Take an Urban Excursion in Raleigh


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Raleigh was founded in 1792 as North Carolina’s capital city.

Photo courtesy of Keenan Hairston/Greater Raleigh CVB

Having lived in North Carolina more than half my life, I’ve visited most of the major cities and thought I knew what they had to offer. That is, until a recent trip to the state’s capital opened my eyes to the many affordable, fun, (and in some cases, completely free!) activities for families. Depending on where in the Charlotte area you live, Raleigh is a mere two and a half to three hours away. If you prefer not to drive, consider taking advantage of the Amtrak deal this summer, where children can ride for $5 Tuesdays through Saturdays with a paying adult.

 

Rich in History

Founded in 1792 as North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who worked to establish the first English colony in the new world in the late 16th century. It is the only state capital planned and established by a state as a seat of state government. There are many places in the city where you can learn more about the history of the area, as well as the entire state.

Mordecai Historic Park is located right in the heart of the city, and you’ll find The Mordecai House, which is the oldest house in Raleigh in its original location. The acreage of the park was also once the largest plantation in the area, and one of the historic outbuildings has the distinction of being the birthplace of Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States. You can also take a one-hour trolley tour departing from the park on Saturdays March through December (additional cost for trolley tickets).

My family loves ghost tours, so my 11-year-old son and I opted to take an evening Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour (presented by Tobacco Road Tours). The 1.5-mile walking tour took us to the State Capitol Building, where we heard about paranormal activity that has been reported on the grounds since the mid-1800s, a possible peg-legged ghost at the restored White-Holman house, stories of what happened to criminals in Moore’s Square, and other tales.

We also made a stop in Raleigh’s oldest cemetery, the Raleigh City Cemetery, and tried to glean clues of what life was like in the past by examining dates on tombstones. The website recommends this tour for children 8 years and older, but I would personally say 10 and up might be better, as there are some spooky and gruesome stories told along the way that might make younger children a little uneasy.


Unique Visitor Experiences at Museums

Probably the most economical way to experience Raleigh is by visiting some of the museums, the majority of which have free admission. The city is often called “The Smithsonian of the South,” likening it to the array of museums offered in Washington, D.C. On our trip, we visited the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Art and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is expansive, with four floors of exhibits, live animals, gift shops and two cafes. We explored the current and thought-provoking traveling exhibit “Race,” (at the museum through Oct. 22, 2017), saw a rousing live animal show, and visited the living conservatory full of butterflies and a two-toed sloth.

There are also opportunities to go on specific self-guided tours of hidden gems, the extinct tour, the alive tour or take advantage of a first-time visitors tour. You could easily spend most of one day at this museum. 

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS ADAMCYZK/GREATER RALEIGH CVB

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences


The North Carolina Museum of Art is another museum that combines the best of both worlds, indoor exhibits and The Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park that encourages families to go on a scavenger hunt of sorts. It is located about 15 minutes from downtown Raleigh and consists of two buildings and a 164-acre park.

The indoor museum features works of art by artists such as Claude Monet, Sandro Botticelli, Georgia O’Keefe, plus galleries dedicated to African, ancient American and Jewish ceremonial art. Families can request a backpack of educational materials upon exploring the outdoor park, which includes activities, a map of the park, and facts about the permanent and temporary art installations found on the grounds. Grab a boxed lunch from the museum cafe and spend some quality time outdoors on your visit. The museum also runs a Summer Concert and Movie Series throughout the summer for $6 per person.

History buffs young and old will love the North Carolina Museum of History, another free museum located right in downtown. The museum’s signature exhibit is “The Story of North Carolina,” which is a great primer for those wishing to learn more about the history of the state.

Sports fans can immerse themselves in the artifacts found in The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. There is also a temporary exhibit highlighting the story of the Wright Brothers and the story of their first flight. The museum also recently opened a comprehensive exhibit called “North Carolina and World War I,” which tells the story of the 85,000+ North Carolina soldiers sent into battle, what the political climate was like during that time period, a reproduction of the trench environment soldiers fought in, artifacts and recollections of North Carolina soldiers, and much more. The exhibit is slated to run through January of 2019.


