The Finish Line Is Just the Beginning

Digging in deep to exceed our Fit Family Challenge goals and keep the momentum going.


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Girls on the Run has a tagline they use to describe their program experience for the girls ..."The finish line is just the beginning." I am truly having one of those graduating moments this week as I reflect on my recent fitness activities and the outcomes I've seen as a result.

Last week I committed to staying as active as I could. My daughter was enjoying herself at camp in Ohio, so I had nothing holding me back. The plan was to reintroduce myself to my favorite YMCA location, the Stratford Richardson branch on West Boulevard. While I’ve been enjoying the hikes, bike rides and swimming activities that Lena and I discovered during the Fit Family Challenge, I really wanted to push myself beyond that very obvious comfort zone. You see, I’ve never been the athletic type, but I have always had a desire to play sports, any kind of sport. I always wondered if I had what it took to be an athlete. As a young girl, I admired the way my athletic peers were disciplined enough to balance schoolwork, socializing and whatever club sport they were into. Watching some of my friends at their practices and seeing just how physical these activities got made me feel exhausted for them, but I was intrigued by their involvement in the sport despite the struggles and physical pain that their activities sometimes brought them. Were they having THAT much fun? Did they enjoy the sport THAT much? What kept them motivated? I would soon find out the answers to all of these questions and more.


Monday – Cycling

I had two main concerns on this day: 1. Making sure that alarms wouldn’t sound when I entered the front doors of the YMCA. It’s been a while since I’d been at the Y, so I had no idea what the status was of my membership. When I decided I would attend a group class on Monday, I had to make sure that I arrived at the Y early enough to get that squared away so I wouldn’t be late for the class. 2. What kind of people would be in this group cycling class? And would I feel comfortable? I had this silly idea that everyone who frequents a gym or attends group classes must be some sort of elite, super athletic and muscular person who’d have no time to slow things down for someone like me during class because they were probably training for some sort of 'atholon'... marathon, triatholon, octo-atholon.

Of course I was wrong, especially considering that I was taking classes at the good ol' Y. The cycling class wasn’t overly crowded, which felt nice on my first day. The instructor, Rhonda, as well as the other class participants were so friendly and down-to-earth. Everyone was pretty attentive, making sure that my bike was adjusted properly and that I knew how to adjust the resistance on the bike as I rode during the class.

The 45 minutes went by quickly. The music that the instructor, Rhonda, played was on point – very motivating, so the class was over before I knew it. I felt so accomplished when the class ended. I broke a good sweat and also broke in my bottom (getting used to that seat is no joke). I even ran into some old acquaintances from previous visits to the Y who recognized me. They asked about me and my daughter and when Lena would return. It was great feeling. And there were no loud alarms or funny stares.


Tuesday – Cycle Fusion

Come Tuesday, I knew that I was already hooked. I really liked cycling. The Cycle Fusion instructor, Keisa, added to my enjoyment of the bike because she made certain that I understood how to maximize my workout while on the bike; she showed me how to engage my core as I transitioned from a seated to a standing position when pedaling. Keisa even sat on a bike next to me rather than in front of me so she could keep a better eye on my form. I happened to be the only participant in class on this day so I got 1:1 training – and I loved it.

With Cycle Fusion, we spent a portion of the class on the bikes then transitioned to the track for a walk or run. I found the class to be a really nice continuation of the cycling I started on Monday and I learned a lot from the instructor. Keisa even suggested I consider following up the class with yoga or swimming. She explained that although our class concluded 30 minutes into the yoga course, the yoga instructor would happily welcome late-comers to the class for the duration of the session. I thought that was really nice.


Wednesday – Strength Training

I was truly riding a wave by Wednesday. I had gotten to a point where I had a little bit of a routine going…I had my workout clothes ready to go in the mornings so that I could leave directly after work and make it to class on time.

I found that I was trying to talk myself out of going to the strength-training class, just because it was new to me – and, again, I was a little worried about what I might be getting myself into with this class…weights and stuff. But alas, I was proven wrong again. This class was just as inviting as the cycling classes, and I noticed how comfortable the participants were going between classes to get the workouts they wanted; a little bit of Zumba, then to weight training, and back to Zumba. It’s like their own custom workout.


