8 Tips to a Leaner Lifestyle

How to become a lean-eating, strength-loving family together.


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If you want to learn how to live your life lean, look no further! This list contains eight strategies that have worked for my most successful Burn Bootcamp clients and they can work GREAT for your family, too. Adopt these strategies for yourself as a guide to a healthy lifestyle, and in combination with a dedicated fitness routine, you'll be sure to see results.

1. Eat Clean Carbs

Carbs are not the enemy, in fact, they are the key to essential muscular development. Growing children need clean carbs, and any of the carbs listed below are FREE GAME!

  • Dark green veggies: broccoli, spinach and kale are great options.
  • Tubers: say hello to sweet potatoes, yams, eggplants and squash.
  • Fruits: blueberries, bananas, apples and apple butter.
  • Whole grains with no-added sugar or sodium: Shredded Wheat, rice cakes and granola are perfect options.

Stay away from refined sugars, starches, flour and processed grains. These are the bad carbs that cause bloating and create water retention. These bad carbs are the enemy and these carbs cannot be a part your lifestyle if you want to live lean.


2. Eat Small Balanced Meals

There has been much research over the past decade about the importance of small and more frequent meals. This science is old, outdated and highly debated, but in my own trial and error with clients, this lifestyle seems to be easier. It also eliminates an overload of carbs in one sitting, which has a negative impact on your fat burning hormones. Whether three big meals, six small meals, or a combo of both, it doesn't matter, just don't overeat!

Allowing your body to completely digest your food before your next meal is what is truly important to building a lean physique. Your meals truly should be based around your training sessions. Ideally, 75 percent of your daily carb intake comes before your training session, and 25 percent inbetween sessions.


3. Never Dramatically Restrict Calorie Intake to Lose Weight

This is often very tempting. Knowing you can drop a couple dress sizes in 10 days has a certain allure. I hate to burst your bubble, but this is extremely dangerous and you are essentially starving yourself when below 1,200 calories in a 24-hour period.

Trust me, this NEVER works in the longterm. As you restrict hard, you will not be able to maintain the depletion as a lifestyle. Thus, the pendulum swings and extreme binging comes right after the restrictions. Success comes with consistent moderation. If you want to burn some extra body fat, then burn some extra calories in the gym!


4. Eat Low-Calorie Foods First During Meals

This is a simple strategy, but if used correctly can go a long way in making you lean!

Here is what you do...

Recognize what foods (namely veggies) are lower in calories and eat those first during your meals. Of course, a prerequisite to this strategy is that you are eating well-balanced and kitchen-prepared meals. Filling up on lower calorie foods first before moving to proteins and starches is an effortless way to control calories. Think: "Lean and Green" foods first.


5. Include Protein With Each Meal

Build your diet around 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight. A healthy serving of lean animal protein (grass fed beef, venison, bison, chicken, turkey or fish), cage-free eggs and egg whites, or a high-quality source of protein powder should be included in small amounts with each meal.

This tip has two by products that will help you lean out ...

1) You fuel your body to promote muscular development and to use body fat as fuel.

2) By default, you avoid high-calorie meals and ultimately overeating because protein keeps you "fuller."


6. No Liquid Calories

Outside of water, unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened tea and protein shakes, I recommend banning liquid calories.

If you want to be lean, then liquid calories have no place in your lifestyle. It is safe to say you are adding inches to your waistline if you are drinking dairy milk, soda, coffee and cream, beer, wine, liquor, and especially sweet tea (for us Southerners). Doesn't mean you can have it once and a while, but stick to onr or two times per month.


7. Bagged, Boxed and Prepackaged Warning

Be careful! Not all bagged, boxed and prepackaged foods are bad for you. But 98 percent of them are. Here are some things to watch out for that sabotage your lean body efforts.

  • More than seven ingredients. Generally speaking, food items with more ingredients just means more fillers, additives and preservatives. None of which helps to lean you out.
  • Sodium and added sugar. Look on the nutrition label for sodium and sugar numbers to be ZERO!
  • Words you cannot pronounce. "Sciencey" words that you cannot pronounce do not belong in your body. This is a red flag as most of these are highly processed or chemical foods.

