Boys and Hormones

Understanding the transitional years of puberty.


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Little boys regularly visit my office clutching superhero figurines and "flying" through the waiting room with arms outstretched and capes streaming. The next heroic stage often involves army games around the neighborhood or intense wrestling matches with friends. Fast forward a few more years, and toss in some testosterone. Those now-teenage boys begin proving themselves by driving fast, destroying the world in epic online video games, or competing for athletic trophies and academic achievements.

Boys ultimately are seeking to know if they have what it takes to "be a man." In fact, I believe the questions "Do I have what it takes?" and "Am I loved?" are innately hardwired, whether boys like to admit it or not.

The task of reassuring the inner-superhero of his true potential becomes especially difficult during the transitional years of puberty, when hormones rage and a boy grows into a man. Oftentimes, girls get the bad rap about becoming hormonal teens, but males and females both undergo emotional and physical changes — they just display the inner turmoil differently.

Teenage boys often experience heightened moodiness and aggression, and they may become introverted. It's normal for a teenage boy to jump between feeling pleasant and being upset or difficult to handle. An increased desire for autonomy and growing social priorities are also normal. On the other hand, negative changes in school performance, trouble with the law or drug abuse are not normal behaviors, and warrant professional attention.

During puberty, which generally begins between ages 11 and 15, a boy's testosterone levels soar. The increase in hormones transforms muscle mass, body odor, acne, vocal range, aggression, sexual desires, the desire to be in authority and other characteristics that distinguish males from females.

Research shows that men have 10-20 times more testosterone than women. One study of 700 male prison inmates revealed that those with higher testosterone levels were most likely to be in trouble with authorities and most often engaged in unprovoked violence. Testosterone is one powerful hormone.

Testosterone is a lot like money, fame or authority: it's not inherently evil, but it's what you do with it that counts. As parents, it's our job to steer young boys to become men of character who offer value to society and genuinely care about others, and that can lead the next generation.

Parents have almost two decades to prepare and coach their children. During that time, it's vital to play defense against negative influences in society by setting boundaries and play offense by being involved in children's worlds and showing tangible love.

Following are a few suggestions of how parents can help coach teenage boys.

Get to know them.
Know their friends, interests and trials — not to judge, but to show authentic concern.

Share physical affection.
It may feel strange for a parent to think their 6-foot-tall, 15-year-old has emotional needs, but he does (regardless of his size). Moms and dads should give their teen hugs and kisses. If it's foreign, it may take extra effort, but it's worth the payoff.

Protect against pornography.
Online pornography consumes male teens' and men's minds at an alarming rate. The average age of first exposure to pornographic images for boys is 11. Keep computer access in public areas of the house, like the kitchen, and use Internet filters. Remember, portable wireless devices, cell phones and gaming systems can also access pornographic websites. Get educated about the good and bad side of technology, and establish family rules.

Set boundaries.
Most youth claim they dislike parental involvement and boundaries, but for those lacking parental attention, too much freedom often leaves them looking for love in the wrong places. Set curfews, limitations and habitually check in.

Keep them active.
Provide outlets for stress, aggression and spiked competitiveness. Not only do hobbies develop life skills, they decrease time for trouble.

"Bringing up Boys," by Dr. James Dobson, is an excellent resource for how to deal with boys throughout childhood, especially in teenage years. Puberty doesn't last forever. Most temperamental and argumentative teenagers hit a magical age in their 20s and become pleasant, even charming. While riding the waves of teenage hormones, take advantage of the opportunity to assure those superheroes-in-the-making that they are unconditionally loved and they do have what it takes to be extraordinary.

Scott Spies, MD, is a pediatrician at Matthews Children's Clinic and has worked as a pediatrician for 15 years. He has four children, and his oldest is a teenage boy.

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Edward, the china doll rabbit, is swept up in his journey with no say in where he travels. What happens when we become the character in a story that someone else is creating?

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Wear your favorite team's colors and drop by the museum for game day. Preschool games and activities will be located throughout the museum. 

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Main Street Children's Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Through family oriented hands-on projects discover the many ways nature can provide the inspiration for art.

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Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
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Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
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McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
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Charlotte Aquatics
7835 Little Ave.
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301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road
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Davidson Day School Gordon Theatre
750 Jetton St.
Davidson, NC
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Time Warner Cable Arena
333 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC
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Ovens Auditorium
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Charlotte, NC
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The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
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Edward Tulane, a toy china rabbit, is very much in love with himself. Self-absorbed and selfish, he comes to believe he is cursed when he is accidentally tossed overboard and away from the...

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Reedy Creek Nature Center
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

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Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
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An interactive early literacy program featuring board books, simple songs, movement activities, nursery rhymes and fingerplays.

Cost: Free

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Mooresville Public Library
304 South Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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Filled with stories, songs, and activities specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities

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Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
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Cost: $5-$8

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Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
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Cost: Free

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Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
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Telephone: 704-432-6460
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Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

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Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
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Cost: Free

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Mooresville Public Library
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

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Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Cost: $12+

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300 E. 7th St.
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Filled with stories, songs, and activities specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Telephone: 704-416-5000
Contact Name: Amanda Sprott-Goldson
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
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Enjoy stories, movement with music, and a seasonal craft.

