Butterflies, Dragons, Race cars and Balloons what a beautiful week of Summer Family Fun.

Butterfly Bungalow
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Enter a pollinators’ paradise abundant in fluttering butterflies native to North Carolina and a colorful display of their favorite plants. Explore the life cycle of a butterfly, witness metamorphosis and more.

RCR 50: Only In America Exhibit
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame exhibit honors the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing with artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Monday, June 17

Winghaven Gardens
Join Rutherford Rabbit for a seasonal-themed story and craft in the Children’s Garden. Water vegetable plants, dig for worms, explore the sensory and butterfly gardens. Bring a snack or picnic lunch and extend your stay in the garden.

Tuesday, June 17

Terrific Tuesday: The Balloon Lady
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
See what The Balloon Lady can create with balloons and a bit of imagination.

Sensational Seeds
Pike Nursery, Cornelius
Learn about the anatomy of seeds, and how they grow. Explore and compare different kinds of seeds, then make seed balls to take home and plant. Open to all ages, but ideal for grades K-3. Children must be accompanied by a parents or guardian. Must register.

Waxhaw Fun Days In The Park: Fairy Trail Day
Town Creek Park
Enjoy games, crafts, a treasure hunt and a special magical guest.

Wednesday, June 19, 9:30 a.m.

Make It Take It: Finger Knitting
Mint Museum Uptown
Try out a new project every Wednesday night in June. This Wednesday learn to finger knit.

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson
Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center
Children are invited to participate in a free swim lesson at the Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center.

Children’s Theater In The Park
Veterans Park, Kannapolis
Watch a live performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

Animal Pool Party
Latta Nature Center
Watch aquatic turtles go for a dip in turtle pools. Feed them slimy snacks and learn about them.

JoJo Siwa
Ovens Auditorium
Ovens Auditorium will host Nickelodeon star and YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa on her first-ever U.S. concert tour Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour.

Summer Concert Series: Anne Springs Close Greenway
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Hear music at the greenway every Thursday in June – August. Bring chairs, blankets, and money for food trucks, beer, wine and sodas. See website for the food truck and band lineup, as well as run club and sunset yoga information. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.

Every Thursday through August 15

Fairies In The Forest: Summer Solstice Evening Fun
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Register to have a professional photo taken by the pond for $25 before listening to fairytales in Harwood Garden. See website for event schedule. Fairy wings and picnic dinners encouraged.

Just Kidding Around
Veteran’s Park, Huntersville
Sing, dance, learn instruments and listen to stories with Bach 2 Rock of Huntersville. For ages 1-5.

National Pollinator Week
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
To celebrate National Pollinator Week, the South Branch Bluegrass Band will play, and don’t miss the talks with beekeepers and farmers about the importance of pollinators.

5th Annual Fire Truck Festival
North Carolina Transportation Museum
See the largest gathering of fire trucks in the state of North Carolina. Meet firefighters, vote for your favorite fire truck and enjoy a day at the museum.

Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast With The Characters
Chef Snoopy is serving up fun, giggles and a delicious breakfast for his best buds. Enjoy breakfast buffet and time with Snoopy and the whole PEANUTS gang. Reservations are required.

Sunday, June 23, 9:00 a.m.

Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops
Symphony Park
Listen to the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony, and enjoy the summer evening.

Sunday, June 23, 8:15 p.m.

Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art Of Tony DiTerlizzi
Mint Museum (Randolph)
Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from “Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering,” and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and children’s books.

Sunday, June 23: Materials: Acryla gouache on Bristol board. Illustration for Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition. ©Tony DiTerlizzi. All rights reserved.

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