Inspiring Healthy Living in Special Needs Families


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I felt out of place chatting with moms on a playground at a museum in Denver, Colorado. It was 2013, and we had just temporarily moved out West for my husband's job. I was still reeling from my son Andrew's autism diagnosis that week. I had just reached into my bag for Goldfish when the mom next to me pulled out bananas and sliced green peppers. At the time, a banana and raw peppers seemed like a strange snack to me. I had never packed a whole food for a snack. I never remember whole fruits or vegetables in my own lunch box growing up. 

I grew up in the 1980s in a rural area where a typical packed lunch was a diet soda, a bologna sandwich, a pack of "nabs" crackers and a a Little Debbie cake. Sitting at the museum that day, I was carrying an excess of 250 pounds on my 5-feet-1-inch frame. I had high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and at times, needed a wheelchair.

When I moved to Colorado, I was struck by how healthy the vast majority of people around me seemed. Moms actively climbed alongside kids on the equipment, while I stayed lonely on the bench. I was usually the heaviest woman of those around me. I remember a conversation about my son's recent diagnosis with one mother at the zoo who was eyeing me while I crunched on Doritos and M&Ms.

"Have you thought about going gluten free? Because, I feel like that has helped my daughter's Tourette's. She hasn't had an outburst in two years. I got rid of all gluten and processed food." She went on to explain that she milled her own grain for bread and homeschooled her five children. I thought she was pushy! 

But, if I had to be really honest with myself, those homemade granola bites that mama had offered me were delicious and I was intrigued by her story. Later, in the bathroom, my son was practically clawing at my eyeballs to get out because there was an accelerator hand dryer, and my tears welled up and poured. It had been so hard to walk the inclines of that mountainside zoo in the baking hot sun. I was out of breath, my feet were swollen and my head was swimming with fears over my son's new diagnosis. I didn't understand what occupational therapy was, or gluten for that matter. I didn't know why my child would lay on the sidewalk, refusing to walk through a door if someone was holding it open or bawl for an hour if we took the "wrong street" home. Why did he spin circles in loud restaurants? Why did he walk straight up to kids and spout facts about train model numbers and their corresponding connecting rods instead of just saying hi?

What I did know, is that I was going to have to change much about our lifestyle, including our eating habits. I could feel it. I knew I needed to change, for myself and for my son. At the time, I just didn't know how yet.

Fast Forward

Six years later and my husband, Keith, and I have each lost more than 100 pounds. At last check, my blood pressure was lower than my preschooler's. I have become a certified personal trainer and a certified health coach. I eat a completely plant-based, gluten-free diet and I wouldn't have it any other way. Women and their families that have many different ways of eating come to me for help with healthy-habit formation. Despite our healthy changes, my husband and I still struggle at times to motivate our sons (and ourselves) to choose healthy foods, but we are always open to learning new skills. 

I have one very picky eater, but, surprise, it's not my autistic kid! Andrew's little brother, Jacob, is 4. Jacob has two rare disorders: Hemophilia Factor VIII deficiency, a bleeding disorder; and Marcus Gunn Jaw Winking Syndrome, a disorder that affects the eye and jaw when eating and drinking. He also suffered kidney failure from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which was caused by the e.Coli strain 0157:H7. Jacob knows that it was beef that likely caused his nearly fatal illness and that food sensitivities potentially cause some of his ongoing symptoms. He also contracted e.Coli two summers in a row; the last one coinciding perfectly with a major beef recall. This is a long story for another post, suffice it to say, we are concerned about food for many different reasons. Partly because of his medical history, Jacob falls more in line with a typical 4-year-old, in love with broccoli one day and spitting it out the next.

On the other hand, Andrew has developed a mature and adventurous palate to which I credit our parallel growth through various therapies. Andrew is now 9 and has since been dual diagnosed with ADD like his dad. Through my own therapy, I learned that I, too, have Asperger's syndrome, which I should have known from having been diagnosed with synesthesia, a neurological condition associated with autism, as a young adult. 

The journey to get healthy and manage all of our sensory and medical issues has caused my family to be vigilant regarding food and movement. After all, it's through diet and exercise that each person in my family manages our individual conditions and symptoms, from pain and inflammation, to autism-induced constipation, from attention deficits and sensory overload, to addictions and mental health factors. Through hundreds of hours of therapy for each of us in various modalities, training in positive-parenting techniques, trauma recovery and many growing pains, my family has transitioned from a fixed mindset on health to a growth one. We are in a constant state of learning flux and feel called to share what has worked for us. Here are just a few unconventional healthy pathways that may help other families.

