Ways to Stay Focused When Spring Fever Hits

Introduce goal setting and set your child up for a successful end to the school year.


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Set goals to offset distractions which typically increase later in the school year.

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Spring is an exciting time for students. There is that long-awaited week of freedom, otherwise known as spring break. The weather is getting warmer and summer is on the horizon. This surge in positivity (and pollen) can cause the brain to take a mental hiatus and result in a case of spring fever.  Symptoms may include:

  • Inconsistent grades
  • Forgetting to hand in homework
  • Daydreaming in class
  • Studying less
  • Increased use of phone and screen time

Although the end of the school year is near, students will still have to face essential hurdles before crossing that finish line.  Hurdles such as final exams, projects, or presentations, all of which will require that last boost of stamina in order to finish strong.

So how do we encourage our children to savor spring while reminding them to maintain healthy habits that will best equip them for this final push? We set goals!

Goal setting gives us permission to let go of the unrealistic expectation to fix every single issue and instead focus on one specific area that we are ready and willing to face. This process-based approach allows us to start small by creating achievable actions that make change feel less overwhelming. As we check off our accomplishments at the end of each day we experience a boost of achievement that motivates us to sustain and then build upon our goals.

Goal setting is valuable at any age, so I recommend introducing this as an activity in which the whole family partakes. Each member can create their own individual goal, and as an added bonus, you can even create one family goal that everyone works towards.

Now you might be asking, how do I motivate my child to set goals? Here is some advice I offer parents:

Schedule a time and place to hold this conversation. Providing advance notices gives everyone the time to mentally prepare instead of feeling caught off guard.

Prevent moody behaviors. Choose a time after everyone has already eaten and decompressed from the stress of the day.

Use inclusive language. Frame the conversation that “we” are all going to create goals because it is normal for “us” to lose focus during this time of the year. This creates a shared responsibility with the family and minimizes feelings of being singled out. When you show your child that you too have areas in which you want to improve, you normalize mistakes and can model ways to improve and learn from them.

Ask questions. Many children feel like they are being told what to do at school and at home. Answering open-ended questions develop their decision-making and critical thinking skills both of which increase their ability to be independent learners. Some examples of open-ended questions that will help generate quality goals:

  • What have you done in the past to produce results you are really proud of in school?
  • Which of those great habits has dropped from your routine that you think might make a positive difference in one of your classes?
  • Which subject could benefit from an extra boost of attention? What’s one thing you want to do each night to provide that boost?
  • What grade would you like earn on your next test in each subject? What’s one thing you want to do in each subject to help achieve that goal?
  • What’s one thing I can do to support you?

Even out the playing field. Once you have asked your child questions, have them return the favor so you can generate your own goals. You can also provide your child with a list of questions to ask:

  • What have you done in the past to produce results that you are really proud of at home or at work?
  • Which of those great habits has dropped from your routine that you think might make a positive difference at home or at work?
  • Which activity could benefit from an extra boost of attention?
  • What’s one thing you want to do each day/night to provide that boost?
  • What’s one thing I can do to support you?

Embrace silence. It can take longer to process information and generate answers when holding new types of conversations that involve self-reflection and vulnerability. Before you provide your child with additional guidance, take three extra-slow breaths. Sitting in silence can be incredibly difficult so come prepared with an activity that facilitates relaxation and patience. Some parents have chosen to knit, doodle or play with silly putty.

Write down your goals. Create a visual display of the conversation so that you are reminded of your goals each day. Create a list, or if you are artistic, make a fun and colorful poster to hang on the fridge.

Hold each other accountable. Families typically prefer a nightly or weekly check-in. Use this time discuss how the goals went, what worked, what did not work, and based on that discussion reset the goals. For example, if your child created a goal to spend 10 minutes each day re-reading their Spanish notes and that led to a great test score, they can choose to keep the same goal.  They can also choose to create a new one based on the new struggles that are occurring for them that week.

Meet your child where they are. If your child wants to create a goal that is different than what you think they should work on, their idea takes precedence. When goal-setting, it is imperative to be the source of your own idea. This creates genuine ownership and investment.

Celebrate your wins. Reward yourself and acknowledge the steps you have taken each day. Simply sharing your accomplishment with a loved one or checking the completed tasks off of a list can do the trick. Some families provide small, medium, or large rewards to increase incentive on a nightly or weekly basis. Some families provide a large reward at the end of the school year. This is a personal preference.

