Charlotte Kids Fest was the Best!

Kids Fest 2018Great weather, wonderful volunteers, generous sponsors, inspired activities, perfect location and 6,500 guests – many of them under age 10 – made for a super Second Annual Charlotte Kids Fest in University City on Sept. 22.

UNC Charlotte, University City Partners, TIAA and numerous other businesses and groups teamed up to present this vast learning event designed especially for children 10 and under.

Kids Fest took place in the heart of the university’s Charlotte Research Institute campus, just a short walk from the LYNX light-rail station at JW Clay Boulevard. For people arriving by car, Parks Chevrolet sponsored free parking in the CRI parking deck.

chemistry demonstration

Kids Fest visitors watch a chemistry demonstration

Dozens of activities ranging from dance to chemistry experiments challenged the bodies and minds of the young visitors.

One of our food vendors, City Barbecue, used the day to raise $1,000 for Operation North State, providing aide to Hurricane Florence victims.


49ers gave 100%

Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, said that Kids Fest was conceived in part as a way to introduce potential UNC Charlotte 49ers and their parents to the many opportunities available at the rapidly growing urban research university right in their own backyards.

UNC Charlotte volunteers

More than 100 UNC Charlotte students volunteered at Kids Fest.

The university certainly rolled out the welcome mat, providing both the venue and numerous activities staged by 17 departments.

More than 100 UNC Charlotte students volunteered for the event, as well.


Thanks to the great Kids Fest sponsors and friends

An event this big also takes strong corporate and non-profit support. We are fortunate to be so blessed.

Title Sponsor: TIAA

computer station

Deep in thought at the computer booth.

Presenting sponsors: University City Partners and UNC Charlotte

Zone sponsors

  • Arts and Science Council
  • Atrium Health
  • Charlotte Area Transit System
  • Walmart

Friends of the festival

  • Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

    Story time at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library booth

    Charlotte Solid Waste Services

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Chick-fil-A University Place
  • Edward Jones
  • OrthoCarolina
  • Sullivan Family Chiropractic and Massage Therapy
  • TruGuard
  • Truliant Federal Credit Union

Additional support

  • Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
  • Morningstar Mini-Storage
  • Parks Chevrolet
  • The YMCA
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