8. Against the Masses

Look around you. Be self-aware. Notice what other people are doing and do the exact opposite. We are RIDDLED with obesity, bad health and sickness. When it comes to food and exercise, we are obviously doing something wrong as a society. We are mentally craving weight loss but physically craving doughnuts. It's not working.

Go out to dinner, notice what everyone else orders and order the opposite. See fast-food lines filled up? Go to the hot bar at your local Whole Foods Market. See everyone walking on the treadmill? Get some dumbbells and lift some weights.

Swim upstream and do what everyone else thinks is weird or different. At the end of the day, you will be the one with lean body and lifestyle. Pack your lunch when you go to your kids' baseball games. Order lettuce wraps for your burgers. It is not being weird or awkward, it is called being a leader.

Check out Devan as he leads you through some workouts to get lean and strong legs. Remember, if your children join in on the fun and they are 11 years of age or younger, complete the exercises without weights. Parental supervision is always strongly encouraged.


Devan Kline is a 28-year-old entrepreneur, trainer and owner of Burn Boot Camp, that offers family-oriented camps and sessions with a focus on fitness for moms. As a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist, Kline is excited to mentor the Howe and Hill Spotlight Families for the Fit Family Challenge.

Want your family to get active towards a healthier lifestyle? Register now for the Fit Family Challenge.
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April 2019

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

Hikers will meet at the Adventure Road entrance parking lot. Hike will be approximately 1.5 miles in length.

Cost: $5 daily visitor fee applies to nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-547-4575
Website »

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Families will explore spring wildflowers in the nature preserve during this self-led scavenger hunt for prizes.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

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Program is designed to offer tips on how to prepare for college, including information on potential career paths.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road N.
, 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 »

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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
View map »


Website »

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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
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Telephone: 704-341-5413
Website »

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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
Website »

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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-430-4587
Website »

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Put on your wellies, and reserve your spot for the tea party, which includes refreshments, crafts and cupcake-decorating.

Cost: $13.50

Where:
American Girl Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: American Girl
Telephone: 877-247-5223
Website »

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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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

Get free photos with the season's favorite furry friend at Cabela's and Bass Pro. Photos are available Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-7:30pm; and Fri., 2-8pm. An egg hunt...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Website »

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Snag a photo op with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle, and take part in eggstra-special activities and entertainment. Get a jump on the new experiences in 2019, including...

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

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

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Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th 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 »

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

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

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


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

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

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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
View map »


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Everybody's Polish on Dyngus Day! Enjoy live polka, drinks and Polish cuisine.

Cost: $12

Where:
Red Fez Club
16600 Red Fez Club Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Dyngus Day Charlotte
Website »

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Program is designed to offer tips on how to prepare for college, including information on potential career paths.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Campers will learn about and meet the animals that live at Rescue Ranch. They will also create art with recycled materials, be a part of the recycling Olympics, complete science experiments, and...

Cost: $45 per day or $200 for the week

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Website »

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Every Monday, Sky High Sports has a special for little jumpers. The facility is still open during Munchkin Monday, so older guests may also be jumping. Munchkin Monday may be canceled on...

Cost: $4-$10

Where:
Sky High Sports
601 N. Polk St.
Pineville, NC
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Telephone: 704-889-5867
Website »

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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
Website »

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Owlets receive hands-on experiences, nature hikes, songs, stories and free play.

Cost: Free

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

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Children ages 6 and younger can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $6.95

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


Website »

More information

April 22: Worm Farming April 23: Grow Your Own Herbal Tea April 24: Upcycled Succulents April 25: Sun Catcher Wind Chimes April 26: The Air Plant Phenomenon

Cost: $20 for one child and one parent, $12 per additional participant

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, 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
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

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Come play in the open gym. All students younger than 3 must have an adult present at all times. Some Mondays are closed due to holidays, so please call to verify playtime.

Cost: $5, cash only

Where:
Carolina Stars
1080 Maxwell Mill Road
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-548-3441
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 »

More information

Come every Monday and Wednesday for a free family walking program!

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 West Sugar Creek Road
, NC
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Website »

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This program is designed to engage young African American males in a variety of fun and educational activities to develop a positive sense of identity and improve character.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1114
Website »

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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 »

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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
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Website »

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Kids will have fun doing unstructured gymnastics.

