10 Free Places to Explore With Your Toddler

Plan your playdate with these go-to ideas.


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One of the most popular activities at ImaginOn is the storytime each day at 10:30 a.m. Interactive sessions are filled with stories, songs and movement activities.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

There’s no denying that having a baby is expensive.

First, there’s everything you need to outfit your life to prepare for the baby, including a crib, car seat(s), stroller, glider, bottles, bottle warmer, baby-wipe warmer, diaper bag. Whew! That’s all before the baby even arrives.

Then, it’s an endless supply of diapers, baby wipes and maybe formula. As they get a little older, it’s time for entertainment, which can get expensive real fast. Take a deep breath. The good news is that there are plenty of free activities around Charlotte for both toddler and parents to enjoy. Here are 10 of our top picks for things to do with your toddler for free.


Adventure Time

Watch planes take off at the airport overlook. Planes, trains and automobiles are all many little boys think about. Blow his mind with a picnic at the Airport Overlook. Planes fly overhead so close that he’ll think he can touch them. The Airport Overlook is located at 4355 Airport Overlook Drive, Charlotte.

Splash in a sprayground. Looking to beat the heat but don’t want to make the commitment of an afternoon at a pool? Charlotte’s many spraygrounds are free and a ton of fun. You’ll both laugh as your toddler runs squealing through a blast of cold water. Two of the most popular spraygrounds are uptown’s Romare Bearden Park, and The Green with its gigantic fish statues that shoot water from their mouths. Other options include Veteran’s Park on Central Avenue, Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Midtown, Latta Park in Dilworth, and Birkdale Village in Birkdale near Huntersville.

Go public art spotting with the Arts and Science Council. The Firebird in front the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is one of the most well-documented selfie-shot spots in uptown. But did you know that there are dozens of other public art installments throughout Charlotte, most of which are walkable in uptown? The Arts and Science Council helps families explore the Queen City’s public art with either a map, walking podcast, or a scavenger hunt. My 1-1/2-year-old son enjoyed staring up at the colorful metal garden sculpture outside of the Carillon Building and climbing on the Writer’s Desk outside of ImaginOn. Find out more at the Arts and Science Council website: 

Host a treasure hunt with geocaching. Geocaching is one big treasure hunt. And what preschooler doesn’t love a treasure hunt? There are more 2 million geocaches hidden worldwide, with many located right here in Charlotte. Download the free app at geocaching.com and see where your geocache hunt will take you and your toddler. Maybe wear pirate costumes for extra fun.

Explore the great outdoors at a nature preserve. Charlotteans are blessed with not one, not two, but three nature preserves — Latta Plantation, McDowell and Reedy Creek. Each offers learning centers where children can see animals or flora up close and personal, and each hosts nature workshops and classes for little ones. If they prefer to be outside, there are plenty of nature trails to explore and each nature preserve has a lake to throw in a fishing line.

Play in the sand. Jetton Park is the granddaddy of parks in Lake Norman. In addition to shaded walking trails, tennis courts and a playground, there’s a beach alongside Lake Norman. Pack some sand buckets and shovels and build a sand castle. Or bring the Monster Trucks to build a course on the beach. When your toddler date gets tired, the paved walking path is perfect for strolling your sleepyhead. It’s free during the week, but there is a $3 per car park entrance fee on weekends from March 1-Oct. 31. Jetton Park, 19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius.

Photo courtesty of visitlkn.com

Jetton Park's lakeside beach is perfect for building sandcastles or builing a Monster Truck course.


Move and Groove With Music

Rock out with Mr. Nigel and Friends. Help your little one dream of the rock-and roll stage with a date with Mr. Nigel and Friends. Mr. Nigel not only encourages attendees to sing and dance along with him — including you, mom and dad — he also teaches kids about music. His performances include a different instrument, such as the drums or guitar, and some weeks are just themed for fun like a cowboy and cowgirl day. Mr. Nigel and Friends performs at various venues around town, including Sam Ash Music Center on Westpark Drive, Charlotte. Check his Facebook page for the most up-to-date events and locations. facebook.com/ mrnigelandfriends.

