North Carolina By Train: A Guide for the Fall

Plus: The special seasonal events from each service


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From Thomas the Tank Engine and The Little Engine That Could, to Platform 9¾ and “Murder on The Orient Express,” trains captivate our imaginations. Journey and destination are so deeply interwoven within the massive steel body of a locomotive, that it has long been a favorite trope for storytellers, as well as a favorite toy for children. 

In North Carolina, we can choose from an abundance of enchanting train options. Go with a functional, carefree way to travel via NC By Train, or delight in pure whimsy at Tweetsie Railroad. Here are some options for the train lover in all of us. 

 

Tweetsie Railroad

300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock

Tucked in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tweetsie Railroad, located in Blowing Rock, is the oldest theme park in North Carolina. From its traditional Wild West theme to rotating special events, this park has something for everyone. 

Locomotive No. 12, dubbed “Tweetsie,” debuted July 4, 1957, as a family fun activity that gave passengers a 1-mile ride to a picnic site. Since then, the park has added Engine No. 190, the “Yukon Queen,” and expanded the track to a 3-mile loop.

In addition to trains, Tweetsie Railroad consists of hundreds of acres filled with rides, shops, eateries, live entertainment and an animal park. 

Through Oct. 27, Tweetsie is open on Friday through Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $50 for ages 13 and older, $32 for ages 3-12, and free for ages 2 and younger.

Photo courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad


SPECIAL EVENTS
Ghost Train

Through Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Admission to the Ghost Train, which is separate from park admission, is $44 for adults, $38 for children ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and younger. The Ghost Train ride takes 20 minutes. Admission includes a haunted house, Halloween shows, trick-or-treating and other “ghastly attractions.” 

Tweetsie Christmas
Starting Nov. 22, Tweetsie Railroad transforms from spooky to merry for its annual Tweetsie Christmas event. Thousands of Christmas lights twinkle during the nighttime train ride. Passengers sing Christmas carols, roast s’mores and get pictures with Santa. 

 

The North Carolina Transportation Museum 

1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer

Billed as “the museum that moves you,” the North Carolina Transportation Museum offers visitors 60 acres of historic artifacts and immersive exhibits. 

Four historic buildings are filled with items and stories that will transport visitors to the time of the Southern Railway’s Spencer Shops. The site was once home of the Southern Railway Company’s largest steam locomotive servicing facility. 

Over the years, exhibits have been added to encompass all forms of transportation history. Explore steam and diesel locomotives, railroad passenger cars, antique automobiles and aviation exhibits, including a full size Wright Flyer and a Piedmont Airlines DC-3. 

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $6 for ages 13 and older, $5 for seniors (ages not specified) and members of the military, and $4 for ages 3-12. Train rides are available Thursday through Sunday as an add-on to the admission price. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM


SPECIAL EVENTS
Day Out With Thomas

Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6
Tickets cost $16-32, depending on age, for specific time periods. You can purchase an all-day pass for $32 (for all ages).

Trick or Train
Oct. 26
Kids in costumes receive free admission and a train ride with a paying adult. Conductors will be handing out candy aboard the train and at stations throughout the museum. Additional activities include face painting, temporary tattoos, games, coloring, crafts, photo opportunities, costume contests for different age groups, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, hayrides trolley rides and more. Check the website for train ride times, the costume contest schedule and other details. 

The Polar Express Train Ride
Nov. 15-17, Nov. 22-24, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 12-22
Weekends in November and December, all who believe have the opportunity to ride the Polar Express and hear Santa’s magic sleigh bells. Hot chocolate and cookies are served on board. Passengers enjoy singing and dancing during the train ride, as well as a reading of “The Polar Express.” Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa presents the first gift of Christmas. All passengers receive a silver sleigh bell during the return trip. Tickets range from $32 for a single children’s ticket in standard coach to $325 for a table for four in parlor class. 


Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

45 Mitchell St., Bryson City

If a classic train ride with breathtaking scenery is your goal, look no further than the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Based in Bryson City, this railroad line offers two daily train routes on both steam- and diesel-powered locomotives.

