Time-Saving Services to Make Modern Family Life More Doable

Local companies are answering the call for help around the house.


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How many times have you wished for an extra pair of hands or a way to duplicate yourself so that you can cross something off that long to-do list? There is a way to get it all done, but you can’t do it all yourself. Outsourcing every day household tasks can mean more family time and reduced stress for moms and dads. The benefits of family time and less stress sometimes outweigh the costs associated with paying for a service.

Local companies are answering the call for help around the house by building businesses that help ease the load for working parents. Help is available for everything from lawn care, laundry and meals to housekeeping, child care and exercise. Sometimes doing it yourself can cost as much in time and energy as it does to hire someone to do it quickly and efficiently. 

Selena Giovannelli, 47, mom to a 13-year-old boy, has used several services over the years to lessen the burden. “It absolutely puts the emphasis on my family time. There’s time for family dinners and meaningful conversation. It makes my life easier,” Giovannelli says. Consider how these services could make a big difference in your workload and family life.

 

Kids: Extra Help Required

Unless you are able to rely on family for child care, it is necessary to find a dependable and safe sitter. Several child-care referral agencies offer nanny services, baby-sitting, mother’s helper and overnight stays. Local child care services take help do the legwork in finding a sitter or child care.

“We want you to have a few people that mesh with your family,” says Charlotte Care Services owner Christine Blettenberg.

Some companies require a membership or have application fees. Baby-sitting rates range from $15-$20 per hour for 1-2 children. Cost of nanny services depend upon family needs and agency.

For more than 20 years, Queens University of Charlotte has coordinated a Service Referral List, (also known as The Babysitter List). The list is $25 and includes contact information for current students who are interested in child care, tutoring, lawn care and odd jobs.

Sanity-saving tip: Form a baby-sitting co-op with friends and family.


Meals: Magic of Delivery

Options for tasty healthy meals have expanded with the development of mobile meal services like Greatfull Plates, Zone 7 Foods and modPALEO. Greatfull Plates delivers frozen meals to your doorstep. Customized meals are available for special diets. Cost per meal is $30 for a family of four and $45 for a family of six.

Charlotte’s community supported agriculture (CSA) has grown in recent years. Bell’s Best Berries, Coto Family Farms and Small City Farm are a few that provide organic fruits and vegetables. Prices and delivery options vary depending on the CSA.

Sloan Crawford, 37, is mom to three girls. She and her family are members of Small City Farm. They pick up a dozen eggs and fresh fruits and vegetables each week.

“Certainly [the CSA] simplified my grocery shopping. Fresh food is immediately available,” Crawford says. “It is one less thing I have to think about, and I know it’s fresh and good plus my kids get to see where it comes from.”

Grocery stores also are making shopping easier for parents. Groceries may be ordered online, picked up at the store or even delivered to your doorstep. Harris Teeter’s app keeps track of past orders for quick shopping and makes it easy to choose a time for pickup. Local Instacart shoppers can deliver groceries to your home from Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Costco, Whole Foods, Publix or BJ’s Wholesale Club. Fees for pickup and delivery services range from $5-$12.

Sanity-saving tip: Split a CSA membership with another family to save on the cost and as a way to be sure to use produce before it goes bad.


Errands: Cross Them off

Moms are the best at multitasking, but as much as we try, we cannot be in two places at once. Metro’s Other Woman is one local service that can be that extra set of hands. Sarah Benken founded Metro’s Other Woman in Charlotte in 2008.

“We handle all the things you don’t want to do or don’t have time to do. Any of those time sucks like laundry, errands, housekeeping, scheduling trips, really anything you are ready to hand-off to someone else, we are your girl,” Benken says.

Metro’s Other Woman sets you up with a personal assistant that provides services like laundry, meal prep, child transportation and errand running. They can be your personal shopper or organize spaces in your home. They work with you to find a person that fits your lifestyle and that is able to meet the needs you request.

Clothes shopping and keeping track of prescriptions can be time-consuming, too. Curvaceous Closet makes home visits with its mobile truck, and none of the clothing costs more than $60. Some pharmacies, including locally owned Cannon Pharmacy, deliver prescriptions to your doorstep.

Sanity-saving tip: During a busy time of the year, use help to get through your to-do list.


House and Laundry: Keep Them Straight

Maintaining a clean house is a challenge. The day-to-day cleanup of homework, school clothes and dishes can be overwhelming. Hiring a cleaning service on a regular basis eases the pressure of having to spend a weekend doing a deep clean.

