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. 2. 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. Find out where you can snap a photo or even have breakfast with the jolly one.*

 

Nov. 2

Santa Arrives at Southpark Mall

Children can whisper their wishes to Santa at the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Southpark, and parents can get a photo memory to keep (for a fee of course). The sensory-friendly Caring Santa event in association with Autism Speaks. Caring Santa occurs Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9:30-11 a.m. and Dec. 9 from 8:30-10 a.m. prior to mall opening. Guests can register in advance at simon.com/caringsanta

  • Where: SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road in the West Plaza.
  • When: 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.) Purchase a Santa fast-pass online to skip the wait.
  • Cost: Free. Picture packages vary in price.

Nov. 8-18

Southern Christmas Show

The largest holiday show in North America, with more than 450 vendors showcasing the latest gifts, treats, holiday décor, gourmet goodies and of course Santa! This year's show theme is "A Fashionable Christmas" and features a Manhattan vibe, with whimsical Christmas windows filled with holiday trimmings turned into stylish décor plus a Southern-chic, Rockefeller Center-inspired tree. Kids can enjoy the model train exhibits and a visit to The Enchanted Village to see a land of dollhouses.

  • Where: Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road
  • When: Sun.-Tues., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Tickets are $4 for children age 6-12 and $15 for adults. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. On-site parking is $8.

Nov. 9

Santa's Arrival at Concord Mills

Enjoy festive activities and special guest appearances. Santa Claus arrives in style around 6 p.m. followed by a parade down to Santa’s workshop in the Dining Pavilion.

  • Where: Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
  • When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. Meet-and-greet and photo opportunities available until 8:30 p.m.
  • ​Cost: Free. Photo packages vary in price.

Nov. 10

Breakfast with Santa at SouthPark Mall

Enjoy light breakfast bites with music and a craft, and a story with Santa.

  • Where: SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.
  • When: 8:30-10 a.m.
  • Cost: Free.

 

Cookies with Santa and Holiday Artisan Fair

Take a digital photo with Santa, and shop local craft vendors while the kids bounce in an inflatable and make crafts. 

  • Where: Baxter Village YMCA, 857 Promenade Walk, Fort Mill.
  • When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 at the door

Nov. 16

Piedmont Town Center Tree Lighting

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus enjoy trackless train rides, arts and crafts, face painting and a balloon artist.

  • Where: Piedmont Town Center, 4725 Piedmont Row Drive.
  • When: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Nov. 17

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

 

Santa Paws

Bring children or fur babies to see Santa. All proceeds go to North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue. Refreshments and adoptable dogs on site. 

  • Where: Moxie Mercantile, 2008 Commonwealth Ave.
  • When: 11am-2pm
  • Cost: $10 per person, includes photo

 

Holiday Magic at Rea Farms

Come out for a free photo with Mr and Mrs. Claus! Meet Sir Purr and visit with characters from Frozen and shop for gifts from Rea Farms Shops at  Stocking Stuffer Lane, plus enjoy carriage rides, train rides, face painting, carolers and the 7 p.m. tree lighting.

Where: Rea Farms, 9855 Sandy Rock Place

When: 4-8pm.

Cost: Free.


Nov. 18 and 25

Pet Photo Night With Santa at SouthPark

​Bring your pets and family to SouthPark for photos.

  • Where: SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road
  • When: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Photo packages vary in price.

Nov. 16- 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.
  • Cost: $32+ to ride the train. Photo packages start at $20.

Nov. 17-18

Santa at the Charlotte Auto Show

Santa is stopping by the Charlotte Auto Show Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to also enjoy the family activities, including an area specially designed for families that features a luxury video game truck and an interactive display of Charlotte’s emergency response vehicles. Children age 12 and younger admitted free.

  • Where: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.
  • When: Noon-4 p.m.

Nov. 17

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

 

Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting at Blakeney Shopping Center

Watch the brand new Christmas tree light up. Then Santa rides 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: 5:30-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free. Photos cost extra. 

Nov. 18-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. and every day the week of Christmas.
  • Cost: $25-$35 per car for Christmas light show and the Village visit. $20 on days when the village is closed.

Nov. 23-Jan. 6

Holidays at the Garden

Experience new features, including a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Seasons Garden, illuminated prairie garden, extended lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens and an expanded display of the Dickens’ Village series. 

  • Where: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia.
  • When: See Santa Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 (additional fee, reservations required) and Tues.-Thurs., Nov. 27-Dec. 20 (no fee). Mrs. Claus visits the garden Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings Nov. 23-Dec. 24. Event closed Christmas Day.
  • Cost: $8-$17, children younger than 2 admitted free.

