• Camille Renner

Things to Do in Gaston County: Events to keep your family busy all summer long

Our Gaston County town and businesses are all too familiar with kid-friendly activities and events and have missed having your kiddos around after a long 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily for your family, the mask mandate is gone, the sun is hot and there are plenty events to keep Gaston kids entertained all summer long. Get your family out in nature, let your children explore their creativity and keep their brains working all summer long with our roundup of county-wide events for kids.

Tuckaseege Park — Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

Tuesday, May 25:

Toddler Memorial Day Painting

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Create in Us

106 S. Main St., Mount Holly

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


For your toddler through Pre-K aged little ones, Mount Holly's colorful and uplifting art studio, Create in Us, is hosting a memorial day art event to let your kiddos explore their artistic side. For $10 your toddlers get to create a 8x10 sized flag art. Spots are available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and then studio requests you message them on Facebook to reserve your spot.


Young Adult Book Club

TECH @ Lowell

203 McAdenville Rd., Lowell

4 p.m.-5 p.m.


The local library in Lowell hosts many fun events for babies, school-aged kids, teens and adults. For your pre-teens, TECH @ Lowell holds a monthly young adult book club so your little book-worms can connect with their community while discussing their favorite reads. This month, the YA Book Club has a star Wars theme, discussing any Star Wars book readers may have enjoyed. Registration is required here.


Friday, May 28:

Movie in Centennial Center

100 Center St., Cramerton

8:30 p.m.


In downtown Cramerton, Secret Life of Pet's 2 will be shown under the stars to kick off summer. The movie will begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m., so bring a blanket and snacks and let your kids stay up late as a start of summer treat.


Wednesday June 2:

Movies on the Lawn: Lion King

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont

5:30 p.m.


Beginning this May, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will be showing family favorite movies on the lawn. The gardens will open at 5:30 p.m. with food trucks and beverages available and the movie will begin at sundown, currently about 8 p.m. The first June movie on the Lawn is Lion King!


Thursday, June 3:

Homeschool & Virtual Learners Skate Day

Camille Renner, Gaston Outside

Kates Skating Rink

4114 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

12 p.m.-4 p.m.


For kids who are used to being homeschooled or kids that have recently transitioned to virtual learning, the experience of P.E. class can't be replaced. To replicate the gym class experience, Kate's Skating Rinks in Gastonia and Lowell invite homeschool and virtual students to come skate together. For $6 entry and $4 skate rental, kids and parents can connect with each other while getting some great exercise.


SUPer Mates Summer Clinic

Camille Renner, Gaston Outside

866 Armstrong Rd., Belmont

3:30-5:30


Belmont's paddle board company, Anchored Soul, encourages kids of all ages to partake in the exciting world of paddle boarding. If your child is interested in learning how to stand up paddleboard (SUP), this clinic is perfect for them, or any kid who wants to spend time on the water. On August 21st, Anchored Soul is hosting its second annual Bon Temps Paddle Battle on Wylie which includes a "Guppies Race." The cost of registration for the Guppies Race is included for each child who participates in and completes this clinic, which costs $250 for 5 lessons, all equipment provided. The clinic takes place every Thursday from June 3-July 1.

Friday, June 4:

Stuffed Animal Dance Party and Sleep Over

Tech @ Lowell

203 McAdenville Rd., Lowell

10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.


TECH @ Lowell invites your book loving kids for a fun dance party with their favorite stuffed pal to celebrate the beginning of Summer Reading! After the dance party your child's stuffed friend can spend the night at the library. The Library will share the fun adventures the stuffed animals have together on Facebook for your child to see at home and they can pick your stuffed friend up the next day!


Saturday June 5:

National Trails Day

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

Tuckaseege Park

165 Broome St., Mount Holly

10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Celebrate National Trails Day with the City of Mount Holly and Duke Energy with free family friendly events all day long at Tuckaseege Park. Kick off the summer with land and water activities such as yoga, guided nature and bike tours, stand up paddle board lessons, lawn games, live music and food trucks. Bring your bikes, skateboards and rollerblades to check out Tuckaseege's awesome skate park, too.


Unity in the Community

Erwin Center & Park

913 N. Pryor St., Gastonia

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


At Gastonia's Erwin Center, the Gastonia Police Department is hosting a free basketball competition for children ages 8 and up. Competitions will include free-throw and 3-point shooting contests with prizes for the winners. Participants will be broken up into age groups.


Lavender Festival

Dallas Lavender Lane Farm

937 Old Willis School Rd., Dallas

June 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Dallas Lavender Lane Farm is holding their second-annual weekend long Lavender Festival on June 5th and 6th. At the Festival, visitors can pick their own lavender while enjoying lavender lemonade and cotton candy. At the festival, there will also be local food and craft vendors on site.


Monday June 7:

Family Movie at the Library

Gastonia Main Library

1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

3 p.m.


Gastonia Main Library will be showing Trolls: World Tour for you and your kids to enjoy. Registration is required here.

Saturday, June 12:

Arbor Day Celebration

Lowell City Hall

101 W. 1st St., Lowell

11 a.m.-1 p.m.


In honor of Arbor Day, The City of Lowell is hosting an Arbor Day celebration to help you and your family feel closer to our local greenery. At the downtown celebration, kids can get seed planting kits, while the rest of your family enjoys the live music and food trucks.


Monday, July 12:

Christmas in July Service Project

Gastonia Main Library

1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

3 p.m.-4 p.m.


It is never too early to teach your kids the importance of helping others, and this event held by Gastonia Main Library is the perfect place to start. Help your children create Christmas cards to send to deployed U.S, Troops while they also learn how to make Christmas cards at home. Registration is required here.


Saturday, July 17:

Kids Catfish Tournament

Dallas Park

1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy., Dallas

8 a.m.


The City of Dallas' annual Catfish Tournament is back this year and is open to kids ages 3-15. The event is free and prizes will be awarded throughout the day. There will be loaner fishing poles available on site, but only a limited quantity is available. Children of all levels of experience are welcome to participate but all must be accompanied by an adult.


Friday, July 23:

Paint and String Art Workshop

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

AR Belmont

65 Glenway St., Belmont

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.


While AR Workshop Belmont offers many 4-day long camps all summer, they also host mini camps on some Friday mornings. This event will incorporate paint and fiber string in one project to promote your child's most creative side. Online registration is required here.


Summer Long Events:

Free Tuesdays and Fridays at The Schiele

Garland Burks, Gaston Outside

The Schiele Museum

1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Thanks to support from Duke Energy, The Schiele Museum of Natural History will have no admission fee the second Tuesday and fourth Friday of each month from 12 p.m.-4 p.m., starting June 8th. In order to secure your free admission, be sure to reserve your time here.


Honey Hunters Games

218 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia


While the Honey Hunter's big opening night game will be past your child's bedtime, all summer, Gastonia's new baseball team will have day-time games throughout the summer. Check out their full schedule to plan a day your whole family will enjoy.


Outdoor Storytime

First United Methodist Church

601 N. Pink St., Cherryville

Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.


Every Thursday, Cherryville Library hosts a fun-packed early literacy program. The storytime includes finger plays, songs, stories, and other activities. The program welcomes children aged 1-6 and their caregivers and guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.