How To Plan An Out-of-the-Country Vacation For The Whole Family

Follow these tips for an international adventure you'll never forget.


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My son was 4 months old the first time he flew with us on an international flight to visit his French grandparents. Seven years later, and a half dozen more trips abroad with two kids, we’ve become much savvier travelers. These tips from local travel pros (along with some lessons I learned the hard way) can help you sit back, relax and enjoy your trip from start to finish.


All About Passports

You can’t go abroad without one, and the passport process is time-consuming — so start early. First, make sure your passport is up-to-date. All travelers, even infants, need them to fly abroad. For children, both parents must be present (or provide notarized authorization) when submitting applications. Normal processing takes up to six weeks, but passports can be expedited in half the time for an additional fee. Most passport acceptance facilities require appointments weeks in advance, but certain locations allow walk-ups.


A Trip for Every Age

Michael Weil, owner of Magic Happens Travel and Cruises in Cary, urges clients to carefully consider the ages of their kids when choosing the kind of trip to take abroad. For young children, he recommends short, interactive excursions, an all-inclusive resort or cruises that provide a variety of kid- centric activities. If traveling with teens, Weil avoids booking early-morning tours so they can catch up on their sleep during vacation. Start planning several months out for the best prices and availability.


To Schedule or Not Schedule Tours?

Who wants to wait in line at the Eiffel Tower? Booking advance tickets to popular destinations can save you hours of time. Just be careful not to overdo it, Weil says. Many first-time travelers underestimate distances and exhaust themselves. Try to balance scheduled excursions with free time. Sometimes spending a couple of hours people watching from a café can be even more rewarding than racing to another museum.


SEE ALSO: Acing Airport Security With Kids


Where to Stay

Hotel rooms, especially in Europe, are notoriously small. Short-term apartment rentals with kitchens can be found on airbnb.com or vrbo.com, and are great alternatives for families. Having your own space and the opportunity to enjoy family-style meals can help you save money and recharge during your time away from home.


Staying Safe

“Safety concerns are very important to be proactive with as well as to understand,” Weil says. Check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State websites for information on potential health risks — like Zika for pregnant women — or political instability in regions you’re visiting. You can also learn whether you need any vaccinations or visas, and you can register your trip in case of emergencies.


Pack Light, Essentials Included

Herbert Judon, assistant aviation director of operations for Charlotte Douglas Airport, flies all over the world with his own kids, ages 8 and 10, but it was a trip to Paris that transformed their packing technique.

“We made the mistake of having four large bags,” Judon says. That turned a routine train-transfer from Charles de Gaulle airport to Disneyland Paris into a virtual nightmare.” If you plan on walking — even to your hotel — (that) may dictate how you pack, especially with small children.”

Do take comfortable walking shoes, sunblock, a hat, insect repellent and rain gear. Plan to dress in layers to deal with temperature variations, but remember clothing can be worn and easily washed even while traveling.


Liz Rothaus Bertrand lives in Charlotte. She loves to travel and write about her adventures.


SEE ALSO: 5 Essential Airplane Travel Items for Kids Under Five

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March 2017

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Cost: Free; additional cost for photos

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Concord Mills
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6500 S. New Hope Road
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1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
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300 E. 7th St.
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Levine Museum of the New South
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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
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Telephone: 704-868-2164
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Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
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Telephone: 704-416-4800
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Levine Museum of the New South
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Cost: Free

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2900 Rocky River Road
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Telephone: 980-314-1119
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Cost: Free

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Rowan Public Library East Branch
110 Broad St.
Rockwell, NC  28138
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Telephone: 704-216-8228
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Cost: Free

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Beatties Ford Rd Regional Library
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Charlotte, NC  28216
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Telephone: 704-416-3000
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Cost: Free

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Rowan Public Library East Branch
110 Broad St.
Rockwell, NC  28138
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920 Kimball Road
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Cost: $6-$7

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


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

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Cost: $13-$17

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

More information

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Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704--372-6261
Website »

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Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

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This exhibit explores themes of motherhood, the role of women, the intensity of their hearts, and their embodiment as nature by highlighting the works of renowned artist Alison Saar....

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

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Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

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Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

This collection features 45 reproductions of drawings by Alberto Giacometti, made over the course of his career, from the beginning of his art training up to the portfolio's publication. To...

