Step out in style this week and visit Gingerbread Lane, Scuba Claus, and sensory Santa. And, not to be missed make a bug ornament, do the bee boogie and we list the best places to be front row for live theater and story time. Here are our picks for Things to Do with Family this Week:

Elf in the Woods
Chestnut Square Park, Indian Trail

Things to Do with Family this Week

Monday, December 17, 10:00 a.m.

Chestnut, the elf, has been up to mischief. Follow his trail back to the North Pole.

Nature Story Corner
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Take a journey of imagination; unearth the untold narratives of nature through stories and then walk about the forest exploring and engaging all of your senses.

Yoga Storytime
Cornelius Library

Enjoy stories coupled with fun and easy yoga moves. Discover how movement can bring stories to life in new ways.

Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne
The Ballantyne

Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public, anytime throughout the dates offered.

Story Time and More
Wing Haven

Join Rutherford Rabbit to enjoy a seasonally themed story and craft activity in the Children’s Garden.
Recommended for children younger than 10, but all are welcome.

Family Storytime: Cookies
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

ImaginOn is celebrating Holiday Cookie Day, come out for a special cookie-themed story time. Stick around for songs and stories, make-and-take activities, and dramatic play themed around baking.

Holidays at the Garden Sensory Friendly Santa Visit
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

For children that need a little extra time and attention to visit Santa in the beautiful gardens.

Art Lab
The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council

Art Lab is an art experience that includes a guided tour of The Galleries current exhibition and a fun hands-on art activity.

Bug Ornaments
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville

Learn about the bugs that live in trees, then create some bugs to hang on a Christmas tree.

Free Wednesday Evenings at the Mint Museum

Explore the Mint Museum’s exhibitions – great time for a family visit.

Charlotte Christmas Village
406 N. Tryon.

The uptown holiday event includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming such as local musical performances.

The Wizard of OZ
Ovens Auditorium

This magical production is a celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, and is presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.

Bee Boogie
Discovery Place Nature

Participants will model how honey bees communicate by working together to create a dance language to express where the facilitator has hidden the “nectar.”

Hot Cocoa Story Time
SAS Cupcakes

Come listen to a story while enjoying hot cocoa.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

This hilarious and heartfelt holiday comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying.

Breakfast with Santa at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR Hall of Fame

This all-inclusive magical experience includes breakfast along with a visit and photo with Santa, crafts, and reindeer games. Each child ticket to Breakfast with Santa includes same-day complimentary admission to the ice rink on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza.

Intro to Trails Guided Hike
Anne Springs Close Greenway Dog Park

Intro to Trails Hikes are designed to show different trails on the Greenway, teach hikers how to read the trail signs and maps and give more information about the Greenway.

Holiday Tea with American Girl
American Girl Southpark Mall

Create an unforgettable experience at American Girl’s 2018 Holiday Teas. Enjoy a selection of delectable treats and delicious drinks for both kids and adults. Reservations required.

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Bank of America Stadium

Fun for the entire family, ticket prices vary.

Sea of Lights
SEALIFE Aquarium, Concord

Sunday, December 23, noon – 6:00 p.m.

Wander through each zone of the aquarium to experience thousands of Christmas lights as they sparkle across every fishy friend. Santa appearance times vary – check website for details.

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