Families with children — do not let the climbing gas prices, roaring inflation and increased grocery costs get you down this summer. Below is a list of some free, fun and educational opportunities available in Brevard this summer.
The Co-Ed Cinema in downtown Brevard offers G- and PG-rated movies completely free to children and their accompanying adults throughout the summer on Fridays and Saturdays. Shows start at 10 a.m., but doors open at 9:30 a.m. to purchase concessions and find a good seat.
“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the community,” said Co-Ed Cinema co-owner Eli Landreth of the films that appeal to all ages. “A lot of kids don’t get a chance to go to the movies, so this is an opportunity for them and their parents.”
For the schedule, visit www.coedcinema.com/kids-shows.
The Transylvania County Library will offer a free outdoor concert in its amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. on June 24 open to everyone. Elonzo Wesley will be performing, find more information at www.library.transylvaniacounty.org/event/elonzo-wesley-summer-concert-series.
In the Transylvania County Library’s Rogow Room, these concerts will be from 1 to 2 p.m., on July 11, 18, 25 and August 1.
Brevard Music Center (BMC) high school and college students will be performing a number of free concerts open to the public.
Check out BMC’s website for additional information on admission-free concerts such as student voice, saxophone and piano shows, at www.brevardmusic.org.
BMC also offers children who are 17 years old and under free lawn tickets to many of their symphony concerts if they are accompanied by a paying adult.
To obtain tickets, an adult must visit the box office with his or her children before the show and staff will print children’s free tickets. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.
Heart of Brevard’s Tuesday Night Block Party series takes place on the East Main Street block in downtown Brevard in front of the courthouse mid-June through early August,
Adults and children dance, clap to live music and sit on their own picnic blankets and chairs watching the contagious fun.
The June dates will feature LEAF Global Arts cultural art experiences and live music. The July and August dates will feature a lively bluegrass band. Whitewater Bluegrass Company will call the dance moves and lead participants step-by-step through a collection of moves that combine square and contra dancing styles.
For more information, visit www.brevardnc.org/blockparty/.
Free rainy day options
The Transylvania County Library is a great place to go when there’s inclement weather as it is out of the rain and also air conditioned.
There are children’s story times and activities each Tuesday. From 10 to 10:30 a.m. there is a babies and toddlers (birth to 2 year olds) program; from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. there is an activity and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. there is a preschoolers (3 to 5 year olds) program.
Monthly teen activities for adolescents in grades 6 through 12 are also offered. The next one is “Teen Space Activity: Marker Mugs” on July 1.
The “Paws & Pages” program offers children the opportunity to build reading confidence and have fun by reading to therapy dogs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Upcoming dates are July 6 and 20 and August 3 and 13.
For the entire schedule of the library’s programs and hours of operation, visit www.library.transylvaniacounty.org/events.
The Transylvania History Museum is located at 189 West Main St. in Brevard. It is open Thursday through Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. and is completely free. Exhibits cover local history and include artifacts with panel descriptions. The current exhibit is called “Mountain Legacies: Exploring Appalachian Culture.”
This museum also manages Silvermont mansion’s Second Floor House Museum (located at 364 E. Main St. in Brevard) open to the public on Thursdays from 9:30 until 11 a.m.
Beginning in July, it will also be open Fridays from 1 to 3:45 pm. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome. For more information visit www.transylvaniaheritage.org.
The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas is located next to the Transylvania County Courthouse in downtown Brevard. Admission is free for all and the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.theveteransmuseum.org for more information. Enjoy the great outdoors
There are a number of ways to cool down this summer with a swim in nature. Swimming in Fawn Lake at Dupont State Forest or at Pisgah National Forest’s Sycamore Flats watering hole is easy to access and both sites have plenty of parking and toilets are available on site.
It is always important for children to only swim with an adult present, because there is no lifeguard on duty.
Brevard is located at the center of Pisgah National Forest, Gorges State Park and Dupont State Forest.
Dozens of hikes are free, fun for the whole family and offer varying athletic ability degrees.
Stop by the visitor’s center and ranger stations for accurate maps, advice and fun educational exhibits.
A number of playgrounds are located throughout Brevard. Franklin Park, Silversteen Park and Silvermont Mansion offer restrooms, picnic tables, benches, water fountains and shade from trees.
Silvermont also has free tennis and basketball courts (bring your own balls and rackets), as well as public gardens and trails.