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 metamorphosis at Butterfly Bungalow at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden this summer.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Firetruck Festival | June 23
Take a day trip to the N.C. Transportation Museum for its annual Fire Truck Festival. Meet firefighters from across the state, get a close up look at equipment, vote for your favorite fire truck, and enjoy a family day at the museum. Stick around for the fire truck parade and The Charlotte Fire Department’s 1902 “Ol’ Sue” steam pumper. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets start at $4, and children age 2 and younger are admitted free. North Carolina Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer.
The annual celebration of Juneteenth is one of the most important and storied historical occasions in the African-American community. It marks the moment in 1865 that enslaved people received word of the abolishment of slavery at the close of the Civil War. The Levine Museum of the New South is joining with House of Africa to complement the Charlotte community’s Juneteenth festivities with a free, education day at the museum for families. Arts and crafts, performances, interactive activities, story time and a scavenger hunt are planned with an emphasis on history since the abolishment of slavery and the ongoing advancement of civil rights for African Americans.
Pollinator’s Paradise | Through Sept. 3
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has two seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. Explore the life cycle of a butterfly and witness metamorphosis at Butterfly Bungalow. Play 18 holes of miniature golf, with each hole artfully designed, at Pollinator Putting. Special activities also are offered June 18-24 for National Pollinator Week. The garden and Pollinator Putting are open 9 a.m.-dusk. Butterfly Bungalow is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $6.95-$12.95, free for children under age 2. Butterfly Bungalow is in additional $3 per person. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.
Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family | Through Sept. 3
Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The exhibit features more than 10 life-size dinosaur specimens, a dramatic array of fossils and casts, and state-of-the-art technology. Guests can expect a Dino Pit, a daily show “Saurus! A Dino-mite Spectacular,” and the paleontological gameshow Egg-Stinct. Don’t miss Fossil Day, July 15, for a look at all things frozen in time. Tickets start at $17. Discovery Place Science, 301 N. Tryon St. science.
See life-size dinosaur specimens at Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family Exhibit at Discovery Place Science.
Photo by Tiffany Wolff