Fun Day Camp, Winter Wonderland, Noon Year’s Eve, Free Movie, Volcanoes, Sports and More Things to do With Family this Week of 12/30

Whether you’re ready to detox after the holidays or ready to ramp up for NYE, we have lots of fun family options to keep you partying through to next year.

Ray’s Fun Day Camp
Ray’s Splash Planet
Monday, December 30, 9:00 a.m.
Winter day camp filled with games, activities and swimming.

Winter Wonderland Drop-In
McDowell Nature Preserve
Monday, December 30 – 31, 9:00 a.m.
Drop-by the nature center for free, family-friendly winter activities. Each day will feature either a hike, game, craft or scavenger hunt.

Noon Year Celebration
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
Tuesday, December 31, 10:00 a.m.
Ring in the New Year at noon with a balloon drop and other festive activities. Ticketed event with limited capacity; the Museum will be closed to the public on Dec. 31 and open only ticket holders.

New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop
The Davidson Playhouse
Tuesday, December 31, 10:00 a.m.
Ring in the new year with your toddler. Balloons drop at noon.

CM Library Presents: Noon Year’s Eve
Myers Park Library
Tuesday, December 31, 11:00 a.m.
Come for activities, stories, music and a countdown to noon in celebration of the New Year! Register online before the event.

Sparkle And Glow New Year’s Eve
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Tuesday, December 31, 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with this family-friendly event featuring crafts and activities for kids, as well as the lights and decorations from Holidays at the Garden.

Countdown To Noon
Cornelius Library
Tuesday, December 31, 11:00 a.m.
Attend the New Year’s Eve celebration to count down to noon. Register online.

Charlotte Hornets Vs Boston Celtics
Spectrum Center
Tuesday, December 31, 3:00 p.m.
Watch the Charlotte Hornets take on the Boston Celtics.

Belk Bowl And Belk Bowl Fan Fest
Bank of America Stadium
Tuesday, December 31, 9:00 a.m.
Watch the ACC battle the SEC at Bank of America Stadium. Fan Fest starts at 9:00 a.m. with food, drinks and interactive fun for the family.

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Rural HIll’s First Footin’
Historic Rural Hill
Wednesday, January 1, 10:00 a.m.
Start off the new year with a 1-2-mile hike around the property with stops to learn about the history and tradition of Hogmanay. Finish at the Rural Retreat cabin for a lunch of stone soup.

Wednesday, January 1, 6:00 p.m.
Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the forest. See website for daily schedule of operating hours.

Now Showing: “Toy Story 4”
Davidson Library
Thursday, January 2, 11:00 a.m.
Popcorn will be provided, but feel free to pack food and a blanket for a free viewing of “Toy Story 4.”

Friday Night Lights: Super Volcanoes
Schiele Museum
Friday, January 3, 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a special evening presentation in the James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater about volcanoes.

National Bird Day Celebration
Latta Nature Preserve waterfront area
Saturday, January 4, 10:00 a.m.
Explore the skies from the shore of Mountain Island Lake with a naturalist. Family birding hikes take place at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wear shoes suitable for uneven terrain, and dress for the weather.

Sensory Sensitive Sundays At Chuck E. Cheese
Chuck E. Cheese
Sunday, January 5, 9:00 a.m.
The restaurant will open early to cater to families of children with special needs. Families can expect smaller crowds, reduced lighting and noise, food and games, and specially-trained staff. Occurs every first Sunday of the month.

Guided House Tour
Historic Rosedale Plantation
Sunday, January 5, 3:00 p.m.
Take a guided house tour with trained docent and trot into the past.


The SpongeBob Musical, June 16 – 21


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