Cost: $10-$15, cash only

Where:
Carolina Stars
1080 Maxwell Mill Road
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-548-3441
Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

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
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

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


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Plant seeds and inspect plants in the Learning Garden at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $11, children younger than 1 free, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Learn the basics of financial literacy and the banking and financial systems. Register online.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Program is designed to offer tips on how to prepare for college, including information on potential career paths.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Learn about FAFSA and how to find resources to help pay for college.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join naturalists to learn about common plants, trees, animals, birds, reptiles and other critters.

Cost: $15

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Grab a picnic dinner, and celebrate National Picnic Day!

Cost: Free

Where:
Walter Y. Elisha Park
345 N. White St.
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Campers will learn about and meet the animals that live at Rescue Ranch. They will also create art with recycled materials, be a part of the recycling Olympics, complete science experiments, and...

Cost: $45 per day or $200 for the week

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, 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 »

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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
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

Children ages 6 and younger can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $6.95

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


Website »

More information

April 22: Worm Farming April 23: Grow Your Own Herbal Tea April 24: Upcycled Succulents April 25: Sun Catcher Wind Chimes April 26: The Air Plant Phenomenon

Cost: $20 for one child and one parent, $12 per additional participant

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


Website »

More information

Fun activities will develop fitness, wellness, motor skills and fundamental skills for sports.

Cost: $1

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


Telephone: 980-314-1110
Website »

More information

Explore nature in and around the recreation center. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Charlotte Recreation Center
2401 Kendall Drive
, 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

Gain an experience in a variety of different activities that 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

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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

"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

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
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Discover nature through stories, crafts and activities related to flowers.

Cost: $4

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


Website »

More information

Learn how to understand what the birds are saying, and try out your new skills.

Cost: $8, in

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Website »

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Explore nature through stories, crafts and activities related to flowers.

Cost: $6

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Program is designed to offer tips on how to prepare for college, including information on potential career paths.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road N.
, NC
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Join NexGen Mint at the off-site workshop, Shed Brand Studio! This lab will explore fused glass Registration required.

Cost: Free with NexGen registration

Where:
Shed Brand Studio
216 Iverson Way
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2090
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Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

Cost: $25+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, 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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Campers will learn about and meet the animals that live at Rescue Ranch. They will also create art with recycled materials, be a part of the recycling Olympics, complete science experiments, and...

Cost: $45 per day or $200 for the week

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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New items are added every day. See the schedule below for details, as hours may vary. April 24, 9am-6pm. April 25, 9am-9pm. April 26, 9am-6pm. April 27, 9am-6pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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Children ages 6 and younger can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $6.95

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, 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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April 22: Worm Farming April 23: Grow Your Own Herbal Tea April 24: Upcycled Succulents April 25: Sun Catcher Wind Chimes April 26: The Air Plant Phenomenon

Cost: $20 for one child and one parent, $12 per additional participant

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

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

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: BounceU of Charlotte
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Come “dressed” and ready to party at a monthly themed party with games, stories, crafts and a snack! Parent participation and registration is required. April 24: Prince and Princess...

Cost: $4

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River 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
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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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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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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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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Explore nature in and around the recreation center Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Charlotte Recreation Center
2401 Kendall Drive
, NC
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Come every Monday and Wednesday for a free family walking program!

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 West Sugar Creek Road
, 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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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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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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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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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"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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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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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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Website »

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Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

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

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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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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Enjoy a fun-filled story time event with coloring sheets, tattoos, games, raffles, special birthday surprises and of course, meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and snap a picture with the official...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
, NC
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Drop in to make slime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Union Road Branch Library
5800 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
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Invite a special senior in your life, and join the library and residents of Brookdale Weddington Park Senior Living for story time.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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See a puppet show with songs and activities that support early literacy and foster a love of books.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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The Youth Obstacle Race puts youngsters’ speed, coordination and strength to the test. See website for registration and qualifying information.

Cost: $30-$45

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Compete to design the best decorated cupcakes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Wylie Public Library
185 Blucher Cir.
Lake Wylie, SC
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Come build a LEGO masterpiece as a family that will be put on display in the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Dallas Branch Library
105 South Holland St.
Dallas, NC
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Sponsor: Dallas Branch Library
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Catch an early screening of "Avengers: Endgame" to benefit the IGNITE Program for individuals with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Each ticket includes any size...

