Pirates Lair

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

November 20, 2017 - December 31, 2017

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their own pace with engaging activities and colorful characters that bring the Caribbean pirate experience to life. Open daily and weekends. 

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Holiday on Ice

NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza

November 20, 2017 - January 7, 2018

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Skate on more than 7,000 square feet of ice in the heart of the city.  The ice rink opens at 5 p.m. Nov. 17. See website for ongoing hours.

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Daily Planetarium Shows at Discovery Place Nature

Discovery Place Nature

November 20, 2017 - December 31, 2017

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Explore the moon, stars and beyond in the new planetarium. Housed in the museum's original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium Zeta planetarium system, with bench and floor seating around the dome.  The daily schedule will include a mix of multimedia shows and seasonal star shows. Multimedia shows are full-dome video adventures...

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Cabinet of Curiosities

Gaston County Museum

November 20, 2017 - March 3, 2018

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

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 collections of unique objects, designed to demonstrate a family's wealth. Highlighted in this collection is some of the museum's objects that have never been seen before--some unusual and odd, and...

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Year of the Engineer

Discovery Place Science

November 20, 2017 - September 3, 2018

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

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 premiere of Dream Big: Engineering Our World in the IMAX Dome Theatre. 

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Winter Wonderland South Park

Symphony Park

November 20, 2017 - January 7, 2018

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink is an open-air holiday experience nestled between South Park Mall and Symphony Park. It features a 5,000 square for ice skating rink, a pub and a coffee shop and features live music, special events, guests and activities. See website for hours. 

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The Ice Park

The Speedpark at Concord Mills

November 20, 2017 - January 15, 2018

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Skate on 4,200 square feet of real ice, plus enjoy go karting, play mini golf, and have fun on the spider web. On Nov. 17 from 5-8pm Olaf will be at the Speedpark available for pictures, hugs and autographs for free.  Additionally, on Nov. 18, everyone's favorite heroic pups, Chase & Marshall, will be at the Speedpark from 12-2pm.  Hours vary. Check website. 

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Lights, Camera, Santa

Blakeney Shopping Center

November 20, 2017 - December 24, 2017

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Visit Santa’s Workshop near the Village Green at Blakeney this holiday season for portraits with Santa Claus. Hours vary. See website for more details. Spectacular light show performances by our state-of-the-art Christmas Tree will take place on the Village Green from 6pm-9pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Nov. 18 through Dec. 31.  

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Da Vinci’s Machines

Discovery Place Science

November 20, 2017 - May 6, 2018

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

This exhibit explores Da Vinci's engineering genius. Though he is mostly known for his art, 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. This interactive exhibit features 75 machines and will allow your family to try some.

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