Get Outdoors

PHOTO BY RENEE ROBERSON

At Go Ape, there adventures designed for kids ages 10 and older and adults and a junior course for the younger kids.


Raleigh and the surrounding suburbs are also home to plenty of recreational activities. Pullen Park located near the N.C. State University campus, is free to visit, but there is a small fee to ride the beautifully restored carousel dating back to 1911 ($1 per tickets for children 13 months and older; free for children under 12 months of age). The park itself holds the record of being the oldest public park in North Carolina, and the fifth oldest operating amusement park in the United States. Along with the carousel, you can ride the train around the park, kiddie boats and rent a peddle boat for a trip around Lake Howell (requires six tickets and can seat four people to a boat).

If you want to see more of the area’s lakes, consider an eco-tour with Triangle Boat Tours. We learned the interesting history behind how Jordan Lake was formed, spotted a bald eagle with the help of binoculars on board the boat, and my son even got to take a turn driving the boat. All life jackets are provided and the tour guide, Captain Don, was knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and great with the kids. Get a group together and take advantage of a Saturday special for $220 (Up to 12 guests and a two-hour tour on the lake).

If you enjoy biking, The Neuse River Greenway Trail (a segment of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail) features a paved trail that winds through wetlands and agricultural fields. Rent bikes through The Bike Guy in Wake Forest and take ride through all or part of the 27.5-mile trail.

If you’re more adventurous, Go Ape in Blue Jay Point County Park provides treetop experiences that will have you flying through the air on Tarzan swings, zip-lining across the forest and crossing bridges between trees in the air. There are adventures designed for kids ages 10 and older and adults, and a junior course for the younger kids. Everyone is required to take a 30-minute safety course to ensure you know how your harness and other equipment work. Plan on spending two to three hours on this excursion, as well as challenging yourself.


Barbecue, Macarons, Chocolates, Biscuits and More

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS ADAMCYZK/GREATER RALEIGH CVB

At the Pit, patrons can enjoy barbecue made from pit-cooked whole hog, along with Texas-style brisket, baby back ribs, and rich sides such as fried okra, black-eyed peas, mac and cheese.


For traditional Southern food, you’ll want to check out Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant, originally founded in 1958 by Big Ed Watkins, a native of Wake County. Focusing on Southern foods cooked with locally sourced ingredients, the menu features egg dishes, meat biscuits, and sandwiches, burgers, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits, and probably the largest hotcakes you’ve ever seen. There’s a hotcake-challenge you can partake in at Big Ed’s, but once you see the size of the hotcakes you’ll want to reconsider.

Have a sports fan in your family? The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel on Salisbury Avenue is home to Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar is full of memorabilia and photos of the late N.C. State University basketball coach and serves up Italian-American fare like wood-fired pizza and oysters, homemade pasta, crab dip, and more.

Barbecue lovers will want to check out the cuisine at The Pit, which focuses on barbecue made from pit-cooked whole hog, along with Texas-style brisket, baby back ribs, and rich sides like fried okra, black-eyed peas, mac and cheese. Though it may not seem possible after a meal at The Pit, save room for dessert. Need we say anything other than double chocolate chocolate cake (yes, there’s an extra “chocolate” in there for emphasis!) and banana pudding?

Also, directly across the street from The Pit is Videri Chocolate, a bean-to-bar chocolate factory where you can watch the process in person and pick up souvenirs to take home and browse the truffles, dark chocolate bars with sea salt, baking chocolate, and T-shirts.

The colorful offerings at Lucette Grace beckon at you from the street. Choose from a rotating menu of macarons, salted caramel brownies, lemon meringue tart, coffee, sipping caramel, other pastry items and gourmet sandwiches.


Stay in the City

For a full experience of the city, I recommend staying somewhere in the downtown area. We were able to walk to so many of the shops, museums and restaurants from The Sheraton with only a short drive to some of the other excursions. There are many hotels to choose from in the area, depending on your budget and preference for amenities.

For more ideas, check out this list of 40 Free Things to Do in Raleigh.

Renee Roberson is a freelance writer and calendar editor for Charlotte Parent, who loves to travel to new places and cities with her family every chance she gets.

