Where's Santa? Charlotte Santa Sightings

Have a visit with Santa Claus at one of these locations this season.


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Santa starts making his rounds Nov. 3. Find out when he will be in your area.

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Santa Claus is coming to town, he's making his list and checking it twice. Found out where you can find him in your part of town.*

 

Nov. 3

Santa's Arrival at SouthPark

​Welcome Santa to SouthPark by enjoying crafts, activities and storytime with Santa.

Where: SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road in the West Plaza.

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa (for a price) continue through Dec. 24 (Hours typically are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun. 12:30-6 p.m.)

Cost: Free. Picture packages vary in price.


Nov. 4-5

Santa at the Charlotte Auto Show

Where: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

Santa will be stopping the bhe Charlotte Auto Show Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5 from noon-4 p.m. Sunday is also Family Day and includes face painting and other activities for kids.


Nov. 9-19

Southern Christmas Show

Get holiday inspiration on Christmas Tree Lane, visit the collectors’ villages featuring dollhouses, miniatures and model trains, plus enjoy holiday entertainment and share your wish list with Santa. Photos with Santa are $10 and proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. southernchristmasshow.com.

Where: 800 Briar Creek Road.

When: Sun.-Tues., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cost: Admission is $3-$12, children under age 5 admitted free. 


Nov. 10

Santa's Arrival at Concord Mills

Greet Santa and enjoy cookie decorating, a candy cane hunt and festive crafts.

Where: Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd.

When: Festive crafts and activities begin at 4:30 p.m.; Santa arrives at 6 p.m. Meet-and-greet and photo opportunities available until 8:30 p.m.

​Cost: Free.


The Monroe Crossing Express

Children age 10 and younger are invited to decorate cookies, create a lantern to find their way to the North Pole, design a train ticket that the conductor will punch for a train ride around the mall to visit a few special friends, including Santa. 

Where: Monroe Crossing, 2115 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe

When: Noon-2 p.m.

Cost: Free


Nov. 12

Santa's Arrival Parade and Tree Lighting at Birkdale

A parade, live music, vendors, and a chance to visit with Santa.

Where: Birkdale Village, Birkdale Commons Parkway and Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.

When: 3-8 p.m. with the parade beginning at dusk (around 5:15pm)

Cost: Free.


Nov. 12 and Dec. 10

Pet Photo Night With Santa at SouthPark

​Bring your pets and family to SouthPark for photos.

Where: SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road

When: Nov. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m.

Cost: Photo packages vary in price.


Nov. 17- Dec. 22

The Polar Express Train Ride

Take a train ride to the North Pole to meet Santa then have your picture taken with him on Candy Cane Lane.

Where: North Carolina Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer

When: Open on weekends with extended days Dec. 14-22. Dress rehearsal tickets available for discounted price on Nov. 17. 

Cost: $30+


Nov. 18

Breakfast With Santa

Eat a holly, jolly breakfast and visit with Santa in the food court. Enjoy music, games and crafts led by Mr. Nigel.

Where: Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.

When: 8:30-10 a.m.

Cost: Free.


South End Tree Lighting

This family-friendly event includes the lighting of the South End Christmas tree, hot chocolate, cider, holiday performances and a visit from Santa.

Where: Atherton Mill, 2140 South Blvd.

When: 5:30-7 p.m.; tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Cost: Free. 


Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting at Blakeney Shopping Center

Watch the brand new Christmas tree light up. Then Santa will be riding through the shopping center to say hi to all the children. Make your way to the workshop where you can get pictures with him.

Where: Blakeney Shopping Center, 9839 Rea Road

When: 5-9 p.m.

Cost: Free. Photos cost extra. 


Nov. 19

Santa Paws Pet Photos

Bring your family pet to Northlake Mall for photos with Santa. 

Where: Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Photos available for purchase, starting at $24.99.


Nov. 19-Dec. 31

Speedway Christmas

Drive the 3.5 mile course to see over 3 million lights. Then visit with Santa in the village for a special photo opportunity. The village also includes a petting zoo, a live nativity, marshmallow roasting and movies on the giant HDTV.

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy., South, Concord

When: Thurs.-Sun., 6-10 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and the Village is also closed Dec. 26, 27, and 31.

