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Trends in the Workplace: It’s About Time


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Working parents want one thing: A break.

More money would be nice, and medical benefits and vacation time go without saying. But at the top of the list, parents want a company that offers some kind of workplace flexibility. They want to tinker with the 40-hour work week so it can handle modern family life, whether that means telecommuting, job-sharing, going part-time, compressed work weeks or any arrangement that mutually benefits company and employee.

In an interview with Andrea Kay, an expert on workplace issues, I asked if companies were moving toward non-traditional work arrangements in greater numbers. With the surge in technology, which makes time-shifting possible in other parts of our lives, surely there must be more flexibility in the work place. But Kay, author of four books and over 900 articles on the workforce since 1988, wasn't quick to agree.

"For some companies, [alternative work arrangements] have been part of their overall strategy, or policy, for years. And they think about how to be good employers. For other companies, they aren't there yet." Twelve years ago, Kay wrote about job sharing, but as a wide-sweeping trend, companies have been slow to offer a menu of alternative possibilities to their employees.

"People are becoming more needy for it," says Kay, meaning flexibility in the workplace. "Demands have increased on workloads. People have had to take on more - much more - and they want less demand on their time." This workload creep persists from office to home, "There's a much greater need to respond to business outside the office. Taking phone calls on vacation, in the middle of the night…there's so much accessibility to connect and contact people, and people are inundated."

And there's little relief at home. For many parents, it's a biological imperative to raise kids who can fend for themselves, preferably as successful adults. That can mean extracurricular activities, and lots of them. Work may seep home through e-mail, lap tops and cell phones, but we're also filling our personal time to capacity with extra demands. "Parents aren't just trying to come home for dinner like the old days," says Kay. "Kids do more outside interests, have more choices, and that creates a time frenzy." Something has to give.

Parents and Flexibility
Anna Millar, and Meghan Gosk would agree that the days can be hectic. Presented with the option of scaling back work hours or sacrificing something in the family schedule, Millar and Gosk chose a flexible work arrangement. On Mondays, Tuesdays and half the day on Wednesdays, Millar is the M.B.A. Program's Associate Director at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Thursdays and Fridays, she is home with her four children, Ben (9), twins Ally and Chris (7) and Will (2).

For Gosk, it's a similar schedule, but in reverse. Mondays and Tuesdays, she's home with her two daughters, Taylor (8) and Kelley (6), and for the rest of the week she is, like Anna, the M.B.A. Program Associate Director. Both women share an office, a job title, a schedule and, in order to make it all possible, an e-mail address. On Wednesdays when their schedules overlap, each one occupies separate desks in their shared office.

"Today is usually an Anna day," Millar explains during an interview on a Monday. "But we planned meetings today so we both came in." On "Meghan days", Millar can expect to talk with her coworker several times throughout the day, and same for Gosk on "Anna days." When I ask them if they could work this way without e-mail or cell phones, they answer in unison, "Absolutely not." Their co-workers agree that a common e-mail address and excellent communication skills make the job share possible. And according to their boss, Michael Stipanek, Millar and Gosk bring a full-time approach to their part-time positions. Win-win.

When I ask the women for a list of activities their kids do, Millar recommends that I sit down. Together, Gosk's two kids and Millar's four participate in ice hockey, soccer, swim team, gymnastics, theater, piano lessons, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, Sunday School and Girl Scouts. The phrase "work-life balance" seems too hollow for the bounding, high-speed chase of their weekly schedules.

Survey Says
What, exactly, is work-life balance? Most parents would settle for anything less than total exhaustion, so the idea of balance might feel a touch greedy. But according to the Families and Work Institute (whenworkworks.org), employees are working more hours than they did 25 years ago. And over the same 25-year period, the number of workers who felt they could not accomplish what they needed to get done during the work week rose from 40 percent in 1977 to 52 percent in 2002. More time at work can only mean less time with family, and in the 2002 National Study of the Changing Workforce, also conducted by the Families and Work Institute, researchers discovered that 67 percent of all parents say they don't have enough time with their children.

