The Big Spring Clean 2018
Various locations (see website)
March 24, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Ages 5+, Free
All children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone under the age of 18 must have a guardian waiver signed
Summary: Help clean up streams and lakes by participating in a one day event called The Big Spring Clean! Volunteers register for one of several stream or lake locations sponsored across Mecklenburg County. They gather on a Saturday morning to spend a few hours working together to collect trash out of streams and lakes. All supplies are provided. Each year, about 500 volunteers clean up an average of 10 tons of trash! Volunteers have fun, make a big difference, and learn the importance of taking care of our local waterways.
Easter egg Scramble
120 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC
March 24, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Ages 10 and under, Free
Summary: Activities include music, crafts and of course the egg hunt. There are three egg hunts based on age; 11:30am (ages 1-4), noon (ages, 5-8) and 12:30pm (ages 9-10)
Ballantyne Village Easter Celebration Party
14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte, NC
March 24, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Free
Summary: Activities include; bouncy house, balloon artist, face painting, live bunnies, crafts, and of course the Easter Bunny!
Hop Into Spring
17738 W. Catawba Ave, Cornelius, NC
March 24, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Ages 3-12, Free
Summary: Activities include; arts and crafts, egg themed events, DJ, face painting, inflatables and concessions.
Easter egg Hunt At The Speedway
The Speedpark At Concord Mills Mall
8461 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC
March 24, 10:00am – 12:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Bring the entire family for Easter fun! There will be mascots, prizes, give aways, golden eggs, and more. The egg hunt starts at 10am sharp.
The Harlem Globetrotters
9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC
March 24, 2:00pm & 7:00pm, All ages, $21+
Summary: The greatest basketball entertainment on earth!
Disney Junior Dance Party! On Tour
Belk Theater At Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
March 25, 1:00pm & 4:00pm, All ages, $25+
Summary: Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour Presented by Pull-Ups® Training Pants! is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more!
Doll Hair Salon Spectacular
American Girl Store
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
March 9 – April 27, See website for schedule, Ages 8+, $25+ gratuity
Summary: Your girl can learn new tricks to style her doll’s tresses at our Doll Hair Salon Spectacular! Girls will learn how to create several cute new ’dos, plus take home bright highlights for their dolls and learn how to put them in. Afterward, each girl and her spruced-up companion can enjoy muffins, fruit and lemonade in our Bistro.
The Princess And The Pea
Black Box Theatre At The Ballantyne Arts Center
11318 N. Community House Road, Charlotte, NC
March 23-25, See website for details, Ages 2+, $11
Summary: In The Princess and the Pea, the prince journeyed around the world searching for a princess to marry, but with every encounter something seemed to be wrong. Until one night during a storm, a beautiful girl came knocking, claiming she was a princess. The queen was doubtful, so she placed a tiny pea underneath twenty mattresses, knowing that only a true princess would be able to feel it. Come enjoy the show and find out how if this tale ends happily ever after.
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
March 9 – April 15, See website for schedule, Ages, 6+, $12-$28
Summary: Travel through the magical wardrobe to Narnia in this clever two-person adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ acclaimed tale. Lucy and Peter recount their adventures, portraying each character they met in the faraway land of Narnia. Join the two siblings on their journey as they battle the evil White Witch, meet the mystical Aslan and attempt to save Narnia in this intimate and unique theatrical experience!
Kid’s Night Out
Sports Connection – Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
Ballantyne: 11611 Ardrey Kell Road
Northlake: 8626 Hankins Road
Every Friday 6:00pm – 9:30pm, Ages 6-13, $25 online, $30 at the door
Summary: The Sports Connection is “the place for KIDS to play” on certain nights during the year. Kids between the ages of 6 to 13 years old have discovered a reason to save their allowance! Kids get a supervised night of fun activities AND pizza, chips and a drink. Additional concessions are also available for purchase.
Sportsplex at Matthews
1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews, NC
333 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.