Nonstop Flight Destinations for Charlotte Families

Leave the car at home and hop on a nonstop flight from CLT for family travels farther afield


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Photo courtesy of Portland Japanese Garden

With a multitude of nonstop flights departing from Charlotte-Douglas International airport (and because who really wants to board planes more than once with kids in tow?), getting away to explore vacation destinations is easier than ever. Below are direct-flight destinations from CLT, including the Midwest, East Coast, West Coast and Europe, that offer a plethora of activities and excursions for family vacation. Use these itineraries as a starting point for planning the next great family getaway.— Michele Huggins, editor of Charlotte Parent magazine


 Photo courtesy of City Museum

Climb, play arcade games, ride the miniature train and slide down the 10-story spiral slide at City Museum in Saint Louis.

Saint Louis, Missouri: The Gateway City

Flight time: 2.5 hours.

Saint Louis, known as the Gateway City to the West, is a vibrant city with loads of history. The Gateway Arch is a definite attraction, as well as the Gateway Arch National Park. Take a walk through the Museum at the Gateway Arch to learn more about the history of  explorers, pioneers and rebels that crossed the Mississippi River in pursuit of new horizons. Admission is free. Helicopter rides and Mississippi River paddleboat excursions also offer a different perspective on the Arch.

A can’t-miss destination is the City Museum. This four-story, indoor-outdoor venue is home to numerous exhibits, adventure halls and a range of tunnels, automobiles, ladders and slides that patrons can work their way through. City Museum is perhaps best known for its iconic, 10-story spiral slide that is worth a ride for adults and kids.

The Saint Louis Zoo, located in Forest Park on the west side of the city, is home to animals from all over the world and is known for its high-quality educational programming. While you may choose to pay for some attractions within the zoo, admission is free, a bonus to budget conscious travelers. 

If you’ve got baseball fans in the family, but don’t feel quite ready to take in a major league game, consider taking a short trip to the Gateway Grizzlies stadium. The Gateway Grizzlies, a feeder team for the Saint Louis Cardinals, is known for hosting family nights and special events that cater to their youngest fans. 

For a unique meal, visit The Fountain on Locust, a soda-shop style restaurant that features a full menu and a host of ice cream flavors, as well as an impressive drink menu with grown-up versions of childhood favorites like its famous ice-cream martini. —JP 


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Snap a family picture at Times Square. 

New York City: Big City Lights

Flight time: Direct flights from CLT to any of the three NYC metro area airports take about two hours. LaGuardia is closest to the city if you are grabbing a cab or Lyft. From Newark Airport, you can take the NJ Transit Rail Service to Penn Station in NYC. It takes about 30 minutes and costs $13 for adults and is discounted for kids.

Someone once described New York City to me as a bunch of small villages rather than one great, big city. It’s an apt assessment. You could have countless adventures here, depending on the neighborhoods and boroughs you decide to visit, but for first-time visitors, Manhattan is full of family-friendly options.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE BERTRAND FAMILY

Stroll through Central Park, stopping to play on one of 21 different playgrounds, and visit the Central Park Zoo.

Choosing a hotel around Midtown allows easy access to many popular destinations. The Roger Smith (corner Lexington Avenue and 47th Street), a family-owned boutique hotel with an artsy vibe, is a great choice. It is within walking distance of Rockefeller Plaza and the Broadway theater district, as well as Grand Central Station that offers access to subway lines leading all over the city.

Central Park is an oasis in the city. Go there to wander or enjoy a picnic. It’s home to 21 different playgrounds and the lovely Central Park Zoo. The High Line, a 1.45 mile long greenway built on the site of an old elevated freight train line, is another popular place for strolls and views of the west side of the city, stretching from just below 14th Street to 34th Street. Take a detour to Chelsea Market to pick up gourmet treats. With more than 35 food vendors, it’s a fun place for the whole family to eat and explore. 

The Empire State Building offers incredible views. It’s touristy, iconic and unforgettable. For an extra fee, purchase express tickets in advance to skip lines. Or come first thing in the morning or mid-afternoon on weekdays to cut down on wait time.

Statue Cruises is the only authorized source for ferry tickets and a close up view of Statue of Liberty National Monument. If you want to visit the monument or the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, make advance reservations to guarantee your place. Another option for magnificent views of the city, as well as Lady Liberty, is the nearby and totally free Staten Island Ferry. Trips leave approximately every half hour throughout the day. Avoid rush hour or you may feel packed in like a can of sardines.

