Happy Wednesday Smarties! Before we talk about the weekend, remember that Sunday is Father’s Day. Don’t forget to plan something special for Dad to let him know how special he is! One of the things you can do is take the kids to the EpiCenter, entertainment for the kids and they can make something special for Dad. Summer Pops in the Park, Farm Day at the Nature Museum and Hands on Days at the Bechtler and Mint. A little something for everyone, Get out and Enjoy.
The Magic of EpiCentre . . . and Your Dad
June 16, 11:00am-2:00pm
The EpiCenter’s Kid’s Club Central event for June is all about celebrating the magic of dad with a festival featuring all types of magic . . . from magicians to jugglers to balancing acts. Our friends from Radio Disney will join us with their special kind of magic for kids. Also, we’ll help you create something special to give to your dad on his special day. It’s all for fun, and all free.
CABi Sample Sale
Beverly Crest Clubhouse (7100 Hensey’s Way, 28270)
June 15, 10:00am-6:00pm
13 area consultants will have samples for sale from this Spring/Summer season as well as many past seasons. All current season samples are 50% off, and past seasons are marked at an even deeper discount.
National Geographic Crittercam
Through September 16
What do wild animals do when humans aren’t around? Take a rare peek into the private lives of animals through Crittercams, imaging devices worn safely by wildlife. Designed to help researchers learn how animals live, eat and care for their young, these tools enable us to better understand how to protect the very animals that wear them. Take a wild ride as you experience the world from an entirely new perspective – dive deep with penguins, hunt with lions, lurk with crocodiles and much more.
Farm Day at Charlotte Nature Museum
Charlotte Nature Museum
June 16, 10:00am-1:00pm
Visit the little farm in the big city and get up close to horses, chickens and much more. Also, learn about local farm life and its importance. Other animals you might just spot at The Museum include sheep, ducks, a goose, rabbits (kittens and adults) and even a miniature horse.
Pinkalicious presented by Matthews Playhouse
Matthews Community Center
June 16, 2:00pm, 4:00pm
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. This musical is based on the popular children’s books by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. Cost is $5-$10.
FREE Introductory Ice Skating Lessons
Every Saturday in June
Extreme Ice Center
Every Saturday in June the Extreme Ice Center is offering free introductory ice skating lessons for kids age 4-10. Lessons are 20 minutes long on the XIC’s kid friendly Puddle Rink from 11:30-12:30. Participants can register by filling out the following form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/iSK8XIC
Family Day at the Bechtler
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
June 16, 12:00pm-4:30pm
Encourage your child’s creative side by participating in special hands-on art activities and museum tours during Family Day. Admission is free for children; adults receive a discounted ticket price of $4. Art activities are recommended for ages 5 and older and will take place on the museum plaza (weather permitting),inside the museum and in the classroom. Children will also learn about the art and artists of the Bechtler collection through a museum-wide scavenger hunt and family-friendly tour.
Morrison Regional Library
June 16, 10:00am-noon
Join us for arts, crafts, games, refreshments and sign-up for summer reading. Fun for the whole family!
Matthew’s Summer Concert & Movie Series: The Muppets
June 16, 7:00pm
Come out to Stumptown Park every Saturday night for free concerts and movies in the park! Movies begin at 8:30 PM. This week we feature The Muppets. Pre-movie: Matthews Playhouse-NunSense excerpt. Vendors will be on site selling dinner food, treats, and drinks. No pets please.
Sunday Fun Day: Hammer Time
Mint Museum UPTOWN
June 17, 1:00pm-4:00pm
This summer enjoy family-friendly craft projects, tours, healthy living activities, artist demonstrations, and more!
This month, view cool wood furniture and vessels in the craft and design collection, and enjoy a woodturning demonstration by noted artist Charles Farrar. Challenge yourself to construct a duct tape sculpture, try out Tae Kwan Do with King Tiger Academy, build a terrarium at a Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop, and plant your own indoor herb garden! Cost is $5.
Dinner and a Movie – Journey 2 – The Mysterious Island – Rated PG
Carolina Place Mall
June 16, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Carolina Place is going Hollywood this summer, as the mall launches “Dinner and a Movie” on Saturday evenings in June and July. The lineup of family-friendly box office hits will air each Saturday from June 2 to July 28 (excluding July 7). The events take place in the grass courtyard directly beside REI, near the parking lot for the food court entrance. All summer long, families can take a break from cooking on the weekends and enjoy special dining offers from 5 – 9 p.m. at participating mall restaurants. On-site service includes meals from Chick-fil-A, cookies and tea from McAlister’s Deli and free popcorn, while supplies last. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m., with Radio Disney on site for two special Disney movie nights. Other nights will feature a variety of performers such as magicians and clowns. Movie pre-shows begin about 20 minutes prior to dusk, with the movies starting at sunset. The outdoor setup will include surround sound and a 23-foot, inflatable movie screen – the same size as a theater screen. Families are encouraged to bring blankets to create a comfortable seating area.
Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops Concerts
Symphony Park at SouthPark
Summer Pops helps us kick off the season in Charlotte. Tickets are sold online and over the phone until 4 pm on Friday afternoons. Walk-up tickets go on sale on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm at three locations at the park . Gates will open at 5 pm; you cannot enter the park to reserve a spot until the gates open .
Prelude act begins at 7 pm; Charlotte Symphony begins at 8:15 pm . Food and beverage are permitted inside the park and for the comfort and safety of all guests, high-back/camping chairs, umbrellas, tents, pets, weapons and smoking are strictly prohibited inside the park. Cost is: Summer Pops Pass (Five Concerts) $35, Adults, $10 and Children under 18 are free.
Independence Park, Hawthorne Lane
June 14-17, Thurs. 7:00pm-9:00pm; Fri. 6:00pm; Sat.-Sun. 8:00am
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. There will be international drummers, craft workshops, performances and a fish fry.