Spring Festivals for Families in Charlotte

Celebrate spring at these area Charlotte-area festivals.


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At the Fort Mill Strawberry Festival in May, enjoy amusement rides for all ages, fair food, live music and, of course, strawberries!

Fort Mill Strawberry Festival

 

Get out and enjoy the mild weather at one of these festivals this season in the greater Charlotte area.


March Festivals

2019 Queen City Spring Festival

(March 9)

The 2019 Queen City Spring Festival will offer face painting, games, dance performances, a bake sale, crafts, vendors, food and even free makeovers for females. 100 Free swag bags will also be given to the first 100 attendees. The Carole Hoefener Center, 615 E. 6th St. 1-5pm. Free.


York County Family Food Truck Festival

(March 9)

Bring the family out to enjoy a variety of food options, meet amazing local businesses, shop in the market place and have fun with free entertainment including bounce houses, photo booth, face painting, balloon animals and costume characters. The Grand Ballroom, 375 Star Light Dr., Fort Mill. 12-6:00 pm. Free.


Charlotte Fair

(March 15-24)

Come out for shows, a petting zoo, fair food and more than 30 rides. Across from Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6558 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10pm; Fri., 4-11pm; Sat., 1-11pm; Sun., 1-10pm. $5-$8, children ages 4 and younger free.


2019 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival

(March 16)

At 11 a.m., the 23rd annual parade begins at N. Tryon St. and 9th Street in Uptown and marches down 3rd St. to Caldwell. The festival features Irish music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, vendors, children’s amusements and food available for purchase. Uptown Charlotte, S. Tryon St. 10am-6pm. Free.


Green River Revival

(March 16)

Festivities begin with the Color Me Green 5K Trail Run and continue with yoga, the coloring of the river and live music. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Free admission, $6 parking fee. Registration fees apply for competitions.


Latta Celtic Festival

(March 16-17)

Celebrate the traditions of the 18th and 19th century North Mecklenburg Scots-Irish community with music, dancing, food, drinks and reenactments. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 10am-4pm. $9-$10, ages 5 and younger free.


St. Patrick's Day on Main Festival

(March 16)

Enjoy food, beer, games, music, a photo booth and a kids’ zone. Old Town, E. Main St., Rock Hill. 4-9pm. Free.


Community Purium Carnival

(March 17)

Join the Charlotte JCC for a community wide Purium Carnival featuring games, food and prizes. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road. Noon-3pm. Free.


Queen Charlotte Fair

(March 28-April 14)

Fair will feature family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides, food and shows. Route 29 Pavilion, 5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord. $5-$10, children 4 and younger free. See website for times and daily specials.


Rural Hill Food Truck Rally

(March 30)

This family-friendly event offers music, food, NC beer and wine. Admission is free, but parking is $5 per vehicle. Kids Zone admission, food and drinks are available for purchase. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $5 parking.


Top Deck Car Show

(March 30)

See cars of all makes, models and years while enjoying the DJ, family friendly activities, raffles and door prizes. Discovery Place Kids Parking Garage, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 9am-1pm. Free admission, $10 per vehicle to register.


Family Fun Fest at Sycamore Brewing

(March 31)

The beer garden will have carnival-theme fun for the whole family, including face painting, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, a story time and live children’s music by Liz, Holly and the Jolly Lollies. Noon-5pm. Free admission. Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St.


April Festivals

Come-See-Me Festival

(April 4-13)

This festival features more than 80 activities. Take part in fun that includes beautiful gardens, a parade, a frog jump, teddy bear tea party, food trucks, live music, kids' activities, fireworks and more. Locations vary. See website for full schedule of events.

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Live music is part of the family friendly fun at the Come See Me Festival in Rock Hill. 

Photo by Blackston Photography


Pennzoil AutoFair Presented by Advance Auto Parts

(April 4-7)

The world’s largest automotive extravaganza, the Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts, returns this spring, bringing together thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, exotic sports cars and classic automobiles. Experience more than 10,000 automotive vendor displays, a massive manufacturers’ midway, a kids’ PlayZone, fun fair food and more. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. $11; free for children 13 and under with a paying adult.