The Tuckasegee River Excursion is a four-hour trip to Dillsboro and passes by the famous movie set of “The Fugitive” (1993). The Nantahala Gorge Excursion is a four-and-a-half hour excursion that carries passengers to the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM


SPECIAL EVENTS
PEANUTS The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Saturdays and Sundays throughout October
Enjoy a train ride themed on the classic PEANUTS story, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” at select times Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout October. Don your costume and visit Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the PEANUTS gang in the mountains.

The half-hour ride to the pumpkin patch is accompanied by the narration of Charles Schulz’ classic Halloween tale. Purchase tickets online or the day of your ride. Depending on which class of service you choose, prices range from complimentary to $10 for children under age 2; $32-$39 for ages 2-12; and $56-$68 for ages 13 and older. 

THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
Nov. 8 to Dec. 31 (with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).
Experience Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s “The Polar Express” themed train ride. Once you arrive at the North Pole, Santa boards the train, greets each child and gives him or her a silver bell to keep the magic of Christmas alive. Passengers sing Christmas carols on the return trip.

Tickets quickly sell out. Purchase online in advance. Prices range from $17-$24 for children under age 2; $45-$67 for ages 2-12; and $65-$91 for ages 13 and older. 


New Hope Valley Trains

3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill

Located southwest of Raleigh, New Hope Valley Railway calls itself the Triangle’s Train, and caters to true train lovers. Though the railway does not provide daily train rides, volunteers schedule and promote a number of special events during which visitors can go on an approximate one-hour long train ride along 8 miles of track.

It’s also home to the North Carolina Railway Museum, which features antique train cars, memorabilia and a gift shop. In addition to the trains and museum, visitors can view railroad equipment from the 1920s and a model railroad, which features 1,000 feet of miniature track and several model trains, including Thomas the Tank Engine. 

Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Transportation Museum


SPECIAL EVENTS
Track or Treat Halloween Express
Oct. 12, 19 and 26

Slow Down Sunday
Nov. 10

Santa’s Reindeer
Roundup Express

Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21
Tickets range from $7-$14 depending on the event.


NC By Train

Stations located in cities across the state

The North Carolina Department of Transportation owns and operates the Piedmont and Carolinian Amtrak train lines, as well as 16 stations to serve families throughout the state.

A family of four can hop a train from Raleigh to Charlotte for the day for less than $120. Ticket prices cost $11.50-$27 one way for transportation within North Carolina; $103 for a one-way train from Raleigh to New York City; and $123 for a one-way train from Charlotte to New York City. In addition to offering train travel, NC By Train often partners with local busses and transit systems to make your entire journey hassle-free. Visit the website for deals and specials, and information on everyday and group travel discounts. 

Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Transportation


Trains have a special place in U.S. history. They transformed the way we communicate, manufacture and explore the world. And though we now have access to more modernized modes of transportation, there is still something magical about feeling the rolling rumble of rails underneath you as the countryside sails by. 

Mandy Howard is a freelance writer and mother of three in Raleigh. 

 

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Cost: Free, $6 for parking

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, NC
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Telephone: 704-414-2774
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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

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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

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


Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

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


Website »

More information

Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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

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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

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

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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Come to Sugar Creek Library for a free Healing Hands performance by a trio of Charlotte Symphony musicians.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 N. Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Website »

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Make masks and string beads to celebrate Fat Tuesday. We’ll start our celebration at the Town Hall Stage with the story, "Dinosaur Mardi Gras" by Dianne De Las Casas. After, venture...

Cost: Included with admission of $10

Where:
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC  28209
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Enjoy a new take on classical music. Come experience Sphinx Virtuosi, a self-conducted chamber orchestra sponsored by Culture Blocks.

Cost: Free

Where:
First Baptist Church - West
1801 Oakland Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Arts & Science Council
Website »

More information

Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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

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Join us for a Prospective Parent Tour on February 25 from 8-9am! Drop by Thales Academy Waxhaw K-6 to tour our campus and view our classrooms and curriculum! Pre-registration is not required;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thales Academy Waxhaw K-6
8012 New Town Road
Waxhaw, NC  28173
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Sponsor: Thales Academy Waxhaw K-6
Telephone: (704) 256-5370
Contact Name: Kelsey Zoda
Website »

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Spring classes are still enrolling! We offer a wide variety of group classes for students of all ages, from Discovering Strings to Teen Art Studio. All our classes are taught by experienced faculty...

