Things to Do

Teachable Moments at a Small Cost

Summer is here and it’s time for lots of family activities. With a little planning and a lot of fun, meaningful learning opportunities can be packed into every weekend -- without spending a lot of money.


My wife and three young whippersnappers recently accompanied me to Pssghetti’s, the new Italian restaurant located in Huntersville.

House of Leng

House of Leng, located in the Mallard Crossing plaza at the corner of Mallard Creek Road and Mallard Creek Church Road, is easy to overlook. Tucked down at one end, past the Harris Teeter, House of Leng has an understated entrance. Don’t let that fool you. This family-owned restaurant serves up consistently good food with flavors that pop.

Birthday Party Guests: How Many Is Too Many?

Like most children, my son, Ryan, was discussing his dream birthday party for months leading up to the actual event. He was certain that he wanted a Spiderman theme and ice cream sundaes in lieu of a birthday cake. He wished to fill our backyard with pools and waterslides and have all of his friends there. Everything seemed simple enough until we started the guest list.

Enjoy the Trip!

I am writing this letter from the N.C. Mountains while on a relaxing mini-vacation with my husband, Chip, and son, Crawford. Ha! That is an oxymoron. Has any mother ever really had a "relaxing vacation" with kids?

New Zealand Café Seafood Grill & Sushi Bar

This small, but very lively sushi restaurant nestled inside the Sardis Crossing Shopping Center in Matthews is a treasure waiting to be found. New Zealand Café features seafood and Asian Cuisine, however they are known for their fresh, delicious daily $1 sushi.

Near & Far: Linville Falls

Linville Falls, a two-hour drive from Charlotte, is a beautiful mountain area just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (U.S. 221), near many attractions suitable for kids.

Resorts Kids Love

Parents plan family vacations fully intending to make everybody happy, but, let’s face it, if the kids ain’t happy, nobody’s happy. With that in mind, you’ll want to take special care to select a destination that appeals to the kids, even involve them in the planning process, so that it truly is a "vacation" for everyone!

5 Benefits to Family Camp

Parents across the country pick their children up from camp to hear them tell tales of new friends, singing songs around the campfire, and other unique programming, such as rock star lessons, swimming with manatees, rock climbing, and even trapeze lessons! Listening attentively, parents find themselves wishing they could have gone to camp too, and now, they can!