Busting Baby Gender Myths


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We really can't help ourselves — the sight of a pregnant woman automatically makes us fast- forward to the gender question. From the moment moms-to-be begin showing signs of that wee baby bump, the congratulations are followed by, "Are you having a boy or girl?"

Occasionally, even the due date takes a back seat to the baby's sex, and perhaps this is out of a desire to envision a complete little person before the birth, as well as a need to begin attributing characteristics, considering names and finding the perfect blue booties or pink layette. And sometimes curiosity about a baby's gender can lead some gender-guessing games.
We asked the experts to weigh in on some old wives' tales and give us the facts.

True or False?

Baby girls' heart rates are faster, and boys' heart rates are slower. False.

"Heartbeats for both sexes can range from 110 to 160 beats per minute in the third trimester," says Dr. Kelly Leggett, the medical director at the Women's Hospital of Greensboro. In fact, anywhere within that range is considered a normal heartbeat for both boys and girls.

"This is the most common (thing) my patients inquire about in the office," says Dr. Aviva Stein, an OB-GYN with Charlotte Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Unfortunately, it has been demonstrated over the last few decades that there is no link between fetal heart rate and Baby's gender. In fact, the fetal heart-rate baseline tends to change throughout the nine months."

Deb O'Connell, a certified nurse midwife and owner of Carrboro Midwifery, agrees with Leggett and Stein. "I think it's definitely a myth."

Carrying a baby high indicates a boy, while carrying low means Baby is a girl. False.

Every woman's body is unique, and the same goes for her abdominal musculature and pelvic inlet (how the baby is sitting in the pelvis). "Your body shape and your musculature determine how the baby is carried," says Leggett.

Also, multiple pregnancies can change musculature, and the more babies a woman has, the more she might protrude, versus carrying high. "Whether you are carrying Baby low or high is based on the position of the baby," says Dr. Melvin Seid, an OB-GYN with Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates of Winston-Salem. Positions can change throughout the pregnancy, he adds.

"The way you carry your baby has more to do with your parity status (number of previous pregnancies), and the muscle and tone of your uterus," says Stein. So, although it's a fun guessing game, low babies and high babies give clues to a mom's body shape, not the sex of the bump.

Suspending a gold wedding ring from a necklace or string over Mom's belly will predict the baby's sex by the way the ring swings — circular motions for a girl, back and forth for a boy.False.

For years, elderly aunts and grandmothers have played this game. But Leggett says this is "really like picking a lottery number." She adds, "It's all cute and fun, and a nice game to play at your baby shower, but there is absolutely no scientific data to support that claim."

If body hair or nails grow faster during pregnancy, Mom's having a baby boy. If hair and nails grow slower, it's a girl. False.

While pregnant women carry an abundance of beta-HCG (pregnancy hormone), hair and nail growth are not clear indicators of baby's gender, and hormone levels between boy and girl babies are not sufficient enough to make any noticeable changes to Mom's body. "Your age will affect your hair texture more than your pregnancy," says Leggett.

"Normally, a woman loses about 100 hairs a day as part of hair growth's natural cycle," says Stein. "During pregnancy, regardless of baby gender, the hormone estrogen prolongs the pregnant woman's hair-growth phase, resulting in less shedding of hair. After delivery, don't be alarmed if your hair may fall out as you return to the normal growth/resting phases. You should return to your pre-pregnancy hairline within one year of giving birth."

You are more likely to experience severe morning sickness with a baby a girl. False.

Severe morning sickness does not, as some claim, indicate you're carrying a baby girl, says Leggett. "The hormone we attribute nausea to is the beta-HCG, and it does not determine the sex. For example, if you have twins, you have more beta-HCG and could have elevated nausea, but nausea does not tell us what the gender is, regardless of the levels of beta-HCG."

O'Connell agrees there's no science to back up this myth. "I hear this a lot, but the science just isn't there. ... A lot of times, women simply know they feel differently (than from a previous pregnancy), and they know what the sex is."

Mom craves sour and salty foods with a baby boy and sweet foods with a baby girl. False.
False yet again, says Leggett with a laugh. "I wish the science was that easy, but it isn't, so eat whatever sounds good!"

Stein agrees. "Your cravings have more to do with a combination of nutritional and psychological needs."

Testing a pregnant woman's urine with 2 tablespoons of Crystal Drano reveals the sex — brown means a boy; no color change means a girl. False.

This is one of those don't-try-this-at-home warnings! "There is no scientific evidence to suggest that this method works," says Stein. "In addition, there may be dangerous side effects from the fumes that are produced when mixing urine and Drano. I strongly discourage you to try this method. If one still wishes to use this method, by all means, do not handle the mixture yourself."

