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6 Spraygrounds for Families

Best bets for where to get soaked this summer in Charlotte.
June 6, 2018

Summer Movie Deals for Kids in Charlotte

$1 movies and mid-week specials for kids this summer.
May 18, 2018

Best Bets for Where to Pick Strawberries in Charlotte

Check out these pick-your-own farms that offer sweet strawberries and farm fun for the kids.
April 14, 2018

5 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Charlotte With Kids

May the luck o' the Irish be with ye at these festive events!
March 15, 2018

8 Places to Enjoy Spring in Charlotte

If warm days and pops of early spring flowers are calling you outside, discover gardens and greenways throughout the Charlotte area.
February 21, 2018

Best Bets for Kids' Cooking Classes in Charlotte

From the smallest chefs to teens, these spots are tops for culinary enrichment.
January 31, 2018

6 Places to Ice Skate in Charlotte

Take to the ice at one of these local ice-skating rinks.
December 6, 2017

Places to See the 'Nutcracker' in Charlotte

Choose from several 'Nutcracker' performances and cast meet-and-greets.
November 28, 2017

Where to Ski, Snowboard and Tube Near North Carolina

Warm up this winter on a family skiing, snowboarding or snowtubing trip just a short drive away.
October 31, 2017

Best Bets on Homeschool Field Trips

Check out these spots for hands-on learning.
October 18, 2017

Best Bets for Halloween and Fall Crafts

Keep little hands busy with these seasonal crafts that can help decorate your home.
October 11, 2017

Best Bets for Birthday Parties on a Farm

Celebrate your child's next big birthday at one of these 10 farms and ranches.
September 27, 2017

Best Bets for Where to Pick Apples in the Carolinas

September is prime apple-picking season in the Carolinas. Plan a trip to pick apples and create a fall family tradition.
August 31, 2017

6 Best Bets for Finding Easy-Access Waterfalls With Kids

Kids can chase waterfalls on these popular trails.
August 3, 2017

Best Bets for Activities Along the Light Rail With Kids

The LYNX Blue Line gives you easy access to many local spots.
July 27, 2017

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Curious about where your family should go for "can't-miss" experiences in Charlotte? From where to indulge in the best cupcakes to the top places to ride bikes with the kids, each week our editors dive into the best of the best in the city and bring you their firsthand accounts. Follow along with hashtag #BestBetsCLT on Twitter and instagram @CharlotteParent to stay in the know!

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June 2018

More than twenty local bakeries and dessert trucks will have desserts available for purchase at Get Baked Dessert Market. Gluten-free and vegan options will be available, as well as treats for your...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Brewing Co.
329 McGill Ave. NW
Concord, NC
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Celebrate the father figure in your life, and enjoy a family adventure. Search for clues and be rewarded with fun, learning, and a prize if you finish on time! Pick up the first clue at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129

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Join us for an fun-filled afternoon of archery! This program, geared to first time archers, will cover all the basics of archery. Participants must pre-register, and parents must stay on site...

Cost: $20

Where:
Adventure Road Entrance of Anne Springs Close Greenway
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Get your tickets to this wild west mystery dinner show for low country barbecue and a hog-wallerin' good time!

Cost: Tickets start at $7

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Contact Name: Angelina
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Celebrate Father's Day to the sounds of all of your favorite John Williams movie scores, including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T., and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Cost: $11.51 adults, $4.11 youth, and children younger than 12 are free

Where:
Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Rd.
, NC
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Listen to the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony and enjoy the summer evenings. June 13: The Krueger Brothers, 7:30pm, Knight Theater June 17: Music of John Williams: Star Wars...

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

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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The City of Gastonia has decided to make its Fourth of July festival bigger, longer, and so much BETTER! The Gastonia July 4th Festival is now officially the Gaston All American Fair. A bigger...

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Rd.
Gastonia, NC
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Toot! Toot! Experience Day Out With Thomas like never before at Tweetsie Railroad. Ride the train behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hat, play in Imagination Station, and enjoy...

