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Here are three resorts, from as far away as the Caribbean to nearby Myrtle Beach that have much to offer kids, while still meeting the vacation needs of busy parents. So, fire up the computer and make your reservations — and start packin’!

Turks & Caicos: Paradise only three hours from Charlotte

Still relatively unknown, the Turks & Caicos islands are loved by those who have visited. US Airways’ non-stop service makes it easy for Charlotte families traveling with kids. A quick morning flight and we were seated poolside enjoying a delicious conch salad at the Ocean Club Resorts’ Cabana Bar & Grille, with the beach only steps away. While Crawford, our 7-year-old son, ran off to grab his swimsuit, we marveled at the ease with which we were transported from city to island life.

The Turks & Caicos, in the British West Indies, consists of eight inhabited islands and several uninhabited cays, with more than 230 miles of pristine white sand beaches and, quite possibly, the most beautiful clear turquoise water I’ve ever seen.

Providenciales, known as "Provo," is the most developed of the islands, covering about 38 miles, and the location of the family-friendly Ocean Club Resorts. Ocean Club Resorts offers two properties on Provo — Ocean Club and Ocean Club West — each perfectly situated on the famous 12-mile Grace Bay beach, voted by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as the Best Beach in the world. A leisurely 20-minute beachside stroll will take you between the two resorts or there is a complimentary five-minute shuttle that goes back and forth.

The resorts have all the comforts of home with Studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans and full kitchens or kitchenettes. Our two-bedroom suite had a wrap-around screened balcony overlooking the beach, perfect for lazy breakfasts and watching the sunset. And the staff is well trained at keeping kids and parents happy with in-room VCRs and free movies at the front desk, though you will seldom want to stay inside.

Fun for the Kids
Winding pools, a bin full of toys and, of course, the beach, keep the children busy. "Kids love it here," says Tom Lewis, Ocean Club’s General Manager and father of two, "between the two resorts, families have three pools to play in and 12 miles of beach to run around on. They have a ball."

The boys in our group entertained themselves chasing geckos on the poolside paths in the early morning and evening hours. These island lizards — literally hundreds of them — were hard to catch, thankfully, providing an endless source of fascination for the kids.

A trip off-property to tour "Conch World Provo" is a must for the whole family. It is a fascinating look at a working conch farm and "Caribbean Queen," the beautiful pink-lipped shell coveted by seashell lovers. The kids loved the hatchery and got to meet Sally and Jerry, the resident conchs. The tour takes less than an hour, but is worth it.

Dining
We walked down the beach to Ocean Club West to have breakfast at the Seaside Grille one day. The menu is a casual blend of seafood, salads, sandwiches and island specialties. Guests have signing privileges at both resorts and dining on property is highly recommended. The Gecko Grille at Ocean Club is listed as one of the top fine dining restaurants on the island. The shuttle between the properties makes it easy to try restaurants at both resorts.

Snorkeling and Cruising
Snorkeling is the main attraction in Provo. Even in the shallow waters of Grace Bay, directly in front of the hotel, we saw a barracuda-type fish, (though we never confirmed its true identity), a manta ray and schools of silvery anchovies swimming nervously around us.

A full-day cruise on the "Atabyera" a 77-foot chartered sailboat, took us with eight guests to Little Water Cay, an island refuge for more than 2,000 Rock Iguanas, indigenous to Turks & Caicos. Afterward, we set out to open waters, keeping our eye out for "JoJo" the bottlenose dolphin, whose people-friendly antics have made him a local celebrity of sorts. The captain anchored the boat and everyone dove in for a look at the reef below. Snorkeling in open water is intimidating for some kids, but Crawford loved it. When he grew tired, he used his lifejacket to keep him afloat while he stuck his facemask in the water viewing the abundant sea life. Later we headed to explore the beaches of an uninhabited cay. We walked on white-sand beaches alone except for the conch shells, marveling at the wonder of the unspoiled island, while on-board staff prepared a catered lunch of lobster salad sandwiches, conch salad, fresh fruit, cookies and rum punch. Delicious!

Our days were sun-soaked and our nights were spent poolside and early to bed. Though we never saw JoJo the dolphin, our trip was perfect — magical in every way. The Turks & Caicos’ hospitality and natural beauty is enchanting. We made a vow to return with our family to the Ocean Club and experience once more, a little slice of heaven in Provo.