Kids love the American Museum of Natural History that offers a scientific lens on the natural world and diverse cultures. It features many excellent permanent exhibitions, including its famed dinosaur fossil collections, and is also home to the Hayden Planetarium. The Metropolitan Museum of Art collections span more than 5,000 years, with everything from Ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary works, including many masterpieces. It has plenty of resources available to enrich your visit, including family guides and audio tours especially for kids (ages 6-12).

For an introductory experience to the performing arts at reasonable prices, check out The New Victory Theater on 42nd Street, a few steps from Times Square. 

You can find any kind of world cuisine in New York so be adventurous. For a sweet treat, don’t miss Dylan’s Candy Bar (3rd Avenue at 60th Street) with three floors of sugary nirvana. —LB


Photo courtesy of Portland Zoo

The Portland Zoo is a treat for kids of all ages. 

Portland, Oregon: West Coast Adventure

Flight time: Just under six hours.

Portland is a mid-size city with a lot to see. Many families enjoy staying in northwest Portland due to its proximity to several attractions, including Washington Park and it’s family-friendly vibe. Washington Park, one of the oldest parks in Portland, is home to the Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Japanese Garden, the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Children’s Museum, The World Forestry Center and one of the state’s best-known playgrounds. Families can easily spend a full day at the park and may want to return a second day.

Just a short hop from Washington Park is the flagship store of the well-known Portland chain Powell’s City of Books. Powell’s City of Books is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world and is a book-lover's paradise. 

If you’re in Portland over the weekend, consider checking out the Portland Saturday Market. The street market is known for its range of independent sellers that carry everything from toys and clothing to jewelry and other fine handcrafts. After spending the morning at the Saturday Market, take a short ride to the Old Spaghetti Factory, a well-loved restaurant that’s as delicious as it is family friendly. Not only can the pickiest eater enjoy a bowl of yummy pasta, there’s also an indoor trolley car and friendly wait staff.  

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is another family venture that features hands-on exhibits focused on everything from berries to satellites. While the museum is fantastically fun for kids, parents also can enjoy the interactive exhibits and special attractions.

There are many hikes that traverse the city or go on a short drive for hikes to some fantastic waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in Oregon at 620 feet, located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, just 30 miles east of the city. —JP




Photos courtesy of Amy Ragsdale

Top: Kids can scale the climbing wall along the Promenade Les Berges de la Seine. Above: Float a toy sailboat in the central pond at Luxembourg Gardens. 

Paris: The City of Lights, Pastries and Art  

Flight time: Eight hours and 20 minutes. 

Admiring the sights of Paris while strolling its charming streets with a fresh baguette in hand is a bucket-list vacation for many. A family trip to Paris doesn’t have to be filled with one stuffy museum after another. Walking the streets of Paris is the best way to soak up its ambiance, and the Promenade Les Berges de la Seine is the perfect place for a family stroll. This car-free path along the Seine River takes you from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre. With climbing walls, hopscotch and other activities, the whole family can be entertained.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most famous landmark, should certainly be on your to-do list, but don’t miss the wonderful playground and centuries-old, hand-cranked carousel in the Parc Champs de Mars, just a five-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower.

After shopping at Le Bon Marche, one of Paris’s oldest department stores, be sure to visit the nearby Luxembourg Gardens. The gardens offer a beautiful, quiet oasis in the middle of Paris. Take a stroll, watch the kids float toy sailboats in the central pond, search for the replica of the Statue of Liberty, and spend time at its fantastic playground (small admission fee and totally worth it).

Live like a Parisian by renting an apartment in Paris’s quiet 7th arrondissement which is home to Rue Cler, one of the best market streets in Paris. Here you’ll find fresh baguettes and croissants, cheese shops conveniently located next to wine shops, creperie stands, pastries, and fresh fruit — all located on this quaint, pedestrian-only street. In the evenings, you are within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower to see its lights sparkle at the top of every hour. —AR, co-owner of Simply Awesome Trips


Aruba: ‘One Happy Island’

Flight time: Four hours.

