People Who Care 2017


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It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. But these five Charlotte parents have gone above and beyond what’s necessary with their inventive solutions to problems close by and across the globe. From leading inclusive dance classes to making sure kids have a comfortable place to sleep, each one of these parents are committed to improving the lives of children. They are proof that you never know when inspiration will strike - and that it often happens when it’s least expected.


Daniel Fogarty | Beds for Kids

Helping families turn houses into homes

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Daniel Fogarty with his daughter Lily Fogarty. 


Daniel Fogarty has helped thousands of Charlotte-area families give their children a comfortable place to sleep at night. Fogarty launched Beds for Kids in 2011. “I was struggling with what to do with the rest of my life,” Fogarty says. “I needed to do something with my life that mattered.”

The nonprofit organization supports Charlotte-area families as they transition from temporary living situations or homelessness into permanent homes by offering its clients sturdy, quality furniture, including beds for children at a very low cost.

Beds for Kids “started small,” with Fogarty collecting furniture in his garage, serving 256 kids its first year. In 2016, the organization served 1,881 clients. For 2017, the organization is poised to hit a new milestone. “This year, we’ll probably cross the 2,000 mark,” Fogarty says.

A typical Bed for Kids client is moving into a house and out of a car or a pay-by-day hotel. Most clients are working, many working two jobs. They may have enough saved to pay the first month’s rent and get the power turned on, but they then move into an empty apartment, Fogarty says.

“We have served people that were fairly high up [career-wise],” he says. “We had volunteers here from local banks, and they ended up serving someone that had been many layers higher up than them in management. It was a layoff in 2008, a massive car wreck, a breast cancer diagnosis … and then homeless. That puts us all in the scope of being there. Just about any of us could be in that situation.”

Fogarty says launching Beds for Kids has helped him grow as a parent. Seeing his own daughter’s excitement at sleeping in her “big-girl bed” for the first time really drove home the power of the work he does. A sense of community building is something he wanted his daughter to experience as well. Giving local kids a way to volunteer — whether they’re picking out a new bedding set at Target and bringing it to the Beds for Kids warehouse, or raising money so that other kids can have a bed to sleep on — has become a secondary part of the organization’s mission.

“Growing that next generation is something we take very seriously around here,” he says. In addition to accepting donations and giving warehouse tours, Beds for Kids opens up the warehouse for a Kids Serve Saturday event with family-friendly volunteer activities for all ages.

“We want to love the people who are standing in front of us every day,” Fogarty says. “They’re some of the most hard-working people. To live in poverty in Mecklenburg County is one of the hardest things I’ve ever seen.” bedsforkids.org.


Meg McElwain | Mitchell Bays Turner Pediatric Fund

Helping families of children battling pediatric illness

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Meg McElwain with her children Frank and Mitchell Turner. McElwain started Mitchell Bays Turner Pediatric Fund to honor her son Mitchell Turner and support families who have children that are battling pediataric cancer.


It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: your child is diagnosed with a serious — and eventually, terminal — illness. That was Meg McElwain’s reality in 2012 when her younger son, Mitchell Turner, was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric leukemia at just 3 months old.

“When Mitchell was diagnosed, we realized very quickly that through his dad’s work, we had 100 percent [insurance] coverage for Mitchell’s care,” McElwain says.

Although Mitchell achieved remission, he later relapsed and died just weeks after his second birthday. McElwain paired her skills as a nonprofit marketing consultant with the money that friends and family had collected for Mitchell’s care to help other local families. Now in its fifth year, the Mitchell Bays Turner Pediatric Fund helps to support social needs, such as utility bills and mortgage payments, of families with children facing life-threatening pediatric illnesses.

“For me, this work is so very personal,” McElwain says. “It fills the space where Mitchell’s life would be.” The fund works with families whose children are battling childhood cancers, but as an open pediatric fund, it can benefit the families of children facing any life-threatening pediatric illness, including pediatric mental health.

“Most people don’t realize that kids have mental health issues too,” McElwain says. “There is a 15-bed inpatient pediatric mental health area
of the hospital at Novant [Health Presbyterian Medical Center] where children as young as 5 years old are often on suicide watch.”

To help address this need, Mitchell’s Fund has partnered with the Children’s Medical Fund and Foundation for The Carolinas to fund a pediatric mental health needs study. For the second year, the Mitchell Bays Turner Pediatric Fund is underwriting the salary for a full-time clinical psychologist at St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Novant Healthy Hemby Children’s Hospital to help children who are undergoing cancer treatment better understand what’s happening to them throughout their cancer journey. mitchellsfund.org.