Cost: Free for children age 2 and under, $30 for children age 3-12, and $45 for adults

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC
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Telephone: 828-264-9061
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Meditation is a perfect tool to introduce into a child’s day to promote inner strength and mental and emotional well-being. In this weekly class, children will learn simple meditations and...

Cost: $5 per child

Where:
Kadampa Meditation Center North Carolina
528 East Blvd.
, NC  28203
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Telephone: 630-202-7757
Contact Name:
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Carowinds is kicking off summer Carolina-style with an all-new event: Great Carolina Fest! Visit for genuine Carolina food, craft brews, local entertainment, and down-home family fun.

Cost: Included with admission to Carowinds.

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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Enjoy the exciting and educational Flights of the Forest show. Viewers can feel the wind from a raptor's wing it they flies overhead. Participants must be 7 or older; children 16 and...

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Enjoy a variety of "nose to beak" encounters with some of the most interesting raptor species. Purchase tickets online up until 24 hours before the encounter, and in the Visitor Center up...

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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Community Rides a re a fun and relaxing way to discover neighborhoods, parks, and public facilities within Rock Hill. Check website for location as it changes each month. All riders must wear a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rock Hill, SC


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Bring a picnic and enjoy live music. Every Sunday from Jun. 3-Aug. 26.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fourth Ward Park
301 N. Poplar St
, NC
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Bring comfy chairs, a blanket and picnic to enjoy music outdoors. Dates: April 22, May 6 and 20, June 10 and 17, July 4, and August 12 and 19.

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Village Green
Intersection of Main Street and Concord Road
, NC
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Bring comfy chairs, a blanket and picnic to enjoy music outdoors.  April 22, May 6 and 20, June 10 and 17, July 4, and August 12 and 19.

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Green
corner of Main Street and Concord Road
Davidson, NC
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Grease is the word, and the word is alive on stage at CPCC for Summer 2018! Return to Rydell High School 1959 for Senior Year. Featuring songs from both the original musical ("Summer...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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The annual comic book convention organized by owners of the Heroes Aren't Hard to Find comic book store offers a family-friendly atmosphere. HeroesCon is known nationwide as a "must"...

Cost: Passes start at $20; kids 12 and under get in free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This exhibit features more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. The photographs in the museum, ranging from just a few inches to floor-to-ceiling murals, explore an assortment...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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

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

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1286
Contact Name: Stephanie Wisnet
Website »

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

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Juneteenth is a celebration that celebrates the end of the enslavement of African-American people in the United States. The festival includes a Children’s Village, fashion show, music,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood
Thomas Ave. and Commonwealth Ave.
, NC
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Come try Tinkergarten for free! These fun, educational classes take place in the great outdoors. See website for more information and registration.

Cost: Free

Where:
Veteran's Memorial Park
2136 Central Ave.
, NC
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The City of Gastonia has decided to make its Fourth of July festival bigger, longer, and so much BETTER! The Gastonia July 4th Festival is now officially the Gaston All American Fair. A bigger...

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Rd.
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting.  Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

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

Where:
Hawk Ridge Elementary
9201 Bryant Farms Road
Chalotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

Keep your child entertained and engaged during summer break with an art class. All experience levels are welcome! Follow the artists simple step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece.

Cost: $20

Where:
Cajun Canvas
11116-B South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


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
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Preschool-age children can explore nature with songs, games, crafts, and play in Lost Hollow.

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1252
Website »

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Carowinds is kicking off summer Carolina-style with an all-new event: Great Carolina Fest! Visit for genuine Carolina food, craft brews, local entertainment, and down-home family fun.

Cost: Included with admission to Carowinds.

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-588-2600
Website »

More information

Join the Anne Springs Close Greenway every first and third Monday for our community preschool programs! Preschoolers will complete nature themed literature activities, crafts, hikes, and use their...

Cost: $2 (plus $5 entry fee for non members)

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln.
Fort Mill, SC
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Bring your children to the Garden for a morning of sensory exploration, singing and fun. Explore colors, shapes, movement, texture and a host of other topics in a safe and nurturing environment.

