As whispers of summer can be heard, we’ve got the scoop on events to help you prep for kindergarten, rock out with reptiles, learn the best way to recycle toys, catch a football game, take in a full moon nighttime hike, and run the OrthoCarolina’s kids’ dash.

Mars Mondays
Step into outer space in the StarLab and journey to Mars and beyond.

Rookie Science: From Trash To Toys
Myers Park Library
Learn about pollution, and create toys out of re-purposed trash. Registration required.

Toddler Tuesdays At Barnes And Noble: Arboretum
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
Storytime includes classic tales and new favorites.

Summer Fun Thursday: The Piano Juggler
Northlake Mall
Enjoy a morning out watching Dan Menendez, who combines comedy, juggling and music for his performance.

Full Moon Hike
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
Celebrate the full moon with a gathering in the woods and on the trails.

KRVE Summer Concert Series
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Bring chairs, blankets, and money for food trucks, beer, wine and sodas.

Thursday, August 15, 6:00 p.m.

Carolina Panthers Vs. Los Angeles Rams
Bank of America Stadium
Watch the Carolina Panthers take on the Los Angeles Rams in the first home game of the regular season.

Countdown To Kindergarten
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
Meet kindergarten teachers, visit a mock classroom, practice getting lunch at a pretend cafeteria, practice tying shoes, try literacy games and more.

Friday, August 16, 4:00 p.m.

Take It Outside! Family Game Night
Latta Nature Center
Enjoy the cooler temperatures of the evening while playing games. Finish the night with a campfire and marshmallows. Feel free to bring your own game or borrow one at the nature center.

Riders In The Sky
Tweetsie Railroad
Worth the drive – grammy-winning music and comedy from America’s favorite cowboys.

Reptiles Rock
Wing Haven Gardens
Learn about the role of reptiles with wildlife educator, Stephen Hughes. Following the presentation, families will have the opportunity to visit with animals and create a reptile-themed craft.

Clear The Shelters
The Humane Society of Charlotte
The shelter will fee-waive and deeply discount adoption fees to facilitate as many adoptions as possible.

Kid’s Dash
OrthoCarolina 10K Classic – Food Truck and Beer Fest
The kid’s dash is very informal, no need to register, but it gives the kiddos an opportunity to run through the finish line like Mom and Dad.

Saturday, August 17

Cartoons And Coffee
Rea Farms
Watch ‘Toy Story’, and meet some of the characters from the movie. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to watch the show.

Saturday, August 17, 9:30 a.m.

Cars And Cappuccino
SouthPark Mall
Get up close to a variety of European sports cars.

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