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Free Summer Activities for Children in Charlotte, NC

Free Summer Activities for Children in Charlotte, NC


Nature Centers: Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation operates three nature centers, each within a nature preserve, Reedy Creek, McDowell and Latta Plantation. They’re free to visit.

Bowling: Ten Park Lanes allows kids to bowl for free all summer. Shoe rental is required.

Reed Gold Mine: Reed Gold Mine: just a short drive away in Midland, is a great outing for kids. It’s free to tour the mine. Pay just $3 to pan for gold.

Carolina Place: Family Fun Days are held at Center Court every other Wednesday. Magic, animals, music, more. Free.

UNCC Botanical Gardens: UNCC Botanical Gardens:include two outdoor gardens to explore, and a greenhouse. Kids love the butterfly terrace, Asian Garden, bridges and ponds with waterfalls. It’s free to visit.

Free crafts and projects: Michaels, Lakeshore Learning, Lowes, and Home Depot all offer regularly scheduled free crafts and projects for kids on Saturdays.

Lego Mini-Build: The first Tuesday of every month, the LEGO Store in Concord Mills holds a free mini-build for kids, who get to build a little model and take it home with them.

Terrific Tuesdays at ImaginOn: ImaginOn is presenting free performances for kids on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Although they are free, tickets are required and they go quickly. You can reserve the tickets online. Follow the link.

Libraries: Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries offer free activities and events for all kids, from babies up through teens. Search their events listings for dates, time, ages, and the type of event your child is interested in. You’ll find crafts, story times, performances, and much more.

Summer Concert Series: Find the location nearest you for some free family fun and live music:


Love going to the movies but hate the pricey drinks and popcorn? Try out the many different Free Movie Series happening in and around Charlotte this summer! :

Harrisburg’s Movies in the Park Harrisburg Park June 5, August 28

Matthews Summer Movies Series Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade Street, Matthews May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11, August 15

Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series Village Park, 700 West C Street, Kannapolis May 29, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7

Movies in the Park in Huntersville North Mecklenburg Park Fridays June 5th, August 28th Also free popcorn and drinks, sunscreen and bug spray

Sunset Series in Indian Trail Crossing Paths Park, Indian Trail Friday, May 29th

Movies @ McGuire McGuire Nuclear Station, Huntersville July 10th, August 14th


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Have a safe and fun summer!

-Ms. Nikki