Cost: $25

Where:
Our Town Cinemas
227 Griffith St.
Davidson, NC
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Campers will learn about and meet the animals that live at Rescue Ranch. They will also create art with recycled materials, be a part of the recycling Olympics, complete science experiments, and...

Cost: $45 per day or $200 for the week

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Website »

More information

New items are added every day. See the schedule below for details, as hours may vary. April 24, 9am-6pm. April 25, 9am-9pm. April 26, 9am-6pm. April 27, 9am-6pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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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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Children ages 6 and younger can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $6.95

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, 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
Website »

More information

April 22: Worm Farming April 23: Grow Your Own Herbal Tea April 24: Upcycled Succulents April 25: Sun Catcher Wind Chimes April 26: The Air Plant Phenomenon

Cost: $20 for one child and one parent, $12 per additional participant

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

More information

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

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: BounceU of Charlotte
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Sing to songs, move to the music and enjoy an active practice with caregiver and child. Parent or guardian must be present in class.

Cost: $15

Where:
Blossom Tree Wellness
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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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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This program will embrace the unstructured play to build socialization skills and stimulate imagination, problem solving and independence. Bring a bike or scooter. Lunch is provided for...

Cost: $12

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


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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

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

Spring Works highlights the power of human connection through British choreographer David Dawson’s Opus 11. Created as a love letter to the two artists that inspired his choreographic career,...

Cost: $15–$85

Where:
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 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 »

More information

Celebrate the great outdoors, and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Kids can participate in obstacle challenges,...

Cost: Free admission, $6 parking fee

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

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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

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
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

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


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Do you like to show off your artistic skills…or maybe just make a mess? Explore the natural world through arts and crafts! Each session will feature a different theme and a will have a...

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Listen to "This Tree Counts" by Alison Formento before learning about everyday items that come from trees.

Cost: $11, children younger than 1 free, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Come dressed for a mess.

Cost: Free

Where:
Dallas Branch Library
105 South Holland St.
Dallas, NC  28034
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Sponsor: Dallas Branch Library
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The Youth Obstacle Race puts youngsters’ speed, coordination and strength to the test. See website for registration and qualifying information.

Cost: $30-$45

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

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Join friends for good times, good food and a lot of dancing with other teens and adults with disabilities.

Cost: $10

Where:
Marion Diehl Park
2219 Tyvola Road
, NC
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Celebrate the unveiling of a new public art installation featuring artwork by Rock Hill School District 3 art students along the fence line at Williams and Fudge during the Arts Council's White...

Cost: Free

Where:
Williams and Fudge
300 Chatham Ave.
Rock Hill, SC
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This scavenger-hunt style race challenges families to work together. Teams must start, complete each obstacle and finish together. Teams must be comprised of two to five members.

Cost: $30-$45

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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With donation, enjoy admission to the park, an evening meal, exclusive ride time, a late-night snack, a hearty breakfast buffet the next morning and early ride time. Proceeds of the event benefit...

Cost: $250 per campsite

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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The thunderous roar of 44,000-horsepower excitement returns to zMAX Dragway, for the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

Cost: $22+

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Campers will learn about and meet the animals that live at Rescue Ranch. They will also create art with recycled materials, be a part of the recycling Olympics, complete science experiments, and...

Cost: $45 per day or $200 for the week

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

New items are added every day. See the schedule below for details, as hours may vary. April 24, 9am-6pm. April 25, 9am-9pm. April 26, 9am-6pm. April 27, 9am-6pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
Website »

More information

Children ages 6 and younger can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $6.95

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


Website »

More information

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

April 22: Worm Farming April 23: Grow Your Own Herbal Tea April 24: Upcycled Succulents April 25: Sun Catcher Wind Chimes April 26: The Air Plant Phenomenon

Cost: $20 for one child and one parent, $12 per additional participant

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


Website »

More information

Sessions are structured and include a fairy host, tea party with light snack, dress-up clothes, craft, face painting or light makeup, and story time.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiaras and Tales
921 Crossroads Plaza
Fort Mill, SC
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Website »

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

Cost: $8

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


Sponsor: BounceU of Charlotte
Website »

More information

Kids will learn some basic yoga positions that go along with the story.

Cost: Free

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

Make a unique project out of clay that will last a lifetime. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to Grier Heights Community Center for pickup.

