New Baby, New Business: How Local Moms Made It Work

Being a new mom isn’t easy. Launching a business isn’t, either. But doing both at once? It’s not as crazy as it sounds.


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Girl Tribe founders Sarah Baucom and Carrie Barker.

Whether you’re someone’s boss or someone’s employee, the new working mom juggle isn’t easy — and it isn’t for everyone. The same could be said for entrepreneurism. After all, it’s a bit like birthing a business. 

Of course, there can be some great perks to being your own boss, (Flexible schedule? Yes, please.), but that’s not to say there won’t also be challenges. We spoke with two local entrepreneurs who launched their businesses as new moms — and wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are eight lessons from their inspiring stories. 

 

1. Timing isn’t always everything

If there’s never a perfect time to have a baby, there’s also never a perfect time to launch a business. Women, in many ways, have the mindset to tackle both.

“I really enjoy working with women business owners,” says Eileen Joyce, lead economic business specialist for the North Carolina chapter of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“What I’ve seen in moms who start a business or they own a business and they become moms [is that] women are much better at juggling and scheduling, prioritizing, multitasking. And it really shows up in their business too.”

For Sarah Baucom, an entrepreneur and mother of two, there was no reason to wait. Her first child was just 3 months old when she founded Girl Tribe Co., a women-positive graphic T-shirt company.

“For me it felt so emergent,” says Baucom, who launched Girl Tribe with fellow mom Carrie Barker while also holding down a full-time job. “Every single day, in those early years, we weren’t working in the same office, but we worked all day long together over Gchat, and text and calling. When you’re fueled by something, there’s no stopping that. That’s the exciting part. You wait your whole life for that moment.” 

Escape Tactic owner Sarah Hamer took a slightly different path, leaving her job as an analyst at Red Ventures to launch an escape room business. She intended to have it up and running before her first child was born, but finding a location proved more difficult than she expected.

“There were a lot of places that didn’t want to rent to us,” Hamer says. “It was almost a year of trying to find a place. We’d get pretty close and then something would fall through. By the time we closed on a property, I was seven months pregnant.” 

The timing may not have been ideal, but Hamer couldn’t fathom turning back. “In some ways I think [the timing is] a blessing in disguise, because even I can laugh at how crazy this is. It seems comical that you would be going into labor when there’s a bulldozer at your building.”

 

2. Seize the day

Girl Tribe’s biggest break came when the Carolina Panthers ended up in the Super Bowl six weeks after the company’s first pop-up event and the idea to make female-friendly T-shirts to support the home team took hold.

 “I was looking around and I was like, oh my God, these shirts are so ugly that everybody is wearing! We can do better than this,” Baucom says. 

There were, of course, some challenges. In addition to a tight timeline to get new T-shirts designed and printed before the big game, Baucom’s cofounder, Barker, was now the one with the baby who was just 3 weeks old. Baucom came up with a concept and a basic design — a tongue-in-cheek mashup of a famous line from “Star Wars” and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly that read, “Luke, I am your future wife.” She tossed up a post on Facebook to gauge interest and there was a lot of positive response. Then it was go time.

“Carrie cleaned up the graphics; the Super Bowl was two weeks later. We had lines of women come in to buy. Exhausting every screen printer in town,” Baucom says. “We were like, ‘This is awesome!’ We were on the news three times that week for Super Bowl shirts.”

 

3. Ask for advice

“Motherhood also prepares you on how to seek advice. I find women are more apt to ask more questions of more people, whether they’re going to talk to fellow business owners about who’s your accountant, who’s your lawyer and why?,” Joyce says. “I’m amazed at the business owners who don’t do that. When I ask, ‘Why didn’t you ask another business owner, why didn’t you seek three quotes?’ They don’t have an answer. Mothers make great business owners.” 

From connecting with fellow business owners to finding vendors or employees, one of the most important new business tactics for Girl Tribe was getting out there and meeting people while promoting their business. Baucom and Barker attended conferences to see what other business owners were up to. Then they focused on local entrepreneurs, asking for meetings over coffee to seek advice and opinions.

“The biggest thing we’ve ever done is just network constantly. I tell people that all the time,” says Baucom, adding that nine out of 10 people she asked to coffee said yes. “Those people are some of my strongest supporters to this day. And now, people take us to coffee. Now I can give that advice.”