MORE INFO:
Ocean Club Resorts
Ocean Club/Ocean Club West
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, BWI
Reservations 1-800-457-8787
www.oceanclubresorts.com
Rates: $160 - $600
Kids Clubhouse for children 4-12. Fee.
Offers half/full day camp, "dinner and a movie" nights and babysitting services.

Conch World Provo
Providenciales
(649) 946-5643
www.caicosconchfarm.com
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Holidays
Cost: Adult $6, child $3

Sailboat Charter
Sun Charters, Turks & Caicos
(649) 231-0624
www.suncharters.tc

Nickelodeon Family Suites: Have the Slime of Your Life
By Elaine Heitman

If your kids watch the Nickelodeon channel, undoubtedly they’ve seen the picture of the giant orange and green waterslide at Nickelodeon Suites in Orlando. Shortly thereafter, they’ve probably asked, "Can we go?"

I found myself there with my niece, Ruby, last April. It was a dream-come-true vacation for her. From the moment we checked in, it was obvious that this is a kids’ place – the lobby sports Nickelodeon signature colors and an area where kids can lounge on beanbags watching Nickelodeon shows while parents stand in the (long) check-in line. Upon registration, guests over 4 years old are fitted with wristbands that allow them passage into all the resort areas.

We stayed in a two-bedroom Nick-themed KidSuite. (Entry was via our Jimmy Neutron keycards.) The adult bedroom was standard, with built-in storage and a tropical theme. The kids’ room had Rug Rats characters on the walls leading into it, as well as on the wall in the room. Red bunk beds , a child-sized table, a TV recessed in the wall and even a gaming station delighted Ruby, who shares a bedroom at home. Clothing storage was built in and she could just slide her suitcases underneath the lower bunk after unpacking.

The suites have a kitchen area with microwave and refrigerator, which is extremely handy for a quick breakfasts on the go and storing bottled drinks.

It is important to note that Nickelodeon Family Suites is very close to Disney World and provides free shuttle service to the Disney theme parks, as well as Universal Orlando, Sea World and Wet ’n Wild. Transportation to the airports or to other nearby sites is available for a nominal charge. When you check in, you’re provided with a bus schedule and a schedule of shows and activities at the hotel.

In-room Internet access is also free, so you can e-mail photographs to envious friends and family back home.

There is so much going on at the Nickelodeon Family Suites that you could tell your kids you are at a theme park, and they would believe you. Our first day in Orlando we enjoyed a delicious character breakfast with SpongeBob and Dora at the Nicktoons Café (a great way to get your child warmed up to various characters). Later that day we played in the pool under showers of water at one of the two interactive water park areas and tried the giant slide (there are varying degrees of slides for the more timid). I’m convinced I was the oldest person to ever traverse the slide, but Ruby convinced me it would have been a terrible waste not to try it. While at the water park we watched live Nickelodeon shows put on by the Recreation Team, in which kid guests compete and eventually some get "slimed." Their lucky parents might get "pied," adding to the hilarity. The main pool stays open until 11 p.m.; the slides close at 9 p.m.

The hotel’s mall features a 3,000-square foot arcade, a gift shop, a minimart, a buffet, a lounge, a food court and various "beauty" areas. We never had time to get braids or a temporary tattoo, but both are available. Also in the arcade is Studio Nick, a state-of-the-art theater with nightly interactive entertainment. The show we saw at Studio Nick featured two families competing, with the inevitable slime/pie-in-the-face finale!

The grounds are beautiful. The walk to the mall took us by a beautiful lake with turtles, live swans and other water birds – and, of course, the omnipresent Nick characters sprinkled around the lake. Oh, and did I mention the basketball court and mini golf course?

When childish entertainment becomes too much, parents can escape to the cocktail lounge by the lake. Some parents might want to look into the fully-supervised interactive Nick After Dark program where "the kids will play while the parents are away."

There’s no doubt about it: If your Orlando trip allows you free time at the hotel, this is the place to choose — your kids will love you for it!

MORE INFO:
Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn
www.nickhotel.com
(866) GO-2-NICK (462-6425)
Rates: $299 and up

Myrtle Beach’s Compass Cove Resort:
One of the Carolinas’ best destinations welcomes families

By Eve White

The weekend trip to Myrtle Beach was a quest for a family adventure with as many pool, beach, burgers and kid-friendly attractions as we could pack into 48 hours. And Myrtle Beach, S.C. — voted best family weekend getaway by Charlotte Parent readers — was where we were going to make it happen.