Cost: $4-$8

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


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

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Cost: $4-$8

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


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection, full of documentary photography and personal visual storytelling, provides insight into often-overlooked aspects of Black fatherhood. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Local artist Lambeth Marshall studied ceramics and design at UNC Charlotte.  She has been working in clay for over 40 years and was a painter beforehand. She is now producing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery
7510 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC  28226
View map »


Telephone: 704-541-0741
Website »

More information

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Cost: $6-$7

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Oasis in Space takes visitors on a voyage through the Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, and the Universe beyond in search of liquid water--a key element for life here on Earth. Tues.-Fri., 4pm; Sat.,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Enjoy an immersive race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings.  Learn about the Moon's resources and what humanity's future there might be.  Discover...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

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Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park
Princeton Ave. Entrance
Charlotte, NC  28209
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Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-868-2164
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Revolutionary Charlotte explores Colonial Life and the American Revolution in the Backcountry of North Carolina. Students become reporters and gather information from residents to better understand...

Cost: $10 per child, $25 per family

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC  28215
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Teens can play gooey games and make crafts with marshmallows. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Mill Public Library
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4114
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This exhibition of paintings by Harlem-based artist, Jordan Casteel, explore the intimacy and immortalization of her subjects, including family, patrons, and neighbors. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm;...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-7347
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Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

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This original exhibit features archaeological and historical collections on loan from the Schiele Museum of Natural History, the Inn of the Patriots, and several private collectors. The display...

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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A storytime designed for children 18 to 35 month olds and their parent/caregivers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library South
920 Kimball Road
China Grove, NC  28023
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Telephone: 704-216-8228
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A storytime designed fro children ages 18 to 35 month olds and their parent/caregiver. 30 minutes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library Headquarters
201 West Fisher St.
Salisbury, NC  28144
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Telephone: 704-216-8228
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Visit Town Center to see examples of how magnets attract and repel certain objects. Also at 2:15pm.

Cost: $10

Where:
Discovery Place KIDS
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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A storytime  for children in Pre-K to 5th grade. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library East Branch
201 West Fisher St.
Rockwell, NC  28138
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Telephone: 704-216-8228
Website »

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PreK to 5th graders lean art terms, techniques and work on art projects. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library East Branch
110 Broad St.
Rockwell, NC  28138
View map »


Telephone: 704-216-8228
Website »

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Children ages 7 to 9  can practice their reading skills in a relaxed "dog-friendly" atmosphere. Canine listeners provided by Therapy Dogs International. Reservations are recommended...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library Headquarters
201 West Fisher St.
Salisbury, NC  28144
View map »


Telephone: 704-216-8228
Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

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


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Celebrate the rich heritage of various Chinese ethnic festivals and folk arts in this exhibit. Presented by Tower Bridge International Education, this walkthrough presentation features multimedia...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704--372-6261
Website »

More information

Explore the moon, stars and beyond in the new planetarium. Housed in the museum's original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium Zeta...

Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This exhibit explores themes of motherhood, the role of women, the intensity of their hearts, and their embodiment as nature by highlighting the works of renowned artist Alison Saar....

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty, which was originally brought to light by President Lyndon Johnson. Directed by Roger May, the...

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

This exhibit features 60 pieces of art from the 2016 Birds in Art exhibition originally organized by Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Art and bird lovers alike will appreciate...

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

This collection features 45 reproductions of drawings by Alberto Giacometti, made over the course of his career, from the beginning of his art training up to the portfolio's publication. To...

Cost: $4-$8

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


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This exhibition will expand on works from the museum's collection, including modern and contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Max Bill, Italo Valenti, and more. The...

Cost: $4-$8

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


Telephone: 704-353-9200
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This collection, full of documentary photography and personal visual storytelling, provides insight into often-overlooked aspects of Black fatherhood. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Local artist Lambeth Marshall studied ceramics and design at UNC Charlotte.  She has been working in clay for over 40 years and was a painter beforehand. She is now producing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery
7510 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC  28226
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Telephone: 704-541-0741
Website »

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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

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

More information

Oasis in Space takes visitors on a voyage through the Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, and the Universe beyond in search of liquid water--a key element for life here on Earth. Tues.-Fri., 4pm; Sat.,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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

More information

Enjoy an immersive race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings.  Learn about the Moon's resources and what humanity's future there might be.  Discover...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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

More information

Explore two fascinating topics in one science theater program in the Spring Sky Show. First, explore the constellations of spring in a seasonal stargazing tour of the night sky.  Then,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Spend time at each program station for a hands-on look and creative interaction with the cycles of plants and animals. 

