Cool Off With These 11 Hot Ideas for Weekend Fun With the Kids

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Friday
Powerade Fanfest
Join in the fun of opening ceremonies for the Powerade State Games with interactive sports-themed inflatables, games, music and mascots. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord.

Southend Summer Movies
Try a bite from local food trucks and settle in for an outdoor showing of “Thor.” East Kingston Aveunue at the Rail Trail.

Summer Pops: Energy Explorium
Enjoy an evening lakeside listening to music by the Charlotte Symphony. Energy Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville.

Saturday
First Day of Summer. Treat the kids and yourself to an ice cream cone!

Food Truck Family Jam
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy some of the city’s best food trucks, live music and a bounce house for the kids. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road.

Northlake MallStars Summer Fun
Celebrate the first day of summer by having fun with Radio Disney, playing in the pop-jet fountain and enjoying crafts and music. Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.

Farm Day
A little farm in the big city: Meet goats, rabbits, chickens and more! Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. 

Adventures in Folklore
Red Herring puppets presents original puppet theater of four familiar folktales. Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.

Sunday
Sunday Funday: Every Picture Tells a Story
Collaborate on a digital iPad painting, make an art journal and draw a comic, plus peruse the museum galleries. Mint Museum, 500 S. Tryon St.

McDowell Craft Corner
Get crafty making nature-inspired crafts. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road.

Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins
Visit with Peter the box turtle and his friends to learn all their habitats and habits. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road.

Find more weekend fun in our calendar of events.