A Clean Slate for the New School Year

Get started on the right foot to create lasting family habits


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As summer fades and displays of school supplies begin popping up in stores across the city, many parents ponder how they want the school year to unfold for their family. Whether it’s to maximize family time, help a child develop new study habits or foster more independence, we have expert tips on how to set and accomplish new goals.

 

The start of a new school year is an opportunity to reset routines and put practices in place that can become habits as the school year progresses. When thinking about the best ways to organize your family life for the upcoming school year, organization, routines, homework and balancing extracurricular activities are the most cited trouble spots. Take this time at the start of the school to design new routines to help you and your children achieve goals that fit within your family life. 

 

Organize First

Chief among parents concerns is helping children to be more organized. After diligently purchasing, preparing and packing school supplies, many parents are distraught to find that just a few weeks into the school year pencils are already missing, notebooks are disorganized and assignments that were due yesterday are somehow still stuffed in the bottom of their child’s backpack.

“Parents often express that they are tired of nagging and would like support with taking a step back while also ensuring that their child will independently engage in healthy habits,” says Lisa Podell, an executive functioning coach and founder of Better Sessions, a company that empowers people to work, learn and live better through one-on-one support. “Although offering daily reminders can provide an immediate solution, it may lead to a perpetual cycle where your child relies on that parental support for accomplishing daily tasks. I encourage parents to integrate the skills required to be successful at school, such as time management and planning, into their home routine so that kids are exercising these muscles on a daily basis.”

The ability to manage time in class or at home without being rushed, and thinking ahead to know what they need tomorrow or in their next class, can be a challenge for kids. Help foster these skills by practicing at home.

“Set deadlines for simple tasks like finishing dinner or getting ready for bed so your kids have an opportunity to practice time management,” Podell says. “Provide responsibilities that enable your child to practice breaking down tasks into smaller, more manageable steps, and have them mark important dates and events on their own calendar so they begin to see a picture of their week and month ahead.”

Children also need to recognize that organization is a habit that requires effort each day. Bea Moise, parenting coach and founder of the company A Child Like Mine, recommends parents create designated spaces for school items to land each day to help teach organization.

“When things pile up kids can become overwhelmed and shut down,” Moise says, “but by helping them organize their things each day, and by ensuring that everything has its place, you can help them stay on top of their things and be organized and prepared for school.” 

 

Evening Wind Down

In addition to helping children become more independent, many parents have a desire to re-work morning and evening routines that often are off track early in the school year. Want to have a better morning routine? First look at your evening routine, advises Moise.

“The most important routine for parents to establish at the beginning of the school year is an evening routine that includes effective preparation for the next morning,” she says. “A good evening routine is important because, not only does it allow for intentional time for connection between parent and child, it also helps set the tone for the next morning.”

As you craft your evening routine, think about everything that you and your child needs to do to get out the door in the morning, then prepare as much as possible in the evening. Pack backpacks and hang them by the door, lay out the next day’s clothes and consider doing some prep work for breakfast. And, of course, consider bedtime.

“The morning is not going to go smoothly if your child wakes up tired and cranky” Moise says. Prioritize an early bedtime to ensure morning success. 

 

The Morning Checklist

When it comes to morning routine, parents and children need to plan ahead. For kids, Podell recommends a wake-up time that realistically matches your child’s morning pace.

“Kids routinely underestimate how long each morning task will take. Consider timing how long each step takes before the start of the school year and then work backwards to establish a realistic and achievable wake-up time,” she says.

Save yourself time and foster independence by delegating a new task to your child. Start with what you know your child can do on his own like getting dressed or remembering to brush his teeth, then work toward a new goal.

Set up a homework space before school starts and have  your child do a quiet activity like drawing to help them prepare for sustained periods of time focusing at school.

“Select one task that you were in charge of last year and delegate that responsibility to the child for the new school year, such as setting the alarm the night before or packing lunch,” Podell says.