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

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1252
Website »

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The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout is grassroots racing at its finest, providing up-and-coming young drivers with valuable experience in Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte’s...

Cost: $8; free for children 13 and younger

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1114
Website »

More information

Grease is the word, and the word is alive on stage at CPCC for Summer 2018! Return to Rydell High School 1959 for Senior Year. Featuring songs from both the original musical ("Summer...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Tickets start at $17

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


Website »

More information

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Celebrate Summer Break with free performances at ImaginOn all summer long! This week's performer is The Amazing Mr. Archer. Don’t miss out on a unique storytelling balloon experience. The...

Cost: Free

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

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As a complement to the Charlotte community’s traditional celebration of Juneteenth, Levine Museum of the New South will host a free, educational family day with the goal of underscoring the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The City of Gastonia has decided to make its Fourth of July festival bigger, longer, and so much BETTER! The Gastonia July 4th Festival is now officially the Gaston All American Fair. A bigger...

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Rd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Hawk Ridge Elementary
9201 Bryant Farms Road
Chalotte, NC  28277
View map »


Telephone: 704-716-4609
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

Keep your child entertained and engaged during summer break with an art class. All experience levels are welcome! Follow the artists simple step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece.

Cost: $20

Where:
Cajun Canvas
11116-B South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


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

Carowinds is kicking off summer Carolina-style with an all-new event: Great Carolina Fest! Visit for genuine Carolina food, craft brews, local entertainment, and down-home family fun.

Cost: Included with admission to Carowinds.

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-588-2600
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $3.70

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

Cost: $1

Where:
Regal Entertainment Cinemas
, NC


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

Cost: $1

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

Cost: $8

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

Cost: $8

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-348-5770
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The Rosa Parks Farmers Market kicks off its third season on Tuesday, June 5. Shoppers can enjoy more food options, a bigger location, and better hours! Visit the market every Tuesday from June...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $8; free for children 13 and younger

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Grease is the word, and the word is alive on stage at CPCC for Summer 2018! Return to Rydell High School 1959 for Senior Year. Featuring songs from both the original musical ("Summer...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

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

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

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

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

Cost: $1

Where:
Gem Theater
111 West 1st St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Jump Bunch classes are designed to keep children moving while having fun! Children will use critical thinking skills and teamwork during these age appropriate activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Rd.
, NC
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Learn about reptiles and amphibians and explore nature with Parks and Recreation. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Learn about reptiles and amphibians and explore nature with Parks and Recreation. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Join us for our summer break program, presented by The Amazing Mr. Archer. Mr. Archer provides a unique storytelling experience through balloon entertainment. This program is for rising 1st to...

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Rd.
, NC
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Spend a beautiful summer evening kayaking on the still waters of Lake Haigler. The guide will outfit guests with a kayak and Personal Flotation Device (PFD) before exploring the lake and...

Cost: $15 for single kayak, $20 for tandem kayak

Where:
Rush Pavilion at Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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The City of Gastonia has decided to make its Fourth of July festival bigger, longer, and so much BETTER! The Gastonia July 4th Festival is now officially the Gaston All American Fair. A bigger...

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Rd.
Gastonia, NC
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Certified technicians will check and help families install carseats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting.  Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

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

Where:
Hawk Ridge Elementary
9201 Bryant Farms Road
Chalotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Keep your child entertained and engaged during summer break with an art class. All experience levels are welcome! Follow the artists simple step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece.

Cost: $20

Where:
Cajun Canvas
11116-B South Tryon St.
, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Carowinds is kicking off summer Carolina-style with an all-new event: Great Carolina Fest! Visit for genuine Carolina food, craft brews, local entertainment, and down-home family fun.

Cost: Included with admission to Carowinds.

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

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

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

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Rd.
Rock Hill, NC
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In this four-part summer series of interactive classes, kids will learn about the critters that are important to our gardens. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. June 6: Birds June...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Regal Entertainment Cinemas, which includes Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, Regal Starlight Stadium 14 - Charlotte, Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22, Regal...

