Happy Wednesday Smarties! Most preschools are winding up their year just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. What a great reason to celebrate with your little ones. This is also a weekend to honor our Service men and women and their sacrifices for the security of our country. Thank you to all who serve and have served. Speed Street is back with plenty of family friendly activities, for fireworks head to Carowinds or to the Whitewater Center. Have a Smarty weekend, get out and Enjoy!
It’s a shopping kind of weekend with Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale where you can enjoy discounts from 25-50% off! Check out ScoopCharlotte.com for all the sales this Memorial Day Weekend!
Food Lion Speed Street
May 26-28, Noon-11:00pm each day
Celebrating 17 years of NASCAR-themed, family-friendly fun, Food Lion Speed Street delivers an unprecedented experience to an estimated 400,000 fans by means of live entertainment, access to NASCAR’s brightest stars, and vendor displays from sponsors such as Food Lion, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite and Chevrolet.
Super Kids Save the World!
Put on your super-hero cape and grab your galoshes because it’s time to save the world at The Magic House! From a farmer’s market to a recycling center, this exhibit teaches kids how to live green! In the house, kids learn what they can do in their own homes to help the environment. They’ll also get a chance to sit in an energy efficient car. In the research lab kids get to wear lab coats and pretend they are scientists. Parents love the “Re-Use Charity Shop”…Because they’ll find a lot of familiar toys! It’s an exhibit teaching an important message and giving kids & parents a super way to have fun! Ages 3-11.
Live Animal Talk
McDowell Nature Center
May 28-29, 2:00pm-2:30pm and 4:00pm-4:30pm; Sun., 4:00pm-4:30pm
What does a snake feel like? Can turtles trade shells? Discover these answers and more while you get up close to several resident animals of McDowell Nature Center, the Preserve, and possibly your backyard. No Registration required, for more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224.
Saturdays On Selwyn
May 28, 6:00pm-9:00pm
at FABO Cafe, Charlotte, NC
Selwyn shopkeepers offer a casual way to celebrate summer and showcase their stores with fun, family-friendly live music events every Sat. throughout the summer. Hosts include: Clean Catch, Crossroads Charlotte, Dixon Wells, FABO Cafe, Mellow Mushroom, Metro Fitness Club, MostlyChocolate.com, The New York Butcher Shoppe, Petit Philippe, Rococo, Shain Gallery, Tranquil Court on Selwyn, UPS, Yelp Charlotte and Yoforia.
Matthews Summer Concert and Movie Series
May 28, 7:00pm. Movies begin at approximately 8:00pm
All concerts begin at 7 PM. Pre-Movie activities begin at 7 PM, movies begin approximately 8:30 PM or dusk. Vendors will be on site selling dinner food, treats and drinks.No pets. This weeks’s band is “The Stranger Billy Joel Tribute Band”.
Preserve Park and HAYride
McDowell Nature Center
May 28, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Plan a picnic, go fishing, hike a new trail, or learn more about our park. Staff will be providing a narrated tour of the park and hayride shuttle service between the Nature Center, Medium shelter, and Waterfront. Guests are encouraged to jump on and off at any stop to further enjoy the preserve. Free adventure backpacks, loaner cameras, and fishing equipment are available at the nature center to make the most of your trip around the park (Bait and Fishing licenses are available for a small fee). No registration required, for more information call McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224.
Reedy Creek Nature Center
May 28, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Many people visit the shore from Charlotte. Learn about the strange creatures you may see and find out what they really are. Seashells, crabs, sea cucumbers, sea pansies, etc. Plus a sand table for the little ones!
Celebrate America Fireworks Show
May 29, 10:00pm
The sky lights up as we celebrate America during this special patriotic fireworks show at 10:00pm.
Memorial Day Celebration
U.S. National Whitewater Center
May 29, Music starts at 3:00pm
Come and join us in celebrating the Memorial Day weekend with a free concert at the USNWC featuring Trampled by Turtles, The Apache Relay and American Aquarium. We’ll finish off the evening with a stunning fireworks display over our river. Free, $5 to park.
The Harris YMCA School of Dance Spring Dance Recital – Mark your calendar for NEXT weekend!
Performing at The Knight Theater
We LOVE nothing more than to support our ‘lil Smarty ballerinas and we send out a big congratulations to all of the dancers at the Harris YMCA! Dance times are below for the performances this weekend. Make a special night out with your little ones by grabbing dinner and then watching the Company Show on Saturday at 8p. Such a fun tradition and it will give your girls something to look forward to!
Saturday, June 4th:
9am, 11am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 8:00pm (Company Show)
Sunday, June 5th:
12pm, 2pm 4pm and
The Ever After, A Musical (Performed by the Musical Theater department) at 7:00pm
There is also a Memorial Day celebration called Patriot’s Day (I think) in Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Details at http://www.patriotcharities.org/thepatriotfestival.html
There is a 5k, a rib cooking contest and a big kids area with fire trucks.