May 272015
 May 27, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Kids, literature No Responses »

summer reading program charlotte nc
Summer reading programs can help kids stay interested in books through the summer. Here are three programs that offer kids (and, in one case, adults) rewards for reading a certain number of books or for a certain number of hours. Follow each link for more details on how to participate.

The Last Word, a used book and media store in the university area, rewards kids age 12 and under with $5 in store credit for every 10 books they read, up to $20. You can just write the titles of the books on a piece of paper. You don’t need a special form, although they have some, in limited quantities, at the store. The program runs from June 1st, 2015, through July 31st.  More details.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers programs for kids and adults of all ages. There are four different programs, broken down by age. Readers earn prizes for reading, as well as entry in drawings to win bigger prizes.  They can also “read down” their library fines. The program runs from June 15th through August 15th, and registration is open now.  More details.

Barnes and Nobles’ summer reading program lets kids in grades one through six choose a free book when they read eight books. More details. You can also find some tips for parents and lots of book recommendations on the same website.

May 252015
 May 25, 2015  Posted by  film, Free Events, Huntersville, Kids No Responses »

movies in the park huntersville
Radiant Life Fellowship Church presents Movies in the Park at North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. The movies are free and so are the popcorn, drinks, bug spray and sunscreen. There will be pre-movie activities like cornhole, frisbee, football, and kids’ games with prizes. There even will be a family pass given away for Great Wolf Lodge. Food trucks will be on site. The park opens at 6 p.m. for the festivities, and the movies start at dusk.

The schedule:

June 5: Big Hero 6
August 28: Cinderella

May 252015

skateMany skating rinks across the country are participating in the Kids Skate Free program. The participating locations in the Charlotte area are the two Kate’s Skating Rinks in Gastonia. Click on the above link and then the link for the skating center you’re interested in. You’ll see the age limits and the days and times of the weeks where kids can skate for free. Make sure to read all the details. Skate rental is $2 at Kate’s. You’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a weekly pass on those pages. If you have questions about the program, call the individual skating rink.

Apr 272015
 April 27, 2015  Posted by  Expired Comments Off on Free museum admission this weekend for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch customers

The first weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers get into many museums nationwide for free. Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, take advantage of this opportunity. Also, call individual museums for their hours. As of this posting  the following Charlotte museums are included. If you are reading this post at a later time make sure to check the link yourself.

Mint Museum Uptown
Mint Museum Randolph
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Levine Musem of the New South
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Bring a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch  credit or debit card for admission. Excludes special exhibitions, fundraising events and ticketed shows.

Feb 032015
 February 3, 2015  Posted by  Expired 2 Responses »

fairy house festival
Saturday, February 7th, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., bring your fairies, elves, and gnomes, and other small magical creatures to Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, at 6211 Sample Road in Huntersville, for the annual Fairy House Festival. They’ll learn how to build fairy houses and gnome homes on a special wooded trail that is known for its high year-long population of fairies. There will be stories, fairy boats, gnome geocaching, fort building, pony rides ($2 charge), food trucks and crafts. The Fairy House Festival is a popular annual event. If you have kids, don’t miss it!

Schedule of Events
Fairy House Building: 10am to 4pm (all houses being judged must be completed by 3pm)
Fort Building: 10am to 4pm
Pony Rides: 10am to 4pm ($2 fee)
Story Telling: 10-11:30, 12-1:30*, 2-3:30pm
Costume Parade: 2pm
Craft Activities: 10am to 4pm
Fairy Boats: 10am to 4pm
Gnome Geocaching: 10am to 4pm

Nov 022014
 November 2, 2014  Posted by  Art, Entertainment, Free Events, The City Comments Off on McColl Center for Art + Innovation–Open Studio Saturday

mcColl centerOnce a month (or more) the artists at McColl Center for  Art + Innovation, 721 N. Tryon Street, open their studios to the public, so that everyone can see something of the creative process. The next Open Studio Saturday is November 8th, 2014,  from 12pm to 4pm. This is a chance to meet the artists and talk with them about their work. Free event. Docent-led tours start at 11:30 p.m.

Oct 132014
 October 13, 2014  Posted by  Expired Comments Off on Free: Gospel Shout! concert



The annual Gospel Shout! concert is back. It’s presented by Levine Museum of the New South and Center City Partners and is held at United House of Prayer for All People, 2321 Beatties Ford Road. Shout Bands are a United House of Prayer original, and they have their roots right in this area. The music of these high-energy trombone-led bands is something you ought to experience. There will also be a capella singing.

The concert is Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, at 7:30pm, and it’s free. Come early (starting at 6pm) and get a soul food dinner at the church cafeteria for $10.

Sep 052014
 September 5, 2014  Posted by  garage sales, Shopping 2 Responses »

Charlotte garage salesWe’ve compiled a list of the biggest Charlotte garage sales this weekend. We included very large multi-family sales,  sales, church sales, neighborhood sales and estate sales going on in the Charlotte area this weekend. We’ve added a new feature. Now the sales are shown on a map, so you can easily see which are close together. This is particularly useful on your smart phone. Click here to see this weekend’s sales. Do you know of a large sale we should include? Email and include the address, date, time, and a brief description.



Sep 032014
 September 3, 2014  Posted by  Expired Comments Off on Yiasou Greek Festival

The Yiasou Greek Festival, one of Charlotte’s most popular and longest-running festivals, will be back, Thursday, September 4th, 2014, to Sunday, September 7th. It’s still a bargain at $3 (free for kids 12 and under) but bring some bucks for the delicious food, the highlight of the festival for many people. Other activities include tours of the church; music and dancing; Children’s Play Land with rides; a Greek cultural exhibit; and lectures on classical Greek culture. Kids can even get their picture taken with a Spartan warrior.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
600 East Boulevard

September 4th 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM
September 5th 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
September 6th 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
September 7th 12:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Aug 242014
 August 24, 2014  Posted by  Expired Comments Off on IKEA Family Card members get BOGO ticket to Kannapolis Intimidators

IKEA is offering the IKEA Family Card at its Charlotte store. It’s free to get the card and it gets you a lot. You’ll receive emails with the special IKEA FAMILY discounts and they’re often substantial. In addition there are some other benefits. I love that I can get a free coffee any time I visit. Follow this link to sign up. (You’ll find the registration at the bottom of the page.)

Benefits include:
√ Get discounts on many of your favorite items in the store
√ Save on IKEA FAMILY products with your membership card
√ Be entered for a chance to win a $100 IKEA Gift Card every time you scan your card at checkout
√ Take a break and enjoy free coffee or tea every time you visit our restaurant
√ Give your kids more Småland time—30 extra minutes (capacity-depending)
√ When you join – get ONE (1) FREE FROZEN YOGURT with a purchase of one at regular price at the IKEA Bistro. Offer valid for 30 days from date at bottom of printout. One time offer only.

Another benefit: IKEA Family card holders can get BOGO tickets to the Kannapolis Intimidators minor league baseball game on August 28th, 2014, at 7:05 p.m. Just show your IKEA Family card at the box office when you buy ticketrs.

Also: In August and September, 2014, Inner Peaks Climbing Center, 9535 Monroe Road, is offering a Buy 1, Get 1 FREE all-day pass to the Inner Peaks Climbing Center (includes harness and a facility orientation for each participant) for the months of August and September. You just have to show your IKEA Family card. You can use this deal twice at Inner Peaks in August and September. Read all the details.