Nov. 23-Dec. 24

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. 22

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 a.m.
  • Cost: $30 

Nov. 24

South End Tree Lighting

This family-friendly event includes the lighting of the South End Christmas tree, hot chocolate, cider 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

Nov. 28-Dec. 1

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 $6

Nov. 29-Dec. 1

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. 29 at 6:29 p.m. in horse drawn carriage to Santa's House where he sees visitors from 7-9 p.m. See Santa Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Nov. 30-Dec. 2

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 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill. See the festival website for more events with Santa.

  • Where: Historic Old Town, Rock Hill, S.C.
  • When: See website for full schedule of events, including cookies and cocoa with Santa and Santa workshop events.
  • Cost: Free admission and all Santa activities are free. 

Dec. 1

A Huntersville Christmas

Take pictures with Santa and enjoy holiday activities and performances, and skate on the outdoor ice rink.

  • Where: Huntersville Town Center, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville
  • When: 2-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free admission. $6 to ice skate.

 

Breakfast with Santa at Harris YMCA

Santa Claus arrives from the North Pole to listen to Christmas wishes of those young and old! Program includes performances by the Chalkettes gymnastics team and Nutcracker company dancers, as well as a sing-a-long and story time and crafts.

  • Where: Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Road
  • When: 9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: $12-$15

 

Breakfast with Santa at Cantina 1511

  • Where: Cantina 1511 Uptown, 205 N. College St.
  • When: 8am-noon.
  • Cost: $20

 

Candy Cane Hunt and Paws with Claus

Children can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, search the greenway for candy canes and finish with s’mores over a campfire. Register online. 

  • Where: Anne Springs Close Greenway, 195 Adventure Road, Fort Mill.
  • When: 10 a.m. and noon
  • Cost: There is a $10 suggested Paws with Claus sitting/portrait fee and an addition $5 special event parking fee. 

 

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa and Market

Enjoy the train ride, face painters, balloon artists, live holiday music and free photos with Santa! Do not miss delicious cookies and hot cocoa, restaurant samples and pop-up vendors. 

  • Where: Metropolitan, 1111 Metropolitan Ave.
  • When: 1-4pm
  • Cost: Free

 

Plaza Midwood and Resident Culture Holiday Bazaar and Workshop

Shop local vendors, get a free photo with Santa and make a lighted Christmas ball. 

  • Where: Resident Culture Brewing Co., 2101 Central Ave.
  • When: Starts at noon.

 

Christmas at Whispering Hope Farm

Visit the animals, ride a horse, enjoy some hot coco and meet Santa! Bring a letter to be mailed off to the North Pole! Ticket sales end 30 minutes after the start of the event. Cash only. 

  • Where: Whispering Hope Farm, 1405 Crowders Creek Road, Gastonia
  • When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: $7, horse rides and letters to Santa $5

 

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus

Bring your camera and a new, unwrapped, toy for Toys For Tots and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find.

  • Where: Heroes Aren't Hard to Find, 417 Pecan Ave.
  • When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Dec. 1-2

PJs in North Pole City

Bundle up in your coziest pajamas for hot chocolate and holiday activities. Sample liquid nitrogen marshmallows, make crafts and pose for a photo with Santa Claus before a special screening of "The Polar Express" in the IMAX Dome Theatre.

  • Where: Discovery Place Science, 301 N. Tryon St. 
  • Cost: $17 

 


Dec. 2

Brunch With Santa

Kids can bring their wish lists to share with Santa, get a photo and enjoy brunch.

  • Where: Birdsong Brewing Co., 1016 N. Davidson St.
  • When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Caring Santa

Children with special needs and their families can enjoy a sensory-friendly Caring Santa event in partnership with Autism Speaks.

  • Where: Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord in the dining pavilion.
  • When: Before the mall opens.

 

Soothing Santa

This ​sensory-friendly​ ​event​ ​for​ ​children​ ​with​ ​special​ ​needs​ ​allows families to experience a time-honored tradition with Santa in Tinsel Town at Grand Court. 

  • Where: Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.
  • When: 8:30-11am.
  • Cost: Photos available for purchase.

Dec. 2 and 9

Caring Santa

Caring Santa is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have an opportunity to visit Santa and have their photos taken. 

  • Where: SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.
  • When: Dec. 2, 9:30-11 a.m and Dec. 9, 8:30-10 a.m.
  • Cost: Photos available for purchase. 

Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23

Christmas N Candyland Tour

Every Sunday guests can expect free pictures with Santa, toy giveaways and free "Candy Land Bags." Shop on-site vendors and enjoy free gift wrapping. While at the event, check out bowling, go-karts and games at the arcade.

