Reinvent Family Vacation at Summer Camp

Free your inner child while building bonds in the great outdoors.


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Trade travel itineraries and hotel continental breakfast this summer for camp-counselor-led activities and campfire s’mores. Family camps offer a vacation alternative that releases "real-world" obligations from every family member and allows the freedom to have fun and foster family bonds without interference from social media and societal conventions. It also provides a new take on an old tradition, creating a charming and challenging experience that includes every member of the family.

Bob Ditter, a child and family therapist and author of "Summer Camp Rules!" has been consulting family camps since the 1980s. "The greatest aspect of family camp is the unique opportunities families have to play together. Given how busy, stressed and technologically-distracted family members can be, family camp offers an opportunity to connect through fun and play," Ditter says. "Experiences like rock-climbing, puppet-making and fire-building provide opportunities for family members to engage in ways that go beyond their roles at home."

"Family camp also is an opportunity for first-time campers and camp families — who might not be used to the camp experience due to the young age of a child cultural traditions, or time spent in other enrichment programs outside of the family — to explore and acclimate to the camp experience together, says Peg Smith, CEO of American Camping Association.
 

The Family Camp Experience

Family camp builds on the traditional summer camp for children, allowing parents to join in on the action and relive their beloved childhood camp experiences hand-in-hand with their children. The programs vary from camp to camp. Some are day camps or one-nighters; however, most family camps take place over a weekend.

Depending on length of stay and budget, family camps fall in a wide price range from $30 for a one-night stay to over $1,500 for a long weekend. Family camps also provide a variety of residential arrangements from private cabins to gender-specific lodging to large sleeping halls. These camps include opportunities for large extended families, mom and daughter, father and son and single parents.

With an ample amount of family camps taking root in North Carolina, from Camp Seafarer on the coast to Camp Highlander along the Blue Ridge Parkway, parents can choose the best fit for their family’s interest.

Each camp’s location influences unique amenities and activities offered, but most have traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, drama and team sports.

Throughout the last eight years, the ACA has seen a 17 percent increase in the amount of residential camps that offer family camp programs. Having more options means parents have a better chance to find the right fit for their family.

Overall, family camps offer a rustic environment where families can step away from technology and immerse themselves in physical, intellectual and relationship-building activities. Parents and children can participate in activities together, as well as encourage each other to accomplish things that they may have never thought was possible.
 

Play and ‘Girl’ Power

Mary Elizabeth Trent and daughter Maddy at Skyland Camp for Girls.

Wake up with the sun to the sound of birds chirping in harmony. Fall asleep on the sleeping porch under the stars, cicadas and crickets serenading the moon. Experiencing life united with nature is a beautiful, magical experience, and Mary Elizabeth Trent, a child psychologist from Watkinsville, Ga. couldn’t agree more after her experience at Skyland Camp for Girls located in Clyde.

Last August, Trent and her 6-year-old daughter Maddy Solomon took part in a 97-year-old tradition. They spent three days and four nights nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains at the "Big House" – a Victorian grand hotel built in the late 1800s that was renovated by Susan Courtney Harris, a pioneering nature-lover and beloved mother of five, in 1917 to accommodate young girls and their mothers.

"Being outside in this beautiful environment was such a nurturing and empowering experience," she says, "You feel like you are transported to another world."

Passed down by generations of women, Trent says the camp was ignited with feminine power and positive encouragement in an environment that promoted courage, grit and compassion.

"We got to watch each other have new experiences … stretch our comfort zones," she says.

Adhering to a traditional camp schedule, this mother daughter duo participated in archery, horseback riding, swimming and arts and crafts.

"Both being introverts, the most challenging activity for us was performing on skit night, but it turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences," Trent says.
 

Persistence and Presence

Lori, Kevin and Colin Shannon outside of the woodworking shop at Camp Highlander.

For Kevin and Lori Shannon, seeing their son rise to the challenge was enough to keep them coming back to family camp for the last five years.

