10 Tips to Get Ready for College Applications


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For many high-school students, choosing where to go to college is one of the biggest decisions they will make in their young lives. For some, the process of applying to schools, thinking about leaving home and deciding where to go can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, students can make the application process easier if they lay the groundwork early in high school or even middle school. Here are steps students can take to help make the college application process smoother and to reduce some of the stress.

1. Take charge of the school experience.
It is important for kids to understand that their actions have consequences, especially when it comes to how actions can affect their future. Those who learn to effectively solve problems, advocate for themselves and motivate themselves may complete the college application period, as well as the transition to college, more smoothly. This development starts at a young age and can be fostered during middle school, if not earlier.

"Allow children to make some mistakes in middle school, where they experience the consequences in their grades," says Brian Crisp of Crisp Consulting & Coaching in Raleigh. "They need to see what happens if they don't study, and when they get to high school the actual grade they make in class matters more."

2. Start early.
Rather than waiting until the junior year of high school, students should start preparing for college application as early as the ninth grade. That's when it's important to choose a course load that will meet college admissions requirements. It's also important for students to make a list of necessary steps to follow to prepare to apply to college, and do something each year of high school. "If you put everything off to your senior year, you can still get through it, but it feels really stressful," says Bobbie Tillet, lead counselor at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville. "The sooner you can start putting things together, the better."

3. Pursue your interests.
Parents, teachers, guidance counselors and even students who have recently gone through the college application process and are now in college agree that it's important to focus on a few extracurricular activities rather than to dabble in several. "We encourage students to take electives that feed into their interests, and from there they can get involved in clubs and organizations where they get the chance to develop leadership and presentation skills," Tillet says.

4. Get to know yourself.
Choosing where you want to apply to school means being aware of your own interests and goals. Some useful online tools help students get started in this direction, including resources on CFNC.org through the Planning for a Career subhead and BigFuture.org from the College Board. Many school guidance counselors or student services departments also give aptitude tests and talk with students about the results.

5. Build relationships early.
It's important for students to have good relationships with their teachers and guidance counselors. Both will serve as important resources in applying to college and writing recommendation letters.

"I tell my students that from the moment they start high school they need to start building a relationship with one or two teachers whom they might later ask to write a recommendation for them," says Lisa Saintsing, a teacher at Our Lady of Grace middle school in Greensboro who has had three children apply to college. "No one knows them like their English teachers, because they not only know how well they can read and write, but they also know how and about what they think."

Also, with the large number of students assigned to each guidance counselor at some schools, it's a good idea to set up an appointment to meet one-on-one during the freshman or sophomore year. "I suggest making an appointment with your guidance counselor every couple of months to talk over things and get information on scholarships," Crisp says.

6. Discuss finances as a family.
It's a good idea to sit down together as a family early in the process and discuss the cost of an education and what the family can afford. Keep in mind travel costs to and from school and how often you expect to see your children once they go to college. All of these factors will influence where the student ends up applying to college. Keep in mind that some schools, such as small liberal arts colleges, often have a lot to offer in terms of financial aid through grants and scholarships.

7. Get organized.
Whether your student works best with a day planner, a file box, a notebook with pockets or files on a computer, it's smart to start early with an organization system that works well for that student. Use it to keep up with awards, activities, recommendations, notes and even information from colleges so that everything is in one place when it's time to fill out the applications.

8. Visit colleges early and often.
"I recommend to parents that any time you're on a trip somewhere and there's a college campus close by, it's a good idea to visit," Tillet says. Campus visits not only instill in students that the family supports their decision to go to college, they also help them see what different colleges have to offer.

9. Map out a plan for testing.
Knowing when to take college entrance exams and which ones to take is a big question for high-school students. Brian Crisp recommends taking the PSAT and the PLAN during the sophomore year to get a feel for which test a student performs better on. Then choose the SAT or the ACT during the junior year and take it at least twice, if not three times. "Admissions offices look at the SAT and ACT equally, so what I recommend is taking which test is better for your aptitude," Crisp says. Don't forget to take the PSAT again the fall of junior year for possible National Merit Scholarship consideration.

