Is it Time for a Digital Detox?


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We see it everywhere. We find ourselves doing it and allowing it to happen. Sometimes giving a kid a screen to entertain them is just easier. Plus, screens can offer entertainment, education and social connection, right? So, what’s the harm?

Melanie Hempe thought the same thing when her oldest son started playing video games at the age of 13.

“Adam (Hempe) is my first of four children and like every other mom, I was not educated on the effects of technology on children, especially boys and video games,” she says.

He was drawn to video games, so they gave him a Game Boy. Melanie Hempe played the role of “Game Cop Mom,” as she calls it, making sure he didn’t spend too much time on the device, but once he was given a laptop from school, everything changed.

“At that point I lost all ability to hold him accountable and manage his time. He dropped out of sports and social activities, and gamed in all the nooks and crannies of free time throughout his high school years.”

She thought it was just a passing phase, but it became much more.

The Battle Begins

“We had a lot of conflict in our home over time spent on the game away from other activities like doing things with the family, spending time with friends, chores and sports,” she says. “He didn’t even want to get his driver’s license. He would have anger outbursts. One summer I even gave him an option of quitting his game or moving out for the summer. He chose to move out.”

Tom Kersting has seen the first-hand effects this digital world has on kids. He speaks from 18 years of psychotherapist experience, as well as 23 years of experience as a school counselor. He has written a book on the topic, titled “Disconnected: How to Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids.”

“The deterioration of kids’ mental, emotional, social, academic and family lives is unparalleled. Anxiety and depression are through the roof. ADHD diagnoses are way up and the teen suicide rate is at an all-time high,” Kersting says. “Ultimately, the average kid is spending nine hours per day, on average, in a cyberworld rendering it difficult for them to handle issues in their real world; they’re simply not spending enough time in the real world and therefore they are not developing effective coping skills when confronted with even trivial situations.”

The American Association of Pediatrics recommends children younger than 18 months avoid screen media, and children 18 to 24 months of age have limited access with adult supervision while watching high-quality programming. Children ages 2 to 5 years of age should limit screen use to one hour per day, and children over the age of 6 should have consistent limits put on time spent on digital media.

From Entertainment to Addiction

As for Adam Hempe, he dropped out of college after his first year. Having spent most of his time gaming in his dorm room, he made no friends and had incompletes in classes. It was at that point that Melanie Hempe, a registered nurse, began researching the effects of video games on kids’ brains and realized that her son was addicted.

“Research shows that the brain responds to gaming like a gambler’s brain responds to a slot machine,” Melanie Hempe says. “Excess dopamine is produced but over time the body begins to produce less in order to regulate itself. The child can become depressed if they don’t continue to play more.”

The even bigger problem that parents miss beyond the addiction-inducing chemicals is everything the screen is replacing. “Many kids are completely missing out on developing the necessary habits and life-skills required for future success. And these childhood hours will never be recovered,” she says.

For many families, screens have become commonplace and default devices that become an expectation. Kids turn to them for entertainment and assume they will receive their own devices and social media accounts at a certain age, but you don’t have to follow the crowd.

“The advice I give to parents to help them reclaim their children’s brains is to be aware of social conformity. We see what other families do and our brain justifies it as OK,” Kersting says. “It is critically important that we get a handle on devices because this generation is the experiment for the negative effects of screen overuse. We know that it is not a neutral activity and that our children’s brains are rewiring themselves to accommodate the unnatural consequences of spending so much time on a screen,”

The B.E.S.T. Screen Plan

As Melanie Hempe did more research and spoke with more families, she realized the need for parents to have a better understanding of what screens are doing to their children’s well-being. She founded Families Managing Media and developed the B.E.S.T. Screen Plan, which stands for “balanced electronic screen time.”

Developed through medical advisory and working with doctors throughout the country, the B.E.S.T Screen Plan is backed up with science, research and medical recommendations — and a whole lot of first-hand experience by the Hempe family. The plan includes three stages: rethinking screens, reclaiming kids and reconnecting families. Families Managing Media walks parents through this process during local seminars and via online resources.

“Parents are paramount when it comes to changing this issue,” Kersting says. “Parents must model the behavior that they wish their kids to employ. That means parents must disconnect themselves from their devices as much as possible when they are present with their children.”

Finding Freedom

Things have changed for the Hempe family. Adam Hempe joined the U.S. Army and was able to break his gaming addiction. Melanie Hempe took a different approach with her other three children when it came to screens. Her daughter did not receive a smartphone or social media accounts until she was 18 years old. Her 13-year-old twin boys don’t have phones, and they maintain a game-free home.

