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Most Charlotte area schools are on Spring Break this week, and will start back on Monday, April 21. Here are a few FREE things to do with them to keep them busy and happy. Make sure to follow each link to get the necessary details on times and locations.

  • Easter activities at Bass Pro Shops: Easter Bunny visits, Easter Egg Hunts, crafts.
  • Bechtler Museum: Kids get into Bechtler for free during Spring Break, through Friday. They also get 10% at museum store. Accompanying adults get $2 off admission. Museum is closed Tuesdays.
  • Carolina Raptor Center s 30th Anniversary: Wednesday, free admission to Carolina Raptor Center, in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Explore the trails, enjoy special presentations and eat some birthday cake.
  • Easter Party at Romare Bearden Park:On Friday, enjoy an egg hunt, and also performances from jugglers, hula-hoopers and an illusionist in Charlotte s newest park.
  • Other Easter Egg Hunts:Many free Easter Egg Hunts and bunny visits are taking place this week. Follow the above link to see the day-by-day guide.
  • Carolina Raptor Center visits ImaginOn:If you can t make it to the Raptor s Center anniversary party Wednesday, the Raptor Center will bring some birds to ImaginOn Saturday.
  • Hiking 101:Get outside Saturday and learn how to choose and prepare for a hike. Reedy Creek Nature Center.
  • Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins:Another great program at Reedy Creek Nature Center, this one on Sunday.
  • Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South: This Sunday and every Sunday, the Levine Museum is free for groups of fewer than 10 people. Park in 7th Street Station and bring your parking ticket for validation.
  • Free ukulele lesson: At Guitar Center Center. If you or your child doesn t have a ukulele you can probably use one from the store.
  • Free Cookie: On Tuesday, Tax Day, get a free cookie from Great American Cookies.
  • Fort building: Build a fort in the woods at McDowell Nature Preserve Saturday.
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