With an estimated 460 hotels, 50 miniature golf courses and 1,800 full service-restaurants, Myrtle Beach is located at the very heart of the Grand Strand, attracting millions of visitors each year, more than 60 percent of whom are adults traveling with children. Families flock to this destination for golf, warm water beaches, daily attractions, entertainment and shopping.
On Ocean Boulevard, in a slow-moving stream of cars, we rolled past new resort hotels and old beachfront motels — part of the charm of this city established in 1957 — as we headed to Compass Cove Resort. The boulevard was lined with people enjoying the warm summer afternoon, strolling to local restaurants, stopping at souvenir shops and heading to the beach.
Compass Cove Resort, located at the south end of Ocean Boulevard, offers family-style beachfront accommodations. In the nautical themed lobby, helpful registration staff directed us to our room in the Schooner building, one of three guestroom towers and part of the hotel’s recent $8 million dollar refurbishment. The third-floor mini-suite had two small queen bedrooms decorated in cheerful blue and yellow fabrics and separated by a kitchenette and bathroom. The best feature was the balcony with an expansive view of the beach. For a blissful moment, all was forgotten but the slow-rolling foam of the ocean waves.
But only for a moment . . . within minutes we were jumping into our swimsuits. On the ground level we discovered a maze of water areas (22 in all) including six indoor and outdoor pools, three lazy rivers, whirlpools and a colorful water park-style attraction dubbed the Yellow Submarine Jungle Adventure wading pool. Before the end of our stay at Compass Cove Resort, we (water-) logged countless hours splashing from one pool to the next, making new friends along the way.

If you want to remain at the resort, there is plenty to amuse, but when it’s time to eat, dining off-property offers more variety. Besides, Myrtle Beach beckons and we were on a quest!
So we took off to Myrtle Waves, billed as the largest water park in South Carolina. Aside from the typical long lines, the park delivers with wave pools, chutes, slides and lots of wet, wild fun. Arooba Tuba offers smiles and giggles, with a fast two-person tube ride into a yellow and orange bowl that swirls you around several times and shoots you out backwards to the splash pool below.

More fun is found the next day at Broadway at the Beach, boasting 350 acres of shops, restaurants and attractions, including Ripley’s Aquarium. There, we marveled at the underwater tunnel with hundreds of colorful fish and hungry sharks swimming overhead while we rode on the 330-foot glide path.

After seeing all those fish, we opted for a quick (well, maybe not so quick) cheeseburger in paradise at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. We sat on the patio overlooking Lake Broadway, a 23-acre oasis in the heart of the Broadway at the Beach complex. There’s plenty of kid-fare, entertaining props and an icy cold margarita for Mom and Dad. If you’re trying to "break that carnivorous habit," there are more than a dozen other dining options nearby from pasta to sushi.

Our final quest . . . was magical. MagiQuest is an indoor realm of wizards, dragons and fairies where teens and children use an interactive wand that powers special effects in an enchanted three-dimensional scavenger hunt. (Note: May not appeal to very young children. It can be frustrating if they are not reading yet, but if you help them read the clues, enjoy the illusions and complete a quest — their faces will beam with pride! Parents can accompany, but not play, for a reduced price.)

It is intriguing, interactive and totally addicting. Even I wanted to grab the wand to bring a spell book or woodland fairy to life. But, alas, after 90 minutes, it was time to end our vacation weekend at Myrtle Beach. The quest for a family fun-packed trip was complete.
Myrtle Beach’s Compass Cove Resort is a great home base for families who want to explore the area’s local attractions. But save some energy for your return to the room, because the pools and beach will entice you to have just a little more fun before the day is through.
MORE INFO:
Myrtle Beach Facts
Population 25,400
Seven live entertainment venues
More than 100 golf courses
Nearly 50 miniature golf courses
13 million visitors annually
More than 300 outlet stores

Compass Cove Resort
2311 South Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Reservations: 1-800-331-0934
Rates: $89 and up

Myrtle Waves Water Park
U.S. 17 Bypass and 10th Ave. N, South End
Myrtle Beach, SC
1-800-524-9283
www.myrtlewaves.com
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
$20-$27 full day/$13-$17 after 3 p.m.
Under 2 free

