Who's Holding Up the Carpool Line? Here Are the Top 4 Offenders

Our carpool lines are being hijacked! Following are the top four offenders.


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It should be a simple thing. A steady stream of cars makes its way through the carpool line. It’s supposed to be convenient, easy and pleasant. Smiling teachers, poised at their evenly spaced stations, ready to open the door and help your children out of the car and onto the curb. You drop your kids, you drive away. So why in the world are we stopping and stalling in the carpool line? Why are the teachers hollering and waving people forward like they’re bringing a plane down a runway?

Our carpool lines are being hijacked! Following are the top four offenders.


1. The Hover Mom

We love her, and boy, does she love those kids. When she’s not completely abandoning her car to carry them to the front door, she has them lined up against the car for the inquisition:

"Do you have your note? I gave you your note. You need your note because you have a doctor’s appointment. Let me see the note. OK, good you have the note."

Not to mention she’s repeatedly tucking in shirts and tightening ponytails. Billy’s shoulders are pulled down so tight his book bag won’t stay up on his back. And little Suzie can’t see out of her right eye because her ponytail is pulled so tight.

Then mom gets back in her car but leaves the backdoor open so she can yell "I love you!" from the front seat the whole time they’re walking to the door.

"I love you! I love you! I’ll pick you up for your doc ..." (SLAM!)


2. The Multitask Mom

She pulls into the carpool line, and she sure is busy. She’s checking email on her phone, so she doesn’t notice when the line moves. It gets worse when she starts typing a reply. We figured her out a long time ago – when she puts on her reading glasses, just go ahead and pull around her.

She’s got her iPad and her Bluetooth. She wears jeans, so presumably she works from home – more specifically, from her car. She’s like NASA on wheels: high-tech and clearly in the fast lane. But ironically, she’s bringing the carpool lane to a full stop.

The best is when the kids jump out while she’s talking into her Bluetooth, and they think she’s talking to them.

"I can’t make it today, but I’ll call you tomorrow," she says.

And they all turn around in horror.


3. The Social Mom

This mom doesn’t need a Bluetooth or even a phone. Everybody she wants to talk to is right here in the carpool line.

She pulls in, rolls down her window, and it’s like she has just driven into a cocktail party. She waves at the moms, flags down her friends and just keeps talking until they’re out of earshot. Kids too. She’ll line up three play dates before she even gets to the first speed bump.

The drop-off area is like her very own receiving line, where she slows to briefly chat with each teacher about everything from her children’s grades to reading levels.  She practically has a parent-teacher conference right there in the line.

If she doesn’t finish her socializing, she just drops her kids and then loops around again. This way she can get volunteers for the fall festival … and a lunch date.


4. The Never-ready Mom

A lot has to happen before she gets to the drop-off.

She has to sign permission slips, pack book bags and feed kids breakfast, all in about three and half minutes. If she doesn’t accelerate and just rolls the whole way, she can probably write checks for teacher gifts.

Meanwhile, the kids get dressed and let her know when they’re ready for hash browns. They’ve almost got it down – hand back the biscuit first, then the hash browns, and at the drop-off, toss them their OJ to go.

Where it always goes wrong is when the kids race out of the car and all their trash falls out. It’s annoying if you’re behind this mom, but very entertaining when she has to ask the teachers to kindly throw her trash back to her; she can’t get out to pick it up because she didn’t have time to put on pants.


Tracy Curtis is a mother of two young boys and lives in Charlotte.  She enjoyed a 15-year career in radio, television and film, and currently writes a weekly humor column for The Charlotte Observer.


Carpool Quiz: Which Offender Are You?

In the morning, what are you busiest doing?
a.  Charging your Bluetooth.
b.  Making a list of questions about the Gifted and Talented program.
c.  Matching hair bows to your daughter’s socks.
d.  Looking for pajama bottoms.
 

When you are in the carpool line, what are you most likely doing?
a.  Crafting a memo to your boss.
b.  Recounting your tennis match with a girlfriend.
c.  Double-knotting your child’s shoelaces.
d.  Wishing you had on pants.
 

