Things to Do With Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (Feb. 23-25)
Learn about dinosaurs and fossil's at the Fossil Fair on Feb. 24 at the Schiele Museum.
The Schiele Museum
If the rain holds off, expect a weekend with spring-like temperatures. Get outside for a hike with the kids or explore these favorite outdoor locations sure to spike your spring fever. Black History Month events continue this weekend. Visit some of the Gantt Center exhibits, see a performance of Freedom Train, or attend one of the programs at Cornelius' Community Hall, the Charlotte Museum of History, Reed Gold Mine Historic State Park or Historic Brattonsville.
Note: Time, dates and details of events are subject to change. Call venues to confirm.
Friday is opening day for this performance by MainStage Productions at Matthews Playhouse. Hear the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The performance incorporates traditional songs of the period with powerful and inspiring stories. Friday's showtime is 7:30 p.m. with additional showings Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., and again March 2-4. Tickets are $11-$13. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews.
Get free entry to the Schiele Museum today from 1-5 p.m. See National Geographic photographs from Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, featuring an array of different lions, tigers and bears from all over the world in the Lions, Tigers and Bears exhibit. Free. The Schiele Museum, 1500 East Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.
In the mood to shop for some deals? This consignment sale features boutique brands for children. The sale occurs today from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and continues tomorrow from 8 a.m.-noon. South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road.
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Bring your dinosaur-loving children to this event at The Schiele Museum. Wander through the Dino Safari exhibit where children can see large-scale dinosaur models, fossils, and fossil casts. See favorites like a triceratops, stegosaurus, pterodactyl and deinonychus. Then watch animated videos, make a fossil fish print, stand next to a full-sized T-rex and meet animated prehistoric characters. Children can dig through sand to find a “fossil” or go gemstone mining for prizes. New this year, you can attend one of the “living fossils” programs where staff members give presentations throughout the day. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets range from $3-$10. The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.
Children ages 3-5 can explore the American Art Glass gallery to find fishy friends before using cardboard, yarn, and other craft supplies to make a sea-creature sculpture. $16 per child. 1:30-2:45 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road.
Celebrate the end of Black History Month by attending this family-friendly event at the Charlotte Museum of History. Learn about Charlotte's African-American community from the colonial period to the present. Children are encouraged to create their own graphic novels honoring their heroes in Charlotte’s history, including those who resisted and persisted to ensure that freedom applies to everyone. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr.
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An on-stage tale of friendship between Winnie the Pooh and the friends from Hundred Acre Wood who must unravel the mysterious threat of a place or thing called "Education" where Christopher Robin is to be sent. Performances throughout the weekend with the final curtain call Sunday at 3 p.m. Mooresville Community Children's Theatre, The Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.
Make Sunday educational by taking part in this special addition of McDowell Nature Preserve's "Natural Happenings" program. Learn about the hoots you hear at night and more about our area owl friends. Registration required. Free. 2-4 p.m. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road.
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Addie Gottwald is a Davidson graduate who now lives in South End.