Sensoria: A Celebration of Literature and the Arts

(April 5-14)

This literary festival showcases events that celebrate literature, music, visual arts, history, culture and food. Various locations. Free; admission to certain events. See website for full schedule of events.


Tractors and Trains Festival

(April 5-6)

This railroading historic site hosts antique farm equipment, modern tractors, music, games and more for kids and adults. Friday is geared toward field trips, and Saturday is for the public. N.C. Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Dr., Spencer. 9am-3pm. $4-$12, included with admission.

See modern tractors, antique equipment and steam-powered tractors at this agriculture and arts festival.

Photo courtesy of N.C. Transportation Museum


Arbor Day Celebration

(April 6)

Activities and vendors will focus on environmentally-friendly topics appropriate for all ages. Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park, 1400 Catawba St., Belmont. Noon-3pm. Free.


Festival of Food Trucks

(April 6)

Sample gourmet fare, stroll the streets, shop, and listen to live music. This event reoccurs the first Saturday of each month through October. Downtown Mooresville, Main St., Mooresville. 5-8:30pm. Free.


Paws in the Park

(April 6)

Bring your friendly dog to spend the day at this festival. There will be more than 150 vendors, dog rescue groups with dogs available for adoption, music, dog contests, demonstrations, food trucks, a playground and a dog walk. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville. 10am-3pm. Free.


Tawba Walk Arts and Music Festival

(April 6)

Tawba Walk will feature two stages of live bands and performances, more than 100 local artists, food trucks, local craft beer, sidewalk shop specials, a kids' zone and street art. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 2-8pm. Free.


Loch Norman Highland Games

(April 13-14)

This annual event celebrates all things Scottish and features athletic games, pipe bands, drumming, dancing, food vendors and a kids’ zone. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $6-$20.


Water Lantern Festival

(April 20)

Experience the magic of the lanterns as they light up the water. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 5-10pm. $18-$35, children 7 and younger free.


Tuck Fest 2018

(April 25-28)

Celebrate the great outdoors, and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Kids can participate in obstacle challenges, kids’ yoga, bicycle races and more. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Free admission, $6 parking fee. Registration fees apply for competitions.


Art on the Green

(April 27-28)

This juried art festival features regional artists, along with musical performances by local talents and food from on-site vendors and area restaurants. Davidson Town Green, Davidson. Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-4pm. Free.


Earth Day Birthday at Museum of York County

(April 27)

Enjoy activities, games, planetarium shows and more than 25 educational exhibits, each with a hands-on environmental message. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. 10am-3pm. Free.


Earth Day Celebration

(April 27)

Enjoy Border Collie dog demonstrations, cane-pole fishing, canoeing and kayaking, face painting, hiking, geocaching, lead-line horseback rides and more festive fun. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, S.C. 11am-3pm.


Earth Day on the Greenway with Kids in Nature Day

(April 27)

Come out to the Four Mile Creek Greenway behind the Matthews Community Center to celebrate Earth Day with Kids in Nature Day. Activities include eco-friendly exhibits and vendors, a limited amount of free rain barrels, hikes, scavenger hunts, kids’ crafts and fairy houses, music and more.  Four Mile Creek Greenway, behind Matthews Community Center. 10am-2pm. Free.


Earth Jam 2019

(April 27)

Come to Robbins Park for bluegrass music, food, vendors and family fun. Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 4-7pm. Free.


Garibaldi Festival

(April 27)

Visit the Spring Garibaldi Festival, which features local art and music! Stowe Park, 24 S. Main St., Belmont. Noon-5pm. Free.


International Sandwich Festival

(April 27)

Enjoy food from around the world and a rich blend of musical entertainment at this family-friendly festival. Popular food trucks and restaurants will be on hand for the culinary and cultural feast. Chairs and blankets are encouraged.  Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive. Noon-6pm. Free.


Pet Palooza

(April 27)

The event will feature a dog-friendly walk as well as a vendor fair, adoption area, music, a picnic pavilion, food and beer trucks, and fun activities for people and pets alike. McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road. Noon-4pm. 