Focusing on flexibility is our generation’s way of asking for a correction. Economists point out that the average modern family has to work harder to achieve the same standard of living our parents did a generation ago. In focus groups and other research, Families and Work Institute found that workers, in order to reduce work-life conflict, were most likely to "ask for greater workplace flexibility."

Our own survey showed that North Carolinians feel the same way. Each year, Carolina Parenting (publisher of Piedmont Parent, Charlotte Parent and Carolina Parent magazines) honors Family-Friendly 40 companies located in North Carolina. This year, in addition to the Family-Friendly nominations, we asked our readers to take a survey. Over 1,000 readers responded and gave us a sample of the benefits employees value the most. On-site day care, adoption benefits, lactation rooms, dry cleaning or movie rentals - we wanted to know what our readers cared about the most.

Our survey was a joint effort with Balancing Professionals, a Triangle-based company that advises businesses about the changing workplace, and helps connect professionals with alternative work arrangements. We posted a simple survey online from April through July of 2007 and discovered that, among other things, that many of our readers valued flexibility. We learned that 60 percent of highly educated workers (college degree or higher) would leave their current job for a position that offered more flexibility, and ranked flexibility as the number one reason why they would leave their jobs. For highly educated professionals not in the workforce, finding a position with flexibility was their top priority for returning to work. (To view the full results of our survey, visit xxxxxxparent.com.)

Kella Hatcher and Maryanne Perrin, co-founders of Balancing Professionals, help advise companies on workplace trends. "If employers want to catch up with today’s workforce, who rank work-life balance as a top career priority, they need to get creative about how, when and where work gets done."

In fact, a recent Pew Research Center survey discovered that only 21 percent of working mothers with children under the age of 18 viewed full-time work as the best arrangement, down from 32 percent in 1997. Sixty percent said a part-time job would be best, up from 48 percent 10 years ago. The study did not detail other work arrangements, although part-time tends to be the most common workplace option offered, even in companies that don’t consider work-life issues to be a priority.

According to Hatcher and Perrin, one of the best examples of a creative workplace is R.O.W.E., or Results Only Work Environment, made famous by Best Buy. "Employees are encouraged to work when and where they like, and aren’t obligated to work a set number of hours, as long as they get the job done." Technology has largely made this kind of arrangement possible, and while it took training and planning to create wide-reaching change, Best Buy reaped rewards. "They saw a 35 percent increase in productivity, dramatic decrease in turnover, increase in management performance and customer satisfaction – all of which benefit their bottom line," says Hatcher.

Flexibility doesn't mean that everyone wants to job-share or work part-time; it means employees want options. They want to figure out a schedule that helps them get the job done, both at work and at home. Not everyone can afford to scale back hours and pay. But some employees — highly experienced and valued workers — may want the ability to work from home, or to compress the work week and free up a day or two.

Andrea Kay, noting that more and more employees want flexible work arrangements, agreed that companies will have to adjust the way they manage their workforce. "But you still have to present yourself as a problem-solver. Companies still want a level of expertise, communication skills, people skills, a good work ethic. It’s a hard package to find." When it comes to getting and keeping a good job, being a valuable employee is one trend that will never change.


A few companies specialize in matching employees with alternative work arrangements:

HR OptIn (www.hroptin.com) is a national company that helps human resource professionals, specialists, administrators, managers, directors and experts in human resource find flexible work arrangements with Fortune 500 companies and more.

Flex-Time Lawyers (www.flextimelawyers.org) is a national consulting firm that advises the profession on work/life balance and the retention and promotion of women attorneys. Also provides recruiting services.

Moms Corp (www.momcorps.com) supplies top-tier professionals to corporations on an as-needed basis, while enabling individuals seeking flexibility to engage in challenging work. Based in Charlotte.

Balancing Professionals (www.balancingprofessionals.com) is a niche and advisory staffing firm that connects businesses with a unique pool of high-caliber professionals who seek part-time or job-share opportunities. Based in the Triangle.

My Part-Time Pro (www.myparttimepro.com) connects accomplished and educated individuals can find meaningful flexible employment opportunities. Currently based in New York and Philadelphia with plans to go nation by end of 2007.

