Keeping Kids Safe Online

What you need to know to keep predators locked out in a digital world.


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It happened in a local after-school program. A couple of girls found a website where they could build their own fictional world and fuzzy little characters while earning points. It seemed innocent enough, but one of the girls felt uneasy about the game, so she spoke with a teacher.

“One of the students came to me and said some girls in the after-school program had been talking to someone online and it wasn’t appropriate,” says Mrs. D. (name withheld for privacy), a technology teacher at the local elementary school. “I checked out the website and while I saw that it wasn’t educational, I didn’t see anything that seemed inappropriate.”

As the teacher dug further, she discovered that the website was open play, meaning players can converse via their fuzzy creatures with other people playing the game online. She soon realized that some of the conversations that had taken place were not only inappropriate, but because of some of the language used, she believed the girls were talking with an adult.

After doing a Google search of pedophile and the website name, she discovered an article about the site’s parent company and that pedophiles were noted to lurk on the website.

“In my class, we do a six-week lesson on digital citizenship. We talk about how they should never have a conversation with someone they don’t know in real life. We talk about the differences between being a friend in person versus the online world. We drill that into their heads,” Mrs. D. says.

Yet, even with those efforts and the fact that the school district enforces strict regulations and access on devices, a threat remained. The teacher blocked the site before the conversations could go any further, however, that’s not always the case when it comes to keeping kids safe online.

Real-Life Threats

“The threat is very real,” says special agent Karen Walsh who has been with the FBI for 20 years. “Parents should be concerned about anyone who is interacting with their children online, including on social media, video games, text and apps. Parents need only conduct a targeted internet search to find stories of what happened to other children online to realize how serious this issue is.”

Through Walsh’s work for the FBI, she leads workshops for parents, offering suggestions on how to protect kids from online threats. She applies her rules to the kids in her life.

“Parents may want to consider introducing a phone to their kids as a ‘doorway’ to the outside world,” Walsh says. “We don’t open our front door to strangers; we shouldn’t open our phones or any device that accesses the internet to them, either. This includes anything the phone can do: text, call, apps, games, etc.”

Walsh understands that kids may complain about so many rules and think their parents don’t trust them, but she has a response at the ready.

“It’s not that I don’t trust you,” she tells the kids in her life. “If I didn’t trust you, you wouldn’t have a phone. It’s that I don’t trust all the bad guys who are trying to trick you into doing something you will regret.”  

To help guard families against those bad guys and to protect kids from making poor choices on their digital devices, Walsh encourages families to implement the following rules.

Maintain open dialogue. Before handing over a device, talk about rules and consequences, but don’t end the discussion there. Parents should engage their kids in ongoing conversations about screen usage.

“Parents must actively participate in their kids’ online presence. Keep communication open about what a healthy relationship is and what it looks like on a phone,” Walsh says. “Give kids permission — and maybe serve as an excuse — to block anyone who is not being nice. Make sure kids understand what ‘sexting’ is and how it can turn dangerous and negatively affect them down the road.”

Limit friends. “Contacts, friends and followers are only people we have met in real life. If we haven’t been introduced, they’re out,” Walsh says. “Kids often take interactions at face value, not realizing that the 14-year-old cheerleader to whom they are about to send a photo is actually an adult with harmful intentions. Predators can be very convincing and demanding.”

No devices in bedrooms and bathrooms. Let’s be honest, naked pictures don’t take place in the kitchen. In other words, keep devices out of private spaces where kids run a higher risk of making poor decisions thanks to a false sense of security.

Inspections happen. Conduct monthly inspections of all devices and apps, as well as random, on-the spot inspections that don’t allow kids the opportunity to delete or hide content.

Charge devices overnight in a shared space. Designate a charging station in a common space of the house, such as the kitchen. This removes the temptation of late-night social media and gaming when children should be getting rest. It also allows for parents to conduct on-the-spot inspections.

Limit apps. An endless amount of apps exist and parents can’t be savvy about each one. For the kids in Walsh’s family, each device has only two gaming or social media type apps at a time. If a child wants to download a new one, they must remove one. Only download that new app when you have had the opportunity to review and understand how it works.

Turn off geotagging. Geotagging adds geographical identification to photos, videos, websites and SMS messages, which means with little effort, someone can use social surveillance to pinpoint your location. Protect your child’s whereabouts by turning off this standard feature.

Communication must pass the “living-room test.” “That means any communication they have through their device should be acceptable to be said out loud in the living room,” Walsh says. If you find something inappropriate, ask your child to review the conversation and ask them if that is something that would pass the living-room test.

Monitor phones. Various apps and devices exist, offering parents varying degrees of control and monitoring. Check the sidebar for a sampling of tools that can help you safeguard your child’s device.

Put devices to bed early. Consider putting devices away at least an hour before bedtime. An article posted in December 2017 by Harvard Health Publishing, states that blue lights, such as those produced by screens, can lead to disruptive sleep and health risks.

Friends leave their devices in a basket by the front door. “This eliminates that grey area whereby one child’s rules are in conflict with others’,” Walsh says. “Additionally, if you are coming over to play with our kids, then you shouldn’t need a phone once you have arrived safely.”

