Things to Do with Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (March 24-26)
Peter Rabbit's Garden Adventure runs March 25-26 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
Jeni Buchanan Photography
Spring (and longer days) are officially upon us, along with all things food trucks outdoor festivals and events. Roast some oysters, learn about life as the settlers lived it long ago, celebrate different cultures, see some pro athletes in action, watch a performance, shop for clothing, and much more.
Oh, the places you’ll go helping celebrate the birthday of prolific children’s author Dr. Seuss. Stop by Town Center for some stories and then make some silly and colorful crafts. 11:15am and 2:15pm. Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
Families can stop by for an interactive storytime filled with songs and early movement activities. Designed for children ages 0-5 years and their caregivers; sign up at front desk 15 minutes before the start of activity. 10:15am. Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews.
Set deep within the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp, this performance of Wiley and the Hairy Man centers around a young fatherless child named Wiley, his conjure-woman mother, faithful dog, and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley's days and dreams. Runs all weekend; Fri., 7pm; Sat., 4pm; Sun., 2pm and 4pm. Ballantyne Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre, 11318 N. Community House Road.
The area's newest food truck rally will take place every Friday through November and features a gated children's playground, live music, and 10-15 food trucks. 5-9pm. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road.
Sycamore Brewing hosts this weekly rally with food trucks, live music, and plenty of beverages and entertainment. 5pm. Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St.
Shop for gently-used children's clothing, toys, games, furniture and equipment. Purchase a $10 pass to shop early on Thursday. Public Sale runs Fri., 9am-1pm and 3-8pm; Sat., 8am-noon. First Baptist Church Indian Trail, 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road.
Baltimore Ravens pro football player Benjamin Watson will read excerpts from his book, “Under Our Skin,” as well as sign autographs. 10am. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive.
These energetic basketball players return to Charlotte to show off their zany ball-handling skills and family-friendly entertainment. 2pm and 7pm. Halton Arena, 9201 University City Blvd.
This living history event will give visitors a look at what life was like for America’s first native people with storytelling, drumming, singing, and native crafts. 10am-2pm. The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.
Experience farm life as settlers knew it in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit with baby animals, watch a performance by the Bright Star Theatre, and experience candle dipping, blacksmithing, and cooking activities. 10am-4pm. Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells.
Mr. Nigel and Friends will lead this party full of games, music, and other Easter-related activities. 10:30am-noon. Northlake Mall Play Area, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.
Storyteller Barbara Locklear shares traditions and history of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina through this free performance that includes music and stories. 11am. Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.
Stock up the kids' spring/summer wardrobes with clothing, shoes, furniture, books, toys, games, maternity wear, and more. Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat., 8am-noon. Assurance United Methodist Church, 9700 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road.
Stroll along the Paw Paw Nature Trail and learn more about the habitat surrounding the museum in this monthly event. 10:15am. Discovery Place Nature, 1658 Sterling Road.
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Children can meet characters from Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s story, including Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and go on a scavenger hunt, carriage ride, storytelling and other activities around the garden. Food trucks will also be available. Runs Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.
Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell sets off to find the father he’s never met in this coming-of-age tale set in Depression-era times. Runs all weekend; see website for showtimes. Childrne’s Theatre of Charlotte, 300 E. 7th St.
Children with special needs and their families can visit with the Easter Bunny and take photos in a calm and subdued environment. Reserve your spot between 9-11am. Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.
The Hornets take on the Phoenix Suns! Purchase your tickets in advance to receive three sodas, tickets, and hot dogs for $60. 1pm. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St.
Sample oysters roasted outdoors in this annual event that is filled with family-friendly activities such as croquet and cornhole. For those who don't care for oysters, there will also be other sides and hot dogs available. 2-5pm. Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 North Tryon St.
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.