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The Schiele Museum
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View map »


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More information

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Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden admission

Where:
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View map »


Telephone: 704-825-4490
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Listen to stories, create campfire crafts, sing songs and have fun! Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cannon School
5801 Poplar Tent Road
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Cannon School
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Reedy Creek Park staff will lead explorations about cold-blooded animals. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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See what The Balloon Lady can create with balloons and a bit of imagination. Performances are free, but tickets are required.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Children's Theater of Charlotte
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The ScienceTellers will present "Aliens: Escape from Earth" at the Main Library. This action-packed and educational adventure uses science experiments for special effects.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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Celebrate summer with lawn games, summer treats and games.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy a hands-on program all about snakes presented by McDowell Nature Center staff. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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The Gaston All American Fair and includes rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, entertainment and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 22. Free. See website for schedule of events.

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Road
Gastonia, 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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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Enjoy a story and craft activity in the Children’s Garden. Children can water vegetable plants, dig for worms and explore the gardens.

Cost: $10 per family, free for members

Where:
Children's Garden at Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU (Matthews and Charlotte locations)
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Website »

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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
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Reserve your spot at Open Bounce, a play session for children of all ages.

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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This class combines yoga and play through  poses, songs and calming time.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Discover the world of science through books and hands on activities. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 N. Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout provides up-and-coming drivers with valuable experience in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval. Gates open at 5...

Cost: $8; free for children 13 and younger

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come make fun, kid-friendly campfire meals. Registration is required. May 21: Banana Boats June 18: Dogs in a Blanket July 16: Waffle Cone S’mores Aug. 20: Pizza Pies

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Galleries
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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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...

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden 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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Enjoy games, crafts, a treasure hunt and a special magical guest.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Creek Park
4400 Waxhaw-Marvin Road
Waxhaw, NC
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Come listen to the adorable book, "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake" before frosting your own cupcake! Also make a take-home craft.

Cost: $6 per child; parents free

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Children will be mesmerized as they watch a series of experiments. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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This educational family day celebrates the day that enslaved people received word of the abolishment of slavery at the close of the Civil War.

Cost: Free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Fast Frog Bakery of Lake Wylie will demonstrate cookie decorating. Try yourself and taste your work. Registrations required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Wylie Public Library
185 Blucher Cir.
Lake Wylie, SC
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Celebrate Juneteenth Day, which has roots in Texas and which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 N. Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Register to learn about science and explore electricity with experts from Discovery Place.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Experiment with recyclable materials and various liquids to design an electricity-free way to create light. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Bring your lunch and a blanket to watch a movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Library
119 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Explore many different scientific concepts all in one class. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Explore the age of dinosaurs with guest presenters from Discovery Place. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Try out a new project every Wednesday night in June. This Wednesday learn to finger knit.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Gaston All American Fair and includes rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, entertainment and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 22. Free. See website for schedule of events.

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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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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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU (Matthews and Charlotte locations)
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Website »

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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
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Reserve your spot at Open Bounce, a play session for children of all ages.

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Meet at The Museum of York County on Wednesday mornings to explore and investigate natural history topics with new exhibits, guest speakers and staff led activities. The museum will host two...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The 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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Bring your seat , child and vehicle, and plan to spend at least 20 minutes with a technician. No appointment is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Fire Station
19729 S. Main St.
Cornelius, 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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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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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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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
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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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"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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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Galleries
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

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...

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Children will engage their brains by learning about various important aspects of the garden landscape. Parent or guardian attendance and preregistration are required. June 12: Herbs June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pike Nurseries
Ballantyne, Lake Norman and Matthews Locations
12630 N. Community House Road
, NC
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A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

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This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
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Children are invited to participate in a free swim lesson at the Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center. Register at 9am for lessons that begin at 10 and 11am.

Cost: Free

Where:
Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center
2014 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden 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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This 45-minute puppet show is based on stories from children's picture books.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 N. Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Come watch a live performance of "Beauty and the Beast."

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
119 N. Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Watch aquatic turtles go for a dip in turtle pools. Feed them slimy snacks while learning about them.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Explore many different scientific concepts all in one class. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Join Guinness World Record holder, Steve Langley, for a joy filled educational and magical experience. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Come learn about woodland wildlife with Parks and Recreation. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
, NC
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Learn how to roll, pinch, poke, slip and score clay. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Clayworks, Inc.
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Learn how to texturize and manipulate clay to create art. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Ovens Auditorium will host Nickelodeon star and YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa  on her first-ever U.S. concert tour Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour.