10. Read.
Nothing will better prepare students to take college entrance exams — and be ready for the college workload — than reading. "One way to build vocabularies is to read literature from the 19th century," Saintsing says. "Students should also read a wide variety of genres such as magazines like National Geographic and The Atlantic, as well as biographies, newspapers and nonfiction."

Karen M. Alley, a freelance writer in Elkin, with first-hand experience in the struggles of preparing kids for college applications.
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Cost: $9-$13, children 2 and younger free

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411 S. Salisbury Ave.
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Cost: $5-$10

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Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

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Cost: Free

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301 N. Tryon St.
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Cost: Free

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7516 East Independence Blvd .
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Cost: Free

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Matthews Library
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Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Cost: Free

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South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
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Cost: Free

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Mt. Holly Branch Library
245 W. Catawba Ave.
Mount Holly, NC
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Cost: Free

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Cost: Cost for photos

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Cost: $4-$10

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Sky High Sports
601 N. Polk St.
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Cost: $25 per day

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Berewick Recreation Center
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Cost: $10 per parent/child; $6 for each additional participant

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Cost: $3 per hour

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Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
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Cost: Free

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Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
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Cost: $6.95

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Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
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Cost: $3-$5

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Cost: $5, cash only

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Cost: $10-$15, cash only

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Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

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Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
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Get free photos with the season's favorite furry friend at Cabela's and Bass Pro. Photos are available Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-7:30pm; and Fri., 2-8pm. An egg hunt...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord
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Snag a photo op with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle, and take part in eggstra-special activities and entertainment. Get a jump on the new experiences in 2019, including...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

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Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
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Cost: $50

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Marion Diehl Recreation Center
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Cost: Free

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Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Plastic colored eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg for families to find during the week of April 12-18. If you find a golden egg with a ticket in it, redeem it for a prize at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg parks
, NC


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Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

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


Website »

More information

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Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
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Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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This relaxed class is geared towards expectant parents and parents of newborns. Feel free to bring your baby.

Cost: $12

Where:
Providence Preparatory School
3031 Providence Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Kinder Development
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Travel back in time through the Bible, and end the voyage with an exciting surprise.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fuego Fresco
7516 East Independence Blvd .
Suite 110
, NC
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Learn and have fun through interactive, non-competitive, sport-based activities.

Cost: $5

Where:
War Memorial Center
220 N. Maple St.
Mooresville, NC
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Enjoy stories coupled with fun and easy yoga moves. Registration Required.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Drop in and try a cool science experiment that takes only 3 minutes to complete.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Enjoy spring themed literacy activities and story times.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy crafts and activities all afternoon and three separate egg hunts. Bring a basket!

Cost: Free

Where:
Del Webb Library
7641 Charlotte Hwy.
Indian Land, SC
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Participants will learn hand anatomy and create a paper mechanical hand.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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Program is designed to offer tips on how to prepare for college, including information on potential career paths.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road N.
, NC
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Watch North Carolina State University play  University of South Carolina.

Cost: $10+

Where:
BB&T Ballpark
324 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Sunbelt Rentals
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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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Play a variety of games and sports, create art, and adventure to the playground! Bring a bagged lunch.  

Cost: $25 per day

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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Children ages 6 and younger can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $6.95

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a story and craft activity in the Children’s Garden. Children can water vegetable plants, dig for worms and explore the gardens.

Cost: $10 per family, free for members

Where:
Children's Garden at Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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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...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Come discuss the book of the month. New members welcome! Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5000
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Gain an experience in a variety of different activities that assist in developmental growth through socialization.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Recreation Center
6709 Pence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1122
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Get free photos with the season's favorite furry friend at Cabela's and Bass Pro. Photos are available Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-7:30pm; and Fri., 2-8pm. An egg hunt...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Snag a photo op with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle, and take part in eggstra-special activities and entertainment. Get a jump on the new experiences in 2019, including...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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High school students with disabilities are invited to spend school break participating in activities used to promote peer interaction and appropriate social skills, physical activity and...

