A North Carolina Bucket List

Vacation destinations to visit before your kids are grown.


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Editor's Note: Story updated March 6, 2017.

If you were born and raised in North Carolina — or are perhaps raising your own kids here — you know the possibilities for family fun are endless.

With so many options, finding the perfect destination for your next family vacation or day trip can be a difficult decision. So to help, here are our top picks of things to do in North Carolina before your kids are grown.


1. Watch the sunset on top of Jockeys Ridge.

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Nags Head | Jockey's Ridge State Park

There are very few spots in North Carolina where you can watch the sun set into a large body of water, but Jockey’s Ridge State Park is one of them. Through its popular Sunset on the Ridge summer program, you can climb to the top of the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern U.S. and watch the sun descend into the Roanoke Sound with the Atlantic Ocean behind you. Don’t be surprised if there’s spontaneous applause once the sun disappears. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. Arrive early to fly a kite with the kids.

Cost: Free
Nearby attractions: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island Lighthouse and Jennette’s Pier


2. Admire the blue ghost fireflies in DuPont State Recreational Forest.

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Cedar Mountain | Dupont State Forest

Chasing backyard fireflies at dusk is a favorite childhood activity, but you’ve probably never seen fireflies quite like these. Instead of a yellow intermittent glow, the blue ghost fireflies of Transylvania and Henderson counties emit a steady blue glow along the forest floor. The eerie light show is only about four weeks long starting in May and disappearing by mid-June. Check the Friends of DuPont State Forest website or call for information about occasional guided tours.

Cost: Free
Nearby attractions: The forest is home to several waterfalls and is an ideal location for hiking or mountain biking.


3. See the wild horses along North Carolina's coast.

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Corolla, Shackleford Banks, Beaufort, Ocracoke | North Carolina's Wild Horses

North Carolina’s coast is home to several groups of wild horses: Corolla’s Wild Spanish mustangs; Beaufort’s wild horses at the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve, which descended from Banker horses (often referred to as ponies) and Quarter horses; Shackleford Banks’ wild Banker horses; and Ocracoke’s Banker horses. In general, you can see the horses for free. For example, all you need to see the horses in Corolla is a four-wheel drive vehicle so you can drive on the beach. Don’t have one? Several businesses offer four-wheel-drive guided tours. Visit ncwildhorses.com for details.

Nearby attractions: While exploring North Carolina’s coast, be sure to visit one of the many lighthouses, including these that are climbable: Currituck, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke, Cape Lookout, Oak Island and Old Baldy.


4. See a bald eagle at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

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Apex | Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area has the largest population of bald eagles in the eastern U.S., and the best time to see one is during the spring migration (April-June). Arrive early morning or near dusk to increase your chances of spotting our national bird and find a location that gives you a wide view of the lake. Don’t forget your binoculars.

Cost: Free
Nearby attractions: The park offers a variety of activities such as camping, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming and more.


5. Ride a vintage steam locomotive at Tweetsie Railroad.

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Blowing Rock | Tweetsie

This popular attraction has two historic steam engines: No. 12 Tweetsie and No. 190 Yukon Queen. Both are coal-fired narrow-gauge engines and will be a highlight for train enthusiasts of all ages. After your train ride around the park, enjoy a variety of rides, midway games, gem mining, the deer park and more. Be sure to check Tweetsie’s events schedule for special appearances, such as Thomas the Tank Engine.

Cost: $30-$45
Nearby attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, Julian Price Memorial Park, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park


6. Take a plunge down Sliding Rock.

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Brevard | Sliding Rock

Beat the heat this summer in North Carolina’s cool mountain water. Sliding Rock is 60-foot natural waterfall/rock slide. At the base, there’s a 6-foot-deep pool for a refreshing splash at the end of your exhilarating slide. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Cost: $2
Nearby attractions: Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Brevard Music Center


7. Climb to the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

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Buxton | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

It’s a strenuous climb with 257 steps, but you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views from the top of the tallest brick lighthouse in North America. You’ll also have a great view of the lighthouse’s previous home before it was relocated in 1999. The self-guided climb is not recommended for young children because of narrow stairs and only one handrail on one side.

Cost: $4-$8
Nearby Attractions: Bodie Island LighthouseBuxton Woods Reserve, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry


8. See "Unto These Hills" in Cherokee.

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Cherokee | "Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama

The historical outdoor drama is performed nightly (except Sundays) from late May until mid-August at the Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee. The play tells the story of the Cherokee tribe’s highest point of power, the Trail of Tears and present day. The first version of the play opened in July 1950, making the production one of the longest-running outdoor historical dramas in the U.S.

