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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300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Ayrsley Grand Cinemas is showing some of last year's blockbusters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $3.70 plus tax. Tickets include a Kiddie Combo as well. If...

Cost: $3.70

Where:
Arsley Grand Cinemas
9110 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
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Regal Entertainment Cinemas, which includes Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, Regal Starlight Stadium 14 - Charlotte, Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22, Regal...

Cost: $1

Where:
Regal Entertainment Cinemas
, NC


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The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Join Rutherford Rabbit to enjoy a seasonally themed story and craft activity in the Children’s Garden. Children can water vegetable plants, dig for worms, and explore the sensory and...

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members

Where:
Children's Garden at Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) summer program! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program....

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Spend quality time with your kids at Strike City during Kids Bowl Free! There's no pre-registration required. Offer is valid for children ages 10 and younger. Children must be accompanied by...

Cost: Free

Where:
StrikeCity
210 East Trade St.
#D-164
, NC
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Ahoy mateys!Come aboard with us this month as we sail, dive, swim and explore our oceans! We will learn about amazing aquatic animals and how to keep our oceans clean. Tuesdays and Thursdays:...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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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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Visit SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for Meet-n-Greets with Sharky and special Shark Month weekly programming. Meet Sharky on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July from noon to 4 p.m. ...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The Rosa Parks Farmers Market kicks off its third season on Tuesday, June 5. Shoppers can enjoy more food options, a bigger location, and better hours! Visit the market every Tuesday from June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosa Parks Farmers Market
1600 West Trade St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Mecklenburg County Public Health
Telephone: 704-617-9319
Contact Name: Elliott Royal
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The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout is grassroots racing at its finest, providing up-and-coming young drivers with valuable experience in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte’s...

Cost: $8; free for children 13 and younger

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, 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 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
Website »

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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
Website »

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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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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
Website »

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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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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: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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The Gem Theatre's summer movie program allows children to see a $1 movie on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. These showtimes feature some of last year's blockbusters, but...

Cost: $1

Where:
Gem Theater
111 West 1st St.
Kannapolis, NC
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"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with 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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This Summer Reading Program event will begin at Central United Methodist Church where Gaston County Museum will do an interactive program, “Dancing through the Ages.” Afterward, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Looking for something FUN to do with the kids over the Summer. Look out for SAS Cupcakes' Sweet Weekday Summer Series Story Time!! This one we are reading the adorable book: Purplicious!!...

Cost: $6 per child; parents free

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Conduct hair-raising experiments with the Van de Graff generator. Learn how electrically charged objects push and pull without touching. Build circuits, investigate renewable energy and analyze...

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Join us for our summer break program, presented by Fiddle Stix. Children will be mesmerized as they watch a series of experiments that explore the wonders of dry ice. This program is for rising...

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Rd.
, NC
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Scott Reintgen, author of "Nyxia Unleashed," will make an appearance at Barnes and Noble. Teen readers will not want to miss this event!

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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The Cornelius Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit will provide information to help everyone better navigate the roadways and traffic laws. The educational program will cover the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Town Hall
21445 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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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 »

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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Meet at The Museum of York County on Wednesday mornings as we encourage exploration and investigation of natural history topics with new exhibits, guest speakers and staff led activities. The...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

Regal Entertainment Cinemas, which includes Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, Regal Starlight Stadium 14 - Charlotte, Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22, Regal...

Cost: $1

Where:
Regal Entertainment Cinemas
, NC


Website »

More information

The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) summer program! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program....

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Now through September 9, 2018 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Alfred Manessier, an exhibition of paintings and prints by an artist who sought to create contemplative images where the...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Spend quality time with your kids at Strike City during Kids Bowl Free! There's no pre-registration required. Offer is valid for children ages 10 and younger. Children must be accompanied by...

Cost: Free

Where:
StrikeCity
210 East Trade St.
#D-164
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Ahoy mateys!Come aboard with us this month as we sail, dive, swim and explore our oceans! We will learn about amazing aquatic animals and how to keep our oceans clean. Tuesdays and Thursdays:...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
Website »

More information

Visit SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for Meet-n-Greets with Sharky and special Shark Month weekly programming. Meet Sharky on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July from noon to 4 p.m. ...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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From poison producing millipedes to thorny green briars, nature has many ways to protect itself. Ever wonder how frogs and blister beetles escape those winged predators? Come to Discovery Place...

Cost: $8; free for members and children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place - Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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With this deep dive into the world of the kings of the sea, guests can become shark experts during the attraction’s first-ever Shark Behind-the-Scenes Tour. Experience an exclusive shark...