Don't Stop Eating Out

My husband used to travel for work, so I challenged myself, whenever possible and within budget, to expose Andrew to "fancier" or even exotic restaurants. Waiters were sometimes nervous to see a stroller or small child coming, but we came anyway. Nicer restaurants had the benefit of being quiet, which gave me a chance to focus on connecting with Andrew and practicing social skills. Rarely did they have hand dryers and never toys or screens, so it was less distracting for us.

I never will forget dining in a fine restaurant with a friend and her children shortly after moving to Charlotte. We had waltzed in dirty, sweaty and smelling like animal feed from a hot day spent at Lazy 5 Ranch. We were obviously out of place in our play clothes. The children may have hidden under the table a time or two, but we were able to expose them to new, fresh-from-the-farm vegetables they would've pushed away at home. It is still one of my most memorable meals. 

The atmosphere in nicer restaurants encourages children to act differently. Jacob may attempt to climb the walls, but if I never take him, he will never learn to sit at the table. Slower paced dining restaurants also encourage slower eating, which is excellent for digestion. When we chew until no lumps remain, this increases blood flow to the stomach and gut and also assists with metabolism. Eating slowly also enables us to pay attention to our hunger cues, of which most special needs children require specific, demonstrated awareness.

Many children on the spectrum have a disconnection of body and mind, or a feeling of being lost in space. I recognize that feeling from my childhood now that I understand I have autism, and it played a role in my previous obesity. I never thought of food as affecting me internally, or externally for that matter. Being mindful during eating helps us connect to what the food is doing within the body, as well as gives us time to think and plan for how it will affect our skin, eyes, face, etc. Will this food make us feel puffy? Will it give us energizing fuel or will it slow us down? How does this food impact my functioning?

Slowing down and savoring our food helps us calm the nervous system, prevent cortisol build up and discourages fight or flight, which is conducive to introducing kids to healthy foods. To encourage Jacob to learn to sit at the table until we have completed a meal, I give him the task of blowing out a candle in the middle of the table when we are done. This has helped him sit for longer at the table, and my oldest gets to have "moon lighting" as he calls the soothing glow.

For those of us on the spectrum or in the special-needs community with misophonia, being in a quieter space allows us to focus on reading facial expressions where needed and keep from going into sensory tunnel vision. There are so many benefits to a low-sensory eating atmosphere. That doesn't, however, mean we shouldn't have to be introduced to loud, bustling environments. It's important to be able to adapt to any environment. Avoiding non-preferred environments strengthens our preference and worsens apprehension. Dr. Carol Armstrong of Cornelius, North Carolina puts it well: "With each time you practice something, your brain becomes faster and better at it." What we practice now is what we are becoming, and this applies so perfectly to eating. 

Get Flexible with Screens

One of our biggest problems with unhealthy eating was the television. I realized we would lounge in front of it, zone out and munch mindlessly. So when I decided to get healthy, I moved the television out of the house and into my husband's office above the garage. I reasoned we could still have the occasional movie night with popcorn; the TV just wouldn't be where we could see it from our kitchen. We also claimed more space to exercise in the living room and we replaced TV with this new nightly hobby. This was not a popular decision in my home. Andrew had many meltdowns on this for months, but I persisted.

We eventually learned new ways to get Andrew to engage with us at the table. We told stories, prayed together and strengthened our connection. We used conversation prompts. We also learned to identify true hunger this way, which is something we have to continually relearn and practice as life gets ever busier and more stressful. I credit this time without television as one of the major contributors to our new health as a family. If you cannot move it out of the house, just hide the remote until you build that basic skeleton of what life is like without it. 

Now, the TV is back in the main house and we are more flexible now that the children are older. We still try to leave our phones and iPads off the table. One thing we tried for a time of transition, which worked well, was a rule of snacking in front of the TV being reserved only for fresh fruits and vegetables — no simple carbohydrates. I also learned that TV time is a great time to get my kiddos to guzzle water, because they do it mindlessly. 

Give Yourself Permission to Go "Low and Slow"

I remind myself daily of this wise advice given to me years ago by our wonderful pediatrician. Normal tasks, including meals, would take longer and be more intense. I would need to plan more time for meals and expect to deal with sensory issues, perseveration (ruminating on a posted rule, for example) and meltdowns. 