Open Streets 704

(April 28)

Check out this sprawling festival, which ranges from Commonwealth and Plaza Midwood into NoDa. The route is broken into four different zones: arts and science, green, family fun and wellness. 1-5pm. Free.

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Photo courtesy of Well-Run Media.


May Festivals

Jiggy with the Piggy

(May 3-4)

Jiggy with the Piggy includes a Kansas City Barbeque Society Competition, rides, 5k race, over 100 artisans, concerts, an outdoor family movie night, a pancake breakfast, and people's choice BBQ and wings tasting. Downtown Kannapolis, 125 N. Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis. Free admission.


South Carolina Strawberry Festival

(May 3-4)

Celebrate the strawberry at this award-winning festival. Check out antique cars; buy fresh strawberries and strawberry shortcake. Attend pig races, and let the kids enjoy the rides. Fri., 4:30-11pm; Sat., 10am-10pm. Walter Elisha Park, 345 N. White St., Fort Mill. Free admission; additional cost for activities.


​Davidson Town Day

(May 4)

Town Day will offer family games and information provided by local non-profits, entertainment and food available for purchase. 10am-3pm. Davidson Town Green, 216 S. Main St. Free.


Kings Drive Art Walk

(May 4-5)

Features fine art for sale, including paintings and drawings, sculptures, pottery, metal, stone, wood and glass works from emerging artists. Little Sugar Creek Greenway, 600 S. Kings Drive. Free. Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm.


Music, Dance 'n Que Fest

(May 4)

Enjoy live music, tours of the historic cabins, kid-friendly games and crafts, raffles, and food and beverages available for purchase. 11am-3pm. President James K. Polk Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. $5 per car.


Paws in the Park

(May 4)

Event will feature vendors, demonstrations, giveaway, contests and a mini off-leash area for pup play dates. Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Pkwy., Indian Trail. 10am-3pm. Free.


Hello Huntersville

(May 5)

This festival highlights regional artists and musicians. Visit local breweries, wineries, and food trucks while listening to live music, shopping the vendor booths, making murals and doing STEM activities. 2-6pm. Downtown Huntersville, 101-Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville. Free.


BeachFest Matthews

(May 10-11)

Put your "toes in the sand" with live beach music, shag dancing, carnival rides and inflatables. Fri., 6:30-10pm., Sat., 10:30am-10pm. Stumptown Park, S. Trade St. Free.


North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

(May 10-11)

Do not miss this two-day celebration of music, camping, the outdoors and North Carolina’s craft beer. With an upbeat atmosphere and family-friendly culture, the NCBMF is a music festival for all ages. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 11am-10pm. $8-$87.


Spring into Arts Festival

(May 11)

This festival promotes the visual and performing arts, and features musical entertainment, food and drink vendors, a juried art show, and a children’s creation station. Historic Downtown Concord, 65 Union Street S., Concord. 10am-4pm. Free.


Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest

(May 16)

More than 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car haulers will make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. There will be a free party in the streets with live music, activities for children, food trucks, giveaways and race cars on display. Union Street between Cabarrus and Corban Avenues, Concord. 5-8:30pm. Free.


Charlotte Asian Festival

(May 18)

Learn about various Asian cultures through food and activities. Plus, see teams race to the finish line in colorfully-decorated dragon boats. Boat races begin at 9am and the festival runs 9am-5pm. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius. Free.


The Cheerwine Festival

(May 18)

Cheerwine fans can enjoy cold Cheerwine, live music, great Southern food, shopping for Cheerwine merchandise, family-friendly activities, a beer garden and local craft vendors. Downtown Salisbury. Noon-10pm. Free.


Waxhaw Kaleidoscope Festival

(May 18)

See the showcase of local and regional art. New this year is the Taste of Waxhaw venue. Downtown Historic Waxhaw, Waxhaw. Free.


Festa Italiana

(May 19)

Enjoy all-you-can-eat Italian food. Bring the kids along to play in the special Kid Zone with face painting and Italian lessons. Adults can enjoy live music, dance, prosecco, wine and Peroni beer. Gateway Village Promenade, 800 W. Trade St. 1-7pm.


