Kids in the Kitchen: Creating a New Generation of 'Foodies'

The benefits of exposing kids to cooking, food and kitchen skills at an early age.


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Gigi Gibbs loves making desserts. "I think she has made almost all of the recipes in the dessert cookbook," says her mother Sue Gibbs. Gigi, 11, can cook a complete meal and isn’t afraid to alter recipe ingredients to suit her taste. Gigi began cooking two years ago after a neighbor gave her some cookbooks that sparked her interest. Gigi is similar to many kids whose cooking skills go well beyond their years.

With primetime cooking competition shows like "Chopped Kids," "Rachael Vs. Guy Kids Cook-off" and "Master Chef Junior with Gordon Ramsey," kids are stepping up their game and serving television judges that are more than three times their age complex dishes like pork chops with rosemary potatoes, sautéed apples and carrots, and lemon and blood orange cream pie with raspberries.

Not only are kids starring in cooking shows, they are also watching. According to Bob Tuschman, general manager and senior vice president of programming for the Food Network, 12 million children ages 2 to 17 were watching the Food Network every month in 2010, and the number continues to rise.

This pint-size cooking renaissance has inspired many local organizations and businesses to offer culinary camps and classes to youngsters ready to don an apron and create a signature dish. Exposing kids to cooking, food and kitchen skills at an early age can also mean making healthier eating choices, increased confidence, curiosity in trying new foods and a lifetime of good habits.

"I think more and more people are realizing the importance of not only getting their kids involved, but the importance of cooking at home," says Shannon Bourret, healthy eating coordinator for Whole Foods’ Salud Cooking School in the SouthPark and Lake Norman stores.
 

Where Do Carrots Come From?

If your kids think food magically appears in the grocery store and ends up as dinner, they aren’t alone. "It is so important for kids to know where their food comes from," Bourret says. When kids visit local farmers markets or grocery stores, they learn that all food doesn’t come made-to-order and ready to go. "I think when kids get involved in the kitchen, it helps them explore foods a little bit," she says.

She encourages parents to include kids in the entire meal preparation process — from writing the grocery list and weighing in on the menu to setting the table and putting the final touch on a meal. Give your child a choice of two vegetables as a side then allow them to help prepare the food they picked, she suggests. Then when mealtime rolls around they are excited to try what they helped prepare.

And colors matter. Bourret says families should focus on "eating the rainbow." Parents can make fruits and vegetables more appealing by talking about how different colored fruits and vegetables help the body in unique ways. "They learn I’m going to eat a carrot and help my eyesight," she says. At mealtime, talk about where the food came from and make the connection. "They learn it’s full circle."

Susan Caldwell, founder of Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios in Charlotte, Cary and Raleigh, invites parents to throw out the grocery list and go on a food adventure. "Walk around the store together touching the produce and picking out new foods," she says. "Talk about its texture and ask children what they think they can make with it."
 

Age-Appropriate Kitchen Tasks

So how do you know if your child is ready to handle the responsibility of being in the kitchen? "Pay attention to what they are asking you," says Chef Carrie Hegnauer, owner and culinary director of The City Kitch, a commercial rental kitchen and culinary education center in the University area. "Are they hanging around? Are they interested and asking questions?"

If they do seem interested, there are simple kitchen tasks for every age. Registered dietitian and author Elaine Magee says kids under age 5 can help wash vegetables in a colander, remove husks from corn, break up lettuce or snap ends off green beans. By ages 8 to 10, kids can read recipes, stir food over the stove with supervision, grate cheese, measure ingredients and create their own recipes.

Flour Power Studios offers cooking classes, camps and birthday parties for all ages and interests, however, the school’s preschool cooking class — where toddlers and parents explore cooking together — is usually the first to sell out, says Caldwell. "We recently lowered this age because so many parents begged us to, stating their children were already involved and enjoyed cooking at home with them," she says.

The City Kitch doesn’t rely strictly on age to assess kitchen readiness for kids interested in culinary camps or classes. Instead, Hegnauer asks parents what they let their kids do in the kitchen at home to figure out if they are ready for a course.

"Don’t underestimate your kid," she says. "They are probably more capable than you think." She’s seen many kids rise to the occasion when entering a cooking class. "When you put them with a professional, suddenly they are chefs."

No matter the task, the payoff for starting kids in the kitchen early has many benefits. "When you start them young, it starts a foundation to have a lifetime of positive food choices," Bourret says.
 

Lifelong Learning

Whether preparing a gourmet meal or eating a can of soup over the sink, you’ve got to eat. "So much can be learned by being hands on in the kitchen at an early age," Caldwell says. "It teaches children reading, chemistry and math skills."

The culinary arts can also provide an outlet for a child who hasn’t found his or her niche yet. Caldwell says that parents call looking for an activity for their child who might not be interested in sports, arts or other activities. "Those children come the first day and are so timid, scared and afraid," she says. "In a very short period of time we see those same children bursting with pride and excitement at what they’ve been able to accomplish."

