Free Fun

This page lists free programs and activities for kids in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
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04/25 Free Movie Night - Spirited Away with King of Pops

Come join us for our first free movie night of the season! We'll be making a one-night only pop flavor together and watching the Ghibli classic Spirit ...

Free: Yes
Area: South
King of Pops Charlotte 2500 Dunavant Street, Charlotte, NC, 28203
05/08-06/12 runCLTrun Club at Athleta South Park

ALL levels are welcome as we get ready for SUMMER! Come and join us for a 1.5, 3 or longer route outside around beautiful South Park. We will meet at ...

Free: Yes
Area: South
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
11/20 Carolina Panthers 5th Annual Tree Lighting

The Carolina Panthers’ Fourth Annual Tree Lighting will be held the night before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 22. The celebration is free of ...

Area: West
800 South Mint St, Charlotte,, NC, 28202
11/22 - 12/24 - Charlotte Christmas Village: A New Queen City Tradition

We're Moving! Come visit us in our new location at the corner of 7th Street & N. Tryon Charlotte Christmas Village, is a quaint European-inspired ...

Area: Central
7th Street & N. Tryon, Charlotte, NC, 28202
11/23 - 12/08 Penland Tree Farm

We are a choose and cut tree farm. We provide saws. Fresh cut Fraser Firs, Wreaths, Bows, and Tree Stands also available. We shake and wrap trees. Pet ...

Area: South
6457 Campbell Road, York, SC, 29745
11/23 Walk off the Turkey Hike at Anne Springs Close Greenway

Get off of the couch, out of the house, #OptOutside, and walk off that turkey (and stuffing and gravy and pie and all the other good stuff you enjoyed ...

Area: South
Dairy Barn at the Anne Springs Close Greenway 288 Dairy Barn Ln, Fort Mill, SC, 29715
11/23, 11/24 & 11/30, 12/08 & 12/14, 12/12, 12/21, 12/22 & 12/23 - Christmas with the Kringles

Bring your family on a once in a lifetime Christmas adventure. Visit behind the scenes with Santa & Mrs. Claus and experience all the Christmas magic ...

Area: North
506 Parks Crossrds Church Rd, Ramseur, NC, 27316
11/23-01/29 Toys, Games and Trains exhibit at Kings Mountain Historical Museum

This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and g ...

Area: West
100 East Mountain Street, Kings Mountain, NC
11/24 - 12/30 - A Kannapolis Christmas

A Kannapolis Christmas will officially kick off at Village Park with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 24, 2018. The Cel ...

Area: North
Village Park, 740 W C Street, Kannapolis, NC
11/24 7th Annual Light Up Cornelius 2018

Each year, hundreds of people join us for our annual tree lighting on the lawn at Cornelius Town Hall on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Attendees ca ...

Area: North
Community Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, NC, 28031
11/24 Tree Lighting Celebration at NASCAR Hall of Fame

Tree lighting at approximately 7:15 p.m. The NASCAR Hall of Fame brings the holiday season to light with the fourth annual tree lighting on the NASCA ...

Area: Central
NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28202
11/25-12/30 Downtown’s Holiday Light Spectacular at Mooresville

An orchestrated light show that includes over 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 27 and runs nightly through late December. On the lawn at T ...

Area: North
413 N. Main St., Mooresville, NC
11/29 -  Uptown Tree Lighting

For the first time, the Uptown Tree moves into the Charlotte Christmas Village. Come visit the Christmas Village in its new location at the corner of ...

Area: Central
Charlotte Center City, Charlotte, NC, 28202
11/30 Town Center Tree Lighting at Huntersville Parks & Recreation 2018

Town Center Tree Lighting presented by Pridemore Properties November 30 / 6:00-9:00pm. We will light the tree at 7:00pm Free activities include: ...

Area: North
Huntersville Parks & Recreation, 105 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC, 28070
12/01 -  Matthews Hometown Holiday and Holiday Tree Lighting

Brighten up your holiday at our annual Hometown Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting! Live entertainment, train rides, pictures with Santa, face pai ...

Area: South
232 Matthews Station St, Matthews, NC, 28105
12/01 Come see the Ice Queen and the Ice Princess at Peddler's Paradise Monroe

The Christmas Bazaar is from 3-8pm and the Christmas tree lighting is from 6-9pm. The Ice Queen and the Ice Princess will be here from 5-7pm! Be sure ...

Area: South
Peddler's Paradise Monroe 105 W. Franklin St., Monroe, NC, 28112
12/01 Holiday Festival at Ballantyne Arts Center

Join us at the Ballantyne Arts Center for an exciting holiday festival full of face painting, bounce house, holiday crafts and so much more. Share thi ...

Area: South
Ballantyne Arts Center 11318 North Community House Road, Charlotte, NC, 28277
12/03 Christmas on Main Street at Brace Family YMCA

Simplify your holiday at Christmas on Main Street! Find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts for Christmas, teacher gifts, upcoming birthdays or anniversa ...

Area: Central
Brace Family YMCA 3127 Weddington Rd, Matthews, NC, 28105
12/06 A homeschool Christmas at Historic Latta Plantation

Learn about early American Christmas traditions in the Latta house, smell Christmas open hearth Christmas baking in the kitchen, and visit the farm an ...

5225 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC
12/06 and 12/13 Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Phillips Place

Come enjoy: • 2 Holiday Light Shows each Thursday night • A special visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus • Holiday stilt walkers and elves • Good ...

