It’s the weekend, baby! And, the kids are looking for something fun and creative to do. Maybe you are, too. In (or near) my hometown, Charlotte, there is plenty for kids and families to do that ranges from “Free” to “On a Budget” to “The Sky is the Limit”. Let’s check out a few options:
- Public Library – We try to go every 2-3 weeks and check out books. Your child(re) will love having his/her own library card.
- The Billy Graham Library – I keep saying I need to take my kids here. FREE is my favorite price!
- ImaginOn – This is a great place for children of all ages. There are books galore and activities, including a puppet show area.
- McDowell Nature Center & Preserve – They often have special programs for children.
- Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook – My boys used to love watching the planes land and take off. Kids are so easy to please.
On a Budget:
- Light Rail Ride – When my boys were younger they loved to ride the Light Rail and we didn’t have to be going anywhere in particular.
- Monkey Joe’s – This tends to be birthday party central, but can still be a good place to take the kids on the weekend.
- Sports Connection – This is a great place that appeals to a variety of ages.
- Bowling – A great activity for “children” of all ages.
- Chuck E Cheese’s – Great place if you want a little freedom. You don’t have to worry about your children going missing.
The Sky is the Limit:
- The Movies – This can get to be very expensive if you go after matinee and expect to get some refreshments.
- Discovery Place – A great place where your children can learn, while having fun.
- Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (Columbia, SC) – This is a great activity, just 1.5 hours from Charlotte. Did somebody say, “Road trip?”
- Great Wolf Lodge (Concord, NC) – You must stay overnight to have access to the water park.
- Sky High – This outing is more suitable for older children.
“There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.” (Deuteronomy 12:7 NIV)