  • Where: Victory Lane Indoor Karting, 2330 Tipton Drive
  • When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

 


Dec. 5

Cookies with Santa and Carolina Portrait Designs

Have a cookie and get a free photo with Santa to take home as a keepsake.

  • Where: Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., Concord
  • When: 3-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Dec. 5, 12 and 19

Winter Wednesdays at Waverly

Visit Waverly for some mid-week cheer starting Dec. 5 from 5-7:30 p.m. Start a new holiday tradition that includes a night full of entertainment, including music, shopping, sweet treats and of course, a visit from Santa! Joining Mr. Claus will be Olaf on Dec. 5, Anna and Elsa on Dec. 12, and Frosty on Dec. 19.

  • Where: Waverly Charlotte.
  • When: Dec. 5, 12 and 19, 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Dec. 6-7 and 13-14

Santa at the Grand Hall in Mount Holly

Meet Santa in the Grand Hall of the Mount Holly Municipal Complex. 

  • Where: Downtown Mount Holly, 400 E. Central Ave., Mount Holly.
  • When: 2-5pm.
  • Cost: Free

Dec. 7

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

Play and create while waiting instead of standing in line. Enjoy games, activities, snacks and crafts before and after seeing Santa. Ages 10 and younger.

  • Where: My Gym Southpark, 5110 Park Road, 2D.
  • When: 3:30-5 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Cost: First child $15, siblings $10

 

Cocoa With Santa

Meet Santa, and make ornaments, paintings and more. Bring a camera! 

  • Where: Cornelius Art Center, 19725 Oak St., Unit 1, Cornelius.
  • When: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free

Dec. 8

Holiday Spectacular at Ballantyne Village

Fun events for the whole family include Santa and Mrs. Claus photos, holiday characters, music, face painting, balloon artist, train rides, crafts and bounce house. 

  • Where: Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way
  • When: Noon-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

 

Christmas Enchantment in the Garden

The garden will have 52 decorated garden beds, hundreds of luminaries, live music, food trucks, hot cider and cookies. Topping off the evening is a visit by Santa.

  • Where: Mount Holly Community Garden, 126 N. Main St., Mount Holly
  • When: 5-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

 

Christmas in the Park

Enjoy family photos with Santa, lights in the park and refreshments.

  • Where: Stallings Municipal Park, 340 Stallings Road, Stallings
  • When: 4-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16

Teddy Bear Tea

Enjoy high tea, a special kids menu and dessert display, plus bottomless mimosas for the adults, plus private pictures with Santa. Children can decorate cookies at a fully stocked cookie decorating station, and each child takes home a Build-A-Bear Teddy Bear. A portion of proceeds benefit families in medical crisis at Hospitality House of Charlotte. Email Stephanie Hunt at stephanie.hunt@westin.com or call 704-335-2103 to make a reservation and guaranteed a spot.

  • Where: The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St.
  • When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $75 for 1 adult + 1 child. Children under 2 admitted free. See website for other pricing options.

 

Dec. 8 and Dec. 15

Breakfast With Santa

Bring a camera and take your picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Come enjoy breakfast, a performance in the theater and make a take-home holiday craft. Ages 2-8. 

  • Where: Matthews Community Center, 100 E. W. McDowell St., Matthews.
  • When: Sessions at 9 and 10:45 a.m.
  • Cost: $7 

Dec. 9-16, Sundays

American Girl Welcomes Santa

Bring a camera to strike a special pose with St. Nick. Enjoy a delicious meal during the visit. Ages 3 and older. 

  • Where: American Girl Southpark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.
  • When: 9:30-11 a.m
  • Cost: $25

Magical Morning: A Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is offering a special sensory-friendly event for families living with autism or special needs. The NASCAR Hall of Fame elves have worked hard to create an environment where kids can be themselves. Each child will have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus in an atmosphere that is calming and quiet. No loud music or flashing lights here. Plus with pre-scheduled Santa times, there is little to no wait. This event also includes crafts and the opportunity to watch a Christmas movie in the High Octane Theater with the lights up and the sound down.

  • Where: NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Drive
  • When: 8am-noon
  • Cost: $15 for the family.

Dec. 15

Breakfast with Santa

Visit The Peach Stand for a very special breakfast with Santa! There will be a variety of children's breakfast options along with photo opportunities.

  • Where: The Peach Stand,1325 Highway 160 W, Fort Mill.
  • When: 8am-noon

Dec. 16

Breakfast with Santa Claus at Legion Brewing SouthPark

Santa Claus is stopping by the Legion Brewing Taproom in SouthPark from for a special breakfast to spread holiday cheer. Santa Claus will be available for free photos, and there will be cookie decorating, popcorn and hot chocolate. Additionally, Legion Brewing has a special brunch menu available for kids!

