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September 2018

The First Annual Lighthouse Family Health Fair will feature cooking demonstrations with free samples, blood sugar screenings, BMI testing, natural home remedy demos and free chair massages....

Cost: $25 registration for 5K

Where:
North Meck Park
16131 Old Statesville Road
Huntersville , NC  28078
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Sponsor: Lighthouse Community Events
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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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Come out for a Special Pumpkin Patch Adventure for those with special needs.

Cost: $7-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Patterson Farm
10390 Caldwell Road
Mount Ulla, NC
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The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Fanfare for the Common Man on the Belk Theater plaza. The indoor concert will begin at noon. This concert is free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Use nature as a canvas and explore the beauty of fall with leaf artwork. Learn about the science behind fall colors and why trees endure this beautiful yet mysterious transition each year....

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Celebrate the changing of seasons by creating art with natural materials. With inspiration from nature we will be able to transform found objects into beautiful patterns and pictures.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, presents a new a luxurious experience where technology and preforming arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. Cirque Italia sets out to...

Cost: $10-$50

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 941-704-8572
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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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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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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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Join American Girl for an exciting afternoon of science! Enjoy lunch together in the Bistro before driving to Discovery Place for a class inspired by Luciana. Girls will participate in fun...

Cost: $45 per person

Where:
American Girl Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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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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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
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The Tony-winning play with music, based on the best-selling novel, upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. Featuring a dozen actors portraying...

Cost: Season Subscription Only

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Come enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Festival in the Park. Stroll through the park while admiring crafts and art, which is available for purchase. Food is also available for purchase. Do not miss...

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
, NC


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Pineville Players present The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Do not miss this classic story come to life! See website for showtimes.

Where:
The Hut Meeting Facility
413 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Do not miss the fun and excitement of the Rowan County Fair! Check the website for special themed days.

Cost: $5

Where:
Rowan County Fairgrounds
1560 Julian Road
Salisbury, 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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Website »

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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 Cultur
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
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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
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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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
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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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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Settle in and get comfortable as we take a journey of imagination. Unearth the untold narratives of nature through stories and then walk about the forest exploring and engaging all of our senses.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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This program is designed to engage young African American males in a variety of fun and educational activities to develop a positive sense of identity and improve character. Young men will learn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1114
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Have fun turning wafers of chocolate and other sweet treats into beautiful candy art. Create marshmallow animals and sculptures that are fun for all ages. All materials, tools and supplies are...

Cost: $10

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, 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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

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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
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

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

 Everyone is welcome at Toddler Tuesday story time! Intended for toddlers and older, this weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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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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Using teamwork and engineering skills, participants will design a template for their forts and build them together with materials gathered from around the facility.

Cost: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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The Rosa Parks Farmers Market kicks off its third season on Tuesday, June 5. Shoppers can enjoy more food options, a bigger location, and better hours! Visit the market every Tuesday from June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosa Parks Farmers Market
1600 West Trade St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Mecklenburg County Public Health
Telephone: 704-617-9319
Contact Name: Elliott Royal
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Come hang out and play video games with other school-age gamers at the library!

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanley Branch Library
205 N. Peterson St.
Stanley, NC  28164
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and beautiful surroundings with other hikers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Come out and learn to express yourself through the art of dance, painting, rapping, poetry, singing, and much more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-606-7084
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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 »

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 Cultur
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

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 »

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Learn fun ideas and activities that you can use to support early literacy at home. Learn how to use the ABCs of Active Reading one on one with your child. For parents and caregivers, come prepared...

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Rd.
, NC
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iLuminate is a company based on the fusion of technology and dance. Audiences will see dancers in electrified glow-in-the-dark suits performing dynamic routines and illusions on a darkened stage....

Cost: Tickets start at $25

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

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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 »

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Join the Carolina's Aviation Museum on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for an engaging hour of exploring aviation through stories, crafts and hands-on experiences that are...

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina's Aviation Museum
4672 1st Flight Drive
, NC
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Website »

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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 »

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This drop off program for children presents an engineering challenge based on a popular nursery rhyme. After their engineering challenge, participants meet the animals and participate in humane...

Cost: $20

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Enjoy stories, movement with music, and a seasonal craft during each Wee Wednesday program. Toddler story time will occur on the third Wednesday of each month for Wee Wednesday.

