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October 2018

Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with 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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Visit the Microsoft store for an informative, hands-on workshop introducing educators and parents or caregivers to the Microsoft Learning Tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading...

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Microsoft Store
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Microsoft
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TCBY will be celebrating the grand opening of the newest North Carolina location by offering guests their first 6oz. of frozen yogurt free at the Grand Opening Sundae!

Cost: Free

Where:
TCBY Rea Farms
9804 Sandy Rock Place
Unit E
, NC
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Curious about the wonders of McDowell Nature Preserve? Discover something new on this guided two- to three-mile hike while playing environmentally educational games.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Come explore the trails of Reedy Creek while being surrounded by the beauty of a fall forest.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Come celebrate the anniversary of the Levine JCC's butterfly project! Enjoy a Charlotte Ballet performance and a garden ceremony. Please RSVP by phone.

Cost: Free

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-366-5007
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Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, this full-length Tony Award-winning Broadway musical follows Matilda Wormwood, a  girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda uses...

Cost: $22+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes 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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Church of the Redeemer - Kids offers a class for adaptive learning needs and a sensory room during the Sunday School hour (9 a.m.) and worship hour (10:30 a.m.). Volunteers who desire to come...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sun Valley High School
5211 Old Charlotte Hwy.
Monroe, NC
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Sponsor: Church of the Redeemer
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Celebrate fall the last three weekends in October on the Anne Springs Close Greenway with wagon rides, pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, pedal carts, horse rides, face painting, kayaking and...

Cost: $10 members; $12 nonmembers; children 4 and younger free; plus $5 parking fee.

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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Matthews UMC offers opportunities for Christian education, discipleship, fellowship and care for persons of all ages with disabilities and their families. Experience age-level appropriate Sunday...

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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The Special Needs Ministry at Calvary welcomes all ages and abilities! Guests, including parents and caregivers, are invited to join.

Cost: Free

Where:
Calvary Church
5801 Pineville–Matthews Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-341-5413
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Family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, plus rides. 

Cost: Daily ticket prices start at $48

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Step back in time at the 25th Annual Renaissance Festival in Huntersville! Enjoy entertainment, rides, shopping, food, and free parking at this rain-or-shine event.

Cost: Tickets start at $14, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville , NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-896-5555
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Explore the whimsical world of wizards at Discovery Place Kids! Oct. 6 and 7: Quidditch Oct. 13 and 14: Wands Oct. 20 and 21: Potions Oct. 26 and 27: Magical Creatures Weekend...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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This music fest features live blues performances, food trucks and beverages. Music festival is included with garden admission.

Cost: $7-$13; children under 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Every weekend in October, Lewis Farm opens up for fun-filled family days at the farm. Admission to the farm includes horse-drawn hay rides, a maze and slide, a chance to feed barnyard animals,...

Cost: $7; free for children 3 and younger

Where:
Lewis Farm
330 Lewis Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-842-1208
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Beginner and experienced yogis are all welcome to join the free practice at the southeast end of Independence Park in front of King's College Bring a mat or towel, some water and a few friends.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Park
300 Hawthorne Ln.
, NC
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Fear rises when darkness falls when Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual haunt of SCarowinds. Experience the thrills of your...

Cost: Cost of Carowinds admission

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole and hike the trails. See website for times. 

Cost: $11+

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, this full-length Tony Award-winning Broadway musical follows Matilda Wormwood, a  girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda uses...

Cost: $22+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Website »

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"The Hundred Dresses" is a story about a girl who is teased by her classmates because she is different. Wanda Petronski is the only student in her class with a 'funny' Polish...

Cost: $14 adults; $12 students and seniors

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. East
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Matthews Playhouse
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Forced From Home is an interactive exhibition presented by Doctors Without Borders to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis. Visitors navigate an immersive 10,000-square-foot...

Cost: Free

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Doctors Without Borders
Telephone: 212-679-6800
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Experience a wonderland of expertly-carved pumpkins. Walk the trail of jack-o-lanterns, viewing different themes along the way. Advanced tickets required.

Cost: $11-$35; Children 2 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway at Carolina Rebellion Campground
7301 Burton Smith Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This haunted trail located in Mooresville is open Friday and Saturday throughout the month of October and is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Nearing Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 are...