For kids that need a little more support, Moise recommends sitting down before the start of the school year and brainstorming a morning checklist.

“The checklist can include everything that needs to happen in the morning and, often, just having a visual list of these things helps the child move through their routine more independently,” she says.

Give yourself (and your children) a more relaxed start by getting up before they do.

“When you’re already awake and ready, your children are waking up to a structured environment rather than one in which everyone is trying to get ready at the same time,” Moise says.

 

After-School Attitude 

While evening routines set the tone for the next day, and morning routines set the tone for the day, afternoon routines are where many families find challenges. With after-school activities, multiple pickups, and hungry, tired kids, getting children to sit down and do their homework or study can be a real challenge. 

Whether you believe in the value of homework or wish your kids didn’t have to complete any work at home, the reality is that most families attend schools where homework is regularly assigned. When working to establish a homework routine that works for the whole family, think through your priorities before jumping in. 

While good grades are important, a child’s love of learning is what most parents ultimately want. With that in mind, work to create a routine that celebrates learning rather than one that encourages your kids to rush through homework with only their grades in mind.

“Parents should work hard not to bring their own stress to homework time,” Moise says, “Center homework time around positive things associated with acquiring new skills and information, and really work hard to celebrate their hard work and learning.”

Allow kids some downtime when they arrive home from school before asking them to jump into homework. Consider offering them a snack or some outdoor time before breaking out their bookbags. Also have a designated homework spot that’s free of distracting noise and clutter so that kids can focus as they complete their work.

When it comes time to sit down to do homework, have them make a list of what they need to complete and check it off as they finish. Doing this can help homework feel less overwhelming and help kids practice their time-management skills.

In order to help students stay organized, include homework station cleanup in their typical homework routine. Have kids pack their backpacks and place them where they’ll need to grab them on the way out the door in the morning, and tidy their homework spot so it’s clutter-free for their next afternoon. 

 

In the Zone

In addition to creating a good homework routine and a clean, organized homework area, recognize that focus is a skill that kids need practice to develop. Sustained focus can be difficult for kids when they are first transitioning back to school, Podell says. To help kids practice the sort of focus needed to sit down and get homework done, complete a project or prepare for a test, start by intentionally integrating focus practice into their lives before the start of the school year. Set up a homework space before school starts and have your child practice a quiet activity there for a few minutes each day.

“The activity doesn’t have to be school related, your child can increase their focus by simply sitting quietly and reading a comic book, putting together a puzzle or drawing” Podell says, “The key is to start in small increments so that by the time school begins, they are mentally and physically prepared to sit for sustained periods of time.”

 

Extracurriculars Matter

When parents are asked to describe the school year in one word, many choose busy. With work, homework, sports and extracurricular activities, many families find it difficult to come together, even for dinner, at all during the week. Avoid the sort of busyness that takes away from family life by considering how any new sport or activity may impact your family’s priorities, and consider how many activities are too many for your family.

“At a certain point, you have to say enough is enough and help your child prioritize their activities,” Moise says. When overscheduled, you may find everyone in the family is stressed and unable to enjoy the little moments. Reduce this stress by identifying how many activities or sports your family can reasonably handle, and be diligent about saying “no” or “next season” to any that cross that boundary. 

 

Settling In 

Good habits take time to establish. While it’s important to evaluate routines to make sure they’re working. Moise recommends giving new practices at least a few weeks before making any changes.

“It takes time to build routines and doing so can feel really hard at first,” she says. 

Another key thing to keep in mind among the busyness of the new school year: “Remember to really, really enjoy these moments. You can’t get the days back as your kids grow and these times are really special.”

 

Julia Pelly lives in east Charlotte with her husband and two young children. You can find more of her work at juliapelly.com. 

