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Manners that every parent needs to teach their child.


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According to recent research, children with good social skills are as adults "more likely to succeed, make more money, and be happier than those children who do not have good social skills." 

If you are unsure of exactly what to teach your kids to have good manners and social skills, I've listed below many tips to help. And, if you click HERE, you may print your own copy of these tips to share with your family.


Manners Tips

Manners are like the rules of a game; they tell you what to do and how to succeed. Listed below are some etiquette and social skills tips for children. Post these tips and share them with the family. 

Cell Phone Etiquette

Make house rules. Like that no one is allowed to use their cell phone at the dinner table. This includes not leaving the table during a meal to answer the phone.

Use it for good not evil. Kids should not make calls before 9:00 am or after 9:00 pm. Having a cell phone is a privilege that can be taken away if they misuse the phone by posting anything mean about someone else, or doing something that isn’t safe.

The cell phone goes away during homework and family time. If your child is always “plugged in”, they cannot concentrate on anything or anyone else.


Polite Greeting, Introductions and Small Talk

Polite Body Language. Teach kids what “polite body language” means – direct eye contact, nice smile, and a firm handshake! If your child can do all of that when meeting someone for the first time, they will make a great first impression with your friends, their teachers, new kids, etc.

It’s nice to meet you. Remind your children what they need to say after they have been introduced to someone. Proper things are to say “It’s nice to meet you”, and then to use their last name and add “Mr. Smith”. Kids should always call an adult by their last name unless the person asks them to call them something else.

Then what? After the introduction, kids need to remember to make small talk which means to answer questions fully and then to ask a question of the adult. For example, they might say “I’m fine thank you. How are you today?” Or, “I live in Charlotte, NC. Where do you live?” Making good conversation is like a volleyball game and the ball is like a conversation going back and forth over the net between two people.

Teaching Tip: Practice, practice, practice. Teach your children what to do and then have them practice meeting someone, looking them in the eyes, smiling, giving a firm handshake and then making polite conversation.


Sportsmanship: Etiquette Tips for On and Off the Field

Do not write or post anything via text, email, Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else that is negative about another person, or could harm your reputation or career in any way. While we all support freedom of speech, there is no need to publically share your every thought and feelings to anyone who will listen. You want to make a name for yourself based on your athletic abilities not on what you write about someone else or do in private.

Do NOT text, email, tweet, or put anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t want repeated on CNN, your coach to read, or your fans to see. Innocent posts of you drunk at a party today could have serious negative consequences tomorrow.

Refrain from saying anything negative in public about the other team, players, or coaches. When it gets out the only person who will look bad will be you.

Be a role model. If others look up to you because of your athletic ability, you have a responsibility to your fans, your team, and to yourself to “do the right thing.”

Play fair. No one is a winner when you cheat.

Show respect. To the other team, fans, and your coaches. Be the better person first and you will become the better team as well.


Social Media Etiquette

Do NOT text, email, tweet, or put anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t want posted on the front cover of “People” magazine, your school Principal to read, or your grandmother or future employer to see. Love may not last forever, but all of your tweets will!

Do NOT use social media as a weapon! Writing, tweeting, or posting something mean about someone might make you instantly feel better, but it will come back to bite you. Take for example, Hope Solo, soccer goalie for the USA Olympic team. Her ranting tweets about someone she didn’t agree with made national headlines and the only one suffering because of this situation is her.

Cyber-bullying is even worse than saying something in person because the message can reach more people within an instant and you can’t take it back. You are just being a coward by hiding behind your phone or computer. If you are upset about something or someone, do the right thing and talk to them in person or take action to make positive changes.

Use social media to connect with family and friends, but do not use it to replace face-to-face conversation especially about important issues or when giving bad news. If you are talking to someone in person and your phone rings or a text comes in DON”T answer it! Show respect to the people you’re with and give them your undivided attention!


