Things to Do with Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (April 28-30)
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. runs through April 30 at Armour Street Theatre in Davidson.
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It's another weekend full of events designed to teach us about being kind to our planet in our everyday actions, but there are also spring consignment sales, racing events, opportunities to get healthy and support local causes, and festivals galore. Don't forget to check out this year's Readers' Favorites Awards! Note: Remember that time, dates and details of events are subject to change. Call venues to confirm.
This free community event will bring awareness to issues of discrimination and inequality with personal stories of the local African-American experience and a variety of musical selections presented by A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas ensembles. Registration encouraged. Runs Fri., 7:30pm at First Baptist Church West, 1801 Oaklawn Ave., and Sun., 6pm at Providence Day School, 5800 Sardis Road.
Listen to the story “This Tree Counts” and celebrate Arbor Day with crafts and other activities. 11:15am and 2:15pm. Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
Visit the speedway for the fastest drag racing around. Every ticket is a pit pass that allows you to see your favorite cars and drivers up close before the races. 8am-5pm. zMax Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 555 Concord Parkway S., Concord.
Shop for gently-used women's clothing and accessories and freshen up your wardrobe. Runs Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 9am-3pm. Merino's Home Furnishings Warehouse, 500 S. Main St., Mooresville.
Bring the family out to this weekly food truck rally that features a gated children's playground and live music. 5-9pm. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road.
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Spend the day in nature with guided nature hikes, wildlife experts, and outdoor scavenger hunt, and more at this free event. 9am-noon. Woodland Discovery, 8755 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.
Dia promotes diversity in action through literacy experiences. Visit with author Angela Dominguez, Buddy from Dinosaur Train, sample bread from recipes found around the world, and other activities. 10am-2pm. ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St.
Explore the vibrant culture of east Charlotte with a variety of featured sandwiches from different countries, music and dance performances that highlight salsa and merengue, and a make-your-own sandwich station for kids. 11am-6pm. Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive.
Sign up to run or encourage the particpants in support of the Autism Society of North Carolina. Visit the race village for children's activities. 7am. Northcross Shopping Center, 10025 Biddick Lane, Huntersville.
Children can explore trucks of all types--from firetrucks to police vehicles--at this free event that is part of Rock Hill's Come-See-Me Festival. 9am-noon. First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill.
Explore the environmental messages of games, recycled crafts, educational exhibits, and shop in the eco-marketplace. 10am-3pm. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill.
Spend the morning on the farm, visit the playground, pet some baby animals, take a horse ride, and milk a cow! 10am-noon. Whispering Hope Farm, 1405 Crowders Creek Road, Gastonia.
Kids can earn stamps for their passport as they travel to different stations and learn about fire and water safety, stranger danger, and check out some of the area fire trucks and police cars. 2-5pm. Charlotte Aquatics, 7835 Little Ave.
The enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his candy bars. Who will find the tickets and earn an unforgettable tour of the Wonka factory, and a lifetime supply of candy? Runs all weekend; see website for showtimes. Armour Street, 307 Armour St., Davidson
Cheer on 20,000 adopted rubber duckies as they race towards the finish line as you support the work of Kindermourn, which offers counseling and outreach programs to bereaved parents and children who have lost loved ones. 2-5pm. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
Visit the gardens while you play, make upcycled crafts, listen to live music, and learn about sustainable living. There will also be food trucks on site. Runs Sat. and Sun., 11am-3pm. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.
Bring your lawn chairs and pack a picnic to enjoy while you listen to a free jazz concert at this weekly event. 1-3pm. Veterans Park, N. Main St., Kannapolis.
Visit with a naturalist while you participate in different nature activities (such as hikes and crafts) in this drop-in program. 3pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York 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.