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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Photo courtesy of Daniel Fogarty

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

Photo courtesy of Meg McElwain

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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Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, 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
View map »


Website »

More information

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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

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

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


Website »

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

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including Defy Gravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
Defy Gravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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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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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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Come paint pottery with your toddler for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, 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 »

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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy two stories and and two craft activities. After the program, romp and play in the SEED Wildlife Garden and Children's Garden, or stroll the historic Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary.

Cost: $10 per family, free for members

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Young minds can try activities designed to introduce concepts in science, nature and technology. The program is open only to pre-k students, and there will be no school groups with older...

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

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, 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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Watch a King Vulture play on a playground in the Vulture Culture exhibit.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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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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Using teamwork and engineering skills, participants will design a template for their forts and build them together with materials gathered from around the facility.

Cost: $7

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

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Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Hear all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

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More than 100 U.S. flags will stand in solemn formation as a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001. Each flag represents an individual and tells a story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Town of Huntersville
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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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Website »

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

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

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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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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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainers choice!  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Snap photos, draw pictures, take notes, and flex your inner scientist while creating a living record of the park as it changes throughout the year.

Cost: $4

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Engage your child with stories, songs and activities in English and French.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Certified technicians will check and help families install car seats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Division office of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
, NC
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Young children can jump for a discounted rate with one adult who can jump for free.  

Cost: $11

Where:
DefyGravity
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including Defy Gravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
Defy Gravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

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


Website »

More information

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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Enjoy stories, movement with music and a seasonal craft..

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

Cost: $5

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

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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Engage in the natural habitats of animals and earth science through outdoor exploration and activities.

Cost: $7

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Bring your seat , child and vehicle, and plan to spend at least 20 minutes with a technician. No appointment is necessary.

Cost: Free

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

Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Hear all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
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
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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

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

Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and love. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

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


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

More information

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

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

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


Website »

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainers choice!  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
View map »


Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Website »

More information

Use colored fuse beads and create any design you imagine. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Wylie Public Library
185 Blucher Cir.
Lake Wylie, SC
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Watch the film adaptation of "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie." This movie is rated PG.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Learn how to texturize and manipulate clay to create art. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Come enjoy the bounce house, face painting, yard games and music! Food, beer and wine will be available to purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
Chestnut Square Park
320 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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Website »

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Young children can jump for a discounted rate with one adult who can jump for free.  

Cost: $11

Where:
DefyGravity
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including Defy Gravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
Defy Gravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

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


Website »

More information

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 »

More information

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

Cost: $5

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


Website »

More information

Bring your neighbors, kids and pups for free music. Craft beer and snacks from Hawthorne's Pizza available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
6621 Monroe Road
, NC
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Sponsor: MoRA - Monroe Road Advocates
Website »

More information

Dust off your dancing shoes and break out your lawn chairs every Thursday in September. Enjoy the show in a paddle boat, on the land by the stage or as you sip, shop and stroll. Sept. 5: Too...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Shoppes at University Place
Hwy 29 and Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

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Bring awareness to the mind, body and breath through yoga poses. All are welcome, from beginners to seasoned yogis!

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

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln.
Fort Mill, SC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

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


Website »

More information

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

Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Hear all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
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

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

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

Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and love. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

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


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

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
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

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

Come for cupcake frosting, a fall themed story and a fall craft. Payment is required to reserve your spot. Call  704-295-1777 to reserve.

Cost: $6

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: SAS Cupcakes
Website »

More information

Celebrate Charlotte-born artist, Romare Bearden’s with a collage-making workshop. Local mixed-media artist, Shane Manier will guide workshop participants as they create an original work of...

Cost: $5

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainers choice!  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
View map »


Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Website »

More information

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 »


Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
Website »

More information

Get your hands dirty while learning about nature and creating nature-inspired crafts.

Cost: $4

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


Website »

More information

Celebrate Charlotte-born artist, Romare Bearden’s with a collage-making workshop. Local mixed-media artist, Shane Manier will guide workshop participants as they create an original work of...

Cost: $5

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Learn how to read the Whitewater Center’s trail map and understand difficulty ratings.

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

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


Website »

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Enjoy an outdoor family movie night.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Young children can jump for a discounted rate with one adult who can jump for free.  

Cost: $11

Where:
DefyGravity
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including Defy Gravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
Defy Gravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

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


Website »

More information

Young children can jump with other little ones. Parents and caregivers jump free! W8less socks required.

Cost: $10 per hour

Where:
W8Less LKN
10442-A Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
View map »


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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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Come enjoy a fantastic Friday in this afterschool program,

Cost: $7

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Starting in May and running through October, come out to Camp North End in the Boileryard on Friday nights for food and music. Children and leashed pets welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Boileryard at Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Bring the kids to enjoy a pretzel or apple strudel while dancing to German music. Event is cash only.