Cost: $10-$20. Under age 5 admitted free.
Nearby attractions: Oconaluftee Indian Village, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Great Smoky Mountains National Park


9. Climb to the top of Chimney Rock.

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Chimney Rock | Chimney Rock Park

Take an elevator or make the strenuous climb up 26 stories of stairs to reach the iconic monolith, which is 535 million years old. From the top, enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. While exploring the park, kids will love the discovery stations on the Great Woodland Adventure, an easy .6-mile hike to discover the lives of frogs, owls, chipmunks and more. Also, don’t miss Grady’s Animal Discovery Den with live animals, and make sure the kids visit Hickory Nut Falls, the second-highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

Cost: $7-$15; free for ages 4 and younger
Nearby attractions: Lake Lure, Broad River Gems and Mining Co.


10. See "The Lost Colony".

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Manteo | The Lost Colony

This classic musical and outdoor drama tells the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, one of the first settlements in the New World and where the first English child (Virginia Dare) was born in North America. It is the second-longest-running historical outdoor drama in the U.S. The play is performed in two one-hour acts.

Cost: $10-$30; free for ages 5 and younger
Nearby attractions: Roanoke Island Festival Park, The Island Farm, North Carolina Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens


11. Take a guided horseback ride on the grounds of Biltmore Estate.

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Asheville | Biltmore House

Explore trails and woodlands on the grounds of this magnificent French Renaissance chateau on horseback during a one-hour guided tour. Carriage, wagon rides and private tours are also available. You can also visit the petting zoo, wander in the gardens, and join in a guided kayak or canoe trip.

Cost: Guided horseback, $55+; wagon rides, $6-$12; carriage rides, $30.
Nearby attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Arboretum, Pisgah National Forest


12. Cross the Mile-High Swinging Bridge.

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Grandfather Mountain

Crossing a 228-foot suspension bridge is not for the faint-hearted. Name for its elevation, the Mile-High Swinging Bridge spans an 80-foot chasm. Originally built in 1952, the bridge was rebuilt in 1999 using galvanized steel for the cables, rails and floor boards. While there, visit the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, 11 hiking trails and seven wildlife habitats to see deer, bald eagles, bears and more.

Cost: $9-$20; free for children age 3 and younger
Nearby attractions: Linn Cove Visitor Center, Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway


13. Visit the site of the first U.S. gold rush at Reed Gold Mine.

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Midland | Reed Gold Mine

When you think of a gold rush, California immediately comes to mind, but you might be surprised to learn that the first gold rush in the U.S. occurred right here in North Carolina. Our state also led in gold production until 1848. Reed Gold Mine is now a historic site open for tours.

Cost: Mine tours are free; $3 for gold panning
Nearby attractions: Midland, a 20-minute drive from Charlotte


14. Follow the Yellow Brick Road at Autumn at Oz.

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Beech Mountain | Land of Oz

The first weekend in October during the Autumn at Oz festival, visitors can explore the Land of Oz, which used to be a thriving theme park that opened in 1970 and closed in 1980. See Dorothy’s farm home, experience the tornado, arrive at Oz and see the beloved cast of characters.

Cost: $35; free for children 2 and younger
Nearby attractions: Beech Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain Resort, Roan Mountain State Park, Blue Ridge Parkway


15. Visit Ocracoke, one of Blackbeards favorite islands.

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Ocracoke | Ocracoke Village

While on the island of Ocracoke, visit Teach’s Hole, a channel named for Edward Teach, the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard. Ocracoke was one of his favorite spots to drop anchor, and it’s also where he lost his life in a fierce battle. Young pirate fans will enjoy the Teach’s Hole "Blackbeard" exhibit and Pirate Specialty Shop.

Cost: Free to visit the island; small admission fee for the exhibit
Nearby attractions: Ocracoke Lighthouse, Springer’s Point Nature Preserve, Portsmouth Island, Ocracoke Ponies, Ocracoke Preservation Museum


16. Take a carriage ride through historic Wilmington.

Wilmington | Horse Drawn Tours

From April through October, horse-drawn carriage rides depart daily every 30 minutes from Market Street in historic downtown. Your adventure begins near the waterfront, and from there you’ll pass Old Wilmington’s beautiful mansions and learn about the city’s history. See the website for a November-through-March schedule.