Cost: $50

Where:
Marion Diehl Recreation Center
2219 Tyvola Road
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Plastic colored eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg for families to find during the week of April 12-18. If you find a golden egg with a ticket in it, redeem it for a prize at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg parks
, NC


Website »

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Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

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


Website »

More information

Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission, children younger than 2 free

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


Website »

More information

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Travel back in time through the Bible, and end the voyage with an exciting surprise.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fuego Fresco
7516 East Independence Blvd .
Suite 110
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come hunt eggs and see the Easter Bunny!

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Park
165 Broome St.
Mount Holly, NC
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Website »

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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Art Lab is an arts experience that includes a guided tour of The Galleries current exhibition and a fun hands-on art activity.

Cost: $5

Where:
The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Hang out and learn more about these flying mammals.

Cost: $11, children younger than 1 free, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Participate in a variety of hands-on science experiments.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Discover the world of science through books, activities and experiments. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Program is designed to offer tips on how to prepare for college, including information on potential career paths.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road N.
, NC
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Website »

More information

Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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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
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Play a variety of games and sports, create art, and adventure to the playground! Bring a bagged lunch.  

Cost: $25 per day

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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This drop off program for children presents an engineering challenge based on a popular nursery rhyme. After their engineering challenge, participants meet the animals and participate in humane...

Cost: $20

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Children ages 6 and younger can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $6.95

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: BounceU of Charlotte
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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A professional artist teaches discovering, creating and celebrating artwork inspired by the Bechtler collection.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts

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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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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...

Cost: $5-$6

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

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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Come every Monday and Wednesday for a free family walking program!

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 West Sugar Creek Road
, NC
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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Charlotte Ballet's Cultural Dance Program presents African Dance classes. Classes are drop-in format, open to all ages and free of charge for participants. There is also child supervision...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 West Sugar Creek Road
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Get free photos with the season's favorite furry friend at Cabela's and Bass Pro. Photos are available Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-7:30pm; and Fri., 2-8pm. An egg hunt...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Snag a photo op with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle, and take part in eggstra-special activities and entertainment. Get a jump on the new experiences in 2019, including...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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High school students with disabilities are invited to spend school break participating in activities used to promote peer interaction and appropriate social skills, physical activity and...

Cost: $50

Where:
Marion Diehl Recreation Center
2219 Tyvola Road
, NC
View map »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Plastic colored eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg for families to find during the week of April 12-18. If you find a golden egg with a ticket in it, redeem it for a prize at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg parks
, NC


Website »

More information

Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

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


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission, children younger than 2 free

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


Website »

More information

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Show Less...

Travel back in time through the Bible, and end the voyage with an exciting surprise.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fuego Fresco
7516 East Independence Blvd .
Suite 110
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
View map »


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Come for a story and fun in the kitchen! This session features, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie."

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Fire Station #9
1020 Ivey Cline Road
Concord, NC
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Come learn preschool basics!

Cost: $6

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Visit the open house for refreshments, paint-your-own egg ornaments, pottery wheel demo, and information about ceramics and pottery summer camps.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Naturalists will introduce the characteristics that make reptiles and amphibians different while also pointing out similarities. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5800
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Discover the world of science through books,  activities, and experiments.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Discover the world of science through books,  activities and experiments. Register online to come discuss hot air balloons.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Program is designed to offer tips on how to prepare for college, including information on potential career paths.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road N.
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Explore different media and techniques with other young artists.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Website »

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Join this hands-on workshop to learn how to texturize and manipulate clay.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up for some outside entertainment. Drinks, popcorn, candy available for purchase. Movies start 5-15 minutes after sunset. April 18: “Spiderman: Into...

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
Main Street and Maxwell Street
Huntersville, NC
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Small bites and sweets will be available from Nourish, Cooking with Joya, Fern, Banh Mi Brothers, Lady Go Go's, Jai Food and Jyoti's, as well as Move That Dough, Cafe Ganache, True Flour...

Cost: Free

Where:
Camp North End
1776 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte VegFest

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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-979-5000
Website »

More information

Play a variety of games and sports, create art, and adventure to the playground! Bring a bagged lunch.  