If hiring a weekly cleaning service is not in your budget, consider using one when family visits, before leaving for vacation (we all want to come home to a clean house) or when you are arriving back from a business trip.

Piles of dirty or unfolded laundry can overwhelm any parent. Dry Clean Delivery Service and 2U Laundry picks up dirty laundry and then drops it off clean and folded ($1.50-$2 per pound).

Sanity-saving tip: Use a laundry service during children’s sports seasons when there are extra clothes to wash and less time to launder.


Fitness: Finding Time

Often parents run out-of-time and exercise is pushed further down the to-do list. Companies recognize that a workout takes planning and child-care coordination. Many places, like the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Burn Bootcamp and Fitness Connection, provide child care.

Loryn Wurst, personal trainer and owner of Hero Fitness, makes it even easier: She brings a nanny with her to your house. You get a personalized workout while the babysitter cares for your kids at your house.

Sanity-saving tip: Find a trainer who facilitates a boot camp for a group of neighborhood moms.


Vanessa is a freelance writer and mom to three boys. Follow her on Twitter @morethanvmi.


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Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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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 and their girls can color their world with a painting class at Painting with a Twist!

Cost: $42

Where:
American Girl Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: American Girl
Telephone: 877-247-5223
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Do not miss the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place in Charlotte.

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
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Count and observe birds in the gardens to help scientists in their study of birds. Volunteers will be providing guided walks and sharing educational information. Hot chocolate will be served....

Cost: Free

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Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-331-0664
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Church of the Redeemer - Kids offers a class for adaptive learning needs and a sensory room during the Sunday School hour (9 a.m.) and worship hour (10:30 a.m.). Volunteers who desire to come...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Calvary Church
5801 Pineville–Matthews Road
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Telephone: 704-341-5413
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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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Do you keep saying you’ll get organized someday, but someday never comes? Are you overwhelmed, anxious and exhausted by your clutter? Would you like to save time and money while reducing your...

Cost: 99.00

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PO Box 178
Charlotte, NC  27609
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Telephone: 191-955-93925
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The 2019 Gaudium Musicae concert series will bring Emalie Savoy, an opera soloist, to St. Ann's.

Cost: $11-$33, children 12 and younger free

Where:
St. Ann Catholic Church
3635 Park Road
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Sponsor: St. Ann Catholic Church
Telephone: 704-523-4641
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New Era Cap, the authentic cap of the NBA, will open a pop-up shop featuring exclusive customization opportunities in Charlotte at the New Gallery of Modern Art.

Cost: Free admission, merchandise available for purchase

Where:
New Gallery of Modern Art
435 S Tyron St. #110
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Step inside the world of turtles, frogs and snakes through a literary adventure and animal meet-and-greet.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Cost: $13-$17, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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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

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Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
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Cost: $15+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
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

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Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
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Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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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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Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy comes to the Halton stage for the first time this winter. Considered by many to be the greatest of all American musicals.

Cost: $10+

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
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Kids and adults can enjoy interactive basketball activities, art and memorabilia displays, apparel customization and panel discussions with NBA players and talent.

Cost: Free

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

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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Develop literacy and critical thinking skills through books and hands-on activities. February's topic is Argentina.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Come chat about a teen book and participate in related activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Teens can practice making a recipe out of a cookbook and then sampling their creations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Count and observe birds in the gardens to help scientists in their study of birds. Volunteers will be providing guided walks and sharing educational information. Hot chocolate will be served....

Cost: Free

Where:
Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-331-0664
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Social development, public speaking and theatre concepts combine in this fun creative exploration.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, 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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Do you keep saying you’ll get organized someday, but someday never comes? Are you overwhelmed, anxious and exhausted by your clutter? Would you like to save time and money while reducing your...

Cost: 99.00

Where:
Online
PO Box 178
Charlotte, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Reawaken Your Brilliance
Telephone: 191-955-93925
Contact Name: Julie Coraccio
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On Mondays from September to May, all children under the age of 16 can come paint pottery for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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Telephone: 704-544-4848
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Cost: $2; additional $5 entry fee for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
194 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Owlets explore nature with hands-on experiences that will enthrall the senses and engage the imagination.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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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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Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Join Lego Club on the 3rd Monday of each month! The library brings the Legos; participants bring the imagination! Lego idea books will be on hand and available for checkout.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6200
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Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, 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: $13-$17, 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

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

The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

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


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

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 »

More information

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Cost: $10, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library
310 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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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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Join Rutherford Rabbit to enjoy a seasonally themed story and craft activity in the Children’s Garden. Children can water vegetable plants, dig for worms, and explore the sensory and...

