Programs & Events

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of recreational programs and events throughout the year, including trips and athletic leagues.


NOTE: Most programs require a completed program registration form.  While many are free, some do have a participation fee. You may register in person, by phone or by mail.To register by mail, send your completed program form and any payment required to: Kannapolis Parks and Recreation, 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Please make checks payable to “City of Kannapolis.” 


Many of programs are currently available for on-line registration. If you would like to register on-line for a program, click on the link in the program description and you will be re-directed to a new page for registration. If no link is present, then on-line registration is not available.  Please call our office to register by phone or for more information. To browse all programs, visit our site:


Youth & Family Programs

To be added to our Youth Programs Mailing List and recieve information about upcoming family and youth programs, please supply your mailing address HERE. 

Tiny Tots (Register)


Are you looking for a fun activity for your toddler? Tiny tots will offer a wide selection of classes designed to provide an educational envrionment for your child to foster a lifelong love of learning!

Altough based on a theme each month, Tiny Tots will offer age appropriate activites for every interest including: arts and sciences, cooking and movement, sports and fitness, and music and dance. These activities will delight and engage your child, support healthy physical growth and at the same time build their self-confidence, self-control, and communication skills. 

Held the 3rd Thursday of each month, 9:00 am - 11:00 am at Village Park (700 West C Street).

Ages 3-5. $5 per participant per session. Snack is included!

Parent participation is not required. 

Date Theme
March 19th Construction
April 16th Weather
May 21st Bugs/Butterflies
June 18th  Colors
July 16th Summer
August 20th Ocean
September 17th Community Helpers
October 15th Space
November 19th Winter

Girls Who Code

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Girls will learn all concepts and basics of programming. Whether they want to learn how to build a website, an app, or a robot. Girls with prior programming or coding knowledge can deepen their learning through new experiences and extended activity sets. 

There's something for every girl to learn through team building, problem solving, and more. Everyone gets the opportunity to build an impact project that helps solve real world problems. 

Mondays - January 27th - April 6th 
AL Brown High School Media Center 

Ages 8-12 - 5:30 - 6:45 PM (Register)
Ages 13-18 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM (Register)

Capture the Flag 

Get ready to run and have fun with a twist on an old playground game!

7-9 PM - Village Park Shelter and Playground Area

$5/Person - Ages 6-15 - No pre-registration required



Dip, dodge, and duck your way to a good time as we play multiple varieties of the classic game of Dodgeball!

6-8 PM - Forest Park Elementary School 

$5/Person - Ages 6-15 - No pre-registration required



 Self Defense Cheerleading champions in motion 
 Wednesday Nights  Monday Nights

Self defense and cheerleading classes are held at G.W. Carver Elementary School 
(formerly Kannapolis Intermediate School), 525 East C. Street Kannapolis. 

Class times vary based on skill level/experience.
$11 registration fee
$9 per week - paid weekly (no contracts)
Please call : 980-237-4738 for more information or to register.
More information can also be found online HERE


Youth Painting Classes

All painting classes are $25/child. Payment is due at registration.

Ages 8-15. All supplies and light snack are included. 

All painting classes will be held at Village Park in Kannapolis, located at 700 West C Street. 

Date & Time Artwork Registration
Saturday, March 14th; 2-4 pm Register Here
Saturday, April 25th; 2-4 pm TBD Register Here
Saturday, May 16th; 2-4 pm TBD Register Here


Builders Workshop (Register)

All builders workshop classes are $5/child. 

Ages 5+. 

Village Park Shelter A. 10 AM - Each Saturday in April. 

Date Artwork

April 4th 


April 11th 

April 18th

Bird Feeder

April 25th 



Daddy/Daughter Spring Fling - Dance the Night Away

Dad: A Daughters First LoveWe are excited to announce the return of the Daddy/Daughter Event. We hope you can join us!

Join us at the Laureate Center, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 21 for a night of dancing and special memories.  This Spring Fling will include a crafts, snacks, facepainting, games, a photo keepsake, and of course dancing!



This program is designed for girls ages 5 & up to be accompanied by her dad, step-dad, grandpa, big brother, uncle or other special guy.
Dressy (suit/slacks/jacket/tie) to casual (khaki's/polo) attire. Enjoy and be comfortable yet classy and you will have a fabulous time!
Please register EACH dad/daughter attending so we have an accurate RSVP.




