Sunday, October 27, 2013

Happy Halloween!!


Here's hoping that you and your family have a very safe, and happy Halloween!! And just for good measure...check out these Halloween safety tips before you head out Thursday evening.

 
 
Blessings,
 
The Buzz

Monday, October 28
  • Hit the links at the Discovery Place Kids Golf Classic today at the Peninsula Club. More info... 
  • Head to the McDowell Nature Center this morning at 9:30am to learn more about Critters at Night. More info...
  • Don't miss the FREE Halloween Events evenings, today through Thursday at Bass Pro Shops at Concord Mills. More info...


Tuesday, October 29
  • Discovery Place hosts Fired Up! every weekday at noon, and various times Saturdays and Sundays. More info...
  • If you homeschool, head to the McDowell Nature Center this afternoon at 2pm to learn about Water Quality. More info...
  • Head to the Tom Sykes Rec Center this afternoon for Not So Spooky Halloween Fun. 2:45-4:30pm. More info...
  • Don't miss Halloween at Winghaven this afternoon at 3:30pm. Registration required. More info...

Wednesday, October 30
  • Check out Wee Wednesdays this morning at 10:30am at the Main Street Children's Museum. More info...
  • Head to Discovery Place Kids for Wonderful Wednesday - Junior Scientists Lab with special activities at 11am and 2pm. More info...
  • The Ivory Baker Rec Center hosts The Great Pumpkin Patch Party this evening, 6-8pm. More info...
  • Best for grown-ups, head to Christ Church for Silent Film: Phantom of the Opera with Organ Accompaniment at 7pm. More info...


Thursday, October 31 - Happy Halloween!
  • Wear your costume and get a FREE Doughnut today at Krispy Kreme locations. More info...
  • Kids under 12 get a FREE "Scary Face" Pancake today at area IHOP locations. More info...
  • The Wallace Pruitt Rec Center hosts a Halloween Carnival for Tots this morning 10am-12pm. More info...
  • If you homeschool, head to the Latta Plantation Nature Center to learn more about Geocaching this morning at 10:30am. More info...
  • Celebrate Halloween this morning at Discovery Place Kids, with special activities at 11am and 2pm. More info...
  • Head to the Cornelius Arts Center for their Halloween Bash this afternoon, 2-6pm. More info...
  • Birkdale Village is hosting a Halloween Hunting Scavenger Hunt this evening, 5-7pm. More info...
  • Carolina Place Mall hosts Treat-O-Ween this evening 6-8pm. More info...


Friday, November 1 - CMS schools are out
  • Head to the Latta Plantation Nature Center for a Nature Field Day today, 9:30am-4pm. More info...
  • The Reedy Creek Nature Center hosts a Fall Scavenger Hunt this morning at 10:30am. More info...
  • Elementary age children are invited to the Mountain Island Library for their Children's Writing Group at 3:30pm. More info...
  • Don't miss the Twilight and Campfire Hike this evening at the Reedy Creek Nature Center at 6pm. More info...


Saturday, November 2
  • Lace up your shoes for the Pajama Run this morning at Promenade on Providence. More info...
  • Head to home depot for their Kids Workshop this morning at 9am and make a Tabletop Ship. More info...
  • The South County library is hosting a Friends' Pop Up Book Sale today, 9:30am-1:30pm. More info...
  • Mooresville hosts the Working Fingers Craft Show today 10am-5pm at the Charles Mack Citizens Center. More info... 
  • Head to the Schiele Museum to meet some Animals from the Farm today, 10am-2pm. More info...
  • The James K. Polk Historic Site hosts their Polk Birthday Celebration today, 10am-4pm. More info...
  • Discovery Place Kids hosts Pumpkin Pie Pudding with special activities today at 11am and 2pm, and tomorrow at 2pm.  More info...
  • Check out Lakeshore Learning's Free Crafts for Kids today 11am-3pm. Today the kids will make a Scarecrow Windsock. More info...
  • Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic Center hosts a Food Drive & Wellness Outreach Expo today, 11am-2pm. More info... 
  • Ages 4 to 10 are invited to Try Hockey for FREE today at the Extreme Ice Center, 12:45-1:45pm. More info...
  • Don't miss Lake Norman High School's Chili Cook-off and Holiday Shopping Event this afternoon, 2-5:30pm. More info...
  • The Reedy Creek Nature Center hosts Specimen of the Day: Skin, Skulls & More this afternoon at 3pm. More info...
  • The Carolina Renaissance Festival continues today, and weekends through November 24th. More info... 