Writing Thank You Notes

It’s not old fashioned!  While most kids, and their parents, might think that hand-writing a thank you note is “old fashioned”, it isn’t! In fact, because not many people take the time to write a note and send it via “snail mail”, when a person actually does receive a hand-written note they are extremely impressed! Yes, saying “thanks” in an email or by phone is nice, but when you take the time to put pen to paper, address an envelope and put it in the mailbox, you will make a positive lasting impression!

Teaching Tip: If your child is 6 or older, you can purchase (or even make) some stationary with envelops for your child, give him/her a book of stamps, and then teach them how to address an envelope and write a proper thank you note.

Timeline: The birthday girl/boy should write a hand-written thank you note for each gift he/she received within 2 weeks.


Opening Gifts

If you’d like your child to open gifts during the party, please coach him/her and practice, practice, practice their “happy face” and a sincere “Thank you so much for the gift.” Your child should take the time to read each card, look the person in the eyes, say thank you for the gift (even if they hate it), and say something nice about it as well.


Table Manners

Tell your children not to be picky eaters when attending a party because the host does not want to make them something different (like the one boy I know who only eats white bread and apples!). If they don’t like what is served they can politely say with a smile “No thank you.”

Remind them to sit still at the table during the meal, to use their napkin not their sleeve, chew with their mouth closed, not to burp, sit up straight, and then wait until everyone has finished before leaving the table.


Dining Etiquette for Kids at Home

Help out. Children can help prepare the food and/or set the table for dinner.

Wait for everyone. Kids should sit properly in their seat and then wait for everyone else to be seated before they begin to eat. During the meal there is no reason to leave the table unless it’s to go to the bathroom.

Teach basics. Encourage children to hold their fork properly (like a pencil), put their napkin and the hand they’re not eating with in their lap, keep their elbows/arms off the table, and keep their mouth closed when chewing.

Magic words. Say “please” and “thank you” and pass the food to the right.

Give thanks. At the end of the meal ask to be excused and then say “Thank you for dinner.”


Restaurant Etiquette for Kids:

Remind your children ahead of time what behavior is expected of them. For example, no running around, talking loudly, and that they must use their best manners.

Bring something into the restaurant to entertain them if needed. This can be an activity book or something quiet for them to play with while waiting for their food.

Remind kids about the basics. Silverware is used from the outside of the plate working in towards the plate. Remember when there is food on the table the elbows and arms stay off the table. Your napkin immediately goes in your lap, and sit with your feet in front of you. Pass food to the right.

Don’t pick things up. If they drop something on the floor they should not ever go onto the floor to pick it up. If something like your napkin or fork drops just politely ask the waiter for a new one.


Children’s Telephone Etiquette at Home:

Inform the caller. Each family may decide what they feel comfortable with, but when a child answers the phone it is polite for them to inform the caller who they are. Options are for example: “Hello, this is Luke. May I ask who’s calling please?” or, “Hello this is Luke Smith. May I ask who’s calling please?” Or, “Hello, this is the Smith residence. May I ask who is calling please?” Preference goes to having children state their full name because then it identifies for the caller exactly whom they are talking to and that they have reached the correct number.

Take a message. If the person the caller is looking for is not home, ask your child to take a message with the person’s name and phone number. Having paper and a pen by the phone is helpful.

Bend the truth. If no adult is at home and your child answers the phone, he/she should not let the caller know they are alone. Instead have them say “I’m sorry, my mom/dad cannot come to the phone right now, and may I please take a message?”

Talk nicely. Remind your children to not mumble into the phone, talk too quietly or loudly, or yelling for someone to pick up the phone.


After reading all of this and you are still looking for additional information or videos to help  teach your children manners, please visit my website HERE. I also offer group classes for schools and groups and you can contact me at aimee@finesseworldwide.com.