Cost: $8-$12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1270
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This 20-minute program consists of picture-book sharing, finger plays, songs, and rhymes. Also at 1:30pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-868-2164
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Learn about bolas, an ancient hunting tool that was used for putting meat on the table for previous generation. Receive instruction on how to build your own bolas using simple materials, and take...

Cost: $8

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704- 875-1391
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Mike Baxter, History Professor at Central Piedmont Community College and Belmont Abbey College, will discuss recent archaeological excavations at the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC  28086
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

This exhibition of paintings by Harlem-based artist, Jordan Casteel, explore the intimacy and immortalization of her subjects, including family, patrons, and neighbors. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm;...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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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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Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

More information

K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and here in Charlotte. Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media,...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

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A storytime designed for babies birth to 23 month olds and their parent/caregivers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library Headquarters
201 West Fisher St.
Salisbury, NC  28144
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Telephone: 704-216-8228
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A storytime designed for babies birth to 23 month olds and their parent/caregivers. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library South
920 Kimball Road
China Grove, NC  28023
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Telephone: 704-216-8228
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This original exhibit features archaeological and historical collections on loan from the Schiele Museum of Natural History, the Inn of the Patriots, and several private collectors. The display...

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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"Wee" ones 3 years and younger and their caregivers can enjoy stories, movement with music, and a seasonal craft during.

Cost: $6

Where:
Main Street Children's Museum
133 E Main St.
Rock Hill, SC  29730
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Telephone: 803-909-7244
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Children ages 3-6 years can share stories through books, songs, and other activities. Also at 1:30pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-868-2164
Website »

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A storytime for children Pre-K to 5th grade.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library South
920 Kimball Road
China Grove, NC  28023
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Telephone: 704-216-8228
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PreK to 5th graders learn art terms, techniques and work on art projects. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library South
920 Kimball Road
China Grove, NC  28023
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Telephone: 704-216-8228
Website »

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Explore the mint museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph | 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown | 500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2018
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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

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


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Celebrate the rich heritage of various Chinese ethnic festivals and folk arts in this exhibit. Presented by Tower Bridge International Education, this walkthrough presentation features multimedia...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704--372-6261
Website »

More information

Explore the moon, stars and beyond in the new planetarium. Housed in the museum's original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium Zeta...

Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This exhibit explores themes of motherhood, the role of women, the intensity of their hearts, and their embodiment as nature by highlighting the works of renowned artist Alison Saar....

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty, which was originally brought to light by President Lyndon Johnson. Directed by Roger May, the...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

This exhibit features 60 pieces of art from the 2016 Birds in Art exhibition originally organized by Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Art and bird lovers alike will appreciate...

Cost: $5-$8

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

More information

This collection features 45 reproductions of drawings by Alberto Giacometti, made over the course of his career, from the beginning of his art training up to the portfolio's publication. To...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This exhibition will expand on works from the museum's collection, including modern and contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Max Bill, Italo Valenti, and more. The...

Cost: $4-$8

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


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection, full of documentary photography and personal visual storytelling, provides insight into often-overlooked aspects of Black fatherhood. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Local artist Lambeth Marshall studied ceramics and design at UNC Charlotte.  She has been working in clay for over 40 years and was a painter beforehand. She is now producing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery
7510 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC  28226
View map »


Telephone: 704-541-0741
Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Oasis in Space takes visitors on a voyage through the Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, and the Universe beyond in search of liquid water--a key element for life here on Earth. Tues.-Fri., 4pm; Sat.,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Enjoy an immersive race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings.  Learn about the Moon's resources and what humanity's future there might be.  Discover...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Explore two fascinating topics in one science theater program in the Spring Sky Show. First, explore the constellations of spring in a seasonal stargazing tour of the night sky.  Then,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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

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At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader, Wendy Garofalo, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Park Road Park
6220 Park Road
Charlotte, NC  28210
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This 20-minute program consists of picture-book sharing, finger plays, songs, and rhymes. Also at 1:30pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-868-2164
Website »

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The three little pigs are  in danger as the big bad wolf threatens to blow their houses down! Can you help build a strong safe house for the pigs to live in?