Sunday, November 3
  • Lace up your shoes for the Fight The Flame 5K this morning at McAlpine Creek Park. More info...
  • Don't miss the Reedy Creek Eco Race this afternoon at 2pm at the Reedy Creek Nature Center.More info...
  • Go on a Spider Hunting Hike this afternoon at 2pm at the Latta Plantation Nature Center. More info...


Save the Date:
November 11-15: Homeschool Days 2013 More info...
November 16-17: Billy Jonas More info...
November 29-December 22: A Railroad Christmas More info...

Have an event or happening that The Queen City Buzz should know about? Email queencitybuzz@gmail.com with details.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Christmas Cards...and those pictures...


I know, I know...it's not even Halloween and here I am putting the "C" word in the title of my post. But you know I'm not the only one...Target and Michael's have their Halloween stuff on clearance already (is it bad if I'm stocking up for next year?), and the Christmas d├ęcor is in FULL swing. I even heard that the mall had their Christmas decorations up!! So anyway, back to the cards...I get so excited about Christmas cards every year, and then that excitement is dashed as soon as "picture day" rolls around. Getting 3 kids (and a husband sometimes) in clean, coordinating outfits, faces washed, hair and teeth brushed, and ALL smiling is nearly impossible!! For the past three years, we have done our Christmas card photos with Smile for Life. It is an awesome day (2 this year), of professional photographers donating their time and talent, and all of the proceeds benefit an organization...this year it's Camp Care, and I hear that it's a magical place for some super special kids. If you're looking for a way to get those card photos checked off the list, while contributing to a great cause, click HERE to schedule your session for this Saturday and Sunday, October 26 & 27...you will not be disappointed!!

Blessings,
The Buzz

Monday, October 21
  • Learn all about Perfect Pumpkins this morning at 9:30am at the McDowell Nature Center. More info...
  • Head to the Reedy Creek Nature Center this morning at 10am for Budding Adventures. More info...
  • Ray's Splash Planet hosts a Parent & Tot Meet and Greet today 10am-3pm. $3 admission for those 5 and under, and Mom and Dad go FREE! More info...
  • Latta Plantation Nature Center hosts Nature Detectives - Spider Adventure this afternoon at 1:30pm. More info...


Tuesday, October 22
  • Want to learn more about CMS, directly from the superintendent? Join Heath Morrison at Myers Park High School this morning at 7:30am for Coffee with the Superintendent. More info...
  • Don't miss Leftover Luxuries, an awesome pop-up consignment sale happening at Atherton Mill. Open daily 10am-6pm through Sunday! More info...
  • Ages 8 to 11 are invited to Learn, Connect, Play: Board Games this afternoon at 3pm at Imaginon. More info...
  • Elementary ages are invited to the Matthews library this afternoon at 4pm for Comic Book Creations. Please register. More info...

Wednesday, October 23
  • Head to Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville for special celebrations, and wish Happy Birthday to Discovery Place Kids. More info...
  • Sign up for the Mini-Masters Art Workshops - Wednesday Morning Series, More info... or the Mini-Masters Art Workshops - Wednesday Afternoon Series More info... at the Mint Museum's Randolph location. A 4-class series for ages 3 to 5.
  • Head to the Elon Recreation Center this evening at 6pm for a Family Pumpkin Party. Please register. More info...


Thursday, October 24
  • If you homeschool, you're invited to head to Reed's Goldmine with Char-Meck Parks & Rec. Please register. More info...
  • Sign up for the Mini-Masters Art Workshops - Thursday Afternoon Series at the Mint Museum's Randolph location. A 4-class series for ages 3 to 5. More info...
  • Head to the McDowell Nature Center this afternoon at 3:30 for a Nature Scavenger Hunt. More info...
  • Kids eat FREE at Earthfare (4-8pm), and then check out Spooktacular at Morrison today 5:00-7:30pm. More info...
  • The Tom Sykes Recreation Center is hosting a Halloween Costume Party this afternoon at 5:30pm. Please register. More info...


Friday, October 25
  • Homeschoolers are invited to Duke Energy's EnergyExplorium today for Nuclear Science Week Homeschoolers Day 9:30am-12pm. More info...
  • The town of Davidson hosts their Halloween March this afternoon, and into the evening. 4-8pm. More info...
  • Don't miss these Halloween themed evening road races...the Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt 5K in Salisbury, More info..., and the NoDaWeen Freaky 5K Race More info...
  • The Naomi Drennan Recreation Center hosts their Fall Festival this evening, 5-8pm. More info...
  • Head to the Reedy Creek Nature Center this evening for their Creepy Crawly Critter-Ween. 6-9pm. More info...
  • The Schiele Museum hosts Schiele-O-Ween this evening, 6-8pm. More info...
  • Ray's Splash Planet hosts their Ray's Haunted Tour & Halloween Carnival this evening 6:30-9:00pm. More info...
  • Head to Barnes & Noble - Carolina Place this evening at 7pm for Voyage of the Imagination. More info...
  • Ages 10 & up (and their grown ups) are invited to Spend the Night in the "Haunted" Museum at the Schiele Museum tonight. Please register. More info...
  • Come Stargaze at Fisher Farm Park this evening at 8pm. More info...