"Watching my 7-year-old son climb a 50-foot wooden climbing wall on the first attempt was the most rewarding experience," says Kevin Shannon, Bank of America retiree and business consulting owner. "He got a third of the way up, got tired and wanted to quit, but the camp counselors encouraged him and he did it."

The Shannon’s, who live in Mooresville, wanted to give their son, Colin, a family vacation filled with physical activities outdoors. A fellow church member at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church recommended family camp at Camp Highlander in Mills River.

Camp Highlander offers a four-day, three-night Memorial Day Weekend family camp. It includes a wide variety of activities and team sports such as kayaking, canoeing, riflery, mountain biking, basketball, lacrosse and rock climbing. Families participate in activities together and individually.

"Colin even got to see his mom in a different light, see her strength, in ways he wouldn’t have otherwise," Kevin Shannon says.

His wife, Lori Shannon, a former nurse turned stay-at-home mom, says being able to be completely present with her family made the experience worthwhile.

"You can go in there thinking you can get something done, bringing projects from home, and then you get there and you forget about the world for three days," she says.

She was also very comfortable at Camp Highlander, because each family stayed together in their own cabin, giving them time to rest and reflect as a family.

"This is one of the few things that we do that is just us. We will go back again this year," Kevin Shannon says.
 

The Psychology of Camping

The Journal of Experiential Education conducted a mixed-methods study in 2013 with 60 families across 18 camps. Eighty-six percent of families responded that family camp experiences strengthened family relationships.

How could it not? Given that the opportunity plucks families from their fast-paced, often over scheduled lives and places them in a simpler environment. No distractions from Twitter and Facebook. Just real face time to talk, goof off, play and be together.

Christopher Thurber, a clinical psychologist and professional educator from New Hampshire has been attending camp since he was 4 years old, and has worked at the YMCA’s Camp Belknap for more than 30 years. "Families come in all shapes and sizes, and they are the cornerstone of a healthy society. When families share healthy time together and have the opportunity to interact with other families, they become closer, stronger and happier," he says.

It’s the remedy to that old adage: families that play together, stay together. Family camp provides the ultimate opportunity to play among the great outdoors and invest a little more fun in family.
 

Crystal O’Gorman is a freelance writer who lives in Indian Land, S.C. with her husband Ryan and her children, Mikey, 4, and Bella, 2.

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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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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 invaders....

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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Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Hear all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

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More than 100 U.S. flags will stand in solemn formation as a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001. Each flag represents an individual and tells a story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Town of Huntersville
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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

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Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

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

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child ages 3-12 will cost $5.

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainers choice!  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Snap photos, draw pictures, take notes, and flex your inner scientist while creating a living record of the park as it changes throughout the year.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Enjoy crafting, and geek out on everything comics and manga related.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Engage your child with stories, songs and activities in English and French.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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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:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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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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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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Website »

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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Enjoy stories, movement with music and a seasonal craft..

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Little ones are invited to jump, roll and play in the Carolina Flipz gym!

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy.
Suite B
Pineville, NC
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Homeschool students receive discounted admission at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster.

Cost: $8

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Engage in the natural habitats of animals and earth science through outdoor exploration and activities.

Cost: $7

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Bring your seat , child and vehicle, and plan to spend at least 20 minutes with a technician. No appointment is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Fire Station
19729 S. Main St.
Cornelius, 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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Party in Romare Bearden Park! May 15: Steve Owens and Summertime May 29: Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot June 12: Hip Pocket June 26: The Entertainers July 10: Randy Clay Band...

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


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 invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Hear all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

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

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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and love. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

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

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


Website »

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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainers choice!  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
View map »


Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Website »

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Use colored fuse beads and create any design you imagine. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Wylie Public Library
185 Blucher Cir.
Lake Wylie, SC
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Watch the film adaptation of "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie." This movie is rated PG.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Learn how to texturize and manipulate clay to create art. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Come enjoy the bounce house, face painting, yard games and music! Food, beer and wine will be available to purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
Chestnut Square Park
320 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Website »

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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Little ones are invited to jump, roll and play in the Carolina Flipz gym!