Cost: $5-$12
Nearby attractions: USS North Carolina, Airlie Gardens, Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington Railroad Museum, Henrietta III


17. Take a rail excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

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Bryson City, Dillsboro | Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Enjoy a scenic train ride with the kids! Choose from day-trip excursion packages and a variety of ticket options to explore the Nantahala Gorge and Tuckasegee River. The Nantahala excursion includes a one-hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center while the Tuckasegree trip offers a layover for shopping in Dillsboro. Be sure to check out the railroad’s special events calendar for dates that include Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express and The Polar Express.

Cost: $20-$94
Nearby attractions: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Myra Wright is the web editor of PiedmontParent.com and CarolinaParent.com, sister sites of Charlotte Parent. She loves exploring the state with her husband and three kids.

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February 2018

Support local artisans of all kinds by looking at crafts made by 30 vendors.   Meet Your Makers: Jewelry by SusanJ The Concord Exchange Liberty Wood Works NC Purple Girl...

Cost: Free

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Luca Modern Italian Kitchen
1523 Elizabeth Ave
Charlotte, NC  28204
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McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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The event includes three days and two nights spent on the museum grounds.  Troops will set up camp on our 60-acre property Friday night. Saturday entails a scavenger hunt, while scouts...

Cost: $21.40-$26.75

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Get inspirational ideas and the latest trends and products to beautify your home and garden. Mingle with TV celebrities, sample wine and gourmet foods and receive expert advice on home decorating,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC  28205
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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $13-$17

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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

Cost: $10-$15

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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

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

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

Cost: $12-$20

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

Cost: $8-$18

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

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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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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On February 27, 1760, the 30-man garrison of Fort Dobbs engaged in a bloody, confusing, night-time skirmish with as many as 70 Cherokee warriors. This living history will give visitors a glimpse of...

Cost: $2

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Rd.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-5882
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Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mooresville Community Children's Theatre
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville, 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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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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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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On Mondays from September to May, all children under the age of 16 can come paint pottery for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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Telephone: 704-544-4848
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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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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

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

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

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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

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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Attend any of these free one hour college planning workshops to learn more about admissions, financial aid, and create a year-by-year timeline. Every workshop includes a Q&A and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary
, 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
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

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Discover how Cleveland and Gaston counties did their bit when the United States joined the Great War in 1916. Visitors will be able to visualize the greater timeline of the war, see where this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Come join storytime with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble, Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-364-0626
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

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

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Get your child to practice reading skills by reading a book to Baron, the lovable long haired German Shepherd, a certified therapy dog.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 South Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 866-229-1573
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Discover how Cleveland and Gaston counties did their bit when the United States joined the Great War in 1916. Visitors will be able to visualize the greater timeline of the war, see where this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Come join storytime with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble, Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-364-0626
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

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

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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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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This dance class is drop-in, open to all ages and free of charge for participants. It also includes live accompaniment and a “Children’s Corner,” providing supervision and...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $13-$17

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

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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

Cost: $10-$15

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

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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

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

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

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Discover how Cleveland and Gaston counties did their bit when the United States joined the Great War in 1916. Visitors will be able to visualize the greater timeline of the war, see where this...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$10

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


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

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

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

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

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

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Put on your wellies and hop into American Girl for a special WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party. Parties include a special menu, crafts, fun WellieWishers-inspired conversation cards, and...

Cost: $13.50 per person; gratuity not included

Where:
American Girl
440 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 877-247-5223
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Feel free to bring your favorite games or play some of the store's. Barnes and Noble is proud to carry Ticket to Ride, Machi Koro, Superfight, Munchkin, Star Wars Chess and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble, The Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-341-9365
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Attend any of these free one hour college planning workshops to learn more about admissions, financial aid, and create a year-by-year timeline. Every workshop includes a Q&A and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $12-$20

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

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm and 5:30-9pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-644-3972​
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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Celebrate the life of Dr. Theodor "Seuss" Geisel through stories, song and laughter. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-3800
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Celebrate the author's birthday with books and crafts. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mount Holly Branch Library
245 West Catawba Ave.
Mount Holly , NC
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Telephone: 704-827-3581
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Parents, could you use a night out? Then make plans to drop off your young artist, dressed in their cozy pajamas, for an evening of painting fun. While you are off enjoying a quiet dinner, your...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Davidson Parks and Rec
865 South St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-3349
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The public opening for fine artist Stephen Wilson's newest series Shine A Light When It’s Gray Out will also serve as a book signing for the release of Wilson’s first cohesive...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Gallery of Modern Art
435 S. Tryon St
Ste. 110
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-373-1464
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Feel the energy of the full moon as we navigate the trails at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1119
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10

