Keep the Memorial Day magic going… lots of outdoor family fun this week, including some epic air-conditioned escapes too.
Moonlight Series: Kayak
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Enjoy the serene moonlit waters of Lake Haigler on this after-dark adventure. Gaze at constellations, listen to the night sounds of the Greenway and escape the summer heat as you paddle at a sedate pace around the lake. Reservations required.
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) receives a discount as well, costing only $5 each.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After exploring the Garden’s annual beds, guests can make their way to the Bungalow of butterflies at an additional cost.
Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
Discovery Place Science
Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The exhibit features life-sized dinosaur specimens, a dramatic array of fossils and casts and state-of-the-art technology, a Dino Pit, a daily show-Saurus and more.
Party in the Park
Romare Bearden Park
Bring your lawn chairs, drinks and snacks, and be prepared to dance at this weekly event that features the music of local bands. Occurs Wednesdays with the exception of July Fourth.
River Jam Concert Series
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series. There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.
Movie Night: “Ferdinand”
The Green at Promenade on Providence
Enjoy an outdoor family movie night.
Food Truck Friday South End
This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the family, including your dogs. Along with seating in the beer garden and taproom, you’re welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Cotswold Trucks Food Truck Rally
Trinity Presbyterian Church
This food truck rally is family and dog-friendly and features 10-15 area food trucks, live music, and a gated kids’ playground.
Enjoy Jazz in the Park every 1st Friday of the month May through October at Fountain Park in Downtown Rock Hill. The performance includes children’s lip sync battle, spoken word, and live jazz music.
Mingling on the Greens
Live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1-August 25.
Rockin’ and Reelin’ Movie and Concert Series
Pineville Lake Park
Concerts start at 7pm; movies start at dusk. June 1: Coconut Groove June 22: “Wonder” June 28: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm July 13: Red Dirt Revival July 20: Matthews Playhouse, The Lion King, Jr. July 27: “Peter Rabbit” August 17: Trial by Fire September 14: Entertainers
Live on the Green Concert Series
First Ward Park
Unwind with Bluegrass and Americana music, food trucks, beverages, and more. Occurs every other Friday all summer. See website for times.
Jammin’ by the Tracks
Downtown Waxhaw under the Water Tower
Enjoy outdoor music on the first Friday of June, August, and September.
Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville
Saturday, June 2, 9:00 a.m.
Discovery how things work at Tinkerfest, Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville’s first-ever daylong celebration of design, imagination and creativity for girls and their families. From taking apart small appliances to putting bones back together, girls will be encouraged to experiment and explore how things work and move. Workshops occur hourly.
Party for Trails
Goat Island Greenway
In honor of National Trails Day, the Carolina Thread Trail is holding a public celebration on Goat Island in downtown Cramerton. This family-friendly community day features outdoor activities, including guided nature walks, kayak and SUP rentals, bike rentals, greenway tours, yoga classes, lawn games, and nature activities. Guests are welcome and encouraged to bring their dogs.
Discover Robotics with Luciana
American Girl Southpark Mall
Girls can have a blast studying robotics and the science behind it—just like Luciana! Instructors will hold a special robotics demo to show how robots respond to commands and how movements are programmed. Girls will then have a chance to program a robot to respond to a voice command of their own! After the workshop, enjoy a delicious brunch together in the Bistro.
Animal Pool Party
Latta Plantation Nature Center
Join our aquatic turtles on the nature center lawn as they enjoy an afternoon pool party! You can help feed them some slimy snacks and learn why they love life on the lake!
Picnic in the Park
Fourth Ward Park
Bring a picnic and enjoy live music. Every Sunday through August 26.