Andrew was prescribed a therapeutic sensory diet, including Wilbarger protocol brushing and massage. I would just need to "breathe through" my day, learning ways to increase my own patience with the dichotomy of his slower body pacing and lightning fast speech. You see, instead of the delay and regressions of speech that is typically accompanied with kids on the spectrum, Andrew experienced a delay and regressions of his motor skills. Along with his Asperger's, I was told that my son had low muscle tone, or hypotonia, and, though he was over three years old at the time of his diagnosis, had the motor skills of an eighteen month old baby. At the time of diagnosis, he had actually regressed to fisting his food like an infant, whereas just before his third birthday, he was using a knife and fork. However, his speech was that of a 12-year-old and had been advanced since he was less than 1. This asynchronous development made daily tasks, like just getting dressed or potty training, seem impossible.

Because of my Asperger's, I was forced to manage my own sensory symptoms at a time when I was trying to help Andrew navigate his own. I found that my diet markedly increased or decreased my symptoms. Gluten and sugar affected my mood, inflammation and sensitivity to noise and light. Caffeine affected my obsessive compulsive tendencies. Lack of citrus and protein affected my iron and level of fatigue. Lack of complex carbohydrates affected my tryptophan and therefore, my depressive tendencies. Certain food and medicines worsened my rigidity and black and white thinking.  Exercise made me more flexible in my body and mind. I learned that eating gluten and sugar would actually physically cause my brain to swell, along with everything else in my body. 

This was a life-changing analysis through self experiment that trickled to Andrew, then to the rest of my family. I become deeply interested in food and its function in the body. I actually never understood what it was like to be without daily severe sensory issues for the first 35 years of my life. They were so common, I thought they were symptoms of my physical diseases. What I hadn't known is that it was a lack of exercise and food that had actually triggered some of my diseases to begin with. After I changed my eating habits slightly, my RSD calmed. Going plant based almost eliminated it. Over time, my husband and I learned to release the intense feelings we felt, like guilt and overwhelm, in healthy ways, so that the atmosphere of the home was calm and conducive to other healthy habits. 

Don't Make it Too Easy

To this day, the best advice I have received about encouraging healthy habits came from my child's diagnosing doctor in Colorado. She said it would fly in the face of most of the popular advice I would hear about autism, and it sure did! "Never keep anything the same. Don't make it easy for Andrew," she said. As I formed groups, connected with professionals and read literature on autism, the message of strict consistency was so loud, but when we moved to North Carolina, his amazing play therapist echoed his diagnosing doctor, saying, "If he wants a spoon, give him a fork. Let him figure it out." So my theme became: "The world can't adapt to my son. He will have to adapt to the world.

I credit this methodology with Andrew's advanced fluid reasoning skills. His fluid intelligence is strong, because he is used to critically think to solve problems. 
There are so many other methods I have used to encourage our children to adopt healthy habits, from using apps to story prompts, to drumming up a series of extemporaneous ongoing stories like "Penguin Man" and "Cooking Train" to tracking down and purchasing specific postural supports for the table and restroom. We began using whole-plant concentrates, and enrolled the kids in karate and Cub Scouts.

Keith and I get the kids involved in cooking, let them decide their own recipes and meal plans, and use fun subscription services like Little Passports to spark their imaginations. We hold our breath (and sometimes our noses) and give up our need for cleanliness to allow them control and independence in the kitchen. We never give up on introducing more vegetables and fruits into their diets. We are always striving for progress, not perfection, and we still eat fast food, but I now pack bananas and peppers for lunch and make my own vegan, gluten-free snack cakes. ;)

If you would like to begin a journey to health with your family with special needs, know that you are not alone. E-mail me at jama@jamafleming.com.

Jama Fleming, M.B.A., C.P.T., C.H.C. is the owner of a private practice that specializes in helping women and their families find freedom around food. She is a graduate of King University and has resided in Charlotte for six years. She serves in her spare time on the boards of several local organizations and is active at her church. Follow her on Instagram or Facebook.

For support and to make more connections within the Charlotte area, consider joining this private Facebook group Special Friends Connection - Charlotte Area.

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Cost: Free

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Visit Wing Haven, taking in all the gardens, and also viewing the many birdhouses on display as part of the annual Birdhouse Building Contest! 

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave,
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Discover nature hand-in-hand with your little one through stories and activities related to the topic of the week.

Cost: $4

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Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Celebrate Money Smart Week with a money themed storytime.

Cost: Free

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Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Bring your pup to the patio for a doggie ice cream. Ages 21 and older can enjoy OMB and Birdsong drafts for $3.

Cost: Free admission, cost for food

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Hobo's
213 N. Main St.
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Uncover the mysteries of nature through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic of the week.

Cost: $6

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Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Bring the family for free photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts for the kids and an egg hunt. See website for photo and craft hours. Egg hunt will be for ages 2-10, April 11 with registration...

