Things to Do with Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (Feb. 24-26)
Time to gear up for the weekend with events that provide a glimpse into history, the culture of the city, parenting tips, entertainment, and even activities to help you learn a new skill. Spring consignment sale season is in full swing, so be sure to check out the sales in this weekend's guide and over the next few weeks.
Families Managing Media will present solution workshops throughout the day designed to help parents make healthy choices regarding their childrens’ screen use. Choose from an introductory workshop, a video game solution workshop, a social media and smartphone workshop, or attend all three. 9am-2:30pm. Christ Covenant Church Community Life Center, Matthews.
Children and their parents and caregivers can kick off the weekend by dancing and singing along in a special program by musician Holly Johnson. 11:30am. ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St.
Make new friends and connect with nature through games, songs, hikes, and other adventures. Registration required. 3:30pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road.
Children ages 1-2 and their caregivers can participate in a storytime with book-sharing, fingerplays and rhymes. 10:30am. Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.
Charlotte Youth Rowing will provide a free instructional rowing lesson for tweens and teens in a safe setting. 8am-noon. Lake Wylie at The Catawba Yacht Club, 19809 W. Youngblood Drive.
The Charlotte Museum of History and Drums 4 Life help families embrace African American culture with the theme of “Protest” in this free event. Listen to drum circle music, participate in an educational activity that centers on African American history in Charlotte, and create a craft to take home. 1-4pm. The Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive.
Don’t miss this commemorative dance company event that celebrates the work and legacy of choreographer Twyla Tharp. Thanks to a partnership with CarolinasHealthCare System and Blumenthal Arts, 95 percent of the seats are only $10. Pre-show activities, including dance, fitness and healthy living exhibits and demonstrations will begin at 6pm in the lobby of the theater. 8pm. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
Read about the importance of healthy eating with the story "Gregory the Terrible Eater" and then head to the Town Center for a yummy snack. Saturday and Sunday at 11:15am and 2:15pm. Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
Running each week in February, these special guided historical tours present a look at African-American culture and history in the piedmont, along with blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations. 10am-4pm. Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells.
Hop, craft, and rhyme as you celebrate Theodore Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, with free crafts and activities at Lakeshore Learning Store, 10005 E. Indpendence Blvd.
Take walk on the PawPaw Nature Trail as you learn more about the natural habitat that surrounds the museum. Then, go in and check out the exhibits and activities for the day. 10:15am. Discovery Place Nature, 1658 Sterling Road.
Do you have a child interested in learning more about hockey? Children ages 4-14 years can visit a local ice skating rink and practice skating and trying out the hockey equipment with the help of seasoned coaches as part of a nationwide intiative. Registration required. Noon. Extreme Ice Center, 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail.
Travel with Edmund, Lucy and Peter as they discover a magical world on the other side of the wardrobe in this adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s book series. Runs all weekend; see website for showtimes. Fullwood Theater, 100 McDowell Street East, Matthews.
Shop for gently used children’s and teen’s clothing, toys and equipment in this Lake Norman area consignment sale. On Sunday, most items will be marked half off. Runs all weekend; reserve a ticket through EventBrite. Merino’s Home Furnishings Warehouse, 500 S. Main St., Mooresville.
The UNC Greensboro Gate City Camerata will present a selection of traditional and contemporary chamber works, along with a reception following the concert. 4pm. St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road.
Soldiers and settlers in Fort Dobbs lived through an attack from 70 members of the Cherokee Tribe on this weekend in 1760. This free living history event will give a glimpse into what occurred during the attack, as well as musket and cannon firing demonstrations. Sat., 9am-5pm with an evening program; Sun., 10am-3pm. Fort Dobbs, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville.
Get new and fresh ideas for your home with this expo that features home and garden products, a vast marketplace, cooking demos, celebrity guests such as Frank Fritze from "American Pickers," and more. Runs all weekend from 10am-7pm. See website for schedule of events. The Park Expo, 800 Briar Creek Road.
Renee Roberson lives in the suburbs of Charlotte with her family and loves showing off the Queen City to her two children every chance she gets.