Cost: $25 per person; cash or check only

Where:
Carrigan Farms, LLC
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Enter at West Entrance
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-664-1450
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As the temperatures cool down, the excitement heats up at the NHRA’s best battle for supremacy at the Bellagio of drag strips during the fourth race of the NHRA’s Countdown to the...

Cost: 3-day ticket packages $99+; children 13 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC  28027
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Exhibitors from all over the southeast will present steam and gasoline engines and tractors. In addition to the engine show, enjoy a kids county fair, heritage arts area, handmade craft vendors and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dallas Park
1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy.
Dallas, NC
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-663-5100
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Local crafters display wares on Main Street, while local musicians fill the streets with song. Don't miss the Grill’n and Chill’n BBQ Cook-Off. In addition, the Kids Zone...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street
Waxhaw, NC


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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come out for fair food, more than 30 rides, a petting zoo, a thrill show and a rattlesnake show. Mon.-Fri., 4pm-close; Sat.-Sun., 1pm-close.

Cost: $5-$8, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Route 29 Pavillion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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

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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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The library supplies the Legos; participants supply the imagination! Lego idea books will be on hand and available for checkout.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave.
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

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Start off by exploring various nature topics in the classrooms by using the best tools - our hands, eyes, nose and ears. Then head into the forest, where we sneakily walk to uncover the wonders of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Preschoolers complete nature themed literature activities, crafts and hikes while using their imaginations! All guests will meet at the Adventure Center. Each session is themed.  9/17:...

Cost: $2; additional $5 entry fee for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
194 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

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


Website »

More information

Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-663-5100
Website »

More information

Come out for fair food, more than 30 rides, a petting zoo, a thrill show and a rattlesnake show. Mon.-Fri., 4pm-close; Sat.-Sun., 1pm-close.

Cost: $5-$8, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Route 29 Pavillion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Latta Plantation bridges the gap between early American homesteading and today’s trend.  Demonstrations and timed presentations will include backyard chicken keeping, cool weather crops,...

Cost: $6 per person, ages 4 and younger free; craft tickets $1

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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To celebrate STEAM Month, enjoy this special story time program that will focus on animals!

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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FS Food Group, which includes all nine locations including five Midwood Smokehouses, two Yafo Kitchens, Paco’s Tacos and Tequila, and Mama Ricotta's, will donate five percent of gross...

Cost: Varies

Where:
, NC


Sponsor: FS Food Group

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After a brief review of basics, learn paragraph formatting, headers and footers, and other more advanced topics. Previous Microsoft Word experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Use observations, problem solving skills and ability to work in a team to make it out successfully!

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Little Music Makers Classes are designed for children with various developmental delays. Instructor , Melissa Reinhardt, MSEd, MT-BC will use activities to target those developmental areas while...

Cost: $25 per class; $80 per month

Where:
Piedmont Music Therapy, LLC
220 Westinghouse Blvd.
Suite 402
, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Participants engage in arts and crafts, story time theater and music with their moms.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Join Rutherford Rabbit to enjoy a seasonally themed story and craft activity in the Children’s Garden. Children can water vegetable plants, dig for worms, and explore the sensory and...

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members

Where:
Children's Garden at Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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This program is designed to help toddlers identify words through interactive games and letter recognition. Toddlers will have fun learning and reading with friends.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Explore the whimsical world of wizards with Discovery Place Kids! Tues. and Thurs.: The Sorting Hat Wed. and Fri.: The Maurader's Map Weekday activities start at the Town Hall Stage...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
Website »

More information

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-663-5100
Website »

More information

This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

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


Website »

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Come out for fair food, more than 30 rides, a petting zoo, a thrill show and a rattlesnake show. Mon.-Fri., 4pm-close; Sat.-Sun., 1pm-close.

Cost: $5-$8, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Route 29 Pavillion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with 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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Enjoy games and literary activities that celebrate fall. Don't forget to wear your costume!

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Discover nature through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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This interactive program for children and families offers stories and education about taking care of animals.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mount Holly Branch Library
245 W Catawba Ave.
Mount Holly, NC
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Bring the whole family out to enjoy STEAM themed stories, songs and movement activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Become a nature detective, and explore nature through stories, crafts and activities related to bats and other nocturnal animals.

Cost: $5

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities, and experiments. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Visit the Microsoft store for an informative, hands-on workshop introducing educators and parents or caregivers to the Microsoft Learning Tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading...