Thursday – Cycling

This was the second session of Monday’s two-day cycling class, and man did I enjoy it. Once Rhonda had the class in a good rhythm she served as our own private DJ, asking us what songs we wanted to hear. I was in a zone and when it was my turn to offer up a song, I asked to hear some of my nostalgic 90’s music; Rhonda new exactly the type of records I wanted to hear. I was even singing while pedaling, but let’s be clear, my legs were feeling it!

I had been tracking my fitness time and was feeling pretty darn proud of myself ... four consecutive days of break-a-sweat fitness! I happened to have a physical earlier in the week and the first thing my doctor said was, “You’ve been working out haven’t you?” I was shocked that she was able to make that observation because, before that day, I had only been doing the moderate workouts while hanging out with Lena and her friends. But to hear that the choices I’ve been making, to keep moving no matter the activity, was noticeable by my physician and actually had an impact on my health was so incredibly encouraging.

I’m fully aware that I won’t be able to maintain this four-day workout regimen when Lena returns, but I really do look forward to the challenge of creating the best routine for Lena and myself so that we can keep this fitness thing going in a way that works for both of us.

As I look back on this experience, I realize how much this challenge, and many challenges in life, are truly mind over matter. I became aware that I had preconceived notions about what it would be like to start working out. I realized that, in my mind, I had people divided into two categories; those who worked out incessantly and those who didn't. I feared that I wouldn’t necessarily “belong.” On the contrary, people are all just doing their very best to be healthy and there’s room for everyone to be involved however they decide, in fact, its that self-discovery part that makes this so much fun.

As I watched the Cleveland Cavs bring a long-awaited NBA Championship to my hometown, I couldn't help but think about all that their team went through over the years to get to that point. It definitely was no easy ride, but with true dedication to the process and to their team, step by step they prevailed. There’s a significant life lesson here. I'm now aware of the strength that can come from an individual when they surround themselves with a sturdy foundation of support. I feel connected to Charlotte in a way I didn't before and I am more open-minded about the people I see and where I might belong in the health and wellness "arena." I appreciate the Charlotte Parent Fit Family Challenge team for being such great stewards and rolling out the red carpet for those of us who may not have seen ourselves as a part of the health and wellness community. And I appreciate the gentle nudges they gave, pushing each of us across our own "beginning lines."


Ami Hill, 35, and daughter Lena, 9 are participating as one of our 2016 Fit Family Challenge spotlight families. Learn more about their healthy family journey here, and follow along with Ami as she updates us this Spring and Summer in the Fit Family Challenge Blog.

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

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivity and their families are invited to a special morning at Discovery Place Science. Enjoy a low-sensory experience before the Museum...

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

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. 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 lunch, an Easter egg hunt, and crafts. Lunch will be at noon in the Fellowship Hall; the egg hunt will follow. Register online.

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Sardis Presbyterian Church
6100 Sardis Road
, NC
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Come play in the park and get a photo with the Easter Bunny!

Cost: Free

Where:
Holbrook Park
100 Sherwood Drive
Huntersville, NC
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Families work to discover hidden treasures found in the nature preserve for prizes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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All ages are welcome to this open gym session with an adult. Enjoy trampolines, a foam pit and inflatables as a family.

Cost: $10 per family, cash only

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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This story time is filled with stories, songs and activities specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues or other developmental disabilities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Explore the greenway, eat dinner and hear live music before turning in for the night. Hot dog dinner, s'mores and a light breakfast will be provided. Registration required.

Cost: $8-$35

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway's Graham Cabin
288 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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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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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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Come and experience all the fun with Highland dancing, bagpipe bands, Highland athletics, a giant kids' zone, Scottish merchants, haggis, Celtic Rock and traditional performers, historic...

Cost: $6-20

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
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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
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Sponsor: Church of the Redeemer
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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
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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
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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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Celebrate an early Earth Day at the Garden and enjoy, lawn games, live music, guided hikes, horse-drawn carriage rides and a garden yard sale.

Cost: $7.95-$14.95, free for children younger than 2, includes 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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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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Come learn chess basics, and test your skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Visit the animals at the petting farm, ride a horse, play on the playground and then hunt eggs in the dark. 

Cost: $8 per person; cash only. Horse rides are $5.