Cost: $1

Where:
Regal Entertainment Cinemas
, NC


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

Cost: $1

Where:
Redstone 14
9650 RedStone Drive
Indian Land, NC
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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Bring your lawn chairs, drinks and snacks, and be prepared to dance at this weekly event that features the music of local bands. Occurs Wednesdays with the exception of July Fourth. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Grease is the word, and the word is alive on stage at CPCC for Summer 2018! Return to Rydell High School 1959 for Senior Year. Featuring songs from both the original musical ("Summer...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Website »

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

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

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

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

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

Cost: Tickets start at $17

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

Cost: $1

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

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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It's time for the Shower Me With Love and Caroline Grace warehouse sale! We are back at Waverly Place in Cary, NC and will be across from Whole Foods. Wed., 6-9pm; Thurs., 10am-6pm; Fri....

Where:
Waverly Place
302 Colonades Way
Cary, NC
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Children are invited to participate in a free swim lesson at the Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center. Lessons will begin at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. All registration begins at 9:00 AM on June 21....

Cost: Free

Where:
Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center
2014 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Learn about and explore the world of magic with Professor Whizzpop, a magician bringing books to life. Books are brought to life in Professor Whizzpop’s hilarious, engaging and ever so...

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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ArtBreak tours are free, thirty minute guided tours each third Thursday at the Harvey B. Gantt Center, Mint Museum Uptown, and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Visitors can choose one of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture at Levine Center for the Arts
551 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Take a familly-friendly tour of the McMillan Greenhouse before stepping inside the classroom to make your very own orchid craft. Parent participation required. 

Cost: $5 per child for non-members, free with family membership

Where:
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Greenhouse
9090 Craver Road
, NC
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Sponsor: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Telephone: 704-687-0721
Contact Name: Wendy Wilson
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Join us at Scaleybark Library as we kick off our summer reading program for readers of all ages. We’ll have face painting, balloon creations,  and snacks. Make sure to stick around for our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Rd.
, NC
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A variety of singing and musical elements combine to bring an engaging story time filled with fun and music education. Children will listen to books being read about music and learn about musical...

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Dr.
, NC
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Enjoy this hilarious, engaging and brilliant “Read to Achieve” Magic Show! This show is designed to inspire library attendees to become eager readers and reading heroes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Rd.
, NC
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Watch ‘Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom’ at Our Town Cinemas at this pre-screening event. Proceeds benefit the IGNITE Program for individuals with high-functioning autism and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Our Town Cinemas
227 Griffith Street
Davidson, NC  28036
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Telephone: 704-897-8982
Contact Name: Alicia DiDomizio
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The City of Gastonia has decided to make its Fourth of July festival bigger, longer, and so much BETTER! The Gastonia July 4th Festival is now officially the Gaston All American Fair. A bigger...

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Rd.
Gastonia, NC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting.  Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

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

Where:
Hawk Ridge Elementary
9201 Bryant Farms Road
Chalotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

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

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

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

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Discover the joys of yoga with your girl! During this fun class taught by instructors from Twist Kid Yoga at American Girl, your girl will learn to connect her mind and body through movement. After...

Cost: $15

Where:
American Girl Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Rd.
, NC  28211
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Telephone: 877-247-5223.
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Keep your child entertained and engaged during summer break with an art class. All experience levels are welcome! Follow the artists simple step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece.

Cost: $20

Where:
Cajun Canvas
11116-B South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


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

Carowinds is kicking off summer Carolina-style with an all-new event: Great Carolina Fest! Visit for genuine Carolina food, craft brews, local entertainment, and down-home family fun.

Cost: Included with admission to Carowinds.

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-588-2600
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Artists from Clayworks will teach participants how to create their own clay project. Participants will also have the option to take a turn on the potter’s wheel.  All projects will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Tuckaseegee Rd.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1121
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $3.70

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

Cost: $1

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

Cost: $8

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

Cost: $8

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

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Enjoy live music on Thursdays in June, July and August. Concerts will take place in the Comporium Amphitheater, a popular Greenway venue that features lawn-style seating beneath a shady tree...