Toy time. Toys and Co. at Cotswold Village Shops on Sharon Amity Road hosts a weekly music session, as well as other free activities throughout the month. The well-loved toy store has a train table open for tot play as well. 242 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. Call to confirm schedule or look for event calendar on its website. 704-365-7890.


Inside Activities

Go play at the mall. It’s raining outside and your toddler is going stir crazy — like books-are-flying-off-the-shelves stir crazy. Don’t stay cooped up in the house. Head to Carolina Place Mall in Pineville or Northlake Mall near Huntersville to romp on the free children’s play centers.

Storytime at ImaginOn. New parents may not realize this, but ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center is more  than a library. It’s a free children’s activity center in uptown Charlotte. One of the most popular activities is the storytime each day at 10:30 a.m. Interactive sessions are filled with stories, songs and movement activities. There’s also a big wooden truck for climbing and playing on, and interactive tablet stations with preloaded apps, plus tons of books to explore. There is a special area designated for babies and toddlers that includes hands-on activities as well. There’s even free 90-minute parking in the parking deck below ImaginOn, accessible from Sixth Street. ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh, Charlotte. imaginon.org.

Bryan Richards is a craft beer, food and travel writer who recently added family travel writer to his credentials with the birth of his son. He’s also the author of The Wandering Gourmand,  a culinary and craft beer travel blog.

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February 2018

Try out pastel sketching, visit the Figure Drawing Studio to draw from live models, and experiment with unusual drawing tools. This is a drop-in program. 

Cost: Kids, free; adults, $6

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

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Meet some of the nature center's resident reptiles up close during one of our live animal shows. Two shows: 2pm and 3pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
Website »

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Watch the Checkers game and then participate in a post game skate with the team. 

Cost: $18+, $8-$10 to skate with the team

Where:
Bojangles' Coliseum
2700 E. Independence Blvd
, NC
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Telephone: 704-342-4423
Website »

More information

Step inside the world of turtles, frogs and snakes through a literary adventure and animal meet n' greet. Families will join a naturalist for a short story followed by a visitor from the nature...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 South York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-2267
Website »

More information

Stroll through the gardens or find a spot to sit. Count birds and record what you observe, which helps scientists in their study of birds. Volunteers will be providing guided walks and sharing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary
260 Ridgewood Ave
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-331-0664
Website »

More information

Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Repticon Charlotte is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted...

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 Highway 49 North
Concord, NC  28025
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Telephone: 863-268-4273
Website »

More information

Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

This historical drama takes the audience through the life of Muhammad Ali, previously known as Cassius Clay. Learn about the iconic boxer’s early life in Jim Crow-era Louisville,...

Cost: $12-$28

Where:
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

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Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun....

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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At 10am, watch the Oneaka Dance Company perform African dance. Then at 11am, BJ Cladwell will present "For the Love of the Land."

Where:
Robert B. Blythe Building
102 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-766-2220
Website »

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Make President's Day-themed arts and crafts with your little ones.

Cost: Free

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Telephone: (704) 921-2000
Website »

More information

Stroll through the gardens or find a spot to sit. Count birds and record what you observe, which helps scientists in their study of birds. Volunteers will be providing guided walks and sharing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary
260 Ridgewood Ave
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-331-0664
Website »

More information

Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

On Mondays from September to May, all children under the age of 16 can come paint pottery for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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Telephone: 704-544-4848
Website »

More information

Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

In this drop-off program, girls will develop new skills, explore the natural world and create lasting friendships while conquering recreational environmental challenges. Spend the day exploring...

Cost: $15

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
Website »

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Come listen to this lecture about dinosaurs hosted by Dr. Steve Fields. Pre-registration required by Jan. 20:  scheduler@chmuseums.org or 803-981-9182.  