Cost: $5

Where:
Main Street Children's Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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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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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

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Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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Edward Tulane, a toy china rabbit, is very much in love with himself. Self-absorbed and selfish, he comes to believe he is cursed when he is accidentally tossed overboard and away from the...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Learn to survive in the wild in this adventure series. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a water bottle.

Cost: $3

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-1391
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Discover Colonial life at the Hezekiah Alexander Home Site and create hands-on projects.

Cost: $10

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Museum of History
Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
View map »


Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

More information

Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Edward Tulane, a toy china rabbit, is very much in love with himself. Self-absorbed and selfish, he comes to believe he is cursed when he is accidentally tossed overboard and away from the...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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 Winter-themed coloring sheets with crayons, colored pencils and pens will be provided. Plus, hot cocoa will be served and an educational display featuring local natural happenings...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-5224
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Enjoy gym games, contests, food from a variety of food trucks and watch the classic film "Groundhog Day" beginning at 8pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Crews Rec Center
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC  28105
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
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In this free, 90-minute workshop, kids can go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in their own gaming world. Register today at www.microsoftstore.com/southpark as...

Cost: FREE.

Where:
SouthPark Microsoft Store
4400 Sharon Rd
Charlotte , NC  28211
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

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Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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Edward Tulane, a toy china rabbit, is very much in love with himself. Self-absorbed and selfish, he comes to believe he is cursed when he is accidentally tossed overboard and away from the...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Amid the chaos of citizens being charged to use public restrooms from a terrible water shortage, a Gotham hero plans a revolution to help lead his community to freedom.

Cost: $12-$18

Where:
Fullwood Theater
100 Mcdowell St. East
Matthews, NC
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Thousands of gently used items, including children's and baby clothing, equipment, furniture, toys, games, and maternity wear.

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
The Park Expo and Conference Centrer
800 Briar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC
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Celebrate the animal mascots that represent many of our favorite teams, wear your favorite mascot and join in a scavenger hunt around the museum that will lead to the natural history facts behind...

Cost: $5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
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Learn about the snowy battle. See demonstrations, re-enactors from both allied and axis forces, and more.

Cost: $8, free for children 5 and under

Where:
Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Learn about white-tail deer, touch a fur or antler and make a real cast of a deer track while searching the preserve for their presence.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-432-6460
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Join in a community dance class, meet the Dance Theatre of Harlem and members of the local dance community and admire the beautiful costumes and memorabilia in the exhibit.

Cost: $7-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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A parent workshop for families of young children with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Telephone: 704-416-4630
Contact Name: Cynthia McDonald
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Discover Colonial life at the Hezekiah Alexander Home Site and create hands-on projects.

Cost: $10

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Charlotte Museum of History
Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Incorporates music, plays, and stories for families interested in raising bilingual children.

Cost: $5 for 6-family members

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Have a meet-and-greet with the fun and loveable bear following interactive stage shows. Shows at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. in Center Court.

Cost: FREE.

Where:
Rock Hill Galleria
2301 Dave Lyle Blvd.
Rock Hill, SC
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The Chinese New Year has been celebrated for more than four thousand years. This festival marks the end of a long winter season and the beginning of spring. Come to I CAN Create after a...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Discovery Place KIDS
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Join Martha Rucker, Author of Daddy's Girl,as she shares her story full of positive learning experiences and uplifting perspectives on topics like fear, honesty, unconditional...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Play unique eco-themed spin-off from classic board games like Monopoly, Husker-Du and more.

Cost: $4-$10, includes admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Seuss-a-thon! Make silly hats, play Dr. Seuss BINGO, go fishing for red fish and blue fish, march in a parade, and make a wish with special birthday...

Cost: $5.

Where:
Main Street Children's Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Come in comfortable clothes and learn basic ballet terminology and partnering movement. 

Cost: $7-$9, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
View map »


Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

More information

     Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site will offer “Black Gold: North Carolina Slavery and Reed Gold Mine” tours every Saturday in February at 1 p.m. and...

Cost: $2 for 8 and older, ages 7 and under free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC  28107
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Sponsor: Reed Gold Mine
Telephone: 704-721-4653 x211
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Explore books in creative ways through interactive activities including math and science.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Edward Tulane, a toy china rabbit, is very much in love with himself. Self-absorbed and selfish, he comes to believe he is cursed when he is accidentally tossed overboard and away from the...

Cost: $12+

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


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

Amid the chaos of citizens being charged to use public restrooms from a terrible water shortage, a Gotham hero plans a revolution to help lead his community to freedom.

Cost: $12-$18

Where:
Fullwood Theater
100 Mcdowell St. East
Matthews, NC
View map »


Website »

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Education Guide

This comprehensive guide covers preschool, private, charter and public schools in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Union and York counties.

Exceptional Child

Children with special needs face unique challenges. Find resources from A-Z in areas of advocacy, education, camps and therapies to support them as they grow.

GPS [Go. Play. See]

Your guide to raising kids in the Queen City, plus our 2015 Readers' Favorites for places to play, explore and learn with the kids.