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy.
Suite B
Pineville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Bring your neighbors, kids and pups for free music. Craft beer and snacks from Hawthorne's Pizza available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
6621 Monroe Road
, NC
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Sponsor: MoRA - Monroe Road Advocates
Website »

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Dust off your dancing shoes and break out your lawn chairs every Thursday in September. Enjoy the show in a paddle boat, on the land by the stage or as you sip, shop and stroll. Sept. 5: Too...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Shoppes at University Place
Hwy 29 and Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Bring awareness to the mind, body and breath through yoga poses. All are welcome, from beginners to seasoned yogis!

Cost: $5 per person (free for members); $5 per car for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln.
Fort Mill, SC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

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


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


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 invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Hear all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and love. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

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

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

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Come for cupcake frosting, a fall themed story and a fall craft. Payment is required to reserve your spot. Call  704-295-1777 to reserve.

Cost: $6

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Sponsor: SAS Cupcakes
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Celebrate Charlotte-born artist, Romare Bearden’s with a collage-making workshop. Local mixed-media artist, Shane Manier will guide workshop participants as they create an original work of...

Cost: $5

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


Website »

More information

Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainers choice!  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
View map »


Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Website »

More information

Explore the natural world through arts and crafts. Registration and parent attendance required.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
Website »

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Get your hands dirty while learning about nature and creating nature-inspired crafts.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Website »

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Celebrate Charlotte-born artist, Romare Bearden’s with a collage-making workshop. Local mixed-media artist, Shane Manier will guide workshop participants as they create an original work of...

Cost: $5

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


Website »

More information

Learn how to read the Whitewater Center’s trail map and understand difficulty ratings.

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Enjoy an outdoor family movie night.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Website »

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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Young children can jump with other little ones. Parents and caregivers jump free! W8less socks required.

Cost: $10 per hour

Where:
W8Less LKN
10442-A Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for movement and yoga through stories. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the...

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Come enjoy a fantastic Friday in this afterschool program,

Cost: $7

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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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 at Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Bring the kids to enjoy a pretzel or apple strudel while dancing to German music. Event is cash only.

Cost: $4, children younger than 12 free

Where:
Waldhorn Restaurant
12101 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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Enjoy the relaxed sounds of local artists on the Gateway lawn. The Gateway Canteen will be open and offering a full menu as well as dinner specials. No outside food or alcohol allowed.

Cost: $5 for parking

Where:
Greenway Gateway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
, NC
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Food Truck Friday at Fountain Park in Old Town Rock Hill will feature food trucks, local restaurants, local beers, wine, children's activities and live music.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park, Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Register online for a night of gaming!

Cost: $35

Where:
Commandpost Gaming
8700 Pineville-Matthews Road
Pineville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Commandpost Gaming
Website »

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Come to NarroWay Productions for dinner and a show! Before the kings and after all the deliverers were at rest, there was a time of judges when every man did what was right in his own eyes....

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, 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: $48+

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

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


Website »

More information

Come to Stallings Municipal Park to watch a family movie at sunset. May 17: "Lilo and Stitch" (PG) June 21: Mary Poppins Returns" (PG) July 19: Avengers: Infinity War"...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stallings Municipal Park
340 Stallings Road
Matthews, NC
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It's safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost train. Advance tickets are required.

Cost: $38-$44 for adults, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Tony DeSare delivers a fresh take on old-school classics like "Come Fly with Me," "New York, New York" and more.

Cost: $26-$122

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-972-2000
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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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 invaders....

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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Concerts start at 7pm; movies start at dusk. June 14: Rivermist June 21: "A Dog’s Way Home" June 30: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm July 5: New Kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Hear all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Shop for clothing, toys and gear, but leave strollers at home. Fri., 6-8 p.m.; Sat., 8-11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Covenant Community Preschool
3415 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28056
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Sponsor: Covenant Community Preschool
Telephone: 704-616-9253
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Enjoy music, food, vendors, talented artists and a relaxed atmosphere in Freedom Park. Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
2435 Cumberland Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Festival in the Park
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Join Mickey Mouse and his friends on a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $20+

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and love. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

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

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, kids play area, gem mining, corn hole, horseshoes, animal barn and more. September hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 1-6pm. October...

