Time to take off — Scoop’s summer is sizzlin’ this week… read on for fun gardening activities, block parties, live music, rainbows, fishing, frogs, trains and yes, even planes!


Small Stalks
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Monday, June 18, 10:00 a.m.

Explore nature with songs, games, crafts, and play in Lost Hollow.


Rainbows & Weather – Preschool Community Program
Anne Springs Close Greenway

Monday, June 18, 10:00 a.m.

Preschoolers can complete nature-themed literature activities, crafts, hikes, and use their imaginations! Children must have a parent or guardian present throughout the program.


Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Bojangles’ Summer Shootout – Mascot Mania Go-Kart Race
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tuesday, June 19, 6:00 p.m.

The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout is grassroots racing at its finest, providing up-and-coming young drivers with valuable experience in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval.


Juneteenth at Levine Museum of the New South
Levine Museum of the New South

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

As a complement to the Charlotte community’s traditional celebration of Juneteenth, Levine Museum of the New South will host a free, educational family day with the goal of underscoring the history since the abolishment of slavery and the ongoing advancement of civil rights for African Americans.


Parks & Rec Reptiles & Amphibians
Matthews Regional Library

Wednesday, June 20, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Learn about reptiles and amphibians and explore nature with Parks and Recreation. Registration required.


Professor Whizzpop
West Boulevard Library
Thursday, June 21, 11:00 a.m.
Learn about and explore the world of magic with Professor Whizzpop, a magician bringing books to life. Books are brought to life in Professor Whizzpop’s hilarious, engaging and ever so brilliant “Read to Achieve” Magic Show.


ArtBreak Tour
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture at Levine Center for the Arts

Thursday, June 21, noon

ArtBreak tours are free, thirty minute guided tours each third Thursday at the Harvey B. Gantt Center, Mint Museum Uptown, and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Choose one of the three museums for each date, and experience a tour structured around a common theme reflecting the nature of permanent collections or special exhibitions on view.


Kids “Crafternoon” at the Gardens- Orchids
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Greenhouse

Thursday, June 21, 1:00 p.m.

Take a family-friendly tour of the McMillan Greenhouse before stepping inside the classroom to make your very own orchid craft. Parent participation required.


Musical Storytime and Violin Petting Zoo
Independence Regional Library
Thursday, June 21, 2:00 p.m.
A variety of singing and musical elements combine to bring an engaging story time filled with fun and music education. Children will listen to books being read about music and learn about musical instruments, especially the violin.


Reading on the Railroad
North Carolina Transportation Museum

Thursday, June 21, 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy transportation themed stories, plus a hands-on activity complementing the book.


River Jam Concert Series
U.S. National Whitewater Center

Thursday, June 21, 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series. There are also additional activities including yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.


Movies in the Park- Ferdinand
Veterans Park, Huntersville

Thursday, June 21

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up for some outside entertainment. Drinks, popcorn, candy available for purchase. Movies start 5-15 minutes after sunset.


From Page to Screen: Coco 
Cornelius Library
Friday, June 22, 2:00 p.m.
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.


Rockin’ and Reelin’ Movie and Concert Series
Pineville Lake Park

Friday, June 22

Concerts start at 7:00 p.m.; movies start at dusk.


Paw Patrol Live!: The Great Pirate Adventure
Ovens Auditorium

Saturday, June 23 – June 24

The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration.


Doggy Days of Summer
Northlake Mall

Saturday, June 23, 11:00 a.m.

Northlake Mall is partnering with CMPD Animal Care and Control for a mobile pet adoption and “Check Your Chip” clinic to make sure your dog’s microchip information is correct. Dog grooming and dog treats will also be available.


Fun in the Sun: Waverly Block Party
Waverly Charlotte

Saturday, June 23, 11:00 a.m.

The party begins from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with kids’ crafts, a video game truck, bounce house, and DJ. Be sure to stop by the Discovery Place Science T-Rex Zone to meet T-Rex, get temporary tattoos and coloring sheets, and go on a fossil dig.


Epic Mud Maze
Hodges Family Farm
Saturday, June 23, 8:00 a.m.
Get dirty at the Epic Mud Maze, which is set in 2.5 acres of mud! The course covers 0.45 miles if participants follow the correct path. On average, participants complete the maze in 30 to 45 minutes, while tackling obstacles and mud pits. Families start together at 8:00 a.m.; kids ages five to 12 can go through the maze with adult.


Rolls, Dips, and Dives Summer Science Session
Carolina’s Aviation Museum

Saturday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.

Learn control surfaces through the open cockpit experiences of the Cessna 150, F-4 Fighter Jet, and the Boeing 727 Commercial Airliner Procedures Trainer.


Grand Opening Little Sugar Creek Greenway/Cross Charlotte Trail Tyvola Road
Greenway near Little Sugar Creek wastewater treatment plant
Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.
Celebrate the opening of a new segment of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway/Cross Charlotte Trail between Tyvola Road and Huntingtowne Farms Park. Limited parking is available off Tyvola Road, directly across from the Queens University Sports Complex (right turn in and out only).


Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops
Locations vary

Sunday, June 24

Listen to the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony and enjoy the summer evenings. June 24: Best of Broadway, 8:15 p.m., Symphony Park.


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