Circle K Speed Street Presented by Coca-Cola

(May 23-25)

Rock out to live entertainment, access to racing’s brightest stars, giveaways and interactive displays. Each day starting at noon, vendor displays, kids’ activities, racing-related fun and more will run on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte until 8 p.m. Headliners will take the stage in Romare Bearden Park starting at 6:30 pm.. Noon-8pm. Uptown Charlotte. Free for festival; tickets to Romare Bearden Park's concerts start at $15.


Mint Hill Madness

(May 24-26)

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend and the founding of the town of Mint Hill with carnival rides, games, boardwalk-style food, and arts and crafts vendors, as well as live entertainment, a parade and fireworks. Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, 8850 Fairview Road, Mint Hill. Friday, 4-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. Free; costs for some activities.

Enjoy carnival rides and food, plus arts and crafts and live music at Mint Hill Madness.

Photo courtesy of Mint Hill Madness


USNWC Memorial Day Celebration

(May 26)

Festivities include five- and eight-mile trail races, yoga and live music on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening. Fireworks begin at dusk on Sunday. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Free admission, $6 parking fee. Registration fees apply for competitions.


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August 2019

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

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Come hear Grammy-winning music and comedy from America's Favorite Cowboys! Shows at noon and 3 p.m. 

Cost: $32-$50, free for children younger than 2

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Hike approximately two miles, and stop along the way to talk about various plants, rocks and wildlife.

Cost: $5, plus $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Discover which animals live in the nature preserve by observing and identifying their furs and skulls. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Make a reservation to enjoy savory delights, sweet treats, tea and time together.

Cost: $13.50

Where:
American Girl Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Join The Jolly Lollies for an afternoon concert with fun activities for little ones before the show. Doors open at 4 p.m.; concert begins at 5 p.m.

Cost: $8, non-walkers free

Where:
Suffolk Punch
2911 Griffith St.
, NC
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See a variety of European sports cars on April 28 and the third Sunday of every month from May through November. Rain days will be scheduled if needed.

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, 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

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
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Learn about the unique, bizarre and interesting adaptations plants develop in order to survive in different habitats.

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in these half-hour sessions along the Raptor Trail. Saturdays 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays 1 and 3 p.m.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Be amazed by the show put on by these native and exotic flight birds and their trainers at this annual sensation.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Enjoy a 50-foot Alpine climbing tower, a 40-foot challenge tower and zip-line, fishing pond, archery and wooded hiking trails. Try activities like dodgeball, gagaball, basketball, volleyball,...

Cost: $10 per family

Where:
Hemby Program Center
9760 Happy Valley Drive
, NC
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Meet one of the animal ambassadors for a photo opportunity, and take a behind the scenes tour of the Raptor Hospital. Get an up close look at an Eagle. Children younger than 16 must be...

Cost: $28-$32

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Families with special needs can enjoy lessons and activities tailored for persons with disabilities. Children's class at 9:30 and 11am. Teen class at 9:30 and 11am. Young adult class at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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The Charlotte Pride Parade and Festival will feature a youth zone, family zone, karaoke bar, HIV testing and food for purchase. The parade is on Sunday, Aug.18 from 1-3pm. Festival runs Sat.,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
N. Tryon Street
, NC
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CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now coming to Charlotte!

Where:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

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

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Local firefighters will share stories and bring their mascot, Blaze and a fire truck.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Lake Wylie /Steel Creek
Carolina Dance Academy
13902 S Tryon Road
, NC
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Learn how to use a variety of technology to tell exciting stories. This club is perfect for preteen writers, artists, and photographers. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Lake Wylie /Steel Creek
Carolina Dance Academy
13902 S Tryon Road
, NC  28278
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Preschoolers complete nature themed activities, crafts and hikes while using their imaginations! 6/3: Prowlers at Night 6/17: Tree-mendous Trees! 7/1: Crickets & Grasshoppers 7/15:...