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Microsoft Store
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Microsoft
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The Charlotte Hornets will open the regular season at home for the first time in four years when they tip off against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Cost: Tickets start at $31

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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Telephone: 1-877-582-9297
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Certified technicians will check and help families install carseats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes 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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A technician will help you learn how to install your seat correctly in your vehicle. Bring your child, seat, and vehicle and plan to spend at least 20 minutes. No appointment required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Division office of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
4150 Wilkinson Blvd
, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Children embark on nature adventures as they learn through fun, hands-on activities. Parent participation and preregistration are required.

Cost: $15

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Telephone: 980-314-1102
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Explore the whimsical world of wizards with Discovery Place Kids! Tues. and Thurs.: The Sorting Hat Wed. and Fri.: The Maurader's Map Weekday activities start at the Town Hall Stage...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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Certified technicians will check and help families install car seats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Huntersville Fire Station 1
110 S. Old Statesville Road
Huntersville, NC
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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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This class will be a treat for the taste buds! Parent participation required.

Cost: $5

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-663-5100
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come out for fair food, more than 30 rides, a petting zoo, a thrill show and a rattlesnake show. Mon.-Fri., 4pm-close; Sat.-Sun., 1pm-close.

Cost: $5-$8, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Route 29 Pavillion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with 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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Create a life-size portrait, measure you height and weight and discuss what makes you unique. Also, enjoy the story "I Like Myself" by Nancy Carlson.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities, and experiments. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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This month we will read "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" by Rachel Ignotofsky. New members welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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These monthly meetings feature STEAM professionals sharing topics chosen by teens for teens. Check out food, conversation and an interactive component.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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Get crafty on Thursdays in Indian Trail! Register online prior to the event.

Cost: $6

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Local prenatal and postpartum practitioners have created a regular nurturing, knowledgeable and judgement-free community. Come every other Thursday to spend time with other caregivers. There will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bellies & Babies
5109 Monroe Road
Suite E
, NC
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Sponsor: Mind Body Baby
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Children learn simple techniques to performing in this month-long class. Parent participation and preregistration are required.

Cost: $15

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1102

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Stop by the store for live musical entertainment as Brik performs for the children. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Toys and Company
242 S. Sharon Amity Road
, NC
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Join Matthews Library for stories, songs and movement activities at Squirrel Lake Park. Meet at Shelter A.

Cost: Free

Where:
Squirrel Lake Park
1631 Pleasant Plains Road
Matthews, NC
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Explore the whimsical world of wizards with Discovery Place Kids! Tues. and Thurs.: The Sorting Hat Wed. and Fri.: The Maurader's Map Weekday activities start at the Town Hall Stage...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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This seven-part series will explore and celebrate the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. Bottled water provided. Bring a lunch or order from these...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library
310 North Tryon St.
, NC
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The Evening Farmers Market supports local farmers by providing a location to bring customers and farmers together. Everything sold at the market is locally grown, baked, or crafted by the vendor....

Cost: Free

Where:
Pecan Park
136 North Center St.
Statesville, NC
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Cost: $15

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1102
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A fun and interactive story time for children with autism, developmental challenges or sensory sensitivities and their typically developing peers. A parent/caretaker must be present during the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

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Experience a wonderland of expertly-carved pumpkins. Walk the trail of jack-o-lanterns, viewing different themes along the way. Advanced tickets required.

Cost: $11-$35; Children 2 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway at Carolina Rebellion Campground
7301 Burton Smith Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Mooresville Community Children's Theatre presents the cooky, spooky bunch- The Addams Family!

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Joe V. Knox Auditorium in The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-662-3334
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-663-5100
Website »

More information

This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Come out for fair food, more than 30 rides, a petting zoo, a thrill show and a rattlesnake show. Mon.-Fri., 4pm-close; Sat.-Sun., 1pm-close.

Cost: $5-$8, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Route 29 Pavillion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Explore the natural world through arts and crafts! Each session will feature a different theme and a take-home craft. Child registration required; parent attendance required.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
Website »

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A professional artist will be on site to guide and assist participants in painting their own Halloween themed pottery. Pottery selections include plates, mugs, piggy banks and more.

Cost: $12-$14

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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My Gym Southpark's annual event to brings the community together for a night of games, activities, art projects, costume parade and contests. Don't miss the staff performance! Ages...

