All aboard for Chocolate, frogs, treasure hunts and trains = so many fun Things to Do with Family in Charlotte and surrounds this week.

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The Science of Chocolate
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – University City Regional Library

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Why do we crave chocolate and how does it affect the brain? What is the chemical makeup and health benefits of chocolate? Join the University City Regional Library to learn more about the science and history of chocolate. Test your knowledge and taste buds. Chocolate will be provided, or bring your favorite chocolate treat to share.


Sparkle and Shine
Mooresville Public Library
Tuesday, April 17, 4:30 p.m.
Come learn about the temperature and color of stars. Create two of your favorites to take home.


How the West Was Won
N.C. Transportation Museum

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Wednesday, April 18 (through January 31, 2019)

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos, narratives, historic photos and artifacts, visitors can view the history of rail in western North Carolina and learn about the construction of these railroads.


Froggy Friends
Main Street Children’s Museum
Wednesday, April 18, 10:00 a.m.
Enjoy special games and crafts with froggy friends.


Mini-Masters Workshop: Treasure Hunt
Mint Museum Randolph
Wednesday, April 18, 1:30 p.m.
Little artists and their adult companions explore the museum galleries and create art together. Roam the museum in search of sparkling silver and gleaming gold, and make a very special treasure box of your own. Registration required.

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Nature Art: Dream Catchers
Latta Plantation Nature Center
Thursday, April 19, 3:45 p.m.
Search for materials in the forest to make your own dream catcher. You can get creative with vines or twigs and add your own flair of colorful flowers or leaves.


Kids Make Comics!
Fort Mill Public Library
Thursday, April 19, 4:00 p.m.
Draw along to explore and create comics with author and illustrator Dave McDonald, using PowerPoint and interactive instruction. Register online.


Big Day at the Lake
Peninsula Yacht Club

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Thursday, April 19, 6:00 p.m.

This benefit features a raffle, a live auction, music, food, and fun. Proceeds help the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.


U.S. National Whitewater Center

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 – April 22, 2018

Celebrate the great outdoors and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Check the line up online. Kids can participate in obstacle challenges, kids yoga, bicycle races and more.


Museum Camp In: Boom, Pop, Fizzle
The Schiele Museum

Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.

Spend the night at the museum. Watch cool demonstrations and even conduct your own experiments. Event includes an evening snack and breakfast. Advanced registration required.


Stars, STEAM, and Fun
South Rowan Regional Library

Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.

This night-sky watching event includes storytelling, STEAM activities, yoga under the stars, face-painting, food trucks, and more. Members of local astronomy groups will be on hand to guide the night-sky viewing. “Stars, STEAM, & Fun” is part of the 2018 Statewide Star Party, sponsored by the NC Science Festival.


The Sky is the Limit: A Night of Astronomical Fun
McDowell Nature Preserve

Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m.

Stargaze with a team of McDowell Naturalists during a night of fun and learning as we participate in the 2018 North Carolina Statewide Star Party. Enjoy hands-on astronomy activities, view the night sky through a telescope, roast s’mores by a glowing campfire and explore the preserve on a starlit night hike. Registration required.


Music with Holly
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center

Friday, April 20, 11:30 a.m.

Holly Johnson has created a one of a kind music and movement program that is a fusion of learning and listening to all types of songs, playing various instruments, and using your body to express how you feel while doing so.


Food Truck Friday South End
Sycamore Brewing

Friday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.

This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along with seating in the beer garden and taproom, patrons are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.


Madagascar: A Musical Adventure – sensory-friendly performance
Children’s Theater of Charlotte

Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m.

Come see this musical based on the Dreamworks movie. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Performances run Fri.-Sun. See website for showtimes.


Earth Day Celebration/Arbor Day/Hooked on Cornelius
Robbins Park

April 21, 10:00 a.m.

Attend this family event with free “green” activities including arts and crafts, demonstrations, wildlife habitat improvements, nature walks, fishing and more. Fishing is limited and preregistration is required.


Earth Day Celebration
Anne Springs Close Greenway

April 21, 11:00 a.m.

Border collie demonstrations, kayaking and canoeing, geocaching, face painting, lead-line farm animals and more. Showcase your creativity with a fun and environmentally-friendly costume in the “Recycled Runway” contest.


Saturday Children’s Yoga
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

April 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m.

Geared towards children ages 3 and younger, this class will focus on movement and energy release. Parent participation required.


*All images sourced from Facebook of events listed or free sources