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

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
288 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

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

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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

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


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

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

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Dance Davidson
140 Jackson St.
Davidson, NC  28036
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

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

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Come paint pottery with your toddler for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

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

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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

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


Website »

More information

This class combines yoga and play through  poses, songs and calming time.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Come make fun, kid-friendly campfire meals. Registration is required. May 21: Banana Boats June 18: Dogs in a Blanket July 16: Waffle Cone S’mores Aug. 20: Pizza Pies

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Drop the kids off to paint with acrylics. Focus is on brush strokes, design elements and color theory.

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

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

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

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

Come decorate cupcakes, and hear a story.

Cost: $6 per child

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Snap photos, draw pictures and take notes like a scientist to create a living record of the park as it changes throughout the year.

Cost: $4

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Enjoy puppet shows, songs and movement activities that support early literacy.

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 car seats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Division office of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
, NC
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More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5

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

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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

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

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Bring your seat , child and vehicle, and plan to spend at least 20 minutes with a technician. No appointment is necessary.

Cost: Free

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

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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

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Enjoy free admission on Wednesdays this summer from 5 to 9 p.m. beginning July 3 through August 28.

Cost: Free

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

More information

Party in Romare Bearden Park! May 15: Steve Owens and Summertime May 29: Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot June 12: Hip Pocket June 26: The Entertainers July 10: Randy Clay Band...

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

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

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

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


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5

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


Website »

More information

This summer series offers music, children's activities, local craft vendors and a farmers market. Market opens at 5 p.m., live music starts at 6p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Historic White Home
258 E. White St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Website »

More information

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up for some outside entertainment. Drinks, popcorn, candy available for purchase. Movies start 5-15 minutes after sunset. April 18: “Spiderman: Into...

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
Main Street and Maxwell Street
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

On Thursday evenings, starting June 6 through August 29, listen to live music at Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln.
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

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


Website »

More information

Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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


Website »

More information

Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

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

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

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


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this heart-warming story about the joys of friendship, Amos McGee knows friends can come in all sorts of species, too. Lively and engaging puppets...

Cost: $10+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Sale is conveniently located just 9 miles from Mooresville, 10 from Concord, 4 from Kannapolis and 12 from Salisbury! Presale ($5 charity donation) on Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 9...

Cost: Free

Where:
Turning House Mill Works
501 S. Main St.
Landis, NC
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This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
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Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

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

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Come learn about Meck Basics, a community-wide brain development campaign. Learn how you can begin implementing five basic principles that encompass much of what experts find is important for...

Cost: Free

Where:
NewDominion Bank
1111 Metropolitan Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Toys will be available for drop-in, self directed play.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Dance Davidson
140 Jackson St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Pop in for 45 minutes of singing, dancing and playing! Cost of class can be applied toward tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Dance Davidson
140 Jackson St.
Davidson, NC  28036
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Visit Wing Haven for a family-friendly evening of fun with local food truck, New Wrap Order and live music from Hot Chocolate and Vanilla Soul Duo! Food, wine, beer and other beverages available...

Cost: $15, children 10 and younger free.

Where:
Wing Haven
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Check out the car and truck show, as well as the music, family friendly activities, raffle and door prizes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veteran's Park
Main Street and Maxwell Street
Huntersville, NC
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Join Mercy Church for a night of worship and music! The evening will last a little over an hour and will focus on the singing of original songs from Mercy Church. Tickets are free, but reserve...

Cost: Free

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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Event is packed with jewelry, handbags, make-up tips, gourmet treats, shopping, fashion shows, cooking classes and speakers. See website for discount ticket pricing information. Fri. and...

Cost: $6-$12, children younger than 6 free with paying adult

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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During this interactive playtime for toddlers, wiggle to music and giggle with friends.

Cost: Free

Where:
David W Phillips Activity Center
946 Burrage Road
Concord, NC
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Starting in May and running through October, come out to Camp North End in the Boileryard on Friday nights for food and music. Children and leashed pets welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Boileryard at Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Matthews presents food trucks, kids' activities, craft beer and wine, and weekly bands.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Come down to historic downtown Mount Holly for another awesome Summer Concert Series!

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
Mount Holly, NC


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Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie in the park. Food available for purchase. Movie begins at dusk. March 29 and Aug. 23 at Crooked Creek Park, 5900 Oakwood Ln.,...

