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For The Family

By Alison Henry

Posted: Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013

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Museum Scavenger Hunt at the Gantt Center

Lately it seems scavenger hunts have gone way of the bar-crawling crowd, but the Gantt Center is staying traditional with this childhood fave. Groups are divided into teams during a guided tour where you’ll work together to solve brain teasers leading you from clue to clue (and from different images to artifacts). The winning team earns the most points, but this being educational, everyone’s a winner. $12 per person (includes cost of admission).

Narroway Spotlight Tour

Narroway Productions in Fort Mill isn’t just taking you on a behind-the-scenes look at the Bible — they’re taking you behind the scenes of their broadway-style Christian productions, too. The Narroway Spotlight tour guides participants through what it takes to produce an entire show — you’ll be given a script and costumes, learn stage techniques and help prepare the live animals for a performance. Weekdays and weeknights by appointment only. Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Backstage at IMAX at Discovery Place

Kids love discovering how things work, so it’s comes as no surprise that Discovery Place is also unlocking the mysteries of its massive IMAX theatre. During the Backstage at the IMAX group experience, you’ll see the world’s most powerful film projector and largest film format used today — a reel containing 2.5 miles of it, weighing 250 pounds. You’ll also meet with an IMAX projectionist before heading into the theatre to see everything in action.

Dinosaurs Alive at Carowinds

Jurassic Park 3D was a blast from the past for adults — Anyone else amazed at how well it stood the test of time? — but for a more kid-friendly experience, check out Dinosaurs Alive! at Carowinds. Featuring 30 life-sized, moving animatronic dinosaurs, interactive consoles and educational content, Dinosaurs Alive! is the most comprehensive Mesozoic experience this side of civilization.

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