Cost: $6 in addition to standard admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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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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Lil Miss Fit Dance Studio Scholarship Fund is offering free dance classes every Wednesday for the month of July! To participate in the free classes, simply email parent or guardian's...

Cost: Free

Where:
Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Lil Miss Fits Dance Studio
Telephone: 315-383-2462
Contact Name: Jiya Williams
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Bring your lawn chairs, drinks and snacks, and be prepared to dance at this weekly event that features the music of local bands. Occurs Wednesdays with the exception of July Fourth. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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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
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
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 »

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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
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Website »

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Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1225 E. 4th St.
, NC
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Cinemark Movies 10 in Matthews offers $1 movies on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Movies 10
9508 Northeast Ct.
Matthews, NC
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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
View map »


Website »

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"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come to McMillan Greenhouse for a guided tour of our cactus room, and follow up in the classroom to make a three-dimensional cactus craft.

Cost: $5 per child for non-members, free with family membership

Where:
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9090 Craver Road
, NC
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Sponsor: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Contact Name: Wendy Wilson
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Watch science come alive with TK the Chemist as he leads students in weird, wacky, and unusual experiments. Space is limited to the first 25 arrivals.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Dr.
, NC
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Visit Main Library in Rock Hill for a family-friendly, fun night of board, video, and jumbo size games. Register online before the event.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library (Rock Hill)
138 E Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Contact Name: Ginger Sawyer
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Spend a beautiful summer evening kayaking on the still waters of Lake Haigler. The guide will outfit guests with a kayak and Personal Flotation Device (PFD) before exploring the lake and...

Cost: $15 for single kayak, $20 for tandem kayak

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
View map »


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
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Artists from Clayworks will teach participants how to create their own clay project. Participants will also have the option to take a turn on the potter’s wheel.  All projects will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Tuckaseegee Rd.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1121
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Ayrsley Grand Cinemas is showing some of last year's blockbusters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $3.70 plus tax. Tickets include a Kiddie Combo as well. If...

Cost: $3.70

Where:
Arsley Grand Cinemas
9110 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
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The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) summer program! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program....

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Now through September 9, 2018 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Alfred Manessier, an exhibition of paintings and prints by an artist who sought to create contemplative images where the...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Enjoy transportation themed stories, plus a hands-on activity complimenting the book.

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Spend quality time with your kids at Strike City during Kids Bowl Free! There's no pre-registration required. Offer is valid for children ages 10 and younger. Children must be accompanied by...

Cost: Free

Where:
StrikeCity
210 East Trade St.
#D-164
, NC
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Ahoy mateys!Come aboard with us this month as we sail, dive, swim and explore our oceans! We will learn about amazing aquatic animals and how to keep our oceans clean. Tuesdays and Thursdays:...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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Visit SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for Meet-n-Greets with Sharky and special Shark Month weekly programming. Meet Sharky on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July from noon to 4 p.m. ...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Enjoy live music on Thursdays in June, July and August. Concerts will take place in the Comporium Amphitheater, a popular Greenway venue that features lawn-style seating beneath a shady tree...

Cost: $5 per person (free for members); $5 per car for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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Enjoy summer nights with outdoor music. Food and alcohol available to purchase. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Crossing Paths Park
120 Blythe Dr.
Indian Trail, NC
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Jam out on the third Thursday of every month to a different band. Enjoy the warm weather while rocking out in Crossing Paths Park. Guests can also enjoy lawn games, a kids playground, wine and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crossing Paths Park
120 Blythe Dr.
Indian Trail, 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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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 highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale. Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm and 5:30-9pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-644-3972​
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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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Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up for some outside entertainment. Drinks, popcorn, candy available for purchase. Movies start 5-15 minutes after sunset. April 5: Bradford...

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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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: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1225 E. 4th St.
, NC
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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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Drive down to Gaffney for the South Carolina Peach Festival! Enjoy activities including, but not limited to, inflatables, live music, delicious foods, road race, carnival, pageant, and a car show....

Cost: Free

Where:
201 N. Limestone St.
Gaffney, SC
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"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with 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 in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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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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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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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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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Visit Main Library in Rock Hill this summer for a different musical every week. Bring a snack, a friend, and your dancing shoes! Light refreshments will be provided.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library (Rock Hill)
138 E Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Join the N.C. Transportation Museum for hands-on activities every Friday! Climb aboard a steam engine. Build a flying machine, and launch it in a wind tunnel. Construct a refrigerator car to...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) summer program! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program....

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Now through September 9, 2018 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Alfred Manessier, an exhibition of paintings and prints by an artist who sought to create contemplative images where the...

