Earth Day, Youth Obstacle Course, BOOM and More Things to Do with Family this week 4/22

Ready to rock the week? We’ve got the scoop on family fun from spring break workshops, museums, and picnics to new shows, stargazing, and cool cars.

Spring Break Family Workshops
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
April 22: Worm Farming, April 23: Grow Your Own Herbal Tea, April 24: Upcycled Succulents, April 25: Sun Catcher Wind Chimes, April 26: The Air Plant Phenomenon

Earth Day
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
Plant seeds and inspect plants in the Learning Garden at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

National Picnic Day
Walter Y. Elisha Park
Grab a picnic dinner, and celebrate National Picnic Day.

Young Explorers: Fantastic Flowers
Latta Nature Center
Discover nature through stories, crafts and activities related to flowers.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Belk Theater
Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Appearance
Barnes and Noble
Enjoy a fun-filled story time event with coloring sheets, tattoos, games, raffles, special birthday surprises and of course, meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and snap a picture with the official Very Hungry Caterpillar VW Bug.

Thursday, April 25, 11:00 a.m.

Tuck Fest Youth Obstacle Race
U.S. National Whitewater Center
The Youth Obstacle Race puts youngsters’ speed, coordination and strength to the test. See website for registration and qualifying information.

“Avengers: Endgame” Early Screening Benefit For IGNITE
Our Town Cinemas
Catch an early screening of “Avengers: Endgame” to benefit the IGNITE Program for individuals with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Each ticket includes any size soft drink and popcorn.

Coaster Campout
With a donation, enjoy admission to the park, an evening meal, exclusive ride time, a late-night snack, a hearty breakfast buffet the next morning and early ride time. Proceeds of the event benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Charlotte Motor Speedway
The thunderous roar of 44,000-horsepower excitement returns to zMAX Dragway, for the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

Friday, April 26 – 28, 8:00 a.m.

Adventure Seekers Kids Night Out
Anne Springs Close Greenway
After a pizza dinner, kids enjoy action-packed pirate-related activities.

Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr.
Armour Street Theatre
Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store. First grade has never been more exciting. See website for showtimes.

Friday, April 26 – May 5

Boom Art Festival
Plaza Midwood
The BOOM festival is Charlotte’s annual showcase of contemporary and experimental art created on the fringes of popular culture.

Friday, April 26 – 28

Art And Soul Of South End
Historic South End
Camden Road will transform into a community commons, with creative experiences, live music, park seating, and pop-up shops. The festival will feature several themed tours of South End hot spots, history and public art.

Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m.

SEED at Wing Haven
Wing Haven Gardens
Attend the grand opening of the new SEED Wildlife Garden and Children’s Garden. There will be activities for the kids and refreshments provided.

Sensory-Friendly Planetarium Show
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
In the Schiele Museum’s first sensory-friendly program, the lights will stay on, and visitors will be able to come and go as they please. This sensory-friendly experience is designed to offer a gentle introduction to stargazing in the planetarium.

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.

Sunday Fun Day: Pay It Forward
Mint Museum Uptown
Enjoy art projects, gallery experiences, artist demonstrations and family yoga.

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 p.m.

Cars And Cappuccino
SouthPark Mall
See a variety of European sports cars.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra And Jazz Ensemble: Concert On The Green
Davidson Town Green
Relax, kick back, and celebrate spring with the DCSO and Jazz Ensemble as they perform a lively mix of music on the Davidson Town Green.

Sunday, April 28, 6:00 p.m.

Don’t miss Big Bounce House America at Concord Speedway.

Keep on the Radar:

Here We Grow, Duke Mansion, Saturday, May 4

Looking for more fun things to do – get the Scoop on April/ Spring Festivals here.

*Images sourced from Facebook and website of events listed or free sources.


Bek Mitchell-Kidd
Bek is an Australian native who has lived in the Lake Norman area for more than a decade.