Things to Do With Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (June 22-24)
Little fire fighters will be in awe at the 4th Annual Fire Truck Festival!
Photo: N.C. Transportation Museum
Whether your family likes to escape the heat or bask in the sunshine, you will find the perfect event in our events calendar. Looking to get the kids outside? Come out to Food Truck Friday and Concert Series, the 4th Annual Fire Truck Festival, JJ's Red Hots 1,000,000th Hot Dog Celebration or Waverly’s Block Party, Fun in the Sun! Open quarry swimming at Carrigan Farms is a great outdoor activity going on this weekend, or check out other places to swim, paddle or float in Charlotte. Seeking air conditioning instead? Find indoor fun at ImaginOn’s Storyland: A Trip through Childhood Favorites, Dino Safari: A Prehistoric Adventure or Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure.
Note: Time, dates and details of events are subject to change. Call venues to confirm.
Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old.
Storyland transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books – The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; Abuela by Aurthur Dorros; and Tuesday by David Wiesner into three-dimensional play and bi-lingual (English and Spanish) learning environments. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St.
All paws on deck! Do not miss opening night of this tail-wagging performance. The Paw Patrol pups set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first. Using their heroic rescue skills, problem solving and teamwork, the pups set sail to save the day. No job is too big; no pirate pup is too small! See website for performance schedule. Tickets start at $21. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 East Independence Blvd.
Visit Matthews for some of the most mouth-watering food you can buy from a truck! The area’s favorite food and dessert trucks will provide varied menus including seafood, Tex-Mex, burgers, sandwiches, specialty dishes and more. Enjoy performances by local bands, inflatables for kids and a craft beer pavilion. Diners are encouraged to bring chairs. This week, The Magnificents will perform live. Second and fourth Fridays April 13 through Sept. 28. Free. All ages. 5-9 p.m. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews.
The N.C. Transportation Museum's annual Fire Truck Festival represents the largest gathering of fire trucks in the state of North Carolina. Registrations are currently being accepted to make this a record breaking year, with a goal of more than 100 fire trucks!
The Fire Truck Festival allows the public to meet firefighters from across the state, get a close up look at equipment, vote for their favorite fire truck and enjoy a spectacular family day at the museum. Tickets start at $4, Children 2 and under are free. All ages. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. North Carolina Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer.
Come celebrate the opening of a new segment of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway/Cross Charlotte Trail between Tyvola Road and Huntingtowne Farms Park. The ribbon-cutting will take place on the red pedestrian bridge in front of the wastewater treatment plant.
This section of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway is 1.5 miles long and connects Marion Diehl Park, Park Road Park and extensive residential areas. This section is also part of the Carolina Thread Trail, a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties and two states, and the Cross Charlotte Trail, which will connect Cabarrus County to South Carolina.
Walking, biking or carpooling is encouraged. Limited parking is available off Tyvola Road, directly across from the Queens University Sports Complex (right turn in and out only). Free. All ages. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Greenway near Little Sugar Creek wastewater treatment plant, 2229 Tyvola Road.
The first annual Waverly block party is a two-part event featuring fun for all ages. The party begins from 11am-3pm with kids’ crafts, a video game truck, bounce house, and DJ. Be sure to stop by the Discovery Place Science T-Rex Zone to meet T-Rex, get temporary tattoos and coloring sheets, and go on a fossil dig activity in honor of the Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family exhibit running at Discovery Place Science through September 3.
The second part of the party lasts from 6pm-9pm and will offer live music by The Catalinas and shag dancing. Legion Brewing will be on site serving cold brews in our Terrace Beer Garden. Free. All ages. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Waverly Charlotte.
Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and younger must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older is eligible to take the swim test. The quarry is open Sunday through Thursday, and be sure to bring cash or checks. Credit cards are not accepted. $15 per person. All ages. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Carrigan Farms Quarry, West Entrance, 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville.
Sunday is the last day for the Shower Me With Love and Caroline Grace warehouse sale! The sale returns to Waverly Place, across from Whole Foods in Cary, NC.
Wed., 6-9pm; Thurs., 10am-6pm; Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm.
No returns or exchanges and all sales are final. Cash and credit accepted. No gift cards accepted or sold at warehouse sale. Do not bring strollers inside the first day. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Waverly Place, 302 Colonades Way, Cary.
Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog! Stop by JJs Red Hots' Dilworth location for an afternoon of fun for the whole family as we celebrate our 1,000,000th hot dog! The event will take place in our parking lot, patio and rooftop.
Expect Kiss 95.1, free hot dogs for first 20 kids (younger than 12),$2 hot dogs for purchase, a Cheerwine tent with swag give-a-ways, complimentary Cheerwine floats, Sahlen's hot dog swag, King of Pops on site, and a local brewery on site. Free. All ages. 2-5 p.m. JJ's Red Hots, 1514 East Blvd.
Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor and mother of two energetic boys.