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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February 2020

Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Discover how fossils are formed and make your own imprint fossil to take home.

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Meet new friends while connecting with the Charlotte Community. Pizza and snacks will be provided. Registration is required.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Cellist Kevin Jones is joined by pianist Topher Ruggiero in a program featuring sonatas by Shostakovich, Grigory Smirnov and Ahmed Alabama.

Cost: $10-$20, children younger than 12 free

Where:
St. Alban's Episcopal Church
301 Caldwell Ln.
Davidson, NC
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Put on your wellies, and reserve your spot for the tea party, which includes refreshments, crafts and cupcake-decorating.

Cost: $13.50

Where:
American Girl Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: American Girl
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Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Classes for adaptive learning and sensory needs meet at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sun Valley High School
5211 Old Charlotte Hwy.
Monroe, NC
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Sponsor: Church of the Redeemer
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Experience age-level appropriate Sunday school classes at 9:30 and 11 a.m. that connect families with larger church programs and ministries while creating a welcoming environment for all families.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The Warehouse Sale is a pop-up shoe store only in Charlotte for a limited time. Inventory changes weekly.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Next to Home Depot
8215 Shopping Center Drive
, 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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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainer's choice.  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Raptor keepers will show some of their favorite bird species.

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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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Fifteen year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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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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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Brothers put a spin on classic fairy tales in this hip-hop revelation for the younger generation. Get ready to drop the mic in this unforgettable theatrical experience. See website for show...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Jiminy Cricket finds himself at the home of Geppetto, a carpenter and toy-maker. Geppetto has made a toy puppet, Pinocchio, and wishes that the puppet was a real boy. To his astonishment, this...

Cost: $12-$14

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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This rock musical features music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm.

Cost: TBA

Where:
Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Join more than 60 local students as they present "Disney's Frozen Jr." Hear favorite and new songs and watch magical snow-filled dances. See website for performance schedule.

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Make a mask, play New Orleans and Mardi Gras trivia, and feast on King Cake. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library Rock Hill
138 E. Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
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Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Children gain exposure to life skills by utilizing theatre and art activities. Classes occur on Mondays, but there will be no classes on January 20 or February 17.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuskaseegee Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

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

More information

Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

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

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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

All Homeschool families are invited to dive into RAY-mazing discoveries during Homeschool Week.  Exclusively during Homeschool Week, take a Behind-the-Scenes tours for free. All...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
View map »


Sponsor: Sea Life Charlotte
Website »

More information

With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

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Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for story time. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the event.

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Come play in the open gym. All students younger than 3 must have an adult present at all times. Some Mondays are closed due to holidays, so please call to verify playtime.

Cost: $5, cash only

Where:
Carolina Stars
1080 Maxwell Mill Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-548-3441
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Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

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

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Increase your strength, endurance and agility for sports.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Improve basketball skills through a series of drills and stations in an instructional setting on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Class includes yoga poses, stories, songs, games, music and breathing techniques. Class occurs on Mondays.

Cost: $15

Where:
Charlotte Family Yoga
8230 Poplar Tent
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Family Yoga
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Receive assistance with literacy in fun and interactive ways. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

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This teaches scratching, blending and creating beats. The program also teach the business side of entrepreneurship.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Learn basic strokes and techniques of ping pong.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal Street
, NC
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Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities in your pajamas!

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities in your pajamas!

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave.
, NC
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Participants of all ages will learn proper Jazz dance technique. No previous dance experience required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-414-2774
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

This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

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

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Join us for a Prospective Parent Tour on February 25 from 8-9am! Drop by Thales Academy Waxhaw K-6 to tour our campus and view our classrooms and curriculum! Pre-registration is not required;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thales Academy Waxhaw K-6
8012 New Town Road
Waxhaw, NC  28173
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Sponsor: Thales Academy Waxhaw K-6
Telephone: (704) 256-5370
Contact Name: Kelsey Zoda
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Come to Sugar Creek Library for a free Healing Hands performance by a trio of Charlotte Symphony musicians.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 N. Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Make masks and string beads to celebrate Fat Tuesday. We’ll start our celebration at the Town Hall Stage with the story, "Dinosaur Mardi Gras" by Dianne De Las Casas. After, venture...

Cost: Included with admission of $10

Where:
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC  28209
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Enjoy a new take on classical music. Come experience Sphinx Virtuosi, a self-conducted chamber orchestra sponsored by Culture Blocks.

