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25 UNIQUE Summer Camps in The #CLT

25 UNIQUE Summer Camps in The #CLT
*Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Fun4CharlotteKids Blog to get an update every time a new blog is published!*​​ Time goes by so fast when you are having fun that we can't even realize that the second week of summer went by so quick. By this time, I bet you are running out of fun and cool activities to do with your kids and not hear the word boring...
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Drowning is a Real Risk for Children in Charlotte

Drowning is a Real Risk for Children in Charlotte
​Drowning is the leading cause of death of children between the ages of 1 and 4 and the second leading cause of death for kids 5 to 14.Even though Mecklenburg County isn't on the coast, our children are still at risk. According to reports, 74.6 percent of drownings take place in a pool, lake or river. Having an adult present when children...
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Get a jump on what your kids are doing this spring. The YMCA’s got you covered.

Get a jump on what your kids are doing this spring. The YMCA’s got you covered.
You may be ahead of the game and know your child's plans for free time as it starts to warm up outside. But, if you're like a lot of us parents, those questions are just starting to creep in. The good news is the YMCA wants you to be worry free by signing up now for their and Youth Sports programs like soccer, flag football, gymnastics and dance. ...
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Unlock More Than Summer Fun: Camp Thunderbird Early-Bird Rates End 1/31

Unlock More Than Summer Fun: Camp Thunderbird Early-Bird Rates End 1/31
"Camp Thunderbird unlocks doors I would never unlock on my own"- Libby, 2018 CamperSomething truly special happens when a child goes to overnight camp at Camp Thunderbird — they are empowered to break out of their shell, feel good about who they are and make memories they could never make anywhere else.Children develop individuality and achieve per...
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Ring in the New Year in the Queen City with the Kids!

Ring in the New Year in the Queen City with the Kids!
When it comes to family fun Charlotte never disappoints. If you like to celebrate New Year's Eve this year with the kids, you can celebrate in the morning, at noon, and at night. We have lots of choices for everyones preference! HERE are our top picks. CLT New Year's Eve at Levine Avenue of the ArtsRing in 2019 at the ...
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FREE and Cheap Winter Break Family Fun in Charlotte with FREE Printable

FREE and Cheap Winter Break Family Fun in Charlotte with FREE Printable

​ Winter break and that means two weeks of family fun with no school, no schedules, and no scrambling to find shoes in the mornings! We've been getting private messages asking about winter break ideas, we've been tagged in moms group posts, and we've received texts and phone calls looking for ideas for family fun...that won't break the bank! We've put together a holiday schedule in calendar format to help you find family fun for your kids and for visiting family so you can explore Charlotte over the break and many ideas are free or cheap! From ice skating,  lights at at Daniel Stove Botanical Garden to heading out to the mountain to go snow tubing! Plus, below are quick links so you can find all the fun in one click. Don't forget to scroll down to download and print your calendar for reference over the break! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy your family time!


Winter Break Family Fun Quick Links!

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School Shootings: 6 Tips to Ease You and Your Child's Anxiety By: Jessica Craig Driggers, Ed.S, M.Ed, LPC

School Shootings: 6 Tips to Ease You and Your Child's Anxiety
By: Jessica Craig Driggers, Ed.S, M.Ed, LPC
Cover Photo Credit: Charlotte-Mecklenburg SchoolsOur thoughts and prayers go out to not only Butler High School, but every school that has experienced a school shooting. Our counseling practice mourns with the community, yet stands strong as a support for those in need.We are in a time where the unthinkable happens at a level of increasing frequenc...
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Family Friendly Halloween Events in Charlotte

Family Friendly Halloween Events in Charlotte

Take your lil' pumpkins out for some Halloween fun & treats!


 10/26-10/31 Free Halloween event at Bass Pro Shops 2018

Bass Pro Shops, which you'll find locally at Concord Mills, is offering Free Halloween activities October 26th through October 31st, 2018. The events also take place at Cabela's, 1000 Cabela Drive, Fort Mill, SC.
The activities include: Trick-or-treating, Free 4×6 photo with the Peanuts gang, Crafts,  Costume parade, Cookie Decorating, Pumpkin Toss  and more. 


10/27 FREE Trick or Treat Street at Blakeney 2018:

It's "Trick or Treat Street" (formally known as Boo Bash) time. We have teamed up with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and their annual Safety Day to bring you and your family a day of fun and safety awarness.