Cost: $25-$35 per car for Christmas light show and the Village visit. $20 on days when the village is closed.


Nov. 19

Caring Santa at Concord Mills and SouthPark

A private event designed so children and young adults with special needs and their families can visit with Santa and take photos in a low-key environment that supports the sensory, physical, and other developmental needs of children of all abilities. Registration is required.

Where: Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord at the Dining Pavilion; SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road at the Center Court

When: Concord Mills, 9-11 a.m. and SouthPark 10 a.m.-noon

Cost: Free.  


Nov. 22-Jan. 1

Christmas Wonderland of Lights

Drive through the park and view lights set to music. There will also be baby animals, pony rides, tiger feeding, s'mores, a petting zoo and pictures with Santa available. 

Where: Zootastic Park, 385 Ostwalt Amity Road, Troutman

When: Sun.-Thur., 6-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 6-10 p.m.

Cost: $7 per person


Nov. 23

Breakfast With Santa at Coco and the Director

Buy tickets to get breakfast with Santa on Thanksgiving Day. Tickets include a choice of breakfast sandwich, side of fruit or yogurt, non-alcoholic beverage, one photo with Santa, and a VIP Bleacher Ticket to the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Where: Coco and The Director, Marriott City Center, 100 W Trade St. 

When: 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Cost: $25. 


Nov. 24, Dec. 9, 16, and 23

Holiday Fun at the Farm

Sit on Santa's lap, ride his horse, play on the farm playground and pat and hold bunnies, pig, sheep, goats, chicken, duck, cows, and puppies. Have your camera ready to take Christmas pictures! Register online

Where: Whispering Hope Farm, 1405 Crowders Creek Road, Gastonia. 

When: Nov. 24, 2-4pm; Dec. 9, 16, 23, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Cost: $7 per person, $5 for kids horse rides - cash only. 


Nov. 24-26, Nov. 30-Dec. 14

Capture the Magic With Santa

Visit Santa at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and get a professional photographer to take pictures of your family. Reservations required. 

Where: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.

When: Nov. 24-26 or Thursdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Packages start at $45. (Admission to the garden is also required)


Nov. 25

Light Up Cornelius

Get into the spirit with live performances, carriage rides, a large train display, music, children's activities, and a visit with Santa.

Where: Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius

When: 4-7 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Opening Ceremony for Charlotte Christmas Village

The traditional Christkind appears alongside dancers from Charlotte Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” plus live music and a visit from Santa.

Where: Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23

Santa Saturday! Free Photos with Santa

Bring your own cameras to BLACKLION and take pictures with Santa and his friends. There will also be fun backdrops for selfies. Then feel free to shop through the store. 

Where: BLACKLION furniture, 10635 Park Road.

When: Sat., 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Nov. 29

Sensory Santa

This holiday-themed evening will feature a specially-trained Santa who understands how to interact with individuals who have ASD, giving families the opportunity to share special holiday moments without long lines, bright lights and loud noises. Activities will be modified so that people with ASD and their families can enjoy exclusive access to the Museum in a low-sensory environment.

Where: Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 

When: 6:30-8:30pm.

Cost: Admission for this special event will be half-price for adults and children. (From $10 to $5)


Nov. 29-Dec. 2

Santa's Bag

Children under age 12 can shop for family and friends (including Mom and Dad) with the help of volunteer elves. Variety of inexpensive, pre-wrapped gifts. Santa will be at the event but there's no photographer. Feel free to bring your own camera. 

Where: Children's Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St.

When: Wed-Fri., 9-11:30 a.m.; 4:30-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (or until merchandise sells out)

Cost: Free to see Santa. Gifts range in price from 50 cents to $5.


Nov. 30

Mint Hill Christmas Tree Lighting

Enjoy hot chocolate, hot cider and holiday treats along with the annual tree lighting and a visit from Santa Claus.

Where: Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill.

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free. 


Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

Santa's House at Christmas in Davidson

Part of the Christmas in Davidson celebration, children can share their wish lists and have a picture taken.

Where: Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House, 100 N. Main St., Davidson. 