Start 2020 off on the right foot! The Kannapolis Parks & Recreation Couch to 5K program is an 8 week training program for those who would like to transform their lifestyle and complete a 5K!

Safrit Park | Tuesdays & Thursdays | March 3- April 23
Cost: $20 Kannapolis Residents, $25 Non-Residents
Registration and Fees are due by: February 28

OPEN GYM- Free Program, no registration required.

Open Gym Basketball  Open Gym is designed to provide an opportunity for both youth and adults to use a school gymnasium in a supervised, free play situation. Open Gym is FREE of charge.

Location: G.W. Carver Elementary School 
Dates: Thursday Nights
Ages: All ages, children 18 and younger must be accompained by a parent. 
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Cost: FREE

ZUMBA LATINA - Free Program, no registration required.

Zumba Logo

The City of Kannapolis and Zumba want YOU! Let's get healthy and moving together! Enter the world of international rhythms. You'll enjoy an hour of fun with music, basic rhythms and steps like the salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, and many more. 

Location: G.W. Carver Elementary School 
Time: Thursdays 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Line Dancing

Come to learn or refresh the classics, or to explore a new modern twist. 
Everyone is guaranteed to have a great time as we socialize, have fun, and dance! 

6:30-8:00 pm - Village Park Program Room - 700 West C Street Kannapolis

$4/Person - No advance registration necessary (cash only)

Mondays  - Intermediate
Thursdays  - Beginners

Adult Day Trips

The Parks and Recreation department occasionally offers day trips for adults. 
Trips are for adults 18 and older unless otherwise noted. Trips sometimes have potential to last longer and/or end earlier than expected. Many trips may have a lot of walking so please wear comfortable shoes.

To be added to our mailing list and receive new trip brochures, please click HERE to supply your mailing address.
Please call Jill Sellers at 704-920-4343, or email if you have any questions.

Senior Games Informational Lunch (RSVP)

Thursday, February 27th - 12 PM Noon

Senior Games is a "celebration of the human spirit". There is truly something for everyone in the Senior Games.
Come out to Village Park on Thursday, February 27th at 12 PM for a FREE lunch and to hear a seasoned Senior Games expert ambassador talk about their Senior Games experiences, answer questions, and more!

Please RSVP by February 26th HERE or by calling 704-920-4343. 

Current Trip Offerings 

Sleeping Beauty Dress Rehearsal (Register)

Charlotte, NC 

Thursday, March 12th 

We will first stop for lunch on our way to Charlotte. After arriving in Charlotte at the Knight Theater, we will enjoy a unique experience as we view a live dress rehearsal for the Charlotte Ballet's performance of the time-less childhood story, Sleeping Beauty, told as a ballet production.

Registration and fees: Due Februrary 27th 
Cost: $15/person Kannapolis Residents ($3 due at registration)
$20/person Non-Residents ($4 due at registration)

Leave Village Park: 11 am, return: 5 pm.
Lunch is NOT included.

Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum & Farm Tour + Raleigh State Farmers Market (Register)

Raleigh, NC 

Thursday, March 26th 

The Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum is a unique agritourism experience for all to learn how wholesome milk goes from farm to table. Learn how NC State raises their cows and produces milk and other products such as the delicious Howling Cow ice cream, which every trip participant will get to enjoy at the end of the Farm & Museum tour. 

Following our tour, we will have lunch at the State Farmers Market Restaurant before enjoying free time to explore the 50,000 sq ft State Farmers Market. Shop for in season produce & plants at the Farmers Building then browse meats, cheeses, wines, bakery itesm and more at the Market Shoppes!

Registration and fees: Due March 12th 
Cost: $20/person Kannapolis Residents ($4 due at registration)
$25/person Non-Residents ($5 due at registration)

Leave Village Park: 7:30 am, return 6 pm
Lunch is NOT included. 

Registration for April, May, & June Day Trips will open at:
9:00 AM on Monday, March 2nd.
Registration will be available online, in person, and over the phone at that time. 

A 20% deposit is due at the time of registration in order to guarantee placement on the trip. 

Taste Carolina: Walking Food Tour Downtown Greensboro (Register)

Greensboro, NC

Thursday, April 9th 

Theaters, parks, galleries, and restaurants line the historic Elm street are in downtown Greensboro. On this guided tour of the revitalized downtown, modern culture and incredible food intertwine with over 200 years of history. From upscale restaurants to hole-in-the-wall artisanal food shops to decadent desserts, Greensboro is sure to surprise and delight on this unique lunch and history tour combination!