 

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August 2018

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

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Join the Backcountry folk on the 18th Century Farm for an idle afternoon of music, dance, and intrigue from August 1775.

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-854-6676
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Search high and low for nature's hidden treasures on this fun-filled scavenger hunt. Pick up the clues at the nature center, and stop back for prizes at the end!

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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The final night of the Old Town Amphitheater Summer Concert Series is "An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band."

Cost: Free

Where:
Old Town Amphitheater
157 Johnston St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Take a leisurely stroll through the McDowell Prairie as the new moon falls on the peak viewing nights of the Perseid Meteor Shower. With cooperative weather, spot up to 90 meteors per hour while...

Cost: $3

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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This fun dog show tests a variety of breeds on their agility, obedience and showmanship. See website for times. 

Cost: $5 for parking (cash only)

Where:
Cabarrus Arena and Events Center
4751 NC Hwy. 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-3976
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Join our experienced staff "in the field" to deepen your connection to nature by getting up close with wildlife. Contribute to a survey collection database, and experience the...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Come hear Grammy-winning music and comedy from America’s Favorite Cowboys. Shows at noon and 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $45 adults; $30 children; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Church of the Redeemer - Kids offers a class for adaptive learning needs and a sensory room during the Sunday School hour (9 a.m.) and worship hour (10:30 a.m.). Volunteers who desire to come...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Calvary Church
5801 Pineville–Matthews Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-341-5413
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Now through September 9, 2018 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Alfred Manessier, an exhibition of paintings and prints by an artist who sought to create contemplative images where the...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Enjoy the exciting and educational Flights of the Forest show. Viewers can feel the wind from a raptor's wing it they flies overhead. Participants must be 7 or older; children 16 and...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Experience this educational and entertaining family event. The festival showcases diversity of Indian dance, food, art, music and Bollywood entertainment. Audience members will enjoy yoga,...

Cost: $6 in advance; free for children younger than 10

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: India Association of Charlotte
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Enjoy a variety of "nose to beak" encounters with some of the most interesting raptor species. Purchase tickets online up until 24 hours before the encounter, and in the Visitor Center up...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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Beginner and experienced yogis are all welcome to join the free practice at the southeast end of Independence Park in front of King's College Bring a mat or towel, some water and a few friends.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Park
300 Hawthorne Ln.
, NC
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Bring a picnic and enjoy live music. Every Sunday from Jun. 3-Aug. 26.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fourth Ward Park
301 N. Poplar St
, NC
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Bring comfy chairs, a blanket and picnic to enjoy music outdoors. Dates: April 22, May 6 and 20, June 10 and 17, July 4, and August 12 and 19.

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Village Green
Intersection of Main Street and Concord Road
, NC
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Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to...

Cost: Tickets start at $49

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E Trade St.
, NC
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
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Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Experience interactive arts and science programs. Explore genetic experiments and activities, create a community artwork piece and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place and Brighter Days Arts...

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Library
2412 Beatties Ford Rd.
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Preschool-age children can explore nature with songs, games, crafts, and play in Lost Hollow.

Cost: $10 per parent/child; $6 for each additional participant

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1252
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) summer program! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program....

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Now through September 9, 2018 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Alfred Manessier, an exhibition of paintings and prints by an artist who sought to create contemplative images where the...

Cost: Included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Spend quality time with your kids at Strike City during Kids Bowl Free! There's no pre-registration required. Offer is valid for children ages 10 and younger. Children must be accompanied by...

Cost: Free

Where:
StrikeCity
210 East Trade St.
#D-164
, NC
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Bring your children to the Garden for a morning of sensory exploration, singing and fun. Explore colors, shapes, movement, texture and a host of other topics in a safe and nurturing environment.

Cost: $10 per parent/child; $6 for each additional participant

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


Telephone: 704-829-1252
Website »

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This program is designed to engage young African American males in a variety of fun and educational activities to develop a positive sense of identity and improve character. Young men will learn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1114
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Wear your pjs on the second Monday of each month for a family storytime that is perfect for bedtime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6200
Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

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


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Homeschool families, come enjoy discounted Museum admission and explore Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family. Immerse yourself in Flying Monsters in IMAX, learn more about Homeschool Programs, and...