Cost: $4, children younger than 12 free

Where:
Waldhorn Restaurant
12101 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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Enjoy the relaxed sounds of local artists on the Gateway lawn. The Gateway Canteen will be open and offering a full menu as well as dinner specials. No outside food or alcohol allowed.

Cost: $5 for parking

Where:
Greenway Gateway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
, NC
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Food Truck Friday at Fountain Park in Old Town Rock Hill will feature food trucks, local restaurants, local beers, wine, children's activities and live music.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park, Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Register online for a night of gaming!

Cost: $35

Where:
Commandpost Gaming
8700 Pineville-Matthews Road
Pineville, NC
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Sponsor: Commandpost Gaming
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Come to NarroWay Productions for dinner and a show! Before the kings and after all the deliverers were at rest, there was a time of judges when every man did what was right in his own eyes....

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
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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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Fear rises when darkness falls when Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual haunt of SCarowinds. Experience the thrills of your...

Cost: $48+

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, 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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Come to Stallings Municipal Park to watch a family movie at sunset. May 17: "Lilo and Stitch" (PG) June 21: Mary Poppins Returns" (PG) July 19: Avengers: Infinity War"...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stallings Municipal Park
340 Stallings Road
Matthews, NC
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It's safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost train. Advance tickets are required.

Cost: $38-$44 for adults, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Tony DeSare delivers a fresh take on old-school classics like "Come Fly with Me," "New York, New York" and more.

Cost: $26-$122

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-972-2000
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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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Concerts start at 7pm; movies start at dusk. June 14: Rivermist June 21: "A Dog’s Way Home" June 30: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm July 5: New Kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Hear all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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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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Shop for clothing, toys and gear, but leave strollers at home. Fri., 6-8 p.m.; Sat., 8-11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Covenant Community Preschool
3415 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28056
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Sponsor: Covenant Community Preschool
Telephone: 704-616-9253
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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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Enjoy music, food, vendors, talented artists and a relaxed atmosphere in Freedom Park. Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
2435 Cumberland Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Festival in the Park
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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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Join Mickey Mouse and his friends on a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $20+

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and love. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

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

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, kids play area, gem mining, corn hole, horseshoes, animal barn and more. September hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 1-6pm. October...

Cost: $8-$13, plus extra fees for certain activities, children 3 and younger free

Where:
3718 Plyler Mill Road
Monroe, NC


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Expect live entertainment, food, vendors, educational and creative activities for kids, free talks, art, raffles, a 5K race, and cooking demonstrations. Be sure to also check out the Union County...

Cost: Free

Where:
Union County Agricultural Center
3230 Presson Road
Monroe, NC
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Sponsor: Union County Extension Master Gardeners
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For one day only, shop for clothing in sizes ranging from maternity to teen, as well as toys, gear and more. Sat., 8 a.m.-noon. and 1-3 p.m. (half-price sale).

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Tryon St.
Matthews, 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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Explore the museum’s nature trail. Feel free to pack a picnic. “Take a Child Outside” is part of an annual, nationwide celebration of children and environmental education in...

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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The UNC Charlotte International Festival is a celebration of people, places and culture vibrantly displayed through exhibition booths staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnhardt Student Activity Center-UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Join Pete the Cat for a breakfast and story-time.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Children can sign up to be citizen scientists and team up with natural science experts in identifying the many species of living organisms along the museum’s nature trail.

Cost: $5-$8, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Bring children and fur babies for dog rescues, food, drinks, vendors and a silent auction.

Cost: $5, includes one beer for guests 21 and older

Where:
NoDa Brewing Company
2921 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Celebrate Charlotte’s Irish-American community in the heart of the city! The festival will showcase the best in local and international Irish musicians, singers and dancers, as well as...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
419 E 7th Street
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Irish Connection

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Join the fun event that will include concessions, inflatables, games, a Cake Walk, vendors and food. A suggested donation of $8 includes all games and inflatables. The In His Steps dancers...

Cost: Free, donations suggested

Where:
Horizon Church
316 Signal Hill Drive
Statesville, NC
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Festival will feature Latin American food, performances, crafts, art and activities for the whole family. This year’s festival headliners are Nacho and Celso Piña.

Cost: Free until 2 p.m., $10 after 2 p.m.

Where:
Aldersgate
3800 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Fashion Funds the Cure Charlotte brings the exciting world of runway fashion together with the dreams of pediatric cancer patients for an upbeat fashion show and silent auction. Luncheon is at...