Who is the last person you speak to in the carpool line?
a.  Your boss.
b.  A friend.
c.  Your child.
d.  Nobody, because you don’t have on pants.
 

Which of these would you say you have successfully mastered in the carpool line?
a.  Giving a Power Point presentation via Skype.
b.  Organizing a surprise birthday luncheon for a girlfriend.
c.  Braiding hair.
d.  Finding enough napkins in the glove compartment to hide your naked thighs.
 

What would be your proudest achievement during a carpool drop-off?
a.  You got a raise.
b.  You talked a teacher into giving your child a better grade.
c.  Your child told you she loves you more than daddy.
d.  Nobody knew that you didn’t have on pants.
 

If you answered one of these letters three or more times, you have your answer!
a:  Multitask Mom
b:  Social Mom
c:  Hover Mom
d:  Never-ready Mom 

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

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

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

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

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Discover how Cleveland and Gaston counties did their bit when the United States joined the Great War in 1916. Visitors will be able to visualize the greater timeline of the war, see where this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Charlotte’s Road to Revolution Exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of...

Cost: $7-$10

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

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

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Put on your wellies and hop into American Girl for a special WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party. Parties include a special menu, crafts, fun WellieWishers-inspired conversation cards, and...

Cost: $13.50 per person; gratuity not included

Where:
American Girl
440 Sharon Road
, NC
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Telephone: 877-247-5223
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Feel free to bring your favorite games or play some of the store's. Barnes and Noble is proud to carry Ticket to Ride, Machi Koro, Superfight, Munchkin, Star Wars Chess and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble, The Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-341-9365
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Attend any of these free one hour college planning workshops to learn more about admissions, financial aid, and create a year-by-year timeline. Every workshop includes a Q&A and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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

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

Cost: $10-$15

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

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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

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

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun....

Cost: $12-$20

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

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm and 5:30-9pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-644-3972​
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Celebrate the life of Dr. Theodor "Seuss" Geisel through stories, song and laughter. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-3800
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Celebrate the author's birthday with books and crafts. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Mount Holly Branch Library
245 West Catawba Ave.
Mount Holly , NC
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Telephone: 704-827-3581
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Parents, could you use a night out? Then make plans to drop off your young artist, dressed in their cozy pajamas, for an evening of painting fun. While you are off enjoying a quiet dinner, your...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Davidson Parks and Rec
865 South St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-3349
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The public opening for fine artist Stephen Wilson's newest series Shine A Light When It’s Gray Out will also serve as a book signing for the release of Wilson’s first cohesive...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Gallery of Modern Art
435 S. Tryon St
Ste. 110
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-373-1464
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Feel the energy of the full moon as we navigate the trails at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1119
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Get inspirational ideas and the latest trends and products to beautify your home and garden. Mingle with TV celebrities, sample wine and gourmet foods and receive expert advice on home decorating,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC  28205
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Website »

More information

Discover how Cleveland and Gaston counties did their bit when the United States joined the Great War in 1916. Visitors will be able to visualize the greater timeline of the war, see where this...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$10

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


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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Drop off your children for a night of fun while you hit the town. Activities include laser tag, jump-n-play, rock climbing, mini bowling, ropes courses, bumper cars, and arcade games. Children...

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun....

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

Freedom Train is the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad which smuggled slaves to freedom prior to the American Civil War. Using traditional songs of the period "Freedom...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm and 5:30-9pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy 49 N.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-644-3972​
Website »

More information

Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Fri., 6-9pm; Sat., 8am-noon.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Christ United Methodist Church Family Life Center
3415 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-864-5675
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During this magic show, Caleb makes a daring escape, plays with the weather, predicts the future and then travels back in time. Get to be part of the magic by coming 30 minutes before the...

Cost: $12-$20

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

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

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

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Participate in the 5k or 5k Fun Run to benefit the GoJenGo Foundation, a non-profit helping in the fight against breast cancer. Sign up the kids for the one mile fun run and hang out...