Patricia DelBello, director of culinary operations at Johnson and Wales University, started a cooking and baking camp for children at the school in 2008. The class has been wildly popular and sells out every year, she says. She sees many of the same kids return each summer, but even if campers don’t ultimately pursue a culinary career she hopes they learn to love preparing delicious, healthy meals for themselves, friends and family.

"It is practical knowledge that will never go to waste," DelBello says. "It creates enjoyment, a sense of achievement, and will have a positive impact on their health and well-being."

Kids also learn what it takes to put a meal on the table, Bourret says. And with all the tasks to cross off the to-do list before you dig in, everyone can help. "No matter what you are into, there is something for everyone," Bourett says.

Courtney McLaughlin is a freelance writer, Charlotte native and mother to a wonderful 9-year-old daughter whose French toast will knock your socks off.

 


Mini-Chef Culinary Classes

From camps to weekend classes, birthday parties and parents night out, these culinary hot spots are a great place to inspire your culinary master in the making.
 

Charlotte

Flour Power Studios
Quail Corners, 8438 Park Road
704-759-4337
flourpowerstudios.com

Gypsy Soup
Serving Lake Norman and Charlotte areas
704-779-2608
gypsysoup.wordpress.com

Johnson & Wales University
801 W. Trade St.
980-598-1000
jwu.edu/charlotte

Salud! Cooking School, Charlotte
Whole Foods Market, 6610 Fairview Road
980-213-2400
wholefoodsmarket.com

The City Kitch
9545 Pinnacle Drive
704-499-3046
thecitykitch.com

YMCA of Greater Charlotte
Various locations
704-716-6200
ymcacharlotte.org
 

Fort Mill

Bakers Buzzin
725 Stockbridge Drive
803-548-7979
bakers-buzzin.com
 

Huntersville

Williams-Sonoma
16740 Birkdale Village Pkwy.
704-895-8331
williams-sonoma.com
 


Kitchen Safety 101

The most important ingredient to any culinary experience is safety. Following are rules of the kitchen from area chefs.

Wash hands. Wash hands. Wash hands.
Be sure everyone in the kitchen washes their hands before and after handling food, especially raw meat and seafood.

Be aware when ovens, stovetops, grills and microwaves are in use.
Ask an adult for help or supervision when preparing food on a hot stove.

Curl your fingers under your hand when using a knife.
Learn proper knife skills and invest in finger guards until you get the hang of it.

No running or playing around in the kitchen.
Be aware of what you are doing and what other tasks are going on in the kitchen area.

Gather all the items together you will need before you start cooking.
This helps limit trips around the kitchen.

Know when to ask an adult for help.

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USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Through this new exhibit, the NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to the trucks and racers who made the Truck Series such a success. Haulin': 25 Years of NASCAR Trucks features eight race trucks,...

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

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
, NC
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This smash hit Broadway musical is loosely based on the rivalries within Diana Ross and The Supremes. Rated PG-13. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art examines the rise of three-dimensional objects issued in editions, which emerged as an international phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Things Come Apart exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday items. Images explore how things are designed and how technology has evolved over time.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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This exhibit explores the various aspects of walls, which includes the artistic, social, political and historical aspects, as well as the physical barriers like fences or sand berms. The space is...

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

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

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Join us for our Pinkyswear Virtual Kids Triathlon event. This virtual event which kicks off formally on June 1st for all ages and abilities, and the triathlon can be completed anywhere! The...

Cost: $15

Where:
, NC


Sponsor: Pinkyswear Foundation
Contact Name: Valorie Liggett
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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A dynamic stage performer has been cast as Blippi to entertain and thrill audiences in a live musical.

Cost: $24.75-$65

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The businesses at the Warehouses on White are pleased to host families and friends on the first Friday of the month for a night of fun and food.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Warehouses on White
130 W. White St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Fans will enjoy Friday Night Fireworks and Scout Sleepover. 

Cost: $13+

Where:
BB&T Stadium
324 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

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

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

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

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Caregivers and their littles learn new yoga poses with songs and games. Multiple class rates available.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
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Enjoy the SingPlayMove experience in the comfort of your own home. This 30-minute class is presented through Zoom.  Each week's class will have a unique Zoom Meeting ID and...

Cost: $12 per child

Where:
Online
345 N. College St.
, NC  28202
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Sponsor: Arts+
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

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

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Songwriters Eve and Natalie, host SongShare - a free online songwriting  space for students middle school to high school to sing, play and share. SongShare was...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online only! Zoom classroom
Charlotte, NC


Sponsor: Find Your Voice: A Songwriting Experience
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A single balloon lifts the spirits of a solitary man in this sweet story for preschoolers. A mischievous balloon finds its way into the home of a solitary old man, and suddenly his curmudgeonly...

Cost: 10-12

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E 7th St
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: Children's Theatre of Charlotte
Telephone: 704-973-2826
Contact Name: Sarah Kasper
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rab dinner from a variety of local food trucks at this weekly rally. Visit the website for a list of participating trucks.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Resident Culture Brewing Company
2101 Central Ave.
, NC
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
, NC
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Treat the kids and yourself to a fun night out! Drop kids off to run, play and dance. Pizza dinner is included.

