10 Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Learning Services You Need to Know

In addition to stacks of books and story times, Charlotte's local libraries offer a plethora of learning resources for kids of all ages.


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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has 20 locations throughout Mecklenburg County, and a digital branch online. In addition to its awesome stacks of books for all ages and story times that bring books to life, the library offers a plethora of learning resources for children from babies to big kids. All you need is a library card, unless your child is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student. Then all he or she needs is their ONE Access account that allows kids to use their student identification number as their library card number.


Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

1. Active Reading Workshops

Active reading involves reading a book with a child rather than reading a book to a child. This evidence-based approach improves children’s language skills, vocabulary, and ability to understand what they read on their own.

2. TumbleBooks

A collection of animated, talking picture books, TumbleBooks can be read by you or to you. The collection includes storybooks, books in French and Spanish for language learning, nonfiction books, graphic novels, puzzles and games.

3. StoryPlace

StoryPlace is the library's bilingual website for young children, and lets kids explore stories, and interactive online activities and games in English and Spanish. 

4. Get Set 4 K

Help your young child prepare for kindergarten with this month-by-month guide to school readiness with practical tips on skills to practice, activities you can do with your child, books to enjoy together and helpful resources.


School-Age Children

5. Live, Online Homework Help

Get up to 10 free tutoring sessions — in English or Spanish — each week with a live, online, qualified tutor. All you need is a library card and an Internet connection. Use Live Homework Help from home, school or the library. Subjects include math, science, English, social studies and essay review.

6. Paws to Read

Children ages 5-11 can read aloud to a certified therapy dog during 20-minute sessions at different branch libraries.

7. Reading Buddies

Children ages of 4-8 can increase reading confidence, fluency and comprehension by reading aloud with a teen volunteer during a 30-minute one-on-one session. 

8. E-books and e-audiobooks

Picture books, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, and more are available in digital format via OverDrive. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level, and accessed from a computer using OverDrive Read or Listen. Smartphone and tablet users can download the OverDrive or Libby app.

9. STEM Programs

Create a pipe-cleaner circuit bug, engineer your own a parachute, test an aluminum foil boat to see if it will sink or float, or build a volcano. Do these things and more in free workshops at local library branches. 

10. Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore

The library's perennial favorite summer reading program, Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore, includes reading as its core, and encourages participation in writing, creating, playing, exploring and giving. Track your reading time and activities online, and earn incentives along the way. It’s for all ages, so parents and children can participate together.


Katy Rust is a marketing and communications specialist with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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February 2019

Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, forward for the Charlotte Hornets, is a person who stutters, and a Camp SAY Ambassador. Michael knows that stuttering doesn't have to hold anyone back from pursuing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Location will be confirmed upon FREE enrollment
Charlotte, NC


Sponsor: Camp SAY
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Pick up a scavenger hunt at the nature center, then stop back by the nature center for prizes after the hunt.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

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Discover how plant and animal adaptations allow them to successfully survive in amazing ways. Registration required.

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-314-1128
Website »

More information

Visit the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens for picture books and literacy activities revolving around “Seeds!” Meet at the picnic tables in the Susie Harwood Garden, and bring a...

Cost: Free

Where:
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9090 Craver Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and the University City Public Library
Website »

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Learn how to identify a handful of trees just by looking at the twigs and their buds.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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WDAV Classical Public Radio is presenting Small Batch Concert Series, which features talented chamber ensembles in a relaxed brewery setting.

Cost: Free

Where:
Free Range Brewing
2320 North Davidson St.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: WDAV
Website »

More information

The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Church of the Redeemer - Kids offers a class for adaptive learning needs and a sensory room during the Sunday School hour (9 a.m.) and worship hour (10:30 a.m.). Volunteers who desire to come...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sun Valley High School
5211 Old Charlotte Hwy.
Monroe, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Church of the Redeemer
Website »

More information

This event, largest event of its type in the nation, includes three days and two nights with Boy Scouts camping on the museum grounds and earning merit badges.

Cost: $28.50

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Website »

More information

Matthews UMC offers opportunities for Christian education, discipleship, fellowship and care for persons of all ages with disabilities and their families. Experience age-level appropriate Sunday...

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Website »

More information

The Special Needs Ministry at Calvary welcomes all ages and abilities! Guests, including parents and caregivers, are invited to join.