Cost: Free

Where:
Greer Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-498-1487
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Matthews presents food trucks, kids' activities, craft beer and wine, and weekly bands.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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There will be food trucks, local vendors and family fun on Fridays at Metropolitan.

Cost: Free

Where:
Metropolitan
431 S. Kings Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Spectacular Events

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After a pizza dinner, kids enjoy action packed activities with a changing monthly theme. In the event of poor weather, the evening will continue on with alternative indoor activities. January 11...

Cost: $25-$40

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
971 Tom Hall St.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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The third annual SC High School Rodeo sponsored by the Mint Hill Historical Society is returning to Mint Hill.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Mini Mac Storage Rodeo Arena
8201 Bartlett Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Sponsor: Mint Hill Historical Society
Website »

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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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

Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th 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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Spring Works highlights the power of human connection through British choreographer David Dawson’s Opus 11. Created as a love letter to the two artists that inspired his choreographic career,...

Cost: $15–$85

Where:
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 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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Celebrate the great outdoors, and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Kids can participate in obstacle challenges,...

Cost: Free admission, $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store. First grade has never been more exciting! See website for showtimes.

Cost: $12

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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Presented by Eagles' Wings Studio, the story behind the film “You’ve Got Mail” inspires this musical comedy. This romantic tale of mistaken identity, set in 1930’s...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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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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Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
, NC
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Dissention has penetrated the sacred walls, and “love thy neighbor” has gone out the door! Who knows what might happen in this audience-interactive conundrum? Enjoy dinner while...

Cost: $9.50-$33

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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The BOOM festival is Charlotte’s annual showcase of contemporary and experimental art created on the fringes of popular culture. Fri., 6-11pm; Sat., 1pm-midnight; Sun., 1-7pm.

Cost: $10, many of our events are free admission

Where:
Plaza Midwood
, NC


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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Check out the world’s largest bounce house, the brand new airSPACE and the inflatable obstacle course!

Cost: $16-$28

Where:
Charlotte Concord Speedway
7940 US Highway 601 S.
Concord, NC
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Come for the grand opening of the new SEED Wildlife Garden and Children's Garden! There will be activities for children and refreshments provided.  

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-331-0664
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Participate in the 5k run or the 3k walk through a SouthPark neighborhood. Event will also feature  face painting, character and mascot appearances, and breakfast treats after the race.

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Christ Lutheran Church
4519 Providence Road
, NC
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The Family Fun Puzzle Run is a family 5k that starts and finishes at the Northcross Shopping Center and benefits Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC).

Cost: $20-$30, children younger than 5 free

Where:
North cross Shopping Center
9709 Sam Furr Road
Huntersville, NC
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The 50-floor, 1,203 step, stair climb of the 786-foot Duke Energy Building is named in honor of FDNY firefighter, Stephen Siller and honors all of the heroic first responders who laid down their...

Cost: $20-$40, plus fundraising

Where:
Duke Energy Building
550 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Investigate arthropods under a microscope, touch a horseshoe crab, watch live cockroach races, make bug-related crafts, learn about beekeeping, get an up-close look at tarantulas and even eat a...

Cost: $13-$17, free for children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Want to become a phlebotomist or just learn what a phlebotomist does? Join the team from Atrium Health to learn more about careers in a medical lab.

Cost: $15-$19, free for children younger than 2, Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
, NC
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Enjoy five live thoroughbred races, all while raising money for the Alzheimer's Association of Western North Carolina.

Cost: $45

Where:
Mineral Springs
6103 Waxhaw Hwy.
Mineral Springs, NC  28108
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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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Come out to the Four Mile Creek Greenway behind the Matthews Community Center to celebrate Earth Day with Kids in Nature Day. Activities include eco-friendly exhibits and vendors, a limited amount...

Cost: Free

Where:
Four Mile Greenway behind the Matthews Community Center
Matthews, NC


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In the Schiele Museum's first sensory-friendly program, the lights will stay on, and visitors will be able to come and go as they please. This sensory-friendly experience is designed to...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Families work to discover many hidden treasures found in the nature preserve for prizes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Join gardeners at Wing Haven’s Children’s Garden for a fun and educational class about backyard vegetable gardening.