Cost: $5-$40

Where:
Symphony Park
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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This four-hour indoor cycling relay unites two organizations in the mission of helping kids everywhere lead longer, healthier lives.    It’s easy and fun to participate, and this...

Cost: Free

Where:
LifeTime Athletic Charlotte
11220 Golf Links Drive North
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Vint Hill Educational Services offers mock testing for the ACT and SAT. They supply the test booklet, essay booklet, answer sheet, testing timer, extra pencils, and a proctor. Includes...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Cornwell Center
2001 Selwyn Ave
, NC
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What is that green stuff? Is it moss? Is it algae? Or maybe it's fungus!? Find all the answers and learn about the Track Trails program - including how you can earn prizes through Track Trails...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Sponsor: McDowell Nature Center
Telephone: 980-314-1128
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The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making an appearance at Northlake Mall. Stop by and check them out at Entry One near H&M. Enjoy yummy macarons, mini cakes, cookies, bow...

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Dr.
Charlotte, NC  28216
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Naomi Lewin, host of the nationally syndicated radio program "Classics for Kids," will guide classical music fans of all ages on an exploration of Vivaldi’s masterpiece The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stage Door Theatre
130 N. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Fine artist Stephen Wilson's newest series is being shown at Charlotte’s New Gallery. Wilson has made unique signature creations like hundreds of butterflies composed...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Gallery of Modern Art
435 S. Tryon St
Ste. 110
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-373-1464
Website »

More information

Get inspirational ideas and the latest trends and products to beautify your home and garden. Mingle with TV celebrities, sample wine and gourmet foods and receive expert advice on home decorating,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC  28205
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover how Cleveland and Gaston counties did their bit when the United States joined the Great War in 1916. Visitors will be able to visualize the greater timeline of the war, see where this...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

These cooking classes center around a monthly theme and occur on the first and last Saturday of the month. Your Junior chef will cook two recipes each day and learn basic kitchen skills...

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
10005 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Telephone: 704-849-2450
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$10

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


Telephone: 704-568-1774
Website »

More information

Geared towards children ages 3 and younger, this class will focus on movement and energy release. Parent participation required.  

Cost: $6 per class

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

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

BounceU knows that sometimes parents deserve a little time by themselves. Drop off your kids for a night of non-stop bouncing and games. It’s more fun and probably less expensive than hiring...

Cost: $20 per child

Where:
Bounce U, Charlotte and Matthews locations
, NC


Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can gain free access to participating museums in the Charlotte area, including The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


Website »

More information

Explore the term "cabinet of curiosities" with this exhibit that describes a room rather than a piece of furniture. "Cabinets" originated in the 16th century and held large...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Museum
131 W. Main St.
Dallas, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-922-7681
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-$15

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


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Come join this month's free workshop and craft at Home Depot.  All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Home Depot locations
, NC


Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun....

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

Freedom Train is the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad which smuggled slaves to freedom prior to the American Civil War. Using traditional songs of the period "Freedom...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St. E.
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
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An array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors form works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Every first Saturday of the month through June there will be special art and music workshops. Look below to see designated topics: Jan 6: Art: Figure drawing – your favorite feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
West Blvd. Library
2157 West Blvd
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-7400
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Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Discovery Place Science educators to earn your merit badges. On Saturday, work towards your programming, pulp and paper, or oceanography badges. On...

Cost: $30, excludes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Thurs., 6-9pm; Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-5pm and 5:30-9pm

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy 49 N.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-644-3972​
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Shop for bargains at this spring consignment sale.  Fri., 6-9pm; Sat., 8am-noon.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Christ United Methodist Church Family Life Center
3415 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-864-5675
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Buy quality children’s clothing (infant through size 16), toys, games, books, bikes, baby gear, strollers, furniture and gently worn children’s shoes....

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-6843
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During this magic show, Caleb makes a daring escape, plays with the weather, predicts the future and then travels back in time. Get to be part of the magic by coming 30 minutes before the...

Cost: $12-$20

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

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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