Free in the Queen City
Attend the Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertos Festival at Levine Museum of the New South on Oct. 29 from noon to 4 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Levine Museum of the New South
Parents of children ages 0-3 can join an educator for an informative hike along a paved nature trail at the McDowell Nature Center during Babes in the Woods at 10am on Oct. 2. Registration required. parkandrec.com.
Check out the flora and fauna (including the Dino Garden!) at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. They are open weekdays from 9am-4pm and admission is always free. gardens.uncc.edu.
Families with children who have special needs can attend a free sensory Open Bounce on Oct. 10 at BounceU on Metromont Parkway from 2-4pm. bounceu.com.
Children 10 and under can go trick-or-treating in the mall and watch live entertainment by spooky stilt walkers and balloon twisters at the MallStars Mall-o-Ween Celebration on Oct. 31 at Northlake Mall from 5-7pm. shopnorthlake.com.
Kids ages 5-11 years can dress up in their favorite costumes and celebrate fall with literacy games and activities at the Mountain Island Library Fall Festival on Oct. 18 at 2:30pm. cmlibrary.org.
Dig into some spooky experiments, including both dry ice and fire at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve on Oct. 18 at 2pm. Register online. parkandrec.com.
Head to Matthews for the First Thursday Downtown Matthews Crawl on Oct. 5 at 5pm, featuring live music, a pop-up vendor market, and food and drink specials. matthewsnc.gov.
Visit the Mooresville Public Library to learn about the holiday of Halloween while making some candy corn monsters to take home on Oct. 20 at 11am. mooresvillelibrary.org.
Toddlers and preschoolers can jam along with Holly Johnson in the music and movement program that includes instruments on Oct. 27 at 11:30am at ImaginOn. cmlibrary.org.
Travel the globe at the UNC Charlotte International Festival with arts, crafts, costumes, food, music and dance on Oct. 14 from 10am-6pm at the Barnhardt Student Activity Center. ifest.uncc.edu.
Go trick-or-treating in downtown Waxhaw at the Fright Night event along with crafts and other children’s activities from 4-11pm on Oct. 28. waxhaw.com.
Attend the Boo Bash at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall on Oct. 22 from 1-5pm for trick-or-treating, a costume parade, children’s characters, and more. southcharlottemacaronikid.com.
Families can celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday at the Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertos Festival at Levine Museum of the New South on Oct. 29 from noon-4pm. museumofthenewsouth.org.