There will be vendor booths for you to browse, The HC Oakes band will have a live performance and there will be a bounce house and more!

We encourage all the kids to come out dressed in their Halloween costumes so that they can "Trick or Treat" their way through the vendors and participating tenants!

10/27 Not-Too-Spooky Haunted Hall, the NASCAR Hall of Fame's:

Not-Too-Spooky Haunted Hall, the NASCAR Hall of Fame's family-friendly Halloween extravaganza.

During this fang-tastic evening, trick-or-treaters can stock up on candy, decorate pumpkins, play bingo to win prizes, and meet and greet with some of their favorite characters. 

They'll also be treated to special screenings of "Toy Story of Terror!," which will play every 30 minutes in the High Octane Theater.Tickets cost just $15, so treat your family and join us for a wickedly fun celebration!

10/27 Hero Run

Come run in your favorite Super Hero costume to show your support for all of our armed forces! Don't have a costume? Don't worry! All are welcome to come join us as we raise money for our local heroes.
Get your family, friends, and coworkers together to form your own Avengers style team and see how much of a difference you can make for Veteran's Bridge Home.
TWO RACES ARE SCHEDULED – 5K & 1K FUN RUN

SPOOKY SCIENCE AT OUR FAMILY OF MUSEUMS

If you're searching for family-friendly Halloween activities, it's all treats and no tricks at all four of our Museums. Wear your favorite costume and join us for eerie experiments and giggly ghosts, starting this Saturday.

  • Celebrate Chemistry Day with spook-tacular science experiments on Saturday, October 27 at Discovery Place Science. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities with experiments that bubble, ooze, blow up and light up — all sponsored by our friends at BASF.
  • It's a hauntingly good time for Boo Bash at Discovery Place Nature. On Saturday, October 28, we'll have not-so-scary activities for kids, including live animal encounters, trick-or-treat stations, storytelling and a costume contest.
  • Celebrate Halloween with safe trick-or-treating and games at Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville on Wednesday, October 31. Explore spiders, learn about pumpkins and gather some goodies at activity stations around the Museum from 11:00 a.m. - noon.
  • Stop by Discovery Place Kids-Rockingham for treats as part of Downtown Spooktacular, Rockingham's FREE community-wide trick-or-treating party on Wednesday, October 31.


10/31 - Halloween Bash at Mr. Putty's:

Join us Wednesday 10/31/18 for our Home-School Halloween bash! $4.50/pp rounds of mini-golf ⛳️ (with home school ID) and $4.00 ride tokens!
Don't forget to wear your costume! We'll be judging the best costume on our FB page and our fans will select the BEST costume to win a FREE round of
Mini-Golf!

10/31 - FREE Scary Face Pancake at IHOP:

FREE for kids 12 and under, Wednesday October 31st from 7am - 10pm
Come to your favorite IHOP® and create the spookiest, kookiest pancake you can imagine using strawberries,
whipped topping, Mini OREO® cookies, candy corn.
*All kids age 12 & under get a free Scary Face Pancake between 7 a.m.-10 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31 at participating locations.

10/31 - Krispy Kreme Halloween:

Krispy Kreme is also hosting the ultimate costume party! Wear your costume on Oct. 31 to get a FREE doughnut of choice at participating U.S. Krispy Kreme shops.

Show us how you're celebrating Halloween with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts throughout October by using #KrispyKreme and tagging @krispykreme on social media.


10/31 - $4 Burrito on Halloween at Chipotle:

Come get ghoulish with us. Just rock your Halloween costume to Chipotle from 3pm to close on 10/31 to get a $4 burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos, or use code BOORITO in our app or online to get yours. Let's boo this thing.
Excludes delivery and catering orders. Limit one Boorito per person; must be in costume to qualify. Determination of whether a 'costume' qualifies for the offer is at the sole discretion of Chipotle restaurant personnel. Applicable taxes to be added to $4 purchase price. Additional restrictions may apply; void where prohibited.