Enjoy your springtime!

If you want to learn additional strategies that will benefit both you and your kids, check out these Summer Brain Boot Camps.

 

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April 2018

Join in a 40-minute demo swim class that introduces basic aquatic skills and water safety tips for children ages 6 months to 2 1/2 years old. Space is limited. Call to reserve spot.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Charlotte Aquatics
7835 Little Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-341-9673
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Cost: Free

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Camp Thunderbird
1 Thunderbird Ln
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Telephone: 704-716-6113
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Cost: Children, free; adults, $6

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Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon Street
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Cost: Free

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Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - Main
310 N. Tryon St
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Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
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Telephone: 980-314-1119
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Mooresville Public Library
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The Schiele Museum
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Historic Rural Hill
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
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528 East Blvd.
, NC  28203
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Abari Game Bar
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Cost: Free

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Veterans Park
119 N. Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Cost: Admission depends on day

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Merino's Design Center
500 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Discovery Place Science
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Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC  28036
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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Cost: $7-$9

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The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
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Cost: $7-$9

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The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
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Cost: $7-$9

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The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
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The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
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ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Cost: $9-$10

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Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. East
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Cost: Free admission, $5 parking fee. Registration fees apply for competitions

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U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
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Cost: $10

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Ballantyne Arts Center
11318 North Community House Road
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Come learn about Earth Day and how we can help our earth. Make a fun craft using recycled materials.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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Enjoy Art on the Green and see a performance by The Davidson College Symphony. Bring a picnic or chairs. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Village Green
Intersection of Main Street and Concord Road
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The Library celebrates Día as part of its commitment to connecting children and their families to multicultural books, bilingual services and educational resources. This...

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
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A Musical Showcase is an event that showcases the talents of music students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School is an an opportunity to focus on the talents, dedication, and commitment of young...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-527-6680
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Pick up and drop off your application and completed works at the Reference desk to enter MPL's poetry anthology book cover contest. 

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-663-1062
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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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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Unearth the untold narratives of nature through stories and then walk about the forest exploring and engaging all of our senses. Parent participation required. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1119
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At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Tinkergarten Leader, Kate Flowe, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children...

Cost: $160 for this 8 week class

Where:
Veterans Memorial Park
2136 Central Ave
Charlote, NC  28205
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

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

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain Street
Kings Mountain, NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Take a closer look at the history, cultures, places, and things encountered by Jack and Annie on their Magic Tree House Adventures. Reading the books is not a requirement for attendance.

Cost: Free

Where:
Belmont Library
125 N. Central Ave.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-5426
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This annual dining event builds autism awareness and education while raising money to support children and adults with autism and their families in the community. For more information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Various restaurants across Mecklenburg County.
, NC


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

Cost: Free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC
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Telephone: 704-721-4653
Website »

More information

Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-663-1062
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

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

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


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Get your child to practice reading skills by reading a book to Baron, the lovable long haired German Shepherd, a certified therapy dog.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 South Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

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

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


Website »

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 866-229-1573
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

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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
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-721-4653
Website »

More information

Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Pick up and drop off your application and completed works at the Reference desk to enter MPL's poetry anthology book cover contest. 

Cost: Free

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

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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$10

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

More information

Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

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

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

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

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Bring your pen, paper, and love of poetry and explore and write a different form of poetry each Wednesday in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. No experience necessary.

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugaw Creek Recreation Center
943 W. Sugar Creek Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-336-7655
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Follow Percy Jackson on the most dangerous quest of his life, with activities, games, and an Olympian craft. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Mill Public Library
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, NC
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Telephone: 803-547-4114
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Matthews Charter Academy is hosting an international fair with performances, food trucks, displays and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Charter Academy
Mt. Harmony Church Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 980-339-5449
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North Carolinians served in all the major battles of the Western Front in 1918. Come learn about North Carolina's role during World War I.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC
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Telephone: 704-721-4653
Website »

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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-663-1062
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$10

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


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

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

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

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Explore stories and songs through a puppet show created and presented by the Spangler Library storytellers. 

