10 Playground Adventures for Summer Days in Charlotte

Explore a new Charlotte-area park each week this summer.


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Updated May 30, 2017

From family favorites to parks and playgrounds that are brand new, Charlotte and surrounding areas have loads of options for free outdoor fun. Try one of the 10 below on your next family outing for a change of scenery from your go-to neighborhood park. All promise to impress, and will stretch your child’s imagination while keeping them on the move.  


1. First Ward Park

301 E. Seventh Street 

Family-friendly amenities include an interactive fountain, open lawn for recreational play, fountain plaza, garden walk and giant chessboard. The park is hosting family festivals, day-long events full of musical entertainment and fun activities, on select dates in 2017. 

Playdate tip: Budget time to take a trip to ImaginOn library, right across from the park.  


2. Freedom Park 

1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte

Nestled between historic Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods, this 98-acre park is an iconic Charlotte location. Chances are you may have ventured there before, but the children’s playground by the train underwent a recent renovation in fall 2015. Kids can climb, slide, balance on rope swings and more. There’s also the ever-popular NFL Play 60 KidZone that features a one-of-a-kind obstacle course, 40-yard dash with automated timing device, plus boulders to climb. Bring bikes and scooter to ride around the sidewalk that circles the 7-acre pond. 

Playdate tip: Save time for a trip to the Discovery Place Nature, a learning center for young children that is adjacent to the park. 


3. Marion Diehl Park

2219 Tyvola Road

Everyone in the family will find something to enjoy at the county’s first multigenerational play park. While children are playing on the giant rope-climb, parents can also get some exercise on outdoor cardio and resistance machines. The 79-acre park also has a concrete walking trail, picnic shelter and grass multipurpose field. 

Playdate tip: On rainy days, spend time inside at the Marion Diehl Recreation Center. The center has an indoor pool with open swim times that residents and nonresidents can enjoy for small daily fees.  


4. Park Road Park

6220 Park Road

This park has been around for a long time, but is still a local favorite. A new playground was built in 2014 dedicated to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Volunteers helped build the new playground, which has slides, a jungle gym and a model general store. Older favorite attractions include a big yellow caterpillar with a twisty monkey bar configuration, a small lake and sports fields. 

Playdate tip: Pack a lunch! There are several picnic tables scattered around the playground. And if you like tennis, bring your racquets to play on one of the 12 lighted tennis courts.


5. Romare Bearden Park 

300 S. Church St., Charlotte

Children can cool off in the interactive splash zone of this uptown park located just blocks from Charlotte’s skyscrapers. Run under cascading waterfalls or in and out of the “Childhood Muse Plaza” that squirts out mist through a set of pipes. Bring a Frisbee, soccer ball or baseball and glove for fun in the grassy field. It is located across the street from BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte Knights.

Playdate tip: There is limited street parking adjacent to the park, but several nearby parking options to choose from, and Mellow Mushroom is also beside the park for a quick lunch or dinner.


6. Squirrel Lake Park 

1631 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews

Find a new favorite family hobby at this park that offers a fishing pond with pier, horseshoe pit and 12-hole disc golf course. Eat lunch at one of covered picnic tables or take a walk on the Four Mile Creek Greenway from the park’s connector trails. There is also a large playground area designed for children ages 2 to 12 to play. 

Playdate tip: The playground includes a scavenger hunt for young children to enjoy. 


7. Crooked Creek Park

5900 Oakwood Lane, Indian Trail 

Crooked Creek Park includes a one-of-a-kind playground, plus walking and bike trails, two dog parks, bocce ball courts and a 18-hold disc-golf course. The unique playground is complete with a zip line and fallen tree climbing structure and tunnel. This park also has an expression swing — a face-to-face parent-child swing. Future plans exist to add a splash pad.  

Playdate tip: The dog park remains locked at all times and requires a key card. You must submit an application to receive access.