When: Santa arrives Thurs., Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in horse drawn carriage with Santa's House running from 7-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free. 


Nov. 30-Dec. 3

ChristmasVille

This four-day festival includes Santa Workshops, parades, live holiday performances, arts and crafts and other events. Santa arrives Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and will have cookies and cocoa with friends from 7:30-9 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill. You can also visit Santa's workshop where children can meet Santa, watch gnomes at work, do Christmas crafts, make reindeer feed, get their faces painted and more. The Santa Workshop events take place Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Dec. 3 from noon-4:30 p.m. On Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jolly Old Saint Nicholas will read to children in at Story With Santa in the Garden at Glencairn Garden.

Where: Historic Old Town, Rock Hill, S.C.

When: See website for full schedule of events.

Cost: Free admission and all Santa activities are free as well. 


Charlotte Symphony Pops: Magic of Christmas

This musical holiday program includes music by the O'Connor Band, Charlotte Symphony Chorus, the Charlotte Children's Choir, plus a visit from Santa Claus. There is also a one-hour performance for families with young children on Dec. 2 at 11am.

Where: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 

When: Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 4 p.m.

Cost: $19+


Dec. 1-2

A Huntersville Christmas

Take pictures with Santa and enjoy holiday activities and performances.

Where: Downtown Huntersville

When: Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m. at the Town Center Tree Lighting Night; Dec. 2, 2-8 p.m. inside the fire station

Cost: Free admission. Fees for some activities, food and drink.


Dec. 2

Holiday Festival of Lights

Downtown will be transformed into a winter wonderland and decorated with 500,000 lights. Enjoy the live Christmas concert and see Santa.

Where: Downtown Waxhaw

When: 5-8 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Christmas in Downtown Monroe

Watch the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy train rides and visit the petting zoo and more.

Where: Downtown Monroe

When: 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free


Breakfast With Santa/Ace and TJ's Grin Kids

The annual event benefit gives disabled children and their families an opportunity of a lifetime to go on a trip to Disney World. One picture per family with Santa, and the admission price includes a continental breakfast. Purchase tickets in advance online.

Where: Rock Bottom Brewery, 401 N Tryon St, Suite 100.

When: Time slots available every 30 minutes from 8-11:30 a.m.

Cost: $15. Additional reprints or individual photos with Santa available for $5.


Breakfast with Santa at Monroe Crossing

Chik-Fil-A will provide free breakfast to children 10 and under. Spend one-on-one time with Santa. Reservation required.

Where: Monroe Crossing, 2115 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe

When: 8-10 a.m.

Cost: Free.


Afton Ridge North Pole Fun

Visit with Santa, play in the Snow Zone, make reindeer food and Sandy Candy, visit with Rudolph and The Merry Christmas Tree, and much more.

Where: Afton Ridge Shopping Center, 6230 Bayfield Pkwy., Concord

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

Visit with Santa and get complimentary pictures. Then enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies, and face painting. There will also be a balloon artist! 

Where: The Metropolitan1111 Metropolitan Ave

When: 1-3 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Dec. 3

Soothing Santa at Northlake Mall

Held in partnership with Autism Speaks, families with special needs children can register for a sensory-friendly visit with Santa in Tinsel Town at Northlake Mall. Register online.

Where: Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.

When: 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Cost: Free.


Caring Santa at SouthPark Mall

A private event designed so children and young adults with special needs and their families can visit with Santa and take photos in a low-key environment that supports the sensory, physical, and other developmental needs of children of all abilities. Registration is required.

Where: SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road at the Center Court

When: 9-11 a.m.

Cost: Free.


Dec. 5

Signing Santa at Northlake Mall

Deaf and hard-of-hearing children can visit with a signing Santa on this special day. Lunch will be provided and each child will receive one free photo and treat-filled goodie bag. Registration is required. For more details about attending, email Blaire McCorkle.

Where: Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.

When: 10 a.m.-noon.

Cost: Free.


Dec. 5, 12, and 19

Pet Night at Monroe Crossing

Bring your pet to Monroe Crossing to get a picture with the whole family, furry-friend included. There is also a Santa Paws Party on Dec. 19 from 6:30-7:30pm where families can bring their pets to a party at Reigning Cats and Dogs. 

