7 Best Charlotte Suburbs for Families

Don't overlook these family-friendly communities when choosing where to call home.


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With its museums, cultural events, educational attractions and recreational activities, there’s a lot for families to love about living in Charlotte. Having a major airport and being a few hours’ drive from the beach or mountains are major perks, too. But living in the city can have its drawbacks, and it isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, Charlotte’s thriving suburbs have lots to offer, whether you’re looking for a cosmopolitan lifestyle at a more affordable price, or a slower pace and space to spread out. These seven nearby communities are proof that life outside the city can be pretty sweet.

Ballantyne

It’s technically inside city limits, but this bustling community close to the South Carolina border is no sleepy suburb. Founded on land that was once the family hunting preserve of former North Carolina Governor Cameron Morrison, Ballantyne offers a suburban lifestyle with city-like amenities just 20 minutes south of Charlotte.

From those nature-minded beginnings comes a community that bursts with green space, including several local parks with greenways and walking trails. The Ballantyne Hotel anchors the mini-city, home to the Dana Rader Golf School, which is consistently ranked among the Top 25 Golf Schools in America by Golf Magazine.

Family-friendly shops and services like Small Hands Big Art, a children’s art studio offering classes, parties, camps and workshops, are plentiful. There is a Whole Foods and Ballantyne Village is a hub of activity with boutiques, a movie theater and restaurants.

Nearby notable towns: Weddington, Pineville, and Indian Land.

INSIDER TIP: With lots of farmland still close by, there are plenty of places for little hands to pick berries in the summertime and pumpkins in the fall. One great option is Hall Family Farm, which has been family owned and operated for more than 70 years. The farm offers picking opportunities in the spring, summer and fall, plus hayrides, chickens, picnic tables and activities.

Small Hands Big Art

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Small Hands Big Art offers classes for preschoolers to adults at its studio in Ballantyne.


Belmont

The home of Belmont Abbey College, founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, picturesque Belmont is the smallest community on this list, with one of the easiest commutes to Charlotte and affordable real estate. The town sits about 14 miles directly west of the city just off I-85. Its crown jewel is 8-acre Stowe Park, which hosts family-friendly events year-round, including summer concerts and a Christmas village.

To capitalize on its location along the Catawba River, the town added Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in 2016 that includes a large natural playground, walking trail, picnic shelter, and a walkout dock with canoe and kayak launches.

A major draw for both locals and visitors is the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, with its stunning orchid house and expansive grounds. The garden is currently planning the second phase of its Lost Hollow Children’s Garden, a 3.5-acre, kid-friendly expansion with a medieval theme.

Nearby notable communities: Gastonia, McAdenville and Mount Holly.

INSIDER TIP: Fans of the Jonas Brothers — or Southern food — should make a pit stop at Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, the kidfriendly restaurant named for the brothers’ great-grandmother Nellie, who spent her life in Belmont. Music is on the offer here too: the restaurant has a house band that plays live music every evening and frequent performances by special guest entertainers.


Cornelius

Twenty miles north of Charlotte via I-77, Cornelius has swelled to a population of about 30,000. (Its population was just under 12,000 in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.) Founded in 1893 after a cotton-weighing dispute with neighboring Davidson, the town’s surge in popularity might be related to the fact that it has 70 miles on the water — the most shoreline of all the towns along Lake Norman. Its high-rated schools certainly are another added benefit for families. Although the town is just 15 square miles, it has 10 public parks, including the 104-acre Jetton Park, and Ramsey Creek Park, which has a large beach and swimming access.

Nearby notable towns: Davidson, Huntersville and Mooresville.

INSIDER TIP: There are many arts and cultural opportunities for the youngest Cornelius residents, including the Cornelius Art Center, which offers classes that start at preschool age, and the Cornelius Youth Orchestras. One of the best-kept secrets here, however, is the town’s summer camp program. With more than 130 options, there’s no excuse for summertime boredom. cornelius.org. Search for summer camps.

Lake Norman Sailboat

Photo courtesy of visitlkn.com.