Cost: Free

Where:
First Baptist Church - West
1801 Oakland Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Arts & Science Council
Website »

More information

Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

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

More information

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

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

More information

Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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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Website »

More information

George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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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Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

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

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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

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


Website »

More information

Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

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


Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Website »

More information

Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

All Homeschool families are invited to dive into RAY-mazing discoveries during Homeschool Week.  Exclusively during Homeschool Week, take a Behind-the-Scenes tours for free. All...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
View map »


Sponsor: Sea Life Charlotte
Website »

More information

Toddlers identify words through interactive games and letter recognition on Tuesday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

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


Website »

More information

Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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This workshop is open to all ages. No previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Recreation Site
500 Bilmark Ave.
, NC
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. Showings Tues.-Sat. at 3:30pm.

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Website »

More information

Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Website »

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Kids the fundamentals of fitness, including agility, balance, coordination and strength training drills.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Teens will come out and play competitive video games.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Get to know other teens, eat snacks and participate in a monthly activity.  Meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Play interactive games geared towards social development involving physical activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Website »

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Come for assistance with literacy in fun and interactive ways.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal Street
, NC
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Website »

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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment. The class is open to all ages and no previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Belle Johnston Community Center
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Website »

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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

More information

Come enjoy a safe place to walk or run on your own or with family and friends. The lights are left on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 North Idlewild Road
, NC
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Explore the wonderful world of arts and crafts. Register online.

Cost: $10

Where:
Shamrock Senior Center/Methodist Home
3200 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Truly great dance can be a window to the heart and soul. Audiences take a path of discovery.

Cost: $25+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
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

This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child ages 3-12 will cost $5.

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

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


Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

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


Website »

More information

Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

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


Website »

More information

Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy a new take on classical music. Come experience Sphinx Virtuosi, a self-conducted chamber orchestra sponsored by Culutre Blocks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Camino Community Center
201 Stetson Drive
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Arts & Science Council
Website »

More information

Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $11 for one hour

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


Website »

More information

Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
View map »


Sponsor: Arts Delivered
Website »

More information

This drop off program for children presents an engineering challenge based on a popular nursery rhyme. After their engineering challenge, participants meet the animals and participate in humane...

Cost: $20

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7

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


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

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


Website »

More information

Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

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


Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Website »

More information

Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

All Homeschool families are invited to dive into RAY-mazing discoveries during Homeschool Week.  Exclusively during Homeschool Week, take a Behind-the-Scenes tours for free. All...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
View map »


Sponsor: Sea Life Charlotte
Website »

More information

With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Homeschool students receive discounted admission at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster.

Cost: $8

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Come play all arcade games for half the price all day on Wednesday.

Cost: Price per game varies

Where:
Bowlero
210 E. Trade St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. Showings Tues.-Sat. at 3:30pm.

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

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


Website »

More information

Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

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


Website »

More information

Increase your strength, endurance and agility for sports.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions without charge.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Improve basketball skills through a series of drills and stations in an instructional setting on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Program will bring girls together through games and activities, guest speakers, and field trips.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Students will learn the movement of the pieces and basic chess strategy.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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This teaches scratching, blending and creating beats. The program also teach the business side of entrepreneurship.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Learn a fusion of Zimbabwe dance styles using traditional Zimbabwe vocabulary mixed with contemporary movement.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center
2921 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Sponsor: ASC Culture Blocks
Telephone: 704-414-2774
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Truly great dance can be a window to the heart and soul. Audiences take a path of discovery.

Cost: $25+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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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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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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

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Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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

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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Website »

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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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

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The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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The CIAA Career Expo is designed to provide organizations the opportunity to meet recent graduates, current students from the CIAA member-schools and other universities, career seekers, and career...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Come for a family-friendly night of classic board games and light refreshments.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library Main
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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The CIAA Minority Business & Leadership Symposium provides comprehensive programming designed to stimulate economic and intellectual growth and development of minority business professionals.This...

Cost: Cost: $30,early registration ends Feb. 15 Late registration is $50

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S College St
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: CIAA
Telephone: 704-910-2133
Contact Name: Suzette McQueen

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Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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Children express themselves creatively through art on Thursday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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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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Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

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

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Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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Website »

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All Homeschool families are invited to dive into RAY-mazing discoveries during Homeschool Week.  Exclusively during Homeschool Week, take a Behind-the-Scenes tours for free. All...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Sea Life Charlotte
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Toddlers will participate in a fun, kid-friendly workout on Thursday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Watch a King Vulture play on a playground in the Vulture Culture exhibit.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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After a brief introduction to the month’s topic in the SEED Wildlife Garden’s Story Time area, program participants will complete activities stationed throughout the SEED Wildlife...