Cost: $25 per day

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Children ages 6 and younger can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $6.95

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. Pre-Registration is required. Time slots are 10-10:45am and 11-11:45am.

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
Website »

More information

Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: BounceU of Charlotte
Website »

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Sing to songs, move to the music and enjoy an active practice with caregiver and child. Parent or guardian must be present in class.

Cost: $15

Where:
Blossom Tree Wellness
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
Website »

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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
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...

Cost: $5-$6

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


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Make a unique project out of clay. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to Scaleybark Library for pickup.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6400
Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Get free photos with the season's favorite furry friend at Cabela's and Bass Pro. Photos are available Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-7:30pm; and Fri., 2-8pm. An egg hunt...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Snag a photo op with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle, and take part in eggstra-special activities and entertainment. Get a jump on the new experiences in 2019, including...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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High school students with disabilities are invited to spend school break participating in activities used to promote peer interaction and appropriate social skills, physical activity and...

Cost: $50

Where:
Marion Diehl Recreation Center
2219 Tyvola Road
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Plastic colored eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg for families to find during the week of April 12-18. If you find a golden egg with a ticket in it, redeem it for a prize at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg parks
, NC


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Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Meet some of the Nature Center residents in this wild encounter.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Register online for fun activities, brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny.

Cost: $5

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Meet a variety of fuzzy and cute animal babies like goats, chicks, ducklings, and bunnies!

Cost: $4-$5

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Program is designed to offer tips on how to prepare for college, including information on potential career paths.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road N.
, NC
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Celebrate the full moon with a gathering in the woods and on the trails.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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The Women’s Adventure Film Tour features a set of 7-9 short films. Jennifer Pharr Davis will be on-site for a meet-and-greet during the Women’s Adventure Film Tour...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: U.S. National Whitewater Center
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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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Experience Easter egg hunts, raffles, yard games, hayrides for an additional fee, farm animals and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Cost: $7 for egg hunt, free for children 2 and younger

Where:
Hodges Farm
3900 Rocky River Road East
, NC
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Play a variety of games and sports, create art, and adventure to the playground! Bring a bagged lunch.  

Cost: $25 per day

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Children ages 6 and younger can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $6.95

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. Pre-Registration is required. Time slots are 10-10:45am and 11-11:45am.

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Sessions are structured and include a fairy host, tea party with light snack, dress-up clothes, craft, face painting or light makeup, and story time.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiaras and Tales
921 Crossroads Plaza
Fort Mill, SC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: BounceU of Charlotte
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The local puppeteer troupe from MyGym Lake Norman will lead a puppet show with songs and book readings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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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...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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There will be food trucks, local vendors and family fun on Fridays at Metropolitan.

Cost: Free

Where:
Metropolitan
431 S. Kings Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Spectacular Events

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Food Truck Friday at Fountain Park in Old Town Rock Hill will feature food trucks, local restaurants, local beers, wine, children's activities and live music.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park, Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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

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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Get free photos with the season's favorite furry friend at Cabela's and Bass Pro. Photos are available Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-7:30pm; and Fri., 2-8pm. An egg hunt...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Snag a photo op with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle, and take part in eggstra-special activities and entertainment. Get a jump on the new experiences in 2019, including...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Take a 25-minute train ride with the Easter Bunny. The furry friend will hand out candy and pose for pictures. Do not miss the inflatables, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and face...

Cost: $9-$13, children 2 and younger free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

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


Website »

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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Get your face painted, meet the Easter Bunny and more. Egg hunts begin on Webster Street, every half hour by age group beginning at 10:00 a.m. Come at 10:30 a.m. to make a hat (Dogwood Crafters on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dillsboro, NC
Dillsboro, NC


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Horticultural professionals will be on hand to answer plant questions. Brendan and the Strangest Ways will be performing live in the Greenery Shed starting at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
1801 Yorkmont Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
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Join the Easter Bunny for a morning full of entertainment and games, including bubble performances, balloon twisting, face painting, a magic show, egg relays, an egg hunt and a photo...