Lake life is a big draw for choosing to live in Cornelius.


Davidson

A bookish, lakeside college town 22 miles north of Charlotte, Davidson is known for its tight-knit community and fiercely protected quality of life. When budget cuts threatened the closure of the town’s only public library, residents rallied to save it, also funding a new engraved-brick patio on the town green in the process. The Davidson College basketball team has elevated the town’s national profile. Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is an alumnus.  It’s also gaining a reputation as a foodie destination. After all, drive-through restaurants are banned here. The local farmers market is one of the area’s best. And in 2015, a restaurant on the town’s main street, Kindred, was named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit magazine.

Nearby notable towns: Huntersville, Cornelius and Mooresville.

INSIDER TIP: Main Street Books, the town’s thriving independent bookstore, hosts book clubs for readers of all ages. Recent offerings include a Harry Potter book club for grades 3 to 5 that meets once a week, with a discussion led by bookstore staff. 

Town of Davidson

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Dressed up for a Halloween march in downtown Davidson.


Fort Mill

Capitalize on South Carolina’s lower taxes and cost of living in this South Carolina town. Just 18 miles south of the city, Fort Mill has schools that boast high marks and a small-town feel. It’s home of Carowinds, the amusement park that crosses the state line. But the town’s proximity to Lake Wylie makes it easy to enjoy the water. Anne Springs Close Greenway, a privately operated nature preserve, is the perfect escape from urban life. With 2,100 acres of forests, lakes and picnic facilities, the property includes a dairy barn, nature center and opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing and camping. Fort Mill isn’t short on cultural events, either. Fort Mill Community Playhouse offers drama camps for kids and produces musicals, a youth production, and a dinner theater production each year.

Nearby notable towns: Indian Land, Rock Hill and Tega Cay.

INSIDER TIP: Lynwood Equestrian Center is a family-friendly boarding center on 25 acres in Fort Mill. In addition to being an approved facility where Girl Scouts can earn horse-related patches, the center offers horseback riding lessons, equestrian-themed birthday parties, summer camps and yoga on horseback classes.


Matthews

This quaint town southeast of Charlotte is big on historic charm: 10 buildings in the downtown area are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Matthews has an artsy vibe, with lots of public art, a calendar full of family-friendly festivals and the McDowell Arts Center, which hosts gallery shows, classes and programs. Launched in 1991, the town’s thriving, year-round farmers market is the oldest in the area, and requires that vendors sell only goods that are grown or created within 50 miles with fish and seafood being the only exceptions. In the summer, Stumptown Park, the nine-acre park in the heart of the town, presents family-friendly events, alternating between a free concert and a movie under the stars each week.

Nearby notable towns: Indian Trail, Stallings and Mint Hill.

INSIDER TIP: Families who want to try their hand at gardening or urban farmsteading should head to Renfrow Hardware. Founded in 1900, this old-school hardware store sells plants, seeds, and other hardware store essentials including baby chicks. Renfrow also offers gardening classes and the knowledgeable staff is always happy to share advice.


University City

UNCC Botanical Gardens

Photo courtesy of UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

The Titan Arum plant’s size, shape and smell captures the attention of visitors at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens in University City.


Like Ballantyne, University City is technically within city limits. Home to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, more than 20 Fortune 500 companies and more than 25 research, technology and energy-related companies, it’s already thriving. But with the Lynx Blue Line extension set to connect commuters even more easily with uptown, the area is poised for new, explosive growth (and an even more crowded parking lot at Ikea which is located just off I-85 in University City).

The area’s popular greenway system offers lots of stroller-friendly paths for walking, biking or jogging. You can also get off the beaten path at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve, which boasts 850 acres with playgrounds, fishing ponds, disc golf, a nature center and 10 miles of trails, including an easy hike to the Robinson Rock House ruins, an archaeological site with the remains of an 18-century stone home.

Nearby notable towns: Concord, Kannapolis and Harrisburg.

