What a week – the sun is shining… we’ve got baby animals, lots of lions, snails, Pete the Cat, bunnies, oh yeah — and did we mention free ice cream?!

Wildlife Baby Shower
Discovery Place Nature
Attend this “baby shower” to provide aid to local rehabilitation organizations. Bring a gift, listen to a fun baby animal story and play a few shower games to learn about wild little ones. See requested gift list on website.

Monday, April 8, 12:30 p.m.

Don King, MPL’s Community Reads Guest Speaker
Mooresville Public Library
Monday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.
Join a discussion about the Narnia series with expert, Don King.

Monday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.

Nomadic Murals: Tapestries of the Modern Era
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler holds excellent examples of textiles by Alexander Calder, Le Corbusier, Diego Giacometti, Fernand Léger, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso.

Tuesday, April 9 – December 1

Week of the Young Child
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
April 9, Tasty Tuesday: Create something tasty together and expand math skills. April 10, Work Together Wednesday: Build something awesome together. April 11, Artsy Thursday: Use your senses to create a masterpiece. April 12, Family Friday: Parent and child will engage together with activities and crafts.

Tuesday, April 9 – 12, 11:15 a.m.

Free Cone Day
Ben and Jerry’s
Get free ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s!

Tuesday, April 9, noon

Young Explorers: Snails, Slugs and Other Bugs
Latta Nature Center
Discover nature through stories, crafts and activities related to bugs.

Wednesday, April 10, 10:15 a.m.

NexGen Design Lab: African Print Fashion Now!
Mint Museum Randolph
Experiment with contemporary pattern-making and design, and explore the exhibit, “African Print Fashion Now!” Registration required.

Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m.

The Price is Right Live
Ovens Auditorium
The Price Is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” and play classic games from television’s most popular game show.

Wednesday, April 10

Special Olympics Cabarrus County Spring Games
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
Cheer on these special athletes. On April 10, participants are middle school and high school age and adults, and on April 11, participants are elementary school age.

Wednesday, April 10 – 11, 10:00 a.m.

Spring Plant Sale
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens- CAB building
Shop the best selection of native plants in Charlotte, colorful annuals, wildflowers, perennials, trees and shrubs, plus harder-to-find exotics, carnivorous plants, tropicals, herbs, and select veggies! Please note the new location.

Thursday, April 11-13, 9:00 a.m.

A Morning with the Easter Bunny
Cornelius Art Center
Celebrate the holiday with crafts, snacks and a photo with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own camera.

Friday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.

3rd Annual Pop-Up Picnic
Mint Museum Randolph
Spread a blanket for a community picnic. Pick up a pre-ordered picnic basket meal, bring your own picnic meal or enjoy dinner from one of the onsite food trucks, Bleu Barn Bistro and Spoons BBQ. Wine and beer from Blue Blaze Brewing and Lenny Boy Brewing Co. will be available for purchase. Enjoy live music and family activities.

Friday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.

Star Party (in the Swamp)
Lake Norman State Park
Star light, star bright, come look at stars tonight! Join the ranger staff and volunteers in star games and looking through telescopes. Rain date is April 13.

Friday, April 12, 6:30 p.m.

Pete the Cat
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the family’s world with his strumming and strutting. See website for showtimes.

Friday, April 12 – May 5

Spring Horse Show
Anne Springs Close Greenway
The public is welcome to ride or simply watch the entertaining equestrian classes. Open to riders of all skill levels, with more than 40 competitive classes. Food will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.

Naturalist Egg Hunt
Wing Haven Gardens
Children can make binoculars to help guide them through the gardens on a naturalist egg hunt, which includes finding songbirds and learning about each one along the way. Seasonal crafts and light refreshments will also be available.

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.

Carolinas Aviation Museum Community Day
The Carolinas Aviation Museum
The Museum will explore North Carolina’s aviation industry and make visitors aware of how important the state is to aviation and aerospace.

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.

Play up the Music: Disney Junior Play Date
SouthPark Mall
Enjoy sing-a-longs, crafts and fun based on Disney Junior Music. Attendees at the Play Date will have a chance to win a $50 Shopping Spree from the Disney Store at SouthPark! Disney character live appearances are not a part of this event.

Saturday, April 13, 1:00 p.m.

Hop into Spring
Robbins Park
Enjoy an afternoon filled with fun, including egg-themed activities, arts and crafts, face painting, inflatables, music and photo opportunities with Peter Cottontail. Bring a basket for eggs and treats.

Saturday, April 13, 2:00 p.m.

Madagascar, Jr.
Jewish Community Center, Gorelick Theatre
Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with the animals from the DreamWorks film.

Saturday, April 13, 2:00 p.m.

Loch Norman Highland Games
Historic Rural Hill
Come and experience all the fun with Highland dancing, bagpipe bands, Highland athletics, a giant kids’ zone, Scottish merchants, haggis, Celtic Rock and traditional performers, historic reenactments, Scottish country dancing, Sunday church service, hearth cooking, NC beer and wine, whiskey tastings, kilted running events and Scottish clan societies.

Saturday, April 13-14

Easter Bunny Express
North Carolina Transportation Museum
Take a 25-minute train ride with the Easter Bunny. The furry friend will hand out candy and pose for pictures. Do not miss the inflatables, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and face painting. On April 19 and 20, children can also hunts for eggs. See website for schedule.

Saturday, April 13 – 20

KEEP ON THE RADAR

The Mother of All Baby Showers, Discovery Place Science The nation’s largest adults-only night out for expectant and new parents. It’s an evening full of resources, support and education from experts, peers and hand-picked local and national brands.

Thursday, April 18

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