Cost: Member: $3 for TRex, $7 for TRex + IMAX; Public: $11 for TRex, $15 TRex + IMAX

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

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Come listen to the adorable book, "Where's the Party" before frosting your own party cupcake! Also make a take-home craft.

Cost: $6 per child; parents free

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Celebrate a successful Summer Break with Casey Nees of Casey's Laugh and Learn. Casey's show blends science and storytelling.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Come and learn the real story about Sally Hemings and her connection to Thomas Jefferson from Hemings Family descendant, Gayle Jessup White, Monitcello’s Community Engagement Officer. Jessup...

Cost: $15 general admission; $10 for members; Free for Harper-Roddey Society

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Harvey B. Gantt Center
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This class is designed to introduce those who have never kayaked to the sport of kayaking. We will meet at the Rush Pavilion and start by covering appropriate gear for kayaking and how to fit it,...

Cost: $25

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

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Regal Entertainment Cinemas, which includes Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, Regal Starlight Stadium 14 - Charlotte, Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22, Regal...

Cost: $1

Where:
Regal Entertainment Cinemas
, NC


Website »

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The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) summer program! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program....

Cost: Free

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


Website »

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Spend quality time with your kids at Strike City during Kids Bowl Free! There's no pre-registration required. Offer is valid for children ages 10 and younger. Children must be accompanied by...

Cost: Free

Where:
StrikeCity
210 East Trade St.
#D-164
, NC
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Website »

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Come enjoy some music with your meal at Romare Bearden Park's Music Box Lunch, which occurs every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-348-5770
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Victory Bounce sessions at BounceU of Matthews occur every second Tuesday of the month. Every Victory Bounce session has free admission, which also includes siblings.

Cost: Free

Where:
BounceU of Matthews
9129 Monroe Rd Ste 145-150
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-921-8771
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The Rosa Parks Farmers Market kicks off its third season on Tuesday, June 5. Shoppers can enjoy more food options, a bigger location, and better hours! Visit the market every Tuesday from June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosa Parks Farmers Market
1600 West Trade St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Mecklenburg County Public Health
Telephone: 704-617-9319
Contact Name: Elliott Royal
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Get free entry to The Schiele Museum every second Tuesday of the month from 4-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Duke Energy
Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

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


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Website »

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

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Website »

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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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The Gem Theatre's summer movie program allows children to see a $1 movie on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. These showtimes feature some of last year's blockbusters, but...

Cost: $1

Where:
Gem Theater
111 West 1st St.
Kannapolis, NC
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"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Website »

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Victory Bounce sessions at BounceU of Charlotte occur every second Tuesday of the month. Every Victory Bounce session has free admission, which also includes siblings. Times change every month,...

Cost: Free

Where:
BounceU of Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
Suite 300
, NC
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Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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

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Certified technicians will check and help families install carseats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

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A technician will help you learn how to install your seat correctly in your vehicle. Bring your child, seat, and vehicle and plan to spend at least 20 minutes. No appointment required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Division office of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
4150 Wilkinson Blvd
, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

Regal Entertainment Cinemas, which includes Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, Regal Starlight Stadium 14 - Charlotte, Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22, Regal...

Cost: $1

Where:
Regal Entertainment Cinemas
, NC


Website »

More information

The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) summer program! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program....

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Now through September 9, 2018 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Alfred Manessier, an exhibition of paintings and prints by an artist who sought to create contemplative images where the...

Cost: Included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Spend quality time with your kids at Strike City during Kids Bowl Free! There's no pre-registration required. Offer is valid for children ages 10 and younger. Children must be accompanied by...

Cost: Free

Where:
StrikeCity
210 East Trade St.
#D-164
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Bring your lawn chairs, drinks and snacks, and be prepared to dance at this weekly event that features the music of local bands. Occurs Wednesdays with the exception of July Fourth. 