Despite the island’s small size, Aruba offers big entertainment for families. Because Aruba lies outside of the hurricane belt, it only receives about 18 inches of rain per year and holds a steady temperature, averaging 82 degrees fahrenheit with constant trade winds that keep beach-goers from feeling too hot. The winds have also shaped the native Divi-Divi trees. These unique leaning trees are a trademark of the island and can be seen on jewelry, T-shirts and hotel signs. The winds also power some of the islands most adventurous activities. Older kids and adults can try windsurfing or kiteboarding. Less strenuous watersports along the beach, include  Jet Ski rentals and sea kayaking. Aruba’s crystal clear waters also offer wonderful opportunities for snorkeling and diving. The Jolly Pirates offer daytime snorkeling cruises that explore the Antilla Wreck, often recognized as one the Caribbean's finest wreck dives. Also included are adult beverages, snorkel gear, music and beautiful views. Water explorers can also check out the Pedernales wreck, various other snorkel and dive charter sails, or the Atlantis Submarine.

Though Aruba has plenty of sandy spots to discover, one of the most popular for families is Palm Beach. Calm waters make it easy for little ones to splash and swim. Expect to see palm trees, hotels, water sports, piers, restaurants and shops. Visitors cannot miss the Palm Beach area, for it is home to the high-rise section of the island.

More remote areas to explore, include the desert island’s craggy, limestone cliffs, caves, land bridges, rocky hills and natural pools. Rent a jeep or take an all-terrain vehicle excursion. All-terrain riders and hikers can explore Aruba’s three highest points, Hooiberg, Seroe Jamanota and Arikok for wonderful views. Climb to the top of the California Lighthouse, named after the S.S. California, for a 360-degree view.

Not far from the lighthouse is Faro Blanco, an Italian restaurant with a few vegan and gluten-free options, all served with spectacular vistas. Arashi Beach, which offers parking, showers, beach huts and a nice area for snorkeling, also is nearby. —TW


Barcelona, Spain: Sports, Sun and Culture

Flight time: 8.5 hours.

One of the things that sets Barcelona apart is the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudí, found throughout the city. Park Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers breathtaking views and a close up look at the strange and wonderful art of Gaudí. The spacious park includes colorful mosaics and buildings that look remarkably like giant gingerbread houses. Portions of the park are free but to enter the Monumental Core, the best known area of the park, you do need to purchase a timed entry ticket (get that in advance to guarantee your spot).

Another must-see Gaudí site is the Sagrada Familia, a massive earth-colored cathedral that  appears to be “melting” even while it towers above the city streets  It is still being constructed, some 136 years after Gaudí began the building. Art aficionados may also enjoy visiting the Picasso Museum, focused particularly on the early works of the Cubist master, who spent his formative years in Barcelona.

Soccer fans don’t want to miss a tour of Camp Nou, the stadium where FC Barcelona, one of the world’s best soccer teams and its star, Lionel Messi, play. For a nice stroll, La Rambla, Barcelona’s best-known boulevard is tree-lined with an expansive pedestrians-only area. Here, you’ll find street performers, shops and cafes. It’s a popular destination for tourists, but unfortunately also for pickpockets, so be on your guard (which is generally sound advice for traveling in big cities.) While there, be sure to stop at the tantalizing covered market, La Boqueria, where you can find tons of fresh produce, cheese, meat, fish and other regional specialties. You can eat a meal here or purchase food from the various stands for a picnic to enjoy in nearby Parc de la Ciutadella. You can also rent a small row boat to take on the park’s lake, or visit the zoo, which also is on the grounds.

Sun worshippers may want to make their way to the beach, the closest of which is about a 15 minute walk from La Rambla. You’ll find plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars. You’ll also be near L’Aquàrium de Barcelona, the world’s largest Mediterranean themed aquarium.

While in Barcelona, be sure to sample tapas, those divine small plates featuring all sorts of local flavors, from cheese and ham to scrumptious mediterranean standbys like tomato, garlic and eggplant as well as fresh seafood. For a change of pace, visit the Harry Potter-themed Pudding Coffee Shop (Avinguda Diagonal, 515), for a snack or light meal. The cafe’s three floors are decked out with loads of fun details to explore.

For a birds-eye view of the city, head up to Tibidabo, one of Europe’s first amusement parks. Perched atop a mountain, it’s old-fashioned fun the whole family can enjoy together. —LBR

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June 2019

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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Chef Snoopy is serving up fun, giggles and a delicious breakfast for his best buds. Enjoy breakfast buffet and time with Snoopy and the whole PEANUTS gang. Reservations are required.