  • Where: Legion Brewing SouthPark, 5610 Carnegie Blvd.
  • When: 10am-noon.

Dec. 22

Queen City Candy Cane Hunt

The 2018 Queen City Christmas Expo will offer free pictures with Santa, a free toy giveaway for kids, free gift wrapping, Christmas crafts and candy cane hunts. Hunts at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Vendors, entertainment and food will also be at the expo.

  • Where: The Carole Hoefener Center, 615 E. 6th St.
  • When: Expo, 1-5pm; Candy cane hunts at 1:30 and 3:30pm.
  • Cost: Free.

Dec. 22 and 23

Breakfast With Santa

Enjoy breakfast, a visit and picture with Santa, crafts and reindeer games plus much more. As an added bonus, each child ticket to Breakfast with Santa includes same-day complimentary admission to the ice rink on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza.

  • Where: NASCAR Hall, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • When: Breakfast with Santa has sessions at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $25 per adult; $22 per child age 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Advance ticket purchase is required; tickets will not be sold at the door.

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

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

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

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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This modest exhibition presents twenty works created over four decades by seventeen artists from six different nations. Yet all of them, regardless of their style, form, material or subject proved...

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Celebrate summer with music by Billy Jones and visits from the Paws to Read dogs. Also enjoy limbo, water balloon toss, sack races, egg and spoon racing, and face painting.

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Library
119 South Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Fiddlestix Kids Learning will teach children to be paleontologists as they work to excavate fossils.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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A trio of musicians from the Charlotte Symphony will perform classical and pops favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mallard Creek Recreation Center
2530 Johnston-Oehler Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Symphony
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Join Alisha Richmond for a story time about being a speech pathologist.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Light refreshments will be provided, but feel free to pack a lunch.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Bring a lunch, and watch "Mary Poppins Returns," inspired by the children's series by P.L. Travers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Join Alisha Richmond to learn about what it takes to be a speech pathologist.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Watch the "Read to Achieve" magic show, which features music, magic and balloons.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Find your superpowers and create a comic character of you in this comic book workshop. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library Rock Hill
138 E. Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Meet and interact with Dakota, pet a baby T-Rex and watch an egg being hatched.

Cost: Free

Where:
Steele Creek Library
13620 Steele Creek Road
, NC
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Learn all about balloons; make and take your own balloon home.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Share video, board, and card games with other teens.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Learn how to use a variety of technology to tell exciting stories. This club is perfect for preteen writers, artists, and photographers. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Come play in the open gym. All students younger than 3 must have an adult present at all times. Some Mondays are closed due to holidays, so please call to verify playtime.

Cost: $5, cash only

Where:
Carolina Stars
1080 Maxwell Mill Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-548-3441
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Enjoy a variety of stories based on the seasons. Learn about bugs, frogs, plants and other garden friends. Follow story time with a self-guided scavenger hunt.

Cost: $7-$13, children younger than 2 free, included with admission

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Wear your pjs on the second Monday of each month for a family story time that is perfect for bedtime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6200
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Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities, and wear pajamas! Milk and cookies will be served.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Website »

More information

See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

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Enjoy a festival featuring family activities and the band, Big, Bang, Boom.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Come listen to the adorable book, "Pinkalicious" before frosting your own Pinkalicious cupcake! Also make a take-home craft.

Cost: $6 per child; parents free

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
, NC
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Explore the human skeletal system and compete an activity.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Enjoy a free Kona Ice treat with the FMPD on Tuesday, June 11 at three local parks, Steele Street Park from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Harris Street Park 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Walter Elisah Park from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walter Y. Elisha Park
345 N. White St.
Fort Mill, SC
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Drop-in for games, activities and light refreshments.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Preteen gamers and Minecraft lovers are invited to try and escape! Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Learn about pollution, and create toys out of repurposed trash. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Bright Star Touring Theatre will present "One Small Step" at the Main Library. Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of humankind landing on the moon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Join Liz and Holly of The Jolly Lollies for music at the Morrison Library to kickoff summer break!

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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The Jolly Lollies will present a fun, interactive musical performance.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Games and activities will be available for children, teens and adults.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood
1623 Central Ave.
, NC
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See a puppet show complete with literacy, hilarity and hijinks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Kick off the summer learning program for readers of all ages with educational activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Bright Star Children's Theatre presents a fact-filled, fun roller-coaster ride through the solar system.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Mill Public Library
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC
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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
, NC
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Website »

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Spend time with your child learning about God and having fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
8335 Browne Road
, NC
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Sponsor: The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15, cash or check only

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $11

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


Website »

More information

This class combines yoga and play through  poses, songs and calming time.