Cost: $39.50+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 800-745-3000
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Hear the North Carolina duo, Mandolin Orange, at Housingfest, a concert to end homelessness in Charlotte.

Cost: $35+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Gaston All American Fair and includes rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, entertainment and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 22. Free. See website for schedule of events.

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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During a 30-minute time slot you and your child will explore art materials and processes with our early childhood educators in the enclosed picnic area. Wear clothes that can get messy or stained....

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

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
View map »


Website »

More information

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU (Matthews and Charlotte locations)
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

This class incorporates songs and movement and ends with a calming story.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
Website »

More information

Reserve your spot at Open Bounce, a play session for children of all ages.

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore the world through stories, crafts and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Preparatory School
212 Boyce Road
, NC
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Hear music at the greenway every Thursday in June, July and August. Bring chairs, blankets, and money for food trucks, beer, wine and sodas. See website for the food truck and band lineup, as well...

Cost: $5 per person (free for members); $5 per car for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln.
Fort Mill, SC
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On Thursday evenings, starting June 6 through August 29, listen to live music at Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Bring your neighbors, kids and pups for free music. Craft beer and snacks from Hawthorne's Pizza available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
6621 Monroe Road
, NC
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Sponsor: MoRA - Monroe Road Advocates
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Beat the heat at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church
1117 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Concert Band
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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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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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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"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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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father brings in three men from her...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Duke Family Performance Hall
207 Faculty Drive
Davidson, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Galleries
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Website »

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The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

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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...

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

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


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A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden 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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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Bring your lunch and a blanket to watch a movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Library
119 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Bring your lunch and a blanket to watch a movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Register to have a professional photo taken by the pond for $25 before listening to fairytales in Harwood Garden. See website for event schedule. Fairy wings and picnic dinners encouraged!

Cost: Free, $10 donation suggested

Where:
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9090 Craver Road
, NC
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Sponsor: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
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Four powerhouse artists open the Old Town Concert Series at the Old Town Amphitheater. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and Shemekia Copeland performs at 7 p.m. Marc Cohn plays at 8:15 p.m., and The...

Cost: $65+

Where:
Old Town Amphitheater
144 E. Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Enjoy an outdoor family movie night.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Wear a Star Wars costume, and join the pre-game parade on the field.

Cost: $8-$10, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Sims Park
1001 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Gastonia, NC
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In 2012, Lucca burned up The Voice stage, making it all the way to the finals. Hear him in Spirit Square!

Cost: Free

Where:
Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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What happens when classical music meets street dance? Discover for yourself when FLY Dance Company, dubbed the Gentlemen of Hip Hop, joins your Charlotte Symphony for an unparalleled live...

Cost: $19+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N Tryon St.
, NC
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The Gaston All American Fair and includes rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, entertainment and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 22. Free. See website for schedule of events.

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU (Matthews and Charlotte locations)
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Come sing, dance, learn instruments and listen to stories with Bach 2 Rock of Huntersville.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veteran's Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC
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Reserve your spot at Open Bounce, a play session for children of all ages.

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Enjoy a round of mini golf for $5 per person until 5pm.

Cost: $5, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Mr. Putty's Fun Park
2333 Dam Road
Tega Cay, SC
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Starting in May and running through October, come out to Camp North End in the Boileryard on Friday nights for food and music. Children and leashed pets welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Boileryard at Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Food Truck Friday at Fountain Park in Old Town Rock Hill will feature food trucks, local restaurants, local beers, wine, children's activities and live music.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Fountain Park, Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Come down to historic downtown Mount Holly for another awesome Summer Concert Series!

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
Mount Holly, NC


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Enjoy live music, food trucks and a beverage garden. May 10 and 24, and June 7 and 21.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Belmont
S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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View the website for band schedule. DJ spins at 6 p.m. Bands play at 7 p.m. May 17 and 31, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, and August 10.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rotary Pavilion
107 N. South St.
Gastonia, NC
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Register online for a night of gaming!

