Register Today For The H/K/B Mother’s Day 5K
Dillards – South Park Mall
94400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC
May 12, 8:00am, All ages, Registration required
The H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery Mother’s Day 5K takes place in the South park area of Charlotte, NC. The Mother’s Day 5K is the new family tradition to starting off your Mother’s Day weekend by celebrating all that is special for the Moms out there. Although the event is designed to celebrate the Moms and Moms to be, we encourage the entire family to participate….yes, Dads and boys too. There will be great activities for the kids (face painting, bouncy house, make a card or sign for Mom, etc.) and FREE Mimosas for our beautiful Moms. The event promotes a healthy lifestyle with a focus on fun, family, and community spirit!
Register before May 1st to be guaranteed a custom bib and a t-shirt.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Withewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC
April 25-28, See website for schedule and prices, All ages
Summary: Tuck Fest is a multi-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC). The festival features a variety of outdoor competitions that include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, obstacle, and adventure racing. In six years, Tuck Fest has grown from 14,000 attendees in 2013 to over 55,000 attendees in 2018.
NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord, NC
April 26-28, See schedule for details, All ages, $22+
Summary: The thunderous roar of 44,000-horsepower excitement returns to zMAX Dragway, for the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays
120 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC
April 12-September 27 on the 2nd and 4th Friday, See website for schedule, All ages, Free
Summary: A variety of food trucks will roll into downtown Matthews on the second and fourth Fridays, April through September. Get dinner from up to 10 eclectic area trucks, relax in the park, listen to good music, let the kids play in bounce houses, and enjoy the downtown vibe! Be sure to like us on Facebook at “Matthews Food Truck Fridays” to see the line-up each week and keep up with your favorite food trucks.
Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr.
Armout Street Theatre
307 Armour Street, Davidson, NC
April 26-May 5, See website for schedule, Ages 4+, $12
Summary: It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.
The Big Bounce America
Charlotte Motor Speedway
7940 US Highway 601 S., Concord, NC
April 26-28, See website for schedule, All ages, $16-$28
Summary: The Big Bounce America is the largest touring inflatable event in the entire world! We’ve created an action-packed day out suitable for all ages and featuring some of the most unique and exciting custom-built inflatable attractions ever built. We have the world largest bounce house (Guinness certified!), we have a 900ft long inflatable obstacle course we have a giant maze and we have slides, ball pits and climbing walls galore!
345 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC
April 27, 10:00am-3:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Explore a full palette of creative possibilities with Art+’s music and visual art activities.
Stick around in-between workshops for our student and faculty performers and meet special guest artist and children’s book illustrator, Timothy Bush!
Claws Exhibit At SEA LIFE Aquarium
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC
April 13-April 28, See website for schedule, All ages, $11-$20, children under 2 free
Summary: Dive into these crustacean’s habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and much more! Not to mention, the ultimate face off with Crabzilla- our Japanese Spider Crab. Did you know the world’s largest crab species leg’s span can be up to 15 feet?
Toddler Time At Altitude Park
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC
April 9-May 31, 10:00am-1:00pm, Ages 6 and under, $6.96
Summary: We love to have the little ones jump with us at Altitude Gastonia! We have a special Toddler Time (ages 6 and under) each weekday from 10:00am – 1:00pm at a discounted rate of $6.95. Parents can also jump for an additional $2.00! Altitude Trampoline Socks (required and not included in ticket prices): $2 per pair.
Pete The Cat
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
April 12-May 5, See website for schedule, Ages 4+, $19+
Summary: Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the family’s world with his strumming and strutting. Everybody loves Pete the Cat, well, everyone except Jimmy, the planet’s most organized second-grader. That all changes, of course, when Pete the Cat takes Jimmy on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip.
Pandas In IMAX
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
March 30-May30, See website for schedule, $5-$10
Summary: Narrated by actress Kristen Bell, the film follows a researcher at Chengdu Panda Base in China where scientists are dedicated to protecting the species by breeding adult Giant Pandas in order to introduce the captive-born cubs into the wild.
Stonecrest Summer Concert Series
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC
March 30-September 28, 7:00pm-10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.
300 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule and events
Explore: what’s new, calendar and hours, park map and directions
Play: rides and attractions, shows and entertainment, special events
Stay: camp wilderness, preferred hotels, special discounts, easy pay
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.
2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, 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.
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.
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.