Happy Wednesday Smarties! The heat is kicking up, kids are tired of the pool and are you tired of doing the same ‘ol thing. Good news, there are some great ways to beat the heat this weekend. Start out at Pinkberry on Thursday night for a Free tasting and follow that up at the grand opening Friday. Hit ImaginOn, The Schiele Museum, Matthews Playhouse or one of our many Parks. Lots of things to do and places to visit – get out and Enjoy!
Smarty Charlotte, it’s time to get your swirl on, Pinkberry style! We’re not messing around when we vouch for the fact that this is hands down the B-E-S-T frozen yogurt to (recently) hit the Southeast! No more wondering what all those Hollywood celebs love so much about Pinkberry, now you can discover for your Smarty selves! Our friends at Pinkberry are rolling out the pink carpet with a public sampling soiree on Thursday, July 22nd from 6-10p. Get a free small Pinkberry with toppings of choice! We’ve pre-sampled all the flavs and found it hard to choose just one that we loved (though the chocolate, watermelon & mango got two thumbs up from all our lil Smarties)! Bring the family and check out Pinkberry, located at Phillips Place adjacent to the movie theatre. Official grand opening on Friday, July 23rd but get your free small Pinkberry on Thursday from 6p-10p and tell em CSP sent ya! You’ll love it, pink-y-berry swear!
6908-C Phillips Place Ct
Charlotte, NC 28210
Run For Your Life Run For Your Cause 4 Miler
July 24, 6:30am registration & chip pick up, 7:30am Start, 8:30 AM 1K
Run For Your Life – Dilworth – 2422 Park Road
Help us raise awareness for the three local beneficiaries of this 2010 event: Lois’ Lodge, RHA Howell and the Alzheimer’s Association. This s also the Official race of our Dilworth Run For Your Life, celebrating Run For Your Life’s 21st birthday and the sixth race of the 2010 Run For Your Life Grand Prix Series presented by ASICS. There are Wheelchair, Baby jogger division & a kid friendly 1K Run!
Bring donations with you to contribute directly to these three organizations, Lois’ Lodge is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a safe and healthy place for young women to receive help during an unexpected pregnancy. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization dedicated to helping those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders and RHA Howell has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for more than 35 years. Free food, free drinks, free music.
Alice in Wonderland Jr.
July 22-24, Thurs-Fri, 11:00am; Fri., 7:00pm; Sat, 2:00pm and 4:00pm
Join Alice’s madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! All the characters you love and remember are here including the Cheshire Cat, and The Mad Hatter. This fast-paced stage adaptation of Alice in Wonderland features updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as “I’m Late”, The Un-birthday Song”, “Golden Afternoon”, “Painting the Roses Red” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”. Cost is $5.
Ongoing exhibit – Mon.-Sat., 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun., 1:00pm-5:00pm
Welcome to a world of swashbucklers, scallywags, and scurvy sea dogs–it’s the pirates of the New World–that motley mob that ruled the waves from Carolina to the Caribbean. Here you’ll meet Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Stede Bonnet and, aye–Blackbeard himself. Walk the decks of a pirate ship, visit a pirate camp, wander the dark streets of a pirate town, and uncover a rich buried treasure ofpirate facts and fiction. You may design your own Jolly Roger, tour the Rogue’s Gallery and view genuine 18th century pirate artifacts recovered from Queen Anne’s Revenge. Be there–if you dare!
Wet n Wild Party
McDowell Nature Center Pavilion
July 23, 11:00am-12:30pm
Stay cool while having some fun in the forest! Enjoy various water related activities and lunch with new friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen and to bring a towel and a sack lunch (special dessert provided)! For more information call McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Cost is $5.
Huntersville Movies in the Park
North Mecklenburg Park
July 23, Park opens at 6:00pm and the movie begins at 9:00pm
A great family, fun night. Enjoy the outdoor movie (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) on a 15-by-20-foot screen. Free popcorn, drinks and icy pops. Bring your own blankets and chairs and if you come early you can enjoy Frisbee, Corn Hole and many other fun activities.
July 24, 4:00pm-7:00pm
Join Freedom Park for their 2nd Annual Beach Party. The event is free and open to the public. Water games, various competitions, music and more will all be a part of this day.
Boogie Woogie Books
July 24, 11:00am-11:20am
Storytime that gets the whole family moving. Cost is free.
July 24, 2:30pm
Bring the whole family for a G-rated movie. Cost is free.
July 24, 1:00pm
From classic board games to the latest video games, kids develop strategies and skills playing games. Cost is free.
Pan for Gold
Historic Latta Plantation
July 24, 10:00am-4:00pm
Learn about Charlotte’s rich gold mining history and pan for gold at the miner’s cabin. Tour the plantation house and grounds, visit the outbuildings, farm animals, honeybee exhibit and more. Free with regular site admission. Cost is $5 for students, $6 for adults and free for 5 and under.
Atherton Market Saturdays
Atherton Mill and Market
July 24, 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. read more
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.
2010 River Jam
U.S. National Whitewater Center
July 24, 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 but parking is $5.
Join Simon Kidgits Club at SouthPark and take a trip Around the World on Saturday, July 24 from 10:00am-12:00pm. You can sign-up at Guest Services or online at www.simonkidgitsclub.com. Membership includes a Kidgits Club membership card and T-shirt, scheduled entertainment and activities for families, a Birthday Club (including birthday card and gift redemption certificate), unique programs and offers, discounts, and a quarterly newsletter. After joining, Kidgits members are invited to “backpack” around the world with SouthPark’s Kidgits Club. Participate in activities that will take you to places such as South America, Hawaii, Japan, Australia and more! Each child will get lots of great goodies as well as a passport that they can have stamped at each spot after completing an educational and fun activity.
Smarty Summer Giveaway Central
It’s a giving kind of week in Smartyland, so don’t miss out on fun stuff thanks to our Smarty Partners:
Enter to win a Family 4-Pack from our friends at the U.S. National Whitewater Center Family! Deadline to enter is Sunday, 7/25.
Enter to win $410 worth of fun stuff from our friends at Nest Furnishings for their Martinis & Cupcakes event. Deadline to enter is 5p on Monday, 7/26.