Live in the land of make-believe this week and escape the heat… from Storyland, the Hot Wheels tour, Disney games and a butterfly maze to dogs that can catch a frisbee better than you and an open swim in the Quarry… dip into something fun this weekend.

 

Storyland: A Trip through Childhood Favorites
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Thursday, July 26 – September 9, 9:00 a.m.

Beloved children’s books come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth – 8 years old. Storyland transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books – The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill and more.

 

K9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs at Tweetsie Railroad
Tweetsie Railroad

Thursday, July 26 – July 29, 9:00 a.m.

These incredible dogs have delighted audiences nationwide at halftime shows on television. Don’t miss them live at Tweetsie Railroad! Shows at 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Saturday evening show at 7:00 p.m.

 

Kidz Bop Live
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater

July 27, 7:00 p.m.

Get ready to bop until you drop when you jam out with your kids at Kidz Bop Live 2018. Rain or shine.

 

Disney’s The Lion King Jr.
Matthews Playhouse

Friday, July 27 – July 29

The African Savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. See website for show times.

 

Hot Wheels Legends Tour
Walmart – Huntersville

Saturday, July 28, 8:00 a.m.

When Hot Wheels launched the original “Sweet 16” die-cast cars in 1968, they were considered some of the most influential and legendary cars in automotive history. Now they’re hitting the road to find custom cars worthy of joining them as Hot Wheels Legends.

 

American Girl Summer Adventure with Luciana
American Girl Southpark Mall

Saturday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.

Discover more of Luciana’s story through interactive science demonstrations. Participants will also enjoy a Moon Phase craft, and take home a special doll tee (while supplies last).

 

Summer Food Truck Rally at Rural Hill
Rural Hill

Saturday, July 28, 4:00 p.m.

This family-friendly event offers music, food, NC beer and wine. Admission is free, but parking is $5 per vehicle. Kids Zone admission, food and drinks are available for purchase. Food trucks include Anna’s Sweet Treats, Hiya Food Truck, Caribbean Buzz, Rocky Top BBQ, Yummi Banh Mi, Momo Truck, Sugar Daddy’s, Strudelteig, Beyond Decadance and more.

 

Saturday Children’s Yoga
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Saturday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.

Geared towards children ages 3 and younger, the class focuses on movement and energy release. Parent participation required.

 

All Ages at Abari Game Bar
Abari Game Bar

Saturday, July 28, noon

The bar + arcade hybrid has more than 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

 

Natural Happenings: World of Bats
McDowell Nature Preserve

Sunday, July 29, 2:00 p.m.

Discover the elusive world of the often misunderstood, yet beneficial bat. Explore echolocation, and learn fascinating facts about North Carolina’s only flying mammal. Program includes a bat craft for participants to take home. Pre-registration required.

 

Second Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta
Stumpy Creek Boat Launch
Sunday, July 29, 2:00 p.m.
Register and meet with your crew to build a boat out of cardboard and other approved materials. Two crew members will pilot the boat for the race while the rest cheer them on from dry land.

 

Disney’s Christopher Robin Family Game Night
All Around The Board: Game Cafe

Sunday, July 29, 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy various Disney games, free popcorn, some Winnie the Pooh goodies and free tickets to an advanced screening of “Christopher Robin” at the Regal Phillips Place Theater! Wear Disney clothing and get $1 off your cover charge!

 

Toddler Time at Sky Zone
Sky Zone

Thursday, July 26, (every Thursday), 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones discover the joy of being active without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

 

Amazing Butterflies Maze
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County

Tuesdays thru Saturdays through 9/15.

Amazing Butterflies Maze, is divided into themed sections; the maze encompasses the life journey of a caterpillar and its metamorphosis into a butterfly.

 

LaLaCaboosa Downtown Music Series
Veterans Park

Thursday, July 26, 2018 – August 9, 6:30 p.m.

Live music, food trucks, and fun. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. Food is available for purchase from Old Buddy’s Oinker, Taco Green Go, Carolina Smash Truck, Jive Turkey Legs, and Mrs. G’s Ice Cream. Enjoy beverages from Dover Vineyards, Primal Brewery, or Eleven Lakes Brewing.

 

River Jam Concert Series
U.S. National Whitewater Center

Thursdays through September 29, 7:00 p.m.

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.

 

Open Quarry Swim at Carrigan Farms
Carrigan Farms Quarry

Select Days through August 26, 2018

Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and younger must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod and reel for catch-and-release fishing at the farm’s two ponds. Check website for exact dates and times.

 

Friday nights at Camp North End
Boileryard – Camp North End

Fridays through October.

Starting in May and running through October, come out to Camp North End in the Boileryard on Friday nights for food and music. Children, and leashed pets welcome.