Places to Splash and Swim


8. Ramsey Creek Park

18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius

Grab your beach chairs, sand shovels and pails before heading to Ramsey Creek Park. This is Mecklenburg County’s first swimming beach that has opened at a county-run park in over three decades. The swimming area covers half an acre and is staffed by lifeguards. Enjoy time in the sun, bring a lunch to eat at the new picnic shelters and create a vacation right at home.  

Playdate tip: Save yourself the $10-$15 per car entrance fee by taking the shuttle. Park at the CATS’ Park and Ride site on Northcross Drive in Huntersville — just down the road from the park. Shuttles run on 15-minute cycles until the beach is at full capacity.


9. Jetton Park

19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius 

Soak in the sun at this lakefront park with something truly unique – a beach. Although you can’t swim, you can get your feet wet, plus this is the perfect spot to bring sand toys and build. In addition, there is a large playground and miles of beautiful shaded walking trails offering spectacular views of Lake Norman, as well as being perfect for beginning bike riders. 

Playdate tip: This is a popular spot, and often packed, so try to arrive early in the morning if you want to avoid a crowd.


10. Lineberger Park

632 W. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

Lineberger Park features a small-scale water park and has something for swimmers of all ages. Cool off in the lazy river, two-story waterslide, and splash pad with a bucket dump and three rainfall aqua domes. Bring a change of dry clothes to spend time on playgrounds, and Thursday through Sunday, take ride the miniature train to make for a full day of fun. Entry to the pool is $3. 

Playdate tip: Plan around the two sessions for public swim, 12:30-3 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. 


Spraygrounds

Spraygrounds can’t be beat on a hot summer day. Pack the towels and sunscreen, and go get wet at these favorite sprayground locations. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. during summer months.

Cordelia Park — NoDa, 2100 N. Davidson St.

Latta Park — Dilworth, 601 E. Park Ave.

Nevin Park, 6000 Statesville Road

Veteran’s Park, 2136 Central Ave.

West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive


SEE ALSO: Summer Outdoor Movies and Concerts


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Website »

More information

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Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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View map »


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See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child (ages 3-12) receives a discount as well, costing only $5 each. 

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 866-229-1573
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

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This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

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

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An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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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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Enjoy special games and crafts with froggy friends.

Cost: $6 per person; children under 4 are free

Where:
Main Street Children's Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
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Telephone: 803-327-6400
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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 non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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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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North Carolinians served in all the major battles of the Western Front in 1918. Come learn about North Carolina's role during World War I.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC
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Telephone: 704-721-4653
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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
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Pick up and drop off your application and completed works at the Reference desk to enter MPL's poetry anthology book cover contest. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-663-1062
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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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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
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

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Enjoy stories, movement with music, and a seasonal craft during this Wee Wednesday program, the third Wednesday of each month. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Children’s Museum
133 E. Main St.
Rock Hill , NC
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Telephone: 803-327-6400
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

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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 to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Little artists and their adult companions explore the museum galleries and create art together. Roam the museum in search of sparkling silver and gleaming gold, and make a very special treasure box...

Cost: $16 per child

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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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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Bring your pen, paper, and love of poetry and explore and write a different form of poetry each Wednesday in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. No experience necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-663-1062
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This dance class is drop-in, open to all ages and free of charge for participants. It also includes live accompaniment and a “Children’s Corner,” providing supervision and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugaw Creek Recreation Center
943 W. Sugar Creek Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-336-7655
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This festival features more than 80 activities. Take part in fun that includes beautiful gardens, a parade, a frog jump, food trucks, live music, kids' activities, sports...

Cost: Price varies per event

Where:
Various locations throughout Rock Hill
Rock HIll , SC


Telephone: 803-329-7625
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

Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

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

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Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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

More information

See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
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 »

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Search for materials in the forest to make your own dream catcher. You can get creative with vines or twigs and add your own flair of colorful flowers or leaves. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Latta Plantation Nature Center
Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Draw along to explore and create comics with author and illustrator Dave McDonald, using PowerPoint and interactive instruction. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Mill Public Library
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, NC
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Telephone: 803-547-4114
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This benefit features a raffle, a live auction, music, food, and fun. Proceeds help the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.