Cost: $12-$29, children younger than age 2 admitted free

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Run the Fun Run at 9 a.m. or the 5K at 9:30 a.m. Stick around for the free festival with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, DJ, and an inflatable slide.

Cost: $20

Where:
Downtown Concord
Means and Union Ave.
Concord, NC
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Earth Day Fair at the Davidson Farmer's Market will offer an electronic recycling drive, a local bee keeper, the bike/walk to the market challenge, information about recycling right and solar...

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Farmer's Market
120 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Participate in an Easter Egg Hunt, make crafts and enjoy breakfast.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grayson Park
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Hike with a naturalist on the Paw Paw Nature Trail, learn our native bird calls, discover bird beak adaptations and meet some birds and local conservation organizations. The event will also include...

Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Hike with a naturalist on the Paw Paw Nature Trail, learn native bird calls, discover bird beak adaptations, and meet some birds and local organizations doing their part to conserve these...

Cost: $8, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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In this special story time, come share donuts and stories with your dad, grandpa, uncle or caregiver.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Enjoy photo opportunities with Baxter the Bunny, story-time, crafts, farm animals and an Easter egg hunt for ages one to 10.

Cost: $8 for one child and one parent. $8 for additional parent.

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Register online for a time slot at the Fifth Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bible Baptist Church
2724 Margaret Wallace Road
Matthews, NC
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Participants will have the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health through connecting with nature on hiking experiences.

Cost: $5

Where:
Ivory/Baker Recreation Center
1920 Stroud Park Ct.
, NC
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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The Latta Annual Easter Egg Hunt offers egg hunts organized by age groups: 1-3 , 4-6 and 7-10 years old. The day includes photos with Baxter the Bunny, story-time, games, farm animals and time...

Cost: $8 per child ages 1-10. Extra adults and students, $8

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-2312
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Curious George will be stopping by for breakfast and a special story time in the store cafe.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Kayak and stand-up paddle board, hike and try yoga. Please be advised that some activities are age-restricted.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Visit the Easter egg hunt with bounce houses, Easter bunny pics, food and lots of fun! There will be designated times for each age group beginning with special needs children of any age.

Cost: Free

Where:
Greater Life Kids
17025 Lancaster Hwy.
, NC
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Come for food, face-painting, candy and family fun. Children 8 and younger are invited to hunt for eggs.

Cost: Free

Where:
South Charlotte Presbyterian Church
15425 Scholastic Drive
, NC
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Learn how to conserve and harvest water using a rain barrel. This water workshop will have educational activities for all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Work out and play fitness games with fun music! Each class lasts 45 minutes and is suitable for all fitness levels. Ages 2-5: 10-10:45 a.m. Ages 6 and older: 11-11:45 a.m.

Cost: $0-$5

Where:
Weddington Road Bark Park
8955 Weddington Road
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SMASH Fitness
Telephone: 980-494-0258
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Come out for face painting, crafts, inflatables, thousands of eggs and food.

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Church Lake Park
3624 Lake Park Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Sponsor: Central Church Lake Park
Telephone: 704-804-2203
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Hunt eggs and play games. Eat hot dogs and cotton candy. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bible Baptist Church
2724 Margaret Wallace Road
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Bible Baptist Church
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Enjoy an Easter Bunny appearance, Easter Egg Hunt, crafts, games and prizes. Even will also feature the StoryWalk program with, "The Biggest Easter Basket Ever."

Cost: Free

Where:
Methodist Home Recreation Center/Shamrock Senior Center
3200 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Enjoy crafts, the Easter Bunny and a fun Easter egg hunt! Hunt is for ages 2-12 years.

Cost: $5

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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The Praising Place Church has partnered with Charlotte Fire Dept. Station 23 and Community Blood Bank of the Carolinas to celebrate Easter with an egg drop with free games, giveaways, bounce...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Praising Place Church
5268 North Sharon Amity Road
, NC
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Enjoy a live performance of the Afro-Brazilian art form delivered by Charlotte Capoeira.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Learn mathematical concepts of sorting, building and geometry while developing problem solving and innovating skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Branch Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5800
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Community School of the Arts will provide a visual art workshop series with live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Program is designed to offer tips on how to prepare for college, including information on potential career paths.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road N.
, NC
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Experience the magic of the lanterns as they light up the water.

