April 4, 2018

Smarty Scoop For Weekend Events April 6-8

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Easter Eggstravaganza And Spring Break
Carowinds Amusement Park
300 Detective Mike Doty Memorial Hwy, Charlotte, NC
March 30 – April 8, See website for schedule, All ages, $40+
Summary: Who’s that hoppin’ down the bunny trail? It’s our own Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle! Come to Carowinds to take part in our eggstra-special activities, crafts and entertainment. It’s a week of spring break activities and family fun.

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.

Tweetsie Railroad Opening Day
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweets Railroad Ln, Blowing Rock, NC
April 6, 9:00am – 6:00pm, All ages, $30-$45
Summary: The Park will be open for the 2018 daytime operations beginning April 6, 2018, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 9 am – 6 pm.

Charlotte Symphony: Rite Of Spring
Belk Theater At Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
April 6-7, See website for schedule, $19+
Summary: The “Made in Charlotte” rendition of Stravinsky’s masterpiece is the not-to-be-missed event of the season. Your CSO, in partnership with the Charlotte Ballet, local dance students, and celebrated choreographer Peter Chu, premiere this collaborative new creation of sound, human form, and movement.

Paws In The Park
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville, NC
April 7, 10:00am – 3:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Over 150 vendors, 25 dog rescue groups with dogs available for adoption, “Caution Blind Driver” on stage, “Circus Stella” doing 3 shows, demonstrations, food trucks, kids playground, noon dog walk, and 1st 300 dogs will receive a FREE bandana.

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC
April 6 – September 29, See website for schedule, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Free

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.

Charlotte Independence
Sportsplex at Matthews
1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews, NC
2018 Schedule

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

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.

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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