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4630
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

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

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

More information

The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

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The Children's and Family Ministry of Philadelphia Church in Fort Mill is hosting a showing of the animated film "Ferdinand." Everyone is invited. Free popcorn and drinks will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Philadelphia Church
1691 Hwy 160 West
Fort Mill, SC  29708
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Telephone: 803-548-0102
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Watch the students of Matthews Playhouse's School of Theatre perform this classic that follows the young boy Mowgli through the jungle. Fri., 7:30pm and Sat., 2pm. 

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. East
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Take part in this special camping trip. You will be braving the third shift and sleeping inside Carowinds with your favorite rides. Your donation benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and...

Cost: $250 per campsite

Where:
Carowinds Amusement Park
300 Detective Mike Doty Memorial Hwy
, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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North Carolinians served in all the major battles of the Western Front in 1918. Come learn about North Carolina's role during World War I.

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-721-4653
Website »

More information

Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-663-1062
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$10

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


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor so parents are in charge of their children. No need to...

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

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


Telephone: 980-299-8445
Website »

More information

Get free entry to the Schiele Museum every second Tuesday of the month from 4-8pm and every fourth Friday of the month from 1-5pm. 

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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Favorite area food and dessert trucks will provide varied menus including seafood, Tex-Mex, burgers, sandwiches, specialty dishes and more. Enjoy local/region...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Drop off your children for a night of fun while you hit the town. Activities include laser tag, jump-n-play, rock climbing, mini bowling, ropes courses, bumper cars, and arcade games. Children...

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy a movie in the park. Food available for purchase. Movie begins at dusk. April 27 at Crooked Creek Park, 5900 Oakwood Ln, Indian Trail....

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Website »

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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $12

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC  28036
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $12-$28

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

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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

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Be sure to join the fastest accelerating machines on the planet as they tackle the Bellagio of dragstrips during the ninth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Every ticket is a pit pass, so come early...

Cost: $20-$55; kids under 13 are free with adult purchase

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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The original home of the four-wide, 40,000-horsepower drag racing spectacle hosts the ninth annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. The top NHRA racers in the world return to zMAX Dragway to put on a...

Cost: $20-$40, kids 13 and under are free

Where:
zMAX Dragway
6570 Bruton Smith Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 800-455-3267
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Girls will learn how to create several cute new ’dos, plus take home bright highlights for their dolls and learn how to put them in. Afterward, each girl and her spruced-up companion can...

Cost: $25, does not include gratuity

Where:
American Girl
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 877-247-5223
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Set in 1926, this fast-paced musical dinner show takes you to East Tennessee where the fun never ends. Sing along with fabulous old Southern classics and watch the gospel truths unfold through the...

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
Narroway Theatre
3327 SC-51
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Shop for bargains in MillBridge neighborhood in Waxhaw.

Where:
MillBridge Neighborhood
1401 MillBridge Pkwy.
Waxhaw, NC  28173
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This family-friendly road race and walk event benefits the clinical trials and research at Levine Children's Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute. In addition to food and drink,...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Christ Lutheran Church
4519 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC  28226
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Telephone: 704-516-5113
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In this middle school girls-only program, girls will develop new skills, explore the natural world and create lasting friendships while conquering recreational environmental challenges. Spend the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Various locations
, NC


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Today, all around the world people are taking part in a celestial celebration! Join Discovery Place Nature for special presentations of the Full Dome shows such as One World, One...

Cost: Included in price of admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Your Mini Chef will cook one recipe and learn basic kitchen skills such as measuring ingredients. Sign-up online or in person at the Sales and Services desk.

Cost: $15 for members/$20 for program participants

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-4650
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Over 15,000 spectators attend this horse race. There are also Jack Russell terrier races, hat contests, stick ponies for the kids and much more.

Cost: $50+

Where:
Queens Cup Steeplechase
6103 Waxhaw Highway
Mineral Springs, NC  28108
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Visit with environmentally conscious vendors, take a tree home with you and learn how to take care of our planet.

Cost: Free

Where:
Chestnut Square Park
320 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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Enjoy more than 25 educational exhibits, attend planetarium programs, participate in a scavenger hunt, win prizes, play games and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, NC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Attend this free one hour college planning workshops to learn more about admissions, financial aid, and create a year-by-year timeline. Every workshop includes a Q&A and the entire family is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC   28211
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Sponsor: Access College America
Telephone: 980-474-1281
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Teens can sign up for community service hours and help beautify and clean our highways. Call to register. Please leave your name, school, and phone number. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-664-5218
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Explore first responder vehicles, construction trucks, 18-wheelers and other trucks of all shapes and sizes. From mini-excavators to fire trucks, over 40 trucks and vehicles, including an...

