50+ Fun Things to Do Summer 2011

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					                                        50+ Fun Things to Do: Summer 2011
                                 Free and Cheap Ideas for your Summer Entertainment

   1.    Lazy 5 Ranch ($5.50 – 13.50 per person) www.lazy5ranch.com
   2.    NC Transportation Museum (no charge for admission but donations appreciated) www.nctrans.org
   3.    Union Country Cane Creek Park (separate fees apply for boat rentals and other activities) www.co.union.nc.us
   4.    Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at ImaginOn (free admission)http://www.imaginon.org/
   5.    Discovery Place ($8-$15 per person) www.discoveryplace.org
   6.    Free Bowling at AMF Bowling Lanes http://freebowling.amf.com/
         www.kidsbowlfree.com
   7.    Michales’ – The Knack – free arts and craft activities each week: http://www.michaels.com/
   8.    Lowes – Free kids’ craft activities each month (6/11 – goofy golf): www. Lowes.com
   9.    Home Depot – Free kids’ crafts each month (6/4 – valet organizer): www.homedepot.com
   10.   AC Moore – Free arts and crafts activities for kids each week: http://www.acmoore.com/
   11.   Marquee Cinemas (Statesville/Raleigh) – www.marqueecinemas.com/summerseries.asp
   12.   Indian Trail’s 4th of July Parade http://www.indiantrail.org/
   13.   Reid Gold Mine http://www.nchistoricsites.org/reed/reed.htm
   14.   Latta Plantation http://lattaplantation.org/latta/index.php?page=home
   15.   Hiddenite Emerald Hollow mine: http://www.hiddenitegems.com/
   16.   The Splash Park uptown http://www.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/rays-splash-planet.html
   17.   Blue planet water enviorment center
         http://www.charmeck.org/city/charlotte/Utilities/BluePlanet/Pages/home.aspx
   18.   The trolley museum and trolley rides http://www.charlottetrolley.org/
   19.   Energy Explorium http://www.duke-energy.com/visitor-centers/energyexplorium.asp
   20.   Mc Dowell Nature Preserve
         http://www.charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/parkandrec/insidethedepartment/divisions/stewardshipservice
         s/naturepreserves/pages/mcdowell.aspx
   21.   Reedy Creek Park has a Nature Museum
         http://www.charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/parkandrec/insidethedepartment/divisions/stewardshipservice
         s/naturepreserves/pages/reedy.aspx
   22.   Dan Nicholas Park- http://www.dannicholas.net/
   23.   Catawba Science Center - http://catawbascience.org/
   24.   Tiger World - http://www.tigerworld.us/
   25.   Buffalo Beals - http://www.buffalobeals.com/
   26.   Corn Maze - http://www.countrydayscornmaze.com/Home_Page.html
   27.   The Raptor Center - http://www.carolinaraptorcenter.org/
   28.   Belmont Drive-in - http://belmontdrivein.20megsfree.com/
   29.   Black Light Mini- Golf / Haunted Mill - http://www.purpleplanetminigolf.com/
   30.   Laser Quest - http://laserquest.com/Locations/USALocations.aspx?cntr=Charlotte
   31.   Latta Pk Spraygrounds:
         //charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/parkandrec/parks/parksbyregion/centralregion/pages/lattapk.aspx
   32.   The Green in Uptown Charlotte: Between Tryon & College and is bordered by 1st Street and Three Wachovia
         Center
   33.   Tanglewood Park (Winston-S): Pool – Child (age 3-5): $3 (weekdays), $4 (wkends); Others: $4 (days), $5
         (wkends)