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

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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Enjoy summer nights with outdoor music. Food and alcohol available to purchase. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Crossing Paths Park
120 Blythe Dr.
Indian Trail, NC
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Jam out on the third Thursday of every month to a different band. Enjoy the warm weather while rocking out in Crossing Paths Park. Guests can also enjoy lawn games, a kids playground, wine and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crossing Paths Park
120 Blythe Dr.
Indian Trail, NC
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Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at this weekly summer concert series.  There are additional activities like yoga or organized runs on certain nights before the show starts.

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Grease is the word, and the word is alive on stage at CPCC for Summer 2018! Return to Rydell High School 1959 for Senior Year. Featuring songs from both the original musical ("Summer...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod...

Cost: $15 per person. Cash or check only.

Where:
Carrigan Farms Quarry
West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Meet remarkable live frogs from all over the world whose unique "superpowers" have adapted over time to help them survive. This exhibition uses a graphic novel approach throughout,...

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up for some outside entertainment. Drinks, popcorn, candy available for purchase. Movies start 5-15 minutes after sunset. April 5: Bradford...

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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

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

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

Cost: Tickets start at $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salisbury offers $1 movies as part of the Summer Movie Clubhouse. To save even more money, buy the bundle of all 10 weeks worth of movies for just $5. Check the...

Cost: $1

Where:
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Road
Salisbury, NC
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It's time for the Shower Me With Love and Caroline Grace warehouse sale! We are back at Waverly Place in Cary, NC and will be across from Whole Foods. Wed., 6-9pm; Thurs., 10am-6pm; Fri....

Where:
Waverly Place
302 Colonades Way
Cary, NC
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Come see Coco (PG)! Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Enjoy live music, food trucks, a kids zone and a beverage garden. 

Cost: Free

Where:
S. Main St. and Stowe Park
Belmont, NC
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Watch ‘Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom’ at Our Town Cinemas at this pre-screening event. Proceeds benefit the IGNITE Program for individuals with high-functioning autism and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Our Town Cinemas
227 Griffith Street
Davidson, NC  28036
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Telephone: 704-897-8982
Contact Name: Alicia DiDomizio
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The City of Gastonia has decided to make its Fourth of July festival bigger, longer, and so much BETTER! The Gastonia July 4th Festival is now officially the Gaston All American Fair. A bigger...

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Rd.
Gastonia, NC
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Come in for free Literacy Labs with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast sessions are from 8-9:30 a.m., and lunch sessions 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
UWI/Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albermarle Road
2nd Floor
, NC
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Safe Sitter Camp is designed to prepare campers to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting.  Camp is filled with fun games and role playing to help prepare...

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

Where:
Hawk Ridge Elementary
9201 Bryant Farms Road
Chalotte, NC  28277
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Telephone: 704-716-4609
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old. Storyland...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Keep your child entertained and engaged during summer break with an art class. All experience levels are welcome! Follow the artists simple step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece.

Cost: $20

Where:
Cajun Canvas
11116-B South Tryon St.
, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Carowinds is kicking off summer Carolina-style with an all-new event: Great Carolina Fest! Visit for genuine Carolina food, craft brews, local entertainment, and down-home family fun.

Cost: Included with admission to Carowinds.

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

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

Where:
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Visit Main Library in Rock Hill this summer for a different musical every week. Bring a snack, a friend, and your dancing shoes! Light refreshments will be provided.  

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Come enjoy some music with your meal at Romare Bearden Park's Music Box Lunch, which occurs every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

Cost: Free

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-348-5770
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Get free entry to the Schiele Museum every second Tuesday of the month from 4-8pm and every fourth Friday of the month from 1-5pm. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Boulevard
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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

Cost: Free

Where:
, NC


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Set in 1926, this fast-paced musical dinner show offers Southern food with classic Southern songs. Watch the gospel truths unfold through the eyes and imagination of Tennessee! Show times every...

Cost: Tickets starting at $7

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

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Each Friday and Saturday, starting May 25 through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family. 