Where:
Peninsula Yacht Club
18501 Harbor Light Blvd.
Cornelius, NC
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North Carolinians served in all the major battles of the Western Front in 1918. Come learn about North Carolina's role during World War I.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-721-4653
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

Pick up and drop off your application and completed works at the Reference desk to enter MPL's poetry anthology book cover contest. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Telephone: 704-663-1062
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

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

Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-568-1774
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 to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

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


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

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Get a quick thirty minute free tour of one of the following museums: Harvey B. Gantt Center, Mint Museum Uptown and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

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

More information

Put on your wellies and hop into American Girl for a special WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party. Parties include a special menu, crafts, fun WellieWishers-inspired conversation cards, and...

Cost: $13.50 per person; gratuity not included

Where:
American Girl
440 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 877-247-5223
Website »

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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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Website »

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This festival features more than 80 activities. Take part in fun that includes beautiful gardens, a parade, a frog jump, food trucks, live music, kids' activities, sports...

Cost: Price varies per event

Where:
Various locations throughout Rock Hill
Rock HIll , SC


Telephone: 803-329-7625
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

Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
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

Celebrate the great outdoors and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Check the line up online. Kids can...

Cost: Free admission, $5 parking fee. Registration fees apply for competitions

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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No matter where you go you are nearly always surround by creepy crawlies. Meet our resident "ughs" and bug out on an insect hunt.  Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
Website »

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Join Ballantyne for its annual community event featuring music, food truck fare, great giveaways and more than 40 local vendors showcasing their sustainable efforts or green products. Take...

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Brixham Tent
15801 Brixham Hill Ave.
, NC
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Drop by the nature center to celebrate Earth Day. Enjoy crafts, animal meet and greets, and other fun ways to celebrate our favorite home planet.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Spend the night at the museum. Watch cool demonstrations and even conduct your own experiments. Event includes an evening snack and breakfast. Advanced registration required.

Cost: $35

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-869-1033
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The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age...

Cost: $9-$10.

Where:
Fullwood Theatre
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

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This night-sky watching event includes storytelling, STEAM activities, yoga under the stars, face-painting, food trucks, and more. Members of local astronomy groups will be on hand to guide...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Rowan Regional Library
920 Kimball Road
China Grove, NC  28023
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Telephone: 704-216-7732
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Stargaze with a team of McDowell Naturalists during a night of fun and learning as we participate in the 2018 North Carolina Statewide Star Party. Enjoy hands-on astronomy activities, view the...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 South York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-2267
Website »

More information

North Carolinians served in all the major battles of the Western Front in 1918. Come learn about North Carolina's role during World War I.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-721-4653
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

Pick up and drop off your application and completed works at the Reference desk to enter MPL's poetry anthology book cover contest. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
View map »


Telephone: 704-663-1062
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

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

Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-568-1774
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 to...

Cost: $5 cash, $6 with credit card (monthly special available as well)

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


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Holly Johnson has created a one of a kind music and movement program that is a fusion of learning and listening to all types of songs, playing various instruments, and using your body to express...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4630
Website »

More information

This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

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


Website »

More information

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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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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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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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

This festival features more than 80 activities. Take part in fun that includes beautiful gardens, a parade, a frog jump, food trucks, live music, kids' activities, sports...

Cost: Price varies per event

Where:
Various locations throughout Rock Hill
Rock HIll , SC


Telephone: 803-329-7625
Website »

More information

Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Fri., presale (pass required), 10am-8:30pm; Sat., 10am-8pm, $3 admission. Sun., 10am-2pm, admission is free. 

Cost: Admission depends on day

Where:
Merino's Design Center
500 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Shop bargains at this consignment sale.  Fri., 9am-8:30pm; Sat., 8am-1pm.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
First Presbyterian Church Gastonia
1621 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-864-2651
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

Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Disney's Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up.  See website for showtimes.

Cost: $12

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC  28036
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Come see this musical based on the Dreamworks movie. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical...