Where: Monroe Crossing, 2115 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe

When: 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free to visit. Photo packages available for purchase. 


Dec. 6, 13 and 20

Winter Wednesdays at Waverly

Enjoy an evening of entertainment, including music, sweet treats, cookie decorating and a visit from Santa. Elsa from "Frozen" will be there Dec. 13 and 20, along with Santa.

Where: Waverly, corner of Providence and Ardrey Kell roads

When: Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Dec. 7, 14 and 21

Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show

See a magical 3D light show cast on a canvas on the six-story Hampton Inn and Suites, plus special stilt walkers dressed in holiday costume, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus complimentary hot chocolate from Dean and Deluca. Please bring an unwrapped gift to donate to Toys for Tots.

Where: Phillips Place, 6800 Phillips Place Court

When: Dec. 7, 14 and 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Two light shows each night at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free. Additional free parking is available at the Morrocroft Centre parking deck located at 4064 Colony Road, with free shuttles running every 15 minutes to and from Phillips Place from 5-9:30 p.m.


Dec. 7 and Dec. 14

A Pirate Holiday Party and a Visit from Santa at Mooresville Library

Children age 6 and younger can enjoy storytime with a reading of "A Pirate's Night Before Christmas" by Phillip Yates, sing a rendition of a "Pirates 12 Days of Christmas" and visit with Santa Claus.

Where: Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville

When: Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. and Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. (come dressed in holiday pajamas or a pirate costume).

Cost: Free


Dec. 9

Ballantyne Village Holiday Open House

Enjoy face painting and a balloon artist, train rides, arts and crafts and photo booth, plus visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Where: Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way

When: Noon-2 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit the Museum

Santa Claus will be at the Museum during the Toys, Games & TRAINS exhibit to visit with the little ones. Mrs. Claus will also do a special reading of the classic 1823 children’s story, “The Night Before Christmas.”

Where: Kings Mountain Historical Museum, 100 East Mountain St., Kings Mountain

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: Free


Light Up MillBridge

Lights, wreaths and greenery will decorate the community house and line the streets. Check out the Christmas tree, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, assemble crafts and enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores. Visitors will also be able to visit with Santa.

Where: Millbridge, 1401 MillBridge Pkwy, Waxhaw.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Breakfast with Homer the Dragon and Santa Claus

Enjoy a buffet breakfast, cookie decorating, and Christmas crafts. Then get photos taken with Santa Claus, Homer the Dragon, and all four Royalty Racers. Fans can also enter the ballpark and enjoy the festivities with a donation of a new coat at the gates.

Where: BB&T Park, 324 S. Mint St.

When: 10 a.m.-noon

Cost: $10 for children; $15 for adults


StoneCrest at Piper Glen Pancakes with Santa

Enjoy breakfast with Santa and help support Second Harvest Food Bank. Merchants will be on-hand to provide savory breakfast and lunch options, including $1 pancakes. Delicious pancake decorations will also be available for $1, along with other breakfast items. Fun activities are planned including crafts and visits with “The Merry Christmas Tree.” Be sure to bring your camera to capture that special photo with Santa.

Please bring nonperishable food items to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Where: StoneCrest at Piper Glen Fountain Plaza, 7832 Rea Road.

When: 10am-noon.

Cost: Please bring nonperishable food items to be donated. 


Dec. 9 and 16

Pictures With Santa and Carriage Rides

Get a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus and then enjoy a horse-drawn carriage rides around the Green.

Where: 10620 Providence Road.

When: 3-5 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Dec. 9-10

The Singing Christmas Tree for Kids

The Carolina Voices perform holiday classics inside a specially designed 32-foot tree. Features appearances by the Grey Seal Puppets and Santa. Recommended for children ages 3-10.

Where: Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.

When: Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. and Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $15-$22


Dec. 9 and 16

Breakfast with Santa

Have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take photos, watch a theater performance, and make a craft. Reservations required; tickets go on sale on Nov. 4 and must be purchased at the Matthews Community Center. Ages 2-8.