Broadway at the Beach
21st Avenue North & Hwy. 17 Bypass North
Myrtle Beach, SC.
www.broadwayatthebeach.com

MagicQuest
1185 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC
1-866-353-MAGI
www.magiquest.com
$24 — 90 minutes + magic wand
$8 Non-player admission

Ripley’s Aquarium
1100 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC
1-800-734-8888
www.ripleysaquarium.com
$3.99-$17.99 (2 years to adult)

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville
1114 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC
(843) 448-5455
www.margaritavillemyrtlebeach.com
Open for lunch and dinner daily

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The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
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SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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Bland Street Station
1511 Camden Road
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Monkey Joe's (Pineville, University, Matthews, Gastonia)
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Join the Ballantyne Arts Center for face painting, a bounce house, crafts and more.

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Ballantyne Arts Center
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Cost: $5 per child for members, $10 for nonmembers.

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UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Greenhouse
9090 Craver Road
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Cabarrus Brewing Company
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Families and individuals are welcome to come enjoy the beauty of our natural world as we get outside, get moving and get healthy. Don't forget your water!

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Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
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Bring the entire family to enjoy a “taste” from each of our restaurants and 7 local food trucks. With D9 Brewing Company and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery on hand pouring beer, two bands...

Cost: Free

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Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Dr.
Huntersville, NC
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Animal lovers will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the McDowell Nature Center's animal care program. Pre-registration required for all participants.

Cost: Free

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McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Church of the Redeemer - Kids offers a class for adaptive learning needs and a sensory room during the Sunday School hour (9 a.m.) and worship hour (10:30 a.m.). Volunteers who desire to come...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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Calvary Church
5801 Pineville–Matthews Road
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Family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, plus rides. 

Cost: Daily ticket prices start at $48

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Carowinds
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Cost: $8-$78

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Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

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Abari Game Bar
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Independence Park
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UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
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Healthy Kids Running Series (HKRS) presents Charlotte Fall Race Series at Butler High School.

Cost: $35 for series; $10 for race.

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Butler High School
1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
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Levine Senior Center
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Shiland Hills Shopping Center
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, 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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
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Cost: Season Subscription Only

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The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC
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500 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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One hundred U.S. flags will stand in solemn formation at Veterans Park as a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001. This stirring display will bring the community together...

Cost: Free

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Veterans Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC
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Pineville Players present The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Do not miss this classic story come to life! See website for showtimes.

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The Hut Meeting Facility
413 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Do not miss the fun and excitement of the Rowan County Fair! Check the website for special themed days.

Cost: $5

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Rowan County Fairgrounds
1560 Julian Road
Salisbury, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Start off by exploring various nature topics in the classrooms by using the best tools - our hands, eyes, nose and ears. Then head into the forest, where we sneakily walk to uncover the wonders of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Preschoolers complete nature themed literature activities, crafts and hikes while using their imaginations! All guests will meet at the Adventure Center. Each session is themed.  9/17:...

Cost: $2; additional $5 entry fee for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
194 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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This program is designed to engage young African American males in a variety of fun and educational activities to develop a positive sense of identity and improve character. Young men will learn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1114
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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...

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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Presale ($5 charity donation) on Thurs. 6-9pm; Fri., 10am-7pm; Sat., 9am-7pm; Sun., 9-11am ($2 entry for early half-price sale); Sun., 11am-4pm (half-price sale); and Mon., 8-10am (75%-off sale).

Cost: Free

Where:
Merino's Home Furnishings Warehouse
500 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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One hundred U.S. flags will stand in solemn formation at Veterans Park as a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001. This stirring display will bring the community together...

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Town of Huntersville
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Do not miss the fun and excitement of the Rowan County Fair! Check the website for special themed days.

Cost: $5

Where:
Rowan County Fairgrounds
1560 Julian Road
Salisbury, NC
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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All New South for the New Southerner programs will be hosted by retired Levine Museum historian, Dr. Tom Hanchett. Program includes a Southern chicken dinner from Mert’s Heart and...

Cost: $20

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Little Music Makers Classes are designed for children with various developmental delays. Instructor , Melissa Reinhardt, MSEd, MT-BC will use activities to target those developmental areas while...

Cost: $25 per class; $80 per month

Where:
Piedmont Music Therapy, LLC
220 Westinghouse Blvd.
Suite 402
, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

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 Everyone is welcome at Toddler Tuesday story time! Intended for toddlers and older, this weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Website »

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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Join Rutherford Rabbit to enjoy a seasonally themed story and craft activity in the Children’s Garden. Children can water vegetable plants, dig for worms, and explore the sensory and...