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   34. Village Park Splash Pad (Kannapolis) $1/child playing
       http://www.cityofkannapolis.com/dept_pr_village_park.asp
   35. +#NC Zoo (Asheboro) = FREE w/ membership (Call to confirm rate reciprocities below) Ad - $10, Srs - $8,
       Child - $6
   36. #Lazy 5 Ranch (Mooresville) http://www.lazy5ranch.com/ [1 hr/7 min] (BOGO)
   37. +Riverbanks (Columbia) = ½ $ w/ NC Zoo Membership (803) 779-8717 Ad-$12, Child-$9.25, <2-FREE [2
       hrs] http://www.riverbanks.org/planvisit/visitorinfo.shtml
   38. +Greenville (SC) Zoo = FREE w/ NC Zoo Membership (864) 467-4300 [2 hrs/18 min, 123 miles]
       http://www.greenvillezoo.com/RatesHours.aspx Ad: $7.75, Child (3-15): $4.50, <3: Free
   39. *SciWorks (Winston-Salem) www.sciworks.org (336) 767-6730 [ 1hr/43 min] P
   40. *Natural Science Center of Greensboro, Inc www.natsci.org (336) 288-3769 (Also ½ off w/ Zoo
       Membership) (2 hrs)
   41. Time Warner Cable's Extreme Weather Gallery (May 27), HealthQuest Exhibit (permanent - human body: early
       June)New Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit (traveling exhibit opening July 30)
   42. *Children's Museum (Greenville, SC) - Roper Mountain Science Ctr (864) 281-1188 www.ropermountain.org
       [2 hrs/12 mins]
   43. Charlotte Monroe Executive Airport – picnic and watch planes
   44. Matthew’s Caboose: http://www.matthewsnc.com/AboutMatthews/ThingstoDo.aspx
   45. ^#Mint Museum Randolph and the Mint Museum Uptown are both free on Tuesday from 5pm-9pm
   46. NC Transportation Museum (Spencer) www.nctrans.org (704) 636-2889 Free, but fee for train rides
   47. Ride the Gold Rush: The Gold Rush trolley service offers two circulating lines in Center City. The Gold Rush
       trolleys stop at marked bus stops every seven minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
   48. UNCC Greenhouse and Gardens          http://gardens.uncc.edu/
   49. Museums on Us ~ http://museums.bankofamerica.com/ (Card-holder only admitted free: First full weekend of
       month)
   50. Mint Musuems of Art, http://www.mintmuseum.org/ Adults - $10, students & srs (65+) - $8, children 5-7 - $5,
       <4-free
   51. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, http://www.bechtler.org/ Adults - $8, Sen (65+) - $6, Stud - $6, <10 – free
   52. NASCAR Hall of Fame http://www.nascarhall.com/ Adult $19.95, Sr (60+)- $17.95, Child (5-12) - $12.95
   53. #Levine Museum of the New South http://www.museumofthenewsouth.org/ (BOGO)Adults - $6, Sr
       (62+)/Students - $5, Children (6-18) - $5, Family - $17, < 6 – free
   54. Harvey B. Gantt Center: http://www.ganttcenter.org/web/page.asp?urh=HarveyGantt
   55. SC Edventure Museum Children and Adults: $9.50 www.edventure.org/
   56. #Carolinas’ Aviation Museum http://www.carolinasaviation.org/ Adults - $11, Srs. $9, Students - $7, < 6 –
       FREE (BOGO)
   57. #Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium (Gastonia) www.schielemuseum.org (704) 866-6900 P
       Adults-$7, Children (4-18)-$6 (additional for planetarium)
   58. Charlotte Museum of History (BOGO) Adults - $6, Ages 6-12-$3, <6=Free
       http://www.charlottemuseum.org/plan_visit.asp
   59. NC Aviation Museum (Asheboro) http://www.ncairmuseum.org/ Adults - $8, Students - $5, 5 & under – FREE
   60. Museum of York County http://chmuseums.org/ P
   61. SC State Museum = Adults 13 - 61: $7.00, Children 3-12: $5 www.museum.state.sc.us/plan_visit/info.aspx
   62. Kid Senses Children's Museum (Rutherfordton, NC) - $5/ea
   63. #Kate’s Skate: http://katesonline.com/ Admission price does not include skate rental Skate rental = $1.00
       (BOGO admission)
   64. Monkey Joe’s: http://www.monkeyjoes.com/
   65. #Space Kidets: http://spacekidets.com/

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      66.  James K. Polk Birthplace http://www.nchistoricsites.org/polk/polk.htm
      67.  #Sports Connection: http://www.sportsconnectionnc.com/
      68.  #Plaza Fiesta/Happy Zone (50% off 2nd child): http://www.plazafiestacarolinas.com/en/home.aspx
      69.  Charlotte Knights Baseball (Jr. Knights) http://www.charlotteknights.com/
      70.  Winghaven Gardens http://www.winghavengardens.com/about_us.htm $6 for adults, children are free [@ 35
           min]
      71. LYNX = $1.50/adult, children under 5 = FREE, youth K-12 = $.75 - 1.50 check rates
      72. Bank of America Stadium Tours: Wed @ 10 a.m., Fri @ 10:30 a.m. & 12 p.m. Adults $5, 5-15: $3, < five= Free
           http://www.panthers.com/stadium/tours.html
      73. US National White Water Center http://usnwc.org/
      74. Catwaba Queen Cruise –Cookie Cruises??!!?? http://www.queenslanding.com/catawba-queen/lunch-and-
           sightseeing-cruises/
      75. #Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (BOGO): http://www.dsbg.org/
      76. Andrew Jackson State Pk http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/1797.aspx Adults - $2 <15
           free [30 min]
      77. Moravian Sugar Cookie Factory (Lexington area) $2/ea.-tour www.hanescookies.com/hanes_cs/onsitetour.asp
78.   Charlotte Shakespeare Festival: The region’s only free performing arts festival returns for a 6th year beginning June
      2. The 2011 festival will build on the record-breaking success of the 2010 event and feature two full-length
      productions, a pre-show performance series and educational workshops for young people.
      http://www.collaborativeartstheatre.com/shakespeare.htm
79.   Charlotte Parent Day Trips Listing: http://www.charlotteparent.com/Directories/daytrips.php
80.   Charlotte Culture Guide: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/
81.   Symphony Park at SouthPark
      Gates open at 4 p.m.
      All concerts begin at 8:15; preludes at 7 p.m.
      Admission: $10 for adults; children 18 and under are free;
                   Season pass is $25 for all five concerts

