Halfway to the weekend Smarties! Kids need a project? Have them create their cow costume for free food at Chick-fil-A! You can also beat the heat by heading uptown to the Mint, ImaginOn or Discovery Place. Check out one of the the fairytale plays, Rapunzel or Beauty and the Beast, support the local talent and the children who have been working so hard this summer. Have fun, get out and enjoy!
Cow Appreciation Day
July 13, All day
It’s time to dust off your cow costume. Do any necessary mending. Because on July 13th if you wear it to Chick-fil-A you’ll get free food. If you just wear a partial cow costume, or a cow accessory, like a hat or udders, you get just an entree. If you dress from head to toe like a cow, you’ll get a free meal. And calves in costume get chicken too; so bring in the whole herd for some family fun.
Bright Blessings USA
The Giving Village, 608-A Matthews Mint Hill Rd, Matthews, NC
July 13, 10:00am-11:00am
Bring the kids to The Giving Village and participate in activities to help local homeless children. Space is limited & advance registration is required. Sign up today! Cost is $10.
Rapunzel (for Kids)
Pease Auditorium, Central Piedmont Community College
July 11-14, 10:00am
Will Rapunzel be rescued from the tower? Can a prince persevere over evil? How can Rapunzel convince the witch that it’s OK to be unique? Come find the answers to all these questions when “Rapunzel” comes to the Pease Auditorium. Cost is $7-$10.
Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
Theater Charlotte, 501 Queens Road
July 11-15, Wed.-Fri., 10:00am; Sat., 11:00am, 2:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
The brainy and beautiful Belle yearns to escape her provincial life…and her brute of a suitor, Gaston. However, Belle gets more adventurous than she wanted when she becomes a captive in the Beast’s enchanted castle! Dancing flatware, menacing wolves, and singing furniture fill the stage with thrills in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR., a beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love. Performed by students 9-14 with college and high school students in major roles. Cost is $8-$10.
Dinner and a Movie – The Adventures of Tin Tin
Carolina Place Mall
June 14, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Carolina Place is going Hollywood this summer, as the mall launches “Dinner and a Movie” on Saturday evenings in June and July. The lineup of family-friendly box office hits will air each Saturday from June 2 to July 28 (excluding July 7). The events take place in the grass courtyard directly beside REI, near the parking lot for the food court entrance. All summer long, families can take a break from cooking on the weekends and enjoy special dining offers from 5 – 9 p.m. at participating mall restaurants. On-site service includes meals from Chick-fil-A, cookies and tea from McAlister’s Deli and free popcorn, while supplies last. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m., with Radio Disney on site for two special Disney movie nights. Other nights will feature a variety of performers such as magicians and clowns. Movie pre-shows begin about 20 minutes prior to dusk, with the movies starting at sunset. The outdoor setup will include surround sound and a 23-foot, inflatable movie screen – the same size as a theater screen. Families are encouraged to bring blankets to create a comfortable seating area.
57th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
MacRae Meadows, Linville
Brawny athletes, delicate dancers, noisy bagpipe band parades, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting makes this colorful celebration of Scottish culture the best highland games in America. Admission charged.
Musical Petting Zoo
July 13, 11:00pm
Make your own music! The Musical Petting Zoo, presented by the Symphony Guild of Charlotte, brings real instruments to ImaginOn for children to try. Cost is free.
Menchie’s 1 year Anniversary!
Menchie, 1247 East Blvd.
July 14, Noon-3:00pm
Great activities planned for the kids including, face painting, lego activities, raffles, color-in t-shirts, swirl hats, and balloons and some awesome prizes to raffle off, including a basket filled with gift certificates to great local shops. 20% of sales will also be donated to Levine Children’s Hospital.
Firefighter Pancake Breakfast
7th Street Market
July 14, 8:00am-11:30am
Stop by the market for the Firefighter Pancake Breakfast benefitting the Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund, Inc. Plain & Blueberry Pancakes are available! $5 for adults, $3 for children. Tax deductable, to-go boxes available and beverages will be on sale inside the market (coffee, juices, water, etc). The Community Bloodmobile will be on-site for a blood drive!
Box Turtle Basics
Reedy Creek Nature Center
July 15, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Come out and learn more about North Carolina’s state reptile, the Eastern Box Turtle, and meet our resident turtle! We will begin in the classroom with a presentation on the natural history of these wonderful creatures. We will then head out for a short hike in hopes of seeing a wild individual.
Sunday Fun Day: Red, White, and Blue
Mint Museum Uptown
July 15, 1:00pm-4:00pm
This summer enjoy family-friendly craft projects, tours, healthy living activities, artist demonstrations, and more!
This month, exercise your right to be creative! Use our button machine to craft a “campaign button,” design a colorful tissue paper flag, kick up your heels to bluegrass music, vote for your favorite object in Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection and go on an Around the World relay!