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members

Where:
Children's Garden at Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, 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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Toddlers identify words through interactive games and letter recognition.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

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Do you keep saying you’ll get organized someday, but someday never comes? Are you overwhelmed, anxious and exhausted by your clutter? Would you like to save time and money while reducing your...

Cost: 99.00

Where:
Online
PO Box 178
Charlotte, NC  27609
View map »


Sponsor: Reawaken Your Brilliance
Telephone: 191-955-93925
Contact Name: Julie Coraccio
Website »

More information

Children will play with a variety of interactive, age appropriate toys and games while listening to music.

Cost: $3

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 W. Sugar Creek Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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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
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 out for books and literacy activities that help improve critical thinking skills. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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The program is designed to provide girls the opportunity to express themselves, gain an experience in different activities and assist in developmental growth through socialization.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Recreation Center
6709 Pence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1122
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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
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: $13-$17, 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 »

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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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

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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 »

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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
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
View map »


Website »

More information

See the passion and energy of flamenco come alive as the intimate Booth Playhouse is transformed into a vibrant Spanish dance club.

Cost: $19.50+

Where:
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

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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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Join the library for a special showing of a popular teen movie. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

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

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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 noteworthy sites throughout the preserve, creating a living record of the park as it changes throughout the year. The Great Muddy Boots Almanac will be available for kids of all ages who...

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities, and experiments. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Bring your whole family out to enjoy puppet shows, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of books and reading in your child.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, 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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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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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble - Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-364-0626
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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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Join an educator to explore animal biology and behavior and meet some of animals.

Cost: $6-$8, includes admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Homeschoolers explore art and discover creativity.

Cost: $5

Where:
War Memorial Center
220 N. Maple St.
Mooresville, NC
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Come improve bowl skating skills, such as finding new lines plus improving airs and grinds

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Kids will build with Legos while utilizing their imaginations in this afterschool program.

Cost: $6

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1103
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Hip-hop lovers come express themselves while teaching and learning more about hip-hop culture.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 W.Sugar Creek Road
, 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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Participate in the role-playing board game that encourages cooperation, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, 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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Baby gear, toys, smocked, boutique, and home show and name-brand gently-used clothing. Wed., 6-9pm ($25 per two guests entry to pre-sale); Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri., 10am-...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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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: $13-$17, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

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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
View map »


Website »

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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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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
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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


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

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
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
View map »


Website »

More information

See the passion and energy of flamenco come alive as the intimate Booth Playhouse is transformed into a vibrant Spanish dance club.

Cost: $19.50+

Where:
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

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

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Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

Learn about different feeder styles and the birds that visit them while creating a pine cone bird feeder.

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, 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
Website »

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Come learn preschool basics!

Cost: $6

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities and experiments. Register online to come discuss hearts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Everyone is invited to join us for this hands-on workshop to learn how to texturize and manipulate clay to create your own art work.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Enjoy performances by music students at the Arts+ Merit Scholars Recital, with special guest Lynn Chang, internationally renowned violinist and educator.

Cost: Free

Where:
McGlohon Theatre
345 North College St.
, NC
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As her hair grows longer, Rapunzel's tower grows higher, and her curiosity grows bigger. This reimagined version of the classic, presented by the Children's Theatre of Charlotte, is a...

Cost: $5, children 12 and younger free

Where:
Clover School District Auditorium
1625 Highway 55 East
Clover, SC
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Telephone: 803-222-8018
Website »

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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
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Website »

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Tots express themselves creatively through art.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, 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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Toddlers will participate in a fun, kid friendly workout.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Website »

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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
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

Learn the basics of drawing including composition and proportions.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Baby gear, toys, smocked, boutique, and home show and name-brand gently-used clothing. Wed., 6-9pm ($25 per two guests entry to pre-sale); Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri., 10am-...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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: $13-$17, 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
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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


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

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

The Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy comes to the Halton stage for the first time this winter. Considered by many to be the greatest of all American musicals.

Cost: $10+

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
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

See the passion and energy of flamenco come alive as the intimate Booth Playhouse is transformed into a vibrant Spanish dance club.

Cost: $19.50+

Where:
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, 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

Show More...
Show Less...

Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

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 »

More information

Using different colored circles in various sizes, create artwork like Wassily Kandinsky.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Website »

More information

Participants will examine their physical traits to understand genes. This series is designed for homeschoolers, but anyone can attend. Register online.

Cost: $5

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


Website »

More information

Participants will examine their physical traits to understand genes. This series is designed for homeschoolers, but anyone can attend. Register online.

Cost: $5

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


Website »

More information

Watch historical reenactments performed by the LATIBAH Ensemble Theater Group that highlight Black History. Final walk-throughs of the exhibit will take place after the performances.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Website »

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Together as a family, participants will create games and activities while learning from nature. Registration required.

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 980-314-1128
Website »

More information

Join friends for good times, good food and a lot of dancing with other teens and adults with disabilities.

Cost: $10

Where:
Marion Diehl Park
2219 Tyvola Road
, NC
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 Mr. Nigel and Friends invite fathers and daughters to the dance. Tiaras welcome!

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
Steele Creek Church of Charlotte
1929 W. Arrowood Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Mr. Nigel & Friends
Website »

More information

The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This event, largest event of its type in the nation, includes three days and two nights with Boy Scouts camping on the museum grounds and earning merit badges.

Cost: $28.50

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Kids will learn some basic yoga positions that go along with the story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $3-$5

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


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

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

Make a unique project out of clay that will last a lifetime. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to Grier Heights Community Center for pickup.

Cost: Free

Where:
Greer Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-498-1487
Website »

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Explore the expressive, active and creative benefits of dance.

Cost: $10

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Baby gear, toys, smocked, boutique, and home show and name-brand gently-used clothing. Wed., 6-9pm ($25 per two guests entry to pre-sale); Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri., 10am-...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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: $13-$17, 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

Set in 1926, this fast-paced musical dinner show offers Southern food with classic Southern songs. Watch the gospel truths unfold through the eyes and imagination of Tennessee! See website for...

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
View map »


Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Inspired by the music of the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, this jammin’ show takes audiences to the beautiful island of Jamaica with friends, Ziggy and Nansi. See website for show...

Cost: $15+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
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
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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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Raised by a family of wolves, Mowgli must leave home when the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther and a free-spirited bear, the...

Cost: $12-$14

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy comes to the Halton stage for the first time this winter. Considered by many to be the greatest of all American musicals.

Cost: $10+

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6534
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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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See the passion and energy of flamenco come alive as the intimate Booth Playhouse is transformed into a vibrant Spanish dance club.

Cost: $19.50+

Where:
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, 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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Watch cheerleaders compete at Cabarrus Arena.

Cost: $12, free for children 5 and younger

Where:
Cabarrus Arena
4751 US Highway 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Enjoy a short stack and a great raffle with neighbors, family and friends while helping to fight pancreatic cancer. Proceeds support research through The Lustgarten Foundation.

Cost: $12

Where:
Blackfinn Ballantyne
14825 Ballantyne Village Way
, NC
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Sponsor: Atrium Health, Levine Cancer Institute
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Featuring works created by students in Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for...

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Learn how to supervise children, recognize safety hazards, handle first-aid situations, play age-appropriate games, change diapers, carry out parents' instructions and discuss job...

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

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-4600
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Kick off SAT prep with a free SAT exam.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Kick off SAT prep with a free SAT exam.

Cost: Free

Where:
Steele Creek Library
13620 Steele Creek Road
, NC
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Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Museum naturalists to earn an Environmental Science Merit Badge. Scouts must complete the prerequisites in order to fully participate in the workshop and...

Cost: $15

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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See natural treasures from the earth, including fossils, rocks, minerals and the ancient stories these items tell. Mine for gemstones; meet animated prehistoric characters. See a full-sized T-rex,...

Cost: $3-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Learn all about the cardiovascular system. Guests from The College at Carolinas Healthcare System and Atrium Health will showcase careers in the cardiovascular field of medicine and what it takes...

Cost: $13-17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Expecting mommies are invited to Little Nest Portraits for a complimentary, 10-minute Baby Bump Mini-Session and tour of the studio.

Cost: Free

Where:
Little Nest Portraits
7314 Waverly Walk Ave.
Suite E7
, NC
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Telephone: 704-847-4444
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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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The Gaston County Museum and Opera Carolina’s Opera Xpress proudly present "A Busy Bee." All the bees in Bella’s hive have a job to do to keep the hive thriving. Now...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pharr Family YMCA
208 Main St.
McAdenville, NC
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Come decorate cupcakes, meet Cinderella and hear a story.