Cost: Included with admission

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

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Spend quality time with your kids at Strike City during Kids Bowl Free! There's no pre-registration required. Offer is valid for children ages 10 and younger. Children must be accompanied by...

Cost: Free

Where:
StrikeCity
210 East Trade St.
#D-164
, NC
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Website »

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Ahoy mateys!Come aboard with us this month as we sail, dive, swim and explore our oceans! We will learn about amazing aquatic animals and how to keep our oceans clean. Tuesdays and Thursdays:...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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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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Visit SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for Meet-n-Greets with Sharky and special Shark Month weekly programming. Meet Sharky on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July from noon to 4 p.m. ...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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With this deep dive into the world of the kings of the sea, guests can become shark experts during the attraction’s first-ever Shark Behind-the-Scenes Tour. Experience an exclusive shark...

Cost: $6 in addition to standard admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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This food truck rally is family and dog-friendly and features 10-15 area food trucks, live music, and a gated kids' playground. 

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Trinity Presbyterian Church
3115 Providence Road
, NC
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Enjoy food trucks, Old Town restaurants, local beers, wine, children's activities, and live music.  

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park
E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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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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Come out to Downtown Rock Hill's Fountain Park to enjoy Food Truck Friday, which begins May 18 and runs through October. The event occurs every third Friday of the month and includes both live...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Set in 1926, this fast-paced musical dinner show offers Southern food with classic Southern songs. Watch the gospel truths unfold through the eyes and imagination of Tennessee! Show times every...

Cost: Tickets starting at $7

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Contact Name: Angelina
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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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Do not miss these outdoor performances every Friday night this summer at Spirit Square. Events will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather.  Concessions and beverages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Square at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to Aug. 25. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Ste. 206
Huntersville, NC
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Mooresville Parks and Recreation presents Movies on Main! All movies will be shown on the Town Hall lawn in Downtown Mooresville. Movies start at dark, and concessions are available for purchase...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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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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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 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
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
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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
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Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale. Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm and 5:30-9pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-644-3972​
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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 »

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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
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

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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
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Concerts start at 7pm; movies start at dusk. June 1: Coconut Groove June 22: "Wonder" June 28: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm July 13: Red Dirt Revival July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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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
View map »


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

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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: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1225 E. 4th St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Come out for family movie night on the third Friday of every month from May to September! All movies start after sunset. June 15: Space Jam; June 29: Little Mermaid; July 20: Homeward Bound;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Town Hall Lawn
413 N Main St.
Mooresville , NC  28115
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Drive down to Gaffney for the South Carolina Peach Festival! Enjoy activities including, but not limited to, inflatables, live music, delicious foods, road race, carnival, pageant, and a car show....

Cost: Free

Where:
201 N. Limestone St.
Gaffney, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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The 7th Street Public Market and Charlotte Center City Partners are joining forces with The VUE and Catalyst for the annual Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast to benefit the N.C....

Cost: Free; Donations Suggested

Where:
7th Street Public Market
224 E. 7th St.
, NC
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In this Safe Sitter Certification Class, 11-15 year olds will learn how to supervise children, recognize safety hazards, handle first-aid situations, play age-appropriate games, change diapers,...

Cost: $65 for YMCA members; $95 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Get ready for the fun, fast paced 3v3 Live Tournament. Get hundreds a good in-game touches, and see your skills soar in this regional qualifying event. Parents or coaches can register and coach...

Cost: $225 per team

Where:
Mecklenberg County Sports Complex
2425 Sports Parkway
Matthews, NC
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Join the staff from Atrium Health’s Simulation Center and learn about the uses of simulators in the medical field. It’s a day of hands-on learning and life-like practice in Explore More...

Cost: $17; $13 for children (2-13); $15 for seniors (60+); free for members

Where:
, NC


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Calling all kids! KidsFest will feature super-fun interactive games and activities designed just for kids and their families, including music from popular kids’ groups that will rock the...

Cost: Included with admission to Carowinds

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28273
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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This library festival celebrates the culture surround comic books, graphic novels, manga, anime, fandoms, and gaming. The event aims to provide a safe space for those interested in exploring...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Join this free 3.5-mile moderate hike with a historian from the Gaston County Museum and a Carolina Thread Trail leader. Explore the emergence of the textile mills and civil war history. Bring a...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Fork Trail
Lincolnton, NC


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Join us for a morning that’s all about bees! Enjoy special programs and activities focused on the importance of honeybees and beekeeping. Meet our beekeepers, learn about beekeeping and the...