Cost: Free

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Bass Pro Shops, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
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, NC
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Cost: $11 for one hour

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DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
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Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
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Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
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Cost: Free

Where:
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4820 Tuckaseegee Road
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Hop into Bunnyville for your family pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bunnyville is located in center court on the lower level. Open from March 27-April 11. 

Cost: Different Price Packages

Where:
Center Court
, NC

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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
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Cost: $7

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3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
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Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
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Anne Springs Close Greenway every first and third Monday for community preschool programs. Preschoolers will complete nature themed literature activities, crafts and hikes while using their...

Cost: $2 per child, $5 parking fee

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Come play in the open gym. All students younger than 3 must have an adult present at all times. Some Mondays are closed due to holidays, so please call to verify playtime.

Cost: $5, cash only

Where:
Carolina Stars
1080 Maxwell Mill Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-548-3441
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Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Try one of the virtual circus and dance classes on Zoom for free! Learn juggling, dance fitness, pilates, yoga, hip-hop and more.

Cost: Free class, $10-$15 donation suggested

Where:
Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center/Zoom Classes
9135-E Monroe Road
, NC
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Class includes yoga poses, stories, songs, games, music and breathing techniques. Class occurs on Mondays.

Cost: $15

Where:
Charlotte Family Yoga
8230 Poplar Tent
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Family Yoga
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Enhance basketball skills through drills and stations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Participants of all ages will learn proper Jazz dance technique. No previous dance experience required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-414-2774
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Visit during the two weeks of Spring Break to experience Monster Jam Thunder Alley, rides, roller coasters, live shows and Camp Snoopy. Eggward the Easter Bunny will be hopping around for photo ops...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Search for colored eggs and prize golden eggs hidden in parks throughout Harrisburg. Redeem golden eggs for larger prizes. On April 9, attend the Easter Event at Stallings Park from 6-8pm for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg Areas
Stallings Park, Pharr Mill Park, Veterans Park, Harris Depot Park and around Harrisburg Town Hall
, NC
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Through this new exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to the trucks and racers who made the Truck Series such a success. Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks features eight race trucks,...

Cost: $18-$25, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat....

Cost: $7-$12, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Preschool children will create a seasonal dishwasher and microwave safe ceramic platter with parental assistance. Register online.

Cost: $10

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Visit Wing Haven, taking in all the gardens, and also viewing the many birdhouses on display as part of the annual Birdhouse Building Contest! 

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave,
, NC
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Enjoy stories, songs, and movement activities in the park.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Park
909 Lakeview Drive
Pineville, NC
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This active learning performance integrates dance and choreography with science, math, storytelling and world cultures.

Cost: Free

Where:
Belle Johnston Community Center
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Girls are invited to American Girl Book Club. Five year-old participants must be in kindergarten.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Bring the family for free photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts for the kids and an egg hunt. See website for photo and craft hours. Egg hunt will be for ages 2-10, April 11 with registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Come paint pottery with your toddler for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Classes involve a story, craft, exploration stations and time with two animal ambassadors. Topics include: Life on the Farm in Sept., Halloween and Pumpkins in Oct., Thanksgiving in Nov.,...

Cost: $7 per child, first adult free, $10 per additional adult

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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This science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program will engage youth with hands-on activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Toddlers identify words through interactive games and letter recognition on Tuesday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Meet and interact with Dakota, pet a baby T-Rex. Read aloud to dinosaurs, then take a ride!

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Explore impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System in this dynamic show.

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

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Experiment with properties of metals: electrical current, static electricity, rate of expansion, memory metal and magnetism. Visit the Naturalist Center to learn about minerals and the products...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children ages 3 and younger, included in admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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This workshop is open to all ages. No previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Recreation Site
500 Bilmark Ave.
, NC
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Try one of the virtual circus and dance classes on Zoom for free! Learn juggling, dance fitness, pilates, yoga, hip-hop and more.

Cost: Free class, $10-$15 donation suggested

Where:
Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center/Zoom Classes
9135-E Monroe Road
, NC
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Increase your strength, endurance and agility for sports.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Participate in a discussion about anime, manga and the Japanese language, history and culture every first Tuesday of the month.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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Gain an experience in a variety of different activities that assist in developmental growth through socialization.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Recreation Center
6709 Pence Road
, NC
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Teens will come out and play competitive video games.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Play interactive games geared towards social development that involve physical activities every Tuesday in April.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment. The class is open to all ages and no previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Belle Johnston Community Center
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Hop into Bunnyville for your family pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bunnyville is located in center court on the lower level. Open from March 27-April 11. 