Cost: $5 per student

Where:
Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. Showings Tues.-Sat. at 3:30pm.

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Teens will come out and play competitive video games.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Come enjoy a safe place to walk or run on your own or with family and friends. The lights are left on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Afrobics is a full body, fun experience—a dance fitness class combining Afrofusion movement to an African beat.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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All levels of chess players are welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Charlotte Recreation Center
2401 Kendall Drive
, NC
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Every Thursday at Southern Strain Brewery in Downtown Concord, TuxedoKat hosts a demonstration and participation of abstract puddle painting techniques. Parents can have a beer while kids make...

Cost: $35

Where:
Southern Strain Brewery
165 Brumley Ave. NE
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: TuxedoKat Imaginarium
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Learn cheers, chants and stunts with an experienced cheer coach.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Preschoolers discover colors and shapes while developing fine motor skills and expanding creativity. Register online.

Cost: $10

Where:
Shamrock Senior Center/Methodist Home
3200 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Fifteen year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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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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This year’s 75th Anniversary edition of the men’s and women’s basketball championship tournament will feature 22 action-packed games. This year marks the tournament’s 15th...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

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

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


Website »

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

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


Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

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


Website »

More information

Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

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Thursday, 8-9:30 p.m. ($5 preview sale); Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday is half-price sale; Sunday is $10 fill-a-bag sale. No children under age 9...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price sale on Saturday with select items on sale.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy. 49 N.
Concord, NC
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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

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


Website »

More information

TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

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


Website »

More information

Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Join more than 60 local students as they present "Disney's Frozen Jr." Hear favorite and new songs and watch magical snow-filled dances. See website for performance schedule.

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: GSOA Children's Playhouse
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Website »

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Poses are combined with breath and focusto help kids relax and slow their busy minds. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Wylie Public Library
185 Blucher Cir.
Lake Wylie, SC
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Kids will make different kinds of slime before playing with it. Dress for a mess!

Cost: $27-$30

Where:
Kidcreate Studio
636 Crown Pointe Lane
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Blumenthal Performing Arts will host performers and spectators of all ages. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians and others are all welcome. Audience...

Cost: Free

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Arts & Science Council
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This live concert show performs the music of Paul McCartney spanning two decades from The Beatles to Wings.

Cost: $25-$60

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $11 for one hour

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


Website »

More information

Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Gigi's Playhouse opens its doors for children with Down syndrome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gigi's Playhouse
9101 Kings Parade Blvd.
#102
, NC
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

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


Website »

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

Cost: $10 per hour

Where:
W8Less LKN
10442-A Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

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


Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Website »

More information

Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Caregivers and their littles learn new yoga poses with songs and games. Multiple class rates available.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
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All Homeschool families are invited to dive into RAY-mazing discoveries during Homeschool Week.  Exclusively during Homeschool Week, take a Behind-the-Scenes tours for free. All...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
View map »


Sponsor: Sea Life Charlotte
Website »

More information

With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Preschoolers participate in stories, art, sensory and science activities on Friday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for movement and yoga through stories. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the...

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: Included with admission of $15-$19

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. Showings Tues.-Sat. at 3:30pm.

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Kids receive physical activity with social engagement with Berewick Afterschool.

Cost: $20

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

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


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Ceramic teaching artists will walk participants through a clay project. Call 980-498-1487 to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grier Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-498-1487
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
, NC
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Enjoy local music every Friday while you eat, drink and shop.

Cost: Free

Where:
7th Street Public Market
224 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Treat the kids and yourself to a fun night out! Drop kids off to run, play and dance. Pizza dinner is included.

Cost: $25

Where:
Romp n' Roll NW Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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Based on the 1942 movie starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, "Holiday Inn" opens when singer-songwriter Jim abandons the bright lights of Broadway for a quiet family farm in...

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Eagles Wings Studio
Telephone: 704-330-6534
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Fifteen year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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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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This year’s 75th Anniversary edition of the men’s and women’s basketball championship tournament will feature 22 action-packed games. This year marks the tournament’s 15th...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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The story of this great Apache leader comes to life and is a triumphant story of hope and healing that transcends time.

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Thursday, 8-9:30 p.m. ($5 preview sale); Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday is half-price sale; Sunday is $10 fill-a-bag sale. No children under age 9...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price sale on Saturday with select items on sale.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy. 49 N.
Concord, NC
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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Join more than 60 local students as they present "Disney's Frozen Jr." Hear favorite and new songs and watch magical snow-filled dances. See website for performance schedule.