As Mrs. D points out, “Kids and technology don’t mix.” She realizes that may sound odd for a technology teacher to say, but as she explains, “What I teach isn’t what’s getting them into trouble. It’s what they are learning on their own through social apps that is the danger.”

“Parents need to be more informed,” she says. “Technology develops faster than anyone can keep up with, but if we are going to give our kids access to these devices, we have to stay informed.”

Even cute, fuzzy little creatures can have a predator lurking behind them, and we certainly don’t want to leave our front door wide open to that sort of threat.


Meagan Church is a writer, children’s book author and the brainpower behind unexpectant.com that explores the story of modern motherhood. She lives in Charlotte, is married to her high school sweetheart, and has three children and a plethora of pets.

 

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View map »


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View map »


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Website »

More information

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Website »

More information

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View map »


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Website »

More information

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More information

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View map »


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Website »

More information

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View map »


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More information

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Website »

More information

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Cost: Free

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View map »


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More information

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Cost: $7-$10

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, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

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More information

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Cost: See website for prices

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Hope Community Church
4418 Rea Road
Charlotte , NC  28226
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Telephone: 704-9654-614
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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Come rock out at Ballantyne Village every Wednesday in May.

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Guests are invited to experience Turtle Week as the attraction pledges to end the use of plastic straws. By signing the pledge, participants not only commit to helping save all the members of...

Cost: $14.95 for children at the door, $7.95 for children at the door with pledge

Where:
SEA-LIFE Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 404.233.3993
Contact Name: Laurel Haislip
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Join the Charlotte Museum of History for a guided, hour-long walking tour of Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood (not the town of Belmont) as part of Charlotte City Walks. Stop along the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Metrographics Printing
1003 Louise Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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Explore the many surprises we find hidden within our pockets. Enjoy both pre-show and post-show activities. Participation is encouraged. Performances run Thursday-Saturday. See...

Cost: $10

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
Charotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

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

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

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Live entertainment, access to racing’s brightest stars, giveaways, music and interactive displays. Each day starting at noon, vendor displays, kids’ activities, racing-related...

Cost: Free for festival; tickets to Romare Bearden Park's concerts vary per performanc

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Every Thursday in May bands will perform in this Sunset at Metropolitan series. Musicians offer a variety of genres including top 40 and classic rock, to jazz and soul. In addition to great live...

Cost: Free

Where:
Metropolitan
1111 Metropolitan Ave
, NC
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Check out the Steele Creek Live Spring Concert Series at the Ayrsley Event Lawn, which is located between Piedmont Social House and Rooney's.

Cost: Free

Where:
Ayrsley Event Lawn
2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28273
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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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 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 highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

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

More information

Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Guests are invited to experience Turtle Week as the attraction pledges to end the use of plastic straws. By signing the pledge, participants not only commit to helping save all the members of...

Cost: $14.95 for children at the door, $7.95 for children at the door with pledge

Where:
SEA-LIFE Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 404.233.3993
Contact Name: Laurel Haislip
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Blumenthal Performing Arts invites performers of all ages to Open Mic Night. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians, and others are welcome. Audience seating...

Cost: Free

Where:
McGlohon Theater
345 N. College St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Telephone: 704-348-5770
Contact Name: Eric Figueroa
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This show will feature new magic and audience participation including: unlocking an audience member’s locked, encrypted cell phone, vanishing a person, and Haydini’s signature sleight...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Stage Door Theatre
155 N. College St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Bring blankets and chairs and watch a movie outside with the family. May 25: "Cars 3" June 8: "Beauty and the Beast" June 22: "Sing" July 6: "Airplane"...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 W. C St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Explore the many surprises we find hidden within our pockets. Enjoy both pre-show and post-show activities. Participation is encouraged. Performances run Thursday-Saturday. See...

Cost: $10

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
Charotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

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...

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

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

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Live entertainment, access to racing’s brightest stars, giveaways, music and interactive displays. Each day starting at noon, vendor displays, kids’ activities, racing-related...

Cost: Free for festival; tickets to Romare Bearden Park's concerts vary per performanc

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Come enjoy some music with your meal at Romare Bearden Park's Music Box Lunch, which occurs every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-348-5770
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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
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SKILLS Group of Charlotte, an after school enrichment program for teens and young adults with special needs, offers the opportunity for cooking, Zumba, academic adventures, and more.

Cost: See website for prices

Where:
Hope Community Church
4418 Rea Road
Charlotte , NC  28226
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Telephone: 704-9654-614
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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Favorite area food and dessert trucks will provide varied menus including seafood, Tex-Mex, burgers, sandwiches, specialty dishes and more. Enjoy local/region...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Drop off your children for a night of fun while you hit the town. Activities include laser tag, jump-n-play, rock climbing, mini bowling, ropes courses, bumper cars, and arcade games. Children...

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie in the park. Food available for purchase. Movie begins at dusk. April 27 at Crooked Creek Park, 5900 Oakwood Ln, Indian Trail....