Cost: Different Price Packages

Where:
Center Court
, NC

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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 North Idlewild Road
, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Visit during the two weeks of Spring Break to experience Monster Jam Thunder Alley, rides, roller coasters, live shows and Camp Snoopy. Eggward the Easter Bunny will be hopping around for photo ops...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

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Search for colored eggs and prize golden eggs hidden in parks throughout Harrisburg. Redeem golden eggs for larger prizes. On April 9, attend the Easter Event at Stallings Park from 6-8pm for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg Areas
Stallings Park, Pharr Mill Park, Veterans Park, Harris Depot Park and around Harrisburg Town Hall
, NC
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Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child ages 3-12 will cost $5.

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat....

Cost: $7-$12, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Website »

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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

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Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

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Watch the skill and feel the energy of Irish and international dance. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Visit Wing Haven, taking in all the gardens, and also viewing the many birdhouses on display as part of the annual Birdhouse Building Contest! 

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave,
, NC
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This active learning performance integrates dance and choreography with science, math, storytelling and world cultures. Performances at 10:30am and 1:30pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Aldersgate Retirement Community
3800 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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This story time will focus on early financial literacy concepts like counting and sharing.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Website »

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In this special storytime, John Paul from Channel 9 Eyewitness News will read a story.

Cost: Free

Where:
South Boulevard Library
4429 South Blvd.
, NC
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Thales Academy Waxhaw is adding a Junior High program, starting with 6th grade in 2020-2021! Join a Facebook Live Virtual Information Session focused on the program.

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


Sponsor: Thales Academy
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Bring the family for free photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts for the kids and an egg hunt. See website for photo and craft hours. Egg hunt will be for ages 2-10, April 11 with registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

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

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Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
View map »


Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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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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Website »

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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7

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


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

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


Website »

More information

Make new friends and bond with your little one during this active, play based music clas. Enjoy music, movement and storytime followed by open play.

Cost: $5, cash only

Where:
Lanti Performing Arts
323 Unionville Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy stories paired with kid-friendly yoga moves.  Event occurs April 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


Website »

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

Cost: $3-$5

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


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Children and their caregivers will sing, hear stories and participate in a craft or activity.

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Website »

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Explore impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System in this dynamic show.

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

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


Website »

More information

Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

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


Website »

More information

Experiment with properties of metals: electrical current, static electricity, rate of expansion, memory metal and magnetism. Visit the Naturalist Center to learn about minerals and the products...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children ages 3 and younger, included in admission

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


Website »

More information

Learn the history of songs and the basics of being a DJ.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Try one of the virtual circus and dance classes on Zoom for free! Learn juggling, dance fitness, pilates, yoga, hip-hop and more.

Cost: Free class, $10-$15 donation suggested

Where:
Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center/Zoom Classes
9135-E Monroe Road
, NC
View map »

More information

Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

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


Website »

More information

Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions without charge.

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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Enhance basketball skills through drills and stations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Program is designed to develop social interaction and leadership skills in young males. Program occurs April 1, 8, 22 and 29.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Learn a fusion of Zimbabwe dance styles using traditional Zimbabwe vocabulary mixed with contemporary movement.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center
2921 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: ASC Culture Blocks
Telephone: 704-414-2774
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Visit during the two weeks of Spring Break to experience Monster Jam Thunder Alley, rides, roller coasters, live shows and Camp Snoopy. Eggward the Easter Bunny will be hopping around for photo ops...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Search for colored eggs and prize golden eggs hidden in parks throughout Harrisburg. Redeem golden eggs for larger prizes. On April 9, attend the Easter Event at Stallings Park from 6-8pm for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg Areas
Stallings Park, Pharr Mill Park, Veterans Park, Harris Depot Park and around Harrisburg Town Hall
, NC
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Website »

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Through this new exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to the trucks and racers who made the Truck Series such a success. Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks features eight race trucks,...

Cost: $18-$25, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

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

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

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


Website »

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

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


Website »

More information

TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

More information

The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat....

Cost: $7-$12, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Website »

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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

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


Website »

More information

Watch the skill and feel the energy of Irish and international dance. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

Hop into Bunnyville for your family pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bunnyville is located in center court on the lower level. Open from March 27-April 11. 

Cost: Different Price Packages

Where:
Center Court
, NC

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Elon's School Day Out Programs will include indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, and playground activities.

Cost: $20

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Little hands with big imaginations are invited to this preschool art class.

Cost: $5

Where:
War Memorial Center
220 N. Maple St.
Mooresville, NC
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Visit Wing Haven, taking in all the gardens, and also viewing the many birdhouses on display as part of the annual Birdhouse Building Contest! 