Cost: Free

Where:
Calvary Church
5801 Pineville–Matthews Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-341-5413
Website »

More information

Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in these half-hour sessions along the Raptor Trail. Saturdays 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays 1 and 3 p.m.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Website »

More information

On February 27, 1760, the garrison of Fort Dobbs engaged in a skirmish with Cherokee warriors. Get a glimpse of what life was like for the soldiers and settlers seeking protection...

Cost: $2

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-873-5882
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Inspired by the music of the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, this jammin’ show takes audiences to the beautiful island of Jamaica with friends, Ziggy and Nansi. See website for show...

Cost: $15+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Website »

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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

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

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

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

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Raised by a family of wolves, Mowgli must leave home when the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther and a free-spirited bear, the...

Cost: $12-$14

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

The Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy comes to the Halton stage for the first time this winter. Considered by many to be the greatest of all American musicals.

Cost: $10+

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

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


Website »

More information

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Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Celebrate tiny food! Make and taste teeny tiny meals with other teens. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
York Public Library
21 East Liberty St.
York, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Social development, public speaking and theatre concepts combine in this fun creative exploration.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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
Website »

More information

Owlets explore nature with hands-on experiences that will enthrall the senses and engage the imagination.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River 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

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

Cost: $5-$6

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


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Have fun turning wafers of chocolate and other sweet treats into beautiful candy art. Create a different project every session.

Cost: $10

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities, and wear pajamas! Milk and cookies will be served.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

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


Website »

More information

Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Learn about writing and self-expression by journaling with words, photos, collages and other art forms. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-416-4400
Website »

More information

Compete in teams challenges like M&M speed counting, cookie tower building and more! A prize will be awarded to the winning team. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Mill Public Library
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-547-4114
Website »

More information

The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Participants engage in arts and crafts, story time theater and music with their moms.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Toddlers identify words through interactive games and letter recognition.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Children will play with a variety of interactive, age appropriate toys and games while listening to music.

Cost: $3

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 W. Sugar Creek 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

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

Cost: $5-$6

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


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

The program is designed to provide girls the opportunity to express themselves, gain an experience in different activities and assist in developmental growth through socialization.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Recreation Center
6709 Pence Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-314-1122
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
View map »


Telephone: 866-229-1573
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

The "Rise Above Traveling Exhibit" is a mobile movie theater that tours the country to educate people of all ages with the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Special train rides will be...

Cost: $4-$12

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
View map »


Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Museum
Website »

More information

Art Lab is an arts experience that includes a guided tour of The Galleries current exhibition and a fun hands-on art activity.

Cost: $5

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Homeschool teachers and students receive $2 off admission. Meet and greet with a resident raptor at 11 a.m., and make a craft at 2 p.m. on the Raptor Trail. No reservations required.

Cost: $8-$12, $2 off admission for home school teachers/students

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover nature through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-314-1129
Website »

More information

Become a nature detective; explore through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $6

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come build with LEGOs according to the library's weekly building themes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston Main Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come build with LEGOs according to the library's weekly building themes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston Main Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Participate in the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game that encourages cooperation, problem solving, letter and word recognition, and critical thinking skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

College admissions representatives will meet with high school students and parents to discuss colleges and answer questions.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

This one-hour workshop covers college searches, application and admission requirements, scholarships and financial aid, as well as college related stress felt by families.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
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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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This drop off program for children presents an engineering challenge based on a popular nursery rhyme. After their engineering challenge, participants meet the animals and participate in humane...

Cost: $20

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Spend time with your child learning about God and having fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
8335 Browne Road
, NC
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Sponsor: The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Enjoy stories, movement with music and a seasonal craft.

Cost: $5-$8, free for children 3 and younger

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Make a bird feeder out of recycled materials to take home for backyard birds.

Cost: $6-$8, includes admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Come improve bowl skating skills, such as finding new lines plus improving airs and grinds

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Kids will build with Legos while utilizing their imaginations in this afterschool program.

Cost: $6

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1103
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Hip-hop lovers come express themselves while teaching and learning more about hip-hop culture.

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 West Sugar Creek Road
, NC
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

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

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

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

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

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

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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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

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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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

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The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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The "Rise Above Traveling Exhibit" is a mobile movie theater that tours the country to educate people of all ages with the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Special train rides will be...

