Happy Wednesday Smarties. Time to say goodbye to June and hello to July. This is a great weekend to take in a performance, visit one of the regions parks, head up to Patterson Farm or get a head start on celebrating the 4th with the Charlotte Symphony. Keep cool in the heat, get out and enjoy!
Disney’s Beauty And The Beast
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Belk Theater
June 27-July 1, Wed.-Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri., 8:00pm; Sat., 2:00pm, 8:00pm; Sun., 1:30pm, 7:00pm
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Cost is $20.
Let’s Get Wet!!
McDowell Nature Center
June 29, 10:30am-11:15am
Come get WET at McDowell! Enjoy getting wet creekside on the Four Seasons Trail. Be prepared with a towel and a change of clothes. Best for ages 4-6. Cost is $3.
Rapunzel (for Kids)
Pease Auditorium, Central Piedmont Community College
June 29-July 1, Fri.-Sat., 10:00am; Sun., 2:30pm
Will Rapunzel be rescued from the tower? Can a prince persevere over evil? How can Rapunzel convince the witch that it’s OK to be unique? Come find the answers to all these questions when “Rapunzel” comes to the Pease Auditorium. Cost is $7-$10.
Learn & Grow Discovery Farm
June 29, 9:00am-1:00pm
Children will learn where their food comes from as they “work” the farm through 15 interactive learning stations. Through fun simulations, they’ll learn to “milk” a cow, “harvest” honey & produce, “gather eggs” from the coop, and feed the animals. Cost is $8, under 2 is free.
Classic Frog Stomp
Reedy Creek Nature Center
June 30, 10:00am-11:30am
Join on this wet and wild trip and we search for the elusive and always camouflaged amphibians of Reedy Creek. Dress to get wet as we learn about these creatures and they try our hand at frog catching. Best for ages 6 and up. Cost is free.
Summer Concert Series- Charlotte Symphony with FIREWORKS
Village Park: Village Park Amphitheater,Kannapolis
June 29, 7:00pm
The Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce the arrival of the 2012 Waste Management Summer Event Series. Each event is a free night of family entertainment that will help unite the community.
Concerts in the Park: Charlotte Symphony
Bailey Road Park BandShell, Cornelius
June 30, 7:00pm
Concessions by Bruster’s Ice Cream, Nathan’s Hot Dog, and Heart2Heart Bakery & Cafe Children’s Activities. Coolers are welcome, but NO alcohol, smoking, pets, glass containers or open flames.
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.
Matthew’s Summer Concert & Movie Series: Grease
June 30, 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 Grease and the Pre-Movie show is an excerpt of Grease by Matthews Playhouse. Vendors will be on site selling dinner food, treats, and drinks. No pets please.
Dinner and a Movie – Puss in Boots
Carolina Place Mall
June 30, 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.
Disney Junior Celebrates Summer with “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Summer Adventures”
June 30, 11:00am-1:00pm
Disney Junior celebrates summer with fun, interactive events themed around the hit series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” hosted by Radio Disney at Simon Malls. Kids will receive bandanas and treasure maps, and set out on a pirate adventure to collect gold doubloons as they complete activities, like creating treasure chests, Pirate Pal coloring sheets, a ‘Never Land’ photo, and a ‘Look for Hook’ scavenger hunt. The Radio Disney Road Crew will provide entertainment and prizes. Cost is free.
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.