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave,
, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Find some of the 50,000 eggs that will cover 10 softball fields.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Cherry Park
1466 Cherry Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Learn about different careers from various community members.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Kids will scramble to collect the 3,000 eggs. Also see the Easter Bunny and have your face painted. Scrambles by age.

Cost: Free

Where:
Goat Island Park
305 Greenwood Place
Belmont, NC
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Come to this evening egg hunt!

Cost: Free

Where:
Goat Island Park
305 Greenwood Place
Belmont, NC
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Children will participate in a variety of activities such as crafts, sports and games.

Cost: $15

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Bring the family for free photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts for the kids and an egg hunt. See website for photo and craft hours. Egg hunt will be for ages 2-10, April 11 with registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

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

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Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

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

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Young participants express themselves through art. Register online. Event occurs on Thursdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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Website »

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

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

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Toddlers will participate in a fun, kid-friendly workout on Thursday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Website »

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Explore impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System in this dynamic show.

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

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Website »

More information

Experiment with properties of metals: electrical current, static electricity, rate of expansion, memory metal and magnetism. Visit the Naturalist Center to learn about minerals and the products...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children ages 3 and younger, included in admission

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

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Try one of the virtual circus and dance classes on Zoom for free! Learn juggling, dance fitness, pilates, yoga, hip-hop and more.

Cost: Free class, $10-$15 donation suggested

Where:
Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center/Zoom Classes
9135-E Monroe Road
, NC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Website »

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Teens will come out and play competitive video games.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Learn about technology, including multi-media channels, podcasts, coding and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Afrobics is a full body, fun experience—a dance fitness class combining Afrofusion movement to an African beat.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Explore the expressive, active, and creative benefits of beginner ballet and modern dance.

Cost: $10

Where:
Winget School Recreation Center
12235 Winget Road
, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Visit during the two weeks of Spring Break to experience Monster Jam Thunder Alley, rides, roller coasters, live shows and Camp Snoopy. Eggward the Easter Bunny will be hopping around for photo ops...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

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


Website »

More information

Search for colored eggs and prize golden eggs hidden in parks throughout Harrisburg. Redeem golden eggs for larger prizes. On April 9, attend the Easter Event at Stallings Park from 6-8pm for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various Harrisburg Areas
Stallings Park, Pharr Mill Park, Veterans Park, Harris Depot Park and around Harrisburg Town Hall
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

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


Website »

More information

TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

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


Website »

More information

Hop into Bunnyville for your family pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bunnyville is located in center court on the lower level. Open from March 27-April 11. 

Cost: Different Price Packages

Where:
Center Court
, NC

More information

Through this new exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to the trucks and racers who made the Truck Series such a success. Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks features eight race trucks,...

Cost: $18-$25, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat....

Cost: $7-$12, children 4 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

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


Website »

More information

Watch the skill and feel the energy of Irish and international dance. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

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Create a springtime scene made from “sweet” art supplies, such as frosting, jelly beans and marshmallows!

Cost: $29

Where:
Kidcreate Studio
636 Crown Pointe Lane
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Learn about beavers and hike down to the beaver-created wetland to view their impact on natural habitats. Hikes at 9:30am and 2pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Visit Wing Haven, taking in all the gardens, and also viewing the many birdhouses on display as part of the annual Birdhouse Building Contest! 

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave,
, NC
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Website »

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Area barbeque masters demonstrate their skills at the annual Come-See-Me Barbeque Cook-Off. Judging begins at 10am; sales begin at 3pm. Participants must register to compete.

Cost: Free

Where:
Winthrop Lake
1162 Eden Terrace
Rock Hill, SC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Bring your family to the Stowe Family YMCA for an Easter egg hunt in the pool! Kids will be grouped by age. Please bring your own bucket. This event is free and open to the community.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Family YMCA
196 YMCA Drive
Belmont, NC  28012
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Get your hands dirty learning about nature, and create nature-inspired crafts. Registration and parent attendance are required.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center

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Come meet the Easter Bunny and make a craft.

Cost: Free with product purchase

Where:
Cookie Dough Bliss and Creamery
8415 Pit Stop Ct.
Concord, NC
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Participants will hike and create games and activities while learning from nature. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Bring the family for free photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts for the kids and an egg hunt. See website for photo and craft hours. Egg hunt will be for ages 2-10, April 11 with registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Website »

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Come see the Easter Bunny, baby chicks and cute bunnies. Register your family, and come worship.