Cost: $35

Where:
Commandpost Gaming
8700 Pineville-Matthews Road
Pineville, NC
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Sponsor: Commandpost Gaming
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, except June 21, which is Movie on the Green.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to August 31. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Huntersville, NC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Bring your blankets or chairs, and enjoy a classic family-friendly film. May 17: "Black Panther" June 21: Kid's Choice (TBA - Voting on Instagram) July 19: "Little...

Cost: Free

Where:
Johnston YMCA
3025 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Grab a blanket or chair for the water ski show! Parking at Windjammer Park is free for the show.

Cost: Free

Where:
Windjammer Park
89999 Windjammer Drive
Tega Cay, SC
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Come to Stallings Municipal Park to watch a family movie at sunset. May 17: "Lilo and Stitch" (PG) June 21: Mary Poppins Returns" (PG) July 19: Avengers: Infinity War"...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stallings Municipal Park
340 Stallings Road
Matthews, NC
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Come watch movies in Village Park!     May 24: "Incredibles II"     June 7: "Sandlot"     June 21: "Jumanji"...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


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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Concerts start at 7pm; movies start at dusk. June 14: Rivermist June 21: "A Dog’s Way Home" June 30: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm July 5: New Kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

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


Website »

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

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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This musical finds the Roman slave Pseudolus scheming his way to freedom by playing matchmaker for his master's son, Hero, who is smitten with the blonde and beautiful Philia....

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father brings in three men from her...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Duke Family Performance Hall
207 Faculty Drive
Davidson, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Galleries
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The story of this great Apache leader comes to life and is a triumphant story of hope and healing that transcends time.

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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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

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...

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

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


Website »

More information

A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
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June 17-23 is National Pollinator Week. To celebrate, the South Branch Bluegrass Band will play at 10 a.m. on June 22. Stop by the market, and talk with  beekeepers and farmers about the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
1801 Yorkmont Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

Cost: $8-$15, children younger than 2 free, includes garden 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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See the largest gathering of fire trucks in the state of North Carolina. Meet firefighters, vote for your favorite fire truck and enjoy a day at the museum. 

Cost: $4-$12, children 2 and younger free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Charlotte Caribbean Carnival is a week-long celebration of Caribbean culture that will begin with a Children’s Caribbean Carnival, featuring a parade and talent show.

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


Sponsor: Step N Style Special Events and Catering
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Shop local vendors, and enjoy delicious cupcakes. Vote for your favorite!

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte North
9315 Statesville Road
, NC
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Create your own art at our Creation Stations throughout The Galleries.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union Street S.
Concord, NC
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Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and Coca-Cola Consolidated will be unveiling of the Sprite basketball courts at Clanton Park. Entertainment, food and delicious beverages will be provided....

Cost: Free

Where:
Clanton Park
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and Coca-Cola Consolidated
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Enjoy a free movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Bring a sleeping bag, and enjoy fishing, kayaking, archery, a scavenger hunt, a night hike, hot dogs and s'mores. Registration is required.

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
195 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Join Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood to kick off their Friends of Summer summer event series. The first Friends of Summer event is a Y2K Splash Party. Event is family-friendly and dog friendly.

Cost: Free

Where:
Legion Brewing
1906 Commonwealth Ave.
, NC
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Young amateur musicians in the Huntersville area get a chance to showcase their talents. Don't miss out on this inspiring, yet playful event!

Cost: Free

Where:
Veteran's Park
Main Street and Maxwell Street
Huntersville, NC
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Come for food trucks, vendors and live music from Keep it Local Band, Zack Hayes and Coconut Groove Band.

Cost: Free

Where:
Christ the King Church
13501 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Christ the King Church
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Watch a performance by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at the Bailey Road Park Bandshell. There will be a kids’ zone and parking shuttle service. Listen to patriotic songs and watch the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Come out to Waverly for a Saturday night concert. June 22: The Mo Money Band Aug. 17: The Breakfast Club

Cost: Free

Where:
Waverly
Providence Road and Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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The Kannapolis Intimidators take on the Greensboro Grasshoppers, followed by a post-game fireworks show with a "Rock of Ages" theme.