Cost: First child $12, siblings $8

Where:
My Gym Southpark
5110 Park Road
2D
, NC
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Telephone: 704-522-6966
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Wear your costumes for this community event that features a candy crawl, face painting, crafts and more.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Chestnut Square Park
320 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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Telephone: 704-821-8114
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Come in your costume, and and make homemade fondant and buttercream. Participants will also enjoy tortilla pizza for dinner!

Cost: $39

Where:
Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio
9826 Sandy Rock Place
Suite E
, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-6069
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Come out to the Halloween Candy Crawl in Indian Trail, and don't forget your costume!

Cost: Free

Where:
Chestnut Square Park
320 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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Join us this Halloween as the Spirits of Historic Rosedale Plantation return to life. Be careful not to linger too long with the spirits….they are just DYING to meet you! Tours of the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 North Tryon St.
, NC
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Watch the excitement on the ice as the Charlotte Checkers take on the Hershey Bears.

Cost: $18.50

Where:
Bojangles' Coliseum
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-342-4423
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Outdoor Market offers a unique setting for guests to get hands-on experience with gear from top brands in the outdoor industry. Demo bikes, trail running shoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and...

Cost: Free; $6 for parking

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Get a head start on holiday shopping at the Christmas Made in The South expo! Oct. 19 and 20, 10am-6pm; Oct. 21, 11am-5pm.

Cost: $7; children 12 and younger free

Where:
Cabarrus Arena and Events Center
4751 US Highway 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

The local puppeteer troupe from MyGym Lake Norman will lead an interactive and imaginative puppet show with songs and book readings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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Explore the whimsical world of wizards with Discovery Place Kids! Tues. and Thurs.: The Sorting Hat Wed. and Fri.: The Maurader's Map Weekday activities start at the Town Hall Stage...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
Website »

More information

The 25th annual Goodguys Southeastern Nationals returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway with more than 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1987 filling the speedway...

Cost: $6-$20; children 6 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC  28027
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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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Starting in May and running through October, come out to Camp North End in the Boileryard on Friday nights for food and music. Children and leashed pets welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Boileryard - Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Enjoy food trucks, Old Town restaurants, local beers, wine, children's activities, and live music.  

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park
E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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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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Come out to Downtown Rock Hill's Fountain Park to enjoy Food Truck Friday, which begins May 18 and runs through October. The event occurs every third Friday of the month and includes both live...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Fear rises when darkness falls when Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual haunt of SCarowinds. Experience the thrills of your...

Cost: Cost of Carowinds admission

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. Take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train- if you dare! Advance...

Cost: $38

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Bring your cameras, lawn chairs, and blankets to experience a family-friendly festival featuring more than 50 hot air balloons, live music, food, wine and craft beer, kids' zone, and artisan...

Cost: See website for prices; children 12 and under free

Where:
260 Hangar Drive
Statesville, NC
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Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole and hike the trails. See website for times. 

Cost: $11+

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
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This haunted trail located in Mooresville is open Friday and Saturday throughout the month of October and is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Nearing Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 are...

Cost: $25 per person; cash or check only

Where:
Carrigan Farms, LLC
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Enter at West Entrance
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-664-1450
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, this full-length Tony Award-winning Broadway musical follows Matilda Wormwood, a  girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda uses...

Cost: $22+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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"The Hundred Dresses" is a story about a girl who is teased by her classmates because she is different. Wanda Petronski is the only student in her class with a 'funny' Polish...

Cost: $14 adults; $12 students and seniors

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. East
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Matthews Playhouse
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Come enjoy food, music, rides, arts, crafts and a local student art show. Stop by the family stage on Saturday for kid-friendly performances. Hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 10am-10pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Experience a wonderland of expertly-carved pumpkins. Walk the trail of jack-o-lanterns, viewing different themes along the way. Advanced tickets required.

Cost: $11-$35; Children 2 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway at Carolina Rebellion Campground
7301 Burton Smith Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Mooresville Community Children's Theatre presents the cooky, spooky bunch- The Addams Family!