Cost: $9

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Telephone: 704-295-1777
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A grouchy old man moves in to the apartment above Christoph in Vienna. Christoph is not pleased by Beethoven's arrival, but he begins to understand his genius and...

Cost: $14+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Symphony
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The all-new action-packed touring production of Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0, Activate Creature Power! brings the stars of the Emmy-nominated hit PBS KIDS series to families at Ovens Auditorium...

Cost: $30-$100

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 800-745-3000
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Arts+ provides a visual art workshop series with a different project activity each month. Accompanying the art-making experience will be a live music performance throughout the workshop.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-7400
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Projects created during a workshop will be brought back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to the workshop location for pickup.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Winter walks highlight the wonders of the gardens in the winter. Children can complete a scavenger hunt.

Cost: $5 per person, $15 for families of 3 or more

Where:
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9090 Craver Road
, NC
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Sponsor: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and the University City Public Library
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Visit the slime lab, engineering lab, magnet lab and water lab. This class challenges kids to think like scientists. Call to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Branch Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5800
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Families learn the survival skill of shelter building. Preregistration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Charlotte All-Stars will be taking on the Cape Fear Roller Girls.

Cost: $7-$16

Where:
Grady Cole Center
310 N Kings Drive
, NC
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Dads and their girls will twirl the night away with games, crafts, food and dancing!

Cost: $40-$60

Where:
Life Time Athletic Charlotte
11220 Golf Links Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-901-7100

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Come Godzilla Night, Slap Shot Saturday and Family Night. Families save 40 percent on groups of four tickets when purchasing online.

Cost: $18.50+

Where:
Bojangles' Coliseum
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Explore history at the Charlotte Museum of History's monthly Passport to the Queen City events.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition, featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
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K-5th graders and their parents can volunteer to help at Shalom Park to gear up for Room In The Inn. Time of volunteer assignment varies depending on task. Contact Mitch Ormand for the sign-up link.

Cost: Free

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Contact Name: Mitch Ormand
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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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Girls will learn how to create several cute new ’dos, plus take home bright highlights for their dolls.

Cost: $25

Where:
American Girl Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: American Girl
Telephone: 877-247-5223
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This event, largest event of its type in the nation, includes three days and two nights with Boy Scouts camping on the museum grounds and earning merit badges.

Cost: $28.50

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Every Saturday this month, Historic Brattonsville will feature special guided tours that interpret African American history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont. Included with admission; special...

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

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC
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Telephone: 803-684-2327
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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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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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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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Make a bird feeder out of recycled materials to take home for backyard birds.

Cost: $6-$8, includes admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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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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The origins and impact of slavery in Cabarrus County, and the benefits of slave labor to Reed Gold Mine will be examined during Black History Month. Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site will offer...

Cost: $2, children 7 and younger 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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Learn new tricks on the baby quarter while utilizing them in a group game of S.K.A.T.E.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, 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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On February 27, 1760, the garrison of Fort Dobbs engaged in a skirmish with Cherokee warriors. Get a glimpse of what life was like for the soldiers and settlers seeking protection...

Cost: $2

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-5882
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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: $13-$17, 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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Set in 1926, this fast-paced musical dinner show offers Southern food with classic Southern songs. Watch the gospel truths unfold through the eyes and imagination of Tennessee! See website for...

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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Inspired by the music of the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, this jammin’ show takes audiences to the beautiful island of Jamaica with friends, Ziggy and Nansi. See website for show...

Cost: $15+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
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 »


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 »

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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 »

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Raised by a family of wolves, Mowgli must leave home when the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther and a free-spirited bear, the...

Cost: $12-$14

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

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

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


Website »

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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

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

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

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


Website »

More information

The Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy comes to the Halton stage for the first time this winter. Considered by many to be the greatest of all American musicals.

Cost: $10+

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


Telephone: 704-330-6534
Website »

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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
View map »


Website »

More information

See the passion and energy of flamenco come alive as the intimate Booth Playhouse is transformed into a vibrant Spanish dance club.

Cost: $19.50+

Where:
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

The exhibition presents more than 100 works from the Bechtler collection that have never been on view to the public. Bechtler will be highlighting works from well-known artists including but not...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, 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
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Sponsor: Billy Graham Library
Telephone: 704-401-3200
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