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill , NC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

The award winning Charlotte Comedy Theater Training Center is now offering teen improv classes in their studio in No Da. The program starts today and runs for the next six weeks on...

Cost: $230 for 6 weeks

Where:
Charotte Comedy Theater
516 15th Street
Corner of Davidson and 15th st
Charlotte, NC  28206
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Telephone: 803-792-1608
Website »

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The legendary Charlotte Comedy Theater is now offering teen improv classes at the ARM location in Noda. Classes are taught by award winning actress/comedian Sonny Goodwin and...

Cost: $230 per 6 weeks

Where:
Charotte Comedy Theater at ARM
516 15th Street
Suite 10C
Charlotte, NC  28206
View map »


Telephone: 704-301-7011
Website »

More information

Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Join Rutherford Rabbit in the Children’s Garden for a seasonally themed story and take-home craft activity. Water the vegetable plants, dig for worms, explore the sensory and butterfly...

Cost: $10 per family

Where:
Wing Haven Children's Garden
260 Ridgewood Ave
, NC  28209
View map »


Telephone: 704-331-0664
Website »

More information

Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

Come join storytime with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble, Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-364-0626
Website »

More information

Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

This ceramic art series that runs every third Tuesday through May will engage youth in hands-on visual art projects that integrate science, nature, and multicultural heritage. Topics will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Dr
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4800
Website »

More information

Get your child to practice reading skills by reading a book to Baron, the lovable long haired German Shepherd, a certified therapy dog.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 South Main St.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-664-2927
Website »

More information

This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Work together to make a difference creating simple projects for the community. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main S
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-664-2927
Website »

More information

Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child (ages 3-12) receives a discount as well, costing only $5 each. 

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 866-229-1573
Website »

More information

This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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This quarterly event focuses on creating a science based experience for homeschoolers and their teachers. At 11am enjoy the Meet the Raptors Presentation and at 2pm attend the Bird Beak...

Cost: $2 off admission for homeschoolers and their teachers

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
View map »


Telephone: 704-875-6521
Website »

More information

Sign your child up for this club that meets every Wednesday through May 23. Girls in grades 3-5 meet after school to explore the nature preserve with adventure-loving teammates. Build fires, canoe...

Cost: $75

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-314-1129
Website »

More information

Get your little one out of the house for a unique finger painting workshop at Club Gymboree- Ballantyne. Jellybeanstreet is filled with music, movement, and messy fun! After the workshop,...

Cost: $30

Where:
Club Gymboree- Ballantyne
3419 Toringdon Way
Ste 112
Charlotte, NC  28277
View map »


Website »

More information

Certified technicians will check and help families install carseats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

A technician will help you learn how to install your seat correctly in your vehicle. Bring your child, seat, and vehicle and plan to spend at least 20 minutes. No appointment required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Division office of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
4150 Wilkinson Blvd
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Enjoy stories, movement with music, and a seasonal craft during this Wee Wednesday program, the third Wednesday of each month. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Children’s Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill , NC
View map »


Telephone: 803-327-6400
Website »

More information

Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

Come join storytime with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble, Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-364-0626
Website »

More information

Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Children accompanied by an adult can dive into the American Art Glass gallery to find fishy friends, and use cardboard, yarn, and more to make a sea creature sculpture. Register online. 

Cost: $16 per child

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This dance class is drop-in, open to all ages and free of charge for participants. It also includes live accompaniment and a “Children’s Corner,” providing supervision and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugaw Creek Recreation Center
943 W. Sugar Creek Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-336-7655
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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

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Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

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Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves together a...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
Black Box Theater
9027 Mary Alexander Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-687-8622
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In this drop-off program, girls will develop new skills, explore the natural world and create lasting friendships while conquering recreational environmental challenges. Spend the day exploring...