Where:
Whispering Hope Farm
1405 Crowders Creek Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-674-8911
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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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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, 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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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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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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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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With a bare stage, a couple of chairs, and a wise old stage manager, Thornton Wilder created a timeless drama that speaks to the heart of the human experience.

Cost: $10+

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
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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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With artistic dialogue, the Through the 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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Fair will feature family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides, food and shows.

Cost: $5-$10, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Queen Charlotte Fair
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Stuart Little is born into an ordinary New York family. His adventures are brought vividly to life on stage. Performance presented by the students of Matthews Playhouse's School of Theatre.

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Plastic colored eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg for families to find during the week of April 12-18. If you find a golden egg with a ticket in it, redeem it for a prize at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg parks
, NC


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Take a 25-minute train ride with the Easter Bunny. The furry friend will hand out candy and pose for pictures. Do not miss the inflatables, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and face...

Cost: $9-$13, children 2 and younger free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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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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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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Families can enjoy a bounce house, DJ, craft stations and more during the Easter Festival. Saturday's festival is from 2 to 4 p.m. Photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny are from 11...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

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

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Travel back in time through the Bible, and end the voyage with an exciting surprise.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fuego Fresco
7516 East Independence Blvd .
Suite 110
, 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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Develop literacy and critical thinking skills through books and hands-on activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Come chat about a teen book and participate in related activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Make creations of your own with Eric Carle as your inspiration!

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Teens can practice making a recipe out of a cookbook and then sampling their creations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Enjoy snacks and a movie just for teens.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Holly Branch Library
245 W. Catawba Ave.
Mount Holly, 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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Enjoy an evening of board games, video games and other fun monthly challenges. Dinner is provided, and younger siblings are welcome. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library Rock Hill
138 E. Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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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
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Play a variety of games and sports, create art, and adventure to the playground! Bring a bagged lunch.  

Cost: $25 per day

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Explore nature through stories, song, plantings, crafts and play in Lost Hollow.

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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On Mondays from September to May, all children under the age of 16 can come paint pottery for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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Telephone: 704-544-4848
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Preschoolers complete nature themed literature activities, crafts and hikes while using their imaginations! All guests will meet at the Adventure Center. 1/21: Snow 2/4: Winter Bird Feeders...

Cost: $2; additional $5 entry fee for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
194 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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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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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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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 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
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Telephone: 803-548-3441
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Enjoy a variety of stories based on the seasons. Learn about bugs, frogs, plants and other garden friends. Follow story time with a self-guided scavenger hunt.

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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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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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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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
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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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Kids will have fun doing unstructured gymnastics.

Cost: $10-$15, cash only

Where:
Carolina Stars
1080 Maxwell Mill Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-548-3441
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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

Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, 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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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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Website »

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High school students with disabilities are invited to spend school break participating in activities used to promote peer interaction and appropriate social skills, physical activity and...

Cost: $50

Where:
Marion Diehl Recreation Center
2219 Tyvola Road
, NC
View map »

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

Plastic colored eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg for families to find during the week of April 12-18. If you find a golden egg with a ticket in it, redeem it for a prize at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg parks
, NC


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

Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

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

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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This relaxed class is geared towards expectant parents and parents of newborns. Feel free to bring your baby.

Cost: $12

Where:
Providence Preparatory School
3031 Providence Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Kinder Development
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Travel back in time through the Bible, and end the voyage with an exciting surprise.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fuego Fresco
7516 East Independence Blvd .
Suite 110
, 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
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

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Learn and have fun through interactive, non-competitive, sport-based activities.

Cost: $5

Where:
War Memorial Center
220 N. Maple St.
Mooresville, NC
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Enjoy stories coupled with fun and easy yoga moves. Registration Required.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Drop in and try a cool science experiment that takes only 3 minutes to complete.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Enjoy spring themed literacy activities and story times.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy crafts and activities all afternoon and three separate egg hunts. Bring a basket!

Cost: Free

Where:
Del Webb Library
7641 Charlotte Hwy.
Indian Land, SC
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Participants will learn hand anatomy and create a paper mechanical hand.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, 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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Watch North Carolina State University play  University of South Carolina.

Cost: $10+

Where:
BB&T Ballpark
324 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Sunbelt Rentals
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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
Website »

More information

Play a variety of games and sports, create art, and adventure to the playground! Bring a bagged lunch.  