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members

Where:
Children's Garden at Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, 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
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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: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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The Rosa Parks Farmers Market kicks off its third season on Tuesday, June 5. Shoppers can enjoy more food options, a bigger location, and better hours! Visit the market every Tuesday from June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosa Parks Farmers Market
1600 West Trade St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Mecklenburg County Public Health
Telephone: 704-617-9319
Contact Name: Elliott Royal
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Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and beautiful surroundings with other hikers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Come out and learn to express yourself through the art of dance, painting, rapping, poetry, singing, and much more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-606-7084
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

More information

One hundred U.S. flags will stand in solemn formation at Veterans Park as a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001. This stirring display will bring the community together...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Town of Huntersville
Website »

More information

Do not miss the fun and excitement of the Rowan County Fair! Check the website for special themed days.

Cost: $5

Where:
Rowan County Fairgrounds
1560 Julian Road
Salisbury, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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

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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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

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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 Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Spend the Mecklenburg County Teacher Workday in the kitchen! Learn important steps in baking and how certain ingredients react to each other.

Cost: $84

Where:
Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio
9826 Sandy Rock Place
Suite E
, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-6069
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities and experiments about cooking and apples! Registration required; call to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-3800
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Come to the 7th Street Market for food and fun. All the regular vendors will be open, plus there will be almost 75 different games to play! Play games from all eras and for all skill levels!

Cost: Free

Where:
7th Street Public Market
224 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Bring your whole family out to enjoy puppet shows, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of books and reading in your child.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Certified technicians will check and help families install 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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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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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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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Discover nature with your little one through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic. Must be accompanied by an adult. Sept. 5: Soil and Worm Adventures Sept. 19: It's Apple...

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Enjoy stories, movement with music, and a seasonal craft during each Wee Wednesday program. Toddler story time will occur on the third Wednesday of each month for Wee Wednesday.

Cost: $6, children younger than 1 free, included with admission

Where:
Main Street Children’s Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
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Telephone: 803-327-6400
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Everyone is welcome at Toddler Tuesday story time! Intended for toddlers and older, this weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Website »

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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:
Huntersville Fire Station 1
110 S. Old Statesville Road
Huntersville, NC
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

The Tony-winning play with music, based on the best-selling novel, upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. Featuring a dozen actors portraying...

Cost: Season Subscription Only

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

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Do not miss the fun and excitement of the Rowan County Fair! Check the website for special themed days.

Cost: $5

Where:
Rowan County Fairgrounds
1560 Julian Road
Salisbury, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Come check out the latest and greatest mountain bikes from Specialized and Santa Cruz at Bike Source Demo Days. Various models and sizes will be made available by Bike Source for you to take out on...

Cost: Free admission; $6 for parking

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Special guest speaker Pastor David Chadwick of Forest Hill Church will present a challenge to continue and finish the work of Bible translation.

Cost: Free

Where:
JAARS Townsend Auditorium
7405 Jaars Road
Waxhaw, NC  28173
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These monthly meetings feature STEAM professionals sharing topics chosen by teens for teens. Check out food, conversation and an interactive component.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, NC
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Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, presents a new a luxurious experience where technology and preforming arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. Cirque Italia sets out to...

Cost: $10-$50

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 941-704-8572
Website »

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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

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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Get crafty on Thursdays in Indian Trail! Register online prior to the event.

Cost: $6

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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This seven-part series will explore and celebrate the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. Bottled water provided. Bring a lunch or order from these...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library
310 North Tryon St.
, NC
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Kids will learn how to navigate off-trail and build their confidence and comfort in wooded spaces. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle. We will always...

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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The Evening Farmers Market supports local farmers by providing a location to bring customers and farmers together. Everything sold at the market is locally grown, baked, or crafted by the vendor....

Cost: Free

Where:
Pecan Park
136 North Center St.
Statesville, NC
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All ages are welcome for these hands on clay pottery workshops. Join a Clayworks' teaching artist and learn how to roll, pinch, poke, slip and score clay to make a project that will last a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6400
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Enjoy summer nights with outdoor music. Food and alcohol available to purchase. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Crossing Paths Park
120 Blythe Dr.
Indian Trail, NC
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Jam out on the third Thursday of every month to a different band. Enjoy the warm weather while rocking out in Crossing Paths Park. Guests can also enjoy lawn games, a kids playground, wine and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crossing Paths Park
120 Blythe Dr.
Indian Trail, NC
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Come join us at Elon Recreation Center for a fun and exciting afterschool program! Kids will enjoy becoming masterminds in creative thinking through games. This club will have board games, video...