Cost: $25

Where:
Romp n' Roll NW Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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The businesses at the Warehouses on White are pleased to host each first Friday for a night of fun and food!

Cost: Free

Where:
Warehouse on White
130 W. White St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Website »

More information

River Jam brings live music outdoors, right in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. Hear music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, as well as during each of...

Cost: $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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The DJ and beverage garden will kick off at 6pm, and featured bands will start at 7pm. Food will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

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

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

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


Website »

More information

This smash hit Broadway musical is loosely based on the rivalries within Diana Ross and The Supremes. Rated PG-13. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Taste of Charlotte is a three-day festival featuring samples from area restaurants along with live entertainment, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, performances...

Cost: Free admission, cost for food

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
5th Street to Stonewall
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art examines the rise of three-dimensional objects issued in editions, which emerged as an international phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s.

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

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


Website »

More information

The Things Come Apart exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday items. Images explore how things are designed and how technology has evolved over time.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

See the original, Broadway-style dinner show, and experience the story of Stephen and the Apostles. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $10-$40

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

More information

This exhibit explores the various aspects of walls, which includes the artistic, social, political and historical aspects, as well as the physical barriers like fences or sand berms. The space is...

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

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


Website »

More information

Join us for our Pinkyswear Virtual Kids Triathlon event. This virtual event which kicks off formally on June 1st for all ages and abilities, and the triathlon can be completed anywhere! The...

Cost: $15

Where:
, NC


Sponsor: Pinkyswear Foundation
Contact Name: Valorie Liggett
Website »

More information

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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Arts+ will provide a visual art workshop series with live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Website »

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Arts+ will provide a visual art workshop series with live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Check out more than 100 vendors, 18 free rides, fireworks and live music. Shuttle locations to parking will be available.

Cost: Free

Where:
Crooked Creek Park
5900 Oakwood Lane
Indian Trail, NC
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Enjoy this outdoor musical celebration. Tailgating spaces will be available. Salisbury Swing Band will perform at 5pm; the Salisbury Symphony will perform at 7:30pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Salisbury, NC
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Experience storyteller, Carolyn Evans as she portrays moments from Harriet Tubman's life and work with the Underground Railroad. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to reserve your seat.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Performing storyteller, Carolyn Evans will portray moments from Harriet Tubman's life in this Histo-Drama about her life and work with the Underground Railroad. Light refreshments will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-2312
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Get ready for the ultimate rock and worship experience at Rock the Park in the Carowinds’ Paladium Amphitheatre.

Cost: TBA

Where:
Carowinds Paladium
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Home Depot
4750 South Blvd.
, NC
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Explore art and music through the eyes of your child. Registration includes access to Family Portrait and Musical Saturdays programs.

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
The Bridge
4100 Raleigh St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Arts+
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15-$20 per person, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
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The City of Charlotte's Animal Care and Control will bring a selection of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to the center court inside the mall for adoption.

Cost: Adoption prices may vary per pet

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
Website »

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Arts+ will provide a visual art workshop series with live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Let Arts+ teaching artists guide you towards your artistic goals. Any young artist interested in a career in the arts can benefit from this collaborative creative environment.

Cost: $10

Where:
The Bridge
4100 Raleigh St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Arts+
Website »

More information

River Jam brings live music outdoors, right in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. Hear music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, as well as during each of...

Cost: $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

This smash hit Broadway musical is loosely based on the rivalries within Diana Ross and The Supremes. Rated PG-13. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Taste of Charlotte is a three-day festival featuring samples from area restaurants along with live entertainment, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, performances...

Cost: Free admission, cost for food

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
5th Street to Stonewall
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art examines the rise of three-dimensional objects issued in editions, which emerged as an international phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s.

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

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


Website »

More information

The Things Come Apart exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday items. Images explore how things are designed and how technology has evolved over time.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

See the original, Broadway-style dinner show, and experience the story of Stephen and the Apostles. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $10-$40

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


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

More information

This exhibit explores the various aspects of walls, which includes the artistic, social, political and historical aspects, as well as the physical barriers like fences or sand berms. The space is...

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

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


Website »

More information

Join us for our Pinkyswear Virtual Kids Triathlon event. This virtual event which kicks off formally on June 1st for all ages and abilities, and the triathlon can be completed anywhere! The...

Cost: $15

Where:
, NC


Sponsor: Pinkyswear Foundation
Contact Name: Valorie Liggett
Website »

More information

A single balloon lifts the spirits of a solitary man in this sweet story for preschoolers. A mischievous balloon finds its way into the home of a solitary old man, and suddenly his curmudgeonly...

Cost: 10-12

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E 7th St
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Sponsor: Children's Theatre of Charlotte
Telephone: 704-973-2826
Contact Name: Sarah Kasper
Website »

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