Happy Wednesday Smarties! I am so sorry for the technical glitch. We were without power last night and I have had a sick child this morning but here we go… It should be an awesome fall weekend in Charlotte. The holiday season is here and you can celebrate at the SouthPark Tree lighting, take the kids to Talk Turkey, hit the Christmas Show or visit the Schiele for a Harvest Celebration. Lots of stuff for a great weekend. Get out and Enjoy!
SouthPark’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
Symphony Park at SouthPark
November 19, 5:00pm
‘Tis nearly that time of the year, and SouthPark is busily preparing to celebrate the season. The Celebration will include live entertainment, holiday music, children’s activities, concessions and festive fun! Still on the hunt for the perfect tree? Find your ideal evergreen and shop for other seasonal merchandise at the Christmas Shop at Symphony Park. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the showing of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas following the tree lighting. From 5:00-7:00 are preshow festivities include children’s activities and concessions. From 7:00-7:30 entertainment will be provided by Sharon Elementary’s MI Express and Charlotte Academy’s Children’s Choir, followed by the Lighting of the Great Tree and at 7:30, following the Lighting of the Great Tree, SouthPark will present Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
HOLIDAY GIFT, GIVE & GET SHOPPING EVENT – Ladies Night Out
November 18, 6:00pm
Hosted by Nordstrom and Bella Tunno
Donate a new book or toy and be entered in Nordstrom and Bella Tunno’s SUPER SWANK raffle!
Let’s go shopping for a cause. It’s a holiday shopping event like no other! Raffles will be held throughout the evening for restaurant gift certificates, manicures, pedicures, Nordstrom and Bella Tunno gift certificates (winner MUST be present to win and must have brought a book / toy to donate to be entered in the raffle). Bella Tunno will DEBUT our brand new diaper bags and offer pre-order at the event. The FIRST 50 people to spend $35 on Bella Tunno products receive a free ‘beauty bag’. FREE mini makeovers offered by NORDSTROM call 704.442.6000 to schedule. FREE Monogramming & FREE gift wrapping on purchases.
Britax Fitting Station
Britax North American headquarters, 13501 South Ridge Drive
November 19, 8:00am-noon
A car seat checking station is where certified child passenger safety technicians assist you with car seat installation. There they will teach you the correct way to install your child seat, provide safety recommendations, and answer any questions that you may have. For best results, please bring: your child, your vehicle and vehicle owner’s manual, your child safety seat and all parts, accessories, and instructions, a second adult to assist with watching your child while you learn how to install your car seat. No appointment is needed, and seats from all manufacturers are welcome. Instruction lasts approximately 30 minutes per car seat. Cost is free.
The Nature Museum
November 20, 10:00am-1:00pm
Strut your stuff alongside some of Thanksgiving’s most notable guests and learn about their special turkey talents. Several fine feathered friends, including the domesticated turkey as well as the Eastern wild turkey [Meleagris gallopavo silvestris] will make a special visit to Charlotte Nature Museum during Turkey Talk for little ones to meet and greet, and special guest Steve Hughes with Steve Hughes Wildlife Lectures will be onsite with information about snoods, wattles, beards, spurs and more turkey trivia. Story time will be an event to cluck about as we read “Turkey Pox” by Laurie Halse Anderson, “Sometimes it’s Turkey – Sometimes it’s Feathers” by Lorna Balian and “’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving” by Dav Pilkey. Make sure to stop by for “Autumn Woods,” a special Nature Dome show with Charlotte’s only talking tree, and really get hands on with our turkey friends by making your own handprint turkey in the Naturalist Lab.
Harvest Day at The Schiele Museum
The Schiele Museum
November 20, 10:00am-4:00pm
Experience on-the-hour guided tours and presentations by visiting Catawba Indian speakers and artisans and traditional cooking to celebrate the successful harvests and the seasonal bounty. See open-fire cooking and hearth skills with baking, roasting and boiling. Visit with re-enactors telling the story of Backcountry bonding – the gift of time earned from a busy harvest season for fellowship with family and friends!
Children’s Theatre Charlotte
November 20-21, Sat., 11:00am; and Sun., 2:00pm and 4:00pm
Back for his 11th visit to the CTC stage is composer, songsmith, and multi-instrumentalist Billy Jonas. Billy performs his original songs, stories, and improvisations with voice, guitar, and “Industrial Re-percussion” – a collection of instruments he made from found, foraged, and recycled objects. The audience joins in with singing, dancing, and banging-a-long! Don’t miss a show that makes the body move, the heart open, and community spirit fill every corner of the theatre! Order early – this one will sell-out. Cost is $12-$14.
Latta Plantation Nature Center
November 20, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Listen to the story, make a craft and learn all about nature in this monthly offering.
Southern Christmas Show
Park and Expo Conference Center
November 11-21, Mon-Tues, 10:00am-6:00pm; Wed.-Sat., 10:00am-9:00pm; and Sun. 10:00am-6:00pm
Enjoy the Sounds of Christmas at the 43rd annual Southern Christmas Show. With its Joyful choirs, A chiming glockenspiel, Santa’s jolly ho-ho-ho, a welcoming chorus from hundreds of holiday merchants, the crisp crunch of piping hot strudel, and shared laughter with your family and friends. No wonder it’s the South’s favorite holiday tradition. Cost is $3-$9, free under age 6 with paying adult.
Mr. Mark’s Official Charlotte CD Release Event
November 20, 11:00am-1:00pm
This is your chance to see Mark Herbert (a.k.a. Mr. Mark) perform songs off his new cd “Shake Yo Shaker” as well as songs from the classic Mr. Mark albums. Your kids will get to dance, get their groove on, and play shakers to the music. The new CD is a masterpiece collection of kids’ music that won’t drive a parent crazy! Favorites include Hip Hop Robot, Broccoli Rhapsody, Underneath Our Skin, Magic Clean-Up Elf and much more. CDs will be available in a limited edition package for a special price of only $10. It makes a great gift for the kids in your life – or the adults who are kids at heart. Please come and support independent recording artist Mark Hebert as he travels to Charlotte for this event.
More information is available @ www.futureshine.com
Does anyone know of any fun activities going on the first few days of the week of Thanksgiving?! We are looking for some fun ways to get out of the house!
Not sure if you have a girl or not, but we are thinking of taking our daughter to see Tangled. It comes out Nov. 24th.
If you haven't yet, visit the new Discovery Place KIDS in Huntersville (Lake Norman area), it's AWESOME for kids up thru 2nd grade…just another idea for you (but, closed Mondays). When you are up that way, singing bears are going on at Birkdale…I know they play on the hour every hour (I think) and fun place to eat/shop outside during these nice days!