Things to do With Kids in Charlotte This Week
This week's must-do fun for the family (Aug. 19-22).
Young children will delight in the heartwarming story of "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" live on stage.
Photo: John Merrick
With little bit of learning, and a little bit of fun, these events shift kids into school mode! Get the entire family ready for the new school year with these back-to-school picture books and these five free ways to make after school meaningful. Scoop up the gear they need for less at these upcoming consignment sales around Charlotte.
Local firefighters will share stories and bring their mascot, Blaze to the South County Library. Be sure to also check out their fire truck! Free. All ages. 10-11 a.m. South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road.
Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! The cost of this pop up class can be applied toward fall tuition. $10. Ages birth-4 years. 4 p.m. Lake Wylie /Steel Creek, Carolina Dance Academy, 13902 S Tryon Road.
Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from jungle safaris to archeological digs. Free. All ages welcome, recommended for age 3-8. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St.
Do not miss the last Campfire Series cookin class of the summer! Come make fun, kid-friendly campfire meals. In this session, make pizza pies! Registration is required.$10-$15. Ages 5 and older. 6:30 p.m. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 2573 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill.
Drop the kids off to paint with acrylics. In this session, participants will focus on brush strokes, design elements and color theory. $20-$25. Ages 7-12. 6:30-8:30 p.m. McDowell Arts Center, 123 McDowell St., Matthews.
Hear a story about a good little monkey who was also very curious. After story time, decorate cupcakes and create a small take-home craft. $6 per child. All ages. 10:30 a.m. SAS Cupcakes, 9941 Rea Road, Suite C.
Preteens are invited to Mountain Island Library to "geek out" on everything comics and manga related. Bring a friend, or make some new ones! Free. Ages 8-12. 4-5 p.m. Mountain Island Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way.
Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this heart-warming story about the joys of friendship, Amos McGee knows friends can come in all sorts of species, too. Lively and engaging puppets were designed for this show, which will delight preschoolers. See website for show times. $10+. Recommended for ages 2-5. Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up for some outside entertainment. Drinks, popcorn, candy available for purchase. Movies start 5-15 minutes after sunset. This month, families are invited to come and watch “Lego Movie 2." Free. All ages. 6 p.m. Veterans Park, Main Street and Maxwell Street, Huntersville.
Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor of Charlotte Parent magazine and mom to two active boys.