Cost: $6

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1103
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

The Tony-winning play with music, based on the best-selling novel, upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. Featuring a dozen actors portraying...

Cost: Season Subscription Only

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


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

More information

Do not miss the fun and excitement of the Rowan County Fair! Check the website for special themed days.

Cost: $5

Where:
Rowan County Fairgrounds
1560 Julian Road
Salisbury, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Discover the secrets of the animals at Reedy Creek Nature Center. This is your time for a close encounter with one of our animals. Children must be accompanied by adult.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Hike deep into wild at McDowell Nature Preserve to find unexplored areas for fun and adventure. Together as a family, participants will create games and activities while learning from nature....

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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If you love chocolate, you will love our dinner tonight! Participants will make oven baked chicken tenders and oven baked fries for dinner, followed by delicious chocolate lava cakes for dessert.

Cost: $39

Where:
Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio
9826 Sandy Rock Place
Suite E
, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-6069
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Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, presents a new a luxurious experience where technology and preforming arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. Cirque Italia sets out to...

Cost: $10-$50

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 941-704-8572
Website »

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The event is open to the public and will feature the family-friendly movie “Despicable Me 3” on the BB&T Ballpark videoboard beginning at 7:30 p.m. The main gates to BB&T...

Cost: Free with canned food item donation

Where:
BB&T Ballpark
324 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty
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Flow, relax, and enjoy a day full of yoga, wine, kombucha, and more at the inaugural Flow Fest; blending elements of wellness and mindfulness in a natural outdoor setting. Practices will be held...

Cost: $6 for parking

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

More information

Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Explore the natural world through arts and crafts with different themes for each session. Registration required.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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The local puppeteer troupe from MyGym Lake Norman will lead an interactive and imaginative puppet show with songs and book readings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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Come enjoy a fantastic Friday with our afterschool program! Participants will have a wide variety of activities to choose from, and our staff will have a specialized activity that varies weekly.

Cost: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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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 - Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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This food truck rally is family and dog-friendly and features 10-15 area food trucks, live music, and a gated kids' playground. 

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Trinity Presbyterian Church
3115 Providence Road
, NC
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Spend your evening socializing, playing games and participating in friendly competition, all while having a great time with your peers!

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1105
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Enjoy food trucks, Old Town restaurants, local beers, wine, children's activities, and live music.  

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park
E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Drop off your children for a night of fun while you hit the town. Activities include laser tag, jump-n-play, rock climbing, mini bowling, ropes courses, bumper cars, and arcade games. Children...

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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Come out to Downtown Rock Hill's Fountain Park to enjoy Food Truck Friday, which begins May 18 and runs through October. The event occurs every third Friday of the month and includes both live...

Cost: Free

Where:
Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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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: Cost of Carowinds admission

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Mooresville Parks and Recreation presents Movies on Main! All movies will be shown on the Town Hall lawn in Downtown Mooresville. Movies start at dark, and concessions are available for purchase...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. Take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train- if you dare! Advance...

Cost: $38

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Come out for food, carnival rides, inflatables and live entertainment. Special Needs Fun Day held Fri., Sept. 21 from 1-3pm. Other hours are: Fri., 5-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm.

Cost: Free; additional cost for rides and food

Where:
Rescue Squad Park
7889 Galway Ln.
Denver, NC
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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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...

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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The Tony-winning play with music, based on the best-selling novel, upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. Featuring a dozen actors portraying...

Cost: Season Subscription Only

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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The Cleveland County Arts Council will present the 16th Annual Art of Sound weekend concert series in Uptown Shelby. A variety of musicians and groups will perform in several different venues with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Uptown Shelby
Shelby, NC


Sponsor: Cleveland County Arts Council
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Come enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Festival in the Park. Stroll through the park while admiring crafts and art, which is available for purchase. Food is also available for purchase. Do not miss...

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
, NC


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Pineville Players present The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Do not miss this classic story come to life! See website for showtimes.