      Sunday, June 12 - "A Strauss Serenade," Christopher Warren-Green, conducting
      Saturday, June 18 - "Overtures Under the Stars," Jacomo Rafael Bairos, conducting
      Sunday, June 19 - "Musical Travels," Albert-George Schram, conducting
      Sunday, June 26 - "Big Band Bash," Albert-George Schram, conducting
      Sunday, July 3 - "Celebrate America," Albert-George Schram, conducting

      82. Other Summer Pops Concerts:
          All concerts begin at 8:15 p.m.

      June 10 at Stumptown Park in Matthews, "Carnivals and Fantasies," Jacomo Rafael Bairos, conducting
      July 1 at Belle Johnston Park in Pineville, "Celebrate America," Albert-George Schram, conducting


      83. Regal's Summer Movie Express 2011. During this 9-week festival, select Theatres will offer selected G or PG
            rated movies for only $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am.

      UNION SQUARE 8 http://www.regmovies.com/summermovieexpress/default.aspx?zip=28079
      1911 Dickerson Boulevard Monroe NC 704-283-6123
      6/14-6/15 (10am)BARNYARD                  YOGI BEAR
       6/21-6/22 (10am)ALPHA AND OMEGA          CHARLOTTE'S WEB
      6/28-6/29 (10am)ASTRO BOY                 MEGAMIND
      7/5-7/6 (10am)DESPICABLE ME               MARMADUKE
      7/12-7/13 (10am)PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING                      SHREK FOREVER AFTER
       7/19-7/20 (10am)BEE MOVIE                       DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
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    7/26-7/27 (10am)HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON SHREK THE THIRD
     8/2-8/3 (10am)KUNG FU PANDA        TALE OF DESPEREAUX
    8/9-8/10 (10am)MADAGASCAR 2         RAMONA & BEEZUS

    STONECREST AT PIPER GLEN STADIUM 22 7824 Rea Road Charlotte NC 704-540-7558 s
    6/14-6/16 (10am)KUNG FU PANDA               TALE OF DESPEREAUX
     6/21-6/23 (10am)MADAGASCAR 2               RAMONA & BEEZUS
    6/28-6/30 (10am)BARNYARD             YOGI BEAR
    7/5-7/7 (10am)ALPHA AND OMEGA               CHARLOTTE'S WEB
    7/12-7/13 (10am)ASTRO BOY            MEGAMIND
    7/19-7/21 (10am)DESPICABLE ME               MARMADUKE
    7/26-7/28 (10am)PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING                SHREK FOREVER AFTER
    8/2-8/4 (10am)BEE MOVIE                      DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
    8/9-8/11 (10am)HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON             SHREK THE THIRD

    ARBORETUM STADIUM 12 8008 Providence Road Charlotte NC 704-543-4581
    6/14-6/16 (10am)KUNG FU PANDA                         TALE OF DESPEREAUX
    6/21-6/23 (10am)MADAGASCAR 2                          RAMONA & BEEZUS
     6/28-6/30 (10am)BARNYARD                   YOGI BEAR
    7/5-7/7 (10am)ALPHA AND OMEGA                         CHARLOTTE'S WEB
    7/12-7/13 (10am)ASTRO BOY                   MEGAMIND
    7/19-7/21 (10am)DESPICABLE ME                         MARMADUKE
    7/26-7/28 (10am)PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING         SHREK FOREVER AFTER
     8/2-8/4 (10am)BEE MOVIE                              DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
    8/9-8/11 (10am)HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON     SHREK THE THIRD




Places to take your excellent report card for treats:

    1. Krispy Kreme: get a free donut for each A (up to 6 free donuts)
    2. Topps: mail a copy of your report card to them and they will mail you a trading card gift – 1 Whitehall Street,
       New York, New York 01004

Places to receive treats/books for summer reading:

    1.   Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program – redeem completed chart for free books
    2.   Public Library of Mecklenburg County Summer Reading Program – redeem completed chart for books and prizes
    3.   Borders Summer Reading Program – redeem completed chart for free book
    4.   Chuck E Cheese – redeem completed chart for tokens




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