Top Exhibits for Kids in Charlotte
Explore local museums and the latest exhibits created with kids in mind
Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks (Through Sept. 2)
Constructed with architectural detail and accuracy, “Towers of Tomorrow” features prominent skyscrapers and buildings from around the world built to scale with Lego bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural significance. Take time to build a tower from the 200,000 loose LEGO bricks located in hands-on construction areas of the exhibition. Discovery Place Science, 301 N. Tryon St. $18-$22.
In the Dark (Through Sept. 7)
Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Learn about the mysteries of nature after dark through dioramas, life-like models, interactive features and graphics. The Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. $5-$8, children 3 and younger free.
The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head (Through Sept. 8)
Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from jungle safaris to archeological digs. The exhibit is recommended for children ages 3-8. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St. Recommended for age 3-8. FREE.
Block Party (Through Sept. 14)
Let the kids build and be creative with large blocks at the interactive building exhibit at the Schiele Museum. The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission.
Grandiflora: Gamrath Glass at the Garden (Through Sept. 29)
Be mesmerized by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath, including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and more. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission.
Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi (Through Nov. 3)
Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and children’s books. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission.
Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor for Charlotte Parent magazine.