INSIDER TIP: Whether you want an easy afternoon escape or are looking for the perfect backdrop for new photos of your kiddos, the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens on the UNC Charlotte campus have you covered. With more than 10 acres of outdoor garden “rooms” open daily during daylight hours and an eight-room greenhouse complex with more limited availability, it’s excellent, free entertainment.


Aleigh Acerni lives in a neighborhood near the city’s center with her husband and toddler, and enjoys exploring the area's suburbs.

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June 2018

Do not miss an exciting afternoon of exploration! Enjoy a delicious lunch in the Bistro before driving to Discovery Place for a class inspired by Luciana. Girls will participate in fun experiments...

Cost: $45 per person

Where:
American Girl
4400 Sharon Rd
Charlotte, NC  28211
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Long before cotton became King in the South, early settlers relied on the strong fibers of the flax plant to make linen thread and fabric for hand-sewn clothing.  Visit the Backcountry farm...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Stop by JJs Red Hots' Dilworth location for an afternoon of fun for the whole family as we celebrate our 1,000,000th hot dog! The event will take place in our parking lot, patio and rooftop....

Cost: Free

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JJ's Red Hots
1514 East Blvd.
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Enjoy the Great American Campout celebration on the Greenway! Participate in fun activities for all ages, including a guided family-friendly hike, fort building, gaga ball, field games, kayaking...

Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non members

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
195 Adventure Rd.
Fort Mill, SC
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Grab your sleeping bags, and come join us for a night under the stars! We will offer fishing, kayaking, archery, a scavenger hunt, a Night Explorations Hike and, of course, a hot dog dinner...

Cost: $10 for members ($35 for family of 4); $15 for non members ($40 for family of 4)

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Anne Springs Close Greenway
195 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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The City of Gastonia has decided to make its Fourth of July festival bigger, longer, and so much BETTER! The Gastonia July 4th Festival is now officially the Gaston All American Fair. A bigger...

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Rd.
Gastonia, NC
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Meditation is a perfect tool to introduce into a child’s day to promote inner strength and mental and emotional well-being. In this weekly class, children will learn simple meditations and...

Cost: $5 per child

Where:
Kadampa Meditation Center North Carolina
528 East Blvd.
, NC  28203
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Telephone: 630-202-7757
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Carowinds is kicking off summer Carolina-style with an all-new event: Great Carolina Fest! Visit for genuine Carolina food, craft brews, local entertainment, and down-home family fun.

Cost: Included with admission to Carowinds.

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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Enjoy the exciting and educational Flights of the Forest show. Viewers can feel the wind from a raptor's wing it they flies overhead. Participants must be 7 or older; children 16 and...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Enjoy a variety of "nose to beak" encounters with some of the most interesting raptor species. Purchase tickets online up until 24 hours before the encounter, and in the Visitor Center up...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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Bring a picnic and enjoy live music. Every Sunday from Jun. 3-Aug. 26.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fourth Ward Park
301 N. Poplar St
, NC
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first.See website for showtimes.

Cost: $21+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2900 East Independence Blvd
, NC
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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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

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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Listen to the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony and enjoy the summer evenings. June 13: The Krueger Brothers, 7:30pm, Knight Theater June 17: Music of John Williams: Star Wars...

Cost: $5-$20; packages available for ticket bundles

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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
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Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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It's time for the Shower Me With Love and Caroline Grace warehouse sale! We are back at Waverly Place in Cary, NC and will be across from Whole Foods. Wed., 6-9pm; Thurs., 10am-6pm; Fri....

Where:
Waverly Place
302 Colonades Way
Cary, NC
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Show your creativity by turning marshmallows and other sweets into candy art. All materials, tools, and supplies are provided.

Cost: $10

Where:
Indian Trail Town Hall
315 Matthews Indian Trail Rd.
Indian Trail, NC
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Telephone: 704-821-8114
Contact Name: Susan Didier
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Preschool-age children can explore nature with songs, games, crafts, and play in Lost Hollow.