Cost: $8-$13, plus extra fees for certain activities, children 3 and younger free

Where:
3718 Plyler Mill Road
Monroe, NC


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Expect live entertainment, food, vendors, educational and creative activities for kids, free talks, art, raffles, a 5K race, and cooking demonstrations. Be sure to also check out the Union County...

Cost: Free

Where:
Union County Agricultural Center
3230 Presson Road
Monroe, NC
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Sponsor: Union County Extension Master Gardeners
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For one day only, shop for clothing in sizes ranging from maternity to teen, as well as toys, gear and more. Sat., 8 a.m.-noon. and 1-3 p.m. (half-price sale).

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Tryon St.
Matthews, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Explore the museum’s nature trail. Feel free to pack a picnic. “Take a Child Outside” is part of an annual, nationwide celebration of children and environmental education in...

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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The UNC Charlotte International Festival is a celebration of people, places and culture vibrantly displayed through exhibition booths staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnhardt Student Activity Center-UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Children can sign up to be citizen scientists and team up with natural science experts in identifying the many species of living organisms along the museum’s nature trail.

Cost: $5-$8, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Bring children and fur babies for dog rescues, food, drinks, vendors and a silent auction.

Cost: $5, includes one beer for guests 21 and older

Where:
NoDa Brewing Company
2921 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Celebrate 80 years of Gotham City's greatest defender! A special story time will begin at 11 a.m. Later in the afternoon, children are invited to enjoy the photo standee, memory game and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Celebrate Charlotte’s Irish-American community in the heart of the city! The festival will showcase the best in local and international Irish musicians, singers and dancers, as well as...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
419 E 7th Street
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Irish Connection

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Join the fun event that will include concessions, inflatables, games, a Cake Walk, vendors and food. A suggested donation of $8 includes all games and inflatables. The In His Steps dancers...

Cost: Free, donations suggested

Where:
Horizon Church
316 Signal Hill Drive
Statesville, NC
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Visit with eco-friendly vendors, create children’s crafts, practice yoga, listen to live music, relax in the Beer Garden and more. See website for the schedule. Lunch from Roman’s...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Festival will feature Latin American food, performances, crafts, art and activities for the whole family. This year’s festival headliners are Nacho and Celso Piña.

Cost: Free until 2 p.m., $10 after 2 p.m.

Where:
Aldersgate
3800 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Fashion Funds the Cure Charlotte brings the exciting world of runway fashion together with the dreams of pediatric cancer patients for an upbeat fashion show and silent auction. Luncheon is at...

Cost: $50-$75

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Hike at McDowell Prairie to try and spot fall wildlife. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainers choice!  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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The event raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Cancer research.  There will be food, a kids’ zone, music and lots of fun.  Darrell Harwood will headline with a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town of China Grove
333 N. Main St.
China Grove, NC
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Participate in a variety of hands-on science experiments, engineering projects or math puzzles. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews - Mint Hill Road
, NC
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Stroll the historic streets of Downtown Davidson and browse more than 40 of the areas best artisans. Find a wide variety of handmade gifts including pottery, jewelry, photography, fine art,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Davidson
108 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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This a Grammy-nominated, three-part oratorio composed by Craig Hella Johnson is an evocative musical response to the murder of Matthew Shepard. The poignant concert experience inspires hope,...

Cost: $25

Where:
First United Methodist Church
501 North Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: WDAV
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All movies are shown on an inflatable screen at locations throughout Cornelius with refreshments available for purchase. June 15: Cornelius Town Hall July 27: Ramsey Creek Park Aug. 24:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Smithville Park
19710 S. Ferry St.
Cornelius, NC
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Participating museums across the country open their doors for free to those who download a branded ticket. Museums, zoos and cultural centers from all 50 states can emulate the spirit of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Car owners and enthusiasts gather to celebrate their passion for cars and showcase their prized classics, customs and hot rods.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Flow into a weekend full of yoga. There is one kids' yoga session and one family yoga session. See website for full schedule. There will be vendors and live music in the evenings.