Cost: $25 per day

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews 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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Website »

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

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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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
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Enjoy a story and craft activity in the Children’s Garden. Children can water vegetable plants, dig for worms and explore the gardens.

Cost: $10 per family, free for members

Where:
Children's Garden at Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, 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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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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Come discuss the book of the month. New members welcome! Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5000
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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
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Telephone: 980-314-1122
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
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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, 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
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
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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
View map »


Website »

More information

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
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

High school students with disabilities are invited to spend school break participating in activities used to promote peer interaction and appropriate social skills, physical activity and...

Cost: $50

Where:
Marion Diehl Recreation Center
2219 Tyvola Road
, NC
View map »

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

Plastic colored eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg for families to find during the week of April 12-18. If you find a golden egg with a ticket in it, redeem it for a prize at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg parks
, NC


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

Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

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

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Travel back in time through the Bible, and end the voyage with an exciting surprise.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fuego Fresco
7516 East Independence Blvd .
Suite 110
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come hunt eggs and see the Easter Bunny!

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Park
165 Broome St.
Mount Holly, NC
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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 »

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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
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Hang out and learn more about these flying mammals.

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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Participate in a variety of hands-on science experiments.

Cost: Free

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

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Discover the world of science through books, activities and experiments. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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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

Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-979-5000
Website »

More information

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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Website »

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Play a variety of games and sports, create art, and adventure to the playground! Bring a bagged lunch.  

Cost: $25 per day

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Website »

More information

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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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

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
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

A professional artist teaches discovering, creating and celebrating artwork inspired by the Bechtler collection.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts

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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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Website »

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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

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
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 »

More information

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
View map »


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

Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, 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
View map »


Website »

More information

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
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
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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
View map »


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

High school students with disabilities are invited to spend school break participating in activities used to promote peer interaction and appropriate social skills, physical activity and...

Cost: $50

Where:
Marion Diehl Recreation Center
2219 Tyvola Road
, NC
View map »

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

Plastic colored eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg for families to find during the week of April 12-18. If you find a golden egg with a ticket in it, redeem it for a prize at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg parks
, NC


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

Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

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

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Travel back in time through the Bible, and end the voyage with an exciting surprise.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fuego Fresco
7516 East Independence Blvd .
Suite 110
, 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

Come for a story and fun in the kitchen! This session features, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie."

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Fire Station #9
1020 Ivey Cline Road
Concord, NC
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Come learn preschool basics!

Cost: $6

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

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Visit the open house for refreshments, paint-your-own egg ornaments, pottery wheel demo, and information about ceramics and pottery summer camps.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Website »

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Naturalists will introduce the characteristics that make reptiles and amphibians different while also pointing out similarities. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-416-5800
Website »

More information

Discover the world of science through books,  activities, and experiments.

Cost: Free

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

More information

Discover the world of science through books,  activities and experiments. Register online to come discuss hot air balloons.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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

Explore different media and techniques with other young artists.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Join this hands-on workshop to learn how to texturize and manipulate clay.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Website »

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Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up for some outside entertainment. Drinks, popcorn, candy available for purchase. Movies start 5-15 minutes after sunset. April 18: “Spiderman: Into...

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
Main Street and Maxwell Street
Huntersville, NC
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Small bites and sweets will be available from Nourish, Cooking with Joya, Fern, Banh Mi Brothers, Lady Go Go's, Jai Food and Jyoti's, as well as Move That Dough, Cafe Ganache, True Flour...

Cost: Free

Where:
Camp North End
1776 Statesville Ave.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Charlotte VegFest

More information

Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-979-5000
Website »

More information

Play a variety of games and sports, create art, and adventure to the playground! Bring a bagged lunch.  

Cost: $25 per day

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River 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

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
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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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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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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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 unique project out of clay. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to Scaleybark Library for pickup.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6400
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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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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, 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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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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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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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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High school students with disabilities are invited to spend school break participating in activities used to promote peer interaction and appropriate social skills, physical activity and...

