Things to Do with Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (June 23-25)
Sesame Street Live "Make a New Friend" is on stage at Bojangles Coliseum Friday through Sunday.
Sesame Street Live
Start planning a weekend of summer fun. Watch a theatrical performance, attend an outdoor concert (including one with fireworks!), cheer on a fire truck parade, get up close and personal with a Venus flytrap, splash in some fountains, and walk among dinosaurs. Note: Remember that time, dates and details of events are subject to change. Call venues to confirm.
Kids can meet in The Round to learn how to use scripts adapted from children’s literature and fun drama games as a way to improve public speaking skills. 11am. ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St.
Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly with a reading of the popular children’s story by Eric Carle and related crafts and activities. 11:15 am and 2:15pm. Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
See how friendship is found across all cultures with singing and dancing from Elmer, Abby Cadabby, and other friends from Sesame Street. Runs all weekend; see website for showtimes. Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Share your special talents with others on stage, or help cheer on the other singers, dancers, jugglers, musicians, poets, and more. Seating in this free event is first-come, first-served. 7:30pm. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.
The Charlotte Symphony will perform a free concert as part of its weekly outdoor entertainment series. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and settle in for the show. 7pm. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville.
Don't miss a jam session featuring some of Charlotte's best jazz musicians. 7pm. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.
Participants of the Children's Theatre of Charlotte Summer Teen Studios will present William Shakespeare's comedic classic about a merchant torn between two sisters--one beautiful, one strong-willed. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Fri. and Sat. at 7:30pm. Children's Theatre of Charlotte, 300 E. 7th St.
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Watch as teams from the Battlebots and other robots builders across the country battle it out, and then participate in hands-on robotic activities and crafts. 9am-7pm. The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.
Families can immerse themselves in the mysterious world of carnivorous plants, including the Venus Flytrap, in this special event with educational games and crafts. There will be more than a dozen stations geared towards children ages 5-11, plus facepainting. Purchase tickets online as space is limited. 10am-noon. UNC Charlotte, McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Road.
Pack a picnic and meet at the Bailey Road bandshell for an evening of live music, including a special patriotic pops performance by The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks will follow the show, weather permitting. 6pm. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius.
Spend the day in Spencer visiting the largest gathering of fire trucks in the state. Watch a fire truck parade, Jaws of Life demos, a helicopter landing, and more. Purchase tickets to take a train ride around the grounds separately. 9am-3pm. N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer.
Splash in the fountains, try your hand at a rock-climbing wall, enter giveaways, and more. 11am-1pm. Northlake Mall, Courtyard between H&M and Firebird's Grill, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.
Gather on the lawn in front of the library for a special outdoor literary performing arts event by Doug Berkey, designed for children of all ages. 7pm. Kannapolis Library, 859 Mountain St., Kannapolis.
Attend a pop-up jam session courtesy of children's musical group The Jolly Lollies every other Saturday through August. 11am. Rail Trail Symphony, 129 New Bern St.
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See if you can find some splashy summer scenes in the galleries, make related crafts, watch artist demos, and even do a little yoga in this family-friendly event that children can attend free. 1-4pm. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Cool off with a game of bowling and learn more about this fun venue located in the EpiCentre with face painting and popsicles from King of Pops. 3pm until sunset. StrikeCity, 210 E. Trade St.
See why it’s a hard knock life for little orphan Annie in 1930s New York, and cheer her on as she searches for true happiness with the perfect family (and dog!) Runs all weekend; see website for showtimes. Davidson College, Duke Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson.
Learn about three different types of turtles and then take a walk to Slider Pond for turtle watching. Registration required. 1:30pm. Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road.
Explore this traveling exhibit featuring more than 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, go on an interactive dinosaur "dig," and more. Runs all weekend. Fri., 4-8pm; Sat., 9am-8pm; Sun., 9am-7pm. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 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.