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Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

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Mint Museum Randolph
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
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, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh St.
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View map »


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

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Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
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1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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More information

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Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
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View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

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Cost: See website for prices

Where:
Hope Community Church
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More information

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Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

The work of artists on display includes that of Romare Bearden, Rockwell Kent, and Salvador Dali among others. "Art in the Book" provides a glimpse into the wide variety of illustrative...

Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

This exhibition, featuring 12 important paintings, drawings and prints, as well as a rare example of the artist's sculpture, will give them the opportunity to do so. Through the use of a rich...

Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and here in Charlotte. Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media,...

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Selections from one of the nation's most important and comprehensive collections of African-American art. This collection features a number of images from the fifty-eight-piece collection of...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

The debut of one of the most expansive collections of abstract and contemporary African-American art.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-374-1565
Website »

More information

Explores how artists immortalize people, places and memories through the visual arts.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

More information

Both mesmerizing and mysterious, Siobhan’s works represent the interactions, and sometimes conflicts, of her conscious and subconscious minds. These thoughts are characterized by stunning...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Join Rutherford Rabbit to enjoy a seasonally themed story and take-home craft activity in the Children’s Garden. Children can water the vegetable plants, dig for worms, explore the sensory...

Cost: $10/family (free to Wing Haven members)

Where:
Wing Haven Children's Garden
260 Ridgewood Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28209
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Telephone: 704-331-0664
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The impulse to explore the unknown is as old as humanity itself, and today, a new frontier of solar systems, stars and galaxies beckons us.  What rocket designs might one day carry...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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SKILLS Group of Charlotte is a non-profit, 501(c3) after school enrichment program for teens and young adults with special needs., including cooking with a pastry chef, healthing cooking, Zumba,...

Cost: See website for prices

Where:
Hope Community Church
4418 Rea Road
Charlotte , NC  28226
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Telephone: 704-9654-614
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A massive amount of energy lurks like a sleeping dragon beneath the surface of planet Earth.  Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions and discover the impact of gigantic...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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SKILLS Group of Charlotte is a non-profit, 501(c3) after school enrichment program for teens and young adults with special needs, including cooking with a pastry chef, healthing cooking, academic...

Cost: See website for prices

Where:
Hope Community Church
4418 Rea Road
Charlotte , NC  28226
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Telephone: 704-965-4614
Website »

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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

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Explore the moon, stars and beyond in the new planetarium. Housed in the museum's original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium Zeta...

Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $13-$17

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

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Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era-the Age of Dinosaurs.  See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time forgot. Observe predators stalking an armored...

Cost: $6-$7

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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Little artists and their adult companions explore the museum galleries and create art in this playful class centered on creativity, fine-motor skills, and confidence-building. Explore different...

Cost: $16

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC  28207
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Telephone: 704-337-2087
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Discovery subzero science with hands-on experiments using both dry ice and fire. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1119
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Celebrate fall with literacy games and activities. Children are welcome to wear costumes. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5600
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The work of artists on display includes that of Romare Bearden, Rockwell Kent, and Salvador Dali among others. "Art in the Book" provides a glimpse into the wide variety of illustrative...

Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibition, featuring 12 important paintings, drawings and prints, as well as a rare example of the artist's sculpture, will give them the opportunity to do so. Through the use of a rich...

Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Certified technicians will check and help families install carseats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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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:
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department
Freedom Division
4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
, NC
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K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and here in Charlotte. Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media,...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Selections from one of the nation's most important and comprehensive collections of African-American art. This collection features a number of images from the fifty-eight-piece collection of...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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The debut of one of the most expansive collections of abstract and contemporary African-American art.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-374-1565
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Explores how artists immortalize people, places and memories through the visual arts.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Both mesmerizing and mysterious, Siobhan’s works represent the interactions, and sometimes conflicts, of her conscious and subconscious minds. These thoughts are characterized by stunning...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Play and Learn classes are designed to provide the Charlotte community with fun toddler and parent focused learning and exploration. The eight-week class provides insight into the Montessori method...