Cost: varies

Where:
Arts+
345 N. College St
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Sponsor: Arts+
Telephone: 704-944-3857
Contact Name: Michelle Williams
Website »

More information

Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

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

More information

Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

More information

Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Website »

More information

Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Website »

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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

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Come paint pottery with your toddler for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Website »

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Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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Website »

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All Homeschool families are invited to dive into RAY-mazing discoveries during Homeschool Week.  Exclusively during Homeschool Week, take a Behind-the-Scenes tours for free. All...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Sea Life Charlotte
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Toddlers identify words through interactive games and letter recognition on Tuesday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
, NC
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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This workshop is open to all ages. No previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Recreation Site
500 Bilmark Ave.
, NC
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. Showings Tues.-Sat. at 3:30pm.

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

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

More information

Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

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

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Kids the fundamentals of fitness, including agility, balance, coordination and strength training drills.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Teens will come out and play competitive video games.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Get to know other teens, eat snacks and participate in a monthly activity.  Meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Play interactive games geared towards social development involving physical activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Come for assistance with literacy in fun and interactive ways.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal Street
, NC
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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment. The class is open to all ages and no previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Belle Johnston Community Center
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Come enjoy a safe place to walk or run on your own or with family and friends. The lights are left on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 North Idlewild Road
, NC
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Explore the wonderful world of arts and crafts. Register online.

Cost: $10

Where:
Shamrock Senior Center/Methodist Home
3200 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Truly great dance can be a window to the heart and soul. Audiences take a path of discovery.

Cost: $25+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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

More information

Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child ages 3-12 will cost $5.

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Website »

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

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


Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

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


Website »

More information

Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Website »

More information

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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy a new take on classical music. Come experience Sphinx Virtuosi, a self-conducted chamber orchestra sponsored by Culutre Blocks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Camino Community Center
201 Stetson Drive
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Arts & Science Council
Website »

More information

Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

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


Website »

More information

Spring classes are still enrolling! We offer a wide variety of group classes for students of all ages, from Discovering Strings to Teen Art Studio. All our classes are taught by experienced faculty...

Cost: varies

Where:
Arts+
345 N. College St
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Sponsor: Arts+
Telephone: 704-944-3857
Contact Name: Michelle Williams
Website »

More information

Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

This drop off program for children presents an engineering challenge based on a popular nursery rhyme. After their engineering challenge, participants meet the animals and participate in humane...

Cost: $20

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Explore new instruments and learn the building blocks to being a musician in this class designed for our young students!   Our Discovering Strings class is the perfect class for young students...

Cost: $75

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 E. McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
View map »


Sponsor: Arts+
Telephone: 704-944-3857
Contact Name: Michelle Williams
Website »

More information

Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
View map »


Sponsor: Arts Delivered
Website »

More information

George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

More information

Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

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


Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Website »

More information

Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

All Homeschool families are invited to dive into RAY-mazing discoveries during Homeschool Week.  Exclusively during Homeschool Week, take a Behind-the-Scenes tours for free. All...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
View map »


Sponsor: Sea Life Charlotte
Website »

More information

With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Homeschool students receive discounted admission at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster.

Cost: $8

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come play all arcade games for half the price all day on Wednesday.

Cost: Price per game varies

Where:
Bowlero
210 E. Trade St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. Showings Tues.-Sat. at 3:30pm.

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

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


Website »

More information

Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

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


Website »

More information

Increase your strength, endurance and agility for sports.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions without charge.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Improve basketball skills through a series of drills and stations in an instructional setting on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Program will bring girls together through games and activities, guest speakers, and field trips.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Students will learn the movement of the pieces and basic chess strategy.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

More information

This teaches scratching, blending and creating beats. The program also teach the business side of entrepreneurship.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Learn a fusion of Zimbabwe dance styles using traditional Zimbabwe vocabulary mixed with contemporary movement.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center
2921 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: ASC Culture Blocks
Telephone: 704-414-2774
Website »

More information

Truly great dance can be a window to the heart and soul. Audiences take a path of discovery.