 

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Cost: Different Price Packages

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View map »


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Where:
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View map »


Website »

More information

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More information

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

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Website »

More information

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Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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Discovery Place Science
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More information

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Cost: Free

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Website »

More information

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Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

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


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Toddlers identify words through interactive games and letter recognition on Tuesday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $3-$5

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


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

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


Website »

More information

Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

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This workshop is open to all ages. No previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Recreation Site
500 Bilmark Ave.
, NC
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Website »

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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment. The class is open to all ages and no previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Belle Johnston Community Center
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child ages 3-12 will cost $5.

Cost: $15 for adult

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

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

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


Website »

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Join Discovery Place and UNC Charlotte for a collaborative field trip experience. Students will engage in hands-on research being conducted by UNC Charlotte researchers and students.

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission

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

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Hop into Bunnyville for your family pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bunnyville is located in center court on the lower level. Open from March 27-April 11. 

Cost: Different Price Packages

Where:
Center Court
, NC

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Visit Wing Haven, taking in all the gardens, and also viewing the many birdhouses on display as part of the annual Birdhouse Building Contest! 

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave,
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
View map »


Sponsor: Arts Delivered
Website »

More information

George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

More information

Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

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


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy stories paired with kid-friendly yoga moves.  Event occurs April 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $3-$5

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


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Homeschool students receive discounted admission at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster.

Cost: $8

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Children and their caregivers will sing, hear stories and participate in a craft or activity.

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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

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ImaginOn presents Homeschool Rally for the 2019-2020 school year! Topics change every month. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

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

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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Website »

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ImaginOn presents Homeschool Rally for the 2019-2020 school year! Topics change every month. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

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


Website »

More information

Learn the history of songs and the basics of being a DJ.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions without charge.

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
Website »

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Enhance basketball skills through drills and stations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Program is designed to develop social interaction and leadership skills in young males. Program occurs April 1, 8, 22 and 29.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Website »

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Learn a fusion of Zimbabwe dance styles using traditional Zimbabwe vocabulary mixed with contemporary movement.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center
2921 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: ASC Culture Blocks
Telephone: 704-414-2774
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Through this new exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to the trucks and racers who made the Truck Series such a success. Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks features eight race trucks,...

Cost: $18-$25, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

One of Williams' most famous works and his personal favorite, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a masterful portrayal of family tensions and individuals trapped in prisons of their own...

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

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


Website »

More information

Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

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


Website »

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Engage your child with stories, songs and activities in English and French.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Website »

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Visit Wing Haven, taking in all the gardens, and also viewing the many birdhouses on display as part of the annual Birdhouse Building Contest! 

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave,
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Preschoolers will participate in a 20-yard dash, softball throw, broad jump, hurdles and a relay.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy these stories, songs and activities designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues or other developmental disabilities.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This story time will include musical instrument exploration songs and dance.

Cost: Free

Where:
North County Regional Library
16500 Holly Crest Lane
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Listen to stories and learn through a variety of hands-on gardening activities. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Website »

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Participate in a variety of science experiments, engineering projects or math puzzles. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
South Boulevard Library
4429 South Boulevard
, NC
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Hunt for eggs filled with toys and stickers. Empty eggs may be returned in exchange for candy. Hunts divided by age for ages 1 through 11. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Martha Rivers Park
1515 Neal Hawkins Road
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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"Rain" brings classic favorites of The Beatles back on stage.

Cost: $24.50+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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Shop a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs assisted by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wing Haven
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
View map »


Sponsor: Arts Delivered
Website »

More information

George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

More information

Young participants express themselves through art. Register online. Event occurs on Thursdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Hop into Bunnyville for your family pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bunnyville is located in center court on the lower level. Open from March 27-April 11. 

Cost: Different Price Packages

Where:
Center Court
, NC

More information

Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $3-$5

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


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Toddlers will participate in a fun, kid-friendly workout on Thursday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Increase your strength, endurance and agility for sports.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Visit the York County Library Bookmobile to check out materials and sign up for library cards.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

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Teens will come out and play competitive video games.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Learn about technology, including multi-media channels, podcasts, coding and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Bring some friends, and come play board games!