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Each Friday and Saturday, starting May 25 through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Green at Blakeney
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road
, NC
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Enjoy post-game fireworks

Cost: $8-$23

Where:
BB&T Ballpark
324 S. Mint St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-274-8300
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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
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
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 highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

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Come celebrate the founding of the town of Mint Hill at the 35th Mint Hill Madness, a three-day festival. The festival features live music, a carnival, an arts and crafts fair, a parade, a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park
8850 Fairview Road
Mint Hill, NC  28227
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Telephone: 704-545-2335
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Guests are invited to experience Turtle Week as the attraction pledges to end the use of plastic straws. By signing the pledge, participants not only commit to helping save all the members of...

Cost: $14.95 for children at the door, $7.95 for children at the door with pledge

Where:
SEA-LIFE Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 404.233.3993
Contact Name: Laurel Haislip
Website »

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Come to the downtown Mint Hill for the 35th annual all-American Mint Hill Madness parade that features more than 50 local businesses, organizations, entertainers, music groups, firetrucks and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mint Hill
4430 Mint Hill Village Lane
Mint Hill, NC  28227
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Telephone: 704-545-2335
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Your Mini Chef will cook one recipe and learn basic kitchen skills such as measuring ingredients. Sign up online or in person at the Sales and Services desk.

Cost: $15 for members/$20 for program participants

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-4650
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Did you know that every bird's beak is specially designed for the food it eats? Learn about bird beak adaptations and craft your own bird feeder to take home to the birds in your...

Cost: $5

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Kids can hear a story, frost cupcakes and meet a super hero.

Cost: $9

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Telephone: 704-295-1777
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Cheer on the Mooresville Spinners on their opening night. Help the team kick off their Southern Collegiate Baseball League season.  

Cost: $5

Where:
Moor Park
691 S Broad St.
Mooresville, NC  28117
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This year’s star-studded fireworks show will be a magical experience for all those in attendance. Accompanied by classic patriotic music, the fireworks will be visible from all areas of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park
8850 Fairview Road
Mint Hill, NC  28227
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Telephone: 704-545-2335
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Explore the many surprises we find hidden within our pockets. Enjoy both pre-show and post-show activities. Participation is encouraged. Performances run Thursday-Saturday. See...

Cost: $10

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
Charotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

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Shop the Spring Farmers Market at Legal Remedy Brewing every Saturday morning in May. Come early and stay for lunch when Legal Remedy opens at 11:30a.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Legal Remedy Brewing
Rock Hill, SC


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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Join a Museum naturalist on the fourth Saturday of every month for an educational walk around the Paw Paw Nature Trail. Meet in the Great Hall to join the guided walk. Children under age 16...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
1658 Sterling Rd.
Charlotte, NC
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These cooking classes center around a monthly theme and occur on the first and last Saturday of the month. Your Junior chef will cook two recipes each day and learn basic kitchen skills...

Cost: $15 for members/$20 for program participants

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-4650
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Geared towards children ages 3 and younger, this class will focus on movement and energy release. Parent participation required.  

Cost: $6 per class

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1294
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

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


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

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Enjoy the exciting and educational Flights of the Forest show. Viewers can feel the wind from a raptor's wing it they flies overhead. Participants must be 7 or older; children 16 and...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
Website »

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Live entertainment, access to racing’s brightest stars, giveaways, music and interactive displays. Each day starting at noon, vendor displays, kids’ activities, racing-related...

Cost: Free for festival; tickets to Romare Bearden Park's concerts vary per performanc

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

More information

This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Enjoy a variety of "nose to beak" encounters with some of the most interesting raptor species. Purchase tickets online up until 24 hours before the encounter, and in the Visitor Center up...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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Come check out Charlotte’s newest live music venue. The Music Yard is kicking off the concert season with a free Spring Concert Series every Saturday in April and May.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music Yard
2433 South Blvd
, NC
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Telephone: 704-912-1889
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BounceU knows that sometimes parents deserve a little time by themselves. Drop off your kids for a night of non-stop bouncing and games. It’s more fun and probably less expensive than hiring...

Cost: $20 per child

Where:
Bounce U, Charlotte and Matthews locations
, NC


Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Each Friday and Saturday, starting May 25 through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Green at Blakeney
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road
, NC
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Enjoy movies under the stars and on the big screen on the last Saturday of the month (except July).  May 26: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" June 30: "Karate Kid" August 25:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwood Park Amphitheater
2100 Wilhelmina Ave
, NC
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Come celebrate the founding of the town of Mint Hill at the 35th Mint Hill Madness, a three-day festival. The festival features live music, a carnival, an arts and crafts fair, a parade, a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park
8850 Fairview Road
Mint Hill, NC  28227
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Telephone: 704-545-2335
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Spend your holiday weekend with friends and family at the USNWC for the Memorial Day Celebration. The festivities include 5 and 8-mile trail races, yoga, as well as live music on Sunday...

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pwy.
, NC
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Kick off summer at Bass Pro Shops with family friendly activities, including workshops, crafts, and food samples. See website for schedule of activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Kick off summer at Cabela's with family friendly activities, including workshops, crafts, and food samples. See website for schedule of activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabela Dr.
Fort Mill, SC
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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
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Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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