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

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


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Website »

More information

Cinemark Movies 10 in Matthews offers $1 movies on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Movies 10
9508 Northeast Ct.
Matthews, NC
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Website »

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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Enjoy a free family-friendly evening of arts, culture and tasty food samples from diverse local restaurants. Experience pop-up theatre, dance, visual art, interactive experiences, science and music...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green
119 South Main St.
Davidson, NC  28036
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Sponsor: Arts and Science Council
Telephone: 704-335-3035
Contact Name: Krista Terrell
Website »

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Pre-sale Thurs., 7-9pm, $10 admission; Fri., 9am-1pm and 3-8pm; Sat., 8am-noon. (half-price sale) No bags, strollers, or carts allowed.

Where:
First Baptist Church Indian Trail
732 Indian Trail Fairview Road
Indian Trail, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) summer program! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program....

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Now through September 9, 2018 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Alfred Manessier, an exhibition of paintings and prints by an artist who sought to create contemplative images where the...

Cost: Included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Enjoy transportation themed stories, plus a hands-on activity complimenting the book.

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Website »

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Stop by the store for live musical entertainment as Brik performs for the children. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Toys and Company
242 S. Sharon Amity Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Spend quality time with your kids at Strike City during Kids Bowl Free! There's no pre-registration required. Offer is valid for children ages 10 and younger. Children must be accompanied by...

Cost: Free

Where:
StrikeCity
210 East Trade St.
#D-164
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The Evening Farmers Market supports local farmers by providing a location to bring customers and farmers together. Everything sold at the market is locally grown, baked, or crafted by the vendor....

Cost: Free

Where:
Pecan Park
136 North Center St.
Statesville, NC
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Website »

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Enjoy live music on Thursdays in June, July and August. Concerts will take place in the Comporium Amphitheater, a popular Greenway venue that features lawn-style seating beneath a shady tree...

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

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
Website »

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All ages are welcome for these hands on clay pottery workshops. Join a Clayworks' teaching artist and learn how to roll, pinch, poke, slip and score clay to make a project that will last a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6400
Website »

More information

Enjoy summer nights with outdoor music. Food and alcohol available to purchase. 

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Crossing Paths Park
120 Blythe Dr.
Indian Trail, NC
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Website »

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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

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


Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

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


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Website »

More information

"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Drop into the Mt. Pleasant Library for The League of Extraordinary Legos. The library will provide the LEGOs; kids provide the imagination! The event now includes DUPLOs.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Pleasant Library
8556 Cook St.
Mt. Pleasant, NC
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Website »

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Come out and cool off at the afternoon Knights game against the Louisville Bats. Brings the kids for the double-lane slip and slide, a big kahuna wet slide, a misting station, kiddie pools,...

Cost: $8+

Where:
BB&T Ballpark
324 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Website »

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Are you ready to squish, knead, and create new things? Visit the Children's Room at the Kannapolis Library for Play-Doh Lab. The library will provide the supplies; kids provide the imagination!

Cost: Free

Where:
Kannapolis Library
850 Mountain St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Sponsor: Sponsored by Friends of Kannapolis Library
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Celebrate the start of the 2018 fall season with Windy Hill's delicious cider!

Cost: Free

Where:
Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill
1860 Black Hwy.
York, SC
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Concerts start at 7pm; movies start at dusk. June 1: Coconut Groove June 22: "Wonder" June 28: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm July 13: Red Dirt Revival July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Pre-sale Thurs., 7-9pm, $10 admission; Fri., 9am-1pm and 3-8pm; Sat., 8am-noon. (half-price sale) No bags, strollers, or carts allowed.

Where:
First Baptist Church Indian Trail
732 Indian Trail Fairview Road
Indian Trail, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Join the N.C. Transportation Museum for hands-on activities every Friday! Climb aboard a steam engine. Build a flying machine, and launch it in a wind tunnel. Construct a refrigerator car to...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) summer program! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program....

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Now through September 9, 2018 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Alfred Manessier, an exhibition of paintings and prints by an artist who sought to create contemplative images where the...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Spend quality time with your kids at Strike City during Kids Bowl Free! There's no pre-registration required. Offer is valid for children ages 10 and younger. Children must be accompanied by...

Cost: Free

Where:
StrikeCity
210 East Trade St.
#D-164
, NC
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Come enjoy some music with your meal at Romare Bearden Park's Music Box Lunch, which occurs every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-348-5770
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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Starting in May and running through October, come out to Camp North End in the Boileryard on Friday nights for food and music. Children and leashed pets welcome!

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Trinity Presbyterian Church
3115 Providence Road
, NC
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Enjoy food trucks, Old Town restaurants, local beers, wine, children's activities, and live music.  

Cost: Free admission

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

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Each Friday and Saturday, starting May 25 through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Green at Blakeney
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road
, NC
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Do not miss these outdoor performances every Friday night this summer at Spirit Square. Events will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather.  Concessions and beverages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Square at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to Aug. 25. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Ste. 206
Huntersville, NC
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Mooresville Parks and Recreation presents Movies on Main! All movies will be shown on the Town Hall lawn in Downtown Mooresville. Movies start at dark, and concessions are available for purchase...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Come out to enjoy live music! July 13 - The Tams, July 27 - Jim Quick, Aug. 17 - Too Much Sylvia, Aug. 31. - The Continental Divide, Sept. 28 - Steve Owens and Summertime Band

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
South Main St.
Mount Holly, NC
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
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Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Davidson Community Players’ The Connie Company tackles themes of loneliness, desire, sexuality, repression, and the longing for freedom in its Teen Summer Stock Series’ production of...

Cost: $10

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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The 9th Annual OrthoCarolina 10K Classic presented by Performance Therapy- Food Truck and Beer Fest, is the areas premier 10K running event. The OrthoCarolina Classic will also feature a...

Cost: See website for 5k and 10k pricing

Where:
OrthoCarolina
1915 Randolph Road
, NC
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The art sale is a fundraising effort and an initiative to provide alternative venues for artists to sell their works. Come see their works at the Iredell Arts Council parking lot, weather...

Cost: Free

Where:
Iredell Arts Council
203 South Meeting St.
Statesville, NC
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Shop thousands of gently-used items, including children's and baby clothing, equipment, furniture, toys, games, and maternity wear. 8:30am-noon. $2 early-bird shopping at 7:30am. Half-price...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
, NC
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In this Safe Sitter Certification Class, 11-15 year olds will learn how to supervise children, recognize safety hazards, handle first-aid situations, play age-appropriate games, change diapers,...

Cost: $65 for YMCA members, $95 for others

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9504 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Reedy Creek Nature Center presents the 11th Annual Hummingbird Festival! Come out for family-friendly activities, which include but are not limited to, bir​d banding, story telling, birding...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Design beautiful keepsakes that will be cherished by all. The first one-hour workshop begins at 10am, and the second begins at noon. Members receive a 15 percent discount. Workshop is not...

Cost: $15 for one child with one parent, $3 per additional participant

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Come meet our staff and enjoy free, 30-minute trial classes of our 2018/2019 schedule!

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center
9315-E Monroe Road
, NC
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Disney Junior's animated family comedy "Fancy Nancy” debuts July 13. Come play to kick-off the new show and the back-to-school season. Activities will include a DJ, balloon twister,...

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Visit Northlake Mall for an end of summer celebration, and check out the latest back to school styles from our retailers. See website for entertainment schedule.

Cost: Free

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Come help Goldfish Swim School Charlotte celebrate its Grand Opening! Enjoy family swim, games and refreshments. This event is free and open to all.

Cost: Free

Where:
Goldfish Swim School Charlotte
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Pickers, come jam informally around the square! All playing levels are welcome Not a picker? Bring your family and friends, and enjoy the bluegrass music. Check out the kids crafts, snacks, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Earl Scruggs Center
103 S. Lafayette St.
Shelby, NC
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The 5K run/walk will start and finish at Midwood International and Cultural Center through the beautiful Plaza Midwood neighborhood. Join us for a celebration after the race, with music, prizes,...