Cost: $25+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-1000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

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


Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Website »

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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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

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The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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The CIAA Career Expo is designed to provide organizations the opportunity to meet recent graduates, current students from the CIAA member-schools and other universities, career seekers, and career...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Come for a family-friendly night of classic board games and light refreshments.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library Main
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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Children express themselves creatively through art on Thursday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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All Homeschool families are invited to dive into RAY-mazing discoveries during Homeschool Week.  Exclusively during Homeschool Week, take a Behind-the-Scenes tours for free. All...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Sea Life Charlotte
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Toddlers will participate in a fun, kid-friendly workout on Thursday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Watch a King Vulture play on a playground in the Vulture Culture exhibit.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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After a brief introduction to the month’s topic in the SEED Wildlife Garden’s Story Time area, program participants will complete activities stationed throughout the SEED Wildlife...

Cost: $5 per student

Where:
Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. Showings Tues.-Sat. at 3:30pm.

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Teens will come out and play competitive video games.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Every Thursday at Southern Strain Brewery in Downtown Concord, TuxedoKat hosts a demonstration and participation of abstract puddle painting techniques. Parents can have a beer while kids make...

Cost: $35

Where:
Southern Strain Brewery
165 Brumley Ave. NE
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: TuxedoKat Imaginarium
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Preschoolers discover colors and shapes while developing fine motor skills and expanding creativity. Register online.

Cost: $10

Where:
Shamrock Senior Center/Methodist Home
3200 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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The CIAA Minority Business & Leadership Symposium provides comprehensive programming designed to stimulate economic and intellectual growth and development of minority business professionals.This...

Cost: Cost: $30,early registration ends Feb. 15 Late registration is $50

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S College St
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: CIAA
Telephone: 704-910-2133
Contact Name: Suzette McQueen

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Come enjoy a safe place to walk or run on your own or with family and friends. The lights are left on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Afrobics is a full body, fun experience—a dance fitness class combining Afrofusion movement to an African beat.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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All levels of chess players are welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Charlotte Recreation Center
2401 Kendall Drive
, NC
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Spring classes are still enrolling! We offer a wide variety of group classes for students of all ages, from Discovering Strings to Teen Art Studio. All our classes are taught by experienced faculty...

Cost: varies

Where:
Arts+
345 N. College St
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: Arts+
Telephone: 704-944-3857
Contact Name: Michelle Williams
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Learn cheers, chants and stunts with an experienced cheer coach.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Fifteen year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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This year’s 75th Anniversary edition of the men’s and women’s basketball championship tournament will feature 22 action-packed games. This year marks the tournament’s 15th...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

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

More information

Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

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Thursday, 8-9:30 p.m. ($5 preview sale); Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday is half-price sale; Sunday is $10 fill-a-bag sale. No children under age 9...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price sale on Saturday with select items on sale.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy. 49 N.
Concord, NC
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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

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


Website »

More information

Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Join more than 60 local students as they present "Disney's Frozen Jr." Hear favorite and new songs and watch magical snow-filled dances. See website for performance schedule.

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: GSOA Children's Playhouse
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Spring classes are still enrolling! We offer a wide variety of group classes for students of all ages, from Discovering Strings to Teen Art Studio. All our classes are taught by experienced faculty...

Cost: varies

Where:
Arts+
345 N. College St
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Sponsor: Arts+
Telephone: 704-944-3857
Contact Name: Michelle Williams
Website »

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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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Poses are combined with breath and focusto help kids relax and slow their busy minds. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Wylie Public Library
185 Blucher Cir.
Lake Wylie, SC
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Kids will make different kinds of slime before playing with it. Dress for a mess!

Cost: $27-$30

Where:
Kidcreate Studio
636 Crown Pointe Lane
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Blumenthal Performing Arts will host performers and spectators of all ages. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians and others are all welcome. Audience...

Cost: Free

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Arts & Science Council
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This live concert show performs the music of Paul McCartney spanning two decades from The Beatles to Wings.

Cost: $25-$60

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

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


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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

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Let your little one jump for less during toddler time!

Cost: $12 per adult and child pair

Where:
Adventure Air Sports
2375 Cherry Road
Suite 101
Rock Hill, SC
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Gigi's Playhouse opens its doors for children with Down syndrome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gigi's Playhouse
9101 Kings Parade Blvd.
#102
, NC
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate Monday through Friday, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Young children can jump with other little ones. Parents and caregivers jump free! W8less socks required.

