Happy Wednesday Smarties! Can you believe that this will be the first weekend in April! Rain and cold go away and give us one of those glorious Carolina Springs. I am always in awe at the level of talent in and around our Queen City. This is always represented in the wonderful production of the Children’s Theatre, Matthews Playhouse and Armour Theatre. Be sure to take in one of their performances this weekend. Join Smarty Pants (Team Charlotte Smarty Pants/Jen Bunich) to support Kindermourn by adopting a duck or a pack and head out to the Whitewater Center to see if you have the Lucky Duck that could win $5000. Get out and Enjoy!
Hope Floats Duck Race
U.S. National Whitewater Center
April 3, 2:00pm-5:00pm
KinderMourn’s Hope Floats Duck Race is more than “just another fundraiser.” Out of the 15,000 ducks that will splash into the Whitewater Center’s churning rapids, thousands will race in memory of a loved one. These yellow ducks remind grieving children, bereaved parents and all of us that hope does float. This fun-filled afternoon includes live music, moon bounce, magic show, face painting and lots of great food. And all of this excitement is for a very good cause.
It is our hope that you will join us again to support this terrific organization by buying a duck or pack(6) and you will also have the opportunity to win a multitude of prizes including $5,000 in cash! Best of all, there is no admission charge to this event. So bring on the sunscreen and pack up the fam!
Let’s get Smarty for Team Charlotte Smarty Pants- Jen Bunich…click here to join our team.
Charlotte Style Exchange
13034 Rosedale Hill Avenue, Huntersville NC, Around the corner from the Harris Teeter near I-77 @ Exit 23
March 30-April 2, Wed., 6:30pm-9:00pm; Thurs., 9:30am-7:00pm; Fri., 10:00am-7:00pm; Sat., 9:00am-3:00pm (1/2 off sale!)
Women’s, teen and home consignment sale. Cash and checks only!
Lyle the Crocodile
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn
April 1-3, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.,1 1:00am, 1:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
When the Primm family moves into their new apartment, they are very surprised to find Lyle the Crocodile living in the bathtub. Lyle, however, is no ordinary crocodile. He eats only Turkish caviar, can play the saxophone and has impeccable manners. Mr. and Mrs. Primm and their son Joshua quickly learn to love Lyle, but will crotchety next-door neighbor Mr. Grumps insist on sending this new member of their family off to the zoo? With toe-tapping, finger-snapping tunes, this adaptation of the picture book classic brings the world’s most loveable reptile to vibrant, joyful life onstage.
Mint Museum Uptown
April 1, Begins at 6:00pm
Fun for all ages, evening gallery tours, hands-on art activities, live entertainment, café specials, cash bar and much more! Members free, non-members $10.
New Moon Hayride and Saturn Sighting
McDowell Nature Center
April 1, 8:00pm-10:00pm
With Saturn at its closest approach to earth, it’s a great night to come and catch a glimpse of the ringed planet. We will also tell stories about the stars and planets. We will be outside so bring something to sit on. For more information call McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Cost is $3.
The Wizard of Oz
March 31-April 31, Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sat., 11:00am, 2:00pm; Sun, 2:00pm
Journey down the yellow-brick road with us all the way to Oz! You will not want to miss your favorite characters on-stage as our year long education program students collaborate and culminate this year’s training with a spotlight production of this popular musical. For ages 5+. Cost is $10.
McDowell Nature Center
April 1, 10:30am-11:15am
Discover nature with your little one through crafts and activities related to the theme. For more information call McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Ages 3-5. Cost is $3.
Friends of the Library Book Drive
Park Road Shopping Center
April 2, 9:00am-3:00pm
Sort through those piles next to your beds, in your “library” and maybe even in your car. For every 10 books you donate, you will be entitled to $1.00 off any purchase at Park Road Books on Saturday, April 2 or Sunday, April 3, 2011.
April 2, 10:00am-2:00pm
The Knights are inviting their fans to take part in on-field activities, stadium tours, and fun festivities for kids. You will also learn what’s new for the Charlotte Knights 2011 baseball season. Special ticket packages along with kid’s and senior’s club memberships will be available for purchase. Our Knights Team Store will be open so you can stock up on your favorite Knights gear. The gates open for Knights Fest at 10:00 a.m. At 2:15 p.m. your Charlotte Knights will play an exhibition game against the Winston Salem Dash. So bring your family and spend the day at Knights Stadium. Lunch will be provided courtesy of your Charlotte Knights and Ovations Food Services. The 2011 Knights Fest is guaranteed to be a home run for you and your family!
Armour Street Theatre, Davidson
April 2, 10:00am, 1:00pm
Based on the book by E.B. White, Adapted by Joseph Robinette. All the charm, wisdom and joy of the E.B. White original are brought to life in this stage adaptation of Stuart Little; the tale of a mouse adopted into a New York City family who embarks on a journey to find his friend Margalo. Stuart braves adventure and misfortune to find his friend – and more importantly himself. Ages 6+. Cost is $7.
Minnie’s Masquerade Party
April 2, 11:00am-1:00pm
Concord Mills will host Radio Disney’s “Minnie’s Masquerade,” a fun Disney-themed event to celebrate the recent DVD release of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Masquerade. Kids will experience plenty of fun with the Radio Disney Road Crew, including Minnie’s Masquerade Character Challenge, Minnie’s Masquerade themed music and a Minnie’s Masquerade MASK make and take craft area. Plus, kids can enjoy Disney prizes and giveaways, like Minnie’s Masquerade stickers and posters, while supplies last. Cost is free.
Celebrate “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Masquerade” with Radio Disney
April 3, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Disney Junior is celebrating the debut of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Masquerade” with a fun, interactive family event hosted by Radio Disney. Kids and families are invited to enjoy themed activities including do-it-yourself masquerade masks and the chance to win Disney Junior themed prizes.
Nature Games: Let’s Go Outside and Play!
Reedy Creek Nature Center
April 3, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Get away from that TV and come out to Reedy Creek to play! Our naturalist will facilitate nature-themed games that are fun for the whole family. You’ll be running around trying to escape a park ranger, doing your best deer impression, and meeting a tree minus one of your senses as you participate in these fun activities. Comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes recommended. Ages 5+. Cost is free.