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom House
2638 Salome Church Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Freedom House Church
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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Hop into Bunnyville for your family pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bunnyville is located in center court on the lower level. Open from March 27-April 11. 

Cost: Different Price Packages

Where:
Center Court
, NC

More information

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

Cost: $11 for one hour

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


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10 per hour

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


Website »

More information

Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Caregivers and their littles learn new yoga poses with songs and games. Multiple class rates available.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $3-$5

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


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Explore impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System in this dynamic show.

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

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


Website »

More information

Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

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

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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Experiment with properties of metals: electrical current, static electricity, rate of expansion, memory metal and magnetism. Visit the Naturalist Center to learn about minerals and the products...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children ages 3 and younger, included in admission

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


Website »

More information

Try one of the virtual circus and dance classes on Zoom for free! Learn juggling, dance fitness, pilates, yoga, hip-hop and more.

Cost: Free class, $10-$15 donation suggested

Where:
Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center/Zoom Classes
9135-E Monroe Road
, NC
View map »

More information

Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

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


Website »

More information

rab dinner from a variety of local food trucks at this weekly rally. Visit the website for a list of participating trucks.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Resident Culture Brewing Company
2101 Central Ave.
, NC
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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.
, NC
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Treat the kids and yourself to a fun night out! Drop kids off to run, play and dance. Pizza dinner is included.

Cost: $25

Where:
Romp n' Roll NW Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Visit during the two weeks of Spring Break to experience Monster Jam Thunder Alley, rides, roller coasters, live shows and Camp Snoopy. Eggward the Easter Bunny will be hopping around for photo ops...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

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


Website »

More information

Four men were to be crucified that day in Jerusalem. Only three crosses were raised. This is the story of "The Fourth Cross." See website for full performance schedule.

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

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Take a 25-minute train ride with the Easter Bunny. The furry friend will hand out candy and pose for pictures. Do not miss the inflatables, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and face...

Cost: $9-$17, children 2 and younger free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Website »

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Hop over for a picture with the Easter Bunny on Friday, 4-7pm and Saturday, 2-4pm. Saturday’s Easter Festival will also run 2-4pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Through this new exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to the trucks and racers who made the Truck Series such a success. Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks features eight race trucks,...

Cost: $18-$25, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat....

Cost: $7-$12, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Watch the skill and feel the energy of Irish and international dance. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Run the fun run or 5K, and enjoy the crafts, inflatables and family fun!

Cost: Fun Run free

Where:
Downtown Concord
Concord, NC


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Kids can hunt for eggs, make crafts and enjoy breakfast.

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal Street
, NC
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Learn more about the activities, events, venues,  history and how to get around the Greenway by van. There is no hiking required, but register online prior to the tour.

Cost: Free

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Play games, taste honey, participate in science projects and take home a pollinator seed pod!

Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Visit Wing Haven, taking in all the gardens, and also viewing the many birdhouses on display as part of the annual Birdhouse Building Contest! 

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave,
, NC
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Enjoy an egg hunt, face painting, balloon artist and a raffle. No registration is required. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Park
300 Hawthorne Lane
, NC
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Sponsor: Uptown Church
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The Latta Annual Easter Egg Hunt offers egg hunts organized by age groups: ages 1-3, ages 4-6 and ages 7-10 years old. Eggs will be filled with surprises, many of which will include free...

Cost: $8 per child and one adult combo

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Come to Greater Life Baptist Church to hunt for Easter eggs!

Cost: Free

Where:
Greater Life Baptist Church
17025 Lancaster Hwy.
, NC
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Come for an egg hunt, craft, photo with the Easter bunny and snacks. 

Cost: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Learn the different types of fish and various methods used to catch them. Register online. Participants older than 16 must have a SC fishing license, and parents helping children younger than 16...

Cost: $15

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
288 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Get up close and personal with some of the Nature Center residents in this wild encounter.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Ceramic teaching artists will walk participants through a clay project from start to finish. Call 980-314-1115 to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuskaseegee Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Clayworks
Telephone: 980-314-1115
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Children ages 12 and younger are invited to hunt for eggs. See website for hunt schedule. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Lancaster County Fairgrounds
S. Main St.
Lancaster, SC
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Bring an Easter basket, and hunt for eggs! Kids can also enjoy inflatables and hot dogs.