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Corn Mazes Near Charlotte

Corn Mazes Near Charlotte
If you're like me, you LOVE getting the kids out on the farm to experience farm animals, farm life, farm stores, and farm crops! There's nothing like being able to run around in the open air and experience life on a farm! Even better, there's nothing like experiencing a corn maze on a farm in the fall! There are usually pumpkin patches, fall activi...
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Stay Healthy This Fall with DIY Cleaning

Stay Healthy This Fall with DIY Cleaning
I resisted the idea of making my own personal care and household cleaning items for a long time. I worried that I didn't have the time, it would be too complicated, or that the ingredients would be too obscure and either cost a fortune or be difficult to locate. I was wrong about all of that! Today I'm going to share a few of my favorite green reci...
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9 Tips to Keep Your Sanity as a Stay at Home Parent!

9 Tips to Keep Your Sanity as a Stay at Home Parent!
By: Jessica Craig Driggers, Ed.S, M.Ed, LPC1. Take time for you- everyday! I know there are only 24 hours in a day, but to be at your best some of that time needs to be devoted to just you. Self-care is necessary to maintain a level of balance within your emotional and mental state. If this means waking up an hour earlier for alone time in sil...
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Activities for Kids During Severe Weather

Activities for Kids During Severe Weather
This list of ideas was created by a group of moms during Fun 4 Charlotte Kids' Facebook Live in September before Hurricane Florence was about to hit North and South Carolina. During severe weather you can be indoors before, during and after the storm hits. In that case you will need lots of activities and ideas even with the power on...
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Halloween and Fall Family Fun in Charlotte: A Family Guide

Halloween and Fall Family Fun in Charlotte: A Family Guide
​It's time for back to school and that means pumpkin spice lattes, fall festivals, corn mazes, and Halloween fun are right around the corner! Oh, and we love the cooler weather, too! Halloween is our FAVORITE time of year and we've got all the scoop on fall family fun in the Queen City! Scroll down for all the events around town and check back as m...
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Charlotte's Labor Day weekend Family Guide

Charlotte's Labor Day weekend Family Guide
Labor Day is right around the corner and it's hard to plan going out of town especially after the kid's long summer vacation. If you are staying in town, then take advantage of all the many activities that will be happening in Charlotte and surrounding areas!  Don't forget to check Fun4CharlottesKids Calendar Daily that way you don't miss...
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Lunches, Lunchboxes, and Lunch Resources: A Local Moms Guide

Lunches, Lunchboxes, and Lunch Resources: A Local Moms Guide
Back to school is always the time when we start thinking of ideas for healthy snacks and school lunches. If you're like me, you can never think of what to send for lunch or snack. My local moms group is always asking this same question! I decided to compile a list of their ideas for non sandwich snacks and lunches. The theme for this guide is how t...
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FREE First Day of School Printables

FREE First Day of School Printables
The first day of school is right around the corner and since we know how busy moms are these days. We didn't want you to worry about the little things and we've created some First Day of School Printable. In case you're like me and don't have time to order or create a first day of school sign...we've templates for all elementary grades! F...
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New Grade, New Hobby!

New Grade, New Hobby!
This is the prefect time a year to try new things! Want to let your kids experiment with new hobbies and see what fits their style? Looking for a new hobby for your kids? We got good Ideas​Show Off your Circus Tricks at Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center is the premiere school in the Southeast to receive elite training in dance and circu...
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Summer 2018 Checklist!

Summer 2018 Checklist!
I use this check list every summer and we always have a blast! This was the checklist that I sent with my student at the end of the year for them to have fun and now it helps me with the boys!  I have attached a printable copy! I added some links to the list with locations for water parks, sprinkler parks, places ...
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Annual Fun 4 Charlotte Kid 9 Weeks of Summer Fun 2018!

Annual Fun 4 Charlotte Kid 9 Weeks of Summer Fun 2018!
We are excited to announce our Annual 9 Weeks of Summer Fun 2018! Each week of summer join Fun4CharlotteKids.com as we visit 8 different play spaces in town, one for each week of the 9 weeks of summer, and play at a special discounted rate when you mention Fun4CharlotteKids.com! Join us at our Kick Off event at the Family Fun Day! The first 100 kid...
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FREE and Cheap Summer Fun in CLT With FREE Printable

FREE and Cheap Summer Fun in CLT With FREE Printable
School will soon be out for summer! That means you'll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the fun and sun! But with kids out of school you might be tempted to spend more money on daily entertainment, eating out, and summer camps, to keep the kids busy, which can add up each week. Don't worry! We've researched ways to save money this summer, while ...
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