Free Fun

This page lists free programs and activities for kids in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
Kids Charlotte: Free Fun - Fun 4 Charlotte Kids
05/08 Mother's Day Workshop at Red Calaca Mobile Art Studio

Join us for a workshop where participants work with Rosalia creating Mother's Day crafts. This is an event for all ages and families. Red Calaca Mobil ...

Area: Central
Ashton Place Apartments 905 Pineville Point Ave, Charlotte, NC, 28217
11/09 and 11/16 Second Harvest Food Bank Harvest Feast

Second Harvest Food Bank of Merolina is returning to Stonecrest Shopping Center for two weekends in November for their annual Harvest Feast Marathon e ...

7852 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC, 28277
11/11-12/24 Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and Concord-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with S ...

Area: North
8181 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, NC
11/23 - Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

Families, friends and neighbors are invited to enjoy a classic tradition with a modern twist. See it all, up close and personal: larger-than-life floa ...

Area: Central
Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
11/23 Thanksgiving Dinner 2017 at Luca Modern Italian Kitchen

Thanksgiving dinner 2017! 3-course prix fixe meal with family-style sides.

Area: Central
1523 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28204
11/24 & 11/25-12/01 & 12/02-12/08 & 12/09-12/15 & 12/16-12/22 & 12/23 A Millstone Creek Christmas Hayride

Take your family on the Christmas Adventure of a lifetime at our Millstone Creek Christmas Hayride. Our hayride trail is beautifully lit with thousand ...

Area: North
506 Parks Crossrds Church Rd, Ramseur, NC, 27316
11/24 - Pedal Off the Pumpkin Pie Bike

Join the millions who are skipping the shopping frenzy on Black Friday to #OptOutside! Get off of the couch, out of the house and RIDE off that pie! ...

Area: South
148 Adventure Road, Fort Mill, South Carolina, 29715
11/24 - Walk Off the Turkey Hike

Join the millions who are skipping the shopping frenzy on Black Friday to #OptOutside! Get off of the couch out of the house and walk off that turkey ...

Area: South
288 Dairy Barn Ln, Fort Mill, South Carolina, 29715
11/25 -  It's a Holiday Tradition! at Cornelius

Festivities will include holiday songs by local performers, children's activities, carriage rides, train display, refreshments, and a visit from Santa ...

Area: North
Lawn at Cornelius Town Hall, Cornelius, NC, 28031
11/25 - 12/30 - Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express

Celebrate the Christmas spirit all month long in Kannapolis with the Celebration of Lights. The Celebration of Lights boasts more than 250,000 lights ...

Area: North
Village Park, 740 W C Street, Kannapolis, NC
11/28-11/30 FREE Horse Rides, MILK the cow, and Pat 9 kinds of Farm Animals! at Whispering Hope Farm

FREE Horse Rides, MILK the cow, and Pat 9 kinds of Farm Animals! Come out to the farm to ride a horse, milk the cow, pat and hold 9 different kinds of ...

Free: Yes
Area: West
1405 Crowders Creek Rd, Gastonia, NC, 28052
11/29 - 12/02 -  Santa's Bag at Children's Theater of Charlotte

Santa’s Bag is celebrating its 45th year of bringing a fun shopping experience to the children of Charlotte, Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, at ImaginOn: The ...

Area: Central
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
11/30 and 12/02 - 10th Annual Community Nativity Festival

Please join us at the 10th Annual Community Nativity Festival! Thurs, Nov 30-Sat, Dec 2, 2017 from 10 am – 8 pm at 7036 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville, ...

7036 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville, NC
11/30 Uptown Crawl

Discover Uptown’s culture for free during the Uptown Crawl. The crawl features Uptown art galleries and museums with free trolley rides between each e ...

Area: North
Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
12/01 -12/26 Lighting of Christmas Town USA

The ceremony starts at On the Plaza, in front of the PHARR FAMILY YMCA. The lights glow nightly through December 26th 2016.

Area: East
100 Main St, McAdenville, NC
12/02 -  Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

On Saturday, December 2, join us for our annual Cookies & Cocoa with Santa. Bring your family and friends to Metropolitan for a FREE photo with Santa ...