 

4. Be Ready to Learn — Constantly

New moms are often eager to learn, and there’s no shortage of friends and family — online or in person — to learn from. That hunger for finding out what works for others also translates well to the business world, but keep in mind some lessons are best learned firsthand.

“I love all the lessons we’ve learned, even if they were really crappy at the time,” Baucom says. “I think when you’re an entrepreneur it feels, especially early on, like the most excited you’ve ever been in your whole life, constantly. We’re much more grounded now.” 

She encourages anyone who is thinking of starting a business to seek and accept help “Sometimes we have a hard time asking for help. I know when people ask me for help I love to help them if I can.”

 

5. Focus on Finances

It’s important to have a handle on your finances from the start and be prepared for whatever curveballs might come your way, something Hamer found out firsthand.

“As a planner I had these financial models, employee models, everything modeled out. And then there are delays you would never imagine,” she says. 

One example? Mecklenburg County was hacked in December 2017, the county’s electronic files were frozen, and the hacker demanded $23,000 in exchange for an encryption key that would release the files. 

For Hamer, that meant the inspectors who needed to check out her building were delayed. She couldn’t open for business until that final step was complete. 

“If you can’t take it in stride it can be really defeating,” she says. “Who would’ve expected the city getting hacked? And that has real impact. I remember reading that [in the newspaper] and thinking, ‘We’re in trouble. This is going to delay things for weeks.’”

Baucom and Barker didn’t pull a salary during Girl Tribe’s first three years. Instead, they invested their profits back into the company.

“For any entrepreneur, get your money right as soon as possible. I think that’s so important,” Baucom says. “If you don’t have your money right, then what are you doing?”

 

6. Find Your People

Sometimes the support you need as a new mom and new entrepreneur isn’t business related at all. For Hamer, it was Mom 2 Mom, a Facebook group of local moms, that helped her feel supported.

“I couldn’t have made it through without their encouragement. If you feel isolated as a mom, it can feel really daunting,” she says. “It’s hard whether you’re running a business, staying at home or working a corporate job. We’re all just trying to do what’s right for our kid at that moment. That’s helped keep things in perspective.”

Then there’s the support a new business owner gets at home, especially when there are kids at home too.

“Carrie and I are really, really lucky that both of our husbands are super supportive,” Baucom says. “It’s really important to feel like you’re held up.”

Hamer agrees. “My husband’s such a huge help. He has his full-time, demanding job, but that he is willing to help with the business when I need help on top of his normal job is huge and such a relief; sometimes it doesn’t feel like it’s all on my shoulders,” she says. “I really couldn’t have done this without him.”

 

7. Seek Balance

Like with parenting, it’s important to have perspective — and remember that change is coming.

“It’s important to embrace, when things are really chaotic, that this is just how things are today. Or this week. Or this month,” Hamer says. The feeling of not being fully available as mom or business owner is typical, but as Hamer says, “You just kind of have to own that and accept what the outcome is. When I feel like I’m fighting myself — when I feel like I’m at work and should be at home — nobody wins.”

 

8. Believe in Yourself

Confidence and believing in their own work ethic is what has helped to propel Girl Tribe Inc. 

“It doesn’t matter what we do, we’re just going to keep trying to do it. We’ve always been confident in our own work ethic more than anything else.” 

And don’t forget: Your kids are watching. Parental entrepreneurship was found to be a strong determinant of a person’s own entrepreneurship, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Economics. Researchers from the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University and Amsterdam School of Economics at the University of Amsterdam found that in Sweden, having an entrepreneur for a parent made a child 60 percent more likely to become an entrepreneur. Their conclusion? Unsurprisingly, parents are powerful role models.

Baucom’s parents are both entrepreneurs, and her young daughter is already paying attention to her hard work and her successes, although she may have unique ideas about what those successes are.

“Once I said, ‘What does Mommy do?’ And [Baucom’s daughter] said, ‘Mommy makes cookies,’” Baucom laughs. “I had gotten custom cookies for all the Girl Tribe sponsors. She helped me with that.” 

“People want to know how we did it as moms. My answer is always, ‘I don’t know.’ You just do it,” adds Baucom. “Your kids are asleep, you’ve got a job, you’ve got two hours. Don’t waste those two hours on Facebook. This is go time. [Having a child] just made me more focused. It makes you better at time management.”

Aleigh Acerni is a writer who lives in Charlotte with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. She understands the hustle and keeping on top of deadlines and the job of being a mom.