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

More information

Discover how Cleveland and Gaston counties did their bit when the United States joined the Great War in 1916. Visitors will be able to visualize the greater timeline of the war, see where this...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$10

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


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $12-$20

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


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm and 5:30-9pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy 49 N.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-644-3972​
Website »

More information

Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Fri., 6-9pm; Sat., 8am-noon.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Christ United Methodist Church Family Life Center
3415 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-864-5675
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During this magic show, Caleb makes a daring escape, plays with the weather, predicts the future and then travels back in time. Get to be part of the magic by coming 30 minutes before the...

Cost: $12-$20

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


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

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Participate in the 5k or 5k Fun Run to benefit the GoJenGo Foundation, a non-profit helping in the fight against breast cancer. Sign up the kids for the one mile fun run and hang out...

Cost: $5-$40

Where:
Symphony Park
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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This four-hour indoor cycling relay unites two organizations in the mission of helping kids everywhere lead longer, healthier lives.    It’s easy and fun to participate, and this...

Cost: Free

Where:
LifeTime Athletic Charlotte
11220 Golf Links Drive North
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Vint Hill Educational Services offers mock testing for the ACT and SAT. They supply the test booklet, essay booklet, answer sheet, testing timer, extra pencils, and a proctor. Includes...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Cornwell Center
2001 Selwyn Ave
, NC
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What is that green stuff? Is it moss? Is it algae? Or maybe it's fungus!? Find all the answers and learn about the Track Trails program - including how you can earn prizes through Track Trails...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Sponsor: McDowell Nature Center
Telephone: 980-314-1128
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The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making an appearance at Northlake Mall. Stop by and check them out at Entry One near H&M. Enjoy yummy macarons, mini cakes, cookies, bow...

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Dr.
Charlotte, NC  28216
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Naomi Lewin, host of the nationally syndicated radio program "Classics for Kids," will guide classical music fans of all ages on an exploration of Vivaldi’s masterpiece The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stage Door Theatre
130 N. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

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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

Fine artist Stephen Wilson's newest series is being shown at Charlotte’s New Gallery. Wilson has made unique signature creations like hundreds of butterflies composed...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Gallery of Modern Art
435 S. Tryon St
Ste. 110
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-373-1464
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Discover how Cleveland and Gaston counties did their bit when the United States joined the Great War in 1916. Visitors will be able to visualize the greater timeline of the war, see where this...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

These cooking classes center around a monthly theme and occur on the first and last Saturday of the month. Your Junior chef will cook two recipes each day and learn basic kitchen skills...

Cost: $15 for members/$20 for program participants

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-4650
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Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday. Visit the website to see this week's featured craft of the week. 

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Geared towards children ages 3 and younger, this class will focus on movement and energy release. Parent participation required.  

Cost: $6 per class

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

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

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

Cost: $20 per child

Where:
Bounce U, Charlotte and Matthews locations
, NC


Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can gain free access to participating museums in the Charlotte area, including The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $13-$17

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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

Cost: $10-$15

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Come join this month's free workshop and craft at Home Depot.  All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Home Depot locations
, NC


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

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

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

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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Freedom Train is the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad which smuggled slaves to freedom prior to the American Civil War. Using traditional songs of the period "Freedom...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Every first Saturday of the month through June there will be special art and music workshops. Look below to see designated topics: Jan 6: Art: Figure drawing – your favorite feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
West Blvd. Library
2157 West Blvd
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-7400
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Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Discovery Place Science educators to earn your merit badges. On Saturday, work towards your programming, pulp and paper, or oceanography badges. On...

Cost: $30, excludes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm and 5:30-9pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-644-3972​
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Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Fri., 6-9pm; Sat., 8am-noon.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Christ United Methodist Church Family Life Center
3415 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-864-5675
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Buy quality children’s clothing (infant through size 16), toys, games, books, bikes, baby gear, strollers, furniture and gently worn children’s shoes....

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-6843
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During this magic show, Caleb makes a daring escape, plays with the weather, predicts the future and then travels back in time. Get to be part of the magic by coming 30 minutes before the...

Cost: $12-$20

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