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Joe V. Knox Auditorium in The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-662-3334
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-663-5100
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Visit the Farm for good ol’ fashioned fun! Equipment demonstrations, tractor pulls, Parade of Power, vendors, and more! In addition to the exhibits, vendors will showcase their wares and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch
3900 Rocky River Road E.
, NC
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Enjoy outdoor movies at Cane Creek Park's Festival Area. Additional games and activities will begin one hour prior to showtime. Sept. 7, 8pm: "A Bug's Life" Sept. 21,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cane Creek Park
5213 Harkey Road
Waxhaw, NC
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Sponsor: Union County Parks and Recreation
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come out for fair food, more than 30 rides, a petting zoo, a thrill show and a rattlesnake show. Mon.-Fri., 4pm-close; Sat.-Sun., 1pm-close.

Cost: $5-$8, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Route 29 Pavillion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Fall Community Extravganza includes breakfast, a car show, bake sale, silent auction, vendor sales, children's games and activities and more.  

Cost: $10 or less

Where:
Huntersville United Methodist Church
14005 Stumptown Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-281-3583
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with 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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Learn how to supervise children, recognize safety hazards, handle first-aid situations, play age appropriate games, change diapers, carry out parents' instructions and discuss job...

Cost: $65 for YMCA members, $95 for nonmembers

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Learn how to provide for the birds throughout the winter, explore the garden for creepy crawlies and get your craft on pumpkin style!  Recommended for children ages 10 and younger and their...

Cost: $15 for members; $20 for non-members

Where:
Children's Garden at Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Don't miss the 25 Annual Apple Harvest Festival at Windy Hill Orchard. See the livestock and enjoy a hayride. Shop for goods at the farm stand, and try some of the delicious apple cider.

Cost: $10-$12

Where:
Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill
1860 Black Hwy.
York, SC
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The Buddy Walk is a one mile walk and family fun day that celebrates individuals with Down syndrome and promotes community inclusion. The Buddy Walk is free and open to all community members, so...

Cost: Free

Where:
9201 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte
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Novant Health is tackling the epidemic of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes by offering free screenings at this event. Preregister by phone or email.

Cost: Free

Where:
Greater Gethsemane AME Zion Church
531 Campus St.
, NC
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Telephone: 336-277-1880
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This special STEAM themed story time for ages 3 and older will feature a story read by an astronaut on the International Space Station! STEAM related activities to follow.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave.
, NC
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Join the research scientists from Atrium Health and have some fun while learning about this profession in the medical field.

Cost: $13-$17, free for children younger than 2, Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Dress baby in costume, and visit the store for "Spooktacular" fun! RSVP online to attend the event for a chance to win raffles and a gift card. Select stores will also offer a free photo...

Cost: Free

Where:
BuyBuy Baby
9555 South Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-554-6997

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Participants will gain experience with song structure, elements of a hit song and an intro to song writing. By the end of the workshop, attendees should have a verse and chorus to their own R&B...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture at Levine Center for the Arts
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Baxter Village/Fort Mill 18th Annual Fall Festival will host more than 125 exhibitors and will features hayrides, Carolina Panthers' Percussion Band, Charlotte Knights' mascot,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Baxter Village
800 Market St.
Fort Mill, SC  29708
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Sponsor: Baxter Village/Fort Mill

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Get ready to learn the ins and outs of making music in two interactive sessions. Spend an afternoon immersed in the technical aspects of R&B music. Do not miss the interactive panel on...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Ar
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Join Clayworks' teaching artist and learn how to roll, pinch, poke, slip and score clay into a ceramic project that will last a lifetime. The family workshops have a special feature of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Clayworks, Inc.
Telephone: 704-416-4400
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Featuring what’s in bloom and seasonally relevant gardening tips, take a walk through the Garden with professional horticulture staff.

Cost: $7-$13; children under 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Stallings Fest is a community fall festival that has amusements, craft and food vendors, live entertainment, fireworks and more!

Cost: Free

Where:
Stallings Municipal Park
340 Stallings Road
Stallings, NC
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Learn mathematical concepts of sorting, building, and geometry while developing problem solving and innovating thinking skills. This month's Lego Challenge will be all about fairy tales!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Come dressed in costume, and enjoy several games, treats, crafts and fun activities! Stick around after sunset for the feature film, "Scooby Doo."

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
119 North Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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By day, the living history plantation will be full of autumnal festivities with hands-on activities and harvest demonstrations. At twilight, historically dressed interpreters will lead guests on a...