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Ste. 206
Huntersville, NC
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Grease is the word, and the word is alive on stage at CPCC for Summer 2018! Return to Rydell High School 1959 for Senior Year. Featuring songs from both the original musical ("Summer...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Bring blankets and chairs and watch a movie outside with the family. May 25: "Cars 3" June 8: "Beauty and the Beast" June 22: "Sing" July 6: "Airplane"...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 W. C St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Concerts start at 7pm; movies start at dusk. June 1: Coconut Groove June 22: "Wonder" June 28: Charlotte Symphony, begins at 8:15pm July 13: Red Dirt Revival July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

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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
Website »

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This exhibition is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta. It contains fashions made during the span of his...

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first.See website for showtimes.

Cost: $21+

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

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

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Listen to the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony and enjoy the summer evenings. June 13: The Krueger Brothers, 7:30pm, Knight Theater June 17: Music of John Williams: Star Wars...

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

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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

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

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

Cost: Tickets start at $17

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

Where:
Waverly Place
302 Colonades Way
Cary, NC
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Get dirty at the Epic Mud Maze, which is set in 2.5 acres of mud! The course covers 0.45 miles if participants follow the correct path. On average, participants complete the maze in 30 to 45...

Cost: $65 at the event, $39 for early registration with promo code: britt

Where:
Hodges Family Farm
3900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC  28215
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Start the summer off on the right ‘step’ with the Strides For Shelter 5K Run/Walk. The event will be held at McAlpine Park in Charlotte and offers a full morning of activities for the...

Cost: Starting at $15

Where:
McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC  28212
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Sponsor: Housing Opportunity Foundation
Telephone: 704-940-3147
Contact Name: Stacy Baum
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The N.C. Transportation Museum's annual Fire Truck Festival represents the largest gathering of fire trucks in the state of North Carolina.  Registrations are currently being accepted to...

Cost: Tickets start at $4, Children 2 and under are free

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Draw inspiration from many different artistic styles, including impressionism and surrealism, to create a original works of art using acrylic paints on canvas in this fun Saturday class.

Cost: $30 per class

Where:
Cebter for the Arts
121 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC  29730
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Telephone: 803-323-1966

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Intro to Trails Hikes are designed to show different trails on the Greenway, teach hikers how to read the trail signs and maps, and give more information about the Greenway. The hike will start...

Cost: Free for members, $5 entry fee for non members

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Come celebrate the opening of a new segment of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway/Cross Charlotte Trail between Tyvola Road and Huntingtowne Farms Park. Limited parking is available off Tyvola...

Cost: Free

Where:
Greenway near Little Sugar Creek wastewater treatment plant
, NC


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Simple yoga practices presented in this class are designed to help you cut through the struggle and walk through life with ease.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hindu Center of Charlotte
7400 City View Dr.
, NC
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Sponsor: Isha Foundation
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Which specific native plants are host or nectar providers for Piedmont butterflies? Learn how soil, shade, and drainage affects your butterfly-friendly landscaping plans. The museum will host...

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Rd.
Rock Hill, NC
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Learn control surfaces through the open cockpit experiences of the Cessna 150, F-4 Fighter Jet, and the Boeing 727 Commercial Airliner Procedures Trainer.

Cost: $15 for members, $25 for non-members

Where:
Carolina's Aviation Museum
4672 1st Flight Dr.
, NC
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Join City Barbeque in celebrating its first birthday in University Place! Enjoy $1 rib bones all day (while supplies last) and fun family activities. Schedule: • Balloon artist: Noon-2...

