Happy Wednesday Smarties. This weekend we celebrate Dads and there are many fun events going on that promise to be fun for him and the whole family. Have a picnic in freedom Park and then visit Farm Day at the Nature Museum. Enjoy a play, take a Critter Cruise or have some lunch at the Cotswold Chick-fil-A to make a craft/card. Have fun, Get out and enjoy with Dad!
A Gift from the Garden for Dad
Wing Haven Gardens
June 17, 10:00am-11:00am
Come to Wing Haven and make a surprise gift for Dad or Grandfather! Ages 5-8. Registration required. Cost is $15.
Shrek The Musical
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
June 16-19, Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri., 8:00pm; Sat., 2:00pm, 8:00pm; Sun., 1:30pm, 7:00pm
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone. Tickets begin at $25.
The Commedia Princess and the Pea
June 17-19, Fri.-Sat., 11:00am, 1:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
How can you tell if someone is really, truly a princess? In this funny, fast-paced show, the Tarradiddle Players put a slapstick spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale. The lonely Prince wants to find someone to marry, but potential princesses must first get past his mother the Queen and her long list of tests. Will any of them be royal enough to turn a cartwheel, sing “Happy Birthday” while hopping up and down on one leg, and feel a teeny, tiny pea under a big stack of mattresses? Cost is $14-$18. Ages 5 and older.
The Sound of Music
Matthews Community Center
June 17-19, Fri.-Sat., 8:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
The final collaboration of Rodgers & Hammerstein has become the world’s most beloved musical. When a postulant nun proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. Cost is $10-$17.
Blakeney Summer Concert Series
The Village Green, Ardrey Kell and Rea Roads
June 17-18, 7:00pm
Grab your family and friends and join us for a summer night of great entertainment. Enjoy the sounds of Jazz, Acoustic, Blues and R&B every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm – 10pm! Cost is free.
Movies in the Park at Ballantyne
Ballantyne Corporate Park, Brixham Green Connector Tent
June 17, Movie begins at dusk
Fun for the whole family! Bring a blanket, come early and get a good spot!! FREE: Movie, Popcorn, Bottled Water, Face Painting!! Movies start at dark! This week’s is “Despicable Me”.
Britax Fitting Station
Britax North American headquarters, 13501 South Ridge Drive
June 17, 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.
Amazing Critter Cruise
Queen’s Landing, 1459 River Hwy., Mooresville
June 18, Noon-3:00pm
The Amazing Critter Cruise, sponsored by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, supports the goal of getting families outdoors to understand and enjoy the amazing creatures that call Lake Norman home.
Rain or shine. Includes kid-friendly food, a three-hour cruise of the lake and a live animal program. A cash bar will be available. Seats must be reserved in advance online or by mailing a check to PO Box 4296, Mooresville 28117. Cost is $15.
Dad’s Day Craft Event
June 18, 9:00am-noon
Come on in and celebrate dad by making him a special card and gift.
Charlotte Nature Museum
June 18, 10:00am-1:00pm
Kids of both the human and goat variety can enjoy story time with a menagerie of tales that includes “Louella May, She’s Run Away” by Karen Beaumont Alarcon, “Baby Animals on the Farm” by Liza Alexander, “The Cow Who Clucked” by Denise Fleming, and “Big Red Barn” by Margaret Wise Brown. Don’t miss the puppet show “Growing Up Wild”, and make sure to stop by The Naturalist Lab to make a scarecrow from paper towel rolls and material scraps. Trail’s End Store will feature special gifts including soft and squishy farm animals. Creature Features, presented by Earth Fare with support from The Guild of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum, are monthly special events and include crafts, puppet shows, storytelling and refreshments (while supplies last). Creature Feature activities are free with Museum admission. Admission: $6 ages two and older, younger-than-two and Members are free. Parking is free.
Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops Concert
Symphony Park, SouthPark Mall
Grab the family and head to SouthPark for the Charlotte Pops. The concerts continue on Saturday, June 18, with CSO Assistant Conductor Jacomo Bairos conducting, and Sundays, June 19 and 26 and July 3 with Albert-George Schram returning to Summer Pops for his eleventh season. All concerts begin at 8:15 p.m. with prelude performances at 7:00 p.m. Beginning this season, the CSO will charge a nominal admission for its concerts at Symphony Park. Tickets are $10 for adults, and free for children 18 and under. A Summer Pops/Symphony Park pass good for admission to all five Symphony Park concerts will be available for $25. The CSO will no longer solicit free-will donations from the audience.
Sunday Fun Days: Day of the Dad
Mint Museum Uptown
June 19, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Third Sundays are family-time at the Mint Museum Uptown. Every Sunday Fun Day try out a new scavenger hunt in the museum galleries, see a performer or artist demonstration, and enjoy kid-friendly activities. Each month we’ll celebrate a new theme. Cost is $10.
Fathers Day With the Knights
June 19, 2:15pm
In honor of Fathers Days Fathers and Sons in attendance at this game will be giving the chance to play some catch on the field after the Knights home game. Cost is $8-$14.