Happy Wednesday Smarties. Another hot week in the Queen City but the weekend is offering several opportunities to beat the heat or just go with the flow and enjoy some family time. Don’t forget to visit ImaginOn or the newly revamped Discovery Place. My extended family enjoyed a fun-filled day at Discovery Place last weekend and the kids (ages 2-10) loved it (all the adults loved it also)! Get out and enjoy.
Martinis & Cupcakes at Nest
Nest Furnishings, 1653 Katy Lane, Fort Mill, SC
July 28, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Nest Furnishings is hosting a “Martinis & Cupcakes” soiree on July 28th, from 6pm-8pm. Area mompreneurs and artists will be on site to show off their art, wares, accessories and decorating. This is THE event of the summer, Smarties so be there! It will be a fun night of tasting, shopping and door prizes.
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! Cost is $6, ages 4-18, $7 adults.
Movies at McGuire
McGuire Nuclear Station – EnergyExplorium, Huntersville, NC
July 30, 8:40pm
See “Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel” at McGuire Nuclear Station. A fun-filled event for the whole family. Enjoy the movie from the EnergyExplorium lawn or from your boat, anchored in Lake Norman just in front of the EnergyExplorium. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Cost is free.
Live Animal Talk
McDowell Nature Center
July 31-August 1, 4:00pm-4:30pm
What does a snake feel like? Can turtes trade shells? Explore the secret lives of animals while you get up close and personal with several animals that call Mcdowell Nature Center, the Preserve, and even your backyard home.
26th Bon Odori Festival
July 31, 11:00am-4:00pm
This is our 26th annual Japanese summer festival. We will have Japanese style lunch boxes, tea ceremony, kendo demonstration, Bon dance, Japanese songs and crafts. Please come and join us! Admission is FREE, you can purchase raffle tickets for $5.00and you will have a chance to win a Door Prize.
July 31, 2:30pm
Bring the whole family for a G-rated movie.
Whitewater River Jam
US National Whitewater Center
July 31, 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, parking is $5.
Live Raptor Presentation
Carolina Raptor Center
August 1, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
Meet some of the residents at the Carolina Raptor Center – including hawks, owls and vultures. Join us every weekend for a raptor presentation focusing on a new topic every month! Check in the Visitor’s Center for the location.