Cost: $12-$28

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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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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Celebrate the great outdoors and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Check the line up online. Kids can...

Cost: Free admission, $5 parking fee. Registration fees apply for competitions

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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The Teen Production Company presents this musical about a florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.  Fri., 8pm, Sat., 4pm and 8pm, and Sun.,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Ballantyne Arts Center
11318 North Community House Road
, NC
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Set in 1926, this fast-paced musical dinner show takes you to East Tennessee where the fun never ends. Sing along with fabulous old Southern classics and watch the gospel truths unfold through the...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
Narroway Theatre
3327 SC-51
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Participants can walk a 5K or 1-mile course at Carowinds Amusement Park to raise money for critical type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The walk will take you through the all-new Camp Snoopy...

Cost: Fundraising is encouraged.

Where:
Carowinds Amusement Park
14523 Carowinds Boulevard
Charlotte, NC
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Bring the family to race day to support Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. At 8am there will be a 5k walk/run and at 8:45am there will be a mini-mile race.   A family-friendly...

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave
, NC
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Shop at this yard, bake and book sale. Proceeds benefit local missions.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Huntersville United Methodist Church
14005 Stumptown Road
Huntersville , NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-281-3583
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Vint Hill Educational Services supplies the test booklet, essay booklet, answer sheet, testing timer, extra pencils, and a proctor. Each student receives a 9 page diagnostic report...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Cornwell Center
2001 Selwyn Ave
, NC
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Take part in the 2nd Annual Best Buddies North Carolina Friendship Walk. There will be a bounce house, lawn games, DJ dance party, face painting and more. Money raised...

Cost: Free

Where:
Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC  28210
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Telephone: 612-382-4046
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Attend this family event with free "green" activities including arts and crafts, demonstrations, wildlife habitat improvements, nature walks, fishing and more. Fishing is limited and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbins Park
17738 West Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-6031
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This event kicks off with a fundraising 2K walk and includes live music, beer and food trucks, an adoption area, a picnic pavilion and more. 

Cost: $35 registration fee for the walk

Where:
Independence Park
300 Hawthorne Ln
, NC
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Set out on a guided tour to find out what odd adaptations many animals in the Piedmont and around the globe use to survive.

Cost: $5-$8, includes museum admission

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, NC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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During this hands-on workshop, Clarissa Clifton Lynch will dig into the history of dishes like fried fish, neck bones, baked and fried chicken, cornbread, and more. These now iconic Southern dishes...

Cost: $40

Where:
President James K. Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Highway
Pineville, NC  28134
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Sponsor: President James K. Polk State Historic Site
Telephone: 704-889-7145
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Everything on the surface of the Earth depends on what's inside. This Earth Day, take a journey inside Earth to discover the mysteries of geology. Register online. 

Cost: $5

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Allison Creek Presbyterian Church of York, SC presents its second annual festival centering around the life of Elias Hill, a formerly enslaved man who led the migration of 166 freed slaves from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Allison Creek Presbyterian Church
5780 Allison Creek Road
York, SC  29745
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Telephone: 803-493-4145
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Border collie demonstrations, kayaking and canoeing, geocaching, face painting, lead-line farm animals and more. Showcase your creativity with a fun and environmentally-friendly costume in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Dairy Barn Entrance
288 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill , SC
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Enjoy family activities centered around the Origin Story exhibition.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Enjoy a variety of food samples from Steele Creek restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment.  Bring your friends and family along to enjoy a pop-up vendor market, live...

Cost: Free

Where:
Piedmont Social House
2135 Ayrsley Town Boulevard
Charlotte, NC  28273
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Telephone: 252-916-6174
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This youth showcase illustrates the African American experience from slavery to the election of Barack Obama. The full presentation is composed of six acts (pre Civil War, early 1920’s,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Hickory Grove Recreation Center
6709 Pence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-968-4768
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Seven accomplished tellers with the North Carolina Storytelling Guild would like to honor Earth Day with you. Their carefully crafted stories will bring heads and hearts together while...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 509-460-9279
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The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age...