Cost: Free

Where:
Omni Montessori School
9536 Blakeney Heath Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-541-1326
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The impulse to explore the unknown is as old as humanity itself, and today, a new frontier of solar systems, stars and galaxies beckons us.  What rocket designs might one day carry...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

SKILLS Group of Charlotte is a non-profit, 501(c3) after school enrichment program for teens and young adults with special needs., including cooking with a pastry chef, healthing cooking, Zumba,...

Cost: See website for prices

Where:
Hope Community Church
4418 Rea Road
Charlotte , NC  28226
View map »


Telephone: 704-9654-614
Website »

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A massive amount of energy lurks like a sleeping dragon beneath the surface of planet Earth.  Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions and discover the impact of gigantic...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

SKILLS Group of Charlotte is a non-profit, 501(c3) after school enrichment program for teens and young adults with special needs, including cooking with a pastry chef, healthing cooking, academic...

Cost: See website for prices

Where:
Hope Community Church
4418 Rea Road
Charlotte , NC  28226
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Telephone: 704-965-4614
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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph | 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown | 500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2018
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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden invites visitors to explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival to be held Sept. 7 through Oct. 29, Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each...

Cost: Online in Advance: $21.95/Adult, $19.95/Senior 60+, $14.95/Child 2-12, Free/Chil

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Explore the moon, stars and beyond in the new planetarium. Housed in the museum's original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium Zeta...

Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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

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Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era-the Age of Dinosaurs.  See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time forgot. Observe predators stalking an armored...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

The work of artists on display includes that of Romare Bearden, Rockwell Kent, and Salvador Dali among others. "Art in the Book" provides a glimpse into the wide variety of illustrative...

Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

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

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This exhibition, featuring 12 important paintings, drawings and prints, as well as a rare example of the artist's sculpture, will give them the opportunity to do so. Through the use of a rich...

Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

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

More information

K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and here in Charlotte. Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media,...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Selections from one of the nation's most important and comprehensive collections of African-American art. This collection features a number of images from the fifty-eight-piece collection of...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

The debut of one of the most expansive collections of abstract and contemporary African-American art.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-374-1565
Website »

More information

Explores how artists immortalize people, places and memories through the visual arts.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

More information

Both mesmerizing and mysterious, Siobhan’s works represent the interactions, and sometimes conflicts, of her conscious and subconscious minds. These thoughts are characterized by stunning...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

The impulse to explore the unknown is as old as humanity itself, and today, a new frontier of solar systems, stars and galaxies beckons us.  What rocket designs might one day carry...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

A massive amount of energy lurks like a sleeping dragon beneath the surface of planet Earth.  Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions and discover the impact of gigantic...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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New! The monthly Teen Science Café experience includes exciting science speakers each month, chosen by teens for teens. Food, icebreakers, a research lecture and Q&A by a featured...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Telephone: 803-909-7244
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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden invites visitors to explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival to be held Sept. 7 through Oct. 29, Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each...

Cost: Online in Advance: $21.95/Adult, $19.95/Senior 60+, $14.95/Child 2-12, Free/Chil

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Features local speakers sharing their knowledge on our region's environment from butterflies to bears and everything in between.

Cost: Free

Where:
McClintock Middle School
1925 Rama Road
Charlotte`, NC  28212
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Telephone: 704-517-2535
Contact Name: Ernie McLaney
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Fall Works explores the exciting evolution of Charlotte Ballet, starting with a look to what the future holds, with Johan Inger’s "Walking Mad." Described as a...

Cost: $25+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Explore the moon, stars and beyond in the new planetarium. Housed in the museum's original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium Zeta...

Cost: $8

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
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This haunted trail located in Mooresville is open Thursday-Sunday throughout the month of October and is appropriate for ages 12 and older. 

Cost: $25 per person; cash or check only

Where:
Carrigan Farms, LLC
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Enter at West Entrance
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-664-1450
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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Show More...
Show Less...

Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era-the Age of Dinosaurs.  See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time forgot. Observe predators stalking an armored...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Cells are the building blocks of all living things. Make a replica of a plant cell that you can see and eat out of candy! Power your mitochondria with sugar and learn about the structure and...

Cost: $5

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Join McDowell Nature Center on select Friday afternoons for a variety of fun nature-based educational activities. Each TGIF will be a surprise ranging from guided hikes, nature games, crafts and...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Wear your costumes for this community event that features a trunk-or-treat line, face painting, crafts and more.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Chestnut Square Park
320 Chestnut Parkway
Indian Trail, NC
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Telephone: 704-821-8114
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Learn about the holiday of Halloween and make a monster to take home. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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The work of artists on display includes that of Romare Bearden, Rockwell Kent, and Salvador Dali among others. "Art in the Book" provides a glimpse into the wide variety of illustrative...

Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

This exhibition, featuring 12 important paintings, drawings and prints, as well as a rare example of the artist's sculpture, will give them the opportunity to do so. Through the use of a rich...

Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

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

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Street rods, customs, street machines and muscle cars displayed at the Goodguys Pennzoil Southeastern Nationals span the spectrum of automotive history, ranging from Model-A Fords stuffed with V-8...

Cost: Single-day tickets start at $20, and kids 6-12 years old get in for just $6

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. South
Concord, NC  28027
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Telephone: 704-454-6416
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K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and here in Charlotte. Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media,...

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Selections from one of the nation's most important and comprehensive collections of African-American art. This collection features a number of images from the fifty-eight-piece collection of...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

The debut of one of the most expansive collections of abstract and contemporary African-American art.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-374-1565
Website »

More information

Explores how artists immortalize people, places and memories through the visual arts.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

More information

Both mesmerizing and mysterious, Siobhan’s works represent the interactions, and sometimes conflicts, of her conscious and subconscious minds. These thoughts are characterized by stunning...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Get lost in the giant seven acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole, and hike the trails. See website for times. 

Cost: $8=$11

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
Website »

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The impulse to explore the unknown is as old as humanity itself, and today, a new frontier of solar systems, stars and galaxies beckons us.  What rocket designs might one day carry...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

SKILLS Group of Charlotte is a non-profit, 501(c3) after school enrichment program for teens and young adults with special needs., including cooking with a pastry chef, healthing cooking, Zumba,...

Cost: See website for prices

Where:
Hope Community Church
4418 Rea Road
Charlotte , NC  28226
View map »


Telephone: 704-9654-614
Website »

More information

A massive amount of energy lurks like a sleeping dragon beneath the surface of planet Earth.  Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions and discover the impact of gigantic...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

SKILLS Group of Charlotte is a non-profit, 501(c3) after school enrichment program for teens and young adults with special needs, including cooking with a pastry chef, healthing cooking, academic...

Cost: See website for prices

Where:
Hope Community Church
4418 Rea Road
Charlotte , NC  28226
View map »


Telephone: 704-965-4614
Website »

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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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Sponsor: Sycamore Brewing
Contact Name: Katelyn Carpenter
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This food truck rally is family and dog-friendly and features 10-15 area food trucks, live music, and a gated kids' playground. 

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Trinity Presbyterian Church
3115 Providence Road
, NC
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Website »

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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden invites visitors to explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival to be held Sept. 7 through Oct. 29, Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each...

Cost: Online in Advance: $21.95/Adult, $19.95/Senior 60+, $14.95/Child 2-12, Free/Chil

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Bring the family out for a playground, jump pillow, face painting and hot dog bar starting at 6 p.m., followed by the "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" production at 7 p.m. and a...

Cost: $7 per person/$25 per car

Where:
Bit of Hope Ranch
5001 CR Wood Road
Gastonia , NC
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Telephone: 704-862-0095
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Fear rises when darkness falls when Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual haunt of SCarowinds. Experience the thrills of your...

