School Lottery Logistics

How to apply to the schools on your wish list.


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In this day and age, parents have more choices for their children's education than ever. In addition to private, public and charter school opportunities, the term "lottery" is a frequently comes up in school discussions, and its definition can often cause more than a little confusion.

How School Lotteries Work
In the Charlotte area, lottery procedures are often used for admission to charter and magnet schools. In a school lottery, admission is determined through a random number lottery system. Parents must fill out an application to the school by a particular deadline. The application is then put into the lottery pool and names are drawn for the school's open slots on a scheduled date. Different schools use a variety of methods to determine the results of the lottery, such as computerized programs or simply drawing the names from a box. A waitlist is also compiled at the time of the lottery. If a child doesn't receive admission to the school through the lottery, the parents can submit an application during the next lottery enrollment.

CMS Magnets
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was recently recognized by the Council for Great City Schools as having "more top magnet schools than any other district in the nation." The school system currently offers 10 magnet programs in 38 schools. Magnet programs are theme-based and designed to offer a unique educational environment promoting students' abilities, interests and talents, according to Julie Wellons, magnet programs coordinator forCMS.

For example, parents who want to enroll their child in the Learning Immersion and Talent Development magnet program can look into the six different CMS schools offering the program. In order to apply for a magnet program, students must either be enrolled as a future CMS student or currently attend a CMS school. Magnet application is an online-only process. All enrolled students are sent a student identification number and a PIN that allows access to the CMS online magnet-lottery application.

Students must be enrolled by the deadline in mid-December to be eligible to participate in the first magnet lottery, which begins in early January and ends in early February. Students who enroll in CMS after the December deadline are eligible for the second magnet lottery conducted in the spring.

Charter School Lotteries
Local, state and federal tax dollars are theprimary funding sources for charter schools, according to the Department of Instruction with Public Schools of North Carolina. The schools have open enrollment with no discrimination, no religious associations and no tuition. The only requirement to get into a charter school is the availability at the school in the requested grade.

According to Linda Bratcher, head of school for Mt. Island Charter School in Mount Holly, parents should take the timeto investigate any charter school they are interested in. "Not every school's teaching philosophy and curriculum may fit your child," she says.

Charter schools typically begin holding information sessions and accepting applications for the following school year in the fall. For example, Mt. Island Charter School, currently servings grades K-8, and has an application period between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31, 2012, with the next school lottery scheduled for Feb. 6, 2012. Some schools have earlier or later application deadlines that are listed on their websites.

Magnet and Charter Schools
For more information about charter schools in North Carolina, visit www.dpi.state.nc.us/charterschools/schools.

For a list of CMS magnet programs, visit www.cms.k12.nc.us/magnets.

Renee Roberson is freelance writer from Huntersville and mother of two children who attend a charter school. 

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August 2015

All scouts must bring their merit badge books and come prepared with requirements one and two complete. Scouts be sure to bring a snack, water bottle and a lunch. Registration is required.

Cost: $15

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-2312
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The 12th annual health fair for families that covers how to make the best of your life using healthy principles as your foundation.

Cost: Free.

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Levine JCC
5007 Providence Road
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Cost: Free

Where:
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Road
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Learn about insects using the Track Trails: Bug Out guide, followed by a hike in search for bugs. Please dress appropriately for hiking outdoors and bring water. Registration is required.

Cost: Free.

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-5224
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Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-806-6900
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A continental perspective on wolves today and those that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. Includes audio and interactive components. Museum hours: Tues., Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York county
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Can you name all five senses? Participate in experiments that will make for a fun school year. Hours: Sat., 11am, 2pm; Sun., 2pm.  

Cost: $10, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place KIDS
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

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South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
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Cost: Free.

Where:
Kannapolis Branch Library
850 Mountain Street
Kannapolis, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-4343
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Get comfortable as a variety of nature-based stories are read. Stories may be accompanied by puppets. After the story hike in the forest and participate in a themed activity based on the book....

Cost: Free.

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-432-6459
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Filled with stories, songs, and activities specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-3000
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Features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on components, and objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. Museum hours:  Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$10, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Explore a gallery of rare instruments, experiment with the science of sound, and rock out with real keyboards, drums and guitars. Museum hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm.

Cost: $12-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-806-6900
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Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
Columbia, SC  29214
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Telephone: 803-348-6010
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Cost: $7-$9, children under 5 free

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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An interactive early literacy program featuring board books, simple songs, movement activities, nursery rhymes and fingerplays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 South Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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Features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on components, and objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. Museum hours:  Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$10, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
Columbia, SC  29214
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Telephone: 803-348-6010
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Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-806-6900
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Explore a gallery of rare instruments, experiment with the science of sound, and rock out with real keyboards, drums and guitars. Museum hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm.