Cost: $50-$75

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Hike at McDowell Prairie to try and spot fall wildlife. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainers choice!  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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The event raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Cancer research.  There will be food, a kids’ zone, music and lots of fun.  Darrell Harwood will headline with a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town of China Grove
333 N. Main St.
China Grove, NC
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Participate in a variety of hands-on science experiments, engineering projects or math puzzles. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews - Mint Hill Road
, NC
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Stroll the historic streets of Downtown Davidson and browse more than 40 of the areas best artisans. Find a wide variety of handmade gifts including pottery, jewelry, photography, fine art,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Davidson
108 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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This a Grammy-nominated, three-part oratorio composed by Craig Hella Johnson is an evocative musical response to the murder of Matthew Shepard. The poignant concert experience inspires hope,...

Cost: $25

Where:
First United Methodist Church
501 North Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: WDAV
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All movies are shown on an inflatable screen at locations throughout Cornelius with refreshments available for purchase. June 15: Cornelius Town Hall July 27: Ramsey Creek Park Aug. 24:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Smithville Park
19710 S. Ferry St.
Cornelius, NC
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Participating museums across the country open their doors for free to those who download a branded ticket. Museums, zoos and cultural centers from all 50 states can emulate the spirit of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Car owners and enthusiasts gather to celebrate their passion for cars and showcase their prized classics, customs and hot rods.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Flow into a weekend full of yoga. There is one kids' yoga session and one family yoga session. See website for full schedule. There will be vendors and live music in the evenings.

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, 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
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte
, NC
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Register for 90 minutes of hands-on Lego Robotics with a certified K-8 public educator. Each week, scholars will build a robot with new features. No prior experience is required. Locations...

Cost: $35

Where:
Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne
13139 Ballantyne Corporate Pl.
, NC
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Sponsor: Digi-Bridge
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, 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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Sponsor: Noah's Art of Southpark
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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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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Event will feature living history programming by costumed reenactors, historic weapons firing, music, cooking and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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Learn the basics in this beginner knitting workshop. Registration is required.

Cost: $25

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Carowinds presents family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, pedal tractors and rides.

Cost: $48+, children ages 5 and younger free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Learn about vultures found at Carolina Raptor Center.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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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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Our engaging team of raptor keepers will show you some of their favorite bird species. Check in the Visitor’s Center whiteboard to see who you can meet each day.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Bring the kids to enjoy a pretzel or apple strudel while dancing to German music. Event is cash only.

Cost: $4, children younger than 12 free

Where:
Waldhorn Restaurant
12101 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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Come for music and fun! Children will enjoy the kids’ zone with inflatables, and everyone will enjoy food truck fare. See website for band schedule and list of participating food trucks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Runde Park
5110 Windward Drive
Tega Cay, SC
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Come to NarroWay Productions for dinner and a show! Before the kings and after all the deliverers were at rest, there was a time of judges when every man did what was right in his own eyes....

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

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Fear rises when darkness falls when Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual haunt of SCarowinds. Experience the thrills of your...

Cost: $48+

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

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


Website »

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Come watch the Charlotte Independence soccer team kick it at the Sportsplex at Matthews.

Cost: $15+

Where:
Sportsplex at Matthews
1505 Tank Town
Matthews, NC
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It's safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost train. Advance tickets are required.

Cost: $38-$44 for adults, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Tony DeSare delivers a fresh take on old-school classics like "Come Fly with Me," "New York, New York" and more.

Cost: $26-$122

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-972-2000
Website »

More information

Come out for a night of fun watching some classic films on the big screen and under the stars. Movies begin at dusk. May 11: "Top Gun" (parents' night) June 1: "Jurassic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwood Park Amphitheater
2100 Wilhelmina Ave.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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

Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Hear all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
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

Shop for clothing, toys and gear, but leave strollers at home. Fri., 6-8 p.m.; Sat., 8-11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Covenant Community Preschool
3415 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28056
View map »


Sponsor: Covenant Community Preschool
Telephone: 704-616-9253
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

Enjoy music, food, vendors, talented artists and a relaxed atmosphere in Freedom Park. Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
2435 Cumberland Ave.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Festival in the Park
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

Join Mickey Mouse and his friends on a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $20+

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and love. See website for showtimes.

Cost: TBA

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


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

More information

Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, kids play area, gem mining, corn hole, horseshoes, animal barn and more. September hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 1-6pm. October...

Cost: $8-$13, plus extra fees for certain activities, children 3 and younger free

Where:
3718 Plyler Mill Road
Monroe, NC


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Annual Guides

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

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

Education Guide

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