Cost: $18 for passholders, $63+ includes daily admission ticket

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, 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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Visitors can shop local artists and makers, purchase food from Hot Tamale Food Truck, cool down with King of Pops, peruse the Charlotte Art League gallery of art studios, and participate in a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Station House
4100 Raleigh St.
, NC
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Investigate the different types of camouflage in this drop-in scavenger hunt.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Come watch teams battle it out at Bank of America Stadium!

Cost: $30+

Where:
Bank of America Stadium
800 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Meet some of the nature center’s resident reptiles.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Meet some of the nature center’s resident reptiles.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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The Gaston All American Fair and includes rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, entertainment and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 22. Free. See website for schedule of events.

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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Church of the Redeemer - Kids offers a class for adaptive learning needs and a sensory room during the Sunday School hour (9 a.m.) and worship hour (10:30 a.m.). Volunteers who desire to come...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sun Valley High School
5211 Old Charlotte Hwy.
Monroe, NC
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Matthews UMC offers opportunities for Christian education, discipleship, fellowship and care for persons of all ages with disabilities and their families. Experience age-level appropriate Sunday...

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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The Special Needs Ministry at Calvary welcomes all ages and abilities! Guests, including parents and caregivers, are invited to join.

Cost: Free

Where:
Calvary Church
5801 Pineville–Matthews Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-341-5413
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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
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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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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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Enjoy a 50-foot Alpine climbing tower, a 40-foot challenge tower and zip-line, fishing pond, archery and wooded hiking trails. Try activities like dodgeball, gagaball, basketball, volleyball,...

Cost: $10 per family

Where:
Hemby Program Center
9760 Happy Valley Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Brace Family Y
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Learn about birds of prey, and watch them showcase their natural behaviors. Witness the silent flight of owls, walk with a seriema, recycle with a raven or even stroll with a vulture! Price...

Cost: $28-$32

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Families with special needs can enjoy lessons and activities tailored for persons with disabilities. Children's class at 9:30 and 11am. Teen class at 9:30 and 11am. Young adult class at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Listen to the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony, and enjoy the summer evenings.

Cost: $5-$14, children 12 and younger free

Where:
Symphony Park
4400 Sharon Road
, 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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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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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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This musical finds the Roman slave Pseudolus scheming his way to freedom by playing matchmaker for his master's son, Hero, who is smitten with the blonde and beautiful Philia....

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father brings in three men from her...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Duke Family Performance Hall
207 Faculty Drive
Davidson, 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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Visit the farms and artisans in Lancaster County for family fun. See website for farm events and details. Benford Brewing Company, 2271 Boxcar Road, Lancaster. Craig Farm, 1859 Craig Farm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Simple Faith Ranch
3248 New Hope Road
Lancaster, SC
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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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A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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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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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Join Guinness World Record holder, Steve Langley, for a joy filled educational and magical experience. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Join Carrina Livingston to learn about what it takes to be a teacher.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Try an assortment of flight experiments from hovering ping pong balls to twirly helicopters.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Kayak the still waters of Lake Haigler. Children younger than 11 must be accompanied by an adult in a tandem kayak.

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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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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Explore nature through stories, song, plantings, crafts and play in Lost Hollow.

Cost: $10 per parent/child; $6 for each additional participant

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU (Matthews and Charlotte locations)
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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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
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Reserve your spot at Open Bounce, a play session for children of all ages.

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Come play in the open gym. All students younger than 3 must have an adult present at all times. Some Mondays are closed due to holidays, so please call to verify playtime.

Cost: $5, cash only

Where:
Carolina Stars
1080 Maxwell Mill Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-548-3441
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Collect our art supplies on a walk in the great outdoors. Registration is required.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
David W Phillips Activity Center
946 Burrage Road
Concord, NC
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Enjoy a variety of stories based on the seasons. Learn about bugs, frogs, plants and other garden friends. Follow story time with a self-guided scavenger hunt.

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with 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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Enjoy stories coupled with fun and easy yoga poses.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities, and wear pajamas! Milk and cookies will be served.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, 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
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

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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
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

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

See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Galleries
65 Union St. S.
Concord, 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

A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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
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 »

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See a special performance of Hugo's All Star Reader show. Board the bus, and take home a free book. Sign up at Community Room door.