Cost: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Youth $5, members and ages 3 and under free

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC
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Sponsor: Culture and Heritage Museums
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This free family event features superheroes, pumpkins, creepy crawlies, face painting and lots of candy! Come dressed in costume, and get ready to enjoy some spooky fun! Proceeds from the pumpkin...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Arboretum Shopping Center
8008 Providence Road
, NC
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Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, this full-length Tony Award-winning Broadway musical follows Matilda Wormwood, a  girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda uses...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Festival features live music, NC beer, food trucks and a kid's zone with crafts and games. Event proceeds benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Halloween in Huntersville at Rural Hill features live music, balloon twisters, airbrush tattoos, bounce houses, local craft vendors and a Halloween Egg Dash. Food and beverages will be available...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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The festival features games, prizes, candy, food vendors, a costume contest, a bounce house, pumpkin contest, trick-or-treating and cakewalks. Purchase an unlimited game play wristband for $5!

Cost: Free

Where:
100 Center St.
Cramerton, NC
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The event starts at Blue Blaze Brewing and travels the edge of uptown with a post race party to follow.

Cost: $32

Where:
Blue Blaze Brewing
528 S. Turner Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Jump Institute
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Enjoy music performances, a kids' play zone, wiener dog races at 6 p.m., and German style beer for adults.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fountain Park, Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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The evening will include live animals, crafts, night hikes, hayrides, hotdog meal (1 meal per person), s'mores and storytelling. Bring your own flashlights and register before the event online.

Cost: $5; children younger than 2 free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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The Community Spooktacular will offer pumpkin decorating, food for purchase, a hay bale maze, inflatables, face painting and crafts.

Cost: $10-$25, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Park Road Montessri
3701 Haven Drive
, NC
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Enjoy a cool fall evening featuring a scarecrow contest; costume contest; games (giant Jenga, corn hole, sidewalk chalk, bubbles); inflatable bounce house; obstacle course; music; fun food;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Town Hall
4430 Mint Hill Village Lane
Mint Hill, NC  28227
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Telephone: 704-545-2335
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Watch the excitement on the ice as the Charlotte Checkers take on the Hershey Bears. The My First Checkers Game promotion includes $5 tickets for all kids and a free jersey to the first 1,500 kids.

Cost: $5-$18.50

Where:
Bojangles' Coliseum
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-342-4423
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Join us this Halloween as the Spirits of Historic Rosedale Plantation return to life. Be careful not to linger too long with the spirits….they are just DYING to meet you! Tours of the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 North Tryon St.
, NC
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Digi-Bridge's Spooky STEAM Daddy-Daughter Code-In will be filled with frighteningly fun tech activities, music and food.

Cost: $30 per daddy-daughter duo

Where:
Google Fiber
301 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Digi-Bridge
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Bring chairs and blankets to watch movies in the park. Concessions available for purchase at the Gazebo.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Outdoor Market offers a unique setting for guests to get hands-on experience with gear from top brands in the outdoor industry. Demo bikes, trail running shoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and...

Cost: Free; $6 for parking

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Get a head start on holiday shopping at the Christmas Made in The South expo! Oct. 19 and 20, 10am-6pm; Oct. 21, 11am-5pm.

Cost: $7; children 12 and younger free

Where:
Cabarrus Arena and Events Center
4751 US Highway 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Every weekend in October, Lewis Farm opens up for fun-filled family days at the farm. Admission to the farm includes horse-drawn hay rides, a maze and slide, a chance to feed barnyard animals,...

Cost: $7; free for children 3 and younger

Where:
Lewis Farm
330 Lewis Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-842-1208
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Celebrate fall the last three weekends in October on the Anne Springs Close Greenway with wagon rides, pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, pedal carts, horse rides, face painting, kayaking and...

Cost: $10 members; $12 nonmembers; children 4 and younger free; plus $5 parking fee.

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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Explore LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics at your own pace and level at our community #STEAMSaturdays sites (Hygge Coworking West and The Hurt Hub@Davidson). Build and design, incorporate sensors and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Hygge Coworking West
2128 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Digi-Bridge
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Explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) during #STEAMSaturdays series. Digi-Bridge brings fun and learning together through Lego programming and robotics!

Cost: $30

Where:
Hygge West
2128 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Digi-Bridge
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In this special story time, come share donuts and stories with your dad, grandpa, uncle or caregiver.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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In this special story time, come share donuts and stories with your dad, grandpa, uncle or caregiver.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, plus rides. 

Cost: Daily ticket prices start at $48

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Step back in time at the 25th Annual Renaissance Festival in Huntersville! Enjoy entertainment, rides, shopping, food, and free parking at this rain-or-shine event.

