Happy Wednesday, Smarties. This will be a great weekend to get out and enjoy the many great activities our city offers. The Globetrotters, Cookies for Kids Cancer 5K, The Roller Derby, Broadway and Ballet. Tons of talent, and the beauty of of our city will be on full display.
The Harlem Globetrotters at Time Warner Cable Arena
March 23, 1:00pm
Your family’s smiles will begin before you even get to the show as the Harlem Globetrotters 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour takes kid participation to a whole new level. For the first time ever, fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. Vote for your favorite, craziest rule now atwww.harlemglobetrotters.com, then see the winning rules implemented live into Globetrotter basketball. After the game, Globetrotter stars remain on court for autographs and photographs with fans. Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you get to actually spend time on the court with the Globetrotters – shooting, trying out ball tricks, autographs and photos! The unique 30-minute pre-show, “Magic Pass,” will create memories of a lifetime.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 5K and Bake Sale
Randolph Park, 4921 Randolph Rd, Charlotte
March 23, 9:30am
Join us Saturday, March 23 for the 2nd Annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 5K and Bake Sale in Charlotte NC. We welcome any and all runners or walkers who are passionate about raising money to find a cure for pediatric cancer. And of course, even if you choose not to participate in the 5K, please come by and buy some baked goods and cheer on our participants.
Charlotte Roller Girls Season Opener
Grady Cole Center
March 23, 6:00pm
The Charlotte Roller Girls kick off their 2013 home season in uptown against Cape Fear of Wilmington. Doors at the Grady Cole Center open at 5:30 p.m. There’s plenty of stadium seating and a few seats off the track for adults who want to be extra close to the action. CLTRG will be showing off the new WFTDA rule set — with the new one-whistle start making the game fiercer and faster. Flat track roller derby is an all-female, hard-hitting, full contact race fun for the whole family! Advance tickets $6 for children (ages 6-12) and $10 for adults; Day of tickets $14/$8; Parking is $5.
The Wizard of Oz presented by Charlotte Youth Ballet
Levine Center: Knight Theater
March 22-24, Fri., 10:00am; Sat., 2:00pm, 7:00pm; Sun., 2:30pm
It all starts on a small farm in Kansas – a little girl, her beloved dog and one gigantic storm… Join us for the Charlotte Youth Ballet’s performance, The Wizard of Oz! An original ballet created by Gay Porter with musical score by the late Loonis McGlohon, this spectacular event showcases Charlotte’s premier ballet talent with professional, international guest artists and Charlotte’s own Hardin Minor of OMIMEO.
Into the Woods, Jr.: Trinity Episcopal School Spring Middle School Musical
Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Florence B. Gunn Theater
March 21-23, 7:00pm
Trinity Episcopal School proudly presents “Into the Woods, Jr.”. Performances are held at Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Florence B. Gunn Theater. Into the Woods, the 1988 Tony Award winner for both score and book of a musical, is a brilliantly conceived exploration of “happily ever after”. The show has an enchanting, moving and profound score by Stephen Sondheim, and a powerful, witty book by James Lapine. Into the Woods is a magical, imaginative adventure told through Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm’s classic fairy tales. As the intricate plot unfolds, the childless Baker and his Wife, cursed by the wicked Witch, go off into the woods in hopes of ridding themselves of the witch’s evil influence. There they encounter Cinderella, her Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, Jack, Rapunzel and other fairy tale characters who are attempting to realize wishes of their own.
Reedy Creek Nature Center
March 23, 11:00am-12:00pm
Have fun learning while making nature themed related crafts with your child. Each day will be a new set of crafts based on a different theme. Parent participation is required. Ages 2-7. Cost is $2. Must call 704-432-6460 to register.
Peter Rabbit’s Garden Adventure
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
March 23-24, 9:00am-3:00pm
This popular children’s story comes alive at the Garden as children meet Peter Rabbit himself, visit with characters from his world, participate in children’s activities and listen to readings from this timeless classic. Greg Briley Photography will be available to capture family Easter pictures with live bunnies, provided by Whispering Hope Farm. Photo packages start at $39.95 Snacks, sandwiches and beverages available for purchase on-site at the Bunny Cafe provided by Best Impressions Caterers. From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., carriage rides will be provided by Southern Breezes Carriages (weather permitting) and Italian ices will be sold by Junior Scoop.
Pirate For a Day Camp
Historic Latta Plantation
March 23, 10:00am- 4:00pm
Boys and girls, ages 8-13, can set sail on the seven seas and join a crew, while learning about the pirates of the Carolina coast. Campers will experience what it was like to be a pirate in Colonial NC! Also, learn navigation skills, participate in a pirate battle, and enjoy a treasure hunt with your fellow buccaneers! Pre-registration is required. Contact Matthew Waisner at 704-875-2312, ext. 305 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Adventure Landing, Pineville
March 24, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Join us from Noon-5pm in the Adventure Landing parking lot! This family-friendly event will feature an assortment of different kinds of trucks from Police Cars, Ambulances, Fire Trucks, Dump Trucks, Cranes and more! Plus, Queen City Helicopters will be giving helicopter rides for a small fee! Ronald McDonald House will be asking for a small donation at the entrance. $5 Per Person or $20 Per Family Entry Fee donation will go to support Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
March 20-31, Check website for performance times
Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and when it last played Charlotte in 2010, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” – The New York Times. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” – USA Today. WICKED is recommended for children ages eight and older. Children under four will not be admitted. Part of the 2012/13 Duke Energy Broadway Lights Series presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts.
Spring Sale Event – Overstock Women’s & Children’s Apparel & Shoes
Charlotte Warehouse Sale, Huntersville
March 21-23, Thurs., 9:00am-9:00pm; Fri., 10:00am-7:00pm; Sat., 10:00am-5:00pm
You will find over 5,000 items of women’s & children’s apparel and shoes from the nation’s leading department store and specialty retailers. All items are new with their original tags, and are priced at at 70-90% off original retail. Free admission, women’s apparel starts at $10!
Adventure Seekers Open House
Adventure Center, Anne Springs Close Greenway
March 23, 10:00am-1:00pm
Paddle a kayak, try a mountain bike, or try your skills at Archery! Anyone who signs up for a week of Adventure Seekers on that day will receive a $30 discount on 1 week of camp. Bring a picnic, your calendar, and your kids to discover if Adventure Seekers is right for you! Cost is free.
Children’s Day on the Farm
Historic Brattonsville, McConnells, SC
March 23, 10:00am-4:00pm
This annual event features hands-on children’s activities relating to colonial and antebellum farm life. Some of the day’s activities include children’s crafts, kid’s military drills, toys and games, candle making and blacksmithing demonstrations. All kinds of farm animals will be on display including the site’s newborn lambs. A 4-H petting zoo, pony rides, tractor drawn wagon rides, and family friendly foods will also be available. Cost is $3-$6.