Cost: Free

Where:
Steele Creek Library
13620 Steele Creek Road
, NC
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Join the Gaston County Public Library as the Schiele Museum staff present the “Animals in the Stars” using live animals!

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
Website »

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Journey into the past and explore the time of the dinosaurs with hands-on activities and fossil investigations. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Learn all about raptors at ImaginOn. Tickets are free but required.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Learn how to minimize the tough days and maximize the good days for your child at home and school. Learn to thrive, not survive, with ADHD.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Better Brain and Body
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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, 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
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
View map »


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

Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU (Matthews and Charlotte locations)
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, 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

Reserve your spot at Open Bounce, a play session for children of all ages.

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Come for singing, dancing and Imagination Playground creativity!

Cost: Free

Where:
David W Phillips Activity Center
946 Burrage Road
Concord, 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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Discover the world of science through books and hands on activities. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 N. Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout provides up-and-coming drivers with valuable experience in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval. Gates open at 5...

Cost: $8; free for children 13 and younger

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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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

See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Galleries
65 Union St. S.
Concord, 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

A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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

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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
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

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The ballpark is turned into a water park for the day. Festivities start at 10am with water slide, water balloons, water guns, water games, inflatables and more. Game begins at noon.

Cost: $8-$10, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Sims Park
1001 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Gastonia, NC
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The Museum’s historic houses will be open to tour, and crafts and historic games will be outside.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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The puppet show will include literacy, hilarity and hijinks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Learn about insects and explore creepy crawlies with this program by Parks and Rec. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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The peformance is part science, part magic, part math and part entertainment.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Explore photography with photographer, Todd Youngblood. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
, NC
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The whole family can play beach ball volleyball,  capture the flag, relay races and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
HC Nesbit Park
1304 H C Nesbit Park Road
Waxhaw, NC
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Try out a new project every Wednesday night in June. This Wednesday learn how to paint a gem.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, 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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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

Spend time with your child learning about God and having fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
8335 Browne Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
Website »

More information

Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU (Matthews and Charlotte locations)
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, 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

Reserve your spot at Open Bounce, a play session for children of all ages.

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Meet at The Museum of York County on Wednesday mornings to explore and investigate natural history topics with new exhibits, guest speakers and staff led activities. The museum will host two...

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

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

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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, 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
Website »

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Drop off the kids for an evening with The Jolly Lollies. There will be creative play, sing-alongs, dance parties, pizza and a movie.

Cost: $45, $20 for additional sibling

Where:
Suffolk Punch
2911 Griffith St.
, NC
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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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Charlotte Ballet's Cultural Dance Program presents African Dance classes. Classes are drop-in format, open to all ages and free of charge for participants. There is also child supervision...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 West Sugar Creek Road
, 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

Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

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


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

See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Galleries
65 Union St. S.
Concord, 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

Children will engage their brains by learning about various important aspects of the garden landscape. Parent or guardian attendance and preregistration are required. June 12: Herbs June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pike Nurseries
Ballantyne, Lake Norman and Matthews Locations
12630 N. Community House Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Celebrate summer with a bilingual storytime, face painting, programs for teens and adults, refreshments, and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
View map »


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

Listen to a dinosaur story and frost a cupcake.

Cost: $6 per child

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Special guest, Donna Pruett will perform with music, magic and balloons.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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This 45-minute puppet show is based on stories from children's picture books.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

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The performance is part science, part math, part magic and part entertainment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Website »

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Join the library for a special showing of a popular movie.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

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The Jolly Lollies will present a fun, interactive musical performance.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Website »

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Learn how to protect yourself from aliens through games of skill and strength. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Mill Public Library
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC
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Join Al Bigley as he showcases his art for firms like Marvel Comics and Disney. Explore cartooning and graphic design. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
, NC
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Register to create fun hands-on science experiments.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library Rock Hill
138 E. Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Come for a kids’ zone, food trucks and live music from Coming up Brass and DJ, Brian Wilson.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
400 E. Central Ave.
Mount Holly, NC
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Dance the night away with Best Buddies North Carolina, The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte and The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte. Enjoy an evening of music, refreshments and...

