Funeral Etiquette

What you should and should not say, wear and do.


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When I was about 8-years-old, my great-grandfather died and I remember going to his funeral. My mother was wise enough to give me the "heads up" about what was going to happen, what I was going to see and how I should behave in this situation.

Funerals and memorial services are such emotional times when there is a death in our own family, but it’s also very difficult to know what to do and how to behave when a friend has lost a loved one.

We all want to do the right thing for our family and others during a time of loss, but many people have questions like:

  • Should I bring my children to a funeral service?
  • What am I supposed to say to the grieving family at the funeral home?
  • Do I have to wear black to the funeral?

Below are some tips around funeral etiquette that I hope will help, and if you click HERE, you may watch my segment on Charlotte Today on this topic.


FUNERALS AND CHILDREN

Appropriate age:

  • There are no hard and fast rules in funeral etiquette that dictate whether children should or should not attend a funeral. But keep in mind, all little ones can be quite noisy and disruptive and a funeral is not the appropriate time or place for this to be happening so you decide what’s best.
  • If the child is very young they may not fully understand what is happening and may not benefit from attendance. In fact, a little one may feel confused and upset if they see people distressed and crying. Only you will be able to judge just how much the child can take in and understand without it being confused and afraid

Help children understand:

  • If the body will be viewed either at a visitation or at the funeral itself, let the child know this in advance. Explain what the casket and the body will look like. If the deceased is to be cremated, explain what cremation means and what will happen to the ashes.
  • Encourage your children to ask questions and talk openly about their feelings. The actual burial could be an upsetting experience for a child who has no idea what is happening or what to expect.
  • Help the child to understand why we have funerals. Children need to know that the funeral is a time of sadness because someone has died, a time to honor the person who died, a time to say a final goodbye, a time to help comfort and support each other and a time to affirm that life goes on.

ACKNOWLEDGING THE DEATH

Whether you are offering condolences by calling, sending a card or flowers or visiting, the important thing is to make a gesture that lets the family know you’re thinking of them and share their sorrow. (Although this appears to be changing slowly in today’s culture, such forms of communication as texts, emails and tweets are still too informal for expressing sympathy or offering condolences.)

When hearing the news do:

  • Be a good listener. Let friends and family talk about their loved one and their death. If they don’t want to talk about it, don’t pressure them. Focus on the survivor’s needs.
  • Refer to the deceased by name, and acknowledge his or her life.
  • Offer to help the person/family in any way, and if they want help, follow through.
  • Send flowers with a note (see suggestions for notes below) or offer a donation to a charity or an appropriate research organization. You can find this information usually in the obituary of the deceased.

Don’ts ...

  • Ask the family of the deceased to help YOU in any way, shape or form. The grieving family should not have to:
    • Console you
    • Give you detailed information on what happened
    • Help you with travel plans
  • Don’t take control of the situation. The grieving family needs control to help them work through grief.
  • Don’t bring up other people’s experiences. Let the bereaved focus on their loss.
  • Don’t pressure the family to clean out the deceased’s belongings. They need to do this in their own time.
  • Don’t expect things to be “back to normal” in a certain timeframe

MAKING CONDOLENCE CALLS

If you can’t visit in person, a telephone call expressing sympathy and offering condolences for the family is appropriate.

  • Don’t be surprised if the phone is answered by someone who is taking messages, or your call goes to voicemail. It may be too much of a burden for the family to answer each call individually. Your message of sympathy will still be valued and appreciated.
  • Keep your call brief. Remember, the family is likely receiving a large number of calls during a time of bereavement. Keep the focus on the bereaved. This is not the time to talk about yourself or to relate your own recent experience with losing a loved one or a dearly loved pet.
  • Be a good listener. The bereaved may want to vent or cry or grieve. Let them talk about their loved one and the death. If they don’t want to talk about it, don’t pressure them.
  • Focus on the survivor’s needs. Don’t ask questions about the circumstances or probe for details about the death.