Cost: Cost of SCarowinds admission

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28273
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On Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 22–Oct. 28, Tweetsie Railroad will host a Halloween celebration the whole family can enjoy. Ghost Train includes trick-or-treating, the...

Cost: $38

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Website »

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Fall Works explores the exciting evolution of Charlotte Ballet, starting with a look to what the future holds, with Johan Inger’s "Walking Mad." Described as a...

Cost: $25+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Explore the moon, stars and beyond in the new planetarium. Housed in the museum's original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium Zeta...

Cost: $8

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
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      The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. Audiences will be able...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2900 East Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-373-3600
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Walk through the transformed grounds of Latta Plantation and visit with "spirits" in the forest, barn, and haunted house. Fri., 7pm; Sat., 10pm.

Cost: $10

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-2312
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This haunted trail located in Mooresville is open Thursday-Sunday throughout the month of October and is appropriate for ages 12 and older. 

Cost: $25 per person; cash or check only

Where:
Carrigan Farms, LLC
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Enter at West Entrance
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-664-1450
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Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, "Mary Poppins" delighted audiences on Broadway and now brings  a “spoonful of sugar” and a...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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A terrible thing has happened to Junie B.,the world's funniest kindergartener. Someone has stolen her mittens and hasn't returned them. So when she finds a wonderful pen on the floor she...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Fullwood Theater
100 McDowell Street East
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Family-friendly festival with children's activities ($10), free trick or treat, vendors, car show, silent auction, and food.

Cost: Free adimission

Where:
Huntersville United Methodist Church
14005 Stumptown Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-875-1156
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Saturday, October 21st is Sweetest Day at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. Our bakers have all the best treats, from cookies, brownies, pies, and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
1801 Yorkmont Road
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-357-1269
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Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era-the Age of Dinosaurs.  See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time forgot. Observe predators stalking an armored...

Cost: $6-$7

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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Join the discussion with representatives from CMS and the CMS Board of Education as few discuss issues such as: Who funds our schools?  Who decides how money is spent?   Why are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Frienship Missionary Baptist Church
3400 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC  28025
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Telephone: 704-975-4335
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These ongoing nature programs may feature a tour, demonstration or activity designed to inspire children and adults to explore the natural world of the Carolina Piedmont. In this program, hourly...

Cost: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Youth 4-17 $6; 3 and under and CHM members free

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Families are invited to the children's garden for pumpkin crafts and creepy crawly exploration, scavenger hunts, a scarecrow and refreshments. 

Cost: $20; $15 for members

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-331-0664
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Described as "real-life Etsy for geeks," this market will feature handmade items created by artisans of all fandoms, not just Harry Potter. There will also be a food truck rally on site,...

Cost: Free; canned item or non-perishable food donation suggested

Where:
Noah's Event Venue
2421 Yorkmont Road
, NC
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Celebrate fall with family-friendly literacy games and activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
North County Regional Library
16500 Holly Crest Lane
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6000
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Visit this fall antique festival combined with the Annual Zombie Walk and food drive. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Gastonia Historic District
Gastonia, NC


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Drop in at the library for monster stories, crafts and games. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-868-2164
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In this previously unpublished children's book by author Margaret Wise Brown, follow the story of a little bunny and see if you can spot hidden details on the pages. Activities to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-364-0626
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Daisy scouts through Senior scouts can work on a variety of badges, explore the garden, take on the Tulip Poplar Challenge and try a scavenger hunt. See website for a full list of badge offerings...

Cost: $15

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Little artists and their adult companions explore the museum galleries and create art in this playful class centered on creativity, fine-motor skills, and confidence-building. Explore different...

Cost: $16

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC  28207
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Telephone: 704-337-2087
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The family matinee shows introduce families to the world of ballet with pre-show activities such as a costume creation station, dance classes, and an on-stage host to guide audience members through...

Cost: $15 for children; $25+ for adults

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Join Charlotte Dads Group at Topgolf (Charlotte, NC) for the October Dads Night out. RSVP over at www.charlottedadsgroup.com and confirm your attendance.