Saturday, October 26
  • Lace up your shoes for the Charlotte Walk Like MADD this morning at Freedom Park. More info...
  • Take a day trip to Lexington for the 30th Annual Barbecue Festival. 8:30am-6pm. More info...
  • The Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood hosts their Fall Crawl & Cankerworm Festival today beginning at 9:30am. More info...
  • Don't miss the Civil War Reenactment today and tomorrow at Historic Brattonsville.  More info...
  • Ride the Pumpkin Patch Express today at the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer. More info...
  • Learn how to band your trees against cankerworms this morning at 11am in Matthews. More info...
  • Head to Barnes & Noble - Morrison this morning at 11am for Halloween Storytime with a reading of Go Away Big, Green Monster! More info...
  • Matthews hosts their Not-So-Spooky Halloween Carnival today at Stumptown Park. 11am-2pm. More info...
  • Discovery Place Kids hosts Halloween Sensory with special activities today at 11am and 2pm, and tomorrow at 2pm.  More info...
  • Check out Lakeshore Learning's Free Crafts for Kids today 11am-3pm. Today the kids will make a Tricky Treat Cup. More info...
  • Concord Mills is the place to be for the Kidgits Boo Bash. 11am-1pm. More info...
  • It's opening day for Children's Theatre of Charlotte's Hansel & Gretel. This is recommended for ages 7 and up and runs through November 10th. More info...
  • As part of NoDaWeen, don't miss the family-friendly KiDaWeen this afternoon, 2-5pm. More info...
  • Don't miss Halloween Fun at Rural Hill this afternoon, 2-6pm. More info...
  • The Carolina Renaissance Festival continues today, and weekends through November 24th. More info... 


Sunday, October 27
  • FREE admission today at the Levine Museum of the New South during their Day of the Dead Festival of Souls. 12-4pm. More info...
  • Learn how to Be A Naturalist this afternoon at the Reedy Creek Nature Center at 2pm. More info...
  • Don't miss the Annual NoDa Chili Cook-off this afternoon at 2pm. More info...
  • The Main Street Children's Museum hosts Boo-suem at the Museum this afternoon 3-4pm. More info...


Save the Date:
October 29: Halloween at Winghaven More info...
October 31: Treat-O-Ween More info...
November 16-17: Billy Jonas More info...
November 29-December 22: A Railroad Christmas More info...

Have an event or happening that The Queen City Buzz should know about? Email queencitybuzz@gmail.com with details.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Festival Fun & Charlotte Style Exchange GIVEAWAY!!


The Fall festivals are getting into high gear this weekend (just check out the listings on Saturday). Fingers crossed for perfect weather, well children, and lots of coffee for the parents! Start off your weekend on Saturday morning with the Fall Festival at Christ Church. SO much fun for the whole family, including bounce houses, a carousel, pumpkin and cookie decorating, music and more. The Buzz family will be there, and we can't wait!!

Also, check out our Facebook Page for an awesome giveaway from Charlotte Style Exchange, a great sale that starts on Wednesday night. They are giving one lucky QCB reader 2 tickets to their presale on Wednesday night at 6pm! Enter by Tuesday at NOON.  Make it a great week!!!

Blessings,
The Buzz

Monday, October 14 - Columbus Day
  • Pretty Trees, Lovely Trees is part of the Preschool Explorer Series and is this morning at 9:30am at the McDowell Nature Center. More info...
  • Today is Doggie Day at Olan Mills at Carolina Place. Be sure to make an appointment. More info...
  • The Reedy Creek Nature Center hosts Nature Story Corner this morning at 10am. More info...
  • Head to the McDowell Nature Center this afternoon for Boating with Recyclables at 3pm. More info...


Tuesday, October 15
  • Check out Haunted House in Discovery Place's Discovery 3D Theater. More info...
  • Today's the final Family Fun Day of the year at Carolina Place Mall. Fun for the whole family at 11am. More info...
  • Want to learn more about CMS, directly from the superintendent? Join Heath Morrison at Albemarle Road Middle School today at 3pm for Coffee with the Superintendent. More info...