SENDING SYMPATHY CARDS

  • A pre-printed sympathy card is the default choice for most people, and it’s an acceptable way to go. Consider, however, writing a personal note in the card.
  • Don’t be afraid to use the name of the deceased, to recall a fond memory, or to share a warm anecdote about how the person affected your life. Those remembrances will be treasured by the family and often are kept for years.
  • If you can’t attend the service, be sure to express your regrets in the card.
  • A special kind of acknowledgment for a Catholic family is a Mass condolence card—a greeting card that lets the family know a Mass will be said in memory of their loved one.
  • Those who are bereaved may have an especially difficult time during holidays such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or the deceased’s birthday or wedding anniversary. You can help by sending cards to acknowledge those special occasions or the anniversary of the death.

FUNERAL SERVICE ATTIRE

Because the nature of funerals and memorial services varies so widely today, attire isn’t limited to just black or dark gray. The exception may be when you’re a pallbearer or honorary pallbearer, in which case a dark suit is the usual attire unless the family requests something else. Remember, though, that it is a serious occasion and your attire should reflect that, especially if you are participating in the service. At the very least it should be clean, neat, and pressed as for any other important occasion.


BEFORE THE SERVICE

When attending a service, be on time and enter the house of worship or location where the funeral will be held as quietly as possible. If there are no ushers, remember that the seats closer to the front should be taken by very close friends, with acquaintances seating themselves in the middle or towards the rear.

If you arrive late, enter a row from a side aisle, not the center aisle. If a processional has begun, wait outside instead of trying to squeeze past those who are a part of the cortege and are waiting to walk down the aisle.

Please turn OFF your phone and DO NOT use it during the service!


DURING THE SERVICE

It’s simple: Sit quietly, and don’t get up during the service. The exception is when you have a cough that won’t stop or you have to quiet a crying or unruly child; in both cases, quickly go to the vestibule or lobby. If a eulogy or tribute to the deceased is sprinkled with humor, it’s fine to laugh, though not raucously.


OFFERING CONDOLENCES IN PERSON

It is appropriate and kind to let the family know how much you will miss the deceased, how dear she was, how they made the world a better place, or what an inspiration he was.

Use your own words to convey messages like these:

  • “I/We are thinking of you. I/we wish there were words to comfort you”
  • “I/We are shocked and saddened by your loss. We care and love you deeply.”
  • He/She was such a fine person.”
  • “What you’re going through must be very difficult.”
  • “It’s too bad he/she died. I will always remember him/her.”
  • “He/she lived a full life and was an inspiration to me and many others.”

What NOT to say…

It is inappropriate to make statements that imply that the death was for the best or that show disrespect for the deceased. It is also inappropriate to probe for details of the circumstances of the death or the person’s final moments. Be careful about making spiritual or religious references unless you know those sentiments will be well received.

Avoid clichés like …

  • “It’s probably a blessing.”
  • “I know just how you feel.”
  • “He’s at peace now.”
  • “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”
  • “At least he/she is no longer suffering.”
  • “It was her time.”

Don’t tell them what to do …

  • “You have to be strong now for your family (or business).”
  • “Stay busy to take your mind off things.”
  • “You’ll get over it in time and find somebody else.”
  • “You’re young and can have more children.”

AFTER THE FUNERAL

Bringing Food for the Bereaved

In many cultures, it is customary to bring food to the home of the deceased, since there probably will be many relatives arriving who need to be fed, and the family may have neither time nor energy to cook meals. Often the family’s church will organize the bringing of meals, or you can call ahead to see what is needed and when, so the family isn’t overwhelmed. Be sure to either use a disposable container or label your dish with your name and phone number if you need it back.

Follow Up

  • Keep in touch with the bereaved. Be there for them when they are ready.
  • Remember birthdays and anniversaries of the death.
  • Offer to clean, cook or do other chores.
  • If appropriate, find out about support groups for bereaved parents and have the leader call the grieving parent to talk.
  • Send cards frequently — even six months after the death.
  • Praise the bereaved for even small accomplishments.

 

If you have any etiquette questions please feel free to email me at aimee@finessewodlwide.com and please check out my website for information, videos, and etiquette tips – finesseworldwide.com.

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View map »


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, NC
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Get your little one out of the house for a unique finger painting workshop at Club Gymboree- Ballantyne. Jellybeanstreet is filled with music, movement, and messy fun! After the workshop,...

Cost: $30

Where:
Club Gymboree- Ballantyne
3419 Toringdon Way
Ste 112
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Certified technicians will check and help families install carseats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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A technician will help you learn how to install your seat correctly in your vehicle. Bring your child, seat, and vehicle and plan to spend at least 20 minutes. No appointment required.  