Cost: $15

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This homeschool day is covering the idea of how people during the Latta's era would reduce, reuse, and recycle everyday materials to fill a need. Topics may be covered including: Reusing spent...

Cost: $6 per person; children under 4 are free

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-2312
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Drop by the Young Adult Department and test your skills with Olympics-inspired 60 second challenges.

Cost: Free

Where:
York County Library
138 E. Black St.
Rock Hill , NC
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Telephone: 803-981-5858
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Spend the evening learning about fire safety, making s' mores and new friends. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 South York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-2267
Website »

More information

Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun....

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

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Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves together a...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
Black Box Theater
9027 Mary Alexander Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-687-8622
Website »

More information

This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Shop for deals this weekend. Thurs., 6-9pm ($20 entry to pre-sale); Fri., 10am-7pm; Sat., 8am- noon. 

Where:
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-299-3097
Website »

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"The House at Pooh Corner" includes all the lovable inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. In this delightful tale, Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet,...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mooresville Community Children's Theatre
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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The event includes three days and two nights spent on the museum grounds.  Troops will set up camp on our 60-acre property Friday night. Saturday entails a scavenger hunt, while scouts...

Cost: $21.40-$26.75

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Get inspirational ideas and the latest trends and products to beautify your home and garden. Mingle with TV celebrities, sample wine and gourmet foods and receive expert advice on home decorating,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC  28205
View map »


Website »

More information

Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

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Get free entry to the Schiele Museum every second Tuesday of the month from 4-8pm and every fourth Friday of the month from 1-5pm. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Boulevard
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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Drop off your children for a night of fun while you hit the town. Activities include laser tag, jump-n-play, rock climbing, mini bowling, ropes courses, bumper cars, and arcade games. Children...

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun....

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves together a...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
Black Box Theater
9027 Mary Alexander Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-687-8622
Website »

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Freedom Train is the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad which smuggled slaves to freedom prior to the American Civil War. Using traditional songs of the period "Freedom...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Laugh and cry with America's greatest generation and remember the days of World War II. From an exciting collection of 40's favorites to a stirring patriotic medley, this dinner show is...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Shop for deals this weekend. Thurs., 6-9pm ($20 entry to pre-sale); Fri., 10am-7pm; Sat., 8am- noon. 

Where:
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-299-3097
Website »

More information

"The House at Pooh Corner" includes all the lovable inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. In this delightful tale, Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet,...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mooresville Community Children's Theatre
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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​Enjoy a Short Stack for a tall cause! All proceeds support pancreatic cancer research.

Cost: $10

Where:
Blackfinn, Ballantyne Village
14825 Ballantyne Village Way
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-408-1500
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See natural treasures from the earth, including fossils, rocks, minerals, and the ancient stories these items tell. Mine for gemstones, meet animated prehistoric characters, see a full-sized T-rex,...

Cost: $3-$12

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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2010 Silver Medalist Carolyn McRorie will coach youths in a "Learn to Curl" session. Participants will learn the basics of curling including rock delivery, sweeping,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Charlotte Curling Center
6525 Old Statesville Road
Charlotte, NC  28269
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In this Safe Sitter class, middle schoolers will learn how to supervise children, recognize safety hazards, handle first-aid situations, play age appropriate games, change diapers, carry out...

Cost: $65 for YMCA members, $95 for others

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4650
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Buy new children’s clothing, accessories, gear, toys, books, games, bedding, furniture, and décor, as well as women’s shoes, handbags, and home décor....

Cost: Free

Where:
Union County Agricultural Center
3230 Presson Road
Monroe, NC  28112
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Interested in volunteering at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site? Join us to learn more about what volunteer opportunities we have, take a tour of the site, and meet current...

Cost: Free

Where:
President James K. Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy
Pineville , NC  28134
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Telephone: 704-889-7145
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Kids can frost cupcakes, listen to a story and meet a princes. 