Cost: $6, children younger than 1 free, included with admission

Where:
Main Street Children’s Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
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Telephone: 803-327-6400
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Children learn about language and literacy through play. Manipulatives and toys will be available for families of children from birth to age 5 to play together. Please drop in for this...

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Website »

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Everyone is welcome at Toddler Tuesday story time! Intended for toddlers and older, this weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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
View map »


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

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 Cultur
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

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

Take a walk on the wild mushroom side in celebration of Mushroom Month. Discover the fascinating and weird world of mushrooms on a two- to three-mile hike. Participants will learn how to identify a...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
Website »

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Bring your whole family out to enjoy puppet shows, songs and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of books and reading in your child.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Explore solar, wind and water power through interdisciplinary STEAM activities! Each participant will receive a solar car kit to take home. Expect to get wet in the creek during our hydro power...

Cost: $15

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
, NC
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Start by discovering who Rachel was and why she was so important to the environmental movement. Then go exploring, just like she did! Participants must be able to hike up to 1.5 miles on uneven...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Presenters Dr. Laura Flores-Shaw, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Education and founder of White Paper Press, and Dr. Steven Hughes a pediatric neuropsychologist and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Queens University Sports Complex and Conference Ce
2229 Tyvola Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Keystone Montessori School, Omni Montessori School, and Charlotte Montessori School
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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

This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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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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Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. Choose one time slot per week/theme. Sept. 13 & 14: Going Batty for...

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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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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Come join us at Elon Recreation Center for a fun and exciting afterschool program! Kids will enjoy becoming masterminds in creative thinking through games. This club will have board games, video...

Cost: $6

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1103
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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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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Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice! From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family's favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents...

Cost: Tickets start at $20

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 East Trade 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 Cultur
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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The NASCAR Cup Series is coming to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and NBC Sports and North Shore Animal League America teamed up to host the NASCAR on NBC “Pup” Series at SouthPark...

Cost: Free

Where:
Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: North Shore Animal League and NBC

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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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Do you like to canoe, kayak, or paddle board? Are you looking for an exciting way to challenge yourself while studying aquatic ecosystems? Find your way to the water this fall as we paddle our...

Cost: $10

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Come LOL at clean comedy for all ages by some of the best improv groups in the Carolinas, including With Teenage Handbook, Brothers Grimprov, Background Noise and Family Friendly.

Cost: $4.66

Where:
Knight Gallery at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Learn the basics of outdoor survival during Survival 101. The USNWC Outdoor School staff will provide a brief overview of the seven priorities of survival, including positive mental attitude, fire...

Cost: Free admission; $6 for parking

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Come out to enjoy live music! July 13 - The Tams, July 27 - Jim Quick, Aug. 17 - Too Much Sylvia, Aug. 31. - The Continental Divide, Sept. 28 - Steve Owens and Summertime Band

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
South Main St.
Mount Holly, NC
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The stars of the NASCAR Spring Cup Series compete for the top starting spot for the Bank of America 500. The entertainment lineup also features the Better Half Dash as the ladies of NASCAR...

Cost: $12; free for children 13 and under

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. South
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-455-3200
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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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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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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. Choose one time slot per week/theme. Sept. 13 & 14: Going Batty for...

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Stretch out your wiggles at children's yoga story time, hosted by yoga instructor, Stefanie Ezratty from Bellies and Blooms. She will instruct kids on some basic yoga positions that go along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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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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Join Clayworks for this hands-on workshop; learn about different pottery techniques and how to manipulate clay to create a variety of fun and functional ceramic projects. Preregistration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grier Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Clayworks, Inc.
Telephone: 980-498-1487
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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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Favorite area food and dessert trucks will provide varied menus including seafood, Tex-Mex, burgers, sandwiches, specialty dishes and more. Enjoy local/region...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, 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 - Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Spend your evening socializing, playing games and participating in friendly competition, all while having a great time with your peers!

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1105
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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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Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie in the park. Food available for purchase. Movie begins at dusk. April 27 at Crooked Creek Park, 5900 Oakwood Ln, Indian Trail....

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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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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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Funtasticks After Dark Event Series is a unique, family-friendly indoor and outdoor experience under the stars. The upcoming After Dark event offers free admission, free parking and free...