Cost: $15

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 N. Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Victory Bounce sessions at BounceU of Matthews occur every second Tuesday of the month. Every Victory Bounce session has free admission, which also includes siblings.

Cost: Free

Where:
BounceU of Matthews
9129 Monroe Rd Ste 145-150
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Get free entry to The Schiele Museum every second Tuesday of the month from 4-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Duke Energy
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The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout provides up-and-coming drivers with valuable experience in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval. Gates open at 5...

Cost: $8; free for children 13 and younger

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Victory Bounce sessions at BounceU of Charlotte occur every second Tuesday of the month. Every Victory Bounce session has free admission, which also includes siblings. Times change every month,...

Cost: Free

Where:
BounceU of Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
Suite 300
, NC
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Telephone: 704-921-8771
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

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

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

See the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, "On Paper." The exhibition will feature a wide array of artwork including cut and sculpted paper, collage and works on paper by...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

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

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


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

Wear play clothes to paint at least two rocks, one to take home and one to hide  downtown.

Cost: Free

Where:
David G. Barnes Park
209 W. South Main St.
Waxhaw, NC
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Art Lab is an arts experience that includes a guided tour of The Galleries current exhibition and a fun hands-on art activity.

Cost: $5

Where:
The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Enjoy stories and learn what illustrators do by creating art using your name.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Jeni's will be giving away free ice cream from its truck this week. Bring the kids for a sweet treat!

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Teeter in Morrocroft Village
6701 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Explore different media and techniques to make art. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Bright Star Touring Theatre will presents the story of Jack, a young student whose imagination takes him on an adventure through the solar system! Learn about all the planets that circle the sun.

Cost: Free

Where:
TECH@Lowell Library
203 McAdenville Road
Lowell, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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Conduct hair-raising experiments with the Van de Graaff generator. Learn how electrically charged objects produce motion. Build circuits and investigate renewable energy sources. Registration for...

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Jeni's will be giving away free ice cream from its truck this week. Bring the kids for a sweet treat!

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Teeter in Ballantyne Commons
15007 John J Delaney Drive
, NC
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Try out a new project every Wednesday night in June. This Wednesday make a folding paper toy.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Event features local poets, dancers and musicians  and celebrates the Hispanic Heritage Month.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Certified technicians will check and help families install car seats. 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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Learn more about the activities, events, venues,  history and how to get around the Greenway by van. There is no hiking required, but register online prior to the tour.

Cost: Free

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
250 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15, cash or check only

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $11

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


Website »

More information

Meet at The Museum of York County on Wednesday mornings to explore and investigate natural history topics with new exhibits, guest speakers and staff led activities. The museum will host two...

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Website »

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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Drop off the kids for an evening with The Jolly Lollies. There will be creative play, sing-alongs, dance parties, pizza and a movie.

Cost: $45, $20 for additional sibling

Where:
Suffolk Punch
2911 Griffith St.
, NC
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Party in Romare Bearden Park! May 15: Steve Owens and Summertime May 29: Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot June 12: Hip Pocket June 26: The Entertainers July 10: Randy Clay Band...

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Charlotte Ballet's Cultural Dance Program presents African Dance classes. Classes are drop-in format, open to all ages and free of charge for participants. There is also child supervision...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Recreation Center
943 West Sugar Creek Road
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $18-$22

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

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Register for Culture Camp, part of the Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas. Children will enjoy a full day of arts, crafts, music, performances and more.

Cost: $10

Where:
Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School
1601 Park Drive
, NC
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Games, activities and prizes will be available for children, teens and adults.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" with the story, activities and snacks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave.
, NC
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Win prizes by answering trivia questions related to North Carolina history and culture.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Jeni's will be giving away free ice cream from its truck this week. Bring the kids for a sweet treat!

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Teeter in Rea Village
11135 Golf Links Dr.
, NC
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Enjoy an afternoon of STEM Activities with Bricks4kidz, Discovery Place and others.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Join the library for a special showing of "Coco." Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Visit the slime lab, color lab, magnet lab, balance lab and more. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Play, create, explore and read with sensory stations throughout the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Enjoy a "Soap Bubble Circus" performance.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Jeni's will be giving away free ice cream from its truck this week. Bring the kids for a sweet treat!

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Teeter in Wesley Chapel
5920 Weddington Road
Wesley Chapel, NC
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During a 30-minute time slot you and your child will explore art materials and processes with our early childhood educators in the enclosed picnic area. Wear clothes that can get messy or stained....

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU (Matthews and Charlotte locations)
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Sing to songs, move to the music and enjoy an active practice with caregiver and child. Parent or guardian must be present in class.