Cost: $4-$12

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Museum
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Make predictions, engage in experiments and analyze our results on this day of wonder.

Cost: $10, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Discover a world of science through books, hands-on educational activities and experiments.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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celebrate transgender and non-binary youth while listening to a reading of "I Am Jazz" at Steele Creek, Scaleybark and West Boulevard Libraries starting at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Steele Creek Library, 4045 N. Tryon Street, Suite A
Scaleybark Library, 101 Scaleybark Road
West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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Library staff will help connect teens with the resources needed to succeed.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Enjoy stories, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of books.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
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Children and teen clothing, maternity, toys and more. Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena and Events Center
4751 Hwy. 49
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-644-3972
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Tots express themselves creatively through art.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

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

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. Pre-Registration is required. Time slots are 10-10:45am and 11-11:45am.

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Toddlers will participate in a fun, kid friendly workout.

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5-$6

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

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Learn the basics of drawing including composition and proportions.

Cost: Free

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

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free admission

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


Telephone: 704-644-3972​
Website »

More information

Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

The "Rise Above Traveling Exhibit" is a mobile movie theater that tours the country to educate people of all ages with the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Special train rides will be...

Cost: $4-$12

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
View map »


Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Museum
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Learn how to make the most of your high school years through resourceful curriculum planning, dual enrollment and credit by exam.

Cost: Free

Where:
Steele Creek Library
13620 Steele Creek Road
, NC
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Come for a Dr. Seuss themed story time, and frost a cupcake!

Cost: $6 per child

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Explore the natural world through arts and crafts! Registration and parent attendance required.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Celebrate the grand opening of Whit's Frozen Custard Fort Mill with special surprises throughout the day. Extra fun includes prizes, such as gift cards, t-shirts and the grand prize of a quart...

Where:
Whit's Frozen Custard
1642 Highway 160 W.
Fort Mill, SC
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Celebrate National Pig Day to learn more about these smart farm animals.

Cost: $10, free for children younger than 1, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Little ones will love learning and listening to all types of songs, playing various instruments, and expressing themselves.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4630
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Participants will complete a two-hour workshop with live music and refreshments.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tyvola Senior Center
2225 Tyvola Road
, NC
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Come the first Friday of each month to discover how the Carolina sky has changed, and to stay up-to-date with the newest space missions and discoveries. No late admission permitted.

Cost: $5, does not include museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28056
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Come watch Gardner-Webb University take on Appalachian State University.

Cost: $10+

Where:
BB&T Ballpark
324 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Sunbelt Rentals
Website »

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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Children and teen clothing, maternity, toys and more. Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena and Events Center
4751 Hwy. 49
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-644-3972
Website »

More information

Drop in for a literacy scavenger hunt inspired the children's picture book, "Love" by Matt de la Peña.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Be among the first 100 customers to get a free lollipop!

Cost: Free

Where:
Candy Warehouse
7020-A Reames Road
, NC
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Website »

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Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. Pre-Registration is required. Time slots are 10-10:45am and 11-11:45am.

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-314-1128
Website »

More information

The local puppeteer troupe from MyGym Lake Norman will lead an interactive and imaginative puppet show with songs and book readings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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Website »

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

Cost: $3-$5

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


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5-$6

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


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Participate in a wide variety of activities, as well as a special activity that changes weekly.

Cost: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Family Fun Nights will take place every first Friday of the month. Entertainment, food and drinks are free! Oct. 5: Game Truck Night Nov. 2: Glow in the Dark Dodgeball Night Dec. 7: Movie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crews Recreation Center
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-708-1289
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Raised by a family of wolves, Mowgli must leave home when the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther and a free-spirited bear, the...

Cost: $12-$14

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Buy quality children’s clothing (infant through size 16), toys, games, books, bikes, baby gear, strollers, furniture and gently worn children’s shoes. Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat.,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-6843
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Sale features fall and winter children's clothing, maternity, baby gear and kid's furniture. All proceeds fund student scholarships. Fri., 6-9pm; Sat., 8am-noon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Covenant Community Preschool
3415 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28056
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Sponsor: Covenant Community Preschool
Telephone: 704-616-9253
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The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale. Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm.

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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Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Build a freestanding clock with easy-to-read numbers, movable hands and a storage tray to house reminders or important trinkets. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Home Depot
4750 South Blvd.
, NC
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The "Rise Above Traveling Exhibit" is a mobile movie theater that tours the country to educate people of all ages with the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Special train rides will be...