Cost: $9-$10.

Where:
Fullwood Theatre
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Spend some creative time together. Follow the artists simple step-by-step instructions to each paint your own 11-by-14-inch canvas. Additional painters (more than one child or parent) can be...

Cost: $35 per couple

Where:
Cajun Canvas
11116-B South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28273
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Telephone: 704-504-5224
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Spend the night at the museum. Watch cool demonstrations and even conduct your own experiments. Event includes an evening snack and breakfast. Advanced registration required.

Cost: $35

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-869-1033
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Explore the endless wonders of the spring cosmos during a live star show inside the James H. Lynn Planetarium's dome theater, then step outside and discover these celestial sights for yourself...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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North Carolinians served in all the major battles of the Western Front in 1918. Come learn about North Carolina's role during World War I.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC
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Telephone: 704-721-4653
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Pick up and drop off your application and completed works at the Reference desk to enter MPL's poetry anthology book cover contest. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-663-1062
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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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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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Come and experience all the fun with Highland dancing, bagpipe bands, Highland athletics, a giant kid's zone, Scottish merchants, haggis, Celtic Rock and traditional performers, historic...

Cost: $6-20

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
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Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday. Visit the website to see this week's featured craft of the week. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
10005 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-849-2450
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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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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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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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Little artists and their adult companions explore the museum galleries and create art together. Roam the museum in search of sparkling silver and gleaming gold, and make a very special treasure box...

Cost: $16 per child

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come check out Charlotte’s newest live music venue. The Music Yard is kicking off the concert season with a free Spring Concert Series every Saturday in April and May.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Music Yard
2433 South Blvd
, NC
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Telephone: 704-912-1889
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BounceU knows that sometimes parents deserve a little time by themselves. Drop off your kids for a night of non-stop bouncing and games. It’s more fun and probably less expensive than hiring...

Cost: $20 per child

Where:
Bounce U, Charlotte and Matthews locations
, NC


Telephone: 704-921-8771
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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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This festival features more than 80 activities. Take part in fun that includes beautiful gardens, a parade, a frog jump, food trucks, live music, kids' activities, sports...

Cost: Price varies per event

Where:
Various locations throughout Rock Hill
Rock HIll , SC


Telephone: 803-329-7625
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Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Fri., presale (pass required), 10am-8:30pm; Sat., 10am-8pm, $3 admission. Sun., 10am-2pm, admission is free. 

Cost: Admission depends on day

Where:
Merino's Design Center
500 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Shop bargains at this consignment sale.  Fri., 9am-8:30pm; Sat., 8am-1pm.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
First Presbyterian Church Gastonia
1621 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-864-2651
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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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Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

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

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Though he is mostly known for his art, Leonardo da Vinci was a creator in more than one way. He designed machines such as the assault tank, submarine, parachute, scuba-diving tank and even a robot....

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

See the artwork by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlight Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in...

Cost: Included in admission to museum ($5-$8)

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

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Disney's Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up.  See website for showtimes.

Cost: $12

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC  28036
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the lives of the owners of the collections.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Through the lens of a camera, Frankhavemercy captures the emotions of growth, struggle and joy in his first exhibition. 

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Come see this musical based on the Dreamworks movie. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical...

Cost: $12-$28

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

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Watch the School of Theatre present this Shakespeare play.  Sat., 7:30pm and Sun., 2pm. 

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. East
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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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
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

Celebrate the great outdoors and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Check the line up online. Kids can...

Cost: Free admission, $5 parking fee. Registration fees apply for competitions

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Brownie Girl Scouts can work towards various badges during these workshops. Register online. See website for times, themes, and ages. 

Cost: $17

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

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The Teen Production Company presents this musical about a florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.  Fri., 8pm, Sat., 4pm and 8pm, and Sun.,...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Set in 1926, this fast-paced musical dinner show takes you to East Tennessee where the fun never ends. Sing along with fabulous old Southern classics and watch the gospel truths unfold through the...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
Narroway Theatre
3327 SC-51
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

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