120 S. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
March 30, 11:00am-3:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Please join us for the 2nd Annual Charlie’s Carnival as we celebrate the life of Charlie Holt. Families of all ages are invited to enjoy an afternoon of carnival games, activities, bounce houses, and several local food trucks. In the event of inclement weather, Charlie’s Carnival will take place at Matthews United Methodist Church at 801 S Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105. All proceeds from the carnival will support the mission of Charlie’s Heart Foundation.
Top Deck Car Show
Discovery Place Kids Parking Garage
105 Gilead Road, Huntersville, NC
March 30, 9:00am-1:00pm, All ages, Free to attend
Summary: Food for purchase: Provided by Sons of the American Legion Squadron 321 Entertainment: DJ, family friendly activities, 50/50 Raffle & Door Prizes
6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Huntersville, NC
March 30, 10:30am-12:00pm, Free
Summary: Join us for a hoppin’ good time as we celebrate the Easter season with a variety of fun and games. Dance the day away as you learn the bunny hop and bunny polka. Create a variety of Egg-celent crafts and play our bunny games to fill your bunny activity card and receive a fabulous prize. Plus a jelly bean guessing game, face painters, balloon artists and more!
Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte For The Pink House
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
March 30, 7:30pm, $125
Summary: The excitement, the glitz, the fancy footwork AND an important cause! Local stars, paired with professional dancers, perform ballroom dance numbers that are scored by judges from the competitive dance world while audience members vote for their favorite star by making donations to Carolina Breast Friends. Each dollar donated is equivalent to one vote. WBTV’s Molly Grantham and a Celebrity Guest will emcee the show. At the end of the night, a mirror ball trophy is given to the top fundraiser, the biggest crowd pleaser, and the highest-scoring dancer.
Stonecrest Summer Concert Series
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC
March 30-September 28, 7:00pm-10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.
The Ghost Of Splinter Cove
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
March 22-April 7, See website for schedule, Ages 8 and up, $15 and up
Summary: The Ghost of Splinter Cove conjures a world of mystery in the wilderness … but be careful – you may get lost in what’s real and what’s not.
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.
300 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule and events
Explore: what’s new, calendar and hours, park map and directions
Play: rides and attractions, shows and entertainment, special events
Stay: camp wilderness, preferred hotels, special discounts, easy pay
2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC
333 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC
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.