Really Wanna Know?
The most common way to detect the sex of a baby is with an ultrasound, according to Stein, which generally is more than 90 percent accurate if done after 16 weeks gestation. "A very reliable way to tell the sex of your baby is through genetic testing in the form of a CVS (chorionic villus sampling) between 10-13 weeks gestation or amniocentesis done after 15 weeks," she adds, noting, however, the purpose of these tests is to diagnose a potential health problem, not to identify gender.

A new test, called the Sensage Fetal XY test, can be conducted as early as 11 weeks into the pregnancy, adds Seid. The test involves drawing a sample of the mother's blood and sending it to a lab where fetal cells are isolated. "They look at the fetal DNA and determine the sex of the baby with 95-99 percent accuracy," says Seid, who adds the downside is that the test is expensive ($250-$350). But for mothers who need to know, and when ultrasound results turn out inconclusive, the Sensage Fetal XY test may be a vital option.

"Chromosomal testing is the only definitive way of determining the baby's sex," says O'Connell, who adds moms also should pay close attention to their intuition. "In my experience, if a mom has a good instinct about what she's having, she usually is right. She intuitively knows — nine out of 10 times, the mom is right."

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Website »

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A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

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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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
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This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Created by photographer and activist-artist Sheila Pree Bright, 1960Now is a collection of images inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and the grassroots youth activists of the 1960s.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Enjoy an exhibition of digital images by artist J.J. L'Heureux featuring the Penguin populations and their homes on Antarctica and the sub Antarctic Islands of the Southern Ocean.  

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

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

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In 2013, UNC Press published scholar and folklorist William Ferris' book "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists," which features a compilation of more than a...

Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Through the month of May, various events around Charlotte will be held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful, including "The Big Spring Clean" on Saturday, May 14. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Various locations
, NC


Website »

More information

Sweet Retreat, Novant Health’s first online nutritional program, will give participants a 10-day plan to cut all added sugar from their diets. The first round of the program began on May...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Novant Health
Website »

More information

Enjoy an exhibition of digital images by artist J.J. L'Heureux featuring penguin populations and their homes on Antarctica and the sub Antarctic Islands of the Southern Ocean. The exhibit...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Join Fit Family Challenge partner Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as they present "Wee Houses: Places We Play," an interactive exhibition by local creatives to celebrate the places we play....

Cost: $12.95 adults, $6.95 kids 2-12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Website »

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Journey across the Solar system to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Charlotte Symphony Orchestra presents an ensemble concert presented by Summer Pops Series conductor George Schram. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating.

Cost: $5-$15; $5 per car for parking

Where:
Comporium Ampitheater
Anne Springs Close Greenway
, NC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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See an item from each of the U.S. Presidents, including early 19th-century linen funeral banners of George and Martha Washington, along with an early 19th-century portrait...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Bank of America Heritage Center in Founder's Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 980-387-6075

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This storytime is filled with stories, songs and activities specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues or other developmental disabilities.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28208
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Telephone: 704-416-7400
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"The House That Modernism Built" will present the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's rich mid-20th-century art collection alongside furniture, textile and ceramic holdings on loan from...

Cost: $8 for the public, $6 for museum members

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

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A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series. 

Cost: $5 parking fee

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

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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

This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Created by photographer and activist-artist Sheila Pree Bright, 1960Now is a collection of images inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and the grassroots youth activists of the 1960s.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Enjoy an exhibition of digital images by artist J.J. L'Heureux featuring the Penguin populations and their homes on Antarctica and the sub Antarctic Islands of the Southern Ocean.  

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

In 2013, UNC Press published scholar and folklorist William Ferris' book "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists," which features a compilation of more than a...

Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

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Through the month of May, various events around Charlotte will be held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful, including "The Big Spring Clean" on Saturday, May 14. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Various locations
, NC


Website »

More information

Sweet Retreat, Novant Health’s first online nutritional program, will give participants a 10-day plan to cut all added sugar from their diets. The first round of the program began on May...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Novant Health
Website »

More information

Enjoy an exhibition of digital images by artist J.J. L'Heureux featuring penguin populations and their homes on Antarctica and the sub Antarctic Islands of the Southern Ocean. The exhibit...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Join Fit Family Challenge partner Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as they present "Wee Houses: Places We Play," an interactive exhibition by local creatives to celebrate the places we play....

Cost: $12.95 adults, $6.95 kids 2-12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
View map »


Website »

More information

Journey across the Solar system to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Learn the survival skill of shelter building with your family.  Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Telephone: 704-588-5224
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In conjunction with Jiggy with the Piggy, the 600 Festival Association will show Disney’s "Cars 2" on an oversized outdoor screen.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Kannapolis
246 Oak Ave.
Kannapolis, NC  28081
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Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. There will be a bounce house for younger children. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Front of Town Hall
4430 Mint Hill Village Lane
Mint Hill , NC
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Senior Ensemble presents their Ensemble Theatre Workshop, as a collection of plays including Star Fever, The Spaceship Santa Maria, the Big Shoo, and The Little Man Who Wasn’t There. Shows at...