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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Come to NarroWay Productions for dinner and a show! Before the kings and after all the deliverers were at rest, there was a time of judges when every man did what was right in his own eyes....

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, except June 21, which is Movie on the Green.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to August 31. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Huntersville, NC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Bring a chair or a blanket, and enjoy food trucks or a picnic. "Rec in a Box," which brings  activities such as sports equipment, art and education supplies, bicycles and more to the...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park, Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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


Website »

More information

Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this heart-warming story about the joys of friendship, Amos McGee knows friends can come in all sorts of species, too. Lively and engaging puppets...

Cost: $10+

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


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

Sale is conveniently located just 9 miles from Mooresville, 10 from Concord, 4 from Kannapolis and 12 from Salisbury! Presale ($5 charity donation) on Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 9...

Cost: Free

Where:
Turning House Mill Works
501 S. Main St.
Landis, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Attend this farewell celebration for hummingbirds who will be preparing for their long trip to Central America. Hummingbird banding, guest speakers, kids' activities and food trucks will be on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Say “TREATS!” The portrait studio will offer 15-minute pet portrait sessions in exchange for a donation of $25 or 10 lbs. of dry dog food for the Humane Society of Charlotte.

Cost: $25 or 10 lbs. of dry dog food

Where:
Reflections by Rhiannon Portrait Boutique
9741 Southern Pine Blvd.
Suite J
, NC
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Bring the family for vendors, food ,crafts and entertainment including water activities, bounce houses, Paw Patrol photo booth, Royal Princess Concert, face painting, balloon animals and a petting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown York
14 N Congress St.
York, SC
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Enjoy an intimate yoga practice on the East Boulevard outdoor patio along with complimentary YAFO kitchen juices and hummus hustler small bites following the class. Reserve your spot.

Cost: $5

Where:
Yafo Kitchen
1235 East Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Yafo Kitchen & SweatNET
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This expo is a celebration of the best products, services and entertainment for children and families. Free activities include bounce houses, face painting, video game truck, demos, character meet...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carolina Courts
240 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Enjoy live music all day from at the Gazebo at Patriot's Park. There will also be water games, a Woodie car show and vendors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Patriot's Park
220 S. Railroad Ave.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Mud Factor 5k Obstacle Run will feature giant cargo climbs, mud pits, water slides and a kids' run.

Cost: $45-$65, plus $15 for parking

Where:
Hodges Family Farm
3900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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For $15, The Haigler Club will wash, towel dry and adorn each dog with a Greenway bandana. All proceeds benefit the Mary Warner Mack Dog Park. Adoptable dogs from the Humane Society of York County...

Cost: Free, $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
148 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Families will enjoy food, games, vendors, cannon fire, reenactments, pirate shows and contests.

Cost: $6

Where:
Museum of the Waxhaws
8215 Waxhaw Hwy.
Waxhaw, NC
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Come for the giveaway of 500 backpacks full of school supplies at the Praising Place Church Annual Gear Up Back to School Community Event.  There will also be water slides, other giveaways,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Praising Place Church
5268 North Sharon Amity Road
, NC
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Sponsor: the Praising Place Church
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Try a 45-minute class filled with singing, dancing and playing! Cost can be applied to fall tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
405 E. Park Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Come shop jewelry, art, kids clothing, pet gear, foods, decor and a farmer's market while enjoying live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Ballantyne Village
14825 Ballantyne Village Way
, NC
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Meet Turtles from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles. The Sewer Studio Tour will allow kids to create their own dynamic stop-motion videos with Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Meet Sir Purr, and decorate cookies. Adults can also enter a giveaway.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reid's Fine Foods SouthPark
4331 Barclay Downs Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Reid's Fine Foods
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Try a 45-minute class filled with singing, dancing and playing! Cost can be applied to fall tuition.

Cost: $10

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
405 E. Park Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Music Together of Charlotte
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Play games, slip down the water slide, eat ice cream and more outside of the food court entry.

Cost: Free

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Explore the expressive, active, and creative benefits of dance.

Cost: $10

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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This event will offer all-you-can-eat fresh blue crabs, one side of fish and chips, snow crab legs platter, music and a family friendly environment. Tickets for 1-3:30 p.m. time slot or 4-6:30 p.m.