Cost: Free

Where:
Funtasticks Charlotte
10400 Cadillac St.
Pineville, NC
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Sponsor: Funtasticks Charlotte
Telephone: 843-683-1157
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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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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
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Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice! From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family's favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents...

Cost: Tickets start at $20

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 East Trade St.
, NC
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Day Out With Thomas Offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and to meet Sir Topham Hatt. Every event has a Thomas and Friends...

Cost: Tickets start at $20

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
411 South Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Old Town Rock Hill will fire up its first KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition! The main streets of downtown will be lined with some of the best BBQ in the region, as well as entertainment, a car cruise...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fountain Park
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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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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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 Cultur
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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The Church and Crown collide when King Henry II names his reluctant friend Thomas Becket the Archbishop of Canterbury. Can their longstanding friendship withstand the clash of church versus state?...

Cost: $10+

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
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The Carolina Farm Trust will present the Carolina Jubilee, a two-day music and food festival. Bands vary from blues and funk to Americana and folk. Near the heart of the festival grounds is the...

Cost: $10-$55, children younger than 15 free, parking extra

Where:
VanHoy Farms
742 Jericho Road
Harmony, NC
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Telephone: 704-264-6088
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The NASCAR Cup Series is coming to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and NBC Sports and North Shore Animal League America teamed up to host the NASCAR on NBC “Pup” Series at SouthPark...

Cost: Free

Where:
Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: North Shore Animal League and NBC

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Wear purple, and support pediatric cancer with this run that features races for all levels, including a 1-mile fun run, kids zone, DJ, family-friendly activities and concessions. 

Cost: $25+

Where:
Ballantyne Corporate Park
15801 Brixham Hill Ave.
, NC
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Come out to the Piedmont Farmer's Market for games, apple cider samples, crafts for kids, food trucks, live music, a raffle, book signings and face painting!

Cost: Free

Where:
Piedmont Farmer's Market
Concord, 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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Come get photos with the Shell-Pennzoil Ford show car, driven by Joey Logano in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. We love to talk shop, cars, racing and oil-so stop by and say hello! Event...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walmart - Concord
150 Concord Commons Pl. SW
Concord, NC
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Bring your furry friend for Paws in the Park! Enjoy police dog education, vendors, pet photos and paw art for your pet.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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This living history event will give visitors a glimpse of what daily life was like for the garrison of Fort Dobbs through on-going displays of camp life, historic cooking, and scheduled musket and...

Cost: Free ($2 donation suggested)

Where:
Fort Dobbs
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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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.
Charlotte, NC  28223
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This one-day event and juried art show will be held on the Town Green. Visitors will be able to meet artists and purchase their artwork. In addition, visitors can enjoy live jazz entertainment, art...

Cost: Free

Where:
210 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Join the Charlotte Museum of History in celebrating Charlotte’s unique mid-century modern architectural history. The home tour takes visitors inside private homes to see some of the best...

Cost: Ages 12 and older

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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The 3rd Annual BikeFest will be held at George Poston Park, which is home to more than 10 miles of mountain bike trails. BikeFest will feature the grand opening of its pumptrack, live music, food...

Cost: Free

Where:
George Poston Park
1101 Lowell Spencer Mtn Road
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 704-922-2164
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Get outside and develop a better understanding of the natural world during Take a Child Outside. All outdoor programs will go on rain or shine; appropriate...

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

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Culture and Heritage Museums
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Come join Clayworks for a Creative Clay Workshop! Thanks to the ASCs Culture Blocks Program, Clayworks will lead participants in a hand on clay workshop for all ages. Projects will be taken to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1114
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A hike through our nature trails will allow participants to identify species of dinosaurs specific to the region that eventually became the Carolinas, along with indigenous plants and other...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Rowan Salisbury Schools and the Rowan Public Library invite readers to the Wallace Educational Forum for a fun-filled literacy event. Enjoy a local author presentation, a storyteller, snow-cones,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Educational Forum
500 North Main St.
Salisbury, NC  28144
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Sponsor: Rowan Salisbury Schools
Telephone: 704-630-6103
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Event features store-wide savings throughout the day. From 11am to 4pm, garden experts will give an overview of available services, show off their portfolios, as well as answer general...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pike Nurseries
12630 N. Community House Road
, NC
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Festival Latinoamericano, Charlotte’s signature cultural event, returns for its 28th year with internationally renowned musical acts and dance performances, a diverse authentic selection of...