Cost: $12-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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A continental perspective on wolves today and those that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. Includes audio and interactive components. Museum hours: Tues., Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York county
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Enjoy storytime that will stimulate your child's senses.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 South Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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Take a stroll through the nature  center and collect materials to create tree-based artwork. Registration is required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 South York Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-583-1284
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A continental perspective on wolves today and those that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. Includes audio and interactive components. Museum hours: Tues., Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York county
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
Columbia, SC  29214
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Telephone: 803-348-6010
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Features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on components, and objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. Museum hours:  Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$10, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Storytelling, book sharing, songs and participatory activities. Hours: 10:30am and 1:30pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Branch Gastonia Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-868-2164
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Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-806-6900
Website »

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Explore a gallery of rare instruments, experiment with the science of sound, and rock out with real keyboards, drums and guitars. Museum hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm.

Cost: $12-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Enjoy storytime that will stimulate your child's senses.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 South Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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Live musical entertainment, activities and attractions. Held rain or shine.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint St. and Romare Bearden Park
800 S. Mint St.
Charlotte, NC
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Explore math through books, hands-on educational activities and manipulatives.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28208
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Telephone: 704-416-7400
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Create upcycled art such as decoupage bookends, tin can lanterns, paper jewelry, book folding and other activities that involve the reuse of materials that might otherwise go into the landfill.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Main Library
310 North Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-416-0100
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Have fun with the family while DJ Little K entertains. This program is weather dependent.

Cost: Free for memebers, $5 for non-members

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway, Comporium Ampitheater
250 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Listen to a talented line-up of national musical acts with family and friends. Enjoy the food and craft beer selection.

Cost: $5 parking fee

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

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Features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on components, and objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. Museum hours:  Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$10, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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Picture book sharing, finger plays and songs, nursery rhymes, and other activities. Hours: 10:30am and 1:30pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Branch Gastonia Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-868-2164
Website »

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A continental perspective on wolves today and those that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. Includes audio and interactive components. Museum hours: Tues., Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York county
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-806-6900
Website »

More information

Explore a gallery of rare instruments, experiment with the science of sound, and rock out with real keyboards, drums and guitars. Museum hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm.

Cost: $12-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
Columbia, SC  29214
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Telephone: 803-348-6010
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Wear brightly colored clothing and closed toe shoes. Other materials will be provided.

Cost: Free

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
250 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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Developmentally appropriate toys for children. Special community guests will be available to discuss child development and behaviors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 South Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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Learn more about hawk migration, the best places to watch and count migrating raptors and then learn how to conduct your own hawk watch.

Cost: $8, includes museum admission

Where:
Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of Big Band/Swing by the Moondance Orchestra.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Town Lawn
413 North Main Street
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-663-7026
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Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-806-6900
Website »

More information

Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
Columbia, SC  29214
View map »


Telephone: 803-348-6010
Website »

More information

Features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on components, and objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. Museum hours:  Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Explore a gallery of rare instruments, experiment with the science of sound, and rock out with real keyboards, drums and guitars. Museum hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm.

Cost: $12-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

A continental perspective on wolves today and those that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. Includes audio and interactive components. Museum hours: Tues., Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York county
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

A street festival featuring a Labor Day parade, a full carnival, kids crafts, inflatables, live entertainment, pony and train rides and more family activities. Hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 9am-9pm;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-708-1261
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Boost reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a volunteer therapy dog.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
66840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Charlotte, NC  28227
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Telephone: 704-416-5200
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Join producer Martin Damien Wilkins as you focus on the stage by producing a scene from a selected narrative and perform it for Gantt Center supporters.

Cost: $7-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Face Painters. Balloon Artists. Caricature Artists Strolling magician. Fifth Street Beats and Steve Langley for some live entertainment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Students are introduced to websites and online resources with accurate information to research topics for school projects. Kids can also explore databases and how to cite from them for homework....

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Telephone: 704-416-5600
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Part of Discovery Places newest exhibition, Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, guests can enjoy a free concert series featuring local artists. From international inspirations of sitar to...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Tryon Street Patio in front of Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Listen to a talented line-up of national musical acts with family and friends. Enjoy the food and craft beer selection.

Cost: $5 parking fee

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


Website »

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Participate in vulture activities.

Cost: Free with paid admission to Raptor Trail

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

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Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-806-6900
Website »

More information

A street festival featuring a Labor Day parade, a full carnival, kids crafts, inflatables, live entertainment, pony and train rides and more family activities. Hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 9am-9pm;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-708-1261
Website »

More information

A continental perspective on wolves today and those that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. Includes audio and interactive components. Museum hours: Tues., Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York county
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
Columbia, SC  29214
View map »


Telephone: 803-348-6010
Website »

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