Cost: Free

Where:
York Recreation Complex
74 Fourth St.
York, SC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Learn about photography techniques that can be applied to real life. Call 704-416-6400 to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
South Boulevard Library
4429 South Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6400
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Come for face painting, games, dance performances, crafts, vendors, food and Easter Bunny pictures! Easter egg hunts are scheduled by age; see website for schedule. Guests may pay to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Funtastics
10400 Cadillac St.
Pineville, NC
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Sponsor: Create Amazing LLC
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Visit the Easter Bunny, see a magician, make a craft and jump in a bouncy house. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Ballantyne Village
14825 Ballantyne Village Way
, NC
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Sponsor: Paschal Events
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Each workshop features a different art project accompanied by live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Bring your own basket to hunt for eggs, and visit the Easter Bunny. Events begin at noon at Stowe Park and 2pm at Linford Park. Linford Park, Caston St., Belmont.  Stowe...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park, 24 S. Main St.
Linford Park, Caston St.
Belmont, NC
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Explore some of the physics of the sport, from gravity to laws of motion, for North Carolina's Science Month.

Cost: $18-$25, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Bring the whole family for an egg hunt, Easter craft and a snack!

Cost: $10

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
Ste. 300
, NC
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Bring the family for free photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts for the kids and an egg hunt. See website for photo and craft hours. Egg hunt will be for ages 2-10, April 11 with registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
, NC
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Come see the Easter Bunny, baby chicks and cute bunnies. Register your family, and come worship.

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom House
2638 Salome Church Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Freedom House Church
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy., Pineville
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate on Saturday mornings, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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Youths are invited to shoot hoops with their families.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mallard Creek Recreation Center
2530 Johnston Oehler Road
, NC
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Meet new friends, learn a new sport or craft your existing skills at the Belle Johnston Community Center. Parent attendance is required, and equipment will be provided. Dates are February 29,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Belle Johnston Community Center
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Did you know that each pint of whole blood donated has the potential to save three lives? Donate at Northlake Mall and do your part to help. The Oneblood Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot in...

Cost: No cost

Where:
, NC

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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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Come build a different project each session. Register online.

Cost: $5

Where:
Village Park
700 West C St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Participants will learn about African drumming and get hands-on experience with African instruments. Youth session begins at 11am; session for all ages begins at noon. Event occurs on the second...

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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This program will teach photography and videography using point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. Participants will also learn about effective social media interaction as a photographer/journalist. Call...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Boulevard Library
4429 South Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1110
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Explore impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System in this dynamic show.

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

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Arts+ will provide a visual art workshop series with live music. Workshops occur on the second Saturday of January, February, March, April and June but the third Saturday of May.

Cost: Free

Where:
South Boulevard Library
4429 South Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy a live program that explores what is currently visible in the nighttime sky.

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

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library presents monthly story times at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. every second Saturday of the month.

Cost: Free

Where:
Northlake Mall Live 360° Games Court
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Northlake Mall
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Try one of the virtual circus and dance classes on Zoom for free! Learn juggling, dance fitness, pilates, yoga, hip-hop and more.

Cost: Free class, $10-$15 donation suggested

Where:
Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center/Zoom Classes
9135-E Monroe Road
, NC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come relax to the sound of live jazz.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC
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Don’t miss the helicopter egg drop, contests, live bunnies, a scavenger hunt and prizes. Food available for purchase. Egg drop from children with special needs at 5:30 p.m. See website for...

Cost: $8-$11

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Visit during the two weeks of Spring Break to experience Monster Jam Thunder Alley, rides, roller coasters, live shows and Camp Snoopy. Eggward the Easter Bunny will be hopping around for photo ops...

Cost: Starting at $45. Children ages 3-5 get free entry with a Pre-K pass.

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Four men were to be crucified that day in Jerusalem. Only three crosses were raised. This is the story of "The Fourth Cross." See website for full performance schedule.

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Take a 25-minute train ride with the Easter Bunny. The furry friend will hand out candy and pose for pictures. Do not miss the inflatables, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and face...

Cost: $9-$17, children 2 and younger free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Hop over for a picture with the Easter Bunny on Friday, 4-7pm and Saturday, 2-4pm. Saturday’s Easter Festival will also run 2-4pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Through this new exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to the trucks and racers who made the Truck Series such a success. Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks features eight race trucks,...

Cost: $18-$25, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Website »

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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat....

Cost: $7-$12, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

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The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Carowinds' all-new Monster Jam Thunder Alley drives home a full-throttle immersion into the incredible world of Monster Jam trucks! Get nose-to-grill, sit inside and even take an...

Cost: Included in admission of $40+, children ages 3-5 free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

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Watch the skill and feel the energy of Irish and international dance. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Hop into Bunnyville for your family pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bunnyville is located in center court on the lower level. Open from March 27-April 11. 

Cost: Different Price Packages

Where:
Center Court
, NC

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