Deedee Mills | Behailu Academy

Empowering youth through the arts

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Deedee Mills, left, is the founder of Behailu Academy, an arts-based after-school program that serves approximately 300 middle and high school students.


Restaurateur and mom Deedee Mills was inspired to create Behailu Academy after a heart-breaking mentoring experience. Mills was a mentor to a 12-year-old boy who, due to family circumstances, was in and out of his home. Over the course of six years, Mills watched as he dropped out of school, joined a gang, fathered a child and got arrested for murder.

“It was devastating,” she says. “I felt like I didn’t see him enough, I didn’t do enough, I didn’t say the right things. I talked to him about going to college … without truly understanding his everyday plight of survival.”

Mills recognized that kids need somewhere to go after school to fill time and that sports aren’t for every child. She created Behailu, an arts-based after-school program for middle and high school students.

“Through the arts, academic support and community service, our kids find their voice and use it to change their world,” Mills says.

Since its first programs launched in 2012, Behailu Academy has served approximately 300 students in after-school and summertime programs. Students can participate in dance, computer animation, music production, painting, mixed media, photography and music therapy.

“It’s always rewarding to see our kids graduate from high school,” Mills says. “But for me, it’s even more so when they get and excel in a job or career.” behailuacademy.org.


Kim Smith | A Chance to Dance

Giving Kids With Special Needs 'A Chance to Dance'

Photo by Sarah Nelson Conklin 

Kim Smith with students from a Chance to Dance. Smith’s junior novice special needs competitive team received the 2017 Performance Award at the World Dance Championship in Seacaucus, New Jersey.


When Kim Smith’s youngest daughter Reagan Smith asked to take dance lessons, she was determined to make it happen. But finding a dance studio that could accommodate Reagan, an autistic 8-year-old with sensory processing disorder, wasn’t easy. Smith, who studied dance as a child and works as a receptionist for Plantation Animal Clinic in Matthews, decided to create a program herself. In 2015, she launched A Chance to Dance, hosted by Miss Donna’s School of Dancing, that offers dance classes for special needs children.

“Reagan was my inspiration for the program,” says Smith, who is the program director and a teacher. “A Chance to Dance is a champion for inclusion. We have students that range in age from 3 to 28 years old, and we currently have students affected by autism, spina bifida, Down syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, cerebral palsy, shizencephaly, achondroplasia, double amputee, sensory processing disorder and many others.”

In 2016, Smith’s junior novice special needs competitive team received the 2017 Performance Award at the World Dance Championship in Seacaucus, New Jersey. “They were the first-ever all special needs team to receive a golden ticket invitation to the World Dance Championship,” she says.

In its third season, about 40 children are signed up for A Chance to Dance. “It’s extremely fulfilling to connect with children through the magic of dance. The smiles, the giggles, the bond and the friendships we build with these children and their families is priceless.” achancetodance.org.


Rebecca Wofford | The Lunch Project

Teaching kids how to be global citizens through food and fundraising

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Wofford

After visiting Tanzania and recognizing the need for a developed school lunch program at public schools, Rebecca Wofford founded The Lunch Project. The nonprofit serves 1,800 students in Tanzania.


Rebecca Wofford didn’t set out to change the world. The attorney and mother of two was a professor on a trip to Africa, teaching her students how to write. At a school in Tanzania, a headmaster asked her to help — and it changed her life. Children there were just starting to get access to public education. At the time, Wofford’s children were in first and second grade at Selwyn Elementary School. She thought of how different their school experiences were, realizing that new public schools in Tanzania had real challenges with learning and attendance, mostly due to one major challenge: lack of resources to feed lunch to students. Even with the challenges, Wofford was struck by the community’s dedication to its children’s educations. 

I had these sort of overwhelming moments,” she says. “And it wasn’t even that I felt like I wanted to help them, it was more like, I want to be a part of this.”

That’s when inspiration struck. She could become a behind-the-scenes funder, working from Charlotte to help a Tanzanian public school develop a lunch program for their students. The Lunch Project was born.

The Lunch Project currently serves 1,800 students in two Tanzanian schools, and has plans to expand to a third school and 700 more kids. The nonprofit empowers Tanzanian communities by hiring local mothers to cook a culturally sensitive meal over an open fire for the school children, using supplies purchased from local farmers. The children gather firewood and buckets of clean water from the community well, and bring bowls from home. It’s working: Having food at school every day has boosted test scores and attendance.