Cost: Free until 2 p.m.

Where:
Symphony Park at South Park Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-458-8072
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Visit the Microsoft Store, and celebrate your love for all things blocky and brilliant with our official MINECON Earth Party! Come play and watch Minecraft, play trivia and enter a costume contest....

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store at SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road, M11
Charlotte, NC  28211
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"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" turns 20 years old this September! Come celebrate this incredible milestone of a modern classic.

Cost: Free

Where:
Harrisburg Library
201 Sims Pkwy.
Harrisburg, NC
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The contenders for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship will fight to the finish with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series regulars in a Saturday-free-for-all at NASCAR’s home track.  Wear...

Cost: Tickets start at $25; children younger than 13 free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come for a full afternoon of chili tastings, live music, beer and wine, local vendors, bungee trampolining and a kids' zone with inflatables.

Cost: $10; children 8 and younger free

Where:
Iredell County Fairgrounds
630 North Main St.
Troutman, NC
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Paint a faux pumpkin, and make it into a planter for succulents. All necessary materials are included. Learn painting techniques and how to plant and care for the plants. Ninety minutes of...

Cost: $26

Where:
7th Street Public Market
224 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Join Charlotte Knights Charities for the second annual Uptown Rundown 5K, presented by Professional Sports Catering at BB&T Ballpark! Registration includes access to the race after-party,...

Cost: See website for fee schedule

Where:
BB&T Ballpark
324 S. Mint St.
, NC
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In order to build the perfect campfire, you need fuel, heat, and little bit of science. Experiment around the campfire, and watch the chemical reaction when heat is applied to a marshmallow! ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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The market runs from June through September. Multiple vendors offer fresh produce, as well as a selection of homemade goods like salsa, butter, honey, bread, eggs, cheese, soaps, cookies, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Liberty Park
225 E. Iredell Ave.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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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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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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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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Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve with our certified and experienced instructors while enjoying nature with your family. Tours are from 9:30-11:30am and 2-4pm. All equipment provided....

Cost: $15 single; $20 tandem

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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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 Rennaissance 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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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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If you play an instrument, or just like to listen to live music, come out to the Visitors’ Center in downtown Statesville each Saturday morning. All levels of music ability and anyone who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Statesville Visitors Center
118 West Broad St.
Statesville, 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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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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Come out and learn to express yourself through the art of dance, painting, rapping, poetry, singing, and much more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-606-7084
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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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Sponsor: United World Initiative's
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The Carolina Fly Fishing Club will host this beginner series on fly fishing. The series will meet three Saturdays for three hours each time. Sept. 22: Learn the basics and how to tie a wooly...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, 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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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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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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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, 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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Enjoy movies under the stars and on the big screen on the last Saturday of the month (except July).  May 26: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" June 30: "Karate Kid" August 25:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwood Park Amphitheater
2100 Wilhelmina Ave.
, 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
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Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice! From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family's favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents...

Cost: Tickets start at $20

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 East Trade St.
, NC
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Day Out With Thomas Offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and to meet Sir Topham Hatt. Every event has a Thomas and Friends...

Cost: Tickets start at $20

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
411 South Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Old Town Rock Hill will fire up its first KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition! The main streets of downtown will be lined with some of the best BBQ in the region, as well as entertainment, a car cruise...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fountain Park
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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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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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 Cultur
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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The Church and Crown collide when King Henry II names his reluctant friend Thomas Becket the Archbishop of Canterbury. Can their longstanding friendship withstand the clash of church versus state?...

Cost: $10+

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
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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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The Carolina Farm Trust will present the Carolina Jubilee, a two-day music and food festival. Bands vary from blues and funk to Americana and folk. Near the heart of the festival grounds is the...

Cost: $10-$55, children younger than 15 free, parking extra

Where:
VanHoy Farms
742 Jericho Road
Harmony, NC
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Telephone: 704-264-6088
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The NASCAR Cup Series is coming to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and NBC Sports and North Shore Animal League America teamed up to host the NASCAR on NBC “Pup” Series at SouthPark...

Cost: Free

Where:
Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: North Shore Animal League and NBC

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