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Come play with your kids at My Gym! Parent participation is required. Parents wear socks; children go barefoot.

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
My Gym Southpark
5110 Park Road
2D
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy., Pineville
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte
, NC
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Register for 90 minutes of hands-on Lego Robotics with a certified K-8 public educator. Each week, scholars will build a robot with new features. No prior experience is required. Locations...

Cost: $35

Where:
Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne
13139 Ballantyne Corporate Pl.
, NC
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Sponsor: Digi-Bridge
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve with certified instructors while enjoying nature. Children ages five to nine are required to be in a tandem with an adult. Registration is required.

Cost: $20 single, $25 tandem

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Join this family-friendly open art session where your little Picasso can shine! Each week will be different activities including easel painting, sensory stations and themed art projects.

Cost: $10

Where:
Noah's Art of Southpark
5110 Park Road
2C
, NC
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Sponsor: Noah's Art of Southpark
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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Beginners and seasoned yogis are invited to practice. Please bring a mat and water bottle.

Cost: $5, additional $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Event will feature living history programming by costumed reenactors, historic weapons firing, music, cooking and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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Learn the basics in this beginner knitting workshop. Registration is required.

Cost: $25

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Carowinds presents family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, pedal tractors and rides.

Cost: $48+, children ages 5 and younger free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Learn about vultures found at Carolina Raptor Center.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sit, stand or lay atop of the water, and enjoy the sights of nature. All equipment is provided; registration is required.

Cost: $25

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Our engaging team of raptor keepers will show you some of their favorite bird species. Check in the Visitor’s Center whiteboard to see who you can meet each day.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Bring the kids to enjoy a pretzel or apple strudel while dancing to German music. Event is cash only.

Cost: $4, children younger than 12 free

Where:
Waldhorn Restaurant
12101 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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Holiday fun begins with the Christmas parade and Santa’s arrival on Dec. 7 and then continues on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 with live performances, Santa’s Workshop, living nativity, carriage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Patriots Park
420 Railroad Ave.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Come for music and fun! Children will enjoy the kids’ zone with inflatables, and everyone will enjoy food truck fare. See website for band schedule and list of participating food trucks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Runde Park
5110 Windward Drive
Tega Cay, SC
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Come to NarroWay Productions for dinner and a show! Before the kings and after all the deliverers were at rest, there was a time of judges when every man did what was right in his own eyes....

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, 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: $48+

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Come watch the Charlotte Independence soccer team kick it at the Sportsplex at Matthews.

Cost: $15+

Where:
Sportsplex at Matthews
1505 Tank Town
Matthews, NC
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It's safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost train. Advance tickets are required.

Cost: $38-$44 for adults, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Tony DeSare delivers a fresh take on old-school classics like "Come Fly with Me," "New York, New York" and more.

Cost: $26-$122

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-972-2000
Website »

More information

Come out for a night of fun watching some classic films on the big screen and under the stars. Movies begin at dusk. May 11: "Top Gun" (parents' night) June 1: "Jurassic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwood Park Amphitheater
2100 Wilhelmina Ave.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


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 invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Hear all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Shop for clothing, toys and gear, but leave strollers at home. Fri., 6-8 p.m.; Sat., 8-11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Covenant Community Preschool
3415 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28056
View map »


Sponsor: Covenant Community Preschool
Telephone: 704-616-9253
Website »

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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Website »

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Enjoy music, food, vendors, talented artists and a relaxed atmosphere in Freedom Park. Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
2435 Cumberland Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Festival in the Park
Website »

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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Join Mickey Mouse and his friends on a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $20+

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and love. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

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

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


Website »

More information

Corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, kids play area, gem mining, corn hole, horseshoes, animal barn and more. September hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 1-6pm. October...

Cost: $8-$13, plus extra fees for certain activities, children 3 and younger free

Where:
3718 Plyler Mill Road
Monroe, NC


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