Things to Do With Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (Oct. 19-21)
Costumes, carriage rides and not-too-frightening fall activities await at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's Bootanical event this weekend.
Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Pull on your boots, and get ready because it is festival weekend in Charlotte! Check out our picks below, and be sure to see the full list of fall festivals and fairs to catch one near you. That's not all! Halloween events are creeping in early, so pick up a pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch to get in the spirit.
Note: Time, dates and details of events are subject to change. Call venues to confirm.
Why wait for Halloween night to get dressed in your spooky best? Wear a costume to this community event that features a trunk-or-treat, face painting, live music and more. Free. All ages. 6-9pm. Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Pkwy., Indian Trail.
Come enjoy food, music, rides, arts, crafts and a local student art show. Stop by the family stage on Saturday for kid-friendly performances. On Friday, wristbands for rides are $15. Hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 10am-10pm. Free entry. All ages. Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville.
Photo: Vicki Bryant
The 170-acre farm is transformed into a frightening haunted trail. Scarrigan Farms is the place for thrill seekers looking for heart pumping and adrenaline rushing entertainment. The haunted trail is open Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of October and is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Nearing Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 are added, along with Thursday, Oct. 25. $25 per person; cash or check only. Ages 12 and older. 6:30-10pm. Carrigan Farms, 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Enter at West Entrance, Mooresville.
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Don't miss the 25th Annual Apple Harvest Festival at Windy Hill Orchard. See the livestock. Shop for goods at the farm stand, and try some of the delicious apple cider. Please note that pick-your-own season has ended for this year. $10-$12. All ages. 10am-5:30pm. Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill, 1860 Black Hwy., York.
Come dressed in costume, and enjoy several games, treats, crafts and fun activities! Stick around after sunset for the feature film, "Scooby Doo." Free. All ages. 3-8:30pm. Village Park, 119 North Main St., Kannapolis.
Watch the excitement on the ice as the Charlotte Checkers take on the Hershey Bears. The My First Checkers Game promotion includes $5 tickets for all kids and a free jersey to the first 1,500 kids. $5-$18.50. All ages. 6pm. Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole and hike the trails. See website for times. $8-$16. Ages 5 and older. 10am-5pm. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.
Live music at the Beer Garden will drift through the crisp fall air while attendees enjoy some not-so-frightening fall activities. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a costume parade each day at both noon and 2 p.m., create seasonal crafts, learn about creepy, crawly creatures and have their faces painted.
In addition, carriage rides are available for $6 per adult and $4 per child (cash only). The Beer Garden will feature craft brews and live music from 1 to 3 p.m., and the Garden Store and a food truck onsite will have lunch, snacks, treats and beverages available for purchase. $7-$12; children in costumes free. All ages. 11am-3pm. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.
Enjoy family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, artist demonstrations and family yoga sessions. Children, free; adults, $6. All ages. 1-4pm. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor and mother of two energetic boys.