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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February 2016

Show your love for the art of diverse artists in the collection, and celebrate culture and community through colorful art projects, a visit to the gallery and yoga sessions.

Cost: $6 for adults, free for kids

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Discover what nature has to offer during the winter by making snowflakes, investigating animal tracks, and working with artifacts.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-5224
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Farmers from all over the country are bringing their best alpacas to show.Great opportunity to learn about these adorable critters uses for their fleece. Fiber arts, spinning, weaving and knitting...

Cost: FREE.

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 Hwy 49 S
Concord, NC
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
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Enjoy making special Valentine crafts to share with family and friends.

Cost: $5

Where:
Main Street Children's Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, watch the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Showtimes: Wed.-Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 and 8pm; Sun., 1:30 and 7pm.

Cost: $29.50+

Where:
Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as you learn about the wonders of nature.

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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Tweens and teens are invited to help celebrate Black History Month.

Cost: FREE.

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Boulevard
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-416-7400
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

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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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Website »

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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Is your child ready for school, both academically and socially? Join experts to review what skills are necessary for a child to succeed in school and what you can do now to prepare. For...

Cost: FREE.

Where:
Child & Family Development-Pineville office
10516 Park Road
Charlotte, NC  28210
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Website »

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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

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Engage your preschoolers with books, activities, stories and songs that encourage language and pre-reading skill development in order to help them grow into successful readers.

Cost: FREE.

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5800
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Understand the Carolina Piedmont’s wildlife ecosystems and the role animals and plants play in keeping an ecosystem balanced.

Cost: $6

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-909-7244
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Understand the Carolina Piedmont’s wildlife ecosystems and the role animals and plants playin keeping an ecosystem balanced.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

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The library honors African Americans for the historic and current contributions to the community with a film screening of "Selma, Lord Selma." This movie is rated PG.

Cost: FREE.

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704- 416-7000
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

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

Cost: $5

Where:
Main Street Children's Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Understand the Carolina Piedmont’s wildlife ecosystems and the role animals and plants play in keeping an ecosystem balanced.

Cost: $6

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-909-7244
Website »

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Explore the mint museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph | 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown | 500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2018
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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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

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Find out what life was like for enslaved people that lived and worked at Brattonsville. Tour hours: 11am and 2pm.

Cost: $3-$6, includes museum admission

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC
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Telephone: 803-684-2327
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This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
Charlotte , NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Learn to survive in the wild in this adventure series. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a water bottle.

Cost: $3

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-1391
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Ongoing activities, historical demonstrations, farm animal viewing, self-guided plantation tours and be sure to bring lunch for a picnic.

Cost: $6, free for children 4 and under

Where:
Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Filled with literacy-related activities specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities.  Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Telephone: 704-416-5000
Contact Name: Amanda Sprott-Goldson
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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

More information

Features local speakers sharing their knowledge on our region's environment from butterflies to bears and everything in between.

Cost: Free

Where:
McClintock Middle School
1925 Rama Road
Charlotte`, NC  28212
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Telephone: 704-517-2535
Contact Name: Ernie McLaney
Website »

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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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Show Less...

Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

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


Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

More information

Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Dorothy and her friends battle the Wicked Witch to find the brains, the heart, and the courage they never knew they had. Visit website for showtimes.

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

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Get creative in the Lego and Duplo construction zones, meet and learn from Lego Master Builders, participate in group builds, see dozens of large-scale and miniature models and displays...

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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See museum and fossil club displays, mine for gemstones, and meet animated prehistoric characters.

Cost: $7-$13, includes admission

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

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Join in a traditional West African dance class with live drumming. Registration required.

Cost: $7-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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From bags to bracelets, enjoy a winter’s day indoors making fun things with duct tape.

Cost: $5 for members; $10 for public

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC  28215
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Join the Rotary Club of Lake Norman and be a part of the world's largest one-day swim to end polio. Swim 125 yards and donate $5. Swimmers of all abilities are welcome. 

Cost: $5.

Where:
Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics
11726 Verhoeff Drive
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-766-2222
Website »

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Learn the basics of liturgical dance with Greensboro’s Verna Leslie. Liturgical dance combines movement – developed through discipline and performing arts skills –...

Cost: $7-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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An all-ages celebration of Concord and vicinity, unscripted improvisational comedy games, musical games and activities, game show elements, and heavy-duty audience...

Cost: $10/$15

Where:
The Sweet Spot
10050 Edison Square Dr NW
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Planet Improv
Telephone: 704-301-1564
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The American Boychoir, a world-renowned vocal ensemble from Princeton, N.J., brings its distinctly American voice on tour. The program, "How Can I Keep From Singing?," showcases the...

Cost: See website for prices.

Where:
Myers Park Presbyterian Church
2501 Oxford Place
Charlotte, NC  28207
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Telephone: 704-526-7667
Website »

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Features artwork of over 30 artists, created in a range of artistic styles and media including pencil, ink, watercolor, and woodcut. Families can also expect interactive components.

Cost: $3-$5, includes museum admission

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


Sponsor: Cultural and Heritage Museums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
Website »

More information

     Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site will offer “Black Gold: North Carolina Slavery and Reed Gold Mine” tours every Saturday in February at 1 p.m. and...

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

Where:
Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC  28107
View map »


Sponsor: Reed Gold Mine
Telephone: 704-721-4653 x211
Website »

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Explore books in creative ways through interactive activities including math and science.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

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Explore the surprising ways that Latinos are shaping the South and how the South is shaping Latinos. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous...

Cost: $4-$10, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Dorothy and her friends battle the Wicked Witch to find the brains, the heart, and the courage they never knew they had. Visit website for showtimes.

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

Get creative in the Lego and Duplo construction zones, meet and learn from Lego Master Builders, participate in group builds, see dozens of large-scale and miniature models and displays...

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. In the process,...

Cost: $7-$9; children under 5 admitted free.

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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