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1252
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Start off by exploring various nature topics in the classrooms by using the best tools - our hands, eyes, nose and ears. Then head into the forest, where we sneakily walk to uncover the wonders of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Bring your children to the Garden for a morning of sensory exploration, singing and fun. Explore colors, shapes, movement, texture and a host of other topics in a safe and nurturing environment.

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1252
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

Cost: $215 for YMCA members; $290 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout is grassroots racing at its finest, providing up-and-coming young drivers with valuable experience in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte’s...

Cost: $8; free for children 13 and younger

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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This program is designed to engage young African American males in a variety of fun and educational activities to develop a positive sense of identity and improve character. Young men will learn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1114
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, 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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

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Celebrate Summer Break with free performances at ImaginOn all summer long! This week's performer is Susan VandeWeghe. Grab your poodle skirt and get ready to bop till you drop with these...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Join us for our summer break program, presented by the Carolina Raptor Center. Live birds of prey will help you discover their kinship with native wildlife and humans. Space is limited to the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Dr.
, NC
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Join us for our summer break program, presented by Parks and Recreation. Parks and Recreation will present Reptiles and Amphibians.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Ayrsley Grand Cinemas is showing some of last year's blockbusters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $3.70 plus tax. Tickets include a Kiddie Combo as well. If...

Cost: $3.70

Where:
Arsley Grand Cinemas
9110 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
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Regal Entertainment Cinemas, which includes Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, Regal Starlight Stadium 14 - Charlotte, Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22, Regal...

Cost: $1

Where:
Regal Entertainment Cinemas
, NC


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The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
View map »


Website »

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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

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


Website »

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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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Come enjoy some music with your meal at Romare Bearden Park's Music Box Lunch, which occurs every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-348-5770
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

Cost: $215 for YMCA members; $290 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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The Rosa Parks Farmers Market kicks off its third season on Tuesday, June 5. Shoppers can enjoy more food options, a bigger location, and better hours! Visit the market every Tuesday from June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosa Parks Farmers Market
1600 West Trade St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Mecklenburg County Public Health
Telephone: 704-617-9319
Contact Name: Elliott Royal
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The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout is grassroots racing at its finest, providing up-and-coming young drivers with valuable experience in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte’s...

Cost: $8; free for children 13 and younger

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Website »

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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

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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, 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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
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Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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The Gem Theatre's summer movie program allows children to see a $1 movie on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. These showtimes feature some of last year's blockbusters, but...

Cost: $1

Where:
Gem Theater
111 West 1st St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Enjoy a themed story followed by cupcake decorating... and eating!

Cost: $6

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Join us for our summer break program, presented by Discovery Place. Conduct hair-raising experiments with the Van de Gaff generator. Learn how electrically charged objects push and pull without...

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Watch as your body comes alive with these weird, wacky and unusual scientific expeditions! Wacky weird science experiments will be performed by the children!

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Rd.
, NC
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Prepare to be amazed, dazzled, and bewildered by Story Circus- an exciting storytelling show where stories meet circus! See Balloon Haiku (balloon animals coming to life with haiku), Storygami...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library (Rock Hill)
138 E Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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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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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

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

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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Meet at The Museum of York County on Wednesday mornings as we encourage exploration and investigation of natural history topics with new exhibits, guest speakers and staff led activities. The...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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"Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek..." and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. This hour-long...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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In this four-part summer series of interactive classes, kids will learn about the critters that are important to our gardens. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. June 6: Birds June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pike Nurseries
12630 N Community House Rd.
Charlotte, NC  28277
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

Regal Entertainment Cinemas, which includes Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, Regal Starlight Stadium 14 - Charlotte, Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22, Regal...