Cost: Free

Where:
Top Golf Charlotte
8024 Savoy Corporate Road
Charlotte, NC  28273
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Telephone: 704-472-7990
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Stop by for historic harvest demonstrations -on activities, wagon rides and more for kids of all ages. The highlight of the experience will be the ghost tours. Costumed interpreters will lead you...

Cost: $5-$8; children 3 and under free

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC  29726
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Participants will receive the center's Hide and Seek guide to aid in exploring the woods in search of local flora and fauna. This hike will cover out new Track Trails program, which is an...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Piedmont Culinary Guild is hosting its fifth annual Carved competition – a family-friendly fall festival and pig pickin’! Included in your ticket purchase, you will be given...

Cost: $0-$20

Where:
Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
3000 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Pumpkins, face painting, games and lots of candy. Halloween costumes are encouraged.  

Cost: Free.

Where:
Arboretum Shopping Center by the pond
8008 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC
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Attend this outdoor, family-friendly  Pumpkimpalooza on with a bounce house, magician, fun games, and trunk or treat. Costumes encouraged.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sardis Presbyterian Church
6100 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC  28270
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Telephone: 704-366-1854
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Free entertainment including live music, face painting, balloon twisters, a magician, bounce houses, Springfree Trampoline, Halloween crafts and local craft vendors. Annual costume contest for...

Cost: $5 per vehicle for parking; additional costs for pumpkin patch and corn maze

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville , NC
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Telephone: 704-875-3113

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 Hayrides, bounce houses, carnival games, snow cones, a cake walk and more. Enjoy BBQ for purchase and live bluegrass music from the Lonesome Pine Blue Grass Band.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sharon Presbyterian Church
5201 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC  28210
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Telephone: 704-323-9629
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Enjoy bounce houses, hay rides, games, and free live performances by Billy Jones and the Pocket and others.  German food and beverages available for purchase.

Cost: Free Entry

Where:
St. Alban's Episcopal Church
310 Caldwell Lane
Davidson, NC  28036
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Last chance this season to see the hard-hitting roller derby action that the Charlotte Roller Girls bring to the Queen City. Doors open at 4:30pm. The first whistle will sound at 5pm with our...

Cost: $7-16, under age 5 admitted free

Where:
Grady Cole Center
310 N. Kings Drive
Charlotte, NC  28204
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Watch a double feature of "Curious George: A Halloween Boofest" and "Curious George: Spooky Fun."

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Patterson Farm
10390 Caldwell Road
Mt. Ulla, NC
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Telephone: 704-797-0013
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The work of artists on display includes that of Romare Bearden, Rockwell Kent, and Salvador Dali among others. "Art in the Book" provides a glimpse into the wide variety of illustrative...

Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibition, featuring 12 important paintings, drawings and prints, as well as a rare example of the artist's sculpture, will give them the opportunity to do so. Through the use of a rich...

Cost: $6-$12; children under 4 free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Street rods, customs, street machines and muscle cars displayed at the Goodguys Pennzoil Southeastern Nationals span the spectrum of automotive history, ranging from Model-A Fords stuffed with V-8...

Cost: Single-day tickets start at $20, and kids 6-12 years old get in for just $6

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. South
Concord, NC  28027
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Telephone: 704-454-6416
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K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and here in Charlotte. Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media,...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Carolina Renaissance Festival Returns to Huntersville. For 8 fun-filled weekends, opening September 30th through November, the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival presents a full day of...

Cost: $14 - $25

Where:
Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-896-5555
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Special guest musicians and Festival mynstrel's honor key individuals instrumental in driving the region's rich Celtic Music. Visit the event website to learn more. Win...

