Jonas Brothers, Puppet Shows, Polar Express, Santa Paws, Farm Fun, Story Time and More Things to Do with Family this Week 11/18

What a week Scoop has in store for you! There’s something for everyone from nature-based activities to holiday train rides. So grab your little people (and fido!) and get out there and go!

Discovery Place Science
Now through – January 1
Discover Cuban culture through bilingual experiences including music and games. Pair the exhibit with “Cuba” in IMAX for an additional cost of $4 per ticket.

Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour
Belk Theater
Monday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.
A dazzling musical wonderland features singing and dancing to Disney Junior songs, plus holiday classics with Disney friends and a visit from Santa Claus.

Overbooked: Middle School Book Club
Cornelius Library
Monday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.
Come discuss “The Parker Inheritance” by Varian Johnson. Snacks will be served.

Image: @Pixabay

Toddler Tuesdays At Barnes And Noble: Arboretum
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
Tuesday, November 19, 9:30 a.m.
This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Story Time And More
Wing Haven Gardens
Tuesday, November 19, 10:00 a.m.
Enjoy two stories and and two craft activities. After the program, romp and play in the SEED Wildlife Garden and Children’s Garden, or stroll the historic Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary.

Botanists In Training
Latta Nature Center
Wednesday, November 20, 1:00 p.m.
Take a closer look at the plants that make the nature preserve a beautiful and important habitat.

Off Trail Adventure Hike
McDowell Nature Preserve
Wednesday, November 20, 1:00 p.m.
Explore the preserve off trail. Register online, and bring an adventurous spirit.

Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins Tour
Spectrum Center
Wednesday, November 20
‘Happiness Begins Tour’ is the biggest Jonas Brothers tour ever.

Image: @JonasBrothers

Puppet Show At ImaginOn
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Thursday, November 21, 11:30 a.m.
See a puppet show with songs and activities that support early literacy and foster a love of books.

Story Explorers: Campfire Songs And Stories
Myers Park Library
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.
Explore songs and stories through interactive activities. Register online.

Image: @Pixabay

The Polar Express Train Ride
North Carolina Transportation Museum
Friday, November 22, 4:00 p.m.
The Polar Express Train Ride, inspired by the run-away hit movie, features a train ride to the North Pole with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate and a presentation of the first gift of Christmas. The event combines the train ride with theatrical performances, along with Reindeer Games and entertainment before the ride, s’mores, photos with Santa in the Gift Station.

Image: @NC Trans

Tweetsie Christmas
Tweetsie Railroad
Friday, November 22, 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays. Ride a nighttime train. Advanced tickets are required.

Image: @ Tweetsie

Santa Paws Pet Photo At Northlake Mall
Northlake Mall Food Court
Saturday, November 23, 8:00 a.m.
Furry family members are invited to spend time at Grand Court with Santa. Cats must be in a carrier at all times and dogs must be on a leash. Photos will be available for purchase.

Holiday Magic At Rea Farms
Rea Farms
Saturday, November 23, 4:00 p.m.
Come out for a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Meet Christmas Mickey and Minnie, and visit with characters from Frozen. Shop for gifts from Rea Farms Shops at Stocking Stuffer Lane, and enjoy trackless train rides, face painting, balloon twisters, a cookie decorating workshop and the 7 p.m. tree lighting.

Sunday, November 24
Carowinds is transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular holiday experiences. Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., 2-10pm; Sun., 4-10pm.

Image: @Carowinds

Don’t Miss Out – Ongoing Holiday Family Fun:

Holiday on Ice on the NASCAR Plaza

Holidays in the Garden

Photos with Santa at SouthPark Mall

Eye On Tryon

Christmas Wonderland of Lights at Zootastic


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