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.
Lionesses Dance in “The Lion King” North American Tour. ©Disney.
Photo by Deen van Meer
“The Lion King” | Aug. 22-Sept. 9
With its spectacular costumes, engaging stage scenes and music, the award-winning “The Lion King” returns to Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from the animated film along with three new songs. See giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap and the entire Serengeti come to life as Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $30. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
It’s a day of bubble-themed activities, including arts and crafts, bubble-making areas, and a water play table for the youngest visitors. Refreshments and take-home treats will be available while supplies last. $5 per car. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. President James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville.
Hummingbird Festival | Aug. 16
Enjoy family-friendly learning activities that include bird-banding, storytelling, hikes, “The Great Hummingbird Challenge,” face-painting and guest speakers. Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE.
Matthews Alive Labor Day Festival | Aug. 31-Sept. 3
Celebrate the last days of summer at the Matthews Alive Labor Day festival. Purchase a $15 all-you-can ride wristband on Friday to take a spin on the carnival rides. Watch the parade as it marches throughout downtown Matthews Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy 150 arts and crafts vendors, festival food, games and four stages of live entertainment, plus an interactive area with crafts, art stations and a petting zoo. Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-9 p.m.; Mon., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews.