The Skinny Pregnancy

Tips to have a healthy pregnancy without worrying about weight gain, diets or extreme exercise.


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Watching pregnant celebrities is the new national sport, with analysis of how much they've gained and how well they're keeping their figures a hot topic in national gossip magazines. Pregnancy used to be about "eating for two," but today the dangerous trend is that more and more women are gaining less than the recommended amount of pregnancy weight.

About one in every four or five women gains an inadequate amount of weight during pregnancy. Some of this is tied to socioeconomic status - women who begin pregnancy without good nutrition, who smoke, or lack financial or nutritional resources. But many others are women who purposefully control their weight gain. "Women in general are certainly spooked about putting on a lot of weight, especially when they hear from media and friends that it completely changes your body or won't come off easily," says Melinda Johnson, a registered dietician and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.


The ABCs of Weight Gain

How much you should gain during pregnancy depends on how much you weighed before you got pregnant. Use your pre-pregnancy weight to calculate your Body Mass Index. BMI uses a formula to compare weight with height. Calculate this online here.

Underweight pre-pregnancy - BMI of less than 18.5 should gain 28-40 pounds
Normal weight pre-pregnancy - BMI of 18.5-24.9 should gain 25-35 pounds
Overweight pre-pregnancy - BMI of more than 25 should gain 15-25 pounds


The Skinny on Staying Skinny

There is a common misperception that in order to gain weight in a healthy way during pregnancy, all or most of the weight gain should go straight to your stomach. In fact, the experts say women who gain weight only in the stomach (creating those cute basketball tummies) are the exception and should not be looked to as ideals. "When women gain only in the abdominal area, it usually means that they have not gained enough weight," says Dr. Toya Ellis, a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and OB/GYN at Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region.

Most women, she says, gain weight everywhere during pregnancy and there is no way to control where those pounds will go. The goal is not only to gain enough weight to grow a baby, but also to allow your body to build up fat stores so that you can successfully breastfeed.

Failure to gain enough weight creates a 50 percent risk of having a baby who is low birth weight. These babies have higher risks for infant mortality, admission to intensive care, cerebral palsy, sight and hearing problems and learning difficulties. Women who do not gain enough weight in pregnancy face elevated risks of anemia, preterm labor and osteoporosis later in life. According to Ellis, "The more underweight you are, the more risk there is."


Slim and Pregnant

For many women, body image and a lifelong focus on being thin are very powerful attributes that are difficult to move past. Molly Kimball, a registered dietitian and sports and lifestyle nutritionist at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation Elmwood Fitness Center in Louisiana says, "I find there are societal pressures across the board to be thin. It's a huge compliment to many women that they are tiny except for their belly."

Karen Stealey was determined not to gain a lot of weight in her pregnancy. "I watched all my friends gain 35, 45 and even 65 pounds. I did not want that to happen to me." Stealey has always been tiny - a size 2 or 4. When she got pregnant, she went to a nutritionist, followed a food plan and kept a food diary. She also continued to do yoga and a cardio class. Her net gain was 19 pounds. "Although I was due in October, I did not look pregnant until August." Stealey's healthy baby weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. She says she is pleased that she now has no stretch marks or roll of fat or skin around her middle. "I think my experience is proof that if you don't just say, "I'm pregnant, I'm going crazy," then you don't have to gain a lot of weight."


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Striving for Gain

It can be difficult to gain weight during pregnancy, even if you want to. Although some weight gain is recommended in the first trimester, failure to gain is not a deal-breaker. "I often tell patients that weight loss in the first trimester is common," says Ellis, due to nausea, food aversions, or fatigue. If you don't gain in the first trimester, talk to your health care provider, but don't panic. "Babies are very capable at extracting nutrients from our stored resources in the first trimester." She cautions however, that failure to gain in the second trimester is a more serious problem.

Elizabeth Johnson didn't gain a single pound during her third pregnancy, despite her efforts. Four and a half months of morning sickness put a huge dent in her appetite. When she did eat, she was careful to choose very nutrient-dense foods in multiple food groups and did not concern herself with counting calories.

"Everything was measuring OK, so my doctor wasn't concerned. But about my sixth month, he started ordering more ultrasounds." Her baby ended up weighing in at a healthy 8 pounds, 8 ounces. "At my postpartum check up, I was 25 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight," she says.

Nausea isn't the only culprit. Ellis says, "Women who are thin often have to work harder to gain the weight. Sometimes they exercise and need to eat for both the exercise and the pregnancy. At times, they just have higher metabolic rates."

Melanie Nicsinger has always been a size 3. By her 20th week of pregnancy, she had gained nothing, although her doctor wanted her to gain at least 28 pounds and possibly as much as 35.

"It's hard for me to gain weight, even if I try, and pregnancy was no exception." She ate and ate, but no matter what she did, she couldn't gain any weight. "I definitely think it is possible that women who are naturally thin can experience trouble putting on pounds." Johnson concurs with this thinking. "Sometimes it is simply in the woman's genes not to gain much weight during pregnancy."


Eating Disorders

Eight million people in the United States experience eating disorders, so many women come to pregnancy having either overcome an eating disorder or still struggling with one. Ellis recommends being open with your healthcare providers about eating disorders.

"I very frankly discuss with (women) at the first visit that we will be focusing on her weight at each visit," says Ellis. She recommends women who have had eating disorders see a registered dietitian and a mental health provider if they think they will feel the urge to diet or purge during pregnancy.


Stay Positive

If your health care provider is not worried about your lack of weight gain, you shouldn't be either. When you know you're doing everything you can to have a healthy baby, it doesn't matter what other people think or say.

Nicsinger remembers hearing a lot of comments about how she was too thin and speculation about how great it would be to see her big and fat. "People think they can make comments about how you look when you're thin. I just wish people would realize that no one wants to hear that they're ‘too' anything, especially when you're pregnant."

Ellis agrees. "Women need to be encouraged to embrace their pregnant and post-partum bodies and give themselves the gift of love, care and forgiveness. Society needs to support women during pregnancy and not hold women to impossible, unreachable weight standards."


How to Tip the Scale

To gain weight, add 300 calories to your diet per day and aim for a daily total of 2000 calories. Focus on nutrient-dense foods that give you the most bang for your buck. Take advantage of the times when your appetite is at its peak and eat then. Try to eat every two to three hours.

"Keeping it small is helpful for those who get nauseated easily," says Kimball. An easy way to add calories is to substitute higher calorie beverages. If you tend to fill up quickly, eat carbs and proteins first, then have salad or vegetables. Replace light, diet, or lowfat foods with the regular equivalents (such as salad dressing, bread, mayo, sour cream, milk, cheese, yogurt, sweeteners, soda, etc).

Aliza Sherman Risdahl is a naturally thin woman who had four miscarriages in two years. This experience convinced her she needed to gain weight to have a healthy baby.

"I stopped thinking of my body as one of my assets in being attractive and started thinking of it as being an asset toward carrying a baby. I lived in starvation mode without realizing I was depleting my body of essential fats and nutrients but thinking I was just a super healthy eater and self-disciplined," says Risdahl. "I think if women can't get over that psychological need to be thin, because they think it makes them more attractive, then they will have a hard time with weight gain for sure. It isn't that you have to eat fat or get fat, you just have to nourish your body not starve it. It is about health, not looks."


Brette Sember is a mother of two and author of Your Plus-Size Pregnancy (Barricade Books, 2005) and Your Practical Pregnancy Planner (McGraw-Hill, 2005).


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Concord, NC
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Telephone: 866-229-1573
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Sun., 1-7pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-7pm; Fri., 9am-8pm. 

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Merino's Furniture Venue
500 S Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Discover nature through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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As part of Creek Week, celebrate Charlotte creeks and streams with a special water-themed story time, including a guest appearance by Stormy from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services!

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Mecklenburg Stormwater Services
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As part of Creek Week, celebrate Charlotte creeks and streams with a special water-themed story time, including a guest appearance by Stormy from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services!

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Mecklenburg Stormwater Services
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Explore the organisms in the museum's pond.

Cost: $8, free for children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Become a nature detective, and explore through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $6

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Teens will explore chemistry as seen in cooking.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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This workshop will assist with college searches, application and admission requirements, scholarships and financial aid, as well as college related stress felt by families.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Drop in for a literacy scavenger hunt inspired the children's picture book, "Love" by Matt de la Peña.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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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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Dig in to investigate the basics of herb and veggie gardening. Students will learn about different types of soil, plant choice, caring for and maintaining a garden. There will be 6 stations set...

Cost: $5-$12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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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
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Spend time with your child learning about God and having fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
8335 Browne Road
, NC
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Sponsor: The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: BounceU of 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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Enjoy stories, movement with music and a seasonal craft.

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

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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A professional artist teaches discovering, creating and celebrating artwork inspired by the Bechtler collection.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts

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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Each day participants will create a different food item with staff.

Cost: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Explore nature in and around the recreation center Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Charlotte Recreation Center
2401 Kendall Drive
, NC
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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Charlotte Ballet's Cultural Dance Program presents African Dance classes. Classes are drop-in format, open to all ages and free of charge for participants. There is also child supervision...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 West Sugar Creek Road
, NC
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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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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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

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

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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 »

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Sun., 1-7pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-7pm; Fri., 9am-8pm. 

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Merino's Furniture Venue
500 S Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Commissioned by ATC and part of the two-play collaboration with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, this original work explores the questions around a family tragedy and how it impacts the...

Cost: $7.50-$28 general admission

Where:
Hadley Theater
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
, NC
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Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Discover the nature of local greenways and their importance to the environment in Mecklenburg County.

Cost: Free

Where:
Four-mile Creek Greenway
Council Place Road off E. John St.
Matthews, NC
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The classic, virtue-based story comes to life in a fun, interactive show!

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Discuss “textile art” before creating textile art of your own with string and wood.

Cost: $15

Where:
Recreational Art Studio
4959 Hwy. 49 S.
Harrisburg, NC
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See a puppet show with songs and activities that support early literacy and foster a love of books.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Create, experiment and practice teamwork in age appropriate challenges. Explore the world of water quality and the importance of storm water through experiments and hands-on activities. 

Cost: $15

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Watch a showing of the Community Read novel turned film, "The Hate U Give."

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Discover snowstorms, rainbows and volcanoes in jars through educational activities and experiments. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Drop in for a literacy scavenger hunt inspired the children's picture book, "Love" by Matt de la Peña.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Website »

More information

Dig in to investigate the basics of herb and veggie gardening. Students will learn about different types of soil, plant choice, caring for and maintaining a garden. There will be 6 stations set...

Cost: $5-$12

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
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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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
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Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. March 14-15, Geocaching; March 28-29: Creek Week. Registration is...

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: BounceU of Charlotte
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Sing to songs, move to the music and enjoy an active practice with caregiver and child. Parent or guardian must be present in class.

Cost: $15

Where:
Blossom Tree Wellness
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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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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This program will embrace the unstructured play to build socialization skills and stimulate imagination, problem solving and independence. Bring a bike or scooter. Lunch is provided for...

Cost: $12

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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 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

In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

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


Website »

More information

Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

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


Website »

More information

Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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The Levine JCC is thrilled to present three PlayPlay shows this season, "Psshh," "Wee" and "Shalom." Shows recommended for the very young. Check website for show times.

Cost: $12

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-366-5007
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

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


Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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 »

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Three madcap actors weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild, hysterical ride!

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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Sun., 1-7pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-7pm; Fri., 9am-8pm. 

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Merino's Furniture Venue
500 S Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Fair will feature family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides, food and shows.

Cost: $5-$10, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Queen Charlotte Fair
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Commissioned by ATC and part of the two-play collaboration with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, this original work explores the questions around a family tragedy and how it impacts the...

Cost: $7.50-$28 general admission

Where:
Hadley Theater
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

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Community school of Davidson’s high school theater department will present "Little Women, The Musical," based on the best loved classic by Louisa May Alcott. The timeless tale of...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
CSD ArtSpace
404 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

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Prepare for college and kick off your ACT prep with a free practice exam. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Explore the natural world through arts and crafts! Registration and parent attendance required.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
Website »

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Participate in a variety of hands-on science experiments, engineering projects or math puzzles.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Join thought-provoking conversation with award-winning actor, author and entrepreneur, Hill Harper as he brings his message of motivation and empowerment to Charlotte's youth.

Cost: Free

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

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Drop in for a literacy scavenger hunt inspired the children's picture book, "Love" by Matt de la Peña.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. March 14-15, Geocaching; March 28-29: Creek Week. Registration is...

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Sessions are structured and include a fairy host, tea party with light snack, dress-up clothes, craft, face painting or light makeup, and story time.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiaras and Tales
921 Crossroads Plaza
Fort Mill, SC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

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


Sponsor: BounceU of 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

Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Come for movies at Cane Creek park. Family fun begins at 6 p.m., and movies start at 8 p.m. March 22: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" March 29: "Peter Rabbit" April 12:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cane Creek Park
5213 Harkey Road
Waxhaw, NC
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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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 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

One night while a pair of siblings are having fun with a new friend in their basement, they unearth a mystery that transports them on the adventure of their lives. Along the way, they discover...

Cost: $15+

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


Website »

More information

In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

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


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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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The Levine JCC is thrilled to present three PlayPlay shows this season, "Psshh," "Wee" and "Shalom." Shows recommended for the very young. Check website for show times.

Cost: $12

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-366-5007
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Ballantyne Arts Center
11318 North Community House Road
, NC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Three madcap actors weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild, hysterical ride!

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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Sun., 1-7pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-7pm; Fri., 9am-8pm. 

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Merino's Furniture Venue
500 S Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Fair will feature family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides, food and shows.

Cost: $5-$10, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Queen Charlotte Fair
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Commissioned by ATC and part of the two-play collaboration with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, this original work explores the questions around a family tragedy and how it impacts the...

Cost: $7.50-$28 general admission

Where:
Hadley Theater
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
, NC
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Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Don't miss out on the annual Birdhouse Building Contest to benefit educational programming at Wing Haven. Houses built by registered participants will be on display during the Annual Spring...

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Community school of Davidson’s high school theater department will present "Little Women, The Musical," based on the best loved classic by Louisa May Alcott. The timeless tale of...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
CSD ArtSpace
404 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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At the Blue Star Blitz Outdoor Recreation Festival, run a 5K or 10K trail race, bike an adult or junior short track race, participate in the hiking challenge, or register for the kids'...

Cost: $10-$40, $5 parking fee for non-competitors

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Fort Mill, SC


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The annual Charlotte LUNGe Forward 5K Run, Walk and Rally will include a kids' dash and a variety of activities for the entire family.

Cost: $15-$30 to race

Where:
McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Road
, NC
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Girl Scouts, from Daisies to Juniors, will complete requirements for respective badges, including the new Legacy Artist Badge for Brownies. Register online, and see website for program schedules.

Cost: $15-$60

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Telephone: 704-829-1294
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See cars of all makes, models and years while enjoying the DJ, family friendly activities, raffles and door prizes.

Cost: $10 per vehicle to register, free to attend

Where:
Discovery Place Kids Parking Garage
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Learn about team building and communication while making new friends. Register online. 

Cost: $20

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Concord Mills presents “Peter Rabbit” at AMC. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and movie begins at 10 a.m.

Cost: $5

Where:
AMC Concord Mills 24
8421 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Come in to explore how books permeate so much of what people learn and do. The exhibit focuses on books and authors who have influenced the region.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Children will love hands-on activities that demonstrate work and play in the 18th and 19th centuries. See and pet farm animals, learn about historic farm chores, watch a plowing and milking...

Cost: $6-$10, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, NC
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From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy visits by children's authors and creative activities for kids. In the evening from 6 to 9 p.m., welcome award-winning authors for a reception, readings,...

Cost: Free

Where:
UNC Charlotte’s Center City Campus
320 E. 9th St.
, NC
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Enjoy music, games, prizes, special offers and fun. Then visit Bunnyville for photos with the Easter Bunny.

Cost: Free; cost for photos with Easter Bunny

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Come listen to a story, make a craft and meet the Easter Bunny!

Cost: $13 per child

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Celebrate World Water Day, and learn about water chemistry.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Reed Gold Mine will celebrate the role of Sarah Reed as an unsung hero in its history with a presentation. Beyond the much-enjoyed “rags to riches” gold rush story, this is the tale of...

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

Where:
Reed Gold Mine SHS
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC  28107
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Telephone: 704-721-4653
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One night while a pair of siblings are having fun with a new friend in their basement, they unearth a mystery that transports them on the adventure of their lives. Along the way, they discover...

Cost: $16+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Play Wii-U while developing literacy, critical thinking and teamwork skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Slog through the creek in boots to search for early spring frogs.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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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.

Cost: Free admission; $5 for parking

Where:
Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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Local stars, paired with professional dancers, perform ballroom dance numbers that are scored by judges from the competitive dance world while audience members vote for their favorite star by...

Cost: $125

Where:
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drop in for a literacy scavenger hunt inspired the children's picture book, "Love" by Matt de la Peña.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Visit the Easter Bunny, and take a photo. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 12-7pm.

Cost: Cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-979-5000
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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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Guided trail rides are open to riders of all experience levels.

Cost: $45-$50

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
1058 Horse Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Join B Music Youth for music education and mentorship.

Cost: $31

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Come assemble, paint it and take home a wooden model kit. 3/23: Pirate Ship, 3/30: Race Car, 4/6: Teepee, 4/13: Birdfeeder

Cost: $5

Where:
Village Park Shelter A
119 North Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in these half-hour sessions along the Raptor Trail. Saturdays 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays 1 and 3 p.m.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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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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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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Learn about vultures found at Carolina Raptor Center.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Stop by Bunnyville on the lower level in Grand Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.  Mon.-Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Bunny will take...

Cost: Free to visit; costs for pictures

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $16-$20, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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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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One night while a pair of siblings are having fun with a new friend in their basement, they unearth a mystery that transports them on the adventure of their lives. Along the way, they discover...

Cost: $15+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

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


Website »

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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

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

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

The Levine JCC is thrilled to present three PlayPlay shows this season, "Psshh," "Wee" and "Shalom." Shows recommended for the very young. Check website for show times.

Cost: $12

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-366-5007
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Ballantyne Arts Center
11318 North Community House Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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

Three madcap actors weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild, hysterical ride!

Cost: $12-$29

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


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

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Four men were to be crucified that day in Jerusalem. Only three crosses were raised. This is the story of The Fourth Cross. See website for show times on March 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30...

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Fair will feature family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides, food and shows.

Cost: $5-$10, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Route 29 Pavilion
5650 Sandusky Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Queen Charlotte Fair
Website »

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Commissioned by ATC and part of the two-play collaboration with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, this original work explores the questions around a family tragedy and how it impacts the...

Cost: $7.50-$28 general admission

Where:
Hadley Theater
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraged, trained and inspired evangelists. Go behind the scenes of the historic Itinerant Evangelism conferences in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Explore another part of the world through the IMAX original film, "Pandas," a breathtaking documentary adventure high in the mountains of Sichuan, China.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
, NC
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Don't miss out on the annual Birdhouse Building Contest to benefit educational programming at Wing Haven. Houses built by registered participants will be on display during the Annual Spring...

Cost: $10

Where:
Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Community school of Davidson’s high school theater department will present "Little Women, The Musical," based on the best loved classic by Louisa May Alcott. The timeless tale of...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
CSD ArtSpace
404 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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