Cost: $10 per hour

Where:
W8Less LKN
10442-A Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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Caregivers and their littles learn new yoga poses with songs and games. Multiple class rates available.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
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All Homeschool families are invited to dive into RAY-mazing discoveries during Homeschool Week.  Exclusively during Homeschool Week, take a Behind-the-Scenes tours for free. All...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: Sea Life Charlotte
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Preschoolers participate in stories, art, sensory and science activities on Friday mornings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for movement and yoga through stories. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the...

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Learn about the amazing dinosaur family tree, play daily dino trivia and sing along to this live musical. Catch shows on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m....

Cost: $15-$19, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
, NC
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. Showings Tues.-Sat. at 3:30pm.

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Kids receive physical activity with social engagement with Berewick Afterschool.

Cost: $20

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Ceramic teaching artists will walk participants through a clay project. Call 980-498-1487 to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grier Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-498-1487
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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.
, NC
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Enjoy local music every Friday while you eat, drink and shop.

Cost: Free

Where:
7th Street Public Market
224 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Treat the kids and yourself to a fun night out! Drop kids off to run, play and dance. Pizza dinner is included.

Cost: $25

Where:
Romp n' Roll NW Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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Based on the 1942 movie starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, "Holiday Inn" opens when singer-songwriter Jim abandons the bright lights of Broadway for a quiet family farm in...

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Eagles Wings Studio
Telephone: 704-330-6534
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Fifteen year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands...

Cost: $12-$20

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


Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

This year’s 75th Anniversary edition of the men’s and women’s basketball championship tournament will feature 22 action-packed games. This year marks the tournament’s 15th...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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The story of this great Apache leader comes to life and is a triumphant story of hope and healing that transcends time.

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Thursday, 8-9:30 p.m. ($5 preview sale); Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday is half-price sale; Sunday is $10 fill-a-bag sale. No children under age 9...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price sale on Saturday with select items on sale.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 US Hwy. 49 N.
Concord, NC
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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Join more than 60 local students as they present "Disney's Frozen Jr." Hear favorite and new songs and watch magical snow-filled dances. See website for performance schedule.

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28054
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The differences that divide us can only make us more well-rounded if we accept them. This Cuban-inspired one-woman show fuses a young girl’s passion with culture and family history. Creator Paige...

Cost: 12-20

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E 7th St
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: Children's Theatre of Charlotte
Telephone: 704-973-2826
Contact Name: Sarah Kasper
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Fairy Houses are whimsical habitats built by children, families, gardeners and nature lovers! The annual festival that inspires appreciation of the environment with storytelling, children's...

Cost: $5, free for children 4 and younger

Where:
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Spring classes are still enrolling! We offer a wide variety of group classes for students of all ages, from Discovering Strings to Teen Art Studio. All our classes are taught by experienced faculty...

Cost: varies

Where:
Arts+
345 N. College St
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: Arts+
Telephone: 704-944-3857
Contact Name: Michelle Williams
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Visit your nearest Target on February 29 for giveaways, activities and a read-along of "Happy Birthday to You!" every 30 minutes.

Cost: Free

Where:
Target Stores
Charlotte, NC


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Enjoy the extra day by exploring Earth's relationship with Sun! Learn about leap years.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Spend the day exploring arts, foods, music, dance, fashion and storytelling. Tour the 1774 Alexander homesite through the eyes of Bet, one of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Every 1st Saturday of the month, join Drums4life drum circle to experience the spontaneous creation of music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 North Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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What amazing things will you do with an extra day? Explore the reason why we have Leap Year and work on your math skills on this special day. 

Cost: Included with admission of $10

Where:
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Parents can sign up for a special walk to see winter birds, animal tracks and more with their children. Walks begin at 1 and 2 pm and will last approximately 45 minutes each.

Cost: $5

Where:
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9090 Craver Road
, NC
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Sponsor: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and the University City Public Library
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Shop more than 20 local artists and vendors at the inside market at Twenty-Six Acres Brewing! 

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company
7285 Westwinds Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Starving Artist Market
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Be inspired to ignite your own revolution through an uplifting evening of music from Bernstein to Tchaikovsky at Myers Park High School as the Charlotte Concert Band presents, Music as a Revolution.