Cost: See website for fee schedule

Where:
Midwood International and Cultural Center
1817 Central Ave.
, NC
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Kick off the school year with an old school Pep Rally.  Independence High School athletes, cheerleaders, band, boosters, parents, faculty and staff will be ready to start the 2018 school year...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Town Hall
4430 Mint Hill Village Lane
Mint Hill, NC  28227
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Telephone: 704-545-2335
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Diverse Groove Band will take the Waverly Terrace Stage at 7 p.m. Sugar Creek Brewing will be serving in The Terrace Beer Garden during the show. The Terrace is located in front...

Cost: Free

Where:
Waverly
Providence Road and Ardrey Kell Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Kids of all ages and grown-ups, too, can learn to ride a bike using the tried-and-true “balance bike” method.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Pre-sale Thurs., 7-9pm, $10 admission; Fri., 9am-1pm and 3-8pm; Sat., 8am-noon. (half-price sale) No bags, strollers, or carts allowed.

Where:
First Baptist Church Indian Trail
732 Indian Trail Fairview Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Wrap up Charlotte Pride Week at the Charlotte Pride Parade and Festival! The parade is on Sunday, Aug.19. in Uptown. Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
N. Tryon Street
, NC
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Come check out locally owned cars out for display every third Saturday of the month. Trump Bakery will provide coffee and doughnuts for the event.

Cost: Free

Where:
Trump National Golf Club
137 Vestal Drive
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Trump International Realty and Trump National Golf Club Charlotte
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The market runs from June through September. Multiple vendors offer fresh produce, as well as a selection of homemade goods like salsa, butter, honey, bread, eggs, cheese, soaps, cookies, and...

Cost: Free

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

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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The wild is full of surprises around every corner! Learn about the unique, bizarre, and interesting adaptations plants develop in order to survive in different habitats.

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

Now through September 9, 2018 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Alfred Manessier, an exhibition of paintings and prints by an artist who sought to create contemplative images where the...

Cost: Included with admission

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

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If you play an instrument, or just like to listen to live music, come out to the Visitors’ Center in downtown Statesville each Saturday morning. All levels of music ability and anyone who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Statesville Visitors Center
118 West Broad St.
Statesville, NC
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Guests include Marvel Comics legends, Vic Carrabotta and Rick Leonardi, with more than 50 additional artists, writers, and media guests. Shop for toys and collectibles that kids of all ages will...

Cost: $5 per day; Ages 12 and younger free

Where:
Embassy Suites Concord Convention Center
5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW
Concord, NC  28027
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Join us for Open Sailing! Attendees can check out the Sunfish and practice their sailing skills. Children ages 11 and under will need to be accompanied by a competent sailor. A short test will...

Cost: $20 for members; $30 for non members

Where:
Lake Norman YMCA
21300 Davidson St.
Cornelius, NC
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Geared towards children ages 3 and younger, this class will focus on movement and energy release. Parent participation required.  

Cost: $6 per class

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1294
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Enjoy the exciting and educational Flights of the Forest show. Viewers can feel the wind from a raptor's wing it they flies overhead. Participants must be 7 or older; children 16 and...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Music and Movement activities for ages one, two and three! All ages are welcome to attend, and infants receive free admission. Come jam to stories and songs!

Cost: $2 per child

Where:
UWI- Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albemarle Road
Suites 211-213
, NC
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Sponsor: United World Initiative's
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Enjoy a variety of "nose to beak" encounters with some of the most interesting raptor species. Purchase tickets online up until 24 hours before the encounter, and in the Visitor Center up...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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Come eat, drink, and be merry at Tega Cay's Summer Food Truck Rally! Expect children's inflatables and live music, so bring your dancing shoes. Just be sure to leave your dogs and grills at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Runde Park
5116 Windward Drive
Tega Cay, SC
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Each Friday and Saturday, starting May 25 through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Green at Blakeney
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road
, NC
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Website »

More information

Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to Aug. 25. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Ste. 206
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

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


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: $16-$20, free for children under 2, includes museum admission.

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


Website »

More information

"Mentors and Heroes" includes over thirty framed black and white portraits of David Holt's many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s.  The exhibit...

Cost: $4-$12; Included with general admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
View map »


Website »

More information

Davidson Community Players’ The Connie Company tackles themes of loneliness, desire, sexuality, repression, and the longing for freedom in its Teen Summer Stock Series’ production of...

Cost: $10

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
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