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Pinocchio Puppet-Making Workshop & Pre-Show Activity
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell Street, Matthews, NC
February 29, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Ages 5-10, $5,
Space is limited! Registration is required!
Summary: Create your own puppet before watching Matthews Playhouse perform Pinocchio! Participants will get the opportunity to create their own Pinocchio, enjoy light refreshments, and even get to meet some of the performers!
100 McDowell Street East, Matthews, NC
February 21-23, See website for schedule, Ages 5 and up, $12-$14
Summary: This version of Pinocchio takes a new twist on a favorite classic. Pinocchio is a member of a travelling troupe of performers who encounter all of the well known and loved characters like: the blue fairy, the fox and cat, an energetic cricket who help him make the good and bad choices he is well known for.
So You Think You Can Bark
430 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
February 21, 7:30pm, All ages, $27
Summary: So You Think You Can Bark will feature 7 “pet-testants” (dogs and their owners) who will perform a cool trick live on stage and will be judged by a panel of celebrity experts.
GRIMMZ Fairy Tales
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
Feb 21-March 15, See website for schedule, Ages 6 and up,
Summary: Jay and Will Grimmz, the hip-hop fable story dance-pop sensation, have come back home to the city where they grew up to give a concert. They’re known not just for their sounds but for their powerful storytelling, an inventive remix of familiar classics. The brothers put a modern spin on valuable life lessons in Snow White and the Seven Shawties, Down with Rapunzel, Hanzel & Gretel: Lost in the Hood, and their featured first Granny-winning song, Break, Cinderella, Break!
Warehouse Sale Pop-up Shoe Store
Next to Home Depot
8215 Shopping Center Drive, Charlotte, NC
February 21-23, 10:00am-9:00pm, Free admission
Summary: The Warehouse Sale is a pop-up shoe store only in Charlotte for only a few weeks. We have a brand-name, price point, and size for everyone. Our inventory changes weekly so there’s always something new to discover!
Try Hockey For Free Day
Pineville Ice House
400 Towne Centre Blvd., Pineville, NC
February 22, 8:30am-9:15am, Ages 4-9, Free
Summary: Try hockey for free day takes place at rinks all over the country and provides an opportunity for parents to gauge their child’s interest in playing hockey. There will be on ice instruction and games. Information regarding our programs and how to get your child started will be provided at the event.
Disney’s “ZOMBIES 2” At SouthPark Mall
SouthPark Mall – Center Court
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
February 22, 1:00pm-3:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Change is coming to Seabrook. Check out who’s shaking things up with new music, crafts and photo opps to celebrate the new Disney Channel Original Movie ZOMBIES 2!
Toddler Time at Sky Zone
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy., Pineville, NC
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte, NC
Now until May 30, Every Saturday from 9:00am-10:00am, Ages 5 and under, $8
Summary: Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC
February 1-29, See website for schedule, All ages, $12-$22, under 2 yrs free
Summary: Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord from February 1st through February 29th as we RAYS Awareness about rays! Wander through the aquarium and learn all about rays as you uncover ray facts and solve clues on our RAY-mazing scavenger hunt. For this month only, catch our brand new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at 12pm and 2pm and our Ray Keeper Talk happening Monday-Saturday at 10:30am.
Live Music At 7th Street Public Market
7th Street Public Market
224 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
January 3-March 27, See website for schedule, All ages, Free
Summary: 7th Street Public Market is a bustling urban food destination in the heart of Charlotte’s Center City! The Market’s mission is to celebrate the food culture of the Carolinas and promote local and regional farmers, food artisans and entrepreneurs. The Market provides high quality, fresh and affordable food, as well as local products, seven days a week. We are at the base of the 7th Street Station parking deck, between 6th and 7th streets and adjacent to the Lynx Blue Line’s 7th Street stop. Parking is validated for the first 90 minutes with a purchase from a Market business.
Pet Adoption Event
SouthPark Mall (Center Court inside the mall)
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
First Saturday of every month, February-June, 11:00am-3:00pm, All ages, Adoption prices vary
Summary: We bring a selection of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to the mall for adoption. As long as the pets are spayed/or neutered prior to the event they can be adopted and go home the same day. We do provide a cat carrier for a $5 donation and leashes for a $1 donation, however, adopters are welcome to bring their own.
Adoption prices may vary per pet. Adoption promotions at the shelter are honored at the mall event.
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.
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.