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If you are considering Overnight Camp we invite you to join our First Time Camper Live Streaming Event! We will discuss many of the topics and questions that most parents have when considering overnight camp.
How do you know when your child is ready for overnight camp?
What’s the right age? What about homesickness?
Will she eat the food? Can I contact him while at camp?
Sign up today. We’ll send login information and handouts the day before!
RSVP to APR 21 at NOON
RSVP to APR 21 at 8 PM
Save the date for the CAMP HARRISON OPEN HOUSE
YMCA CAMP HARRISON AT HERRING RIDGE
7901 S NC Hwy 18 | Boomer, NC 28606
Sunday, May 1st
Chapel Service, 11AM
BBQ lunch and Bluegrass, Noon
Tours and Activities Open, 1 – 4PM
Adventure awaits at the 2016 YMCA CAMP HARRISON Open House. Bring your camper and experience the fun of camp first hand. You’ll have a chance to try out some of our exhilarating activities, see our facilities, and meet our well-trained staff. Not to mention, you can interact with other campers too! Come see for yourself all the challenging, safe and life-changing experiences in store for you at YMCA CAMP HARRISON. Summer is fast approaching and we CAN’T WAIT to see you!
Taste of the Carolinas
14523 Carowinds Blvd., NC
April 9 – May 1, See website for details, All ages, Included with admission to Carowinds
Summary: Join Carowinds for our Taste of the Carolinas food festival on Saturday and Sundays from April 9 through May 1. You’ll see just why we love it here as we kick off the spring with a celebration of Carolina culture and cuisine. You’ll get to taste our region’s best and sample culinary art from seven Carolina regions – from Neese Sausage, Fig and Goat Cheese Popover of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains to Shrimp and Grits of the coast – along with recommended pairings of local craft beers and wine. What’s more, we’ll treat you to Carolina-grown entertainment and special activities. Y’all come!
Food Truck Fridays at Plaza Midwood
Central Avenue (Behind the Light Factory)
1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC
April 22, 5:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: We are thrilled to announce that Food Truck Friday’s new location will be behind The Light Factory, 1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, in Plaza-Midwood. This is right across the street from the Harris Teeter, a perfect location for the many residents of the area who love to stroll through the neighborhood. Family friendly, this location is sure to become a favorite Friday night destination for Charlotteans. We’re looking at an April 1 start date, but keep your eyes on our Facebook page (Food Truck Friday Charlotte) and Twitter (@FTFCharlotte) for updates. We look forward to seeing you there!
Girls On The Run 5K
Whitehall Corporate Center
3701 Arco Corporate Drive, Charlotte, NC
April 23, 7:45am – 11:30am, $20
Summary: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Charlotte Hounds vs. Boston Cannons
American Legion Memorial Stadium
310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC
April 23, 7:00pm, All ages, $10 and up
Summary: Come cheer the Hounds to victory in their 2016 home opener!
Charlotte Independence vs. Richmond Kickers
Ramblewood Soccer Complex
10200 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, NC
April 22, 7:00pm, All ages, See website for ticket prices
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord, NC
April 22-24, See website for schedule and ticket prices, All ages
Summary: NHRA drag racing returns to zMAX Dragway for the ONLY four-wide race on the NHRA schedule presented by Lowes Foods. Be sure to join the fastest accelerating machines on the planet as they tackle the world’s fastest drag strip. Every ticket is a pit pass, so come early to see your favorite drivers and their cars up-close before they bring over 40,000 horsepower down the concrete lanes.
Inaugural Charlotte Run for the Warriors
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Charlotte, NC
April 23, 7:00am – 10:00am, All ages, $35
Summary: The Inaugural Charlotte Run For The Warriors, Presented by Sealed Air, benefits Hope For The Warriors, a trusted national nonprofit organization that restores self, family, and hope to service members, their families, and families of the fallen through comprehensive case management and many programs. 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Walk/Run, all around the Speedway!
Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical
4519 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC
April 15-24, See website for details, All ages, $12 and up
Summary: Mary Poppins will be flying over the rooftops of London and onto the stage at Christ Lutheran Church in April 2016! Produced by Disney & Cameron Mackintosh, Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical is a true crowd pleasing show, featuring the delightful songs from the cherished Disney film including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Step in Time.”
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
April 8 – 24, See website for schedule, Ages 8-14, $12 and up
Summary: Learning never rocked this hard! This musical adaptation of the classic TV show uses clever songs to teach about history, grammar, politics, math and more. Sing along with “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction” with your own kids! It’s one act and recommended for ages 6 and up, so fun for the entire family! The show runs April 8-24.
301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Step into a world where science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and explosive experiments during daily programs. Connect with the past and visit the future with groundbreaking exhibitions, larger-than-life IMAX Dome films and hands on activities that let you explore more. Plan your visit today. Click on the links below for detailed information on special events, featured exhibitions, featured shows and IMAX.
Featured Exhibitions: For information on all exhibitions click here.
Featured Shows: For information on all featured shows click here.
IMAX: For information on all featured movies and showtimes click here.
Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville
105 Gilead Road, Huntersville, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Explore the theme of I CAN at Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville. The children’s museum features developmentally-appropriate experiences that encourage imagination and offer the opportunity to build confidence while testing skills by trying new things. The exhibits, themed around a small town, allow children to learn through play.
Theme Areas: For a complete description of all nine theme areas click here.
Featured Shows: For a complete listing of all featured shows click here.
Current and Upcoming Events: For all current and upcoming events click here.
Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Bring little ones for just an hour or the whole day and experience wildlife through live animal exhibits and interactive education programs. The Museum is easy to navigate with fun surprises around every corner. Kids can roam The Great Hall and visit Beginnings, an area filled with young animals and information on their lifecycles.
Featured Exhibitions: For complete details on exhibitions and exhibits click here.
Featured Shows: For a complete schedule of show times click here.
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC (704) 875-6521
Summary: Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. As a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CRC relies on public financial support to fulfill our mission. Supporters can release a raptor, adopt a bird, make a charitable donation, purchase a membership or sponsor a capital improvement project. CRC’s environmental education programs reach approximately 40,000 students each year. Our Raptor Trail hosts more than 35,000 visitors a year. Visit our calendar page for event times or just come and enjoy our nicely maintained trails and see all the amazing birds of prey.
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC (704) 866-6900
Summary: The natural wonders of North America and North Carolina coupled with the rich history of our region are all reflected in The Schiele’s exceptional exhibitions and diverse programming. Whether you’re indoors or out, with the kids or your colleagues, by bringing you a lot closer to nature, The Schiele will bring you a little closer to yourself.
Featured Exhibits: For a complete listing click here
Planetarium: For a complete schedule click here
Events Calendar: For all events click here