Where:
The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte
501 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

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Witness Latta's nightlife take flight while searching for fire flies. Fire-fly safe headlamps will be provided for the hike. Meet at the Horse Trailer Parking Lot.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
Website »

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During a 30-minute time slot you and your child will explore art materials and processes with our early childhood educators in the enclosed picnic area. Wear clothes that can get messy or stained....

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

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


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

Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU (Matthews and Charlotte locations)
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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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
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This class incorporates songs and movement and ends with a calming story.

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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Reserve your spot at Open Bounce, a play session for children of all ages.

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Explore the world through stories, crafts and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Preparatory School
212 Boyce Road
, NC
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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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Hear music at the greenway every Thursday in June, July and August. Bring chairs, blankets, and money for food trucks, beer, wine and sodas. See website for the food truck and band lineup, as well...

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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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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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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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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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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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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ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father brings in three men from her...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Duke Family Performance Hall
207 Faculty Drive
Davidson, NC
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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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See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Galleries
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Bring the kids to watch the family musical!

Cost: $10-$15, lap children free

Where:
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 North Main
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Mooresville Community Children's Theatre
Telephone: 704-662-3334
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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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A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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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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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Drop kids off to create red, white and blue hats and star-spangled wavers.

Cost: $18-$35

Where:
Kidcreate Studio
636 Crown Pointe Lane
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Discover the nature of Charlotte's greenways and their importance to the environment. Please bring water and closed toed shoes, and be prepared to walk up to three miles.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, 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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Homeschooling families are invited to bring history to life through hands-on activities.

Cost: $6 per student, adults free

Where:
Fort Dobbs
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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Participate in educational and therapeutic activities for children with special needs with Little Achievers, a sub group of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Bring your lunch and a blanket to watch a movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Library
119 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Bring your lunch and a blanket to watch a movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Let the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra entertain you with two concerts in Uptown. June 8: “The Music of Queen” June 28: “Video Games Live”

Cost: $19-$99

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Music from the greatest video games of all time will be performed live.

Cost: $19+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Symphony
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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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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU (Matthews and Charlotte locations)
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Reserve your spot at Open Bounce, a play session for children of all ages.

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Enjoy a round of mini golf for $5 per person until 5pm.

Cost: $5, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Mr. Putty's Fun Park
2333 Dam Road
Tega Cay, SC
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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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Kids will learn some basic yoga positions that go along with the story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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Explore Black Contemporary Art in these family-friendly daytime workshops. Morning workshop for ages 6 to 18 will begin at 11 a.m. Afternoon Workshop for all ages will begin at 2 p.m. June...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Make a unique project out of clay that will last a lifetime. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to Grier Heights Community Center for pickup.

Cost: Free

Where:
Greer Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-498-1487
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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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View the website for band schedule. DJ spins at 6 p.m. Bands play at 7 p.m. May 17 and 31, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, and August 10.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rotary Pavilion
107 N. South St.
Gastonia, NC
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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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Grab a blanket or chair for the water ski show! Parking at Windjammer Park is free for the show.

Cost: Free

Where:
Windjammer Park
89999 Windjammer Drive
Tega Cay, SC
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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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Enjoy a variety of programming and activities, including a host of speakers and interactive workshops, creative arts, open gym, sports and fitness, swimming, and a meal.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stratford Richardson YMCA
1946 West Blvd.
(Also Keith Family YMCA, McCrorey Family YMCA, Simmons YMCA)
, 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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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

Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

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


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

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father brings in three men from her...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Duke Family Performance Hall
207 Faculty Drive
Davidson, 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

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
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Website »

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See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Galleries
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Bring the kids to watch the family musical!

Cost: $10-$15, lap children free

Where:
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 North Main
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Mooresville Community Children's Theatre
Telephone: 704-662-3334
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

The story of this great Apache leader comes to life and is a triumphant story of hope and healing that transcends time.

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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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
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

A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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

Show More...
Show Less...

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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Come for reenactment groups, military vehicles and weapons of war. Once night falls, enjoy music, food vendors, trackless train rides and a fireworks show! Fireworks show is free and open to the...

Cost: $4-$12, children 2 and younger free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Develop and improve physical and mental health through bike riding and socializing with peers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Dress to get messy while creating nature-inspired art. Programs from 9:30am-noon and 1-3:30pm.