Cost: Free.

Where:
CPCC Merancas Campus
11920 Verhoeff Drive
Huntersville, NC
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Kids can listen to a story, frost cupcakes and meet with princesses and pirates.

Cost: $9

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Telephone: 704-295-1777
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Celebrate the vibrant cultural diversity of east Charlotte with international flavor and intergenerational activities. Enjoy food from around the world and a rich blend of musical...

Cost: Free

Where:
Aldersgate
3800 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC  28210
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Telephone: 704-532-5410
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Enjoy this highly energetic performance of dance, stories and songs from Gambia, Guinea, and Nigeria as part of the library's month-long celebration of Día. Learn how West African dances...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4630
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As part of the NC Science Festival, you can engage in hands-on experiments and STEM activities at the Raptor Center. Get nose-to-beak with the center's birds.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-6521
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The Library celebrates Día as part of its commitment to connecting children and their families to multicultural books, bilingual services and educational resources. This year's...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn
300 E. 7th St
, NC
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Attend this free one hour college planning workshops to learn more about admissions, financial aid, and create a year-by-year timeline. Every workshop includes a Q&A and the entire family...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sylvan Learning Center, Ballantyne
14045 Ballantyne Corporate Pl.
Ste 101
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Sponsor: Access College America
Telephone: 980-474-1281
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Special pre-show activities like dance classes and a costume creation station start at 1pm. At 2pm, watch a one-hour performance featuring excerpts from "Spring Works," including...

Cost: $15 for children; adults, $15+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Play dodge ball with the whole family. After dodge ball enjoy a fully stocked ice cream sundae bar to cool down with as you make new memories with friends and family.   

Cost: $2 per person; maximum of $10

Where:
Forest Park Elementary School Gym
1333 Forest Park Dr.
Kannapolis, NC
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Can you use science to make the most delicious ice cream on Earth? Explore the chemical properties that make ice cream so good and mix up a couple batches to compare the results. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave
, NC
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Watch the students of Matthews Playhouse's School of Theatre perform this classic that follows the young boy Mowgli through the jungle. Fri., 7:30pm and Sat., 2pm. 

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. East
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Take part in this special camping trip. You will be braving the third shift and sleeping inside Carowinds with your favorite rides. Your donation benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and...

Cost: $250 per campsite

Where:
Carowinds Amusement Park
300 Detective Mike Doty Memorial Hwy
, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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North Carolinians served in all the major battles of the Western Front in 1918. Come learn about North Carolina's role during World War I.

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-663-1062
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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These cooking classes center around a monthly theme and occur on the first and last Saturday of the month. Your Junior chef will cook two recipes each day and learn basic kitchen skills...

Cost: $15 for members/$20 for program participants

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-4650
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Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday. Visit the website to see this week's featured craft of the week. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
10005 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-849-2450
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Geared towards children ages 3 and younger, this class will focus on movement and energy release. Parent participation required.  

Cost: $6 per class

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1294
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $20 per child

Where:
Bounce U, Charlotte and Matthews locations
, NC


Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Featuring multiyear coverage from National Geographic photographers Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen, this exhibition attests to the wildness and beauty...

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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

Cost: $10-$15

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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

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

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

Cost: $12

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $12-$28

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Be sure to join the fastest accelerating machines on the planet as they tackle the Bellagio of dragstrips during the ninth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Every ticket is a pit pass, so come early...

Cost: $20-$55; kids under 13 are free with adult purchase

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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The original home of the four-wide, 40,000-horsepower drag racing spectacle hosts the ninth annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. The top NHRA racers in the world return to zMAX Dragway to put on a...

Cost: $20-$40, kids 13 and under are free

Where:
zMAX Dragway
6570 Bruton Smith Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 800-455-3267
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Brownie Girl Scouts can work towards various badges during these workshops. Register online. See website for times, themes, and ages. 

Cost: $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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The everlasting classic account of two boys and a girl who follow Peter Pan and the invisible fairy Tinker Bell into Neverland, where children never grow old and where Captain Hook and his pirates...

Cost: Adults, $10; students and seniors, $9

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

Cost: $7-$35

Where:
Narroway Theatre
3327 SC-51
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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