Cost: $7+

Where:
Intimidators Stadium
2888 Moose Road
Kannpolis, NC
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Telephone: 704-932-3267
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Environmental Educators from The Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation’s McDowell Nature Center will offer educational, interactive activities to share the truth about bats. Stay later...

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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The Gaston All American Fair and includes rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, entertainment and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 22. Free. See website for schedule of events.

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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This annual event features over 12,000 athletes of all ages and abilities competing in more than 20 different sports.

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 Highway 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Learn the fundamentals of SUP in a fun, safe environment. Coaches discuss waterway safety, laws and etiquette, and basic paddling technique. Participants need to be able to swim.

Cost: $45

Where:
Tega Cay Beach and Swim Club
4088 Beach Club Lane
Tega Cay, SC
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Sponsor: The Goat Boater, Lake Wylie Paddleboarding
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Come play with your kids at My Gym! Parent participation is required. Parents wear socks; children go barefoot.

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
My Gym Southpark
5110 Park Road
2D
, 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 (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Rock Hill rides gives new riders the chance to learn how to ride. Staff will be on site to teach the biking basics and safety. Borrow or bring your own bike and helmet. No registration is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rock Hill SC BMX Track Parking Lot
1307 Riverwalk Pkwy.
Rock Hill, SC
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Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve with certified instructors while enjoying nature. Children ages five to nine are required to be in a tandem with an adult. Registration is required.

Cost: $20 single, $25 tandem

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Join this family-friendly open art session where your little Picasso can shine! Each week will be different activities including easel painting, sensory stations and themed art projects.

Cost: $10

Where:
Noah's Art of Southpark
5110 Park Road
2C
, NC
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Sponsor: Noah's Art of Southpark
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Beginners and seasoned yogis are invited to practice. Please bring a mat and water bottle.

Cost: $5, additional $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Lane
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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Participants learn critical reading and writing skills, advocacy, volunteerism, art, videography, public speaking and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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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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Learn about birds of prey, and watch them showcase their natural behaviors. Witness the silent flight of owls, walk with a seriema, recycle with a raven or even stroll with a vulture! Price...

Cost: $28-$32

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sit, stand or lay atop of the water, and enjoy the sights of nature. All equipment is provided; registration is required.

Cost: $25

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, except June 21, which is Movie on the Green.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to August 31. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Huntersville, NC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Take a closer look at some of the more macabre events that took place at Rosedale over the years.

Cost: $20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Watch a free, outdoor movie in Uptown. May 25: "Back to the Future" June 22: "The Goonies" July 27: "Jurassic Park" Aug. 27: "Jumanji"

Cost: Free

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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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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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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"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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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Never Abandon Imagination showcases nearly 100 original works, featuring illustrations from "Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering," and Tony DiTerlizzi’s many fantasy and...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This musical finds the Roman slave Pseudolus scheming his way to freedom by playing matchmaker for his master's son, Hero, who is smitten with the blonde and beautiful Philia....

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father brings in three men from her...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Duke Family Performance Hall
207 Faculty Drive
Davidson, NC
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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...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Exhibit explores the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, including why strikers chose to organize with the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) and how the strike influenced mills across the country. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum of Art and History
131 West Main St.
Dallas, NC
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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The traveling exhibition, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy features towers built out of LEGO bricks. Admire the skyscrapers and learn about their cultural...

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The story of this great Apache leader comes to life and is a triumphant story of hope and healing that transcends time.

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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Visit the farms and artisans in Lancaster County for family fun. See website for farm events and details. Benford Brewing Company, 2271 Boxcar Road, Lancaster. Craig Farm, 1859 Craig Farm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Simple Faith Ranch
3248 New Hope Road
Lancaster, SC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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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...

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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A wave of creativity is hitting SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for a limited time with the LEGO Sea Explorers event. Even will feature interactive stations, LEGO freebies on weekends and an underwater...

Cost: $14-$22, children 2 and younger free, included in general admission

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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This exhibition presents an array of genres and features work by six represented artists, Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estévez, José Luis Landet, Santiago Quesnel and...

Cost: Free

Where:
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St.
, NC
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