Cost: Tickets start at $14, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville , NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-896-5555
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Building model kits is a hobby kids of all ages can enjoy. It is fun, creative and constructive! Join us each Saturday in October to assemble a wooden model kit, paint it, and take home a finished...

Cost: $5

Where:
Village Park Shelter A
119 North Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Guided trail rides are led by a member of the Greenway's equestrian staff and are available on Saturdays from September to May. Trail rides are open to riders ages 9 and older of all experience...

Cost: $45 for members; $50 for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
1058 Horse Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Come out and touch a tractor! This weekend is filled with tractors of all shapes and sizes.

Cost: $9-$14

Where:
Patterson Farm
10390 Caldwell Road
Mount Ulla, NC
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Sponsor: James River Equipment.
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Explore the whimsical world of wizards at Discovery Place Kids! Oct. 6 and 7: Quidditch Oct. 13 and 14: Wands Oct. 20 and 21: Potions Oct. 26 and 27: Magical Creatures Weekend...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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Criss Cross Mangosauce will present a Spanish/English story time with music, plays and stories. All families interested in raising bilingual and globally-minded children are welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Music and Movement activities for ages one, two and three! All ages are welcome to attend, and infants receive free admission. Come jam to stories and songs!

Cost: $2 per child

Where:
UWI- Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albemarle Road
Suites 211-213
, NC
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The 25th annual Goodguys Southeastern Nationals returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway with more than 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1987 filling the speedway...

Cost: $6-$20; children 6 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC  28027
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This ongoing nature program features a tour, demonstration or activity designed to inspire children and adults to explore the natural world of the Carolina Piedmont.

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Stop by Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas with the kids for a free photo with the Charlie Brown and the Peanuts friends, crafts, a pumpkin toss game, trick-or-treating, costume parade and cookie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Explore books and stories in creative ways through interactive activities including math, science and games.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Explore books and stories in creative ways through interactive activities including math, science and games.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Join us every third Saturday to discuss and showcase teen fandom of pop culture (television shows, movies, books, gaming and podcasts) and enjoy snacks and fun geek activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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Fear rises when darkness falls when Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual haunt of SCarowinds. Experience the thrills of your...

Cost: Cost of Carowinds admission

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. Take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train- if you dare! Advance...

Cost: $38

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Bring your cameras, lawn chairs, and blankets to experience a family-friendly festival featuring more than 50 hot air balloons, live music, food, wine and craft beer, kids' zone, and artisan...

Cost: See website for prices; children 12 and under free

Where:
260 Hangar Drive
Statesville, NC
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Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole and hike the trails. See website for times. 

Cost: $11+

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
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This haunted trail located in Mooresville is open Friday and Saturday throughout the month of October and is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Nearing Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 are...

Cost: $25 per person; cash or check only

Where:
Carrigan Farms, LLC
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Enter at West Entrance
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-664-1450
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, this full-length Tony Award-winning Broadway musical follows Matilda Wormwood, a  girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda uses...

Cost: $22+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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"The Hundred Dresses" is a story about a girl who is teased by her classmates because she is different. Wanda Petronski is the only student in her class with a 'funny' Polish...

Cost: $14 adults; $12 students and seniors

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. East
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Matthews Playhouse
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Come enjoy food, music, rides, arts, crafts and a local student art show. Stop by the family stage on Saturday for kid-friendly performances. Hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 10am-10pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Experience a wonderland of expertly-carved pumpkins. Walk the trail of jack-o-lanterns, viewing different themes along the way. Advanced tickets required.

Cost: $11-$35; Children 2 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway at Carolina Rebellion Campground
7301 Burton Smith Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Mooresville Community Children's Theatre presents the cooky, spooky bunch- The Addams Family!

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Joe V. Knox Auditorium in The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-662-3334
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-663-5100
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Visit the Farm for good ol’ fashioned fun! Equipment demonstrations, tractor pulls, Parade of Power, vendors, and more! In addition to the exhibits, vendors will showcase their wares and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch
3900 Rocky River Road E.
, NC
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come out for fair food, more than 30 rides, a petting zoo, a thrill show and a rattlesnake show. Mon.-Fri., 4pm-close; Sat.-Sun., 1pm-close.

Cost: $5-$8, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Route 29 Pavillion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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