Top Exhibits for Kids in Charlotte
Explore local museums and the latest exhibits created with kids in mind
Enjoy unique shark activities, including hidden shark facts throughout the aquarium and chances to win prizes. Meet a baby bamboo shark and see real Megalodon shark teeth. While visiting, step into the aquarium’s CLAWS exhibit. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Suite 8461, Concord. $13+. Through July 31.
Let the kids get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children at the Schiele Museum. Do not miss the Super Block Party exhibit party on July 13. The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission. Ongoing through September.
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. Ongoing through September.
Constructed with breathtaking 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. Ongoing through Sept. 2.
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. Visitors will learn about the mysteries of nature after dark through dioramas, lifelike models, interactive features and graphics. The Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. $5-$8, children 3 and younger free. Ongoing through Sept. 7.
Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. 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 & Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St. Recommended for age 3-8. FREE. Ongoing through Sept. 8.
"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. Ongoing through Nov. 3. mintmuseum.org.
Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor for Charlotte Parent magazine.