One in five U.S. adults—about 52.9 million people—suffers from mental illness, says the National Institute for Mental Health. So now that we’ve spent two-plus years talking about physical health, let’s talk about the psyche. Discovery Place Science and Atrium Health present “Mental Health: MIND MATTERS,” a hands-on exhibit that explores “the science behind our feelings and how we experience the world.”
➊ Toss on a pair of headphones and try to answer questions while hearing voices “in your head.”
➋ Destroy your worries in a “Worry Shredder.”
➌ Watch interviews of people with mental illnesses like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
➍ Check out mini-dioramas that depict historical attitudes toward mental illness.
While You’re There …
Take a moment for mindfulness at companion exhibit “Path to Mindfulness.”
Discovery Place Science
Through April 10
Tickets start at $18
Peep these two free, family-friendly events:
North Carolina Easter Festival
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
Pack up the kiddos and head to Concord for this year’s North Carolina Easter Festival. Expect a day of Easter egg hunts, face painting, games, dance performances, crafts, vendors, and free pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Saturday, April 16, 1-5 p.m.
Paws in the Park
Pineville Lake Park is going to the dogs. Stop by for:
» 15+ animal shelters with adoptable pets
» Pup contests (smallest and largest dogs, best dog trick, costumes, etc.)
» Food trucks
» Art and business vendors
» Kids’ playground
Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $29, ticketmaster.com