April 5, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: April 7-9

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.

Charlotte Knights 2017 Home Opener
BB&T Ballpark
324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC 28202
April 6, 7:05 first pitch, All ages, See website for ticket prices

Easter Eggstravaganza
Stumpton Park
200 South Trade Street, Matthews, NC
April 8, 11:00am – 2pm, Ages 12 and under, Free
Summary: Games, prizes, crafts, bounce house, food vendors, music and egg hunts

Lunch With The Easter Bunny
Matthews Community Center
232 Matthew Station Street, Matthews, NC
April 7, 11:00am, Ages 2-5, $5 per person

Fun As It Gets Easter egg Hunt At The Speedpark
The Speedpark at Concord Mills Mall
8461 Concord Mills Mall, Concord, NC
April 8, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Ages, 12 and under, Free
Summary: Enough eggs for everyone, golden eggs and prizes.

Easter Eggstravaganza At Carmel Presbyterian Church
Carmel Presbyterian Church
2048 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC
April 8, 11:00am – 1:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The annual Easter children’s celebration at Carmel is a full morning of events for your children. We offer more than just an Easter egg hunt. The morning includes a short Easter presentation, an egg hunt, a petting zoo, and a bouncy house!

Easter Bunny Photo Fun
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive, Charlotte, NC
April 8, 11:00am, A family event, Free
Summary: Join Birkdale Village for photos with the Easter Bunny, games, crafts and lots of great prizes for kids and parents. Photos with the Easter Bunnyare free and will be available for download after the event

Ballantyne Village Easter Celebration Party
Ballantyne Village
14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte, NC
April 8, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, A family event, Free
Summary: Visit with the Easter Bunny, crafts, live bunnies, face painting, balloon artist.

Visit With The Easter Bunny
StoneCrest at Piper Glen
7800 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC
April 8, 11:00am – 1:00pm, A family event, Free
Summary: Hop on over Saturday, April 8th for visits with the Easter Bunny!! Enjoy fun kid crafts and cookies & punch. The Easter Bunny will be taking pictures with the kids from 11am – 1pm so don’t forget your camera!

Child Safety Seat Inspection Station
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department
4150 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Occurs the first and third Wednesday of April-December, 9:30am – 11:30am, Free
Summary: Certified technicians will check and help families properly install carseats. No appointment necessary.

Child Safety Seat Inspection Station
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road, Matthews, NC
Occurs the first and third Wednesday of April-December, 9:30am – 11:30am, Free
Summary: Certified technicians will check and help families properly install carseats. No appointment necessary.

Spring AutoFair
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord, NC
April 6 – 9, 8:00am – 6:00pm, All ages, $11
Summary: Car lovers rejoice! The world’s largest automotive extravaganza, the Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts, returns this spring on April 6-9, bringing together thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, exotic sports cars and classic automobiles.

First Thursday Downtown Matthews Crawl
Downtown Matthews
230 Matthews Station Street, Matthews, NC
Occurs monthly on the first Thursday of March – December, All ages, Free
Summary: Local business will be offering amazing food specials, drink specials, entertainment and art on the streets and in the businesses throughout the downtown district! The fun and festivities will start at 5 p.m. and continue through the evening until closing. 

Cotswold Trucks Food Truck Rally
Trinity Presbyterian Church
3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC
Every Friday from March 3 – November 3, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: 10- 15 area food trucks, live music and a gated kids’ playground.

Bud, Not Buddy
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
March 24 – April 9, See website for schedule, Ages 8 and up, $12+
Summary: Based on the Newbery Medal-winning and Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, “Bud, Not Buddy” is a coming-of-age story that will fill your heart with hope. Set in Depression-era Michigan, Bud Caldwell is 10 years old, and is tired of living life as an orphan. He decides to set off on his own on a courageous journey to find the man he thinks is his father.

Bank of America’s Museums On Us Day
Various locations around Charlotte
The first Sunday and Saturday of every month, All ages, Free
Summary: Now in its 20th year, this distinctive program offers Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit card holders the opportunity to visit more than 150 of the most popular cultural institutions in the United States free of charge on the first full weekend of every month.

YMCA of Greater Charlotte Event Calendar
19 Locations throughout the Greater Charlotte Area
Summary: Most people know their neighborhood “Y” because of its incredible sports, camps and fitness programs but the “Y” has so much more to offer. Spend some time (it will take a while) on the website and learn about all the opportunities the “Y” provides. I promise, you will be amazed.

Charlotte Hornets
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Checkers
Bojangles Coliseum
2700 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC

Discovery Place
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.

ImaginON: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 416-4630
See website for hours of operation
Summary: This collaborative effort between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is a 102,000-square-foot facility recently ranked by Livability.com as the No. 1 children’s library in the United States. ImaginOn features two state-of-the-art theaters, a dedicated library space for kids 11 and under, four multi-use classrooms, a teen-only library, a multimedia production studio, and interactive exhibit space.

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

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