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Afrobics is a full body, fun experience—a dance fitness class combining Afrofusion movement to an African beat.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore the expressive, active, and creative benefits of beginner ballet and modern dance.

Cost: $10

Where:
Winget School Recreation Center
12235 Winget Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way...

Cost: $12-$20

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


Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Through this new exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to the trucks and racers who made the Truck Series such a success. Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks features eight race trucks,...

Cost: $18-$25, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

One of Williams' most famous works and his personal favorite, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a masterful portrayal of family tensions and individuals trapped in prisons of their own...

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

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


Website »

More information

The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat....

Cost: $7-$12, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

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


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Explore the wide range of trails and a diverse ecosystem of Latta Nature Preserve with a naturalist.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Hop into Bunnyville for your family pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bunnyville is located in center court on the lower level. Open from March 27-April 11. 

Cost: Different Price Packages

Where:
Center Court
, NC

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Visit Wing Haven, taking in all the gardens, and also viewing the many birdhouses on display as part of the annual Birdhouse Building Contest! 

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave,
, NC
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Celebrate the holiday with crafts, snacks and a chance to take your own photo with the Easter Bunny. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Art Center
19725 Oak St.
Cornelius, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Youths at all levels are invited to play Chess.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Join Waxhaw's Parks and Rec Team for a skate jam under the stars at the Waxhaw Sk8 Park, along with food trucks and prizes! Only bring skateboards; helmets are required.

Where:
Waxhaw Sk8 Park
Caldwell Street
Waxhaw, NC
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Children will eat lunch, make a fun craft and get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

Cost: $7

Where:
Matthews Community Center
232 Matthew Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
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Shop a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs assisted by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wing Haven
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Gigi's Playhouse opens its doors for children with Down syndrome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gigi's Playhouse
9101 Kings Parade Blvd.
#102
, NC
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Young children can jump with other little ones. Parents and caregivers jump free! W8less socks required.

Cost: $10 per hour

Where:
W8Less LKN
10442-A Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Come experience the fun of Carowinds!

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

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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Caregivers and their littles learn new yoga poses with songs and games. Multiple class rates available.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for movement and yoga through stories. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the...

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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rab dinner from a variety of local food trucks at this weekly rally. Visit the website for a list of participating trucks.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Resident Culture Brewing Company
2101 Central Ave.
, NC
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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.
, NC
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Enjoy the relaxed sounds of local artists on the Gateway lawn. The Gateway Canteen will be open and offering a full menu as well as dinner specials. No outside food or alcohol allowed.

Cost: $6 for parking

Where:
Greenway Gateway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
, NC
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Learn the history of songs and the basics of being a DJ.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Treat the kids and yourself to a fun night out! Drop kids off to run, play and dance. Pizza dinner is included.

Cost: $25

Where:
Romp n' Roll NW Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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The businesses at the Warehouses on White are pleased to host each first Friday for a night of fun and food!

Cost: Free

Where:
Warehouse on White
130 W. White St.
Rock Hill, SC
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An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Four men were to be crucified that day in Jerusalem. Only three crosses were raised. This is the story of "The Fourth Cross." See website for full performance schedule.

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Search for colored eggs and prize golden eggs hidden in parks throughout Harrisburg. Redeem golden eggs for larger prizes. On April 9, attend the Easter Event at Stallings Park from 6-8pm for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg Areas
Stallings Park, Pharr Mill Park, Veterans Park, Harris Depot Park and around Harrisburg Town Hall
, NC
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Through this new exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to the trucks and racers who made the Truck Series such a success. Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks features eight race trucks,...

Cost: $18-$25, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
, NC
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The number one New York Times bestselling phenomenon comes to life in a big way as the taco party of all taco parties literally brings down the house. See website for show times. Enjoy a...