Cost: $50

Where:
Marion Diehl Recreation Center
2219 Tyvola Road
, 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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Plastic colored eggs will be hidden in various parks in Harrisburg for families to find during the week of April 12-18. If you find a golden egg with a ticket in it, redeem it for a prize at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg parks
, 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
View map »


Website »

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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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Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

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

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. 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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Meet some of the Nature Center residents in this wild encounter.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Register online for fun activities, brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny.

Cost: $5

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Meet a variety of fuzzy and cute animal babies like goats, chicks, ducklings, and bunnies!

Cost: $4-$5

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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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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Celebrate the full moon with a gathering in the woods and on the trails.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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The Women’s Adventure Film Tour features a set of 7-9 short films. Jennifer Pharr Davis will be on-site for a meet-and-greet during the Women’s Adventure Film Tour...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: U.S. National Whitewater Center
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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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Experience Easter egg hunts, raffles, yard games, hayrides for an additional fee, farm animals and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Cost: $7 for egg hunt, free for children 2 and younger

Where:
Hodges Farm
3900 Rocky River Road East
, NC
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Play a variety of games and sports, create art, and adventure to the playground! Bring a bagged lunch.  

Cost: $25 per day

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, 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
View map »


Telephone: 980-314-1128
Website »

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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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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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Food Truck Friday at Fountain Park in Old Town Rock Hill will feature food trucks, local restaurants, local beers, wine, children's activities and live music.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park, Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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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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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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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, 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
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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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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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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
View map »


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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"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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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
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Take a 25-minute train ride with the Easter Bunny. The furry friend will hand out candy and pose for pictures. Do not miss the inflatables, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and face...

Cost: $9-$13, children 2 and younger free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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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
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

Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

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

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Get your face painted, meet the Easter Bunny and more. Egg hunts begin on Webster Street, every half hour by age group beginning at 10:00 a.m. Come at 10:30 a.m. to make a hat (Dogwood Crafters on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dillsboro, NC
Dillsboro, NC


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Horticultural professionals will be on hand to answer plant questions. Brendan and the Strangest Ways will be performing live in the Greenery Shed starting at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
1801 Yorkmont Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
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Join the Easter Bunny for a morning full of entertainment and games, including bubble performances, balloon twisting, face painting, a magic show, egg relays, an egg hunt and a photo...

Cost: $12-$29, children younger than age 2 admitted free

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Run the Fun Run at 9 a.m. or the 5K at 9:30 a.m. Stick around for the free festival with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, DJ, and an inflatable slide.

Cost: $20

Where:
Downtown Concord
Means and Union Ave.
Concord, NC
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Earth Day Fair at the Davidson Farmer's Market will offer an electronic recycling drive, a local bee keeper, the bike/walk to the market challenge, information about recycling right and solar...

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Farmer's Market
120 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Participate in an Easter Egg Hunt, make crafts and enjoy breakfast.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grayson Park
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Hike with a naturalist on the Paw Paw Nature Trail, learn our native bird calls, discover bird beak adaptations and meet some birds and local conservation organizations. The event will also include...

Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Hike with a naturalist on the Paw Paw Nature Trail, learn native bird calls, discover bird beak adaptations, and meet some birds and local organizations doing their part to conserve these...

Cost: $8, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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In this special story time, come share donuts and stories with your dad, grandpa, uncle or caregiver.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Enjoy photo opportunities with Baxter the Bunny, story-time, crafts, farm animals and an Easter egg hunt for ages one to 10.

Cost: $8 for one child and one parent. $8 for additional parent.

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Register online for a time slot at the Fifth Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bible Baptist Church
2724 Margaret Wallace Road
Matthews, NC
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Participants will have the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health through connecting with nature on hiking experiences.

Cost: $5

Where:
Ivory/Baker Recreation Center
1920 Stroud Park Ct.
, 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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The Latta Annual Easter Egg Hunt offers egg hunts organized by age groups: 1-3 , 4-6 and 7-10 years old. The day includes photos with Baxter the Bunny, story-time, games, farm animals and time...

Cost: $8 per child ages 1-10. Extra adults and students, $8

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-2312
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Curious George will be stopping by for breakfast and a special story time in the store cafe.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Kayak and stand-up paddle board, hike and try yoga. Please be advised that some activities are age-restricted.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Visit the Easter egg hunt with bounce houses, Easter bunny pics, food and lots of fun! There will be designated times for each age group beginning with special needs children of any age.