Cost: Free; donations welcome

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
304 Armour St.
Davidson, NC  28036
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Website »

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See an item from each of the U.S. Presidents, including early 19th-century linen funeral banners of George and Martha Washington, along with an early 19th-century portrait...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Bank of America Heritage Center in Founder's Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 980-387-6075

More information

"The House That Modernism Built" will present the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's rich mid-20th-century art collection alongside furniture, textile and ceramic holdings on loan from...

Cost: $8 for the public, $6 for museum members

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »

More information

Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

More information

A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Get out and grab dinner from a variety of local food trucks at this weekly rally. Visit the website for a list of participating trucks.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Central Avenue (Behind The Light Factory)
, NC


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A community food truck rally hosted by the Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resource Department. Each Friday will have local food trucks and artists with live music while you relax...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-321-7275
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Enjoy  dinner and a live theater show just outside of Charlotte. Relevant, humorous, tragic and fun, this original Broadway-style show is a must-see for all ages.

Cost: $7 - $35

Where:
NarroWay Productions
3327 Highway 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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

This family-friendly festival features live music, cooking demonstrations, ethnic dancing, free caricature drawings, a haiku poetry contest, passport activities for kids and young adults, and craft...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Piedmont Community College
4209 Old Charlotte Hwy.
Monroe, NC  28110
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Telephone: 704-290-5891
Website »

More information

This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Celebrate the strawberry at this award-winning festival. Walk through a butterfly exhibit, check out antique cars, sample strawberry pie, and let the kids try out the rides. Fri., 4:30-11pm;...

Cost: Free admission; additional cost for activities and $5 for parking

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


Website »

More information

A midway featuring amusement rides, an assortment of food and drink, and carnival rides and games. See website for times.

Cost: $5-$8; free for children under 4

Where:
Metrolina Tradeshow Expo
7100 Statesville Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Created by photographer and activist-artist Sheila Pree Bright, 1960Now is a collection of images inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and the grassroots youth activists of the 1960s.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Enjoy an exhibition of digital images by artist J.J. L'Heureux featuring the Penguin populations and their homes on Antarctica and the sub Antarctic Islands of the Southern Ocean.  

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

In 2013, UNC Press published scholar and folklorist William Ferris' book "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists," which features a compilation of more than a...

Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

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 This fun and inspiring event brings family, friends and community members together to run/walk for pediatric brain cancer awareness.

Cost: $30

Where:
Weddington United Methodist Church
13901 Providence Road
Weddington, NC  28104
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Telephone: 513-772-4888
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Celebrate mothers of all ages with a delicious buffet breakfast, an uplifting message, and a guided Journey of Faith tour. Each mother in attendance will also receive a special gift.  

Cost: $20 per person; ages 3 and under FREE

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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A charity run/walk to support those battling breast cancer in the  surrounding communities.         

Cost: $20+

Where:
Huntersville Business Park
9735 Kincey Ave.
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Through the month of May, various events around Charlotte will be held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful, including "The Big Spring Clean" on Saturday, May 14. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Various locations
, NC


Website »

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Featuring a 5K trail run, a 19K bike ride, and a 3K run to the finish line. Kids' Sprint and other activities for kids. Part of BIKE! Charlotte.

Cost: See website for prices

Where:
University City Research Park
10101 David Taylor Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-549-8804
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The 5K Fun Run and Kid's Dash will help support all the Youth involved in the growing Music Program at Sardis Presbyterian Church. Runners and walkers of all fitness levels...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Sardis Presbyterian Church
6100 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC  28270
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Telephone: 704-366-1854
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Sweet Retreat, Novant Health’s first online nutritional program, will give participants a 10-day plan to cut all added sugar from their diets. The first round of the program began on May...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Novant Health
Website »

More information

Enjoy an exhibition of digital images by artist J.J. L'Heureux featuring penguin populations and their homes on Antarctica and the sub Antarctic Islands of the Southern Ocean. The exhibit...

Cost: Free with admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Visit the Carl J. McEwen Historical Village and find your passion. Is it Civic, Art or History? Stroll the village and discover what interests you. Free family fun and activities....

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Hisorical Society
7601 Matthews-Mint Hill
Mint Hill, NC  28227
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Telephone: 704-573-0726
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Join Fit Family Challenge partner Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as they present "Wee Houses: Places We Play," an interactive exhibition by local creatives to celebrate the places we play....