The Lunch Project’s second mission is to give children in Charlotte a way to participate in something that makes other people’s lives better. After her child’s second-grade teacher asked her to speak to the class, she realized explaining how members of Tanzanian communities support one another through The Lunch Project was the best way to present their challenging circumstances in a positive light.

“It’s pretty easy to understand,” she says. “A kid needs lunch at school. You can feed one kid for 9 cents per day; a whole school for $100 or less. It really just took off,” she says.

So much so, in fact, that other teachers wanted to get involved. Last year, she worked with Queens University to develop a true curriculum, focusing on empathy education, that’s available to schools starting this fall.

After learning about The Lunch Project, kids are often inspired to raise money on their own, Wofford says. And since every dollar goes a long way, it gives them a sense of accomplishment. “The kids know their projects are meaningful,” Wofford says. thelunchproject.org.

Aleigh Acerni is a Charlotte-based freelance writer who strives to teach her preschooler the value of giving back in the community.

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

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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Explore nature in and around the recreation center. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Charlotte Recreation Center
2401 Kendall Drive
, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Young entrepreneurs get a chance to showcase their wares and talents as they create their own unique brand and product.

Cost: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Participants will explore their creativity through themed art projects.

Cost: $15

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1102
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Join B Music Youth for music education and mentorship.

Cost: $41

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Gain an experience in a variety of different activities that assist in developmental growth through socialization.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Recreation Center
6709 Pence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1122
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Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child (ages 3-12) receives a discount as well, costing only $5 each. 

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 866-229-1573
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Sun., 1-7pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-7pm; Fri., 9am-8pm. 

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Merino's Furniture Venue
500 S Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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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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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Discover nature through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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As part of Creek Week, celebrate Charlotte creeks and streams with a special water-themed story time, including a guest appearance by Stormy from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services!

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Mecklenburg Stormwater Services
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As part of Creek Week, celebrate Charlotte creeks and streams with a special water-themed story time, including a guest appearance by Stormy from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services!

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Mecklenburg Stormwater Services
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Explore the organisms in the museum's pond.

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

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Become a nature detective, and explore through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $6

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Teens will explore chemistry as seen in cooking.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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This workshop will assist with college searches, application and admission requirements, scholarships and financial aid, as well as college related stress felt by families.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Drop in for a literacy scavenger hunt inspired the children's picture book, "Love" by Matt de la Peña.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Certified technicians will check and help families install carseats. 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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Dig in to investigate the basics of herb and veggie gardening. Students will learn about different types of soil, plant choice, caring for and maintaining a garden. There will be 6 stations set...

Cost: $5-$12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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This drop off program for children presents an engineering challenge based on a popular nursery rhyme. After their engineering challenge, participants meet the animals and participate in humane...

Cost: $20

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Spend time with your child learning about God and having fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
8335 Browne Road
, NC
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Sponsor: The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: BounceU of Charlotte
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Enjoy stories, movement with music and a seasonal craft.

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

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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A professional artist teaches discovering, creating and celebrating artwork inspired by the Bechtler collection.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts

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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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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Each day participants will create a different food item with staff.

Cost: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Explore nature in and around the recreation center Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Charlotte Recreation Center
2401 Kendall Drive
, NC
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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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
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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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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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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

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


Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Website »

More information

Sun., 1-7pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-7pm; Fri., 9am-8pm. 

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Merino's Furniture Venue
500 S Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Commissioned by ATC and part of the two-play collaboration with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, this original work explores the questions around a family tragedy and how it impacts the...

Cost: $7.50-$28 general admission

Where:
Hadley Theater
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
, NC
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Website »

More information

Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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
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Website »

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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Discover the nature of local greenways and their importance to the environment in Mecklenburg County.

Cost: Free

Where:
Four-mile Creek Greenway
Council Place Road off E. John St.
Matthews, NC
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The classic, virtue-based story comes to life in a fun, interactive show!

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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Discuss “textile art” before creating textile art of your own with string and wood.

Cost: $15

Where:
Recreational Art Studio
4959 Hwy. 49 S.
Harrisburg, NC
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See a puppet show with songs and activities that support early literacy and foster a love of books.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Create, experiment and practice teamwork in age appropriate challenges. Explore the world of water quality and the importance of storm water through experiments and hands-on activities. 

Cost: $15

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Watch a showing of the Community Read novel turned film, "The Hate U Give."

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Discover snowstorms, rainbows and volcanoes in jars through educational activities and experiments. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Drop in for a literacy scavenger hunt inspired the children's picture book, "Love" by Matt de la Peña.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dig in to investigate the basics of herb and veggie gardening. Students will learn about different types of soil, plant choice, caring for and maintaining a garden. There will be 6 stations set...