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
Website »

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Kids can choose from old favorites or learn critical thinking skills and problem solving with a new board game. 

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4630
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In honor of Women's History Month, the Gantt Center hosts an evening celebrating the life and work of artist and activist Dr. Maya Angelou. The evening begins with a screening of the PBS...

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibition of paintings by Harlem-based artist, Jordan Casteel, explore the intimacy and immortalization of her subjects, including family, patrons, and neighbors. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm;...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

More information

K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and here in Charlotte. Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media,...

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

This original exhibit features archaeological and historical collections on loan from the Schiele Museum of Natural History, the Inn of the Patriots, and several private collectors. The display...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

A storytime designed for children ages 3 to 5 with their parent/caregivers. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library South
920 Kimball Road
China Grove, NC  28023
View map »


Telephone: 704-216-8228
Website »

More information

This storytime is designed for children ages 3 to 5 with their parent/caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library East Branch
110 Broad St.
Salisbury, NC  28138
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Telephone: 704-216-8228
Website »

More information

This storytime is designed for children ages 3 to 5 with their parent/caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library Headquarters
201 West Fisher St.
Salisbury, NC  28144
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Telephone: 704-216-8228
Website »

More information

A storytime for children Pre-K to 5th grade. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library Headquarters
201 West Fisher St.
Salisbury, NC  28144
View map »


Telephone: 704-216-8228
Website »

More information

PreK to 5th graders learn art terms, techniques and work on art projects. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Rowan Public Library Headquarters
201 West Fisher St.
Salisbury, NC  28144
View map »


Telephone: 704-216-8228
Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

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


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Celebrate the rich heritage of various Chinese ethnic festivals and folk arts in this exhibit. Presented by Tower Bridge International Education, this walkthrough presentation features multimedia...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704--372-6261
Website »

More information

Explore the moon, stars and beyond in the new planetarium. Housed in the museum's original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium Zeta...

Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This exhibit explores themes of motherhood, the role of women, the intensity of their hearts, and their embodiment as nature by highlighting the works of renowned artist Alison Saar....

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty, which was originally brought to light by President Lyndon Johnson. Directed by Roger May, the...

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

This exhibit features 60 pieces of art from the 2016 Birds in Art exhibition originally organized by Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Art and bird lovers alike will appreciate...

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

This collection features 45 reproductions of drawings by Alberto Giacometti, made over the course of his career, from the beginning of his art training up to the portfolio's publication. To...

Cost: $4-$8

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


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This exhibition will expand on works from the museum's collection, including modern and contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Max Bill, Italo Valenti, and more. The...

Cost: $4-$8

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


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection, full of documentary photography and personal visual storytelling, provides insight into often-overlooked aspects of Black fatherhood. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Local artist Lambeth Marshall studied ceramics and design at UNC Charlotte.  She has been working in clay for over 40 years and was a painter beforehand. She is now producing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery
7510 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC  28226
View map »


Telephone: 704-541-0741
Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Oasis in Space takes visitors on a voyage through the Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, and the Universe beyond in search of liquid water--a key element for life here on Earth. Tues.-Fri., 4pm; Sat.,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Enjoy an immersive race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings.  Learn about the Moon's resources and what humanity's future there might be.  Discover...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Explore two fascinating topics in one science theater program in the Spring Sky Show. First, explore the constellations of spring in a seasonal stargazing tour of the night sky.  Then,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

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Celebrate National Girl Scout Week and get outside on a no-school day. Participate in fun activities like hunting for creepy crawlies, geocaching, and fort building. Then relax and roast your own...

Cost: $5

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Telephone: 704-588-5224
Website »

More information

Stop by the nature center and learn more about your favorite creatures from a naturalist. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-875-1391
Website »

More information

Avengers will begin at 11am and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" at 2pm. Both rated PG-13, their runtimes are 142 min. and 141 min., respectively. Light refreshments served. This free event...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Rowan Regional Library
920 Kimball Road
China Grove, NC  28023
View map »


Telephone: 704-216-7731

More information

This exhibition of paintings by Harlem-based artist, Jordan Casteel, explore the intimacy and immortalization of her subjects, including family, patrons, and neighbors. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm;...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

More information

K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and here in Charlotte. Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media,...