Cost: $12.95 adults, $6.95 kids 2-12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Pick up free new/used comics, watch a superhero movie marathon, and participate in giveaways and a photobooth.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-3000
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Journey across the Solar system to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Live music, carriage rides, family crafts, a food truck during lunch hour.

Cost: $6.95-$12.95; free for all moms

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Live entertainment, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. All citizens are encouraged to walk or bike to the green in support of National Bike Month. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Town Green
216 S. Main St.
Davidson , NC
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Visit the museum and the "Mummy and Me" program that highlights "The Mummy Treasure of Al Faiyum." Saturday programs run from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-7347
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Learn about the preserve and all the living things hidden within. Registration is required.

Cost: $3

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Sponsor: McDowell Nature Center
Telephone: 704-588-5224
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Take an hour-long walking tour of the NoDa neighborhood. A reception will follow. Please Preregistration required. There are two times for the tour: One at 10:30am, and one at 11am.

Cost: Free

Where:
Heist Brewery
2909 Davidson St., #200
Charlotte, NC  28205
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Create a mosaic that was inspired by movement and dance history. Each participant will select a pre-drawn image of ballet shoes, a tutu or a dancer in motion and leave with a masterpiece of Mosaic...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Learn about art by participating in hands-on activities and special museum tours. May's theme focuses on modern art and textiles.

Cost: Free for children; $8 for adults

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-353-9200
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Explore the exhibits and hands-on workshops with area artists and story time.

Cost: $6-$8; children under 5 are free

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

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Features regional musical acts, art, family-friendly activities, magic shows, and fireworks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Check out the exhibits, story times, and participate in hands-on workshops with area artists.

Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Participants can explore the Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography at the Mint exhibition and create images working with local photographers. This workshop is designed for high school...

Cost: Free for teens with NexGen registration

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Families are encouraged to participate in this family-friendly bike ride as part of Bike! Charlotte. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwood Park
Wilhelmina Ave.
, NC
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Featuring dances that represent 10 different Latin American countries, with vibrant music, historical facts, and dazzling costumes.

Cost: $8-$15

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

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Come see if the dragon really did eat the Princess as Junior Ensemble presents their Ensemble Theatre Workshop. Workshop productions focus on the development of the youth actor through the...

Cost: Free; donations welcome

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
304 Armour St.
Davidson, NC  28036
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

See an item from each of the U.S. Presidents, including early 19th-century linen funeral banners of George and Martha Washington, along with an early 19th-century portrait...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Bank of America Heritage Center in Founder's Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 980-387-6075

More information

"The House That Modernism Built" will present the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's rich mid-20th-century art collection alongside furniture, textile and ceramic holdings on loan from...

Cost: $8 for the public, $6 for museum members

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »

More information

Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

More information

Enjoy dinner and a live theater show just outside of Charlotte. Relevant, humorous, tragic and fun, this original Broadway-style show is a must-see for all ages.

Cost: $7 - $35

Where:
NarroWay Productions
3327 Highway 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
View map »


Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

More information

Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series. 

Cost: $5 parking fee

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


Telephone: 704-391-3900
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

This family-friendly festival features live music, cooking demonstrations, ethnic dancing, free caricature drawings, a haiku poetry contest, passport activities for kids and young adults, and craft...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Piedmont Community College
4209 Old Charlotte Hwy.
Monroe, NC  28110
View map »


Telephone: 704-290-5891
Website »

More information

This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Celebrate the strawberry at this award-winning festival. Walk through a butterfly exhibit, check out antique cars, sample strawberry pie, and let the kids try out the rides. Fri., 4:30-11pm;...

Cost: Free admission; additional cost for activities and $5 for parking

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


Website »

More information

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can gain free access to participating museums in the Charlotte area, including The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center, Levine...

Cost: Free for cardholders

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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A midway featuring amusement rides, an assortment of food and drink, and carnival rides and games. See website for times.

Cost: $5-$8; free for children under 4

Where:
Metrolina Tradeshow Expo
7100 Statesville Road
, NC
View map »


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Created by photographer and activist-artist Sheila Pree Bright, 1960Now is a collection of images inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and the grassroots youth activists of the 1960s.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Enjoy an exhibition of digital images by artist J.J. L'Heureux featuring the Penguin populations and their homes on Antarctica and the sub Antarctic Islands of the Southern Ocean.  

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Utterly unpredictable, "Motherhood Out Loud" shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite...

Cost: $22 in advance, $28 at the door, $18 for groups of 10 more

Where:
Charlotte Ballet's Center for Dance
701 N Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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In 2013, UNC Press published scholar and folklorist William Ferris' book "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists," which features a compilation of more than a...

Cost: $5-$8; children under 5 are free

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