Cost: $5-$12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, 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
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Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. March 14-15, Geocaching; March 28-29: Creek Week. Registration is...

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: BounceU of Charlotte
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Sing to songs, move to the music and enjoy an active practice with caregiver and child. Parent or guardian must be present in class.

Cost: $15

Where:
Blossom Tree Wellness
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

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This program will embrace the unstructured play to build socialization skills and stimulate imagination, problem solving and independence. Bring a bike or scooter. Lunch is provided for...

Cost: $12

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

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

Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

The Levine JCC is thrilled to present three PlayPlay shows this season, "Psshh," "Wee" and "Shalom." Shows recommended for the very young. Check website for show times.

Cost: $12

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-366-5007
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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
View map »


Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Three madcap actors weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild, hysterical ride!

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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Sun., 1-7pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-7pm; Fri., 9am-8pm. 

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Merino's Furniture Venue
500 S Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Website »

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Fair will feature family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides, food and shows.

Cost: $5-$10, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Queen Charlotte Fair
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Commissioned by ATC and part of the two-play collaboration with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, this original work explores the questions around a family tragedy and how it impacts the...

Cost: $7.50-$28 general admission

Where:
Hadley Theater
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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

Community school of Davidson’s high school theater department will present "Little Women, The Musical," based on the best loved classic by Louisa May Alcott. The timeless tale of...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
CSD ArtSpace
404 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
View map »


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Prepare for college and kick off your ACT prep with a free practice exam. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Explore the natural world through arts and crafts! Registration and parent attendance required.

Cost: $4

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


Telephone: 980-314-1129
Website »

More information

Participate in a variety of hands-on science experiments, engineering projects or math puzzles.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Join thought-provoking conversation with award-winning actor, author and entrepreneur, Hill Harper as he brings his message of motivation and empowerment to Charlotte's youth.

Cost: Free

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

More information

Drop in for a literacy scavenger hunt inspired the children's picture book, "Love" by Matt de la Peña.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
Website »

More information

Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. March 14-15, Geocaching; March 28-29: Creek Week. Registration is...

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Sessions are structured and include a fairy host, tea party with light snack, dress-up clothes, craft, face painting or light makeup, and story time.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiaras and Tales
921 Crossroads Plaza
Fort Mill, SC
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Website »

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

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: BounceU of Charlotte
Website »

More information

With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Come for movies at Cane Creek park. Family fun begins at 6 p.m., and movies start at 8 p.m. March 22: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" March 29: "Peter Rabbit" April 12:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cane Creek Park
5213 Harkey Road
Waxhaw, NC
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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien 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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One night while a pair of siblings are having fun with a new friend in their basement, they unearth a mystery that transports them on the adventure of their lives. Along the way, they discover...

Cost: $15+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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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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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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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The Levine JCC is thrilled to present three PlayPlay shows this season, "Psshh," "Wee" and "Shalom." Shows recommended for the very young. Check website for show times.

Cost: $12

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-366-5007
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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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Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Ballantyne Arts Center
11318 North Community House Road
, NC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Three madcap actors weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild, hysterical ride!

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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Sun., 1-7pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-7pm; Fri., 9am-8pm. 

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Merino's Furniture Venue
500 S Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Fair will feature family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides, food and shows.

Cost: $5-$10, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Queen Charlotte Fair
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Commissioned by ATC and part of the two-play collaboration with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, this original work explores the questions around a family tragedy and how it impacts the...

Cost: $7.50-$28 general admission

Where:
Hadley Theater
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
, NC
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Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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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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Don't miss out on the annual Birdhouse Building Contest to benefit educational programming at Wing Haven. Houses built by registered participants will be on display during the Annual Spring...

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, 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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Community school of Davidson’s high school theater department will present "Little Women, The Musical," based on the best loved classic by Louisa May Alcott. The timeless tale of...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
CSD ArtSpace
404 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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At the Blue Star Blitz Outdoor Recreation Festival, run a 5K or 10K trail race, bike an adult or junior short track race, participate in the hiking challenge, or register for the kids'...

Cost: $10-$40, $5 parking fee for non-competitors

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Fort Mill, SC


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The annual Charlotte LUNGe Forward 5K Run, Walk and Rally will include a kids' dash and a variety of activities for the entire family.

