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Museums On Us-Bank of American/Merrill Lynch customers
Various locations around Charlotte just enter your zip code
Summary: The first full weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill customers get into many museums nationwide for free. Participating museums in Charlotte; Mint Museum Uptown, Mint Museum Randolph, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Levine Museum of the New South, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Kids Skate Free at Kate’s Skating Rink
14500 E. Independence Blvd, Indian Trail, NC
February 4, 5pm-7pm, Free
Summary: Sign up your kids to skate during Kate’s Skating Rink Kids Skate Free, offered on select days/times during the week.
Ice Skating at the White Water Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC
November 15-mid February, See website for schedule and costs
Summary: The Whitewater Center’s ice rink has grown to over 24,000 sq. ft. this year and includes four distinct skating areas, including two ice trails and two free skate zones. The new trail addition extends access further into the Upper Pond towards the pump house and provides a brand new experience for guests. Centered in the converted pond is an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages when guests need a skate break.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte – Tomas and the Library Lady
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St. Charlotte, NC
January 29-February 13, see website for schedule and ticket prices
Summary: Based on the true story of Mexican-American author and educator, Tomás Rivera, this inspirational story follows a migrant family from long days in the fields to nights spent together listening to Grandfather’s stories. Curiosity leads Tomás to the library where he gets lost in the happy imaginings of books and ultimately, writes his own story of success. Tomás becomes the first person of color appointed Chancellor in the University of California system with a library that now bears his name.
Markets at 11 in Ballantyne
11611 N. Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC
Summary: Join us on the second Saturday of each month for Markets at 11!
Local businesses are bringing their craft to the South Charlotte community to shop and enjoy! Browse specialty beauty, health and home products on Ballantyne’s former golf course. Grab bites and brews from local food and drink vendors. Post up on your picnic blanket and get your groove on with musical artists all day long!
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC
Summary: The Schiele Museum of Natural History is now open! The museum is committed to inspiring curiosity and understanding of science and the natural world through exceptional educational programs, exhibits, and research. To see a list of events and plan your visit, click here.
Mecklenburg County Library Virtual Events
Free Virtual Events
Summary: Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library every week for a wide range of virtual programming for children, teens and adults. Daily appointments for Reading Buddies and Tutoring and Enrichment for school-age children can be accessed by clicking here.