Where: Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews

When: Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Seatings at 9 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. on both days

Cost: $5 per person


Dec. 9, 16, and 23

Strolling Santa at Charlotte Premium Outlets

​Santa will be roaming the mall on these special days handing out treats and stopping for photos. 

Where: Charlotte Premium Outlets, 5404 New Fashion Way 

When: Noon-5 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Dec. 14

Let’s Party at Santa’s Workshop

Visit Santa's Workshop and listen to stories, watch a movie, eat snacks and make a craft to take home. No registration required.

Where: York Public Library, Meeting Room, 21 East Liberty St., York. 

When: 4:30-5:30pm

Cost: Free.  


Dec. 15

Polar Express Event

Come visit Santa, make crafts, sip on hot chocolate and watch "The Polar Express."

Where: Jackson Orthodontics,13527 Steelcroft Pkwy, Suite C

When: 6-8pm.

Cost: Free.


Dec. 16

Rivergate Donuts with Santa

Enjoy delicious Rise Biscuits Donuts with Santa. Donuts and other breakfast items are $1 donation each. All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Bring your camera to capture a special photo with Santa and his friends - Rudolph and The Merry Christmas Tree. There will also be a balloon artist and crafts

Where: RiverGate Shopping Center, 12807 S. Tryon Street.

When: 10 a.m.-noon.

Cost: Free to attend and donuts are $1 donation


Private Visit With Santa at Latta Plantation

Children can enjoy a private visit with Santa inside a 200-year-old log cabin. Bring your camera to take a photoSanta will also give a personalized gift to the child (that is brought by the parents). Registration required. 

Where: Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $5 per child, free for people older than 18.


Holly Jolly Breakfast With Santa at Dave and Buster's Concord Mills

Enjoy a hearty breakfast with a fun "hot chocolate bar" and other activities while you wait for Santa's arrival. Then feel free to stay afterwards and play some of the hundreds of games and simulators at Dave & Buster's. 

Where: Dave and Buster's Concord Mills, 8361 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord

When: 9-11 a.m.

Cost: $15-$19.99 plus tax


Arboretum Shopping Center Presents: Holiday Magic Jubilee

Celebrate the holiday season with face painting, trackless trains, horse carriage rides and Santa!

Where: Arboretum Shopping Center near Bed Bath and Beyond, 8008 Providence Road

When: 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free.


Breakfast with Santa at The Peach Stand

Bring your kids for a special breakfast with Santa. There will be a variety of kid's breakfast options. No reservations needed.

Where: The Peach Stand, 1325 Highway 160 W., Fort Mill

When: 8-11 a.m.

Cost: Free to attend. Normal pricing for food that you order from restaurant. 


Dec. 16 and 23

Breakfast with Santa at NASCAR Hall of Fame

Eat a pancake breakfast, enjoy festive crafts, watch a movie, ice skate and get a photo with Santa.

Where: NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

When: 8-11 a.m.

Cost: Pricing yet to be finalized. Check their website for updates. 


*Event details are subject to change, and many holiday events are subject to sell out. Always call or check event website before going.

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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
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
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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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
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
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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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The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first.See website for showtimes.

Cost: $21+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2900 East Independence Blvd
, NC
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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

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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Listen to the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony and enjoy the summer evenings. June 13: The Krueger Brothers, 7:30pm, Knight Theater June 17: Music of John Williams: Star Wars...

Cost: $5-$20; packages available for ticket bundles

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
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Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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It's time for the Shower Me With Love and Caroline Grace warehouse sale! We are back at Waverly Place in Cary, NC and will be across from Whole Foods. Wed., 6-9pm; Thurs., 10am-6pm; Fri....

Where:
Waverly Place
302 Colonades Way
Cary, NC
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Show your creativity by turning marshmallows and other sweets into candy art. All materials, tools, and supplies are provided.

Cost: $10

Where:
Indian Trail Town Hall
315 Matthews Indian Trail Rd.
Indian Trail, NC
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Telephone: 704-821-8114
Contact Name: Susan Didier
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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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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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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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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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Preschool-age children can explore nature with songs, games, crafts, and play in Lost Hollow.

