24 Family-Friendly Events and Activities in Charlotte: March 2021
Warmer weather is on the horizon! Spring into action and check out these activities with the family.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party. Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios of Quail Corners, 8438 Park Rd. 4:30-6 p.m. Ages 2.5-8. $29. Celebrate Dr. Seuss by learning to make green eggs and ham and Truffula tree cupcakes, and stay for a special story time. flourpowerstudios.com.
Woodplay of the Carolinas Grand Opening Event. 9517 Monroe Rd. 10 a.m. All ages. Free. Woodplay of the Carolinas, a retailer of wooden playsets, basketball goals, and trampolines, celebrates the grand opening of its new store with specials and a free gift for each child. woodplaync.com.
World Wildlife Day. Steven’s Creek Nature Center, 15700 Thompson Rd., Mint Hill. 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. Free. Celebrate World Wildlife Day by bringing awareness to Earth’s unique animals and plants. Registration, adult supervision, and masks are required. parkandrec.com.
Charlotte International Women’s Day. Virtual. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Celebrate women and their contributions to the world over the course of history. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge with an emphasis on change. eventbrite.com.
International Women’s Day Hike. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 South York Rd. 10 a.m.-noon. Ages 10 and older. Free. Bring your daughter, niece, friend, or other important woman in your life to celebrate International Women’s Day. Registration is required. parkandrec.com.
March 10 and 24
Adventure Kids Play Days. Steven’s Creek Nature Center, 15700 Thompson Rd., Mint Hill. 1-3 p.m. Ages 7-9. $5. Go on an adventure in the woods and hike, build stick forts, or explore nature. Registration, adult supervision, and masks are required. parkandrec.com.
Luck of The Village. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Dr., Huntersville. 5 to 8 p.m. Reserve a socially distanced table in the open-air greenspace and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day-themed brews and bites, live entertainment, Luck of The Village swag, and more. Tickets are $50 per table and can be purchased at birkdalevillage.com. All ticket proceeds will be donated to Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen.
Great Amazing Race. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Dr., Pineville. 2 p.m. Ages 4 and older. $50 per team. The race begins at 2 p.m. with waves of participants rolling through every 10 minutes to walk, jog, or run toward the finish line. greatamazingrace.com.
Kids Fishing 101. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 2573 Lake Haigler Dr., Fort Mill. 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 16 and younger. $16 per fishing participant; parents and guardians assisting children are not required to register. Bring or borrow a rod to learn how to tie knots, bait a hook, cast a line, hook a fish, and remove a fish from the hook. ascgreenway.org.
All About Butterflies Day. Steven’s Creek Nature Center, 15700 Thompson Rd., Mint Hill. 1-3 p.m. All ages. $4. Celebrate and learn about butterflies by making a craft or taking a flowering plant home to attract these marvelous creatures. Registration, adult supervision, and masks are required. parkandrec.com.
Maker’s Market CLT at Birdsong Brewing Co. Spring Edition. 1016 N. Davidson St. 1-5 p.m. All ages. Free. Come shop the outdoor mini market at Birdsong Brewing Co. birdsongbrewing.com.
Sensory-Friendly Sundays. SEA-Life Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 10-11 a.m. All ages. $8. SEA Life aquarium welcomes families with children on the autism spectrum or children with sensory processing disorders on the second Sunday of every month. Between 10 and 11 a.m., the aquarium adjusts to reduce sensory triggers. A comfort room is also available.
Food Truck Friday and Popup Market at Armored Cow Brewing. 8821 J.W. Clay Blvd. 5-9 p.m. All ages. Free. Come eat, drink, and shop at Armored Cow Brewing. Pups are welcome, too. armoredcowbrewing.com.
The Return to Lenny Boy Popup Market. 3000 S. Tryon St. 1-6 p.m. All ages. Free. Walk and shop with a Lenny Boy kombucha and browse local goods at this outdoor market. discoverlennyboy.com.
Lenny Boy Run Club Stroller 5K. 3000 S. Tryon St. 11 a.m. All ages. Free. Strap in your kid or your pup for a run along the Rail Trail in South End. This fun, free 5K will have prizes for winners. discoverlennyboy.com.
Parents Night Out- March Madness. MyGym Southpark, 5110 Park Rd., Ste. 2D. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ages 2.5-10. $40. Drop off your little one to burn some energy at MyGym while you enjoy a little rest and relaxation. Kids will play games, create a craft, and have dinner. mygym.com/charlotte/events.
The Dryes at True Hart Farm. True Hart Farm, 174 Knight Lane, Advance. 5:30-8:30 p.m. All ages. $10. True Hart Farm, approximately 75 miles northeast of Charlotte, presents the musical duo The Dryes. Bring your own chairs and an appetite. There will be food trucks and a fire pit where children can make s’mores. truehartfarm.com.
Easter at the Library. The Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Dr. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All ages. Many activities free; $10 for crafts. Bring your family for the Resurrection Quest, an engaging Christ-centered activity for adults and kids to enjoy together while strolling the Library’s Journey of Faith tour. Enjoy story time, create fun crafts, and snap a photo at the photo booth. billygrahamlibrary.org.
Small Business Popup Shop. Charlotte Premium Outlets, 5404 New Fashion Way. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. All ages. Free. Shop small and local at this large shopping venue. Vendors will sell fashion, gifts, beauty, décor, and more. premiumoutlets.com/outlet/charlotte/news-and-events.
Through March 7
I Heart Rail Trail. The one-mile stretch between Carson Boulevard and Atherton Mill. All ages. Free. See the mile-long illuminated art installation in South End. Take photos by the sculptures, digital projections, and other interactive displays, and tag #iheartrailtrail and #railtrailclt to connect with the community.
Through March 13
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. 551 South Tryon St. Fri., noon-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. All ages. Free. A collaboration with the City of Charlotte, Foundation for the Carolinas, and local artist collectives allows guests to visit the The Gantt Center for free through March 13. Reserve a timed ticket online, and be sure to check out the latest exhibit, Lift Every Voice. ganttcenter.org.
March 6-27, Saturdays
#STEAMSaturdays. Innovation Alley, 1026 Jay St. Grades 2-8. 9-10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.-noon. $25 per class. Digi-Bridge’s Saturday morning programs have returned with classes in LEGO Robotics and 3D Designing and printing. To allow for social distancing, attendance is limited to 10 participants with one participant per table. digi-bridge.org.
March 20-21 and 27-28
Afternoon Tea. The Ballantyne, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. 1-4 p.m. All ages. $25-$60. The Ballantyne presents English-style tea time with Southern flair. This month’s theme is Yellow Brick Road; call 704-248-4100 to make a reservation. theballantynehotel.com.
March 22-May 31
Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba. Virtual. Recommended for ages 8 and older. $22 per family. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte presents a recorded performance of 11-year-old Daniel’s escape from Nazi Germany to Havana where he meets 12-year-old Paloma. She introduces Daniel to the language, music, and history of Cuban culture. But once Cuba enters the war, the two friends are faced with dangerous choices that test their friendship. ctcharlotte.org/online/article/tropical.