Our Picks: Top Things to Do With Kids This Month in Charlotte
Our picks for the best things to do with kids in the greater Charlotte area.
See Tall Tales of the High Seas at First Ward Park, May 9-11.
Courtesy Strange Fruit
Hope Floats Duck Race | May 5
Watch 35,000 rubber duckies brave the rapids towards the finish line at the U.S. National Whitewater Center while also enjoying face painting, balloon art, kids’ activities and appearances by Quackers, the race mascot. The event begins at 2 p.m. and the ducks race at 3:30 p.m. Free, $6 for parking. Purchase a rubber ducky to support Kindermourn and for a chance to wine the grand prize of $2,500.
Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest | May 16
More than 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car haulers rumble down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Enjoy the free street party from 5 to 8:30 p.m. with live music, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways and race cars on display. Free. Union Street between Cabarrus and Corban avenues, Concord.
Tall Tales on the High Seas | May 9-11
Swaying atop 16-foot poles is just part of the program for the Australian performing arts group Strange Fruit. As part of the Charlotte SHOUT! festival, the group presents “Tall Tales of the High Seas” twice daily, 2:30 and 6 p.m., at the Circus Tent at First Ward Park. The story follows three eccentric mariners’ antics aboard a vessel that morphs from humble beached boat to a ship on the high seas. Free.
Explore the Bechtler collection through special hands-on art activities and family-focused museum tours. Create paper and ink collages, miniature artist books and tiny tapestries in honor of the newest fourth-floor exhibition Nomadic Murals: Tapestries of the Modern Era. Complimentary guided tours of the galleries at 1 and 3 p.m. $9, free admission for children younger than 18. Noon-4:30 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St.