Cost: $10 per parent/child; $6 for each additional participant

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1252
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Start off by exploring various nature topics in the classrooms by using the best tools - our hands, eyes, nose and ears. Then head into the forest, where we sneakily walk to uncover the wonders of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Bring your children to the Garden for a morning of sensory exploration, singing and fun. Explore colors, shapes, movement, texture and a host of other topics in a safe and nurturing environment.

Cost: $10 per parent/child; $6 for each additional participant

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1252
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

Cost: $215 for YMCA members; $290 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout is grassroots racing at its finest, providing up-and-coming young drivers with valuable experience in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte’s...

Cost: $8; free for children 13 and younger

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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This program is designed to engage young African American males in a variety of fun and educational activities to develop a positive sense of identity and improve character. Young men will learn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1114
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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 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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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

Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

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


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Celebrate Summer Break with free performances at ImaginOn all summer long! This week's performer is Susan VandeWeghe. Grab your poodle skirt and get ready to bop till you drop with these...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Join us for our summer break program, presented by the Carolina Raptor Center. Live birds of prey will help you discover their kinship with native wildlife and humans. Space is limited to the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Dr.
, NC
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Join us for our summer break program, presented by Parks and Recreation. Parks and Recreation will present Reptiles and Amphibians.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
View map »


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

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

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4600
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

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Ayrsley Grand Cinemas is showing some of last year's blockbusters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $3.70 plus tax. Tickets include a Kiddie Combo as well. If...

Cost: $3.70

Where:
Arsley Grand Cinemas
9110 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
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Regal Entertainment Cinemas, which includes Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, Regal Starlight Stadium 14 - Charlotte, Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22, Regal...

Cost: $1

Where:
Regal Entertainment Cinemas
, NC


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The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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Come enjoy some music with your meal at Romare Bearden Park's Music Box Lunch, which occurs every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-348-5770
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

Cost: $215 for YMCA members; $290 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
View map »


Telephone: 704-716-4609
Website »

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The Rosa Parks Farmers Market kicks off its third season on Tuesday, June 5. Shoppers can enjoy more food options, a bigger location, and better hours! Visit the market every Tuesday from June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosa Parks Farmers Market
1600 West Trade St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Mecklenburg County Public Health
Telephone: 704-617-9319
Contact Name: Elliott Royal
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The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout is grassroots racing at its finest, providing up-and-coming young drivers with valuable experience in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte’s...

Cost: $8; free for children 13 and younger

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, 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 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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

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

Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

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


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

More information

Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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The Gem Theatre's summer movie program allows children to see a $1 movie on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. These showtimes feature some of last year's blockbusters, but...

Cost: $1

Where:
Gem Theater
111 West 1st St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Enjoy a themed story followed by cupcake decorating... and eating!

Cost: $6

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Join us for our summer break program, presented by Discovery Place. Conduct hair-raising experiments with the Van de Gaff generator. Learn how electrically charged objects push and pull without...

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Watch as your body comes alive with these weird, wacky and unusual scientific expeditions! Wacky weird science experiments will be performed by the children!

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Rd.
, NC
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Prepare to be amazed, dazzled, and bewildered by Story Circus- an exciting storytelling show where stories meet circus! See Balloon Haiku (balloon animals coming to life with haiku), Storygami...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library (Rock Hill)
138 E Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Certified technicians will check and help families install carseats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
View map »


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

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

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4600
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

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Meet at The Museum of York County on Wednesday mornings as we encourage exploration and investigation of natural history topics with new exhibits, guest speakers and staff led activities. The...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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"Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek..." and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. This hour-long...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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In this four-part summer series of interactive classes, kids will learn about the critters that are important to our gardens. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. June 6: Birds June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pike Nurseries
12630 N Community House Rd.
Charlotte, NC  28277
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
View map »


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

Regal Entertainment Cinemas, which includes Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, Regal Starlight Stadium 14 - Charlotte, Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22, Regal...