Where:
The Hut Meeting Facility
413 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Do not miss the fun and excitement of the Rowan County Fair! Check the website for special themed days.

Cost: $5

Where:
Rowan County Fairgrounds
1560 Julian Road
Salisbury, NC
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Sale features fall and winter children's clothing, maternity, baby gear and kid's furniture. All proceeds fund student scholarships. Shop Fri., 6-9pm and Sat., 8am-noon.

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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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Do not miss the 5th Annual Union County Heritage Festival and Wild Turkey 5K, which also includes a kids' fun run! Visitors will enjoy live entertainment, food, vendors, exhibitors, games,...

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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The Stiletto Sprint benefits the Carolinas Ovarian Cancer Fund. Sprinters can register as a competitive sprinter, non-competitive sprinter, volunteer, or Ruby Red Slipper, a category created for...

Cost: $30+

Where:
Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Atrium Health
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Head to the mountains for a relaxing day of walking along the trails at Moses Cone Memorial Park. This is a wonderful time of year to visit this open area to take in the fall sun and late blooming...

Cost: $12

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Join the fight against blood cancer by registering and raising funds for this walk and run.

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
University Research Park
10101 David Taylor Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Be The Match- National Marrow Donor Program
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Families of all ages can try science challenges that inspire teamwork, shape critical thinking skills and introduce families to STEM topics. Solve crime using science clues, explore prehistoric...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-373-6261
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Celebrate the history and culture of Gold Hill with arts, crafts, a parade, bluegrass music, food and heritage living exhibits. The parade begins at 9am, followed by all-day entertainment provided...

Where:
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park
735 Saint Stephens Church Road
Gold Hill, NC
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Telephone: 704-267-9439
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Come out for the Wild Vine Half Marathon and 5K. Stick around for Flow Fest.

Cost: $30-$50

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Lovers of live bluegrass, barbeque and local hand-made pottery come together to enjoy “Piedmont Pottery and Pickin’.” Traditional and contemporary regional potters, including...

Cost: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Youth $5, members and ages 3 and younger free

Where:
Historic Brattonsville's Hightower Hall
1036 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC  29726
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Sponsor: Culture and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-818-6767
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Museum Day Live is brought to the community in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and provides another opportunity for the Museum to open its doors free of charge. Register online...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carolina's Aviation Museum
4672 1st Flight Dr.
, NC
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Cast a fly while enjoying the peaceful side of Lake Wylie at McDowell Nature Preserve. Learn about fly fishing from an expert at the nature center, and test your new skills. All equipment...

Cost: $5

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Discover how to attract bats to your backyard by building a bat box. Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour! All materials will be supplied, and power tools will be used to design the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Join naturalist, Elizabeth Rockholt, and explore the stunning world of wildflowers. Learn the names of some of our more common flowers as well as the amazing techniques they use to survive each...

Cost: Free for members, $5 for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
1604 Highway 21 Bypass
Fort Mill, NC
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See and touch live reptiles and amphibians!  Cheer on our museum turtles in the annual turtle race, dissect a frog, take a guided walk to our pond and have fun learning through numerous...

Cost: $3 in addition to paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28056
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Come out to Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church's Fall Festival! While here, receive a free high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes screening from Novant Health.

Cost: Free

Where:
Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church
3435 Nevins Road
, NC
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Telephone: 336-277-1880
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Join the Town of Mount Pleasant for the Amateur BBQ Cook-Off and Wing Contest! Enjoy food and craft vendors, entertainment and kids activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
8590 Park Drive
Mount Pleasant, NC
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Come see the vehicles of all sizes and support the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools while enjoying face painting, crafts and food trucks!

Cost: $4

Where:
Doby's Bridge Elementary
1000 Dragon Way
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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City Barbeque Huntersville is celebrating its one-year anniversary with free pork sandwiches for the first 200 guests. There will also be family-friendly activities and a chance to win free BBQ for...

Cost: Free

Where:
City Barbeque Huntersville
15425 Hodges Cir.
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Come listen to the adorable book before frosting your own gold sprinkle cupcake!