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

This original exhibit features archaeological and historical collections on loan from the Schiele Museum of Natural History, the Inn of the Patriots, and several private collectors. The display...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-739-1019
Website »

More information

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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Sponsor: Sycamore Brewing
Contact Name: Katelyn Carpenter
Website »

More information

This food truck rally is family and dog-friendly and features 10-15 area food trucks, live music, and a gated kids' playground. 

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Trinity Presbyterian Church
3115 Providence Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

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


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Discover 400 years of Catawba Indian history as you explore replicated structures that reflect the life and culture of the Carolina Woodlands. Weather permitting;...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission.

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


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Celebrate the rich heritage of various Chinese ethnic festivals and folk arts in this exhibit. Presented by Tower Bridge International Education, this walkthrough presentation features multimedia...

Cost: $13-$17

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


Telephone: 704--372-6261
Website »

More information

Explore the moon, stars and beyond in the new planetarium. Housed in the museum's original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium, the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium Zeta...

Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

This exhibit explores themes of motherhood, the role of women, the intensity of their hearts, and their embodiment as nature by highlighting the works of renowned artist Alison Saar....

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Set in Depression-era Michican, Bud Caldwell is a 10-year-old who is tired of living life as an orphan. Determined to find the man he thinks is his father, he sets off on a journey in this...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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This project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty, which was originally brought to light by President Lyndon Johnson. Directed by Roger May, the...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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This exhibit features 60 pieces of art from the 2016 Birds in Art exhibition originally organized by Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Art and bird lovers alike will appreciate...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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This collection features 45 reproductions of drawings by Alberto Giacometti, made over the course of his career, from the beginning of his art training up to the portfolio's publication. To...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-353-9200
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This exhibition will expand on works from the museum's collection, including modern and contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Max Bill, Italo Valenti, and more. The...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-353-9200
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This collection, full of documentary photography and personal visual storytelling, provides insight into often-overlooked aspects of Black fatherhood. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Local artist Lambeth Marshall studied ceramics and design at UNC Charlotte.  She has been working in clay for over 40 years and was a painter beforehand. She is now producing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery
7510 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC  28226
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Telephone: 704-541-0741
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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Oasis in Space takes visitors on a voyage through the Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, and the Universe beyond in search of liquid water--a key element for life here on Earth. Tues.-Fri., 4pm; Sat.,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Enjoy an immersive race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings.  Learn about the Moon's resources and what humanity's future there might be.  Discover...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Explore two fascinating topics in one science theater program in the Spring Sky Show. First, explore the constellations of spring in a seasonal stargazing tour of the night sky.  Then,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Saturday, April 1st may be April Fool’s Day, but you don’t have to be fooled by your food. Stop by the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market to speak with the vendors to find out where...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
1801 Yorkmont Road
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-357-1269
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This fundraising hike-a-thon will raise money for Anne Springs Close Greenway. You can choose to hike or simply enjoy family-friendly activities, music by DJ Nigel and food trucks.

Cost: Free to attend; see website for fundraising donation options

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
Comporium Ampitheater
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Celebrate Spring and the re-opening of the Old Stone House for the season. Historical tours of Michael Brown’s Colonial home, Easter egg dyeing activity, musket firing demonstrations,...

Cost: $5 per adult, $3 per student

Where:
Old Stone House
770 Old Stone House Road
Salisbury, NC  28146
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Telephone: 704-633-5946
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Go on a journey of discovery through the Van Landingham Glen where you will explore the secret lives of six native wildflowers, up close and personal. Crafts, games, and all about wildflowers and...

Cost: $6 per child; free for accompanying adults

Where:
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9090 Craver Road
Charlotte, NC  28262
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Telephone: 704-687-0719
Contact Name: Paula Gross
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At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader, Wendy Garofalo, will facilitate an expert-designed play...

Cost: Free

Where:
Park Road Park
6220 Park Road
Charlotte, NC  28210
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Children can make binoculars to help guide them through the gardens on a naturalist egg hunt, which includes finding songbirds and learning about each one along the way. Seasonal crafts and light...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-331-0664
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Celebrate different cultures at this family-friendly festival. The first 500 people will receive a free lunch from one of the food trucks. Doors open at 9:30am.