Cost: $15-$30 to race

Where:
McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Road
, NC
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Girl Scouts, from Daisies to Juniors, will complete requirements for respective badges, including the new Legacy Artist Badge for Brownies. Register online, and see website for program schedules.

Cost: $15-$60

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Telephone: 704-829-1294
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See cars of all makes, models and years while enjoying the DJ, family friendly activities, raffles and door prizes.

Cost: $10 per vehicle to register, free to attend

Where:
Discovery Place Kids Parking Garage
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Learn about team building and communication while making new friends. Register online. 

Cost: $20

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Concord Mills presents “Peter Rabbit” at AMC. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and movie begins at 10 a.m.

Cost: $5

Where:
AMC Concord Mills 24
8421 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Children will love hands-on activities that demonstrate work and play in the 18th and 19th centuries. See and pet farm animals, learn about historic farm chores, watch a plowing and milking...

Cost: $6-$10, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, NC
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From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy visits by children's authors and creative activities for kids. In the evening from 6 to 9 p.m., welcome award-winning authors for a reception, readings,...

Cost: Free

Where:
UNC Charlotte’s Center City Campus
320 E. 9th St.
, NC
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Enjoy music, games, prizes, special offers and fun. Then visit Bunnyville for photos with the Easter Bunny.

Cost: Free; cost for photos with Easter Bunny

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Come listen to a story, make a craft and meet the Easter Bunny!

Cost: $13 per child

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Celebrate World Water Day, and learn about water chemistry.

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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Reed Gold Mine will celebrate the role of Sarah Reed as an unsung hero in its history with a presentation. Beyond the much-enjoyed “rags to riches” gold rush story, this is the tale of...

Cost: $2 for all ages 8 and older, 7 and younger free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine SHS
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC  28107
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Telephone: 704-721-4653
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One night while a pair of siblings are having fun with a new friend in their basement, they unearth a mystery that transports them on the adventure of their lives. Along the way, they discover...

Cost: $16+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Play Wii-U while developing literacy, critical thinking and teamwork skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Slog through the creek in boots to search for early spring frogs.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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This family-friendly event offers music, food, NC beer and wine. Admission is free, but parking is $5 per vehicle. Kids Zone admission, food and drinks are available for purchase.

Cost: Free admission; $5 for parking

Where:
Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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Local stars, paired with professional dancers, perform ballroom dance numbers that are scored by judges from the competitive dance world while audience members vote for their favorite star by...

Cost: $125

Where:
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drop in for a literacy scavenger hunt inspired the children's picture book, "Love" by Matt de la Peña.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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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
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Guided trail rides are open to riders of all experience levels.

Cost: $45-$50

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
1058 Horse Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Join B Music Youth for music education and mentorship.

Cost: $31

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Come assemble, paint it and take home a wooden model kit. 3/23: Pirate Ship, 3/30: Race Car, 4/6: Teepee, 4/13: Birdfeeder

Cost: $5

Where:
Village Park Shelter A
119 North Main St.
Kannapolis, 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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Music and Movement activities for ages one, two and three! All ages are welcome to attend, and infants receive free admission. Come jam to stories and songs!

Cost: $2 per child

Where:
UWI- Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albemarle Road
Suites 211-213
, NC
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Sponsor: United World Initiative's
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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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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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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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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Website »

More information

Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

One night while a pair of siblings are having fun with a new friend in their basement, they unearth a mystery that transports them on the adventure of their lives. Along the way, they discover...

Cost: $15+

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


Website »

More information

In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

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

Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

The Levine JCC is thrilled to present three PlayPlay shows this season, "Psshh," "Wee" and "Shalom." Shows recommended for the very young. Check website for show times.

Cost: $12

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-366-5007
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

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Ballantyne Arts Center
11318 North Community House Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Three madcap actors weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild, hysterical ride!

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

Four men were to be crucified that day in Jerusalem. Only three crosses were raised. This is the story of The Fourth Cross. See website for show times on March 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30...

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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Fair will feature family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides, food and shows.

Cost: $5-$10, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Queen Charlotte Fair
Website »

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Commissioned by ATC and part of the two-play collaboration with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, this original work explores the questions around a family tragedy and how it impacts the...

Cost: $7.50-$28 general admission

Where:
Hadley Theater
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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
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Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
, NC
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Don't miss out on the annual Birdhouse Building Contest to benefit educational programming at Wing Haven. Houses built by registered participants will be on display during the Annual Spring...

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, 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

Community school of Davidson’s high school theater department will present "Little Women, The Musical," based on the best loved classic by Louisa May Alcott. The timeless tale of...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
CSD ArtSpace
404 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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