Area: South
6800 Phillips Place Ct, Charlotte, NC, 28210
12/08 - Reindeer Romp 5K Hosted by Harris YMCA

A fun, healthy event for the whole family that can become your favorite holiday tradition! Decorate your stroller or find a Santa costume and come rea ...

Area: South
5900 Quail Hollow Road, Charlotte, NC, 28210
12/08 Christmas Parade at City of Kannapolis

Come enjoy the Christmas Parade at the City of Kannapolis this Holiday!

Area: North
Downtown, Kannapolis, NC, 28081
12/08 Cookies with Santa at Selwyn United Methodist Church

Gift wrapping, crafts, cookies, Santa, and an opportunity for photo's with Santa are available.

Area: South
3100 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC, 29208
Airport Overlook Park

Pack a lunch and come here to watch the planes take off and land at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

7300 Old Dowd Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28208
American Girl Store at South Park Mall

Offering weekly activities. Check the website for the current activities offered. The programs are open to the public. Some of the activities list ...

Area: South
4400 Sharon Rd,, Charlotte,, NC, 28211
Bank of America members get FREE admission to Charlotte  museums the first weekend of every month

Present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card and picture ID on the first full weekend of every month for one free general admiss ...

Barnes and Nobles Story time

Barnes & Noble have weekly free storytimes, crafts and music hours for children. Check out their websites for details and locations near you!

Campbell Creek and McAlpine Creek Greenways

Campbell Creek Greenway runs along a headwater tributary to McAlpine Creek between Margaret Wallace Road and Harris Boulevard. Parking is available of ...

Area: South
Campbell Creek Greenway-E & McAlpine Creek Greenway-E, Charlotte, NC, 28227
Carolina Place Mall Children's Play Area

The children's play area is specifically designed for children 48" tall and under. The jungle-gym themed play area features a maze of tunnels and craw ...

Area: South
11025 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville, NC, 28134
Charlotte's Nights Baseball Stadium

The Knights baseball stadium is open to the public to tour at no cost.

2136 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC
Charlotte's Playgrounds and Parks

kids outdoor playgrounds and recreational parks in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

Free: Yes
Area: North, South, East, West, Central
CityLYNX Gold Line

The CityLYNX Gold Line is a 10-mile streetcar system that is an integral part of the 2030 Transit Plan and is being constructed in phases. The alignme ...

Free: Yes
Cruise Carts

t’s simple…Cruise Carts is a Free, Green & Safe ride in and around Charlotte, NC. Our eco-friendly, advertiser-driven golf cart shuttle service is you ...

Free: Yes
Area: Central
Dan Nicholas Park

Dan Nicholas Park does not charge for visiting! We have many features of the park that are free. Other areas of the park can be visited for very small ...

Free: Yes
Area: North
6800 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC, 28146
Disc Golf Courses in Charlotte

Charlotte has 12 FREE disc golf courses

Free: Yes
Feeding THe Ducks at The Arboretum Duck Pond

Save your bread crusts or other bread/ cracker products and head to Arboretum Duck Pond. The Duck Pond behind Chili's.

Area: South
8008 Providence Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina
Free admission to Schiele Museum in Gastonia

The second Tuesday of every month, Schiele Museum in Gastonia is free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s also free the fourth Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thi ...

Free: Yes
1500 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC
Free Wednesday Evenings at The Mint Museum locations

Both locations of The Mint Museum offer free admission every Wednesday from 5–9 p.m. Locations: Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph.

Free: Yes
Mint Museum locations., Charlotte, NC
Freedom Park

This park features 98 acres, 4 baseball fields, 12 tennis courts, 4 soccer fields, basketball court, 2 volleyball courts, concession stand, 7-acre lak ...

Area: Central
1900 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28203
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Freedom Park Duck Pond Bridge

Save your bread crusts or other bread/ cracker products and head to Freedom Park Duck Pond Bridge. This beautiful stone arch bridge carries park visit ...

Area: Central
1900 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28209

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to loc ...

Gold Rush Red Line

These rubber-wheel trolley cars, reminiscent of historic streetcars, connect passengers to Center City and the LYNX Blue Line. It operates every 15 mi ...

Free: Yes
Area: Central
ImaginON Library

At ImaginOn, young people learn in many ways, through all five senses and "from the page to the stage." It is the launching pad for remarkable journey ...

Free: Yes
Area: Central
300 East Seventh St., Charlotte,, NC, 28202
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

An interactive library that features two state of the art theatres, a dedicated library space for kids 11 and under, four multi-use classrooms, a teen ...

Free: Yes
Area: North
300 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways

These two creeks are prominent north and west of Charlotte, through the uptown Charlotte area where they merge and continue as Irwin Creek. Irwin Cre ...

215 North Sycamore Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
Kids' Workshop at Home Depot

Offered the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at most stores, kids will learn to hammer nails, turning screws and sanding wood whil ...


Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming "treasure hunt" style outdoor quest. A wid ...

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

This section of Little Sugar Creek Greenway provides connectivity between 12th Street/Alexander Street Park andCordelia Park. Cordelia Park contains a ...

LYNX Blue Line Light Rail FREE Fair for Children 5 and Under

North Carolina’s first rapid-rail system connects South Charlotte to Center City, running along 15 stations. On weekdays, the line is available every ...