Cost: $15-$20 per family

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Celebrate Earth Day with activities, games, planetarium programs and more than 25 educational exhibits. Participate in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win great prizes.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Help document flora and fauna during a walk with a naturalist. All data will be uploaded to iNaturalist in a competition with other cities around the world.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Explore more than 40 trucks and vehicles. Discovery Place Kids educators will be on site to guide children through the science of trucks with hands-on, interactive STEM activities. Rain date is...

Cost: Free

Where:
CPCC Huntersville Campus
1136 Verhoeff Drive
Huntersville, NC
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Spend the afternoon with Arts+ celebrating music and art through color! Enjoy performances and workshops, and meet artist and children’s book illustrator, Timothy Bush!

Cost: Free

Where:
Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Arts+
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The community festival will feature pony rides, inflatables, a silent auction and food for purchase. Proceeds support playground renewal.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Come for a stroll around Discovery Place Nature’s Paw Paw Nature Trail.

Cost: $8, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Kids can listen to a story and meet Ariel!

Cost: $9

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Telephone: 704-295-1777
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Learn about chemical reactions and optical illusions in this hands-on science program.

Cost: Free

Where:
Clover Public Library
107 Knox St.
Clover, SC
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Parents are invited to come learn about PANS and PANDAS, autoimmune/auto-inflammatory neurological disorders that display as psychiatric disturbances.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Wylie Public Library
185 Blucher Cir.
Lake Wylie, SC
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Festivities will kick off with an opening ceremony near the Dairy Barn with activities to follow, such as horse rides, canoeing, kayaking cane-pole fishing, Border Collie demonstrations, guided...

Cost: Free

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
288 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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The annual Garibaldi Festival will celebrate local art and music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
37 E. Woodrow Ave.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont Parks & Recreation
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Participants will experience hands on instructions and playing techniques. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with The Standard featuring saxophonist Harvey Cummings II. Explore the building blocks and instruments used in jazz music. The live performance workshop will...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Ar
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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This special story time in Spanish and English will follow with crafts and activities in celebration of El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day).

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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Enjoy food from around the world and a rich blend of musical entertainment at this family-friendly festival. Popular food trucks and restaurants will be on hand for the culinary and cultural feast....

Cost: Free

Where:
Aldersgate
3800 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Take a walking tour of the grounds to identify and discuss native plants. Become a naturalist for the day. Also learn about bee keeping and honey production from Cloister Honey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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The event will feature a dog-friendly walk as well as a vendor fair, adoption area, music, a picnic pavilion, food and beer trucks, and fun activities for people and pets alike.

Cost: $25-$35

Where:
McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Road
, NC
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Gain insight on the parts of a camera, get a crash-course introduction to technical terms and learn tips and techniques to make your pictures pop! Join the Gantt Center for a photo-walk and...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Ar
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Come for a fun afternoon of dodgeball and ice cream with the whole family as mom and dad join in on the fun. Ages 4 and under not participating in dodgeball are free with adult admission and are...

Cost: $2

Where:
Forest Park Elementary School
1333 Forest Park Dr.
Kannapolis, NC
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Come for the City Nature Challenge, inflatables, STEAM-related vendors, activities, food trucks and an outdoor movie, complete with s'mores and popcorn. See website for schedule.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cane Creek Park
5213 Harkey Road
Waxhaw, NC
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Sponsor: Union County Community Services Division and Union County 4-H Youth Development
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Don't miss the opportunity to visit the best spots around the preserve for wildflowers. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Explore pint-sized poses, bitsy balances and teensy twists helping dolls get into yoga poses. Stick around for lemonade after the session. Registration is required.

Cost: $25

Where:
Charlotte Family Yoga
8230 Poplar Tent
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Family Yoga
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Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the...

Cost: $15+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Discuss teen fandom of pop culture while enjoying snacks and fun geek activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Come to Robbins Park for bluegrass music, food, vendors and family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbins Park
17738 West Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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For $10, get all the crawfish and boiled peanuts you can eat while supplies last.

Cost: $10

Where:
Reid's Fine Foods
2823 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Reid's Fine Foods

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The Youth Obstacle Race puts youngsters’ speed, coordination and strength to the test. See website for registration and qualifying information.

Cost: $30-$45

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Laugh, smile and have a great time with good, clean humor and fun as NarroWay hosts Jeff Allen.