Cost: $1

Where:
Regal Entertainment Cinemas
, NC


Website »

More information

The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

Cost: $215 for YMCA members; $290 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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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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Bring your lawn chairs, drinks and snacks, and be prepared to dance at this weekly event that features the music of local bands. Occurs Wednesdays with the exception of July Fourth. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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

More information

This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, 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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

More information

Cinemark Movies 10 in Matthews offers $1 movies on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Movies 10
9508 Northeast Ct.
Matthews, NC
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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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Learn about many different scientific concepts while you explore the slime lab, color lab, magnet lab, balance lab, and more as Fiddlestix brings science to life through age appropriate,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Dr.
, NC
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Come out to Mount Holly for tasty food and festive fireworks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
Mount Holly, NC


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This class is designed to introduce those who have never kayaked to the sport of kayaking. We will meet at the Rush Pavilion and start by covering appropriate gear for kayaking and how to fit it,...

Cost: $25

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Bioluminescence is not only for fireflies; it can be found in many species in nature, including some that live at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve! Learn about nature's ability to flow, create...

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Concerts start at 7pm; movies start at dusk. June 1: Coconut Groove June 22: "Wonder" June 28: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm July 13: Red Dirt Revival July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

"Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek..." and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. This hour-long...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

Ayrsley Grand Cinemas is showing some of last year's blockbusters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $3.70 plus tax. Tickets include a Kiddie Combo as well. If...

Cost: $3.70

Where:
Arsley Grand Cinemas
9110 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

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 »

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Enjoy transportation themed stories, plus a hands-on activity complimenting the book.

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

Cost: $215 for YMCA members; $290 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
View map »


Telephone: 704-716-4609
Website »

More information

Enjoy live music on Thursdays in June, July and August. Concerts will take place in the Comporium Amphitheater, a popular Greenway venue that features lawn-style seating beneath a shady tree...

Cost: $5 per person (free for members); $5 per car for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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Come out for live music, food trucks, and fun. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. Food is available for purchase from Old Buddy’s Oinker, Taco Green Go, Carolina Smash...

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-766-2253
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, 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...

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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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
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Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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SAS Cupcakes is hosting a free cupcake frosting event sponsored by the upcoming movie, "Ant-Man and the Wasp." Stop by SAS Cupcakes anytime between 4-7 p.m. to frost your own mini...

Cost: Free

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Join All Around The Board: Game Cafe for Disney Themed Family Game Night! Enjoy family time while playing one of our many Disney-themed games. Wear Disney clothes or a costume to get $1 off your...

Cost: $6

Where:
All Around The Board: Game Cafe
18047-E West Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC  28031
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Telephone: 980-231-5515
Contact Name: Nicole Cheslak
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Enjoy free outdoor music. June 2: Loverboy June 16: Clay Walker June 29: Charlotte Symphony July 14: Starship July 28: Too Much Sylvia August 11: Commodores

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
119 N. Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Enjoy free outdoor music. June 2: Loverboy June 16: Clay Walker June 29: Charlotte Symphony July 14: Starship July 28: Too Much Sylvia August 11: Commodores

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
119 N. Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Mooresville Parks and Recreation presents Movies on Main! All movies will be shown on the Town Hall lawn in Downtown Mooresville. Movies start at dark, and concessions are available for purchase...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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"Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek..." and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. This hour-long...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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Visit Main Library in Rock Hill this summer for a different musical every week. Bring a snack, a friend, and your dancing shoes! Light refreshments will be provided.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library (Rock Hill)
138 E Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Join the N.C. Transportation Museum for hands-on activities every Friday! Climb aboard a steam engine. Build a flying machine, and launch it in a wind tunnel. Construct a refrigerator car to...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Come enjoy some music with your meal at Romare Bearden Park's Music Box Lunch, which occurs every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-348-5770
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

Cost: $215 for YMCA members; $290 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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Set in 1926, this fast-paced musical dinner show offers Southern food with classic Southern songs. Watch the gospel truths unfold through the eyes and imagination of Tennessee! Show times every...

Cost: Tickets starting at $7

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Contact Name: Angelina
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Website »

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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Each Friday and Saturday, starting May 25 through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Green at Blakeney
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road
, NC
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Do not miss these outdoor performances every Friday night this summer at Spirit Square. Events will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather.  Concessions and beverages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Square at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to Aug. 25. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Ste. 206
Huntersville, NC
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CPCC Summer Theatre brings the world's longest running murder mystery, "The Mousetrap" to the Pease stage for Summer '18. With twists and turns as only Agatha Christie could...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Pease Auditorium
1225 E. 4th St.
, NC
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Unwind with Bluegrass and Americana music, food trucks, beverages, and more. Occurs every other Friday all summer. See website for times. 

