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Free and practically free fun for kids this weekend

by wcnc

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 1 at 6:13 PM

Jody Mace

Cheap and Free Contributor

You probably have the 4th of July celebration and fireworks planned already. If not, browse this list of festivities. But what about the rest of the weekend? How about some more free activities?

Thursday through Sunday, at the Concord Arena & Events Center, see some clever, hard-working dogs strut their stuff at the Summer Agility Extravaganza. You think your boss makes you jump through hoops? You should see these dogs.

Spend Friday evening at McDowell Nature Preserve with family friendly activities. Start, at 7:00, with a scavenger hunt, and follow it up with a campfire at 8:30.

Saturday morning at 8:30, join the Carolina Raptor Center at the Energy Explorium in Huntersville, as they release a rehabilitated bald eagle into the wild in honor of fallen North Carolina servicemen and servicewomen. The eagle's name? Freedom.

Are you a Bank of America customer? If so, you get free admission this weekend into the Mint Museums, Charlotte Museum of History, and the Levine Museum of the New South. On Sunday, the Charlotte Museum of History is having a living history day, where kids (and adults) can participate in hands-on Colonial skills. If you don't make it there for the free 4th of July celebration, this would be a great day to go too.

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