“I made every mistake out there, but I’ve learned and figured it out, and I’ve gone back and made changes when I needed to,” she says.

Instead of spending an average eight or more hours in front of screens, the family chooses to focus on other things like sports, outdoor activities, meal time and conversation.

“We aren’t antitechnology. It’s about balance,” she says. “Our family is having so much more fun now that we’ve changed our approach to screens. There is so much more freedom and less stress.”

Melanie Hempe says she often hears parents say their biggest parenting regret was giving screen access to their kids too early. “You can’t redo childhood. Making screen changes may seem difficult at first, but you will cherish your decision for years to come.”


Meagan Church is a writer, children’s book author and the brainpower behind unexpectant.com, which explores the story of modern motherhood. She lives in Charlotte with her high school sweetheart, three children and a plethora of pets. Connect with her on Instagram (@meaganchurch) and Twitter (@unexpectant).

 

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

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the movie, "Legally Blonde the Musical" follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her...

Cost: $15-$17

Where:
Central Piedmont Community College, Pease Auditorium
1201 Elizabeth Ave,
, NC
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Website »

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: $13-$17

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

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

Cost: $10-$15

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

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This exhibit features 21st century long gowns, from cocktail attire to wedding dresses. Featured creations by Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Issey...

Cost: $6-$15; free for children 4 and under

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

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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

More information

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

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

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

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Toddlers and preschoolers can join Holly Johnson in a music and movement program that features listening to songs and playing a variety of instruments. 

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Melissa Lynch is a Gaston County resident who loves experimenting with acrylic pours and alcohol inks. This exhibit features abstract lines and pops of color that represent a transitional time...

Cost: Free

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

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Explore nature through arts and crafts. Each session will have a different theme and participants can take home a craft. Dress for mess. Registration required. 

Cost: $3

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-1391
Website »

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

Cost: $7-$10

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

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

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

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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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Drop off your children for a night of fun while you hit the town. Activities include laser tag, jump-n-play, rock climbing, mini bowling, ropes courses, bumper cars, and arcade games. Children...

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the movie, "Legally Blonde the Musical" follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her...

Cost: $15-$17

Where:
Central Piedmont Community College, Pease Auditorium
1201 Elizabeth Ave,
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This comedic play centers around a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. The visitor turns out to be an incredibility inept, hopeless stupid...

Cost: $28

Where:
Theatre Charlotte, The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

This exhibit features 21st century long gowns, from cocktail attire to wedding dresses. Featured creations by Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Issey...

Cost: $6-$15; free for children 4 and under

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

When a brother and sister move to a new town, the sister refuses to play with her brother fearing the kids in her new school will make fun of her. Then they meet an inventive girl next door...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

This is one of Charlotte Ballet’s most popular performances. It showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting, and for an added bonus, tickets include a dessert reception...

Cost: $25-$80

Where:
Charlotte Ballet Academy, Center for Dance
701 N. Tryon Street
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-3900
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Armour Street Theatre presents: Snow White. Come watch the dwarves take the stage. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $10 plus NC sales tax

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC  28036
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

Laugh and cry with America's greatest generation and remember the days of World War II. From an exciting collection of 40's favorites to a stirring patriotic medley, this dinner show is...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
View map »


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

More information

Your family will have free access to arts, science, and history experiences across Charlotte-Mecklenburg this weekend. Check the online schedule to find out about experiences and opportunities to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary.
, NC


Website »

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During these ongoing nature programs you may get a tour, see a demonstration or participate in an activity. The program is designed to inspire children and adults to explore the...

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

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

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n coordination with Independence Mazda, The Humane Society of York County and South Charlotte Dog Rescue, the Puppy Bowl is bringing you tons of adorable, adoptable dogs of all ages and sizes who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Mazda
6735 E. Independence Blvd
Charlotte, NC  28212
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Telephone: 704-839-0287
Website »

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Attend this free storytime as part of ASC Connect with Culture Day. 

Cost: Free

Where:
North County Regional Library
16500 Holly Crest Lane
Huntersville, NC
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During this festival, you can explore current exhibitions, make your own masterpieces and enjoy live music all for free. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon Street
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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In a powerful musically driven story of giving, three hungry travelers create a magnificent feast from scratch.