Cost: $1

Where:
Regal Entertainment Cinemas
, NC


Website »

More information

The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

Cost: $215 for YMCA members; $290 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
View map »


Telephone: 704-716-4609
Website »

More information

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
Website »

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Bring your lawn chairs, drinks and snacks, and be prepared to dance at this weekly event that features the music of local bands. Occurs Wednesdays with the exception of July Fourth. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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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 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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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 »

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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
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 »

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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
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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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
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
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Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Cinemark Movies 10 in Matthews offers $1 movies on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Movies 10
9508 Northeast Ct.
Matthews, NC
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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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Learn about many different scientific concepts while you explore the slime lab, color lab, magnet lab, balance lab, and more as Fiddlestix brings science to life through age appropriate,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Dr.
, NC
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Come out to Mount Holly for tasty food and festive fireworks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
Mount Holly, NC


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This class is designed to introduce those who have never kayaked to the sport of kayaking. We will meet at the Rush Pavilion and start by covering appropriate gear for kayaking and how to fit it,...

Cost: $25

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Bioluminescence is not only for fireflies; it can be found in many species in nature, including some that live at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve! Learn about nature's ability to flow, create...

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Concerts start at 7pm; movies start at dusk. June 1: Coconut Groove June 22: "Wonder" June 28: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm July 13: Red Dirt Revival July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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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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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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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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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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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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"Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek..." and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. This hour-long...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Ayrsley Grand Cinemas is showing some of last year's blockbusters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $3.70 plus tax. Tickets include a Kiddie Combo as well. If...

Cost: $3.70

Where:
Arsley Grand Cinemas
9110 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
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The Summer Movie Magic program is a collection of family and kid films (typically rated PG). Shows run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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Enjoy transportation themed stories, plus a hands-on activity complimenting the book.

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

Cost: $215 for YMCA members; $290 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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Enjoy live music on Thursdays in June, July and August. Concerts will take place in the Comporium Amphitheater, a popular Greenway venue that features lawn-style seating beneath a shady tree...

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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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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Come out for live music, food trucks, and fun. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. Food is available for purchase from Old Buddy’s Oinker, Taco Green Go, Carolina Smash...

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-766-2253
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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

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

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
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

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


Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

More information

Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Website »

More information

Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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SAS Cupcakes is hosting a free cupcake frosting event sponsored by the upcoming movie, "Ant-Man and the Wasp." Stop by SAS Cupcakes anytime between 4-7 p.m. to frost your own mini...

Cost: Free

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Join All Around The Board: Game Cafe for Disney Themed Family Game Night! Enjoy family time while playing one of our many Disney-themed games. Wear Disney clothes or a costume to get $1 off your...

Cost: $6

Where:
All Around The Board: Game Cafe
18047-E West Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC  28031
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Telephone: 980-231-5515
Contact Name: Nicole Cheslak
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Enjoy free outdoor music. June 2: Loverboy June 16: Clay Walker June 29: Charlotte Symphony July 14: Starship July 28: Too Much Sylvia August 11: Commodores

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
119 N. Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Enjoy free outdoor music. June 2: Loverboy June 16: Clay Walker June 29: Charlotte Symphony July 14: Starship July 28: Too Much Sylvia August 11: Commodores

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
119 N. Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Mooresville Parks and Recreation presents Movies on Main! All movies will be shown on the Town Hall lawn in Downtown Mooresville. Movies start at dark, and concessions are available for purchase...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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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

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

Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4600
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

Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

"Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek..." and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. This hour-long...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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Visit Main Library in Rock Hill this summer for a different musical every week. Bring a snack, a friend, and your dancing shoes! Light refreshments will be provided.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library (Rock Hill)
138 E Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
View map »


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

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Join the N.C. Transportation Museum for hands-on activities every Friday! Climb aboard a steam engine. Build a flying machine, and launch it in a wind tunnel. Construct a refrigerator car to...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Come enjoy some music with your meal at Romare Bearden Park's Music Box Lunch, which occurs every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-348-5770
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

Cost: $215 for YMCA members; $290 for non-members

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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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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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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Set in 1926, this fast-paced musical dinner show offers Southern food with classic Southern songs. Watch the gospel truths unfold through the eyes and imagination of Tennessee! Show times every...