Cost: $18-$35, children 7 and younger free

Where:
Symphony Park
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Indian Land High School will host New Wrap Order, King of Fire Pizza, Caribbean Buzz, My Sausage Buddy, Wilbur’s Last Ride and Arctic Concessions.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Indian Land High School
8063 River Road
Indian Land, NC
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Tosco Music Parties showcase an eclectic mix of music styles and engage the audience with singalongs throughout the evening, and each party is unique. Tosco Music Parties feature performances of...

Cost: $15.50-$34.50

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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Bring your own basket to hunt for eggs, and visit the Easter Bunny. Noon at Stowe Park and 2pm at Linford Park.   Linford Park, Caston St., Belmont.  Stowe Park,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Linford Park and Stowe Park
Belmont, NC


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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Experience Easter egg hunts, raffles, yard games, hayrides for an additional fee, farm animals and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Cost: $7 for egg hunt, free for children 2 and younger

Where:
Hodges Farm
3900 Rocky River Road East
, NC
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Day-long workshops offering kids the opportunity to learn introductory robotics skills.  Designed for children with little or no prior robotics experience. Participants will design, build and...

Cost: $5 per participant, $10 per parent and child

Where:
EPIC Building, UNC Charlotte
8700 Phillips Road
, NC
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Sponsor: NC Science Festival
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Spend the day as a scientist with the Department of Chemistry at UNC Charlotte and learn about dyes, pigments, and other colorful chemicals by making your own chromatic concoctions. Registration...

Cost: $5

Where:
Burson Hall, UNC Charlotte
9006 Craver Road
, NC
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Sponsor: NC Science Festival
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Join B Music Youth for music education and mentorship.

Cost: $31

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Guided trail rides are open to riders of all experience levels.

Cost: $45-$50

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
1058 Horse Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in these half-hour sessions along the Raptor Trail. Saturdays 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays 1 and 3 p.m.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Learn the all about the natural philosopher, Galileo Galilei, and some of his greatest inventions including his thermometer.

Cost: $15-$19, free for children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Learn about the Mediterranean diet, and taste some yummy grain-based salad.

Cost: $15-$19, free for children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Learn about vultures found at Carolina Raptor Center.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Attend this “baby shower” to provide aid to local rehabilitation organizations. Bring a gift, listen to a fun baby animal story and play a few shower games to learn about wild little...

Cost: $8, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Check out experiments that bubble, ooze, blow up and illuminate.

Cost: $15-$19, free for children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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Teens ages 16 and younger receive three hours of discounted jumping. Jumpers are required to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for an additional $2.

Cost: $19.95

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Don’t miss the helicopter egg drop, plus a contests, live bunnies, a scavenger hunt and prizes. Food available for purchase. Egg drop from children with special needs at 5:30 p.m. See website...

Cost: $8-$11; wagon rides cost extra

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Get free photos with the season's favorite furry friend at Cabela's and Bass Pro. Photos are available Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-7:30pm; and Fri., 2-8pm. An egg hunt...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Snag a photo op with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle, and take part in eggstra-special activities and entertainment. Get a jump on the new experiences in 2019, including...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Four men were to be crucified that day in Jerusalem. Only three crosses were raised. This is the story of The Fourth Cross. See website for show times on March 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30...

Cost: $10-$37

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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The 2019 Queen City Easter Festival will feature face painting, games, dance performances, crafts, vendors, food and more! There will also be an Easter egg hunt and free Easter Bunny pictures....

Cost: Free

Where:
Carole Hoefener Center
615 E. 6th St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Create Amazing LLC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Take a 25-minute train ride with the Easter Bunny. The furry friend will hand out candy and pose for pictures. Do not miss the inflatables, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and face...

Cost: $9-$13, children 2 and younger free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission, children younger than 2 free

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