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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, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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This class combines yoga and play through  poses, songs and calming time.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Come make fun, kid-friendly campfire meals. Registration is required. May 21: Banana Boats June 18: Dogs in a Blanket July 16: Waffle Cone S’mores Aug. 20: Pizza Pies

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Drop the kids off to paint with acrylics. Focus is on brush strokes, design elements and color theory.

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

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

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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Come decorate cupcakes, and hear a story. Payment is required to reserve your spot. Call in advanced.

Cost: $6 per child

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Snap photos, draw pictures and take notes like a scientist to create a living record of the park as it changes throughout the year.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Geek out on everything comics and manga related.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Enjoy puppet shows, songs and movement activities that support early literacy.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Certified technicians will check and help families install car seats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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A technician will help you learn how to install your seat correctly in your vehicle. Bring your child, seat, and vehicle and plan to spend at least 20 minutes. No appointment required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Division office of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
, NC
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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Website »

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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

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


Website »

More information

Little ones are invited to jump, roll and play in the Carolina Flipz gym!

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy.
Suite B
Pineville, NC
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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Bring your seat , child and vehicle, and plan to spend at least 20 minutes with a technician. No appointment is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Fire Station
19729 S. Main St.
Cornelius, NC
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Website »

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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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Enjoy free admission on Wednesdays this summer from 5 to 9 p.m. beginning July 3 through August 28.

Cost: Free

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

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Party in Romare Bearden Park! May 15: Steve Owens and Summertime May 29: Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot June 12: Hip Pocket June 26: The Entertainers July 10: Randy Clay Band...

Cost: Free

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

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Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

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

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

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


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

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


Website »

More information

Little ones are invited to jump, roll and play in the Carolina Flipz gym!

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy.
Suite B
Pineville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This summer series offers music, children's activities, local craft vendors and a farmers market. Market opens at 5 p.m., live music starts at 6p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Historic White Home
258 E. White St.
Rock Hill, SC
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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 18: “Spiderman: Into...

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
Main Street and Maxwell Street
Huntersville, NC
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On Thursday evenings, starting June 6 through August 29, listen to live music at Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Bring awareness to the mind, body and breath through yoga poses. All are welcome, from beginners to seasoned yogis!

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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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

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

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

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


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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


Website »

More information

Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this heart-warming story about the joys of friendship, Amos McGee knows friends can come in all sorts of species, too. Lively and engaging puppets...

Cost: $10+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

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Sale is conveniently located just 9 miles from Mooresville, 10 from Concord, 4 from Kannapolis and 12 from Salisbury! Presale ($5 charity donation) on Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 9...

Cost: Free

Where:
Turning House Mill Works
501 S. Main St.
Landis, NC
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Website »

More information

This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

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Come learn about Meck Basics, a community-wide brain development campaign. Learn how you can begin implementing five basic principles that encompass much of what experts find is important for...

Cost: Free

Where:
NewDominion Bank
1111 Metropolitan Ave.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
Website »

More information

Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Join Hugo and the Honeybees at GiGi’s Playhouse Charlotte to celebrate winning the Technocom Technology Makeover!

Cost: Free

Where:
Gigi's Playhouse Charlotte
9109 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
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Toys will be available for drop-in, self directed play.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Website »

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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Dance Davidson
140 Jackson St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
Website »

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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Dance Davidson
140 Jackson St.
Davidson, NC  28036
View map »


Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
Website »

More information

Visit Wing Haven for a family-friendly evening of fun with local food truck, New Wrap Order and live music from Hot Chocolate and Vanilla Soul Duo! Food, wine, beer and other beverages available...

Cost: $15, children 10 and younger free.

Where:
Wing Haven
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Check out the car and truck show, as well as the music, family friendly activities, raffle and door prizes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veteran's Park
Main Street and Maxwell Street
Huntersville, NC
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Join Mercy Church for a night of worship and music! The evening will last a little over an hour and will focus on the singing of original songs from Mercy Church. Tickets are free, but reserve...

Cost: Free

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Event is packed with jewelry, handbags, make-up tips, gourmet treats, shopping, fashion shows, cooking classes and speakers. See website for discount ticket pricing information. Fri. and...

Cost: $6-$12, children younger than 6 free with paying adult

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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During this interactive playtime for toddlers, wiggle to music and giggle with friends.