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Enjoy stories, movement with music, and a seasonal craft during this Wee Wednesday program, the third Wednesday of each month. 

Cost: Free

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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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Come join storytime with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble, Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-364-0626
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Children accompanied by an adult can dive into the American Art Glass gallery to find fishy friends, and use cardboard, yarn, and more to make a sea creature sculpture. Register online. 

Cost: $16 per child

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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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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This dance class is drop-in, open to all ages and free of charge for participants. It also includes live accompaniment and a “Children’s Corner,” providing supervision and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugaw Creek Recreation Center
943 W. Sugar Creek Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-336-7655
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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves together a...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
Black Box Theater
9027 Mary Alexander Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-687-8622
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In this drop-off program, girls will develop new skills, explore the natural world and create lasting friendships while conquering recreational environmental challenges. Spend the day exploring...

Cost: $15

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This homeschool day is covering the idea of how people during the Latta's era would reduce, reuse, and recycle everyday materials to fill a need. Topics may be covered including: Reusing spent...

Cost: $6 per person; children under 4 are free

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-2312
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Drop by the Young Adult Department and test your skills with Olympics-inspired 60 second challenges.

Cost: Free

Where:
York County Library
138 E. Black St.
Rock Hill , NC
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Telephone: 803-981-5858
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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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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Spend the evening learning about fire safety, making s' mores and new friends. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 South York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-2267
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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

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Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun....

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves together a...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
Black Box Theater
9027 Mary Alexander Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-687-8622
Website »

More information

This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Shop for deals this weekend. Thurs., 6-9pm ($20 entry to pre-sale); Fri., 10am-7pm; Sat., 8am- noon. 

Where:
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-299-3097
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"The House at Pooh Corner" includes all the lovable inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. In this delightful tale, Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet,...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mooresville Community Children's Theatre
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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The event includes three days and two nights spent on the museum grounds.  Troops will set up camp on our 60-acre property Friday night. Saturday entails a scavenger hunt, while scouts...

Cost: $21.40-$26.75

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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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

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

Get inspirational ideas and the latest trends and products to beautify your home and garden. Mingle with TV celebrities, sample wine and gourmet foods and receive expert advice on home decorating,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC  28205
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

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Get free entry to the Schiele Museum every second Tuesday of the month from 4-8pm and every fourth Friday of the month from 1-5pm. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Boulevard
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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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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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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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun....

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves together a...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
Black Box Theater
9027 Mary Alexander Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-687-8622
Website »

More information

Freedom Train is the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad which smuggled slaves to freedom prior to the American Civil War. Using traditional songs of the period "Freedom...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Laugh and cry with America's greatest generation and remember the days of World War II. From an exciting collection of 40's favorites to a stirring patriotic medley, this dinner show is...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Shop for deals this weekend. Thurs., 6-9pm ($20 entry to pre-sale); Fri., 10am-7pm; Sat., 8am- noon. 

Where:
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-299-3097
Website »

More information

"The House at Pooh Corner" includes all the lovable inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. In this delightful tale, Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet,...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mooresville Community Children's Theatre
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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​Enjoy a Short Stack for a tall cause! All proceeds support pancreatic cancer research.

Cost: $10

Where:
Blackfinn, Ballantyne Village
14825 Ballantyne Village Way
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-408-1500
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See natural treasures from the earth, including fossils, rocks, minerals, and the ancient stories these items tell. Mine for gemstones, meet animated prehistoric characters, see a full-sized T-rex,...

Cost: $3-$12

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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2010 Silver Medalist Carolyn McRorie will coach youths in a "Learn to Curl" session. Participants will learn the basics of curling including rock delivery, sweeping,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Charlotte Curling Center
6525 Old Statesville Road
Charlotte, NC  28269
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In this Safe Sitter class, middle schoolers will learn how to supervise children, recognize safety hazards, handle first-aid situations, play age appropriate games, change diapers, carry out...

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

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4650
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Buy new children’s clothing, accessories, gear, toys, books, games, bedding, furniture, and décor, as well as women’s shoes, handbags, and home décor....

