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Managing school screens is a top priority for parents.

The start to a new school year is a great time to rethink your child’s screen use. More than likely, your children developed some bad screen habits over the summer, so now is the perfect time to readjust and get them back on track. From iPads and laptops in the classroom to your teen’s smartphones, parents have a lot to manage when it comes to screens during the school year.

Screen facts

  1. Personal laptop use in class leads to lower grades. Studies tell us that “too many distractions” is the reason why there is a direct correlation between classroom laptop use and lower grades, GPAs and SAT scores.
  2. Pen and paper are a clear winner over typing notes. Putting pen to paper (instead of typing) when taking notes is associated with improved long-term information retention, better thought organization and increased ability to generate ideas.
  3. Second-hand screen distractions lower GPAs. Students who sit near a peer who is “screen multitasking” are distracted leading to an overall decrease in class performance and lower final test scores.
  4. Blurring screen play with academics comes with a cost! The gamification of learning dangerously conditions your child’s brain to bypass the grit, hard work, uncomfortable feeling, and determination that are essential for lifelong learning habits to take root.
  5. Screen use changes your child’s behavior. Stimulating screen activities are “rewiring” your child’s brain. The brain must change to accommodate this unnatural stimulation and this change is being linked to the 53 percent increase in ADHD symptoms over the past 10 years.

Finding balance

  1. Cut way back on entertainment screens at home during the school week. This means no video gaming and very little social media during the week, if any. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends just a few hours a day for screen use and that is easily used up during the school day.  Your child needs time for physical activity and exercise, for chores, for real screen-free downtime, and for connecting with family after school.
  2. Make car time a screen free zone. Mornings should be reserved for a peaceful ride to school to set the pace for the day, checking social media on the way to school can be very stressful for kids. The richest conversation of the day can happen the minute your child gets in the car after school, or walks in the door from the bus, even when they are teens. If you miss that conversation because their nose is buried in a screen, you may never get those details about their day again.
  3. Keep laptops on the kitchen table and keep all screens out of the bedroom ... period. Don’t buy the excuse that your child has to do their homework in their bedroom with their laptops and phones. That is perhaps the biggest mistake parents make.
  4. Goal: All screen homework is done before dinner. Start this habit early so they will build good bedtime habits when they are teens.  Screens in the evening keep your kids and teens from getting adequate sleep. Get the screen work done early and pull out the books before bed.
  5. Never allow your child to have secret passwords to their devices. You are the keeper of the passwords and your email is the recovery email for ALL of their devices. They can have their own passwords and Apple IDs when they are old enough to purchase a phone and sign the contract on their own.
  6. No smartphones during homework time for K-12. In her book, "The Teenage Brain," neuroscientist Francis Jenson says that it takes between 25 percent to 400 percent longer for a teen to complete homework when screen multitasking. If they need to “talk” to a friend about homework, they can use your phone (or a house phone) to make a voice call. Or better yet, have a friend over to work on a school project if necessary. Just make sure you collect the friend’s phone at the door or they work at the kitchen table (not in their bedroom).
  7. Cut social media time back during the school year. Remember that social media is not healthy for kids and especially for teens. Studies prove that the more they are on it, the more stressed and depressed they will be. Social media is an entertainment technology that is highly addictive for a young brain. Instead of more social media, schedule opportunities for real friends to come over and engage in face to face time with your teens. That will prepare them for the real world and a future job better than any amount of time spent on social media.

While technology can provide many benefits for your student, not all screens are created equal. Manage the screens in your child’s life well, and do not let the latest technology derail your teens from reaching their potential. Get the facts, and then jump in to help your kids balance their screens — they are not able to do it alone.

Join us for monthly local Parent Connection Meetings. Our Next meeting is Sept 22. For more information on Kid's and screens and screen addictions go to familiesmanagingmedia.com.

 

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Melanie Hempe is the founder of Families Managing Media. She has coached hundreds of families on the effects of screen media use and has helped them achieve a healthier, more balanced media life. With a nursing degree from Emory University, Melanie draws upon her medical background to demystify the questions of why technology has such a strong grip on our kids and why it is replacing normal childhood activities. She offers busy parents easy-to-follow scientific information and practical solutions for children of all ages, as she stresses the importance of REAL life connections in a digital world.