Cost: Free

Where:
David W Phillips Activity Center
946 Burrage Road
Concord, NC
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Starting in May and running through October, come out to Camp North End in the Boileryard on Friday nights for food and music. Children and leashed pets welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Boileryard at Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Matthews presents food trucks, kids' activities, craft beer and wine, and weekly bands.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Come down to historic downtown Mount Holly for another awesome Summer Concert Series!

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
Mount Holly, NC


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Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie in the park. Food available for purchase. Movie begins at dusk. March 29 and Aug. 23 at Crooked Creek Park, 5900 Oakwood Ln.,...

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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Come to NarroWay Productions for dinner and a show! Before the kings and after all the deliverers were at rest, there was a time of judges when every man did what was right in his own eyes....

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, except June 21, which is Movie on the Green.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to August 31. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Huntersville, NC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Bring a chair or a blanket, and enjoy food trucks or a picnic. "Rec in a Box," which brings  activities such as sports equipment, art and education supplies, bicycles and more to the...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park, Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this heart-warming story about the joys of friendship, Amos McGee knows friends can come in all sorts of species, too. Lively and engaging puppets...

Cost: $10+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Sale is conveniently located just 9 miles from Mooresville, 10 from Concord, 4 from Kannapolis and 12 from Salisbury! Presale ($5 charity donation) on Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 9...

Cost: Free

Where:
Turning House Mill Works
501 S. Main St.
Landis, NC
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This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
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Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Attend this farewell celebration for hummingbirds who will be preparing for their long trip to Central America. Hummingbird banding, guest speakers, kids' activities and food trucks will be on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Say “TREATS!” The portrait studio will offer 15-minute pet portrait sessions in exchange for a donation of $25 or 10 lbs. of dry dog food for the Humane Society of Charlotte.

Cost: $25 or 10 lbs. of dry dog food

Where:
Reflections by Rhiannon Portrait Boutique
9741 Southern Pine Blvd.
Suite J
, NC
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Bring the family for vendors, food ,crafts and entertainment including water activities, bounce houses, Paw Patrol photo booth, Royal Princess Concert, face painting, balloon animals and a petting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown York
14 N Congress St.
York, SC
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Enjoy an intimate yoga practice on the East Boulevard outdoor patio along with complimentary YAFO kitchen juices and hummus hustler small bites following the class. Reserve your spot.

Cost: $5

Where:
Yafo Kitchen
1235 East Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Yafo Kitchen & SweatNET
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This expo is a celebration of the best products, services and entertainment for children and families. Free activities include bounce houses, face painting, video game truck, demos, character meet...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carolina Courts
240 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Enjoy live music all day from at the Gazebo at Patriot's Park. There will also be water games, a Woodie car show and vendors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Patriot's Park
220 S. Railroad Ave.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Mud Factor 5k Obstacle Run will feature giant cargo climbs, mud pits, water slides and a kids' run.

Cost: $45-$65, plus $15 for parking

Where:
Hodges Family Farm
3900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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For $15, The Haigler Club will wash, towel dry and adorn each dog with a Greenway bandana. All proceeds benefit the Mary Warner Mack Dog Park. Adoptable dogs from the Humane Society of York County...

Cost: Free, $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
148 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Families will enjoy food, games, vendors, cannon fire, reenactments, pirate shows and contests.

Cost: $6

Where:
Museum of the Waxhaws
8215 Waxhaw Hwy.
Waxhaw, NC
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Come for the giveaway of 500 backpacks full of school supplies at the Praising Place Church Annual Gear Up Back to School Community Event.  There will also be water slides, other giveaways,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Praising Place Church
5268 North Sharon Amity Road
, NC
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Sponsor: the Praising Place Church
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Try a 45-minute class filled with singing, dancing and playing! Cost can be applied to fall tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
405 E. Park Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Come shop jewelry, art, kids clothing, pet gear, foods, decor and a farmer's market while enjoying live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Ballantyne Village
14825 Ballantyne Village Way
, NC
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Meet Turtles from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles. The Sewer Studio Tour will allow kids to create their own dynamic stop-motion videos with Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action...

Cost: Free

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Meet Sir Purr, and decorate cookies. Adults can also enter a giveaway.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reid's Fine Foods SouthPark
4331 Barclay Downs Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Reid's Fine Foods
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Try a 45-minute class filled with singing, dancing and playing! Cost can be applied to fall tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
405 E. Park Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Play games, slip down the water slide, eat ice cream and more outside of the food court entry.