Cost: Free admission

Where:
First Ward Park
301 E. 7th St.
, NC
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

More information

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, 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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

View the website for band schedule. DJ performances start at 6pm. Bands go from 7-10pm (and tribute bands end thirty minutes early). Select Fridays. May 18, June 1, June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rotary Pavilion
100 South St.
Gastonia, NC
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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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See military vehicles, living history reenactors, and weapons of war, as the museum that moves you honors the United States' fighting forces. Enjoy the daytime event at the museum's regular...

Cost: Daytime event included with museum admission, Evening tickets start at $20

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Join this free 3.5-mile moderate hike with a historian from the Gaston County Museum and a Carolina Thread Trail leader. Explore the emergence of the textile mills and civil war history. Bring a...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Fork Trail
McAdenville, NC


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Enjoy a Little Mermaid themed story followed by cupcake decorating.

Cost: $9

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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This family friendly event will have a DJ, crafts, games, face paint, vendors, prizes, and contests. Stick around for dance team performances as well.

Cost: Free

Where:
The River Place
8400 Regent Parkway
Fort Mill, SC
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Girl Aspyre presents Middle School Resource Expo: Talent Showcase! The expo will bring awareness to all the resources, programs, initiatives, and organizations that are available to middle school...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Lake Academy
7905 Pleasant Grove Road
, NC
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Fiber Artist, Laura Bain of Phun Knits will introduce students to the basic concepts of turning fiber into yarn during this workshop. Participants will receive a drop spindle and wool fiber....

Cost: $20

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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Country music star, Mark Chestnutt will perform before a huge fireworks display. This year will the best yet! Mark Chesnutt has 14 #1 hits, 23 top 10 singles, 4 platinum albums and 5 gold...

Cost: Free

Where:
East Lincoln High School
6471 NC-73
Denver, NC
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The market runs from June through September. Multiple vendors offer fresh produce, as well as a selection of homemade goods like salsa, butter, honey, bread, eggs, cheese, soaps, cookies, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Liberty Park
225 E. Iredell Ave.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

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Scholars are welcome to explore LEGO WeDo robotics at their own pace and level at either of our community #STEAMSaturdyas sites (Hygge Coworking West or Northpointe Offices in Huntersville). Build...

Cost: $25

Where:
Hygge Coworking West
2128 Remount Rd.
, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Meet at The Museum of York County on Wednesday mornings as we encourage exploration and investigation of natural history topics with new exhibits, guest speakers and staff led activities. The...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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"Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek..." and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. This hour-long...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Enjoy the exciting and educational Flights of the Forest show. Viewers can feel the wind from a raptor's wing it they flies overhead. Participants must be 7 or older; children 16 and...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Enjoy a variety of "nose to beak" encounters with some of the most interesting raptor species. Purchase tickets online up until 24 hours before the encounter, and in the Visitor Center up...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
Website »

More information

Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Each Friday and Saturday, starting May 25 through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Green at Blakeney
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to Aug. 25. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Ste. 206
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

CPCC Summer Theatre brings the world's longest running murder mystery, "The Mousetrap" to the Pease stage for Summer '18. With twists and turns as only Agatha Christie could...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Pease Auditorium
1225 E. 4th St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy movies under the stars and on the big screen on the last Saturday of the month (except July).  May 26: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" June 30: "Karate Kid" August 25:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwood Park Amphitheater
2100 Wilhelmina Ave
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, 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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

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G.P.S. [Go.Play.See]

Your guide to raising kids in the Queen City, plus our 2018 Readers' Favorites for places to play, explore and learn with the kids.

Education Guide

A comprehensive guide to independent, private, charter and public schools in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Union and York counties.
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