Cost: $8; free for members and children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place - Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Learn about career opportunities in aviation and STEM. Meet mentors and professionals in these fields and learn about what they do and how they got to where they are.

Cost: $15 for members, $25 for non-members

Where:
Carolina's Aviation Museum
4672 1st Flight Dr.
, NC
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Wade in the shallow water of a shady stream while searching for salamanders, crayfish and other creek dwellers. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. Registration is required. Meet at the North...

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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The 2018 Queen City Summer Festival will feature vendors, food, bounce house, kid activities, an outdoor workout station, and entertainment!

Cost: Free

Where:
Carole Hoefener Center
615 E. 6th St.
, NC
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Follow the artists simple step-by-step instructions to each paint your own 11×14 inch canvas. If bringing more than one child, additional painters can be added at $15 per painter....

Cost: $35 per couple

Where:
Cajun Canvas
11116-B South Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Cajun Canvas
Telephone: 1-704-504-5224
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This event has become Carolina's signature entertainment awards show that celebrates the art of music videos from independent/mainstream music artists.

Cost: $25-$75

Where:
McGlohon Theatre
345 N College St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-649-0340
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Join us for this unique literary performing arts event.  Programs are geared toward families with children of all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kannapolis Library
850 Mountain St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Bring your family and your camping gear for a night at the N.C. Transportation Museum! This tent-camping event will include dinner, games, a scavenger hunt, story time, crafts, an ice cream bar,...

Cost: $50 per four guests for non-members, $40 per four guests for members

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Come check out locally owned cars out for display every third Saturday of the month. Trump Bakery will provide coffee and doughnuts for the event.

Cost: Free

Where:
Trump National Golf Club
137 Vestal Drive
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Trump International Realty and Trump National Golf Club Charlotte
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The market runs from June through September. Multiple vendors offer fresh produce, as well as a selection of homemade goods like salsa, butter, honey, bread, eggs, cheese, soaps, cookies, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Liberty Park
225 E. Iredell Ave.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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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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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Scholars are welcome to explore LEGO WeDo robotics at their own pace and level at either of our community #STEAMSaturdyas sites (Hygge Coworking West or Northpointe Offices in Huntersville). Build...

Cost: $25

Where:
Hygge Coworking West
2128 Remount Rd.
, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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These incredible dogs have delighted audiences nationwide at halftime shows on television. Don’t miss them live at Tweetsie Railroad! Shows at 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Saturday...

Cost: $45 adults; $30 children; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Learn more about the busy lives of bees and pollination. Talk with local beekeepers, and discover just how important these hard-workers are to us and the world.

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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If this is your first time out to the Greenway or you are looking to explore, this is the hike for you! Led by a South Carolina Master Naturalist, this gentle hike will cover approximately two...

Cost: Free for members, $5 for non members

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Dr.
Fort Mill, SC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Now through September 9, 2018 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Alfred Manessier, an exhibition of paintings and prints by an artist who sought to create contemplative images where the...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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For the entire month of July, the Kings Mountain Historical Museum's historic houses, the Robert Barber House, built circa 1810, and the George Washington Cornwell House, built circa 1880, will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Telephone: 704-739-1019
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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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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
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Ahoy mateys!Come aboard with us this month as we sail, dive, swim and explore our oceans! We will learn about amazing aquatic animals and how to keep our oceans clean. July 7 and 8: Mermaids and...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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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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Visit SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for Meet-n-Greets with Sharky and special Shark Month weekly programming. Meet Sharky on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July from noon to 4 p.m. ...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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From poison producing millipedes to thorny green briars, nature has many ways to protect itself. Ever wonder how frogs and blister beetles escape those winged predators? Come to Discovery Place...

Cost: $8; free for members and children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place - Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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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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Join us for Open Sailing! Attendees can check out the Sunfish and practice their sailing skills. Children ages 11 and under will need to be accompanied by a competent sailor. A short test will...

Cost: $20 for members; $30 for non members

Where:
Lake Norman YMCA
21300 Davidson St.
Cornelius, 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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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to Aug. 25. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Ste. 206
Huntersville, 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 highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale. Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm and 5:30-9pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-644-3972​
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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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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: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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The African Savannah comes to life on our stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring,...

Cost: Tickets start at $11

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell St. East
Matthews, NC
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Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1225 E. 4th St.
, NC
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Drive down to Gaffney for the South Carolina Peach Festival! Enjoy activities including, but not limited to, inflatables, live music, delicious foods, road race, carnival, pageant, and a car show....

Cost: Free

Where:
201 N. Limestone St.
Gaffney, SC
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"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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