Cost: $15

Where:
Blossom Tree Wellness
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15, cash or check only

Where:
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
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Sponsor: Carrigan Farms
Telephone: 704-664-1450
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This class incorporates songs and movement and ends with a calming story.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Reserve your spot at Open Bounce, a play session for children of all ages.

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Explore the world through stories, crafts and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Preparatory School
212 Boyce Road
, NC
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This summer series offers music, children's activities, local craft vendors and a farmers market. Market opens at 5 p.m., live music starts at 6p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Historic White Home
258 E. White St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Hear music at the greenway every Thursday in June, July and August. Bring chairs, blankets, and money for food trucks, beer, wine and sodas. See website for the food truck and band lineup, as well...

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Listen to live music on the second Thursday of the month.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
119 N. Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Come out for live music, food trucks, and fun. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket or chair.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park
201 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC
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River Jam brings live musical performances to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. See website for information about River Jam Run, open water swim, big water sessions, yoga and...

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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On December 4, 1956 four young musicians by the names of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins recorded together for the first and only time at Sun Records in Memphis. They...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Little Theater of Gastonia
238 S. Clay St.
Gastonia, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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

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Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $18-$22

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

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

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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

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

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Join Smart Start of Mecklenburg County and Thompson Child & Family Focus for coffee and a presentation by Dr. Shivani Mehta, MPH, MD. Dr. Mehta is a practicing pediatrician and will share...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thompson Family Services
769 N Wendover Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Thompson and Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Surprise Dad with a hand-made, fisherman themed card telling him what a great “catch” he is.

Cost: $12

Where:
Kidcreate Studio
636 Crown Pointe Lane
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Come walk in the woods for physical and mental health.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Branch Nature Preserve
18444 Shearer Road
Davidson, NC
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Work with air-dry clay and paint to create a fish for Dad.

Cost: $24

Where:
Kidcreate Studio
636 Crown Pointe Lane
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Jeni's will be giving away free ice cream from its truck this week. Bring the kids for a sweet treat!

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Teeter in Jetton Village
19815 North Cove Road
Cornelius, NC
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Bring your lunch and a blanket to watch a movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Library
119 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Watch a free family movie, rated G or PG. Blankets are welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library Rock Hill
138 E. Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Bring your lunch and a blanket to watch a movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Jeni's will be giving away free ice cream from its truck this week. Bring the kids for a sweet treat!

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Teeter in Antiquity Point Shopping Center
21720 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Jeni's will be giving away free ice cream from its truck this week. Bring the kids for a sweet treat!

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
, NC
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Come on down to historic downtown Mount Holly for another Food Truck Friday! Hear The Legacy Motown Revue and DJ Musicman, play in the kid zone and purchase food from food trucks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
131 S. Main St.
Mount Holly, NC
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Sponsor: Mount Holly Historical Society
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Get in on the Drum Circle featuring a diverse group of drummers and dancers as part of the Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood
Thomas Avenue
, NC
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Learn about the native snakes of North Carolina. Program includes a live snake demonstration and is suitable for all ages. 

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Come enjoy the bounce house, face painting, yard games and comedy! Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
Crossing Paths Park
120 Blythe Drive
Indian Trail, NC
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Join Indian Trail for a night of free laughs with Charlotte Comedy Theater. Come enjoy the show, bounce house, face painting and yard games! Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
Crossing Paths Park
120 Blythe Drive
Indian Trail, NC
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Relax at First Ward Park listening to live music and enjoying food trucks, craft beer and wine. May 3: Yonder Mountain String Band with Hank, Pattie and the Current June 14: HISS Golden...

Cost: Free

Where:
First Ward Park
301 E. 7th St.
, NC
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This galactic teen lock-in will include Nerf wars, gaming, crafts and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
York Public Library
21 East Liberty St.
York, SC
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With note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' songs, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching The Beatles. The Fab Four concert is part of FABFEST: Charlotte's Beatles...

Cost: $29-$56

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Enjoy a special evening of music with the Charlotte Symphony along the shores of Lake Norman. Admission and parking are free. Early arrival is suggested.

Cost: Free

Where:
McGuire Nuclear Station's EnergyExplorium
13339 Nuclear Station Road
Huntersville, NC
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The Gaston All American Fair and includes rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, entertainment and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 22. Free. See website for schedule of events.

