Family Fun and Education Day, on Saturday, April 9th, from 10am to 5pm, is a joint venture between Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the Arts and Science Council. It features free admission to many museums along the Cultural Mile (from the Harvey B. Gantt Center to the McColl Center for Visual Arts) as well as performance and activities along the way. This huge event is meant to show adults how to share art and culture with children, and it’s intended for adults with children – that can mean parents, teachers, caregivers, coaches, etc. Families both within Mecklenburg County and beyond are welcome.
You can register online or at one these four locations.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts (500 S. Tryon Street) Lobby
Parking available at Levine Center for the Arts parking garage – 550 South Tryon Street (accessible from West Stonewall or South
Church Street) – take the garage elevator to 2 (Mint Museum) – parking on Saturday is $5.
10:00 am – noon – The Levine Museum (200 E. 7th Street)
Parking available at Seventh Street Station – 225 E. 6th Street – reduced rate on Saturday for parking.
10:00 am – noon – Spirit Square lobby (Tryon Street entrance)
10:00 am – noon – North Carolina Dance Theatre Conference Room (701 N. Tryon Street)
When you register, you’ll receive a wristband that gets you into all the attractions. Early participants will also receive a free tote bag.
There is so much going on that it’s hard to list everything. Here is a summary.
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon Street
Caricature drawings and other arts activities
North Carolina Dance Theatre
701 North Tryon Street
Dance classes, workshops, and performances
345 N. College Street (but please use Tryon Street entrance)
FREE performance of operatic adaptation of Three Billy Goat’s Gruff at 10:30am
Discovery Place Museum
301 N. Tryon Street
$2 off admission
Free CMS metal sculpture exhibit in outside courtyard
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th Street
The Light Factory
345 N. College Street
FREE admission and tours including dark room tour.
Make your own sun print.
McColl Center for Visual Art
721 N. Tryon Street
FREE admission and arts activities, including bubble watercolor painting and nature prints (and much more)
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon Street
FREE admission and tours. Scavenger hunt on the Green
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 South Tryon Street
FREE admission and activities including family films, youth poetry slam and poetry writing workshop, and guided tours
130 N. Tryon Street – Mezzanine Lobby
FREE workshops on character movement and sound and percussion magic
130 N. Tryon Street
Discounted $10 tickets 11:00 am and 2:00 pm showings of Omimeo: Black Light Magic
(Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Box Office at 704-372-1000, Mon. – Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Stage Door Theater
corner of 5th and College
“More Shows than You Can Imagine”
An overview of everything Blumenthal Performing Arts has to offer