Cost: $10-$55

Where:
Park Road Park
6220 Park Road
, NC
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Discuss teen fandom of pop culture while enjoying snacks and fun geek activities. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Join Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood to kick off their Friends of Summer summer event series. This event's theme will be Legion Jam Fest. Event is family-friendly and dog friendly.

Cost: Free

Where:
Legion Brewing
1906 Commonwealth Ave.
, NC
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Come celebrate Halloween early with costume clad festival goers. Festival will kick off at 4 p.m., and the zombie walk will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Kannapolis
119 West Ave.
Kannapolis, NC
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Festival will feature food, live music, adult beverages and a corn maze.

Cost: $15-$20, children ages 3 and younger free

Where:
Aw Shucks Farms
3718 Plyler Mill Road
Monroe, NC
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All movies are shown on an inflatable screen at locations throughout Cornelius with refreshments available for purchase. June 15: Cornelius Town Hall July 27: Ramsey Creek Park Aug. 24:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbins Park
17738 West Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Come play with your kids at My Gym! Parent participation is required. Parents wear socks; children go barefoot.

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
My Gym Southpark
5110 Park Road
2D
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Rock Hill rides gives new riders the chance to learn how to ride. Staff will be on site to teach the biking basics and safety. Borrow or bring your own bike and helmet. No registration is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rock Hill SC BMX Track Parking Lot
1307 Riverwalk Pkwy.
Rock Hill, SC
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Celebrate the history of Tweetsie Railroad, the ET&WNC Railroad, and mountain culture! 

Cost: $32-$50, free for children younger than 2

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Join this family-friendly open art session where your little Picasso can shine! Each week will be different activities including easel painting, sensory stations and themed art projects.

Cost: $10

Where:
Noah's Art of Southpark
5110 Park Road
2C
, NC
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Sponsor: Noah's Art of Southpark
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In 2013, Billy Graham was officially named “North Carolina’s Favorite Son” when Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation from the North Carolina House and Senate. This display...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC  28217
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Event is packed with jewelry, handbags, make-up tips, gourmet treats, shopping, fashion shows, cooking classes and speakers. See website for discount ticket pricing information. Fri. and...

Cost: $6-$12, children younger than 6 free with paying adult

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Beginners and seasoned yogis are invited to practice. Please bring a mat and water bottle.

Cost: $5, additional $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Explore the greenway’s water ways, and wear closed-toe shoes that can get muddy. Bring a guardian and a change of clothes. Registration is required.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in these half-hour sessions along the Raptor Trail. Saturdays 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays 1 and 3 p.m.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Be amazed by the show put on by these native and exotic flight birds and their trainers at this annual sensation.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Participants learn critical reading and writing skills, advocacy, volunteerism, art, videography, public speaking and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

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

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Meet one of the animal ambassadors for a photo opportunity, and take a behind the scenes tour of the Raptor Hospital. Get an up close look at an Eagle. Children younger than 16 must be...

Cost: $28-$32

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Come to NarroWay Productions for dinner and a show! Before the kings and after all the deliverers were at rest, there was a time of judges when every man did what was right in his own eyes....

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Website »

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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, except June 21, which is Movie on the Green.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to August 31. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

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


Website »

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Take a closer look at some of the more macabre events that took place at Rosedale over the years.

Cost: $20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Midsummer Nights @Queens aims to bring a professional "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte region. Performances are free and open to the public, taking place on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queens Univeristy
1900 Selwyn Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this heart-warming story about the joys of friendship, Amos McGee knows friends can come in all sorts of species, too. Lively and engaging puppets...

Cost: $10+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Sale is conveniently located just 9 miles from Mooresville, 10 from Concord, 4 from Kannapolis and 12 from Salisbury! Presale ($5 charity donation) on Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 9...

Cost: Free

Where:
Turning House Mill Works
501 S. Main St.
Landis, NC
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This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
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Buy books at the fourth annual big book sale blowout!

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Exhibit encompasses a multitude of women and their many roles, identities and experiences.

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

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