Cost: $9

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-295-1777
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Drop in and visit with the nature center naturalists as they chat about some of their favorite animals at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Stay as long as you like and get to know the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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In celebration of the beloved author's birthday on March 2nd, join a special storytime featuring coloring, activities, and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble, The Arboretum or Morrison Place locations
, NC


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Join the Charlotte Museum of History as we celebrate the history and culture of Charlotte’s vibrant African-American community from the colonial period to the present.  Guests are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Dr
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Celebrate the history and culture of Charlotte’s vibrant African-American community from the colonial period to the present. Tour the historic Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, navigate the Great...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC  28215
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
Contact Name: Molly Campbell
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Attend the annual Black History Month Celebration. Enjoy memorabilia from local historically black churches, children’s activities, performances, and refreshments.

Cost: Free

Where:
Community Hall
21445 Catawba Avenue
, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-6031
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Take a guided nature hike. Participants will receive a guide to aid in exploring our woods in search of local flora and fauna. This hike will cover our new Track Trails program, which is an...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Sponsor: McDowell Nature Center
Telephone: 980-314-1128
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From 10:30am-4:30pm bring your own telescope and staff will teach you to use it.  Then from 6-8pm join "Fifty Things to See with a Telescope," a workshop hosted by...

Cost: $5-8 for the clinic, includes museum admission. $20 per family for the evening.

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill , NC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

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The event includes three days and two nights spent on the museum grounds.  Troops will set up camp on our 60-acre property Friday night. Saturday entails a scavenger hunt, while scouts...

Cost: $21.40-$26.75

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Every Saturday this month, Historic Brattonsville will feature special guided tours that interpret African American history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont. Tours are offered at 11am and 2pm...

Cost: $3-$8, includes museum admission

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC
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Telephone: 803-684-2327
Website »

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Get inspirational ideas and the latest trends and products to beautify your home and garden. Mingle with TV celebrities, sample wine and gourmet foods and receive expert advice on home decorating,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC  28205
View map »


Website »

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Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday. Visit the website to see this week's featured craft of the week. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
10005 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-849-2450
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

Come participate in this presentation and discussion for Black History Month which focuses on the enslaved population of this area and North Carolina's gold mining history.

Cost: $2

Where:
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC
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Telephone: 704-721-4653
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Each workshop will have a different topic to reflect the history and cultural influences of clay and the ceramic arts. These dates are designated "family days."

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4400
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Enjoy tea sweets and savories with a child friendly menu. Adults enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. Reservations required.

Cost: $45 for adults, $25 for ages 5-12, $10 for children under age 5.

Where:
The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-248-4100

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Children accompanied by an adult can dive into the American Art Glass gallery to find fishy friends, and use cardboard, yarn, and more to make a sea creature sculpture. Register online. 

Cost: $16 per child

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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BounceU knows that sometimes parents deserve a little time by themselves. Drop off your kids for a night of non-stop bouncing and games. It’s more fun and probably less expensive than hiring...

Cost: $20 per child

Where:
Bounce U, Charlotte and Matthews locations
, NC


Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun....

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves together a...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
Black Box Theater
9027 Mary Alexander Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-687-8622
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Freedom Train is the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad which smuggled slaves to freedom prior to the American Civil War. Using traditional songs of the period "Freedom...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Laugh and cry with America's greatest generation and remember the days of World War II. From an exciting collection of 40's favorites to a stirring patriotic medley, this dinner show is...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Shop for deals this weekend. Thurs., 6-9pm ($20 entry to pre-sale); Fri., 10am-7pm; Sat., 8am- noon. 

Where:
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-299-3097
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On February 27, 1760, the 30-man garrison of Fort Dobbs engaged in a bloody, confusing, night-time skirmish with as many as 70 Cherokee warriors. This living history will give visitors a glimpse of...

Cost: $2

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Rd.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-5882
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"The House at Pooh Corner" includes all the lovable inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. In this delightful tale, Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet,...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mooresville Community Children's Theatre
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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