It’s a HOT Wednesday Smarties! As we move through July, our sweltering city continues to provide great weekend family activities. Take an evening hayride, catch a movie, support our firefighters by eating pancakes or celebrate National Hot Dog Day. It all makes for an awesome weekend. Get out and enjoy!
Got a student in your house that loves school supplies? Then head on over to Carolina Pad’s Student Focus Group on Monday, July 25th. Students age 8 years old through college are invited to drop in anytime between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to give feedback about new notebook designs. Students will receive a $10 Gap or Old Navy gift card and a Carolina Pad notebook for their participation. The event will be at Carolina Pad’s Innovation Station at 2108 South Blvd., Suite 100 (in the Atherton Mill Lofts). Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature at Night Hayride
McDowell Nature Center
July 22, 8:15pm-9:45pm
Bring your family and experience McDowell Nature Preserve at night. Weather permitting we will venture into our Prairie in search of coyote, bobcat, deer, and owls while taking in the sights and sounds of the night. Limited seating available, pre-register (17 spots) or come to the Family Campfire early to take advantage of first-come first-serve seating (min. 10 spots), contact McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224 for more information. Cost is $1 per person.
Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Concert and Movie Series
Pineville Lake Park
July 22, 7:00pm, Movies begin at dusk
Bring the family out for movies at the park. This week’s band is “Key West Band”, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band.
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.
Matthews Community Center
July 23, 2:00pm, 4:00pm
Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen. Cost is $6.
Firefighters Pancake Breakfast
Center City Green Market, Trade and Tryon streets
July 23, 8:00am-11:00am
Our Annual Firefighters Pancake Breakfast is one of our favorite events at the Green Market and raises money for a great cause, the NC Firefighters Burned Children’s Fund. Firemen from the Charlotte Fire Dept will be on hand to cook up your pancakes and we’ll have several Big Red Trucks on sight as well! A $5 donation gets you a stack of pancakes, fresh blueberries, coffee, tea, or juice. We’ll have a great area at the market for you to stay and eat or you can get them to go. Enjoy music and of course great produce, fish, and baked goods from our Green Market vendors. Pancakes will be served from 9am to 11am and the Green Market will be open from 9am to 1pm. The Green Market is located on Independence Plaza at the intersection of Trade and Tryon in Uptown Charlotte. Parking is FREE on Tryon St (observe street signs) or in the parking lot at 3rd and Tryon during Market hours (9am-1pm).
Happy Birthday, Sammy the Seahorse!
July 23, 12:00pm
Join the jellyfish and our aquarium friends as we wish a very Happy First Birthday to Sammy the Seahorse. We’ll be in the Explore More Life lab for crafts, games, and a special shrimp birthday cake for Sammy. It’s a good thing he’ll have cake, because did you know that seahorses have no teeth and no stomach? Learn more about these fascinating creatures and celebrate Sammy with us at Discovery Place.
National Hot Dog Day
McDowell Nature Center
July 23, 12:30pm-1:30pm
American’s consume over 20 billion hot dogs per year. Enjoy your’s while supporting your local park, then visit the nature center, enjoying free crafts and live animal talks, hike a trail, or take advantage of our free fishing pole loaner program. For more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Cost is $1.
Beach Bash in the Park
Bailey Road Park
July 23, 7:00pm
Come out and enjoy the sounds of the summer, featuring The North Tower Band, one of the south’s greatest specialty bands for over 30 years, providing the absolute best in Oldies, Beach, Top 40 and Funk! The band has been recognized for its sizzling brass, super vocals and a wide ranging repertoire.
Coolers permitted. Please, no alcohol, pets, glass bottles or open flames. FREE parking at Bailey Road Park and Bailey Middle School.
I was shocked after reading when can your child ride in the front seat when I saw the age as 5yrs. and older. I couldn’t imagine having my 5 yr. old in the front seat. I would feel like I was putting her in danger. She is so small. I don’t even have air-bags that I would have to disengage (I have a 1999 car). I tell my 9 year old she has to wait until she is 11yr. She weighs enough according to the law, but I still think of it as un-safe. But it is a parents choice as long as they are following the laws, but I vote for age 11 or higher.
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