Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials: The Road To Rio 2016
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte, NC
April 7-9, see website for schedule and prices, All ages
Summary: The Road to Rio comes through Charlotte at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Canoe/Kayak Slalom. Join us at the U.S. National Whitewater Center for three days in April as athletes compete for their chance to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio De Janiero. Trials will begin on Thursday afternoon, followed by two days of competition, and concluding with the awards ceremony and live music on Saturday evening. Whether you’re new to the sport or a longtime fan, come cheer on our U.S. Olympic athletes as they take on the world’s largest man-made whitewater river.
300 Hawthorne Lance, Charlotte, NC
April 9, 10:00am, All ages, $10 – $25
Summary: This is a fun family walk for people and pets of all ages (pets not required!). You’ll have a great time and get a warm, furry feeling by walking to help the animals. Your walk registration fee and fundraising proceeds will help us to meet our goal of $140,000. Walk! The shelter pets will love you for it.
Davidson College – Blanche Knox Parker Garden
102 N. Main Street, Davidson, NC
April 9, 10:00am – 1:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Reptile Day is an educational event perfect for families and open to everyone. Reptile Day features many live snakes, frogs, turtles, and salamanders as well as educational booths. The Blanche Knox Parker Garden is between the Dana and Watson Science buildings.
Hornets Family Night
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 E. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
April 8, 7:00pm, All ages, $60
Summary: Best bargain in town. $60 gets you three tickets, three hot dogs and three sodas!
Matthews Food Truck Friday’s
120 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC
Every Friday from March 4 – September 30, 6:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Some of the best food trucks in the Charlotte Metro area draw a big crowd every Friday night!
Knight Thaeter at Levine Center for the Arts
130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
April 5-10, See website for schedule and prices, All ages
Summary: STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique – an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
April 8 – 24, See website for schedule, Ages 8-14
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!
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