Cost: Free

Where:
City Barbeque University Place
8948 JM Keynes Drive
Suite 420
, NC
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Telephone: 704-516-9118
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Northlake Mall is partnering with CMPD Animal Care and Control for a mobile pet adoption and “Check Your Chip” clinic to make sure your dog’s microchip information is correct. Dog...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Dr
, NC
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The first annual Waverly block party is a two-part event featuring fun for all ages. The party begins from 11am-3pm with kids’ crafts, a video game truck, bounce house, and DJ. Be sure to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Waverly Charlotte
Charlotte, NC  28277


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The Cabarrus Arts Council’s Family Days feature fun and creative activities for children in The Galleries and Davis Theatre. Make crafts at Creation Stations throughout The Galleries, take a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union Street South
Concord, NC
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Come celebrate the Ayrsley neighborhood. The block party will feature food and drink vendors along with live music and local retailers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Piedmont Social House
2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd.
Ste. C
, NC
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Enjoy the Great American Campout celebration on the Greenway! Participate in fun activities for all ages, including a guided family-friendly hike, fort building, gaga ball, field games, kayaking...

Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non members

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
195 Adventure Rd.
Fort Mill, SC
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Creativity, imagination, intuition, philosophy, daydreaming, driving, and singing are all controlled by the right side of the brain. Impromptu will explore our creative side with familiar songs...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 N College St.
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Voices
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Grab your sleeping bags, and come join us for a night under the stars! We will offer fishing, kayaking, archery, a scavenger hunt, a Night Explorations Hike and, of course, a hot dog dinner...

Cost: $10 for members ($35 for family of 4); $15 for non members ($40 for family of 4)

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
195 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Watch a performance by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at the Bailey Road Park Bandshell. Rockie Lynne will open and will perform a number of patriotic songs. The evening will conclude with a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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The City of Gastonia has decided to make its Fourth of July festival bigger, longer, and so much BETTER! The Gastonia July 4th Festival is now officially the Gaston All American Fair. A bigger...

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Eastridge Mall
246 N New Hope Rd.
Gastonia, NC
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Run and bounce your way through the Insane Inflatable 5K. Feel like a kid again while getting fit!

Cost: $55 plus $10 cash for parking

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy.
Concord, NC
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The market runs from June through September. Multiple vendors offer fresh produce, as well as a selection of homemade goods like salsa, butter, honey, bread, eggs, cheese, soaps, cookies, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Liberty Park
225 E. Iredell Ave.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $25

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

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Carowinds is kicking off summer Carolina-style with an all-new event: Great Carolina Fest! Visit for genuine Carolina food, craft brews, local entertainment, and down-home family fun.

Cost: Included with admission to Carowinds.

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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Amazing Butterflies Maze, produced and traveled by Minotaur Mazes, is an interactive learning experience within a maze setting. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey...

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

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

Cost: Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Rd.
Rock Hill, NC
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This parade of fashion explores the relationship between changes in the world and changes in clothing. The exhibit highlights some of the peaks of Kings Mountain fashion and showcases some hidden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Geared towards children ages 3 and younger, this class will focus on movement and energy release. Parent participation required.  

Cost: $6 per class

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1294
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Enjoy the exciting and educational Flights of the Forest show. Viewers can feel the wind from a raptor's wing it they flies overhead. Participants must be 7 or older; children 16 and...

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
Telephone: 704-875-6521
Contact Name: Michele Houck
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Enjoy a variety of "nose to beak" encounters with some of the most interesting raptor species. Purchase tickets online up until 24 hours before the encounter, and in the Visitor Center up...

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

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

Cost: Free; $6 parking fee

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

Cost: Free

Where:
The Green at Promenade on Providence
corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485
, NC
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Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Each Friday and Saturday, starting May 25 through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family. 

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Birkdale Village
8712 Lindholm Drive
Ste. 206
Huntersville, NC
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Grease is the word, and the word is alive on stage at CPCC for Summer 2018! Return to Rydell High School 1959 for Senior Year. Featuring songs from both the original musical ("Summer...

Cost: Tickets start at $10

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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The Year of the Engineer is an initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers. It includes the opening of an all-new Thinker Space lab and exhibition Think it Up, along with the...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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This exhibit highlights selected works from the Locke collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject. 

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

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

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

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

Cost: $10-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first.See website for showtimes.

Cost: $21+

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

Cost: $13-$17, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators. After...

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

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

Cost: Tickets start at $17

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

Where:
Waverly Place
302 Colonades Way
Cary, NC
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