Cost: Free

Where:
Union County Agricultural Center
3230 Presson Road
Monroe, NC  28112
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Interested in volunteering at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site? Join us to learn more about what volunteer opportunities we have, take a tour of the site, and meet current...

Cost: Free

Where:
President James K. Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy
Pineville , NC  28134
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Telephone: 704-889-7145
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Kids can frost cupcakes, listen to a story and meet a princes. 

Cost: $9

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-295-1777
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Drop in and visit with the nature center naturalists as they chat about some of their favorite animals at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Stay as long as you like and get to know the...

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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In celebration of the beloved author's birthday on March 2nd, join a special storytime featuring coloring, activities, and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble, The Arboretum or Morrison Place locations
, NC


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Join the Charlotte Museum of History as we celebrate the history and culture of Charlotte’s vibrant African-American community from the colonial period to the present.  Guests are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Dr
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Celebrate the history and culture of Charlotte’s vibrant African-American community from the colonial period to the present. Tour the historic Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, navigate the Great...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC  28215
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
Contact Name: Molly Campbell
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Attend the annual Black History Month Celebration. Enjoy memorabilia from local historically black churches, children’s activities, performances, and refreshments.

Cost: Free

Where:
Community Hall
21445 Catawba Avenue
, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-6031
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Take a guided nature hike. Participants will receive a guide to aid in exploring our woods in search of local flora and fauna. This hike will cover our new Track Trails program, which is an...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Sponsor: McDowell Nature Center
Telephone: 980-314-1128
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From 10:30am-4:30pm bring your own telescope and staff will teach you to use it.  Then from 6-8pm join "Fifty Things to See with a Telescope," a workshop hosted by...

Cost: $5-8 for the clinic, includes museum admission. $20 per family for the evening.

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill , NC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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The event includes three days and two nights spent on the museum grounds.  Troops will set up camp on our 60-acre property Friday night. Saturday entails a scavenger hunt, while scouts...

Cost: $21.40-$26.75

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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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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Every Saturday this month, Historic Brattonsville will feature special guided tours that interpret African American history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont. Tours are offered at 11am and 2pm...

Cost: $3-$8, includes museum admission

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC
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Telephone: 803-684-2327
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Get inspirational ideas and the latest trends and products to beautify your home and garden. Mingle with TV celebrities, sample wine and gourmet foods and receive expert advice on home decorating,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC  28205
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Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday. Visit the website to see this week's featured craft of the week. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
10005 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-849-2450
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Come participate in this presentation and discussion for Black History Month which focuses on the enslaved population of this area and North Carolina's gold mining history.

Cost: $2

Where:
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC
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Telephone: 704-721-4653
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Each workshop will have a different topic to reflect the history and cultural influences of clay and the ceramic arts. These dates are designated "family days."

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4400
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Enjoy tea sweets and savories with a child friendly menu. Adults enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. Reservations required.

Cost: $45 for adults, $25 for ages 5-12, $10 for children under age 5.

Where:
The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-248-4100

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Children accompanied by an adult can dive into the American Art Glass gallery to find fishy friends, and use cardboard, yarn, and more to make a sea creature sculpture. Register online. 

Cost: $16 per child

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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BounceU knows that sometimes parents deserve a little time by themselves. Drop off your kids for a night of non-stop bouncing and games. It’s more fun and probably less expensive than hiring...

Cost: $20 per child

Where:
Bounce U, Charlotte and Matthews locations
, NC


Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun....

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves together a...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
Black Box Theater
9027 Mary Alexander Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-687-8622
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Freedom Train is the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad which smuggled slaves to freedom prior to the American Civil War. Using traditional songs of the period "Freedom...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Laugh and cry with America's greatest generation and remember the days of World War II. From an exciting collection of 40's favorites to a stirring patriotic medley, this dinner show is...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Shop for deals this weekend. Thurs., 6-9pm ($20 entry to pre-sale); Fri., 10am-7pm; Sat., 8am- noon. 

Where:
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-299-3097
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On February 27, 1760, the 30-man garrison of Fort Dobbs engaged in a bloody, confusing, night-time skirmish with as many as 70 Cherokee warriors. This living history will give visitors a glimpse of...

Cost: $2

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Rd.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-5882
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"The House at Pooh Corner" includes all the lovable inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. In this delightful tale, Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet,...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mooresville Community Children's Theatre
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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