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology
1430 Alleghany St.
, NC
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Children can enjoy activities related to the current "Capturing Light" exhibition, including an "I Spy" scavenger hunt, art box craft projects and guided questionnaires....

Cost: Free

Where:
The Galleries
65 Union Street S.
Concord, NC
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Visit McDowell Nature Preserve for a 2-3 mile guided hike with a naturalist to discover the natural flora and fauna of the Piedmont. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve and Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Sponsor: McDowell Nature Center
Telephone: 704-588-5224
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This interactive and bilingual program incorporates music, plays, and stories especially geared for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-6 years. Sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation. 

Cost: Free for Mint members and $5 for up to 6 family members

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC  28207
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Telephone: 704-337-2100
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Students from Charlotte Ballet Academy join the orchestra on stage to present Prokofiev's classic children's tale of young Peter's escapade with a hungry wolf. 

Cost: $19.50+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Join local poets as they share a few of their favorite works of art that include written language and poetry. Afterward, the poets will guide participants through breakout sessions, writing their...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This community-wide egg hunt will feature games, crafts, face painting, and a visit with the Easter Bunny.

Cost: Free

Where:
Pritchard at South End
1117 South Blvd.
, NC
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Kids can hunt for thousands of eggs placed around the park and participate in a "bunny run" for prizes after.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cloninger Park
225 S. Oakland St.
Dallas, NC
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Telephone: 704-922-7681
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This exhibition of paintings by Harlem-based artist, Jordan Casteel, explore the intimacy and immortalization of her subjects, including family, patrons, and neighbors. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm;...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of bugs, butterflies, beetles, moths, flies, and other six-legged creatures from around the world. This scientific collection features real preserved specimens...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-7347
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K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and here in Charlotte. Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media,...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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This original exhibit features archaeological and historical collections on loan from the Schiele Museum of Natural History, the Inn of the Patriots, and several private collectors. The display...

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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Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Visit Bit.ly/freecraftsforkids for the featured craft of the week or call your local Lakeshore Learning store for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
10005 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Learning Store
Telephone: 704-849-2450
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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
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Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Celebrate the rich heritage of various Chinese ethnic festivals and folk arts in this exhibit. Presented by Tower Bridge International Education, this walkthrough presentation features multimedia...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704--372-6261
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Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can gain free access to participating museums in the Charlotte area, including The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center, Levine...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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This exhibit explores themes of motherhood, the role of women, the intensity of their hearts, and their embodiment as nature by highlighting the works of renowned artist Alison Saar....

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Set in Depression-era Michican, Bud Caldwell is a 10-year-old who is tired of living life as an orphan. Determined to find the man he thinks is his father, he sets off on a journey in this...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

This project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty, which was originally brought to light by President Lyndon Johnson. Directed by Roger May, the...

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 704-333-1887
Website »

More information

This exhibit features 60 pieces of art from the 2016 Birds in Art exhibition originally organized by Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Art and bird lovers alike will appreciate...

Cost: $5-$8

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


Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

More information

This collection features 45 reproductions of drawings by Alberto Giacometti, made over the course of his career, from the beginning of his art training up to the portfolio's publication. To...

Cost: $4-$8

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


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This exhibition will expand on works from the museum's collection, including modern and contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Max Bill, Italo Valenti, and more. The...

Cost: $4-$8

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


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection, full of documentary photography and personal visual storytelling, provides insight into often-overlooked aspects of Black fatherhood. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Local artist Lambeth Marshall studied ceramics and design at UNC Charlotte.  She has been working in clay for over 40 years and was a painter beforehand. She is now producing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery
7510 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC  28226
View map »


Telephone: 704-541-0741
Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Oasis in Space takes visitors on a voyage through the Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, and the Universe beyond in search of liquid water--a key element for life here on Earth. Tues.-Fri., 4pm; Sat.,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Enjoy an immersive race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings.  Learn about the Moon's resources and what humanity's future there might be.  Discover...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Explore two fascinating topics in one science theater program in the Spring Sky Show. First, explore the constellations of spring in a seasonal stargazing tour of the night sky.  Then,...

Cost: $3 with paid museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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