Things to Do With Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (Aug. 18-20)
The Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash revs up Aug. 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
As you prepare for your eclipse plans, there are several events happening around town this weekend to get you prepared, along with outdoor movies and concerts, nature events, theater productions, back-to-school celebrations and food truck rallies. Have a child preparing to enter elementary school? Read our article The Kindergarten Countdown for some helpful tips.
Note: Remember that time, dates and details of events are subject to change. Call venues to confirm.
Pre-show activities include a balloon artist, Star Wars face painting, a martial arts demo by Movement Fitness Martial Arts and food available for purchase from Bebo’s Mac Shack. 6:30pm. Chestnut Square Park, 299 Chestnut Pkwy., Indian Trail.
The Charlotte Knights take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Get into the spirit of heading back to school with this theme night that combines education, baseball, and live fireworks show to cap off the evening. 7pm. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St.
Enjoy live Americana music by Flatland Tourists along with a variety of food trucks and children’s activities. 6-10pm. Old Town Rock Hill, 300 E. Main St., Rock Hill.
Carolina Voices is looking for local voice talent for their upcoming 2017/18 season. Auditions run through Sat.; register for a try-out online or by calling 704-374-1564.
A hustling koala, Buster Moon, decides to make a last-ditch effort to save his beloved theater by holding a city-wide singing competition. Family-friendly entertainment and refreshments will be available. 7pm. Symphony Park, SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.
This ultimate girls' night out will benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation, with live entertainment, vendors, and dancing. 7:30pm. The Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St.
Participate in meaningful art activities that also help support healthy brain development. 11:15am and 1:45pm. Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
Experience hummingbird banding, play games, participate in science experiments, take a nature hike and walk through the artisan market. 9am-3pm. Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road.
Just keep swimming! Families can go on a scavenger hunt through the shopping center to find Dory, complete with a screening of the film “Finding Dory” at dusk. 7pm. Northcross Shopping Center, 9709 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.
Arrive early for the chance to get photos and autographs before monster trucks with names like “Stone Crusher” and “Avenger” hit the track for a fun night of competitive racing on the dirt track. 6pm. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord.
Learn all about the working relationship between honey bees and humans and pick up local honey and some free recipes at the market from local vendors. 8m. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road.
Visit the museum and celebrate aviation pioneer Orville Wright's birthday with bottle rockets, simulators and a guest speaker who was a passenger on Flight 1549. 10am-5pm. Carolinas Aviation Museum, 4672 First Flight Drive.
Donate a school-supply donation and receive tokens for games, including a dunk tank, along with swimming, a DJ, a food truck and other activities. Noon-4pm. MillBridge, 1401 MillBridge Pkwy., Waxhaw.
Musical theatre students present the stories of Horton, the Hat in the Cat, Circus McGurkus and more in this lively musical. 4pm. Halton Theater, CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Ave.
Independence High School faculty, staff and marching band will help get the community into the back-to-school spirit with a pep rally. 7:30pm. Town of Mint Hill, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill.
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It’s almost eclipse time. View the sun through solar telescope, discover the astronomy behind an eclipse and make a sun print. The planetarium will show eclipse-focused shows all weekend. On Monday, watch a live video feed of the total solar eclipse. Runs Sat. through Mon. from 9am-5pm. The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.
Visit Discovery Place Kids to hear the children’s story “The Big Eclipse” by Nancy Coffelt and participate in activities that illustrate why the sky will go dark on Aug. 21. 11:15am and 1:45pm. Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
Pack a picnic and your chairs and blankets and settle in for a free and family-friendly evening featuring traditional and contemporary gospel music from Gospel Sing. 6-8pm. Davidson Village Green, intersection of Main Street and Concord Road.
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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.