Cost: $14 - $25

Where:
Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Selections from one of the nation's most important and comprehensive collections of African-American art. This collection features a number of images from the fifty-eight-piece collection of...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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The debut of one of the most expansive collections of abstract and contemporary African-American art.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-374-1565
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Explores how artists immortalize people, places and memories through the visual arts.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Both mesmerizing and mysterious, Siobhan’s works represent the interactions, and sometimes conflicts, of her conscious and subconscious minds. These thoughts are characterized by stunning...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Get lost in the giant seven acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole, and hike the trails. See website for times. 

Cost: $8=$11

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
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All teachers with school IDs will receive free admission. 

Cost: Free for educators with ID; $10-$14 for others

Where:
Patterson Farm
10390 Caldwell Road
Mt. Ulla, NC
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Telephone: 704-797-0013
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Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Visit Bit.ly/freecraftsforkids for the featured craft of the week or call your local Lakeshore Learning store for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
10005 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Learning Store
Telephone: 704-849-2450
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The impulse to explore the unknown is as old as humanity itself, and today, a new frontier of solar systems, stars and galaxies beckons us.  What rocket designs might one day carry...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, foam zone, mazes, plus rides. 

Cost: Ticket prices start at $34; ages 3-5 admitted free with pre-k pass (available on

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Geared towards children ages 3 and younger, this class will focus on movement and energy release. Parent participation required.  

Cost: $6 per class

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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A massive amount of energy lurks like a sleeping dragon beneath the surface of planet Earth.  Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions and discover the impact of gigantic...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Enjoy two great mini programs in the science theater.  First, explore fall constellations in the seasonal stargazing tour of the night sky.  Then, learn about modern unmanned lunar...

Cost: $5 plus museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden invites visitors to explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival to be held Sept. 7 through Oct. 29, Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each...

Cost: Online in Advance: $21.95/Adult, $19.95/Senior 60+, $14.95/Child 2-12, Free/Chil

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Bring the family out for a playground, jump pillow, face painting and hot dog bar starting at 6 p.m., followed by the "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" production at 7 p.m. and a...

Cost: $7 per person/$25 per car

Where:
Bit of Hope Ranch
5001 CR Wood Road
Gastonia , NC
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Telephone: 704-862-0095
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Fear rises when darkness falls when Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual haunt of SCarowinds. Experience the thrills of your...

Cost: Cost of SCarowinds admission

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28273
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On Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 22–Oct. 28, Tweetsie Railroad will host a Halloween celebration the whole family can enjoy. Ghost Train includes trick-or-treating, the...

Cost: $38

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Fall Works explores the exciting evolution of Charlotte Ballet, starting with a look to what the future holds, with Johan Inger’s "Walking Mad." Described as a...

Cost: $25+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
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Discover 400 years of Catawba Indian history as you explore replicated structures that reflect the life and culture of the Carolina Woodlands. Weather permitting;...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

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

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      The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. Audiences will be able...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2900 East Independence Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-373-3600
Website »

More information

Walk through the transformed grounds of Latta Plantation and visit with "spirits" in the forest, barn, and haunted house. Fri., 7pm; Sat., 10pm.

Cost: $10

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-875-2312
Website »

More information

This haunted trail located in Mooresville is open Thursday-Sunday throughout the month of October and is appropriate for ages 12 and older. 

Cost: $25 per person; cash or check only

Where:
Carrigan Farms, LLC
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Enter at West Entrance
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-664-1450
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Visit the greenway weekends in September and October for horse rides, hay bale mazes, a pumpkin patch and kiddie corn maze. Plus farm animals, rubber duck races, pedal carts, kayaking and food and...

Cost: $10 per person for members; $12 for non-members

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Nature Center Entrance
1604 Hwy. 21 Bypass
Fort Mill , SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, "Mary Poppins" delighted audiences on Broadway and now brings  a “spoonful of sugar” and a...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

A terrible thing has happened to Junie B.,the world's funniest kindergartener. Someone has stolen her mittens and hasn't returned them. So when she finds a wonderful pen on the floor she...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Fullwood Theater
100 McDowell Street East
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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