Things to Do With Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (April 20-22)
Celebrate Earth Day, go strawberry picking, walk for the dogs at Pet Palooza, and dance a jig at the Loch Norman Games. Here are our picks for this weekend's family fun.
Note: Time, dates and details of events are subject to change. Call venues to confirm.
Let the little ones work out their morning wiggles at Music With Holly, a story time filled with music and movement, and the chance to play musical instruments. After story time, walk over to First Ward Park to run and play on a sunny day, or take a ride on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. Free. 11:30 a.m.-noon. ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, 300 E. Seventh St.
Food Truck rallies are kicking off for the summer season. The Cotswold Trucks Food Truck Friday is very family friendly with space for kids to roam and a gated playground nearby the live music stage. Pets are also welcome and there is plenty of parking. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte.
Celebrate Earth Day exploring at Latta Planation. Join in planned activities for kids, including animal meet-and-greets, and then take a hike along the trails by Mountain Island Lake. Free. 1-3 p.m. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville.
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The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Presented by the students of Matthews Playhouse School of Theatre. $9-$10. Matinee performance at 2 p.m. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews.
Animal lovers don't want to miss the annual Pet Palooza Festival and 5K to support the Humane Society of Charlotte. Join the 2K Walk for Animals at 11 a.m., and then visit the Agility Ring to see dogs show off their agility skills. For a $5 donation, a trainer can help you and your pup run the course. There will also be adoption stations, live music and food trucks. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Independence Park, Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte.
From Border collie demonstrations, to geocaching and kayaking, face painting and pony rides, the Earth Day Celebration at Anne Springs Close Greenway is a great way to enjoy a family day outdoors. Free. Anne Springs Close Greenway, Dairy Barn Entrance, 288 Dairy Bar Lane, Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Photo by Paul Nisely
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Have a big kid who's asking to go to sleep-away camp? Check out Camp Thunderbird, located on Lake Wylie, at this weekend's open house. Meet the staff, tour the grounds and join in some family activities. Free. 1-4 p.m. 1 Camp Thunderbird Way, Lake Wylie, South Carolina.
Construct a reusable shopping bag, collaborate on a natural earth artwork, enjoy creative environmental-friendly activities and tour the Mint Museum exhibitions. Free for children, $6 for adults. 1-4 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.
Celebrate all things Scottish at the 25th annual Loch Norman Games. Watch strong mean throw poles in kilts while kids bounce in bounce houses. Be sure to try a Scottish egg and peruse all the vendors for almost-forgotten toys and games from the past. $6-$20. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. throughout the weekend. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.
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Michele Huggins is the editor of Charlotte Parent magazine.