Cost: $10

Where:
Myers Park High School
2400 Colony Road
, NC
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The all-new production continues its legacy of wowing audiences with dancers from the hit ABC show performing live routines.

Cost: $59+

Where:
BoPlex
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Explore rare and extremely devastating volcanic eruptions, and discover the impact of gigantic volcanic episodes around the Solar System. Dive into the super volcano now gathering force beneath...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover 17 photographs of NC artist, Patrick Dougherty's large-scale interactive works, as well as "The Magnificent Seven" in person. Kids and adults will enjoy wandering...

Cost: Included with admission of $8-$15, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy., Pineville
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate on Saturday mornings, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Register for home school visual arts classes with ceramics, pottery, glaze and design.

Cost: $10-$80

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 East McDowell St.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Arts Delivered
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Every Saturday this month, Historic Brattonsville will feature special guided tours that interpret African American history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont. Included with admission; special...

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

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC
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Swim into Feb-RAY-ary at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord to RAYS Awareness about rays! Catch the new “Feed the Rays” talk happening daily at noon and 2 p.m. and a Ray Keeper...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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Families can jump for free Mondays through Saturdays at Springree Trampoline in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Springfree Trampoline
9848-E Rea Road
, NC
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Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs.

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainer's choice.  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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The origins and impact of slavery in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and the benefits of slave labor to Reed Gold Mine will be examined during Black History Month. Tours begin at 1 p.m. each...

Cost: $2, ages 7 and younger free

Where:
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC  28107
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Sponsor: Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
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Raptor keepers will show some of their favorite bird species.

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

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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This exhibition explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. Showings Tues.-Sat. at 3:30pm.

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang, and then watch how those hydrogen atoms...

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

Where:
The Planetarium at the Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Based on the 1942 movie starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, "Holiday Inn" opens when singer-songwriter Jim abandons the bright lights of Broadway for a quiet family farm in...

Cost: $19-$22

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Eagles Wings Studio
Telephone: 704-330-6534
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Fifteen year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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On February 27, 1760, the garrison of Fort Dobbs engaged in a skirmish with Cherokee warriors. Get a glimpse of what life was like for the soldiers and settlers seeking protection...

Cost: $2

Where:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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This year’s 75th Anniversary edition of the men’s and women’s basketball championship tournament will feature 22 action-packed games. This year marks the tournament’s 15th...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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The story of this great Apache leader comes to life and is a triumphant story of hope and healing that transcends time.

Cost: $10-$37

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Brothers put a spin on classic fairy tales in this hip-hop revelation for the younger generation. Get ready to drop the mic in this unforgettable theatrical experience. See website for show...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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This Cuban-inspired one-woman show fuses a young girl’s passion with culture and family history. Creator Paige Hernandez introduces audiences to multiple characters using props, music, dance...

Cost: $12+

Where:
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Jiminy Cricket finds himself at the home of Geppetto, a carpenter and toy-maker. Geppetto has made a toy puppet, Pinocchio, and wishes that the puppet was a real boy. To his astonishment, this...

Cost: $12-$14

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

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The new exhibit transports visitors back in time to discover what life was like in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Guests will discover fossils from four Antarctic dinosaur species and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

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Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs by exploring their eggs, nests, and young. This colorful and interactive exhibit features an amazing collection of real dinosaur eggs and...

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

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


Website »

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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20

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

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Is it possible that an asteroid collided with the Earth and wiped-out the dinosaurs? Shows are daily at 1 and 3pm.

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

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


Website »

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Thursday, 8-9:30 p.m. ($5 preview sale); Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday is half-price sale; Sunday is $10 fill-a-bag sale. No children under age 9...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price sale on Saturday with select items on sale.

Cost: Free admission

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

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This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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TEN features a selection of works from sixteen past fourth-floor exhibitions to showcase the excellence of the Bechtler collection in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

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

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

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Like the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, the IMAX film journeys to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago to explore bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians.

Cost: $22-$26, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

The Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Join more than 60 local students as they present "Disney's Frozen Jr." Hear favorite and new songs and watch magical snow-filled dances. See website for performance schedule.

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: GSOA Children's Playhouse
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