Wednesday, October 16
  • Head to Discovery Place Kids for Wonderful Wednesday: Monster Candy today at 11am and 2pm. More info...
  • The Museum of York County hosts their Homeschool Wednesday today with the theme of Tremendous Trees. 1-3pm. More info...
  • Check out the Charlotte Nature Museum's current puppet show, The Unlovables, this afternoon at 4pm (also various times Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays). More info...


Thursday, October 17
  • Ages 5 to 7 are invited to Winghaven Gardens this afternoon at 3:30 for Migration Station. Please register. More info...
  • Check out Nature Creations this afternoon at 3:30pm at the McDowell Nature Center. More info...
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at area Earthfare stores during "Family Dinner Night." More info...


Friday, October 18
  • Head uptown today and tomorrow for the 11th Annual Brews & BBQ Festival. More info...
  • Join the Halloween Dress Rehearsal this evening and tomorrow at The Disney Store at Carolina Place Mall. More info...
  • Don't miss Music at Morrison tonight, 6-9pm, with music by Simplified. More info...
  • Plan a girls' night out to ArtFusion: EcoFab Trash Couture at the Mint Museum's Randolph location. 6-9pm. More info...
  • Barnes & Noble Carolina Place hosts Fabulous Friday Pajamarama Storytime this evening at 7pm with a reading of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. More info...


Saturday, October 19
  • Lace up your shoes and pump up those stroller tires for the Stroller Roller & Hopebuilders 5K this morning. More info...
  • Learn all about Backyard Composting this morning at the Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center. 9-11am. More info...
  • Don't miss the 7th Annual Blakeney Boo Bash today, 9am-4pm with fun for the whole family! More info...
  • The UNCC Botanical Garden hosts their Fall Plant Sale today and tomorrow. More info...
  • Don't miss the bounce houses, rides, music and fun today at the Christ Church Fall Festival happening today, 10am-1pm. More info...
  • Lots of fun to be had today at the Dilworth Fall Festival at Dilworth United Methodist Church. 10am-1pm. More info...
  • Celebrate All Hallow's Eve today at Latta Plantation. 10am-4pm. More info...
  • The OKRA-toberfest benefiting Sustain Charlotte is today 11am-5pm with yoga, food and drink samples and live music. More info...
  • Discovery Place Kids hosts Creative Concoctions with special activities today at 11am and 2pm, and tomorrow at 2pm.  More info...
  • Check out Lakeshore Learning's Free Crafts for Kids today 11am-3pm. Today the kids will make a Creepy Creatures Mask. More info...
  • The Schiele Museum and Lowe's Foods host Everything's Better with Butter! today at 11am and 2pm. More info...
  • Join the fun at Family Fort Building today at the Latta Plantation Nature Center. 12-3pm. Please register. More info...
  • Don't miss the Pumpkin Patch Party today in Romare Bearden Park uptown...lots of FREE fun for the whole family! More info...
  • Head to Veteran's Park in Harrisburg at 5pm for the Central Piedmont Mommies Trunk or Treat event. More info...
  • The Carolina Renaissance Festival continues today, and weekends through November 24th. More info... 
  • Reserve your spot for Spirits & Stories: Brattonsville by Twilight this evening, 6-9pm. More info...



Sunday, October 20
  • Head to the Schiele Museum for a Frontier Frolick this afternoon, 1-5pm. More info...
  • Enjoy a Fall Colors Hike this afternoon at the Latta Plantation Nature Center at 2pm. More info...
  • The Main Street Children's Museum hosts their OWL Book Club this afternoon at 3pm with featured author, Donnna Earnhardt and her book, Being Frank. More info...


Save the Date:
October 25: Schiele-O-Ween More info...
October 26-November 10: Hansel & Gretel More info...
October 29: Halloween at Winghaven More info...
October 31: Treat-O-Ween More info...

Have an event or happening that The Queen City Buzz should know about? Email queencitybuzz@gmail.com with details.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Daytrippin...

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It's Fall (and the weather will FINALLY feel like it by Tuesday. Backyard playtime is still awesome, but if that's getting a little old, now is a great time to look into a day trip around the Charlotte area. Here are a few we recommend that will be truly enjoyable this season:

 
Have others we should add to the list? Comment below or email queencitybuzz@gmail.com.
 
Blessings,
The Buzz


Monday, October 7
  • The Reedy Creek Nature Center hosts Budding Adventures this morning at 10am. More info...
  • Take your little one(s) to the Young Explorers Series - Creepy Crawlies this morning at 10:15 at the Latta Plantation Nature Center. Space is limited. More info...
  • Head to Latta Plantation Nature Center for Nature Detectives - Water Safari this afternoon at 1:30pm. More info...


