November 8, 2017

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events November 10-12

Southern Christmas Show
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC
November 9 – 19, See website for schedule, $3-$12, Children 5 and under free
Summary: What do you get when you combine an Olde Town filled with charming shops, festive music, smiling faces, crafts galore, yummy food, holiday decor, local wines, Santa, over 450 holiday merchants with gifts for all ages and enough fun to last all year? You get the 50th annual Southern Christmas Show, this year celebrating Silver & Gold

Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street, Davidson, NC
November 3-12, See website for schedule, Ages 4 and up, $12 and up
Summary: Join the young lion cub young lion cub, Simba, as he finds the courage to take his place in the circle of life. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale.

Super Saturday: Sarah Dippity’s Let It Snow Show!
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
November 11, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, Ages 3-11, Free
Summary: Celebrate the wonders of the Winter in this high-energy, interactive comedy show for kids. This show includes magic, ventriloquism, story telling and a whole lot of laughs while exploring the fun of the frosty season!

Gobsmacked!
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
November 11, 8:00pm, $25
Summary: GOBSMACKED! is the latest break-out show that everyone is talking about –it’s funny, joyful and uplifts the spirits of all ages!”   

Rural Hill Sheep Dog Trials
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC
November 11-12, See website for schedule and ticket prices, All ages,
Summary: What better way to wrap up the fall season than with your canine pal and several hundred of their new best friends? Bring your family, friends, and dog (or dogs) to the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival November 11th and 12th for one of the area’s best known dog events, now in its twenty-third year! No other dog festival in the area can offer more fun or variety! 

The Snowy Day And Other Stories
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
October 27 – November 12, See website for schedule, Ages 4+, $12+
Summary: Based on the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book by acclaimed author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day and Other Stories will whisk your family into the classic storybook. This charming, intimate show follows a young boy as he joyfully experiences the first snowfall of the year. Join Peter and his dog, Willie, for a day of exploration and imagination.

Kids Free Weekend At Carolina Renaissance Festival
Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, NC
September 30 – November 19, See website for schedule, All ages, $14-$25
Summary: History comes alive with non-stop, day long entertainments, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting and so much more!  Time travel to the greatest party since Camelot!  Huzzah!

Carolina Panthers
Bank of American Stadium
800 S. Mint Street, Charlotte, NC
2017 Schedule

Charlotte Hornets
Spectrum Center
333 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC
2017-2018 Schedule

Charlotte Knights Baseball
BB&T Ballpark
324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC
2017 Schedule

Charlotte Independence Soccer
Sportsplex at Matthews
1505 Tank Town Rd, Matthews, NC
2017 Schedule

Food Truck Friday Dilworth
Dilworth
1324 East Blvd. (Corner of Scott Ave & East Blvd.), Charlotte, NC
Summary: Every Friday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, All ages, Free admission, Rain or Shine.

Free Wednesday Evenings At The Mint Museum
The Mint Museum – Randolph
2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC

The Mint Museum – Uptown
500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
Every Wednesday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages
Summary:Enjoy free access to both Mint Museum locations every Wednesday night.

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.

Sensory Sensitive Sundays At Chuck E. Cheese
Charlotte and Concord locations (click here for a map of locations).
The first Sunday of every month July – December, 9:00am – 11:00am, All ages, Free
Summary: Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. We now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Our trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit.

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.

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.

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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