Things to Do With Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (Oct. 20-22)
Halloween in Huntersville and Fireworks Spooktacular happens this Saturday from 4-7:30 p.m. at Rural Hill in Huntersville.
There is a good mix of Fall fun, educational programs and special events going on this weekend in the Charlotte area. Don't forget ongoing events like the Renaissance Festival and the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze as well. If you're trying to stay close to home, check the calendar because there are many local fall festivals going on this weekend like the 16 Fall Community Extravaganza and the Gastonia Fall Festival.
Note: Remember that time, dates and details of events are subject to change. Call venues to confirm.
Take your little Harry Potter fans to Ovens Auditorium to watch this performance by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. The audience can watch the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform. Friday night's showing is at 7:30pm but there are additional showings Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm. Tickets start at $20. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 East Independence Blvd.
The McDowell Nature Center will be hosting this educational event at 1:30pm. Children ages 9-12 can come learn about cells, the building block of life. Make a replica of a plant cell that you can see and eat out of candy and learn about the structure and function of cells' organelles. The program costs $5 and registration is required. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road.
Each TGIF at McDowell Nature Center is a surprise! Sometimes children go on guided hikes, other times they enjoy nature-themed crafts or play games. Children ages 6-9 are welcome at this free event but registration is required. The program runs from 4pm until 5pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road.
Bring your racecar enthusiasts to this event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Cars of all types will be on display, ranging from Model-A Fords to Chevrolets that ruled the road in the late 1960s. The event features an AutoCross race, which includes two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr., racing against other muscle car owners in a cone-lined course in the track’s infield. Kids are also invited to take a ride on the AutoCross track with a professional AutoCross driver! There’s also a coloring contest, arts & crafts and a make and take model car program for kids in the Kids’ Zone. The event runs from 8am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and continues on Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Single-day tickets are $20 for adults (discounts available online ahead of time) and $6 for children ages 7-12. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord.
Come to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market for a special, sweet day. Bakers will be selling the best local treats, including brownies, cookies, pies and more. Admission is free to the market. 8am-2pm. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road.
These ongoing Saturday programs at the Museum of York County are designed to inspire children to explore the natural world. Each hour there will be a guided .75-mile hike to look for local critters. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-17. It's free for CHM members and for those under the age of 3. 10am-2pm. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill.
Families are invited to the children's garden at Wing Haven Gardens for pumpkin crafts and creepy crawly exploration, scavenger hunts, a scarecrow and refreshments. The event costs $20 ($15 for members) and is best suited for children under the age of 10. 10am-12pm. Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave.
Described as "real-life Etsy for geeks," this market will feature handmade items created by artisans of all fandoms, not just Harry Potter. There will also be a food truck rally on site, a music tent, kids' crafts and activities, a zombie make-up class (additional cost) and more. The event is free but it is suggested that you bring canned or non-perishable food donations. 10am-4pm. Noah's Event Venue, 2421 Yorkmont Road.
Huntersville is hosting a big Halloween event this weekend. There is free entertainment like live music, face painting, balloon twisters, a magician, bounce houses, trampoline, and Halloween crafts. Not to mention costume contests for all ages! Additional costs for the pumpkin patch or corn maze. Fireworks will conclude the evening, weather permitting. Parking is $5. 4pm-7:30pm. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.
Drop in at the Gaston County Public Library for monster stories, crafts and games. This event is free and best suited for children in grades K-5. 11am-3pm. Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.
This is your last chance this season to see the hard-hitting roller derby action that the Charlotte Roller Girls bring to the Queen City. Doors open at 4:30pm. The first whistle will sound at 5pm with the Charlotte Roller Girls taking each other on as Zombies versus Unicorns. Tickets range from $7-16. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive.
Kids can trick-or-treat, participate in a costume parade, get their faces painted, dance to music by a DJ, and visit with children's characters. Pre-register to be entered in door prizes. This event is free and runs from 1pm until 5pm. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road.
Come dressed in your costume and join the games, activities and crafts. Choose from two sessions: 1-2:30pm and 3-4:30pm. Recommended for ages 6 and younger. Pre-registration and payment is required. Tickets are $6-9 and discounts are available for members. Call 803-981-9182 to register. Main Street Childrens Museum, 133 E. Main St., Rock Hill.
Visit the Reedy Creek Nature Center for Halloween-themed crafts and activities. Register online. This free event is best for children ages 2-6. 1pm-3pm. Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road.
Join a naturalist from McDowell Nature Center for a nature program about birds of prey. This event runs from 2pm to 4pm and is free. Dress for the weather and bring closed-toed hiking shoes. Registration is required. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road.
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Addie Gottwald is a Davidson graduate who now lives in South End.