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


Girls Who Code

girls who codeGirls 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)


 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, January 25th; 2-4 pm Register Here
Saturday, February 15th; 2-4 pm Register Here
Saturday, March 14th; 2-4 pm TBD 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  Train
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.



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.

Current Trip Offerings 

NASCAR Hall of Fame & Penske Racing (Register) 

Charlotte & Mooresville, NC

Thursday, January 23rd 

Start your engines for any race-fan's dream day out as we visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Penske Racing Facility. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The venue includes artifacts, hands on experiences, gear shop and more. We will enjoy lunch and a self-guided tour at the facility before taking a detour on the way back to Kannapolis to visit the one of a kond Penske Racing Facility in Mooresville where you can view the race shop, NASCAR truck bay and more at this 5,000 sq ft facility. 

Registration and fees due: January 9th 
Cost: $25/person Kannapolis Residents ($5 due at registration)
$30/person Non-Residents ($6 due at registration)

Leave Village Park: 9 am, return: 3:30 pm
Lunch IS included!

The Biltmore House (Register)

Asheville, NC

Wednesday, February 12th 

Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago! Designed by architect Fredick Law Olmstead, each guest will have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the house as well as the beautiful gardens and grounds. Upon arriving at the Biltmore Estate, we will have free time for lunch, exploring, shopping and more before returning to Kannapolis.

Registration and fees due: January 30th
Cost: $55/person Kannapolis Residents ($11 due at registration)
$60/person Non-Residents ($12 due at registration)

Leave Village Park: 8 am, return: 6:30 pm
Lunch is NOT included.

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.