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: GSOA Children's Playhouse
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This two-day, family-friendly fest offers interactive sponsor stations, concerts and other entertainment events as part of CIAA Tournament Week. Fri., 11am-7:30pm; Sat., 7:30am-7:30pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
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Fairy Houses are whimsical habitats built by children, families, gardeners and nature lovers! The annual festival that inspires appreciation of the environment with storytelling, children's...

Cost: $5, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Visit your nearest Target on February 29 for giveaways, activities and a read-along of "Happy Birthday to You!" every 30 minutes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Target Stores
Charlotte, NC


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Enjoy the extra day by exploring Earth's relationship with Sun! Learn about leap years.

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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Spend the day exploring arts, foods, music, dance, fashion and storytelling. Tour the 1774 Alexander homesite through the eyes of Bet, one of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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What amazing things will you do with an extra day? Explore the reason why we have Leap Year and work on your math skills on this special day. 

Cost: Included with admission of $10

Where:
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Parents can sign up for a special walk to see winter birds, animal tracks and more with their children. Walks begin at 1 and 2 pm and will last approximately 45 minutes each.

Cost: $5

Where:
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9090 Craver Road
, NC
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Sponsor: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and the University City Public Library
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Shop more than 20 local artists and vendors at the inside market at Twenty-Six Acres Brewing! 

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company
7285 Westwinds Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Starving Artist Market
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Be inspired to ignite your own revolution through an uplifting evening of music from Bernstein to Tchaikovsky at Myers Park High School as the Charlotte Concert Band presents, Music as a Revolution.

Cost: $10

Where:
Myers Park High School
2400 Colony Road
, NC
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The all-new production continues its legacy of wowing audiences with dancers from the hit ABC show performing live routines.

Cost: $59+

Where:
BoPlex
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy., Pineville
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate on Saturday mornings, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Every Saturday this month, Historic Brattonsville will feature special guided tours that interpret African American history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont. Included with admission; special...

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

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC
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Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs.

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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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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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainer's choice.  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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The origins and impact of slavery in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and the benefits of slave labor to Reed Gold Mine will be examined during Black History Month. Tours begin at 1 p.m. each...

Cost: $2, ages 7 and younger free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC  28107
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Sponsor: Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
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Raptor keepers will show some of their favorite bird species.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. Showings Tues.-Sat. at 3:30pm.

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

More information

Based on the 1942 movie starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, "Holiday Inn" opens when singer-songwriter Jim abandons the bright lights of Broadway for a quiet family farm in...

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Eagles Wings Studio
Telephone: 704-330-6534
Website »

More information

Fifteen year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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On February 27, 1760, the garrison of Fort Dobbs engaged in a skirmish with Cherokee warriors. Get a glimpse of what life was like for the soldiers and settlers seeking protection...

Cost: $2

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

This year’s 75th Anniversary edition of the men’s and women’s basketball championship tournament will feature 22 action-packed games. This year marks the tournament’s 15th...

Cost: TBA

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


Website »

More information

This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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

More information

The story of this great Apache leader comes to life and is a triumphant story of hope and healing that transcends time.

Cost: $10-$37

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


Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

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Brothers put a spin on classic fairy tales in this hip-hop revelation for the younger generation. Get ready to drop the mic in this unforgettable theatrical experience. See website for show...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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This Cuban-inspired one-woman show fuses a young girl’s passion with culture and family history. Creator Paige Hernandez introduces audiences to multiple characters using props, music, dance...

Cost: $12+

Where:
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Jiminy Cricket finds himself at the home of Geppetto, a carpenter and toy-maker. Geppetto has made a toy puppet, Pinocchio, and wishes that the puppet was a real boy. To his astonishment, this...

Cost: $12-$14

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

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

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


Website »

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

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


Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

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


Website »

More information

Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Thursday, 8-9:30 p.m. ($5 preview sale); Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday is half-price sale; Sunday is $10 fill-a-bag sale. No children under age 9...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Website »

More information

Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price sale on Saturday with select items on sale.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy. 49 N.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

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

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


Website »

More information

TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

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


Website »

More information

Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Join more than 60 local students as they present "Disney's Frozen Jr." Hear favorite and new songs and watch magical snow-filled dances. See website for performance schedule.

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: GSOA Children's Playhouse
Website »

More information

This two-day, family-friendly fest offers interactive sponsor stations, concerts and other entertainment events as part of CIAA Tournament Week. Fri., 11am-7:30pm; Sat., 7:30am-7:30pm.

Cost: Free

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