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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Concerts start at 7pm; movies start at dusk. June 14: Rivermist June 21: "A Dog’s Way Home" June 30: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm July 5: New Kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Bring your family for hands-on animal encounters and hiking the ranch's mile-long nature trails during Rescue Ranch's Summer Family Fun Days. Come play on the fully-inclusive playground,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Sponsor: Rescue Ranch
Telephone: 704-768-0909
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Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte. George Pappas' Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $8

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

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

Cost: $11

Where:
BounceU
9129 Monroe Road
Ste. 145-150
, NC
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Kids will learn some basic yoga positions that go along with the story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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Explore Black Contemporary Art in these family-friendly daytime workshops. Morning workshop for ages 6 to 18 will begin at 11 a.m. Afternoon Workshop for all ages will begin at 2 p.m. June...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Starting in May and running through October, come out to Camp North End in the Boileryard on Friday nights for food and music. Children and leashed pets welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Boileryard at Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Matthews presents food trucks, kids' activities, craft beer and wine, and weekly bands.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Come out for live music, food trucks, craft breweries, local artists, kids' activities and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Oak Street Mill
19725 Oak St.
Cornelius, NC
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, except June 21, which is Movie on the Green.

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Grab a blanket or chair for the water ski show! Parking at Windjammer Park is free for the show.

Cost: Free

Where:
Windjammer Park
89999 Windjammer Drive
Tega Cay, SC
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Join professional ghost hunters through the grounds of Rosedale’s 200 year old plantation.

Cost: $20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

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

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Hosting more than 600 artists and creators from all across the comic-book industry, as well as more than 200 comic-book, toy, apparel and collectible dealers, this event is a family-friendly...

Cost: $20+, kids 12 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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On December 4, 1956 four young musicians by the names of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins recorded together for the first and only time at Sun Records in Memphis. They...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Little Theater of Gastonia
238 S. Clay St.
Gastonia, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

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

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $18-$22

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

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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

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

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 6th Annual Healthy Achievement 5K Run and Walk is a great way to stay active over Father's Day Weekend!

Cost: $25

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Kappa Foundation of Charlotte
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Guests will be mesmerized this summer by dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and...

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Interact with teams of robot builders, and watch them compete for supremacy. Dissect electronics, see a 3D printer in action and talk to experts on how to get involved in robotics for fun or a...

Cost: $3 in addition to museum admission ($6-$7, children 3 and younger free)

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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A city-wide basketball shooting contest will be held to recognize Charlotte’s best basketball shooting duos. Dads can team up with their sons or daughters to compete against other family...

Cost: $10

Where:
Leaf Spring Academy
3420 Pleasant Plains Road
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Yes I Can Basketball
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Art-Kiddo is teaming up with Luna's Living Kitchen and Queen Girls Publications for an Art-Kiddo Breakfast Play Date with good food and good times. Come get your hands dirty with Art-Kiddo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Luna's Living Kitchen
2000 South Blvd.
#300
, NC
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, this exhibit will look at the lives of Kings Mountain women in the past and present to explore the differences the women have made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Create your own field journal while exploring plants, animals and fungi.

Cost: $5

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with farm animals. Activities include sheep herding game, puppet show, story telling, pin the tail on the cow and plant a vegetable.

Cost: $8, free for children younger than 2, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Bring your imagination; the library will provide the LEGO and DUPLO blocks. Drop in for building fun!

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Pleasant Library
8556 Cook St.
Mt. Pleasant, NC
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Award-winning children's musician, Roger Day will return to the Main Library as part of the LIVE @ Your Library Family Performing Arts Series.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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Join author/illustrator, Matt Myers for the launch of his new picture book, "Hum and Swish." Myers will talk about how he made this book.

Cost: Free

Where:
Park Road Books
4139 Park Road
, NC
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Event will feature 50 vendors, sports, BBQ, innovations, crafts, games, displays and a bounce house for the kids.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Carole Hoefener Center
615 E. 6th St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Create Amazing LLC
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Tour local, sustainable farms in Davidson County. Discover delicious meat, dairy, honey, fruits and veggies produced in the Piedmont! Visit any or all nine participating locations: ...

Cost: $10 per car

Where:
Various
, NC


Sponsor: Davidson County Local Food Network
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Create art during this workshop, which will also offer live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Do not miss this cultural festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more. The celebration will include music throughout the day and a finale concert from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Celebrate Father’s Day with crafts, activities and stories. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Mill Public Library
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC
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Learn basics of cross-stitch, and walk away with a custom Polk-inspired sampler to complete at home. Registration is required.

Cost: $15

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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The Kannapolis Intimidators take on the Greensboro Grasshoppers, followed by a post-game fireworks show with a Disney theme.

Cost: $7+

Where:
Intimidators Stadium
2888 Moose Road
Kannpolis, NC
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Telephone: 704-932-3267
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Tosco Music Parties engage the audience with singalongs throughout the evening and feature performances by approximately 15 scheduled acts. Hear Beatles songs for every performance and singalong!