Cost: $12+

Where:
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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One of Williams' most famous works and his personal favorite, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a masterful portrayal of family tensions and individuals trapped in prisons of their own...

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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This high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story....

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 E. McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Matthews Playhouse
Telephone: 704-846-8343
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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat....

Cost: $7-$12, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Marvin Ridge High School proudly presents "The Wizard of Oz." 

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Marvin Ridge High School
2825 Crane Road
Waxhaw, NC  28173
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Eat brunch and take photos with the Easter Bunny. After brunch, explore the farm while you hunt for eggs and enjoy themed activities. Brunch begins at 9:15am, and egg hunt will go on...

Cost: $10-$20

Where:
Patterson Farm
10390 Caldwell Road
Mount Ulla, NC
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Participate in an Easter scavenger hunt, see baby animals and enjoy story time on the patio. Create a craft for a fee. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Visit Wing Haven, taking in all the gardens, and also viewing the many birdhouses on display as part of the annual Birdhouse Building Contest! 

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave,
, NC
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Come for an egg hunt, prizes and visit from the Easter Bunny. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Speedpark at Concord Mills Mall
8461 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Bring your dog and family to this festival! Rescue Groups and shelters will have dogs available for adoption. See vendors, demonstrations, food trucks, playground, dog contests and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Children will participate in age-level egg hunts, enjoy worship with their family and create Easter crafts. Bring your Easter basket!

Cost: Free

Where:
Weddington UMC Family Life Center
13901 Providence Road
Weddington, NC
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Come visit the Easter Bunny, pet baby animals, plant watermelons and win prizes. Children ages 10 and younger can hunt for eggs.

Cost: $6

Where:
Aw Shucks Farms
3718 Plyler Mill Road
Monroe, NC
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Enjoy an egg hunt with extra family fun. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Ballantyne Elementary School
15425 Scholastic Drive
, NC
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Sensory Friendly Screenings are designed for a sensitive audience in a safe and accepting environment. See "Peter Rabbit 2."

Cost: $5

Where:
Stone Theaters, RedStone 14 Cinemas
9650 Red Stone Drive
(Sun Valley 14 in Indian Trail, RedStone 14 in Indian Land)
Indian Land, SC
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Engage your child with stories, songs and activities in English and Spanish.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave.
, NC
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Taste chili from local chefs, stroll the classic car show, and enjoy live music. Adults can also purchase beer from Resident Culture Brewing, Pilot Brewing and Legion Brewing. Purchase...

Cost: $15 per wristband, free for children 6 and younger

Where:
Plaza Midwood
Commonwealth Ave. between The Plaza and Gordon
, NC
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Hop into Bunnyville for your family pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bunnyville is located in center court on the lower level. Open from March 27-April 11. 

Cost: Different Price Packages

Where:
Center Court
, NC

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Bring the kids to sit for photos with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Community Center
232 Matthew Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Kids and parents can come create functional, seasonal clay projects.

Cost: $10

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs.

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Enjoy an Easter Bunny appearance, egg hunt, crafts, games and prizes. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Methodist Home Recreation Center/Shamrock Senior Center
3200 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring,...

Cost: $165/monthly draft

Where:
Ballantyne Arts Center
11318 North Community House Road,
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Visit the Naturalist Center for this monthly program which combines science replicas, real specimens and a humanities focus.

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Kids can hunt for Easter eggs around the park. Event will also have attractions, vendors, food and prizes. There are four egg dashes divided by age groups. No parents are allowed on the fields...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mazeppa Park
645 Mazeppa Road
Mooresville, NC
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Young artists and their adult companions explore the museum galleries and create art. Projects vary each month. 

Cost: $16, adults free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Come out for egg-themed activities, arts and crafts, face painting, inflatables, music and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Bring a basket!

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbins Park
17738 W. Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Event will feature a petting zoo, train rides, face painting, bounce houses and photos with the Easter Bunny. An egg hunt will begin at 3pm. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Hunter Oaks
Beckford Glen Drive
Waxhaw, NC
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Each parent and child will create an Easter scene inside a papier mache egg.