Cost: $9 per child; parents free

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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The second annual Charlotte Kids Fest aims to inspire and motivate young minds with artistic, creative, educational and playful experiences that transform a child’s understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
UNC Charlotte
N. Tryon Street and JW Clay Blvd.
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: University City Partners
Contact Name: Darlene Heater
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Criss Cross Mangosauce will present a Spanish/English story time with music, plays and stories. All families interested in raising bilingual and globally-minded children are welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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This eclectic art crawl showcases local vendors, two stages of live performances, craft beer, food trucks and activities for kids. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Oak Street Mill
19725 Oak St.
Cornelius, NC
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Come and explore a large cove of Lake Wylie in this 1.5-hour hike from the Nature Center. Get an up-close look at a beaver lodge and a possible beaver sighting.  Pre-registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Flour Power is celebrating its fifth year with a birthday party! Kids can make mini pizzas and decorate birthday cupcakes. Flour Power will host giveaways and raffles. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios: Quail Corners
8438 Park 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 South Main St.
Davidson, NC  28036
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Telephone: 704-975-5478
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Support the American Cancer Society by attending this "Singin' for a Reason" concert. David Britt, local country music artist, will be performing this benefit performance.

Cost: $25 in advance

Where:
Visulite Theatre
1615 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, presents a new a luxurious experience where technology and preforming arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. Cirque Italia sets out to...

Cost: $10-$50

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 941-704-8572
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Flow, relax, and enjoy a day full of yoga, wine, kombucha, and more at the inaugural Flow Fest; blending elements of wellness and mindfulness in a natural outdoor setting. Practices will be held...

Cost: $6 for parking

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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The market runs from June through September. Multiple vendors offer fresh produce, as well as a selection of homemade goods like salsa, butter, honey, bread, eggs, cheese, soaps, cookies, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Liberty Park
225 E. Iredell Ave.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, plus rides. 

Cost: Daily ticket prices start at $48

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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If you play an instrument, or just like to listen to live music, come out to the Visitors’ Center in downtown Statesville each Saturday morning. All levels of music ability and anyone who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Statesville Visitors Center
118 West Broad St.
Statesville, NC
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Guided trail rides are led by a member of the Greenway's equestrian staff and are available on Saturdays from September to May. Trail rides are open to riders ages 9 and older of all experience...

Cost: $45 for members; $50 for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
1058 Horse Road
Fort Mill, SC
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This ongoing nature program features a tour, demonstration or activity designed to inspire children and adults to explore the natural world of the Carolina Piedmont.

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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Join one of our naturalists on the fourth Saturday of each month for a stroll around Discovery Place Nature’s Paw Paw Nature Trail. We’ll use our senses of sight, hearing, smell and...

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

Where:
Discovery Place - Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Come out and learn to express yourself through the art of dance, painting, rapping, poetry, singing, and much more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-606-7084
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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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The Carolina Fly Fishing Club will host this beginner series on fly fishing. The series will meet three Saturdays for three hours each time. Sept. 22: Learn the basics and how to tie a wooly...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, NC
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Explore books and stories in creative ways through interactive activities including math, science and games.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Explore books and stories in creative ways through interactive activities including math, science and games.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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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: Cost of Carowinds admission

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. Take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train- if you dare! Advance...

Cost: $38

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Come out for food, carnival rides, inflatables and live entertainment. Special Needs Fun Day held Fri., Sept. 21 from 1-3pm. Other hours are: Fri., 5-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm.

Cost: Free; additional cost for rides and food

Where:
Rescue Squad Park
7889 Galway Ln.
Denver, NC
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Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole and hike the trails. See website for times. 

Cost: $11+

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

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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...

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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The Tony-winning play with music, based on the best-selling novel, upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. Featuring a dozen actors portraying...

Cost: Season Subscription Only

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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The Cleveland County Arts Council will present the 16th Annual Art of Sound weekend concert series in Uptown Shelby. A variety of musicians and groups will perform in several different venues with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Uptown Shelby
Shelby, NC


Sponsor: Cleveland County Arts Council
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Come enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Festival in the Park. Stroll through the park while admiring crafts and art, which is available for purchase. Food is also available for purchase. Do not miss...

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
, NC


Website »

More information

Pineville Players present The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Do not miss this classic story come to life! See website for showtimes.

Where:
The Hut Meeting Facility
413 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Do not miss the fun and excitement of the Rowan County Fair! Check the website for special themed days.

Cost: $5

Where:
Rowan County Fairgrounds
1560 Julian Road
Salisbury, NC
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Sale features fall and winter children's clothing, maternity, baby gear and kid's furniture. All proceeds fund student scholarships. Shop Fri., 6-9pm and Sat., 8am-noon.

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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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

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

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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