dinner on the patio of any of our restaurants while enjoying delightful tunes! Friday’s band is Carl Rosen and Freda and Saturday’s is Soul Brazil.
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
July 17, 10:00am-noon
Not sure what Geocaching is? Curious? Discover this popular spot as we explore sights located within the preserve. All ages.
Charlotte Nature Museum
July 17, 10:00am-1:00pm
Celebrate birds of prey with up-close encounters with hawks, owls and falcons. Little ones can ‘nest’ with our resident bird collection including a barred owl as well as meet new friends visiting from local conservation agencies. Cost is $6, ages 2 and under, free.
Blakeney Crossing Summer Fest
July 17, 11:00am-4:00pm
A celebration of summer with live music, an interactive inflatable obstacle course, magic shows, food and beverage samples, and merchant demonstrations and prizes.
July 17, 1:00pm
Have you got game? We have games for all sorts and sizes just waiting for you to enjoy. Selections range from classic board games to the latest video games. Come out and show us your skills! For rising first through fifth graders. Cost is free.
Whitewater River Jam
U.S. National Whitewater Center
July 17, begins at 5:00pm
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. Cost is free, there is a $5 parking fee.
Cold Blooded Encounters
Charlotte Museum of History
July 18, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Join Sean Amidon for a reptile adventure where you will get to interact with a variety of creatures from the reptile world. Reservations required. Cost is $2-$5.
McDowell Nature Preserve
July 18, 3:30pm-5:00pm
An in depth look at the Dragonflies & Mayflies of Mecklenburg County. We will catch and identify many of the species that will be found around our lakes and streams.