Cost: $28

Where:
Kidcreate Studio
636 Crown Pointe Lane
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Bring the family for free photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts for the kids and an egg hunt. See website for photo and craft hours. Egg hunt will be for ages 2-10, April 11 with registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy., Pineville
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte
, NC
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Shop a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs assisted by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wing Haven
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate on Saturday mornings, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Home Depot
4750 South Blvd.
, NC
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Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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Youths are invited to shoot hoops with their families.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mallard Creek Recreation Center
2530 Johnston Oehler Road
, NC
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Explore art and music through the eyes of your child. Registration includes access to Family Portrait and Musical Saturdays programs.

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
The Bridge
4100 Raleigh St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Arts+
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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Come build a different project each session. Register online.

Cost: $5

Where:
Village Park
700 West C St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Come for an Easter story time, and frost a cupcake!

Cost: $15 per child

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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The City of Charlotte's Animal Care and Control will bring a selection of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to the center court inside the mall for adoption.

Cost: Adoption prices may vary per pet

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Meet Peter and his friends while enjoying family activities and spring blooms.

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Participants will learn about African drumming and get hands-on experience with African instruments. Youth session is 11am-noon; session for all ages is noon-1pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 N. Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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This program will teach photography and videography using point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. Participants will also learn about effective social media interaction as a photographer/journalist. Call...

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Facility
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1110
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Let Arts+ teaching artists guide you towards your artistic goals. Any young artist interested in a career in the arts can benefit from this collaborative creative environment.

Cost: $10

Where:
The Bridge
4100 Raleigh St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Arts+
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Explore a different trail on the preserve every first Saturday afternoon of the month, and meet new hiking buddies. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Enjoy a live program that explores what is currently visible in the nighttime sky.

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come relax to the sound of live jazz.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC
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An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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In Fort Dobbs’ largest event of the year, discover French and Indian War history through demonstrations, vendors, period music and weapon firings. Sat., 10am-4pm. Sun., 10am-3pm.

Cost: $4, children younger than 5 free

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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Don’t miss the helicopter egg drop, contests, live bunnies, a scavenger hunt and prizes. Food available for purchase. Egg drop from children with special needs at 5:30 p.m. See website for...

Cost: $8-$11

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Four men were to be crucified that day in Jerusalem. Only three crosses were raised. This is the story of "The Fourth Cross." See website for full performance schedule.

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Search for colored eggs and prize golden eggs hidden in parks throughout Harrisburg. Redeem golden eggs for larger prizes. On April 9, attend the Easter Event at Stallings Park from 6-8pm for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg Areas
Stallings Park, Pharr Mill Park, Veterans Park, Harris Depot Park and around Harrisburg Town Hall
, NC
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Take a 25-minute train ride with the Easter Bunny. The furry friend will hand out candy and pose for pictures. Do not miss the inflatables, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and face...

Cost: $9-$17, children 2 and younger free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Through this new exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to the trucks and racers who made the Truck Series such a success. Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks features eight race trucks,...

Cost: $18-$25, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
, NC
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The number one New York Times bestselling phenomenon comes to life in a big way as the taco party of all taco parties literally brings down the house. See website for show times. Enjoy a...

Cost: $12+

Where:
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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One of Williams' most famous works and his personal favorite, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a masterful portrayal of family tensions and individuals trapped in prisons of their own...

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success. Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm.

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 E. McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Matthews Playhouse
Telephone: 704-846-8343
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This high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story....

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 E. McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Matthews Playhouse
Telephone: 704-846-8343
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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat....

Cost: $7-$12, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Marvin Ridge High School proudly presents "The Wizard of Oz." 

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Marvin Ridge High School
2825 Crane Road
Waxhaw, NC  28173
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Sponsor: Marvin Ridge Theatre Arts Boosters
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