Things to do With Kids in Charlotte This Week
This week's must-do fun for the family (Dec. 9-12).
Stroll though the professional and amateur gingerbread houses on display at the Ballantyne.
Photo: Tiffany Wolff
'Tis the season to do all the things and buy all the gifts, but pencil in time for fun as well! Check out our top picks of things do with kids this month, and keep kids buys with these ten holiday break camps. Kids still have time to ask Santa for treats and toys, so find Old Saint Nick at one of these spots in and around the Charlotte area.
Children will hear a themed story and make a related craft. This program includes swimming after the program, so be sure to pack a swimsuit and towel. Parents must be in the water with their children at all times. Registration is required. $5. Ages 2.5-5. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Ray's Splash Planet, 215 N. Sycamore St.
The holidays are a fun time of year, but they can be overwhelming - even for kids! Help children lower stress and anxiety through yoga. Focus on breathing and poses that are fun. $15. Charlotte Family Yoga, 8230 Poplar Tent, Concord.
Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on the heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities in a Christmas-themed painting project. Snacks, warm drinks and storytime will be included. Stick around after the activity to experience all the Christmas at the Library has to offer. $25. Ages 12 and younger. 2-4 p.m. The Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive.
Bring your cameras to Mooresville Public Library, and enjoy a story time and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Free. All ages. 6-7 p.m. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville.
Enjoy time in the great outdoors with the whole family. Practice fire safety and fire building techniques while enjoying hot cocoa. Register online. Free. All ages. 6-7:30 p.m. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 S. York Road.
Live at the Mint celebrates Charlotte’s dynamic arts community. This week, visit the museum to experience the inventive sound of Latin fusion band, Chócala. Explore the museum's exhibitions for free as well during Free Wednesday Evenings at the Mint Museum special hours. Free. All ages. 6-9 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase. Free. All ages. The Ballantyne, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivity and their families are invited to a special holiday evening at Discovery Place Kids. Enjoy a low-sensory experience with Santa and holiday activities. $5. All ages. 6-8 p.m. Discovery Place Kids Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
See the dazzling light shows at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and enjoy visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painters, balloon artists, and hot chocolate. There will be goodie bags for the first 300 kids per show. Free. All ages. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Phillips Place, 6800 Phillips Place Ct.
Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor of Charlotte Parent magazine and mom to two active boys.