This is what a Scoop summer looks like… books, movies, sharks, crafts, and some sleuthing… all with an international flair. Bonjour!


Itty-Bitty Bookworms
Fort Mill Public Library
Monday, July 9, 3:00 – 3:35 p.m.
Stories, songs, fingerplays and movement activities for children ages birth-35 months and their caregivers. Register online or call 547-4114, starting May 21. Limit 25.


Kids Bowl Free
10 Park Lanes

Tuesday, July 10 (through August 24), 10:00 a.m.

Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) summer program! Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program. 10 Park Lanes include Rock Hill, Gastonia, Huntersville and other locations.


Movies The Museum: Sing
Harvey B. Gantt Center

Tuesday, July 10, 11:00 a.m.

The Gantt Center is the place to be Tuesdays in July! Take a mid-morning break with our family-friendly animated film series and boost your creativity with an art making session after each movie. This week’s movie is Sing.


Shark Month at Sea Life
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord

Wednesday, July 11, (through July 31), noon

Visit SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord for Meet-n-Greets with Sharky and special Shark Month weekly programming. Meet Sharky on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July from noon to 4 p.m. Special Shark Month weekly programming is going on all month long.


Photography Club
Nature Center of Anne Springs Close Greenway

Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.

Grab your cameras, and come and learn about our brand new photography club! The club will meet the first Wednesday of every month. This club welcomes all levels of photographer and all styles of camera, from iPhones to DSLR!


Summer Break Social
West Boulevard Library
Thursday, July 12, 11:00 a.m.
Join us at West Boulevard Library as we continue to celebrate Summer Break, our summer reading program for readers of all ages.


Super Simple Crafts – Fort Mill
Fort Mill Public Library
Thursday, July 12, 1:00 p.m.
Think you aren’t crafty? Think again. Drop in and create an amazing super simple craft! No registration required.


Be A Rock Detective!
Lake Wylie Public Library
Thursday, July 12, 3:00 p.m.
Join the Museum of York County at the Lake Wylie Public Library as we dig into rocks and minerals! Come ready to play an interactive game of Rock and Mineral Cycle, listen to volunteer geologist, Dr. Andersen talk about collecting minerals and enjoy hands-on interaction with South Carolina and the products they make. Pre-registration required.


Willa of the Wood Author Event
Barnes and Noble

Thursday, July 12, 6:00 p.m.

Charlotte-area readers can get the new “Willa of the Wood” book at Barnes and Noble’s author event. This special event includes a presentation by author, Robert Beatty, a question and answer session, a book signing, the opportunity to meet the author, free refreshments, and Willa and Serafina giveaways.


Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star
Tweetsie Railroad

Friday, July 13, (through July 15), 9:00 a.m.

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants… and now he’s on land for you to see! Join SpongeBob and his best pal, Patrick Star for a meet and greet that is oceans above the rest!


Kid’s Catfish Tournament

Saturday, July 14, 8:00 a.m.

Gaston County Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual kids fishing tournament again this year. This will be the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to fishing. Please wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, no sandals. All kids must be accompanied by an adult, but adults are not permitted to fish during the tournament. Prizes will be awarded.


Summer Wild Wonder Saturdays
The Museum of York County

Saturday, July 14, 10:00 a.m.

Metals and Gems, Oh My! Do you play MINECRAFT™? Check out The Museum of York County’s collection of rocks and minerals, and identify what is real and what is only found in the game. Local geologists will be on hand to answer questions and help identify minerals in your collection.


Summer Science Session
Carolina’s Aviation Museum

Saturday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.

Students will experience a Miracle on the Hudson case study using a Scope-on-a-Rope handheld video microscope, which magnifies objects up to 50 times their size.


Charlotte French Festival
Nevin Community Park

Sunday, July 15, 10:15 a.m.

Come out for the Charlotte French Festival, and celebrate the rich and entertaining French culture. Enjoy great food, wine, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance, and, of course, the pétanque initiation and tournament. Bring leashed dogs for the canine costume contest.


Family Nature Scavenger Hunt
Latta Nature Center

Sunday, July 15, 1:00 p.m.

Take a self-guided adventure with your family to discover the many hidden treasures within the nature preserve. Stop by the nature center to pick up the clues. Come back when you’re finished for prizes!


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