Happy Wednesday Smarties! Let’s gear up for a fun weekend. It is supposed to be beautiful so take advantage of our Parks and the programs they offer. Learn about turtles, owls and even campfire cooking. Grab some breakfast at Chick-fil-A Cotswold and learn about fire safety then head out to watch one of the wonderful plays. Wrap up the weekend with a visit to the Mint Uptown. Get out and Enjoy!
Video Games Live
February 19, 7:30pm, Pre-Show begins at 6:00pm
Video Games Live! is a multimedia concert experience featuring the best music and exclusive synchronized video clips from the most popular games from the beginning of video gaming to the present. Performed with the Charlotte Symphony, the show combines exclusive video footage and music arrangements with synchronized lighting, solo performers, stage show production, special FX, electronic percussionists, and unique interactive segments. The pre-show festival is awesome with a Guitar Hero competition where the winner will perform live on stage with the orchestra! And just because the concert is over doesn’t mean the fun stops there! All ticket holders are invited to the post show Meet & Greet with famous game composers and designers. Cost is $25-$49.
Britax Fitting Station
Britax North American headquarters, 13501 South Ridge Drive
February 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.
If You Take a Mouse to School
Wachovia Playhouse, ImaginOn
February 18-20, Fri., 7:30pm, Sat.-Sun, (all shows sold out!)
In this rollicking romp, Laura Numeroff’s beloved Mouse protagonist heads into the classroom for a day of school like no other! Because if you take a Mouse to school, first he’ll ask you for your lunchbox – and then he’ll want to get his paws on everything, from spelling and math to a messy science experiment. Adapted from the wildly popular picture book, and full of physical comedy and visual delights, this production is a hilarious treat for young audiences. Performed by the Tarradiddle Players. Ages 3+. Cost is $14-$18.
Disney’s The Jungle Book
February 18-20, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:00pm,
The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. This musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm. Show is suitable for ages 4 and up. Cost is $9-$10.
Fire Safety Family Morning
Chick-fil-A at Cotswold
February 19, 8:00am-10:00am
Meet local firefighters, see a real fire truck, fun and surprises! Rain or Shine! FREE.
Terrific Twos: What a Hoot!
McDowell Nature Center
February 18, 10:30am-11:15am
Whooo’s in the nature preserve? Now is your chance to discover the owls with your little one through hands on activities and crafts. For more information call McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Cost is $3.
Camping Essentials: Camp Cooking
McDowell Nature Center
February 19, 11:00am-12:30pm
Going camping but never know how or what to cook? Learn how to build a proper camp kitchen, including designing a menu and preparing easy, nutritious and tasty meals. You’ll also learn all about what stove and fuel types are best for your needs. All stoves and kitchen materials, along with all food ingredients provided (options for both vegetarians and meat eaters). For more information call McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Cost is $3. Age 8+.
Nature Nook: Box Turtle at Long Pond
Latta Plantation Nature Center
February 19, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Listen to the story, make a craft and learn all about nature in this monthly offering. Ages 3-7. Cost is $2.
Sunday Fun Days
Mint Museum Uptown
February 20, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Third Sundays are family-time at the Mint Museum Uptown. Every Sunday Fun Day try out a new scavenger hunt in the museum galleries, see a performer or artist demonstration, and enjoy kid-friendly activities. Each month we’ll celebrate a new theme. Cost is free with admission.
SPAFA “Meet and Greet”
Luisa’s Brick Oven Pizza (www.luisasbrickovenpizza.com), 1730 Abbey Place, Charlotte, NC
February, 20, 5:00pm-7:00pm
New to SPAFA? Just curious about adoption? “Waiting” or already adopted? All are welcome! Come join us and hear about our events for the new year! Kid friendly location for dinner. Luisa’s will donate 10% to SPAFA!