Run Jen Run 5K And Festival
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
March 7, 8:00am, $20-$40
Summary: The 8th Annual Run Jen Run 5K and Festival will take place at the beautiful Symphony Park in SouthPark. In addition to the race we have a festival afterwards with music, a Kids Zone full of games, bounce houses and fun! We have Legion Brewing supplying after race beer (for those 21 years or older), local food vendors and other businesses. All proceeds will benefit the Go Jen Go Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing critical financial assistance to local individuals and families who are battling breast cancer. We provide aid during diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Green Jeans Consignment Sale of Matthews
Levine Senior Center
1050 Devore Lane, Matthews, NC
March 3-8, See website for schedule, Free admission
Summary: Don’t miss the most talked about semi-annual consignment sales for women and teenage girls in Charlotte. Green Jeans shoppers have come to expect a huge selection of new and gently worn brand name, boutique and designer clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories from petite to plus sizes, including maternity. Fashionistas of all styles and budgets enjoy this hugely popular and well-organized shopping event.
The Ugly Duckling
Providence Day School
5800 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC
March 7, 11:00am-12:00pm, Ages 4-12, Free
Summary: Life on the farm is simple and normal – just the way all the animals like it. When a new bunch of ducklings hatch, everyone is excited to meet the newest, normal-est farm members, until they see that one duckling is a bit odd. But each member of the farm is put to the test when a big, bad, hungry villain tries to huff and puff and stuff himself silly, resulting in an important lesson learned: our differences are what make us each special.
GRIMMZ Fairy Tales
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
February 22-March 15, See website for schedule, Ages 6 and up, $20+
Summary: Jay and Will Grimmz, the hip-hop fable story dance-pop sensation, have come back home to the city where they grew up to give a concert. They’re known not just for their sounds but for their powerful storytelling, an inventive remix of familiar classics. The brothers put a modern spin on valuable life lessons in Snow White and the Seven Shawties, Down with Rapunzel, Hanzel & Gretel: Lost in the Hood, and their featured first Granny-winning song, Break, Cinderella, Break! Pay your bling, hear them sing and get ready to drop the mic in this unforgettable theatrical experience.
Stone Theaters: Sensory Friendly Screenings
Stone Theaters, RedStone 14 Cinemas
9650 Red Stone Drive
(Sun Valley 14 in Indian Trail, RedStone 14 in Indian Land)
Indian Land, SC
March 7, 10:00am, All ages, $5
Summary: A special monthly event for families affected by Autism and other developmental delays. This is a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite film in a safe & accepting environment. Open to the public. Reservations are not required. Sensory Friendly Screenings are designed for a sensitive audience. We create a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience. The movie auditorium will have the lights brought up and the sound turned down. Audience members are welcome to get up, sing, walk, dance, shout – in other words, everyone can be just who they are!
Free Open Play At Springfree
February 6-May 29, 10:00am-1:00pm, Free
Summary: Springfree Trampoline is extending services in the Charlotte and surrounding areas. Families are now welcome to jump for free Mondays – Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Snacks and beverages are also available for open play jumpers. This is an exciting opportunity to have young children receive exercise and free fun during the week!
Mr. Putty’s Season Grand Opening
2333 Dam Road, Tega Cay, SC
March 7, 11:00am-9:00pm, All ages
Summary: Come celebrate the new season with a two-hour, all-access wristband special. Enjoy mini golf, ropes course, zip lining, bungee bouncing and wax hand making and more.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street, Davidson, NC
February 20-March 8, See website for schedule, Ages 12 and up, $12-$20
Summary: Fifteen year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at math but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. At seven minutes after midnight, Christoppher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christpher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. His detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world
GRIMMZ Fairy Tales
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
Feb 21-March 15, See website for schedule, Ages 6 and up,
Summary: Jay and Will Grimmz, the hip-hop fable story dance-pop sensation, have come back home to the city where they grew up to give a concert. They’re known not just for their sounds but for their powerful storytelling, an inventive remix of familiar classics. The brothers put a modern spin on valuable life lessons in Snow White and the Seven Shawties, Down with Rapunzel, Hanzel & Gretel: Lost in the Hood, and their featured first Granny-winning song, Break, Cinderella, Break!
Toddler Time at Sky Zone
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy., Pineville, NC
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte, NC
Now until May 30, Every Saturday from 9:00am-10:00am, Ages 5 and under, $8
Summary: Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.
Live Music At 7th Street Public Market
7th Street Public Market
224 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
January 3-March 27, See website for schedule, All ages, Free
Summary: 7th Street Public Market is a bustling urban food destination in the heart of Charlotte’s Center City! The Market’s mission is to celebrate the food culture of the Carolinas and promote local and regional farmers, food artisans and entrepreneurs. The Market provides high quality, fresh and affordable food, as well as local products, seven days a week. We are at the base of the 7th Street Station parking deck, between 6th and 7th streets and adjacent to the Lynx Blue Line’s 7th Street stop. Parking is validated for the first 90 minutes with a purchase from a Market business.
Pet Adoption Event
SouthPark Mall (Center Court inside the mall)
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
First Saturday of every month, February-June, 11:00am-3:00pm, All ages, Adoption prices vary
Summary: We bring a selection of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to the mall for adoption. As long as the pets are spayed/or neutered prior to the event they can be adopted and go home the same day. We do provide a cat carrier for a $5 donation and leashes for a $1 donation, however, adopters are welcome to bring their own.
Adoption prices may vary per pet. Adoption promotions at the shelter are honored at the mall event.
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.
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.