*Please disclose dietary restrictions and food allergies at time of registration* 

Registration and fees:
Resident: $75/person ($15 due at registration)
Non-Resident: $80/person ($20 due at registraion)
Final payment due: March 26th 

Leave Village Park: 11:30 am Return: 6 pm
Lunch IS included!

Glencairn Gardens Lunchtime Entertainment (Register)

Rock Hill, SC

Wednesday, April 22nd 

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and get ready to enjoy lunchtime musical entertainment in a beautiful garden setting as part of Rock Hill's famous 10-day festival - "Come See Me Festival". Lunch will be available to purchase in the gardens for trip participants to enjoy while listening to the music. Following the music, everyone will have free time to explore the 11 acre garden before departing. 

Registration and fees:
Resident: $10/person ($2 due at registration)
Non-Resident: $15/person ($3 due at registration)
Final payment due: April 9th 

Leave Village Park: 10:30 am, return: 4 pm
Lunch is NOT included. 
*Please bring cash for lunch*

Mayberry Bus Tour & Mount Airy Museum of Regional History (Register)

Mt. Airy, NC

Wednesday, May 6th 

Upon arriving in Mayberry, a "deputy on duty" will join our group on the bus and guide us on an exclusive tour of the world famous town. From Snappy Lunch to Floyd's City Barber Shop, Mayberry fans will get to check each iconic shop off their bucket lists. We'll bring the bus in for a quick tune-up at Wally's Service Station while trip participants get to see one of a kind memorabilia and more. After a quick lunch at Barney's Cafe, we will visit the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History for a guided tour of the unique historical artifacts that call Mt. Airy, NC home. 

Registration and fees:
Resident: $15/person ($3 due at registration)
Non-Resident: $20/person ($4 due at registration)
Final payment due: April 24th 

Leave Village Park: 8 am, Return: 5:30 pm
Lunch is NOT included. 

Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove (Register)

Asheville, NC

Tuesday, May 19th 

Purchased by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1972 in order to fulfill a vision of Billy and Ruth Graham's for a place of impact, intercession, instruction, and inspirtation. Known as "The Cove", the beautiful mountain setting is a site for bible teachers and more to learn, relax, and get in touch with nature. On our visit, we will enjoy a guided tour of the Seminar Room, Chapel, and Prayer Room. Following our tour, participants will have the opportunity to view a pictorial display as well as enjoy a walk through the prayer gardens. 

Registration and fees:
Resident: $10/person ($2 due at registration)
Non-Resident: $15/person ($3 due at registration)
Final payment due: May 7th 

Leave Village Park: 9:30 am, Return: 6 pm
Lunch is NOT included. 

Frogholler Lavender Farm (Register)

Madison, NC

Wednesday, June 10th 

We will fist stop for lunch before visiting the Lavender Farm. Upon arriving at the Lavender Farm, all trip participants will be instructed on constructing a lavender wand to take home and enjoy. After the wand instruction, paricipants will have free time to explore the greenhouse, lavender fields, gift store, and more!

Registration and fees:
Resident: $15/person ($3 due at registration)
Non-Resident: $20/person ($4 due at registration)
Final payment due: May 27th 

Leave Village Park: 9:30 am, Return: 5 pm
Lunch is NOT included. 

Mystery Day Trip (Register)

Location & Destination : Mystery! 

Thursday, June 25th 

Get ready to  get your thinking caps on as we embark on a one of a kind Mystery Trip! Answer a few riddles and try to solve the mystery of where we are going before we get there, if you do, you might just be in luck.

You won't know where we are going,
but we promise it will be fun. 

There will be lovely sights to see,
in the summer sun.

Registration and fees:
Resident: $30/person ($6 due at registration)
Non-Resident: $35/person ($7 due at registration)

Leave Village Park: 7:30 am, Return: 7 pm 
Lunch is NOT included. 

Please note, the COST of lunch is not included. However, you will select your lunch choice at the time of registration. You will receive your lunch in the form of a "boxed lunch" at the first stop, and this is where you will pay for your lunch as well. The cost of lunch is $14.50/person and includes bottled water, your lunch entree, chips, and a cookie. Gluten free bread is available, please make a note in your registration if this is needed.