Babysitting Classes, Star Wars Day, American Girl Fun & More Things to Do with Family this Week (4/30)

There’s lots of fun to be had this week with music, art and food truck festivals, family fun runs, dog shows, outdoor movies, Star Wars and American Girl events and more – get out there Scoopers!

Mini Masters
Bessemer City Branch Library

Little artists and their adult caregivers explore art through storytelling and create their own masterpiece. Class is centered on creativity, fine-motor skills, and confidence-building. Explore different media and try out new art-making techniques in each class, including drawing, painting, cutting, and constructing. Registration required.

Budding Adventures
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
Monday, April 30, 10:00 a.m.
Start off by exploring various nature topics in the classrooms. Then head out into the forest to uncover the wonders of the natural world. Parent participation required. Register online.

Wee Sprouts
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Bring your children to the Garden for a morning of sensory exploration, singing and fun. Explore colors, shapes, movement, texture and a host of other topics in a safe and nurturing environment.

Toddler Time Tuesday
Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville

Participate in Toddler Time Tuesday on the first and third Tuesday of April and May. This nature-themed set of hands-on workshops is designed for parents and children ages 18-36 months. Workshops may be booked individually or as a series. Each workshop lasts approximately one hour.

American Girl Book Club
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – Mint Hill
Tuesday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.
Join us on the first Tuesday of each month to explore the lives and times of the American Girl Doll series. Crafts, games, food, and fun!

Safe Sitter Certification Class
Morrison Family YMCA
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – May 3, 5:45 p.m.
In this two day Safe Sitter Certification Class, 11-15 year olds will learn how to supervise children, recognize safety hazards, handle first-aid situations, play age-appropriate games, change diapers, carry out parents’ instructions and discuss job responsibilities.

Toddler Tuesday at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child (ages 3-12) $5 each.

Homeschool Rally: The Science of Speed: Mini-Car Racing Competition
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

This month the library is joining both Homeschool Rallies (the Junior Edition for ages 5-11 and the Senior Edition for tweens and teens ages 10-18) for a build-your-own-miniature-car Speed Racing Competition. Construct your own racecars out of materials such as toilet paper tubes, dowels, spools, and rubber bands, and then test them out to see if you can win the race.

River Jam Concert Series
U.S. National Whitewater Center

Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.

Star Wars Day
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

Join the Dark Side and hold an entire galaxy in your hand or team up with the Jedi and make your own miniature light saber. You could even build your own constellation or map the stars to help the Rebellion! Padawans must be accompanied by an adult; registration is required for all younglings.

Movies on the Campus
Veterans Park

Pack a dinner picnic, grab a blanket or some lawn chairs and enjoy Disney Pixar Cars 3 for free in Veteran’s Park.

Cornelius PARC 5K Run and Walk 2018
Westmoreland Athletic Complex
Thursday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.
This family-friendly race is open to walk or run. Proceeds will go to the Top Deck Foundation to benefit the son of the Cornelius Police Captain who was diagnosed with an aggressive tumor.

South Carolina Strawberry Festival
Walter Elisha Park

Friday, May 4, 2018 – May 5, 2018

Celebrate the strawberry at this award-winning festival. Walk through a butterfly exhibit, check out antique cars, attend a pig race, sample strawberry pie, and let the kids try out the rides.

Jiggy with the Piggy
North Carolina Research Campus

A Kansas City Society Barbeque competition, carnival rides, a 5K walk/run, live music, outdoor movie, arts and crafts vendors, and more.

Davidson Town Day
Davidson Town Green

A day of fun with music, food, and entertainment for all ages.

Paws in the Park
Chestnut Square Park
Friday, May 5, 10:00 a.m.
Bring your four-legged friends out at this dog festival with demonstrations, contests, performances and giveaways.

Festival of Food Trucks
Downtown Mooresville

Sample gourmet fare, stroll the streets, shop, and listen to live music.

Memories with Mom
American Girl

Celebrate “Mom and me” time with a meal, flowers, a fun dice game, a make-your-own “memory board” craft, and lots of conversation. Plus, you’ll get a spiral book to record the best moments of your “girls’ day out” as well as a picture frame. Registration required.

Nurturing Parenthood Event
NoDa Brewing Company
Sunday, May 6, 1:00 p.m.
An opportunity to meet a collective of prenatal, postpartum and infant practitioners. Ask questions, get information about local services, troubleshoot current struggles, and enjoy shopping and chair massages.

Hello Huntersville
Downtown Huntersville

Sunday, May 6, 2:00 p.m.

This festival highlights local/regional area artists and musicians. Look for special “pop-up” performances throughout the event, visit local breweries, wineries, and food trucks while listening to live music and shopping the arts/crafts vendor booths.

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Bek Mitchell-Kidd
Bek is an Australian native who has lived in the Lake Norman area for more than a decade.