Cost: $6

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Come for carnival games, dog show, pony rides, fishing contest and 20 charities with booths and activities.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Why Not An American Ark
3224 Medlin Road
Monroe, 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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Historic interpreters representing the Rowan County militia will display military camp life and musket firing demonstrations.

Cost: Free, $2 suggested donation

Where:
Fort Dobbs
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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Come for family activities, games, giveaways and live music on hte patio. Ten percent of sales will benefit Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity.

Cost: Free

Where:
City Barbeque Matthews
1514 Galleria Blvd.
, NC
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Expo presents vendors of things weird, creepy and unusual.

Cost: $10, children 12 and younger free

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 Highway 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Debunk common myths about native and exotic animals. Learn all about strange and creepy creatures and meet some of them in person.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Fans of all ages can see a demo of new interactive Toy Story toys, enjoy giveaways and more while supplies last.

Cost: Free

Where:
Target Stores (all Charlotte area locations)
900 Metropolitan Ave.
Suite 2
, NC
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Get your feet wet learning about animals who call the creek home.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Take a guided kayak tour to learn about the early civilizations on the river, moonlit moonshine runs and the train at the bottom of the water. Tours are free if you bring your own kayak.

Cost: $25

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Some of pop music’s most enduring legends are the great vocal bands, great singers with irresistible harmonies. Hear this a cappella collaboration perform. Shows at 3 and 8 p.m.

Cost: $20

Where:
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Main Street will be alive with shopping, music, food and beverages and Fort Mill fun! Food trucks include Cibi Cibi, Mysausagebuddy, The Improper Pig's Oinker and Kona Ice Fort Mill.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Fort Mill
Main Street
Fort Mill, SC
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Parmalee will perform prior to the largest fireworks display in the event’s history. Music starts at 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Lincoln High School
6471 NC-73
Denver, NC
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At 5pm, the Freedom Float Group Paddle begins, and at 6pm, enjoy live music, food trucks, vendors, lawn games and a kids’ craft area. Fireworks light the sky at approximately 9:15pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cramerton Centennial Center
Cramerton, NC


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Guests can enjoy live music, trivia, face painting, balloon art and more at North Carolina’s premier outlet shopping center! “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will begin at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Premium Outlets
5404 New Fashion Way
, 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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Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve with certified instructors while enjoying nature. Children ages five to nine are required to be in a tandem with an adult. Registration is required.

Cost: $20 single, $25 tandem

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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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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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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Meet some of Charlotte’s very own canine heroes while celebrating opening day of Discovery Place's new IMAX movie, "Superpower Dogs." See Southeastern Guide Dogs, the...

Cost: $15-$19, children younger than 2 free, included in admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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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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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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The professional 3-on-3 basketball league founded by producer, actor, and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz is coming to Charlotte.

Cost: $34+

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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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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Learn about birds of prey, and watch them showcase their natural behaviors. Witness the silent flight of owls, walk with a seriema, recycle with a raven or even stroll with a vulture! Price...

Cost: $28-$32

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Watch as the athletic dogs launch into the pool while chasing after their favorite toys, all earning points based on how far they soar.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tryon International Equestrian Center
4066 Pea Ridge Road
Mill Spring, NC  28756
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Sit, stand or lay atop of the water, and enjoy the sights of nature. All equipment is provided; registration is required.

Cost: $25

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Each month will have different giveaways and themes. Furry pals are invited to relax on the patio area. Event will benefit Humane Society of Charlotte. Pet friendly stores in Rea Farms will have...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
9805 Sandy Rock Pl.
Unit 8
, NC
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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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Listen to live music, and after some of the concerts, stick around for fireworks! Check website for fireworks schedule.     June 1: Sawyer Brown     June 15: Too...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Enjoy a variety of programming and activities, including a host of speakers and interactive workshops, creative arts, open gym, sports and fitness, swimming, and a meal.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stratford Richardson YMCA
1946 West Blvd.
(Also Keith Family YMCA, McCrorey Family YMCA, Simmons YMCA)
, 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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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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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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ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father brings in three men from her...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Duke Family Performance Hall
207 Faculty Drive
Davidson, NC
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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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Bring the kids to watch the family musical!

Cost: $10-$15, lap children free

Where:
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 North Main
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Mooresville Community Children's Theatre
Telephone: 704-662-3334
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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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The story of this great Apache leader comes to life and is a triumphant story of hope and healing that transcends time.

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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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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A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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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