Melanie and her husband, Chris are raising four children in a media balanced home – and have successfully replaced video games with sports, music, art and good manners and they have also done the impossible: they have kept social media and smartphones from controlling their kids.

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View map »


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
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View map »


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

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

Where:
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

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Website »

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibit features 21st century long gowns, from cocktail attire to wedding dresses. Featured creations by Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Issey...

Cost: $6-$15; free for children 4 and under

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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

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

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Toddlers and preschoolers can join Holly Johnson in a music and movement program that features listening to songs and playing a variety of instruments. 

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Melissa Lynch is a Gaston County resident who loves experimenting with acrylic pours and alcohol inks. This exhibit features abstract lines and pops of color that represent a transitional time...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
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Explore nature through arts and crafts. Each session will have a different theme and participants can take home a craft. Dress for mess. Registration required. 

Cost: $3

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-1391
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

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

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Get free entry to the Schiele Museum every second Tuesday of the month from 4-8pm and every fourth Friday of the month from 1-5pm. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Boulevard
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the movie, "Legally Blonde the Musical" follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her...

Cost: $15-$17

Where:
Central Piedmont Community College, Pease Auditorium
1201 Elizabeth Ave,
, NC
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Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This comedic play centers around a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. The visitor turns out to be an incredibility inept, hopeless stupid...

Cost: $28

Where:
Theatre Charlotte, The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

This exhibit features 21st century long gowns, from cocktail attire to wedding dresses. Featured creations by Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Issey...

Cost: $6-$15; free for children 4 and under

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

When a brother and sister move to a new town, the sister refuses to play with her brother fearing the kids in her new school will make fun of her. Then they meet an inventive girl next door...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

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This is one of Charlotte Ballet’s most popular performances. It showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting, and for an added bonus, tickets include a dessert reception...

Cost: $25-$80

Where:
Charlotte Ballet Academy, Center for Dance
701 N. Tryon Street
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-3900
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Armour Street Theatre presents: Snow White. Come watch the dwarves take the stage. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $10 plus NC sales tax

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC  28036
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

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Laugh and cry with America's greatest generation and remember the days of World War II. From an exciting collection of 40's favorites to a stirring patriotic medley, this dinner show is...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

More information

Your family will have free access to arts, science, and history experiences across Charlotte-Mecklenburg this weekend. Check the online schedule to find out about experiences and opportunities to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary.
, NC


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During these ongoing nature programs you may get a tour, see a demonstration or participate in an activity. The program is designed to inspire children and adults to explore the...

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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n coordination with Independence Mazda, The Humane Society of York County and South Charlotte Dog Rescue, the Puppy Bowl is bringing you tons of adorable, adoptable dogs of all ages and sizes who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Mazda
6735 E. Independence Blvd
Charlotte, NC  28212
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Telephone: 704-839-0287
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Attend this free storytime as part of ASC Connect with Culture Day. 

Cost: Free

Where:
North County Regional Library
16500 Holly Crest Lane
Huntersville, NC
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During this festival, you can explore current exhibitions, make your own masterpieces and enjoy live music all for free. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon Street
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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In a powerful musically driven story of giving, three hungry travelers create a magnificent feast from scratch.

Cost: $14+

Where:
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This popular fairytale of empowerment, determination, and triumph is brought to life with traditional marionettes and classical music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Community House Middle School - Cafeteria
9500 Community House Road
, NC
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To celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, visitors are invited to discover the history behind the popular Vietnamese lion dance and create dancers of their own to take home.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Register for one of the followng free classes as part of ASC Connect with Culture Day: Youth Trapeze: Ages: 6 – 17 Learn how to fly on two ropes and a bar! Aerial Silks for Adults:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Caroline Calouche and Co.
9315-E Monroe Road
, NC
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Learn how Mother Nature creates snow, sleet and hail.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1119
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Engage your young readers with books that encourage language and reading skill development, and helps them grow into successful, life-long readers. Ballerina Cara Hansvick of the Charlotte Ballet...

