15 Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Inspiration for your elf's holiday adventures.


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Our readers submitted some great photos in last year's Elf on the Shelf Photo Contest. It was hard to choose, but we've narrowed it down to our fave fifteen. Scroll down to find inspiration for your own elf's adventures.

1. Holiday Photo Booth
Submitted by Angie Galbraith
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2. Gangnam Style
Submitted by Jennifer Brooks
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3. Angry Birds
Submitted by April Walsh
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4. Attack of the Dinosaurs
Submitted by Grey
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5. Max Hearts Hot Chocolate
Submitted by Angie Galbraith
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6. Obedient Elf
Submitted by Angie Galbraith
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7. Elf Under Arrest for Impersonating Santa Claus
Submitted by Sharon Mayer
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8. Splish Splash
Submitted by Bejal Mehta
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9. Cookies and Cocoa with Barbie
Submitted by Angie Galbraith
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10. The Avengers Capture Breadcrumb and Snowflake
Submitted by Mandy White
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11. Revenge of the Elves
Submitted by Mandy White
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12. Fruit Cake the Elf Makes a Snow Angel
Submitted by Allison Norris
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13. Making Snowmen
Submitted by Angie Trevathan
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14. Naughty Elf
Submitted by Tiffany
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15. Ervin found the "Mommy Juice"
Submitted by Amy Taylor
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February 2016

Join a naturalist and venture deep into the preserve to see what roams around during winter. At the end, warm up by sipping hot cocoa while watching the birds in the garden. 

Cost: FREE.

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC
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The Chinese New Year has been celebrated for more than four thousand years. This festival marks the end of a long winter season and the beginning of spring. Come to I CAN Create after a...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Discovery Place KIDS
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

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Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

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Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

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The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Edward Tulane, a toy china rabbit, is very much in love with himself. Self-absorbed and selfish, he comes to believe he is cursed when he is accidentally tossed overboard and away from the...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Celebrate Chinese New Year with a special storytime, books to check out, and self-directed activities in the Spangler Library.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Telephone: 704-416-4630
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Through games, crafts, stories, puppets and more learn about animals and plants.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-432-6460
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Tuck your little one in a stroller and join an educator for an easy walk along the paved nature trail. In case of inclement weather, meet inside the Nature Center for indoor...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Telephone: 704-588-5224
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
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Filled with stories, songs, and activities specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Celebrate Fat Tuesday with the family and breakfast for dinner. Pancakes will be served until 7 p.m.

Cost: FREE.

Where:
St. Patrick's Catholic School
1121 Buchanan St.
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-333-3174
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
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Engage your preschoolers with books, activities, stories and songs that encourage language and pre-reading skill development in order to help them grow into successful readers.

Cost: FREE.

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5800
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, watch the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Showtimes: Wed.-Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 and 8pm; Sun., 1:30 and 7pm.

Cost: $29.50+

Where:
Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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For children who speak English as a second language enjoy books, activities, stories and songs that help with language development and literacy skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-416-4630
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
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Enjoy stories, movement with music, and a seasonal craft.

Cost: $5

Where:
Main Street Children's Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Explore the mint museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph | 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown | 500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2018
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, watch the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Showtimes: Wed.-Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 and 8pm; Sun., 1:30 and 7pm.

Cost: $29.50+

Where:
Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Find out what life was like for enslaved people that lived and worked at Brattonsville. Tour hours: 11am and 2pm.

Cost: $3-$6, includes museum admission

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC
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Telephone: 803-684-2327
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This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Bring the family to Chick-fil-A Stonecrest and lend a hand in creating cards for those who are forgotten on Valentine's Day! Join us to put "Love in Action." Dress in pajamas to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chick-fil-A StoneCest at Piper Glen
7910 Rea Rd
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, watch the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Showtimes: Wed.-Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 and 8pm; Sun., 1:30 and 7pm.

Cost: $29.50+

Where:
Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

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In this free, 90-minute workshop, kids can go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in their own gaming world. Register today at www.microsoftstore.com/southpark as...

Cost: FREE.

Where:
SouthPark Microsoft Store
4400 Sharon Rd
Charlotte , NC  28211
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Telephone: 704-916-6610

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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, watch the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Showtimes: Wed.-Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 and 8pm; Sun., 1:30 and 7pm.

Cost: $29.50+

Where:
Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

Amid the chaos of citizens being charged to use public restrooms from a terrible water shortage, a Gotham hero plans a revolution to help lead his community to freedom.

Cost: $12-$18

Where:
Fullwood Theater
100 Mcdowell St. East
Matthews, NC
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Website »

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This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Led by local York County birders, help count the different species by listening to their songs and by spying their outlines and colors in a winter habitat. Dress for the weather, this program...

Cost: $5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

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Storytelling, children's crafts, activities, and games. Fairy, gnome, and other appropriate costumes are encouraged but not required. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-1391
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Learn about birds through a naturalist and participate in activities for kids.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-432-6459
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Featuring favorite children’s movie music, including Disney Classics such as “It’s A Small World” and “Let It Go.”

Cost: $19.50-$24.50

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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View six historic works created by African-American choreographers Talley Beatty, Asadata Dafora, Katherine Dunham, Bill T. Jones, Donald McKayle and Pearl Primus, filmed by the American Dance...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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 Participate in hands-on art activities, special museum tours and more.  Explore the abstract art of Sam Francis by making a watercolor painting. Also, create handmade...

Cost: Free for children, $8 for the general public

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-353-9208
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Learn about the various relationships that exist amongst organisms.

Cost: $4-$10, includes admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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In commemoration of Black History Month, join in a family program that celebrates the history of African Americans.

Cost: FREE.

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC  28215
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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The Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite creature power suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal wow facts the...

Cost: Starting at $27.75

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 800-745-3000
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Farmers from all over the country are bringing their best alpacas to show.Great opportunity to learn about these adorable critters uses for their fleece. Fiber arts, spinning, weaving and knitting...

Cost: FREE.

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 Hwy 49 S
Concord, NC
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
View map »


Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

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Enjoy making special Valentine crafts to share with family and friends.

Cost: $5

Where:
Main Street Children's Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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     Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site will offer “Black Gold: North Carolina Slavery and Reed Gold Mine” tours every Saturday in February at 1 p.m. and...

Cost: $2 for 8 and older, ages 7 and under free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC  28107
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Sponsor: Reed Gold Mine
Telephone: 704-721-4653 x211
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Explore books in creative ways through interactive activities including math and science.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, watch the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Showtimes: Wed.-Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 and 8pm; Sun., 1:30 and 7pm.

Cost: $29.50+

Where:
Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

Amid the chaos of citizens being charged to use public restrooms from a terrible water shortage, a Gotham hero plans a revolution to help lead his community to freedom.

Cost: $12-$18

Where:
Fullwood Theater
100 Mcdowell St. East
Matthews, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

A special film presentation for children with special needs. The movie is shown with lights up and sound down, and families can bring gluten-free, casein-free snacks.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
AMC Theatres
Charlotte , NC


Website »

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This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte , NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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