7 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break in Charlotte

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Charlotte Mecklenburg School students are out for spring break this week. Many folks are already off on vacation at the beach or camping, or some other excursion; but not everybody! There’s plenty of fun to be had around the Queen City this week with the kids while on spring break. After all, spring is one of the best seasons to be out and about in Charlotte. Check out these top 7 that I suggest for having fun – and surviving – school-free days with the kids.

1. Play like you are a tourist in your own city. Head uptown to tour the museums, including Discovery Place, see the art on The Green, eat at one of the many great restaurants uptown, ride the LYNX, and do the Arts & Science Council Scavenger Hunt. Wrap it up with a stop at ImaginOn to pick up some new library books. 

2. Make it a park day. If the sun is shining, pack a picnic in a backpack, load up the bikes and head to a nearby greenway. Bike for awhile, then stop and have a picnic before biking back. You can also opt to drive to Freedom Park and rent a B-cycle if you don’t want to load up your bikes. But plan on being outside all day. Pack a soccer ball and Frisbee. Just enjoy reading a book on a blanket. Pretend you are far from home, and let the chores wait.

3. Go see a movie. Comic book and superhero fans will love the “Captain America The Winter Soldier” (recommended for ages 13 and older). Little kids can get a giggle watching “Rio 2.” “Muppets Most Wanted” is also playing in theaters.

4. Head to the US National Whitewater Center. You can climb the rock walls, do the ropes course, hike the trails, try paddleboarding or rent a canoe. Then have lunch by the river.

5. The Charlotte Knights are playing ball at the new BB&T Stadium. The Knights have a home stretch of games through Thursday. Go early and play at the Romare Bearden Park. Eat dinner at one of the nearby restaurants (I’m ready to check out the new Mellow Mushroom right beside the ballpark), or opt for a hotdog and game snacks once you’re there.

6. Have an Easter egg dying party, make some spring crafts, then have an Easter egg hunt at your house. Set up dye stations outside on a picnic table to reduce mess. Give it that vacation feel by turning it into a sleepover and letting the kids watch a movie before bed, stay up late, and just play.

7. Join our Fit Family Challenge, which kicks off Tuesday, April 15. It’s free to join and participate. Once you’re signed up, login your family’s healthy activities to earn points toward winning some great weekly prizes (Carowinds tickets, zoo passes, CVS giftcards) and the big grand prize: a family trip to Orlando!!