We’ve got the scoop on this week’s tea parties, tortoises, books, baseball, trains and even a teddy bear picnic.

Story Time Mondays
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Enjoy a variety of stories based on the season. Learn about bugs, frogs, plants and other garden friends.

Monday, May 13, 11:15 a.m.

Charlotte Knights: Star Wars Night
BB&T Stadium
The first 2,000 fans will receive a Good Knight Charlie Bobblehead as part of the club’s 6th Annual Star Wars Knight.

Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 p.m.

Toddler Tuesdays At Barnes And Noble: Arboretum
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
This story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Tuesday, May 14, 9:30 a.m.

Beginner Buddies – Life in the Pond
Rescue Ranch
Classes involve a story, make a Mother’s/ Father’s Day craft, exploration stations and time with two animal ambassadors.

Tuesday, May 14, 10:00 a.m.

Party In The Park
Romare Bearden Park
Party in Romare Bearden Park featuring Steve Owens and Summertime.

Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 p.m.

Adaptive Experiences For Children
Matthews Library
Enjoy literacy-related activities specifically designed for youth with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues or other developmental disabilities.

Thursday, May 16, 10:00 a.m.

Latta Spring Homeschool Day
Historic Latta Plantation
The theme for this homeschool day is nature. Visit with farm animals and some special guests from the Carolina Raptor Center. Enjoy demonstrations, music and story time.

Thursday, May 16, 10:00 a.m.

Haulers On Union Parade And Fan Fest
Concord
More than 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car haulers will make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. There will be a free party in the streets with live music, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways and race cars on display.

Thursday, May 16, 5:00 p.m.

The Tortoise and Hare
Discovery Place Kids Huntervsille Once there was a hare who really loved to run. Meet the characters he encounters and to see who will win the race between the tortoise and the hare.

Friday, May 17 9:45 a.m. + 1:45 p.m.

National Train Day, Membership Day And Train Show
North Carolina Transportation Museum
Celebrate National Train Day at the N.C. Transportation Museum with special train rides, tours and children’s activities. The Historic Spencer Shops Train Show will feature all sorts of railroad memorabilia, model trains, and much more for sale.

Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

Carolina Harbor Opening Day
Carowinds
Kick off a new season of waterpark fun, and enjoy coastal Carolina festivities all day.

Saturday, May 18, 11:00 a.m.

A Day In The Life: Nurses
Discovery Place Science
Learn what it takes to work as a nurse. Visit the Explore More Me lab and meet professionals from a variety of nursing fields.

Saturday, May 18, 11:00 a.m.

Teddy Bear Picnic: Family Fun Story Time
Kannapolis Library
Bring your teddy or other cuddly friend to the library for stories, snacks and fun.

Saturday, May 18, 11:00 a.m.

3rd Annual Lake Norman Festival Of The Arts With Craft Marketplace
Birkdale Village
Experience creations including sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry and mixed media while enjoying eateries and retailers of Birkdale Village.

Saturday, May 18 – 19, 10:00 a.m.

Sunday Fun Day: Imagine And Invent
Mint Museum Uptown
Design a doodle bot, build with Makerspace Charlotte and celebrate the 75th Sunday Fun Day.

Sunday, May 19, 1:00 p.m.

Bigleaf Magnolia Art And Garden Festival
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Sunday is Family Day at the Bigleaf Magnolia Art and Gardens Festival. Register for a family workshop, or drop in to a creation station.

Sunday, May 19, 1:00 p.m.

WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party
American Girl Southpark Mall
Put on your wellies, and reserve your spot for the tea party, which includes refreshments, crafts and cupcake-decorating.

Sunday, May 19, 3:30 p.m.

Tea Time In The Garden
Wing Haven Gardens
Enjoy traditional tea fare and pink lemonade, as well as activities for children.

Sunday, May 19, 4:00 p.m.

*Images sourced from Facebook/ websites of events listed or free sources