Cost: Free

Where:
Greater Life Kids
17025 Lancaster Hwy.
, NC
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Come for food, face-painting, candy and family fun. Children 8 and younger are invited to hunt for eggs.

Cost: Free

Where:
South Charlotte Presbyterian Church
15425 Scholastic Drive
, NC
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Learn how to conserve and harvest water using a rain barrel. This water workshop will have educational activities for all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Work out and play fitness games with fun music! Each class lasts 45 minutes and is suitable for all fitness levels. Ages 2-5: 10-10:45 a.m. Ages 6 and older: 11-11:45 a.m.

Cost: $0-$5

Where:
Weddington Road Bark Park
8955 Weddington Road
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SMASH Fitness
Telephone: 980-494-0258
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Come out for face painting, crafts, inflatables, thousands of eggs and food.

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Church Lake Park
3624 Lake Park Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Sponsor: Central Church Lake Park
Telephone: 704-804-2203
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Hunt eggs and play games. Eat hot dogs and cotton candy. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bible Baptist Church
2724 Margaret Wallace Road
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Bible Baptist Church
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Enjoy an Easter Bunny appearance, Easter Egg Hunt, crafts, games and prizes. Even will also feature the StoryWalk program with, "The Biggest Easter Basket Ever."

Cost: Free

Where:
Methodist Home Recreation Center/Shamrock Senior Center
3200 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Enjoy crafts, the Easter Bunny and a fun Easter egg hunt! Hunt is for ages 2-12 years.

Cost: $5

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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The Praising Place Church has partnered with Charlotte Fire Dept. Station 23 and Community Blood Bank of the Carolinas to celebrate Easter with an egg drop with free games, giveaways, bounce...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Praising Place Church
5268 North Sharon Amity Road
, NC
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Enjoy a live performance of the Afro-Brazilian art form delivered by Charlotte Capoeira.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Learn mathematical concepts of sorting, building and geometry while developing problem solving and innovating skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Branch Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5800
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Community School of the Arts will provide a visual art workshop series with live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, 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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Experience the magic of the lanterns as they light up the water.

Cost: $18-$35, children 7 and younger free

Where:
Symphony Park
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Indian Land High School will host New Wrap Order, King of Fire Pizza, Caribbean Buzz, My Sausage Buddy, Wilbur’s Last Ride and Arctic Concessions.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Indian Land High School
8063 River Road
Indian Land, NC
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Tosco Music Parties showcase an eclectic mix of music styles and engage the audience with singalongs throughout the evening, and each party is unique. Tosco Music Parties feature performances of...

Cost: $15.50-$34.50

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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Bring your own basket to hunt for eggs, and visit the Easter Bunny. Noon at Stowe Park and 2pm at Linford Park.   Linford Park, Caston St., Belmont.  Stowe Park,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Linford Park and Stowe Park
Belmont, 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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Experience Easter egg hunts, raffles, yard games, hayrides for an additional fee, farm animals and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Cost: $7 for egg hunt, free for children 2 and younger

Where:
Hodges Farm
3900 Rocky River Road East
, 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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Spend the day as a scientist with the Department of Chemistry at UNC Charlotte and learn about dyes, pigments, and other colorful chemicals by making your own chromatic concoctions. Registration...

Cost: $5

Where:
Burson Hall, UNC Charlotte
9006 Craver Road
, NC
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Sponsor: NC Science Festival
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Don’t miss the helicopter egg drop, plus a contests, live bunnies, a scavenger hunt and prizes. Food available for purchase. Egg drop from children with special needs at 5:30 p.m. See website...

Cost: $8-$11; wagon rides cost extra

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, 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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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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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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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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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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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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The 2019 Queen City Easter Festival will feature face painting, games, dance performances, crafts, vendors, food and more! There will also be an Easter egg hunt and free Easter Bunny pictures....

Cost: Free

Where:
Carole Hoefener Center
615 E. 6th St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Create Amazing LLC
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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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Take a 25-minute train ride with the Easter Bunny. The furry friend will hand out candy and pose for pictures. Do not miss the inflatables, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and face...

Cost: $9-$13, children 2 and younger free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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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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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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Swarm in for special bug activities every hour on the hour as part of our Buzz-a-thon event taking place over the week of Spring Break.

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

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