Area: Central
1111 Metropolitan Avenue, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC, 28204
12/02 -  Holiday Festival of Lights at Waxhaw

Waxhaw's Christmas festivities officially kick-off during the Holiday Festival of Lights Ceremony held Friday, December 2, 2017 from 5-8 pm. You won't ...

Area: South
Down Town, Waxhaw, NC
12/02 -  Matthews Hometown Holiday and Holiday Tree Lighting

A traditional small-town holiday celebration and an afternoon filled with holiday crafts, activities, entertainment, and tree lighting with lots of ...

Area: South
Town Green Park 232 Matthews Station Street, Matthews, NC, 28105
12/02 Christmas Kick Off - Free Festival! at Ballantyne Arts Center

Kick off the holiday season at the Ballantyne Arts Center! Festivities include cookie painting, holiday art creation, a bounce house, balloon animals, ...

Area: South
11318 N Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28277
12/02 Holiday Festivities at Metropolitan

Holiday Festivities at Metropolitan! Schedule: -1pm-3pm Cookies & Cocoa with Santa: Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, and photos with Santa Claus as ...

Area: South
1111 Metropolitan Ave, Charlotte, NC, 28204
12/02 Spirit of Christmas Past! at Kings Mountain Historical Museum

This annually recurring exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by the Piedmont “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and ...

Area: West
Kings Mountain Historical Museum, Charlotte, NC
12/03 - Free concerts at Davidson College: VESPERS

An annual highlight for the Davidson College community. Davidson College Chorale and campus leaders reflect on the true meaning of the holiday season, ...

Area: North
405 N Main St, Davidson, NC, 28035
12/03 - Indian Trail Christmas Parade

IT's that time of year again! Join us this December 3rd as our community comes together for IT's annual Christmas parade. Following the parade, we wil ...

Area: South
130 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail, NC, 28079
12/03 Soothing Santa at Northlake Mall (special needs)

Santa knows some children need extra patience and quiet time during holiday visits. This ​soothing​ ​and sensory-friendly event allows ​​children​ ​wi ...

Area: North
6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28216
12/05 -  68th Belmont Christmas Parade

Well over 100 units, including marching bands, professional floats, decorated vehicles of all descriptions and a wide assortment of other entries will ...

Area: West
intersection of South Main Street, McLeod Avenue and Myrtle Street, Belmont, NC
12/07-12/14-12/21 Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Phillips Place

Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Phillips Place in South Park Join us for Charlotte’s Premier Holiday Light Show. 2 shows each night! Sh ...

Area: South
6800 Phillips Place Ct, Charlotte, NC, 28210
12/07-12/27 Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne Hotel

Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations from Thursday, December 7 through Wednesday, December 27. Gingerbread Lane ...

Area: South
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC
12/09 Holiday Market at City of Kannapolis

Be sure to stop by and visit the Holiday Market in Downtown Kannapolis on Saturday December 9th from 9:00 am - 5:00pm. Local vendors and artists w ...

Area: North
401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC
12/09 Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit the Museum

Santa Claus will be at the Museum during the Toys, Games & TRAINS exhibit to visit with the little ones. Mrs. Claus will also do a special reading of ...

Kings Mountain Historical Museum, Charlotte, NC
12/09-12/10-12/16-12/17 Teddy Bear Tea at the Westin Charlotte Uptown

Teddy Bear Tee at The Westin Charlotte Uptown. High Tea with Bottomless Mimosas, special kids menu, tea sandwiches and a festive dessert display. ...

Area: Central
601 S College St, Charlotte, NC, 28202
12/10 -  Ballantyne Village Holiday Open House

Ballantyne Village wants to celebrate the holiday season with you at our Holiday Open House on December 10 from 11am-3pm! Enjoy Breakfast with Sant ...

Area: South
14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte, NC
12/10 - The Waxhaw Christmas Parade

The Waxhaw Christmas Parade which is held downtown on the second Sunday of December (12/10/2017) at 3 p.m. features our local school marching bands, a ...

Area: South
Downtown, Waxhaw, NC
12/16 Tis the Season: Holidays from Around the World

Join the Charlotte Concert Band as they celebrate the holidays with carols and traditional seasonal selections from around the world, as well as more ...

Area: South
1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, NC, 28274
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 ...

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
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
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