Happy Wednesday Smarties! The warm weather has arrived and with it the North Carolina Science Festival. There are several great events happening all over our region. You can learn more about Reptiles, Polar Bears and even build a race car out of a zucchini – how cool. The Checkers and Knights play at home this weekend, Pinkalicious and Treasure Island arrive to our theatres and there is a cool tree climbing contest in Freedom Park. Don’t forget to adopt your ducks for the KinderMourn Hope Floats Duke Race on April 21. For your next 5K join us at the Skyline Run on the 27th. How can you not be excited, get out and enjoy!
Pet Palooza benefitting Humane Society of Charlotte
April 13, 10:00am-3:00pm
Be a hero for our community’s homeless and at-need pets by participating in Pet Palooza, the Humane Society of Charlotte’s largest annual fundraiser, taking place on April 13, 2013. Fun for the entire family, both two legs and four! 2k walk, vendor fair, musical entertainment & fido fashion show. Local food trucks & beer garden. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Charlotte! Registration information and more details are available at petpaloozacharlotte.org.
Texas Stars at Charlotte Checkers
Time Warner Cable Arena
April 11-12 7:00pm
This is the last home weekend for the Checkers. Go cheer them on!
CPCC Central Campus
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) invites you to attend Sensoria, a week-long celebration of the arts that will heighten your senses as it brings the best in literature, music, visual arts, history, culture (and food!) to the College for what is becoming Charlotte’s finest celebration. Many Sensoria events take place on CPCC’s Central Campus in uptown Charlotte and we also take to the streets with outdoor activities and music on the Overcash Lawn. Admission to most events are free.
Charlotte Christian School Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.
Charlotte Christian School
April 11-13, Thurs.-Sat., 7:00pm; Sat., 2:00pm
Charlotte Christian School middle school students present Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., the story of the beautiful mermaid Ariel who longs to leave her ocean home for the world above. Follow Ariel on her adventures with Flounder, Sebastian and all of her undersea friends. A show perfect for all ages. Tickets are available online at www.charlottechristian.com or at the door. Cost is $7-$10.
Fun Night with Daddy
April 13, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Dads, bring your kids of all ages for an evening of FUN. Date night with Dad!! Dessert bar, IMAX movies, DJ & dancing, exhibits and keepsake photo provided.
April 12, noon
A North Carolina Science Festival event. Learn all about our work with Polar Bears International and how you can help protect this magnificent species from noon- 2:00 p.m. in the Explore More Collections lab. FREE with Museum admission.
April 8-12, 10:00am
Jump, slither or crawl to KidScience to meet ‘n’ greet the reptiles of Discovery Place. Join your favorite critters and discover their cool adaptations. Plus, use your digits to create a piece of art to remember your visit. A different animal will be featured daily. FREE with Museum admission.
Zucchini 500 Vegetable Race
Stewart-Haas Racing, 6001 Haas Way, Kannapolis
April 13, 1:00pm
The Zucchini 500 is back in Kannapolis! Kids, come out to 2011 Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart’s race shop to build your own pinewood derby-style race car made entirely out of vegetables! “Souped-up” zucchini race cars compete for prizes on a 16-foot track. Kannapolis, a Let’s Move! city, celebrates motorsports and healthy living at this family event.
Young Veterinarians’ Day
Carolina Raptor Center
April 13, 10:00am
Caring for animals is an amazing and rewarding job. On Young Vets’ Day, join us for a special day exploring what it’s like to be a veterinarian at the Carolina Raptor Center. There will be a Pet First Aid Class offered in conjunction with this event from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Program is FREE with paid admission.
Tree Climbing Competition
April 13-14, 8:00am-4:00pm
Charlotte Arborists Association and Husqvarna sponsored Tree Climbing Competition where over 40 professional tree climbers will compete in 5 categories, with the top finishers competing in the Master’s Challenge on Sunday. Also free fun climb for all ages. Great fun to watch, and opportunity to talk to tree professionals about trees and proper care.
SeaWorld Orlando’s ‘Epic Voyage’ Tour
April 13-14, Sat., 10:00am; Sun., noon
SeaWorld Orlando is on an Epic Voyage right now! Join us at The SouthPark Mall April 13 and 14 for your own up-close, thrilling, and incredible experience in celebration of its newest attraction opening May 24, Antarctica: Empire of The Penguin. Enjoy a free drink from Coca-Cola Freestyle, a touchscreen-operated beverage dispenser that offers you unprecedented choice – more than 100 brands – from a single unit. And best of all, you can enter to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to SeaWorld Orlando.
Fishing in the Old Style
Schiele Museum of Natural History
April 13, 4:00pm
It’s Dan Beard meets Huckleberry Finn! Participants will create a set of angling gear appropriate for the backwoods fishing camps of old. The core of the kit will be a two-piece/take-down rod complete with period-appropriate guides, tips, hooks, floats, line, and sinker. A pocket tackle box completes the set. Participants will also manufacture “flies-on-the fly” combining basic components from the kit with woods-found raw materials. $50 Museum Members / $55 Nonmembers Contact Steve Watts at 704-866-6912 for more info.
Armour Street Theatre, Davidson
April 13-14, 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Meet courageous Jim Hawkins, irrepressible Long John Silver, and a host of unforgettable characters as they engage in swashbuckling sword fights and mysterious secrets while searching for hidden treasure. Along the way they learn valuable lessons about friendship, loyalty and conscience as they discover what constitutes “true” treasure. This is a great adventure for the whole family.
Charlotte Knights Baseball Game
Knights Field, Ft. Mill
April 11-14, check website for tickets and game times
It is the home opening weekend for our home team Knights. Head out to the park for a ballgame!
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn
April 12-14, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 3:00pm; Sun., 2:00-pm
Based on the insanely popular book series Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink love affair lands her a case of Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. With Broadway-style show tunes, dancing cupcakes and a sparkling story, Pinkalicious: The Musical is a treat worth indulging in! Cost is $20. For ages 5+.
Annual Consignment Sale – Myers Park Presbyterian Church
April 13, 8:00am-noon and 12:30-2:00pm
Gently used baby, children’s, teen and maternity clothing, furniture, car seats, toys, accessories and sports equipment.
Smarty Camp Giveaway!
Don’t forget to register for our FREE week of Camp Highlander – a $1,150 value! Click here for details.