Tuesday, October 8
  • Head to Discovery Place one afternoon for an Aquarium Feeding Tour. Monday-Friday at 3:15pm, and Saturdays at 3:30pm. More info...
  • Today is a FREE Tuesday sponsored by Duke Energy at the Schiele Museum. 4-8pm. More info...
  • The Matthews Library hosts Story Explorers: Book Nuts this afternoon at 4pm. Please register. More info...
  • Charlotte Country Day School hosts an Admissions Open House this evening at 7pm. More info...

Wednesday, October 9
  • Head to Discovery Place Kids for Wonderful Wednesday: Pumpkin Play today at 11am and 2pm. More info...
  • Ages 8 to 11 are invited to Imaginon for Learn, Connect, Play: Board Games this afternoon, 3-5pm. More info...
  • The Scaleybark Library is hosting Page to Screen: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs this afternoon at 3:30pm. More info...


Thursday, October 10
  • If you're a homeschool parent looking to better your outdoor teaching skills, don't miss a Parent Outdoor Skills Seminar at 3pm at the McDowell Nature Center. More info...
  • Plan a date night (or take the fam) and enjoy the final MET Live: Music on the Greenway, 6:30-9:30pm. Tonight's music is courtesy of Simplified. More info...
  • Tonight is Bojangle's Pole Night and the UNOH Southern Slam 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Children 13 and under are FREE. More info...
  • The Cannon School hosts an Admissions Open House this evening at 7pm. More info...
  • Charlotte Preparatory School also hosts an Admissions Open House this evening at 7pm. More info...


Friday, October 11
  • Head to Cornelius for their 2nd Friday Art Crawl this evening, 5-9pm. More info...
  • Stars and Dough Boys returns tonight at the Reedy Creek Nature Center at 7pm. More info... 
  • Don't miss the Dollar General 300 tonight at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Children 13 and under are FREE with an adult. More info...


Saturday, October 12
  • The Sheraton Charlotte is the place to be today for the Fresh! Expo. 9am-5pm. More info...
  • Come have Breakfast with Curious George this morning at 10am at Barnes & Noble - Birkdale. Please register. More info...
  • Make a Spooky Stacker this morning at 10am at local Lowe's stores who participate in the Build & Grow workshops. More info...
  • Head to the Reedy Creek Nature Center this morning at 10am for Birding for Beginners. More info...
  • The Carolina Renaissance Festival continues today, and weekends through November 24th. More info... 
  • Today is Fossil Day at Discovery Place in uptown Charlotte. 10am-5pm. More info...
  • The Gaston County Museum hosts their Preschool Preview Program this morning 10-11am. Today you will experience Victorian Halloween. More info...
  • Matthews Community Center hosts their Second Saturday History Program - Tools of Yesterday this morning at 10am. More info...
  • The Cornelius-Lemley fire station hosts a Fire Prevention Open House today 10am-2pm. More info...
  • Check out Lakeshore Learning's Free Crafts for Kids today 11am-3pm. Today the kids will make a Pumpkin Patch Door Hanger . More info...
  • Discovery Place Kids hosts Fall Art with special activities today at 11am and 2pm, and tomorrow at 2pm.  More info...
  • Learn about Animals Around the World today at 11am and 2pm at the Schiele Museum. More info...
  • If you're an educator, head to Barnes & Noble - Birkdale at 10am for their Educator Appreciation Reception. More info...Or, Barnes & Noble - Carolina Place this afternoon at 3pm . More info...
  • UNCC Center City hosts the Center City Literary Festival today with special activities for kids 12-3:30pm. More info...
  • Head to the Museum of York County for TREE-mendous Trees this afternoon at 12 and 1pm. More info...
  • Join the fun of the Palisades Halloween Festival this afternoon, 2-5pm. More info...
  • Don't miss Turtles on the Twos at the Charlotte Nature Museum at 2:22pm. More info...
  • Start your engines...the Bank of America 500 is this evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway. More info...


Sunday, October 13
  • Don't miss the Woofn' and Hoofn' Fall Festival today at the Latta Equestrian Center today, 10am-4pm. More info...
  • Head to the McDowell Nature Center this afternoon for The Joy of Soil at 2pm. More info...
  • The Reedy Creek Nature Center hosts Paper Making this afternoon at 2pm. More info...


Save the Date:
October 19: Stroller Roller & Hopebuilders 5K More info...
October 19: Pumpkin Pooch Parade More info...
October 19: Christ Church Fall Festival More info...
October 29: Halloween at Winghaven More info...

Have an event or happening that The Queen City Buzz should know about? Email queencitybuzz@gmail.com with details.