Cost: $4-$12

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Museum
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Learn service hours for school and learn more about the library through volunteering. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5800
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Touch and learn about fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, tractors and more! The first hour will be free of sirens and lights.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Stallings Municipal Park
340 Stallings Road
Stallings, NC
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Mooresville Public Library will kick off Community Reads with a party.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Celebrate with readings of "What Pet Should I Get" at the top of every half hour, D.r Seuss giveaways, fun activities and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Target Stores
Charlotte, NC


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Attend this orientation to learn the ins and outs of becoming a volunteer at the library. Call to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6400
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Drop kids off for the Creative Writing and Reading Carnival, packed with word games, story prompts, team relays, story telling activities and prizes.

Cost: $20

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with activities and games based on classic Seuss stories.

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

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Go green for St. Patrick’s Day! Meet one of the famous snakes the saint drove out of Ireland, and craft a lucky shamrock. Celebrate all things Irish!

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Rd
Huntersville, NC
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Come for a Dr. Seuss themed story time, and frost a cupcake!

Cost: $6 per child

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Join Carolina's Aviation Museum every first Saturday of the month for hands-on STEAM learning.

Cost: $5, does not include museum admission

Where:
Carolina's Aviation Museum
4672 1st Flight Drive
, NC
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Come for story time, games and activities in celebration of the beloved author's birthday.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Come for story time, games and activities in celebration of the beloved author's birthday.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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During spring, wildlife rehabilitators need lots of supplies to care for orphaned and injured baby animals. This “baby shower” will provide aid to local rehabbers. Bring a gift, listen...

Cost: $8, free for children younger than 2, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Cheer on the teams as they battle for the championship!

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Food Lion
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Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a reading of "The Lorax" followed by a short hike.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Explore books and stories in creative ways through math, science and games.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Come watch Furman University play Wake Forest University.

Cost: $10+

Where:
BB&T Ballpark
324 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Sunbelt Rentals
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MintMatiné brings the best Latin films to Charlotte for the family. On March 2, see "Valentine’s Day – La Boda de Valentina (Valentina’s Wedding)." This film...

Cost: $3.75-$5

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Watch the final game of this year's CIAA basketball tournament!

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Food Lion
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Hike with the family and a flashlight to find frogs, listen for owls and explore the nighttime forest. Registration required.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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In collaboration with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Community Read, this workshop will compare the film, The Hate U Give to the music and poetry of Tupac Shakur and complete a poetry...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
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Children and teen clothing, maternity, toys and more. Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena and Events Center
4751 Hwy. 49
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-644-3972
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Drop in for a literacy scavenger hunt inspired the children's picture book, "Love" by Matt de la Peña.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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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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Guided trail rides are open to riders of all experience levels.

Cost: $45-$50

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
1058 Horse Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Join B Music Youth for music education and mentorship.

Cost: $31

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in these half-hour sessions along the Raptor Trail. Saturdays 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays 1 and 3 p.m.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Music and Movement activities for ages one, two and three! All ages are welcome to attend, and infants receive free admission. Come jam to stories and songs!

Cost: $2 per child

Where:
UWI- Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albemarle Road
Suites 211-213
, NC
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Sponsor: United World Initiative's
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From Noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, families can discover the joys of fishing in free in-store events, including a catch-and-release pond, fish bait toss challenge, free...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's
8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
1000 Cabela Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Learn about vultures found at Carolina Raptor Center.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

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

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

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

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

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Raised by a family of wolves, Mowgli must leave home when the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther and a free-spirited bear, the...

Cost: $12-$14

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Four men were to be crucified that day in Jerusalem. Only three crosses were raised. This is the story of The Fourth Cross. See website for show times on March 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30...

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Buy quality children’s clothing (infant through size 16), toys, games, books, bikes, baby gear, strollers, furniture and gently worn children’s shoes. Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat.,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-6843
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Sale features fall and winter children's clothing, maternity, baby gear and kid's furniture. All proceeds fund student scholarships. Fri., 6-9pm; Sat., 8am-noon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Covenant Community Preschool
3415 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28056
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Sponsor: Covenant Community Preschool
Telephone: 704-616-9253
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The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale. Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm.

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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Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

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