Cost: Free

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Explore the expressive, active, and creative benefits of dance.

Cost: $10

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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This event will offer all-you-can-eat fresh blue crabs, one side of fish and chips, snow crab legs platter, music and a family friendly environment. Tickets for 1-3:30 p.m. time slot or 4-6:30 p.m.

Cost: $10-$55

Where:
Park Road Park
6220 Park Road
, NC
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Discuss teen fandom of pop culture while enjoying snacks and fun geek activities. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Join Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood to kick off their Friends of Summer summer event series. This event's theme will be Legion Jam Fest. Event is family-friendly and dog friendly.

Cost: Free

Where:
Legion Brewing
1906 Commonwealth Ave.
, NC
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Come celebrate Halloween early with costume clad festival goers. Festival will kick off at 4 p.m., and the zombie walk will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Kannapolis
119 West Ave.
Kannapolis, NC
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Festival will feature food, live music, adult beverages and a corn maze.

Cost: $15-$20, children ages 3 and younger free

Where:
Aw Shucks Farms
3718 Plyler Mill Road
Monroe, NC
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All movies are shown on an inflatable screen at locations throughout Cornelius with refreshments available for purchase. June 15: Cornelius Town Hall July 27: Ramsey Creek Park Aug. 24:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbins Park
17738 West Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Come play with your kids at My Gym! Parent participation is required. Parents wear socks; children go barefoot.

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
My Gym Southpark
5110 Park Road
2D
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Rock Hill rides gives new riders the chance to learn how to ride. Staff will be on site to teach the biking basics and safety. Borrow or bring your own bike and helmet. No registration is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rock Hill SC BMX Track Parking Lot
1307 Riverwalk Pkwy.
Rock Hill, SC
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Celebrate the history of Tweetsie Railroad, the ET&WNC Railroad, and mountain culture! 

Cost: $32-$50, free for children younger than 2

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Join this family-friendly open art session where your little Picasso can shine! Each week will be different activities including easel painting, sensory stations and themed art projects.

Cost: $10

Where:
Noah's Art of Southpark
5110 Park Road
2C
, NC
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Sponsor: Noah's Art of Southpark
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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Event is packed with jewelry, handbags, make-up tips, gourmet treats, shopping, fashion shows, cooking classes and speakers. See website for discount ticket pricing information. Fri. and...

Cost: $6-$12, children younger than 6 free with paying adult

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Beginners and seasoned yogis are invited to practice. Please bring a mat and water bottle.

Cost: $5, additional $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Explore the greenway’s water ways, and wear closed-toe shoes that can get muddy. Bring a guardian and a change of clothes. Registration is required.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in these half-hour sessions along the Raptor Trail. Saturdays 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays 1 and 3 p.m.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Be amazed by the show put on by these native and exotic flight birds and their trainers at this annual sensation.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Participants learn critical reading and writing skills, advocacy, volunteerism, art, videography, public speaking and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, 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
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Learn about vultures found at Carolina Raptor Center.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Meet one of the animal ambassadors for a photo opportunity, and take a behind the scenes tour of the Raptor Hospital. Get an up close look at an Eagle. Children younger than 16 must be...

Cost: $28-$32

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Come to NarroWay Productions for dinner and a show! Before the kings and after all the deliverers were at rest, there was a time of judges when every man did what was right in his own eyes....

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, except June 21, which is Movie on the Green.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Website »

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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to August 31. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Take a closer look at some of the more macabre events that took place at Rosedale over the years.

Cost: $20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

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

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

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


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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


Website »

More information

Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this heart-warming story about the joys of friendship, Amos McGee knows friends can come in all sorts of species, too. Lively and engaging puppets...

Cost: $10+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

Sale is conveniently located just 9 miles from Mooresville, 10 from Concord, 4 from Kannapolis and 12 from Salisbury! Presale ($5 charity donation) on Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 9...

Cost: Free

Where:
Turning House Mill Works
501 S. Main St.
Landis, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

Cost: $7-$9, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

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Annual Guides

G.P.S. [Go.Play.See]

Your guide to raising kids in the Queen City, plus our 2019 Readers' Favorites for places to play, explore and learn with the kids.

Education Guide

A comprehensive guide to independent, private, charter and public schools in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Union and York counties.
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