Cost: Tickets starting at $7

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Contact Name: Angelina
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, 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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Each Friday and Saturday, starting May 25 through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Green at Blakeney
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road
, NC
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Do not miss these outdoor performances every Friday night this summer at Spirit Square. Events will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather.  Concessions and beverages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Square at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to Aug. 25. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Ste. 206
Huntersville, NC
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CPCC Summer Theatre brings the world's longest running murder mystery, "The Mousetrap" to the Pease stage for Summer '18. With twists and turns as only Agatha Christie could...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Pease Auditorium
1225 E. 4th St.
, NC
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Unwind with Bluegrass and Americana music, food trucks, beverages, and more. Occurs every other Friday all summer. See website for times. 

Cost: Free admission

Where:
First Ward Park
301 E. 7th St.
, NC
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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

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

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
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

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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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...

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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View the website for band schedule. DJ performances start at 6pm. Bands go from 7-10pm (and tribute bands end thirty minutes early). Select Fridays. May 18, June 1, June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rotary Pavilion
100 South St.
Gastonia, NC
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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
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Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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See military vehicles, living history reenactors, and weapons of war, as the museum that moves you honors the United States' fighting forces. Enjoy the daytime event at the museum's regular...

Cost: Daytime event included with museum admission, Evening tickets start at $20

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Join this free 3.5-mile moderate hike with a historian from the Gaston County Museum and a Carolina Thread Trail leader. Explore the emergence of the textile mills and civil war history. Bring a...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Fork Trail
McAdenville, NC


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Enjoy a Little Mermaid themed story followed by cupcake decorating.

Cost: $9

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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This family friendly event will have a DJ, crafts, games, face paint, vendors, prizes, and contests. Stick around for dance team performances as well.

Cost: Free

Where:
The River Place
8400 Regent Parkway
Fort Mill, SC
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Girl Aspyre presents Middle School Resource Expo: Talent Showcase! The expo will bring awareness to all the resources, programs, initiatives, and organizations that are available to middle school...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Lake Academy
7905 Pleasant Grove Road
, NC
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Fiber Artist, Laura Bain of Phun Knits will introduce students to the basic concepts of turning fiber into yarn during this workshop. Participants will receive a drop spindle and wool fiber....

Cost: $20

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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Country music star, Mark Chestnutt will perform before a huge fireworks display. This year will the best yet! Mark Chesnutt has 14 #1 hits, 23 top 10 singles, 4 platinum albums and 5 gold...

Cost: Free

Where:
East Lincoln High School
6471 NC-73
Denver, NC
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The market runs from June through September. Multiple vendors offer fresh produce, as well as a selection of homemade goods like salsa, butter, honey, bread, eggs, cheese, soaps, cookies, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Liberty Park
225 E. Iredell Ave.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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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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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Scholars are welcome to explore LEGO WeDo robotics at their own pace and level at either of our community #STEAMSaturdyas sites (Hygge Coworking West or Northpointe Offices in Huntersville). Build...

Cost: $25

Where:
Hygge Coworking West
2128 Remount Rd.
, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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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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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Youth, Free to members & ages 3 & younger

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Meet at The Museum of York County on Wednesday mornings as we encourage exploration and investigation of natural history topics with new exhibits, guest speakers and staff led activities. The...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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"Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek..." and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. This hour-long...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Enjoy the exciting and educational Flights of the Forest show. Viewers can feel the wind from a raptor's wing it they flies overhead. Participants must be 7 or older; children 16 and...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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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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Enjoy a variety of "nose to beak" encounters with some of the most interesting raptor species. Purchase tickets online up until 24 hours before the encounter, and in the Visitor Center up...

Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, 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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Each Friday and Saturday, starting May 25 through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Green at Blakeney
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road
, NC
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Join Birkdale Village for live music every Friday and Saturday night from June 1 to Aug. 25. Bring a chair or a blanket.

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Ste. 206
Huntersville, NC
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CPCC Summer Theatre brings the world's longest running murder mystery, "The Mousetrap" to the Pease stage for Summer '18. With twists and turns as only Agatha Christie could...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Pease Auditorium
1225 E. 4th St.
, NC
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Enjoy movies under the stars and on the big screen on the last Saturday of the month (except July).  May 26: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" June 30: "Karate Kid" August 25:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwood Park Amphitheater
2100 Wilhelmina Ave
, 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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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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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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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

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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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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

Cost: Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
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Discovery Place Science presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree. The...

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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