Cost: $18-$40

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
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Come for music and fun! Children will enjoy the kids’ zone with inflatables, and everyone will enjoy food truck fare. See website for band schedule and list of participating food trucks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Runde Park
5110 Windward Drive
Tega Cay, SC
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With donation, enjoy admission to the park, an evening meal, exclusive ride time, a late-night snack, a hearty breakfast buffet the next morning and early ride time. Proceeds of the event benefit...

Cost: $250 per campsite

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Run Mount Holly features the 5K Downtown Dash and 10K River Run.

Cost: $25

Where:
400 E. Central Ave.
Mount Holly, NC  28120
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Sponsor: City of Mount Holly
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The thunderous roar of 44,000-horsepower excitement returns to zMAX Dragway, for the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

Cost: $22+

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, 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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Day-long workshops offering kids the opportunity to learn introductory robotics skills.  Designed for children with little or no prior robotics experience. Participants will design, build and...

Cost: $5 per participant, $10 per parent and child

Where:
EPIC Building, UNC Charlotte
8700 Phillips Road
, NC
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Sponsor: NC Science Festival
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New items are added every day. See the schedule below for details, as hours may vary. April 24, 9am-6pm. April 25, 9am-9pm. April 26, 9am-6pm. April 27, 9am-6pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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Come for 90 minutes of hands-on Lego Robotics with a certified K-8 public educator! Each week, scholars will build a robot with new features. No prior experience required.

Cost: $35

Where:
Ballantyne Hotel
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: Digi-Bridge
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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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Learn the all about the natural philosopher, Galileo Galilei, and some of his greatest inventions including his thermometer.

Cost: $15-$19, free for children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Participants learn critical reading and writing skills, advocacy, volunteerism, art, videography, public speaking and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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Beginners receive step-by-step instruction. Bring a mat to participate.

Cost: Free admission, $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Learn how to make a unique project out of clay. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to Grier Heights Community Center for pickup.

Cost: Free

Where:
Greer Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-498-1487
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Learn about the Mediterranean diet, and taste some yummy grain-based salad.

Cost: $15-$19, free for children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, 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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Attend this “baby shower” to provide aid to local rehabilitation organizations. Bring a gift, listen to a fun baby animal story and play a few shower games to learn about wild little...

Cost: $8, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Check out experiments that bubble, ooze, blow up and illuminate.

Cost: $15-$19, free for children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, 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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Come for movies at Cane Creek park. Family fun begins at 6 p.m., and movies start at 8 p.m. March 22: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" March 29: "Peter Rabbit" April 12:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cane Creek Park
5213 Harkey Road
Waxhaw, NC
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Teens ages 16 and younger receive three hours of discounted jumping. Jumpers are required to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for an additional $2.

Cost: $19.95

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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The third annual SC High School Rodeo sponsored by the Mint Hill Historical Society is returning to Mint Hill.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Mini Mac Storage Rodeo Arena
8201 Bartlett Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Sponsor: Mint Hill Historical Society
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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
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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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Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Drawing from Central and South American folklore, this one-man show from accomplished circus acrobat CarlosAlexis Cruz follows a young boy who flees Guatemala and heads toward the United States for...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th 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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Spring Works highlights the power of human connection through British choreographer David Dawson’s Opus 11. Created as a love letter to the two artists that inspired his choreographic career,...

Cost: $15–$85

Where:
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 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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Celebrate the great outdoors, and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Kids can participate in obstacle challenges,...

Cost: Free admission, $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store. First grade has never been more exciting! See website for showtimes.

Cost: $12

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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Presented by Eagles' Wings Studio, the story behind the film “You’ve Got Mail” inspires this musical comedy. This romantic tale of mistaken identity, set in 1930’s...

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
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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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This juried art festival features regional artists, along with musical performances by local talents and food from on-site vendors and area restaurants. Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-4pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Town Green
Davidson, NC


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Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
, NC
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The BOOM festival is Charlotte’s annual showcase of contemporary and experimental art created on the fringes of popular culture. Fri., 6-11pm; Sat., 1pm-midnight; Sun., 1-7pm.

Cost: $10, many of our events are free admission

Where:
Plaza Midwood
, NC


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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Check out the world’s largest bounce house, the brand new airSPACE and the inflatable obstacle course!

Cost: $16-$28

Where:
Charlotte Concord Speedway
7940 US Highway 601 S.
Concord, NC
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