Lots of fun to be had this week while the weather tricks us into thinking it’s still summer… learn about leaves, decorate cookies with American Girl, meet your favorite author or character, check out the new Tiny Tuesday at Discovery Place Science or take on the inflatable 5K.

Young Explorers: Leaf Kitchen
Latta Nature Center
Monday, September 23, 10:15 a.m.
Discover nature with your little one through stories, crafts and activities.

“The Last Kids On Earth And The Midnight Blade” Author Event
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
Monday, September 23, 6:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the Max Brallier book signing author event – check restrictions about wristbands and book purchases.

Arts Delivered: Homeschool Graphics Workshop
McDowell Arts Center
Tuesday, September 24, 9:30 a.m.
Kids use imagination to create finished products after graphics, software and hardware demonstrations.

Blaire’s Cookie Decorating
American Girl Southpark Mall
Tuesday, September 24, 3:30 p.m.
Use your creative flair to decorate cookies shaped like a flower, chick, and pig, and others that represent part of Blaire’s story. To-go boxes to take home the finished product will be provided.

Image: @AmericanGirl

Tiny Tuesdays
Discovery Place Science
Tuesday, September 24, 10:00 a.m.
Young minds can try activities designed to introduce concepts in science, nature and technology. The program is open only to pre-k students, and there will be no school groups with older children booked at the same time.

Art Of Reading Public Tour: A Single Shard
Mint Museum Randolph
Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.
Author Linda Sue Park presents Tree-ear, a 12th century Korean orphan who becomes fascinated with the work of a master potter and longs to create his own pieces. A docent-led gallery tour follows with art that relates to the book. Registration is required – suggested for ages 12 and older.

STEM Expo At Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Friday, September 27, 9:00 a.m.
Ttake part in hands-on STEM demonstrations, see live emergency response shows and have the opportunity to test your speed and agility just like the pit crews.

Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Tour
N.C. Transportation Museum
Saturday, September 27 – October 6 (weekends)
Take a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy Thomas-themed activities, including toy play, photo ops, temporary tattoos and music.

Insane Inflatable 5K
Rural Hill, Huntersville
Saturday, September 28, 8:00 a.m.
Run and bounce through the Insane Inflatable 5K. Special race for ages 4 – 9.

Image: @InsaneInflatable5k

Breakfast With Clifford
Barnes and Noble, Birkdale
Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m.
Bring your camera and come up to the Café and meet Clifford where you can enjoy your favorite breakfast snack while you hear one of Clifford’s favorite stories.

Sensory Friendly Screening – Abominable
Stone Theater, variours locations Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m.
Sensory friendly screenings are designed for a sensitive audience in a safe and accepting environment.

‘Tawba Walk Arts and Music Festival
Oak Street Mill, Cornelius
Saturday, September 28
This festival showcases local vendors, two stages of live entertainment, local craft beer, food trucks and kids’ zone with inflatables and more.

The Great Pumpkin Fest
Carowinds
Sunday, September 29 – October 31, 10:00 a.m.
Carowinds presents family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, pedal tractors and rides.

Bank Of America Roval 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sunday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.
America’s Home for Racing will be America’s Home for NASCAR Playoff drama in September, when the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 returns on Charlotte.

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Carolina Renaissance Festival
Saturday, October 5 – November 24
The Carolina Renaissance Festival is filled with charming cottages, castles, kitchens and pubs, all with simulated architecture of a 16th century European village.

Image: @CarolinaRenaissanceFestival

Monster Mash-Up
Arts+ (The Bridge, near NoDa)
Saturday, October 26. Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Join the Monster Mash-Up!, a fun afternoon of creepy crawly crafts to make your Halloween festivities super spooky.