Cost: $20-$45

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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All movies are shown on an inflatable screen at locations throughout Cornelius with refreshments available for purchase. June 15: Cornelius Town Hall July 27: Ramsey Creek Park Aug. 24:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Town Hall
21445 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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The Gaston All American Fair and includes rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, entertainment and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 22. Free. See website for schedule of events.

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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Car owners and enthusiasts gather to celebrate their passion for cars and showcase their prized classics, customs and hot rods.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come play with your kids at My Gym! Parent participation is required. Parents wear socks; children go barefoot.

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
My Gym Southpark
5110 Park Road
2D
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve with certified instructors while enjoying nature. Children ages five to nine are required to be in a tandem with an adult. Registration is required.

Cost: $20 single, $25 tandem

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

Cost: $10

Where:
Noah's Art of Southpark
5110 Park Road
2C
, NC
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Sponsor: Noah's Art of Southpark
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Watch "Toy Story," and meet some of the characters from the movie! The first 25 parents or guardians in line with their children to meet characters are eligible to receive a Starbucks...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rea Farms
Sandy Rock Place
, NC
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Bring your family for hands-on animal encounters and hiking the ranch's mile-long nature trails during Rescue Ranch's Summer Family Fun Days. Come play on the fully-inclusive playground,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Sponsor: Rescue Ranch
Telephone: 704-768-0909
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Beginners and seasoned yogis are invited to practice. Please bring a mat and water bottle.

Cost: $5, additional $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in these half-hour sessions along the Raptor Trail. Saturdays 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays 1 and 3 p.m.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with family crafts, activities and live music. Craft beer will be available for purchase from the Beer Garden.

Cost: $7-$13; fathers and children under 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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Celebrate Dad with beer, live music, golf contests, stein hoisting contests, prizes and Sunday buffet lunch available for purchase.  

Cost: Free admission

Where:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Road
, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Learn how to make a unique project out of clay. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned to Grier Heights Community Center for pickup.

Cost: Free

Where:
Greer Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-498-1487
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Learn about vultures found at Carolina Raptor Center.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Learn about birds of prey, and watch them showcase their natural behaviors. Witness the silent flight of owls, walk with a seriema, recycle with a raven or even stroll with a vulture! Price...

Cost: $28-$32

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is challenging families to put down their digital devices and get outside this summer to discover the joys of fishing. Gone Fishing, features back-to-back...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
Cabela's, 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
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Arts+ will provide a visual art workshop series with live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Come for music and fun! Children will enjoy the kids’ zone with inflatables, and everyone will enjoy food truck fare. See website for band schedule and list of participating food trucks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Runde Park
5110 Windward Drive
Tega Cay, SC
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Come listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, except June 21, which is Movie on the Green.

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free, $6 for parkig

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Listen to live music, and after some of the concerts, stick around for fireworks! Check website for fireworks schedule.     June 1: Sawyer Brown     June 15: Too...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Join professional ghost hunters through the grounds of Rosedale’s 200 year old plantation.

Cost: $20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Beat the heat at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church.

Cost: $5-$10

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

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

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Hosting more than 600 artists and creators from all across the comic-book industry, as well as more than 200 comic-book, toy, apparel and collectible dealers, this event is a family-friendly...

Cost: $20+, kids 12 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

On December 4, 1956 four young musicians by the names of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins recorded together for the first and only time at Sun Records in Memphis. They...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Little Theater of Gastonia
238 S. Clay St.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

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

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


Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

This musical finds the Roman slave Pseudolus scheming his way to freedom by playing matchmaker for his master's son, Hero, who is smitten with the blonde and beautiful Philia....

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

More information

Have a silly play date at the latest exhibit at ImaginOn. Designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, Mr. Potato Head leads visitors on adventures ranging from...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Website »

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FABFEST daytime activities on Saturday and Sunday include speakers, memorabilia, vinyl, appraisals, trivia and costume contests, rare Beatles footage, and kid's music and crafts.

Cost: $25-$50

Where:
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown
201 S. McDowell St.
, NC
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Website »

More information

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

Cost: $18-$22

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


Website »

More information

The story of this great Apache leader comes to life and is a triumphant story of hope and healing that transcends time.

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
View map »


Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

Discover the intriguing lives of nocturnal animals. This hands-on, family-friendly exhibit delves into dark environments and brings to light the unique animals and plants that live there. Visitors...

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

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

The festival features continuous entertainment, vendors, a Healthcare Village, an Education Village, guest speakers, a Gospel Fest, vendors, continuous entertainment and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood
Thomas and Commonwealth Avenues
, NC
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