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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is proud to present DRAGONS!
Time Warner Cable Arena
January 30-February 3, Check website for showtimes.
For the first time in circus history, myth and majesty will share the arena during this must-see family event that can only be witnessed at The Greatest Show On Earth®! Experience circus spectacles so incredible that once again you will believe in the unbelievable! Dragon tribes from the far reaches of the earth are brought together in a single performance, displaying their breathtaking skills in a circus tournament of champions. Each tribe must prove that they have virtues of Courage, Strength, Wisdom and Heart to arouse dragons which appear right before your very eyes! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime family event when The Greatest Show On Earth brings the world together… to bring your family together!
Charlotte Symphony Pops: The Wizard Of Oz
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
February 2, 2:30pm, 8:00pm
We’re off to see the Wizard! Put on your ruby red slippers and follow the yellow brick road as you’ve never done before! Watch the classic MGM film The Wizard of Oz in its entirety on a large screen with live accompaniment by the Charlotte Symphony! You are invited to dress up as your favorite OZ character, to participate in the COZtume
Workout and Raise money for Relay for Life
Carmel Road Park
February 2, 7:30am
Relay For Life and SouthPark Boot Camp are teaming up to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Renew your Get Fit Resolution this Saturday, 7:30a.m. at Carmel Road Park. Class is free, donations go to American Cancer Society. Bring yoga mat/towel & water. Come get in a pre-Super Bowl sweat!
American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day
American Heart Association
Showing your support on National Wear Red Day is just one of many ways you can take action against
The Secret Garden
February 1-3, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:00pm
Celebrate magic on a Broadway scale with The Secret Garden, a modern musical classic. Orphaned 10-year-old Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in England with relatives she has never met. With the help of Martha, a chambermaid, and the gardener, Ben, Mary’s own personality blossoms as she brings life to a neglected garden, as well as her sickly cousin and uncle. Based on the beloved children’s novel and winner of three Tony Awards, The Secret Garden is a timeless tale of hope and inspiration. Best for ages 8+. Cost is $20.
Brother Rabbit Spinning Free
February 2-3, Sat., 11:00am, 1:00pm; Sun., 2:00pm
Don’t miss the world premiere of this multicultural production – inspired by the people who have made the Carolinas their home – written specifically for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players. Brother Rabbit is the quickest, cleverest, wittiest rabbit there ever was, but Slippy Fox sees him as one thing and one thing only: dinner. Brother Rabbit’s only hope of escape is to distract Slippy Fox with irresistible stories, such as “Martín the Magnificent,” from Central America, “The Fisherman Prince,” from the Vietnamese, “The Very First Fire,” from the Cherokee, and “Lookout Mountain,” from the Gullah. Best for ages 5+. Cost is $16.
Great Day for Groundhogs
McDowell Nature Preserve
February1, 9:30am-10:15am & 11:00am-11:45am
After an enchanting tale about these spotlighted creatures of the moment, we will have a crafty activity to conclude our homage to the Great Groundhog. Registration required.
Charlotte Nature Museum
February 2, 10:00am
What will Queen Charlotte, our resident ground hog, predict for Spring’s arrival? Join us for our annual celebration with Queen Charlotte and her Court! Programming includes crafts, puppet shows and storytelling.
Go Kids Go
Billingsville Elementary School
February 2, 9:00am-12:00pm
The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. presents Go Kids Go every Saturday in February! Go Kids Go is a FREE community event for children ages 0-12 and their families. The program educates children about fun ways to stay active, eat nutritious meals and lead healthy lifestyles. Kids will participate in a variety of games and activities focused on exercise and nutrition. All Go Kids Go! activities are age-specific to ensure maximum impact and fun.
Reedy Creek Nature Center
February 3, 2:00pm-3:00pm
This is an exciting time of year as the first winter rains trigger some of our salamander species to begin their annual breeding rituals. Join a naturalist as we learn about this amazing species and then hit the trails to look for salamander eggs! Participants must be able to walk 1 – 2 miles on uneven terrain. For ages 5+. Cost is free.
A Romantic Evening in Waxhaw
February 1, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Waxhaw is the perfect place to show your loved ones a great time! Looking for a way to treat your sweetheart? How about a father/daughter date in honor of Valentine’s Day? Looking for a way to say “I love you” without needing a babysitter? Come to Waxhaw on First Friday to enjoy romantic music played throughout downtown…free carriage rides….special culinary delights…opportunities to be pampered…and great Valentine’s Day gift ideas. The evening will also be great for kids who may want to make a Valentine card for Mom or Dad. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience romance in a characteristic setting! Surprise a Valentine of any age, early, in Waxhaw!
Britax Car Seat Checks
Britax North American Headquarters, 13501 S. Ridge Drive
February 1, 8:00am-11:30am
Certified child passenger safety technicians assist you with car seat installation. There they will teach you the correct way to install your child seat, provide safety recommendations, and answer any questions that you may have. Cost is free.
Living History Saturdays
February 2, 10:00am-4:00pm
Step back in time as costumed interpreters bring to life the 18th and 19th centuries. Witness life in the Carolina backcountry through activities such as farming, chores, open hearth-cooking, flax, processing, and weaving. Site closes at 5pm. Cost is $6/Adults, $5/Seniors, $3/Youths ages 4-17, children age 3 and under/free.