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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The Performance Company from Matthews Playhouse will present songs and scenes from their upcoming productions including: Freedom Train, Jungle Book, The Lion King, Jr., Peter Pan and South Pacific.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell Street East
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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As part of ASC Connect with Culture Day, you can attend this performance for free. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St
Davidson, NC
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Join us for a free Oyster Roast at Reid's Myers Park. All oysters are first come, first serve, until we run out!

Cost: Free

Where:
Reid's Fine Foods
2823 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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Melissa Lynch is a Gaston County resident who loves experimenting with acrylic pours and alcohol inks. This exhibit features abstract lines and pops of color that represent a transitional time...

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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Free performances of Snow White, Stone Soup, The Imaginators, Balloonacy and other nearby performances are available today as part of the ASC Connect with Culture Day. Registration is required...

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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Need a reason to get outside this winter? Take part in Latta Quest! This weekly activity will engage your family in all that Latta Plantation Nature Preserve has to offer.  There will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday. Visit the website to see this week's featured craft of the week. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
10005 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-849-2450
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Come to family storytime at Barnes & Noble. Activities to follow. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble, Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-364-0626
Website »

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

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

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There is a drum lesson for children ages 3-18 from 11am-noon, followed by a drum circle for all ages from noon-1pm. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Telephone: 914-419-6438
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Fish are one of America’s most popular pets, and one of the most diverse and interesting. Join us for a story and some fun facts about our friends with fins and make a goldfish craft to...

Cost: $8, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Telephone: (704) 372-6261
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Check out the fashion gallery and 18th century portraits and draw and collage a fabulous fabric portrait. Children and their adult companions can create, explore and visit the...

Cost: $16; $12 for members

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

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

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

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

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BounceU knows that sometimes parents deserve a little time by themselves. Drop off your kids for a night of non-stop bouncing and games. It’s more fun and probably less expensive than hiring...

Cost: $20 per child

Where:
Bounce U, Charlotte and Matthews locations
, NC


Telephone: 704-921-8771
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A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the movie, "Legally Blonde the Musical" follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her...

Cost: $15-$17

Where:
Central Piedmont Community College, Pease Auditorium
1201 Elizabeth Ave,
, NC
View map »


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
View map »


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This comedic play centers around a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. The visitor turns out to be an incredibility inept, hopeless stupid...

Cost: $28

Where:
Theatre Charlotte, The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

This exhibit features 21st century long gowns, from cocktail attire to wedding dresses. Featured creations by Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Issey...

Cost: $6-$15; free for children 4 and under

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Come watch this comedic play that explores the power of friendship. A mischievous balloon finds its way into the home of a solitary elderly man, and suddenly his grumpy life is interrupted. ...

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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This 1930s-inspired musical based on the classic book is coming to ImaginOn. Mr. Popper spends his time daydreaming of adventures while Mrs. Popper saves to put beans on the table. When a spirited...

Cost: $12-$20

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


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

When a brother and sister move to a new town, the sister refuses to play with her brother fearing the kids in her new school will make fun of her. Then they meet an inventive girl next door...

Cost: $12-$20

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


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

This is one of Charlotte Ballet’s most popular performances. It showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting, and for an added bonus, tickets include a dessert reception...

Cost: $25-$80

Where:
Charlotte Ballet Academy, Center for Dance
701 N. Tryon Street
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-3900
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Armour Street Theatre presents: Snow White. Come watch the dwarves take the stage. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $10 plus NC sales tax

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC  28036
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

Laugh and cry with America's greatest generation and remember the days of World War II. From an exciting collection of 40's favorites to a stirring patriotic medley, this dinner show is...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
View map »


Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

More information

Your family will have free access to arts, science, and history experiences across Charlotte-Mecklenburg this weekend. Check the online schedule to find out about experiences and opportunities to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary.
, NC


Website »

More information

Join us in Town Center for family story time as we read Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Wind Blows by Marianne Berkes. We’ll learn about some of the animals that...

Cost: $10, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place KIDS - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: (704) 372-6261
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