Free Bowling Free Movies & Free Ice Cream, Farm Day, Pet Rocks, Dad’s Day & More Things to Do with Family This Week 6/10

Despite the rain it feels like summer has officially arrived. We’ve got the scoop on lots of rain or shine events including free bowling and movies, conventions, concerts, and animal fun.

Kids Bowl Free
10 Park Lanes
Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in Huntersville, Strikers Family Fun Center in Rock Hill and Woodleaf Lanes in Salisbury are also participating.

Starts Monday, June 10, 10:00 a.m.

Summer Break Kick Off On The Green
Davidson Library
Celebrate summer with music by Billy Jones and visits from the Paws to Read dogs. Also enjoy limbo, water balloon toss, sack races, egg and spoon racing, and face painting.

From Page To Screen: Mary Poppins Returns
Myers Park Library
Bring a lunch, and watch “Mary Poppins Returns,” inspired by the children’s series by P.L. Travers.

ImagiCon Presents Preteen Scene: Escape The Mine-Shaft
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Preteen gamers and Minecraft lovers are invited to try and escape! Register online.

Tuesday, June 11, 1:30 p.m.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Truck Tour
The 2019 “Jeni’s Makes Summer Better” Truck Tour is bringing delicious flavors to Charlotte and giving away FREE ice cream – check out the locations here.

Wednesday, June 12 – 14

Waxhaw Fun Days In The Park: Waxhaw “Rocks” Day
David G. Barnes Park
Wear play clothes to paint at least two rocks, one to take home and one to hide downtown.

Books Start Art: Name Art
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Enjoy stories and learn what illustrators do by creating art using your name.

Mint Música & Poesía Café
Mint Museum Uptown
Event features local poets, dancers and musicians and celebrates the Hispanic Heritage Month.

Wednesday, June 12, 6;00 p.m. Image from Alma de la Luna Dance Academy shared from Mint Museum.

Family Storytime: A Very Hungry Birthday
Plaza Midwood Library
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” with the story, activities and snacks.

Summer Concert Series: Anne Springs Close Greenway
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Hear music at the greenway every Thursday in June, July and August. Bring chairs, blankets, and money for food trucks, beer, wine and sodas. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 13, 6:00 p.m.

Drum Circle
Plaza Midwood
Get in on the Drum Circle featuring a diverse group of drummers and dancers as part of the Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas.

Friday, June 14, 6:00 p.m.

Native Snakes Of NC
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Learn about the native snakes of North Carolina. Program includes a live snake demonstration and is suitable for all ages.

Heroes Convention
Charlotte Convention Center
Hosting more than 600 artists and creators from all across the comic-book industry, as well as more than 200 comic-book, toy, apparel and collectible dealers, this event is a family-friendly destination for comic fans.

Friday, June 14 – 16

Clash Of The ‘Bots
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Interact with teams of robot builders, and watch them compete for supremacy. Dissect electronics, see a 3D printer in action and talk to experts on how to get involved in robotics for fun or a career.

Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m.

Junior Naturalist Society: Butterflies
Latta Nature Center
Create your own field journal while exploring plants, animals and fungi.

Farm Day
Discovery Place Nature
Don’t miss your chance to get up close to farm animals. Activities include a sheep herding game, puppet shows, storytelling, pin the tail on the cow and plant a vegetable.

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Father’s Day Brunch
Race over to the NASCAR Hall of Fame to celebrate Dad. Ticket includes brunch, general admission, a family photo and a special activity. Challenge your family to a race by designing, building and racing your own car using a variety of materials, from batteries and motors to balloons and straws.

Sunday, June 16, 10:00 a.m.

Father’s Free At Tiger World
Tiger World
Tiger World provides a unique experience for all ages in the world of exotic animals. Dads receive free admission on Father’s Day.

Cars And Cappuccino
SouthPark Mall
See a variety of European sports cars on the third Sunday of every month from now through November. Rain days may be rescheduled.

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


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