Cost: $14+

Where:
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This popular fairytale of empowerment, determination, and triumph is brought to life with traditional marionettes and classical music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Community House Middle School - Cafeteria
9500 Community House Road
, NC
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To celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, visitors are invited to discover the history behind the popular Vietnamese lion dance and create dancers of their own to take home.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Register for one of the followng free classes as part of ASC Connect with Culture Day: Youth Trapeze: Ages: 6 – 17 Learn how to fly on two ropes and a bar! Aerial Silks for Adults:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Caroline Calouche and Co.
9315-E Monroe Road
, NC
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Learn how Mother Nature creates snow, sleet and hail.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1119
Website »

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Engage your young readers with books that encourage language and reading skill development, and helps them grow into successful, life-long readers. Ballerina Cara Hansvick of the Charlotte Ballet...

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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The Performance Company from Matthews Playhouse will present songs and scenes from their upcoming productions including: Freedom Train, Jungle Book, The Lion King, Jr., Peter Pan and South Pacific.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell Street East
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

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As part of ASC Connect with Culture Day, you can attend this performance for free. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St
Davidson, NC
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Join us for a free Oyster Roast at Reid's Myers Park. All oysters are first come, first serve, until we run out!

Cost: Free

Where:
Reid's Fine Foods
2823 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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Melissa Lynch is a Gaston County resident who loves experimenting with acrylic pours and alcohol inks. This exhibit features abstract lines and pops of color that represent a transitional time...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Free performances of Snow White, Stone Soup, The Imaginators, Balloonacy and other nearby performances are available today as part of the ASC Connect with Culture Day. Registration is required...

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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Need a reason to get outside this winter? Take part in Latta Quest! This weekly activity will engage your family in all that Latta Plantation Nature Preserve has to offer.  There will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
Website »

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Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday. Visit the website to see this week's featured craft of the week. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
10005 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-849-2450
Website »

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Come to family storytime at Barnes & Noble. Activities to follow. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble, Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-364-0626
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$10

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


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

There is a drum lesson for children ages 3-18 from 11am-noon, followed by a drum circle for all ages from noon-1pm. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Telephone: 914-419-6438
Website »

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Fish are one of America’s most popular pets, and one of the most diverse and interesting. Join us for a story and some fun facts about our friends with fins and make a goldfish craft to...

Cost: $8, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Telephone: (704) 372-6261
Website »

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Check out the fashion gallery and 18th century portraits and draw and collage a fabulous fabric portrait. Children and their adult companions can create, explore and visit the...

Cost: $16; $12 for members

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

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

BounceU knows that sometimes parents deserve a little time by themselves. Drop off your kids for a night of non-stop bouncing and games. It’s more fun and probably less expensive than hiring...

Cost: $20 per child

Where:
Bounce U, Charlotte and Matthews locations
, NC


Telephone: 704-921-8771
Website »

More information

A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the movie, "Legally Blonde the Musical" follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her...

Cost: $15-$17

Where:
Central Piedmont Community College, Pease Auditorium
1201 Elizabeth Ave,
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This comedic play centers around a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. The visitor turns out to be an incredibility inept, hopeless stupid...

Cost: $28

Where:
Theatre Charlotte, The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

This exhibit features 21st century long gowns, from cocktail attire to wedding dresses. Featured creations by Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Issey...

Cost: $6-$15; free for children 4 and under

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Come watch this comedic play that explores the power of friendship. A mischievous balloon finds its way into the home of a solitary elderly man, and suddenly his grumpy life is interrupted. ...

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

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This 1930s-inspired musical based on the classic book is coming to ImaginOn. Mr. Popper spends his time daydreaming of adventures while Mrs. Popper saves to put beans on the table. When a spirited...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

When a brother and sister move to a new town, the sister refuses to play with her brother fearing the kids in her new school will make fun of her. Then they meet an inventive girl next door...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

This is one of Charlotte Ballet’s most popular performances. It showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting, and for an added bonus, tickets include a dessert reception...

Cost: $25-$80

Where:
Charlotte Ballet Academy, Center for Dance
701 N. Tryon Street
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-3900
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Armour Street Theatre presents: Snow White. Come watch the dwarves take the stage. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $10 plus NC sales tax

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC  28036
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

Laugh and cry with America's greatest generation and remember the days of World War II. From an exciting collection of 40's favorites to a stirring patriotic medley, this dinner show is...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
View map »


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

More information

Your family will have free access to arts, science, and history experiences across Charlotte-Mecklenburg this weekend. Check the online schedule to find out about experiences and opportunities to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary.
, NC


Website »

More information

Join us in Town Center for family story time as we read Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Wind Blows by Marianne Berkes. We’ll learn about some of the animals that...

Cost: $10, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place KIDS - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: (704) 372-6261
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