Charlotte Parent's 12 Most-Read Stories of the Year

From 10 best playgrounds to an interview with Emily Maynard, these articles top the list for most popular stories in 2016. Catch up on the ones you missed or read them again via the links below.

1. 12 Must-Do Holiday Events for Families in Charlotte

From ice-skating uptown to looking at millions of lights while driving on the Charlotte Motor Speedway, there are a lot of holiday festivities for families to experience.

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2. 7 Best Charlotte Suburbs for Families

This story that published in our Go.Play.See Guide offers insider tips on seven nearby communities that prove life can be just as fun outside the city.

by Logan Cyrus

3. 10 Playground Adventures for Summer Days in Charlotte

This summer, we challenged you to get away from the usual and explore some of Charlotte's newest and most kid-friendly parks.

4. Charlotte Fall Festivals and Fairs

Finding funnel cakes, Ferris wheels and fall festivals was a top priority for readers this year. The fall festivals list is just one of many seasonal stories on things to do as a family. 

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5. Where to Fish in Charlotte

The best fishing spots for families in and around the Charlotte area.

6. 25 Ideas Under $5 for Summer Fun With Kids in Charlotte

Because everybody is looking for ways to have fun and stretch the summer budget, we offered this up in our Best Bets blog series.

courtesy of the mint museum

7. 6 Spraygrounds for Families

Loaded with sprays, nozzles, streams and fountains, spraygrounds get kids and their parents giggling in the midst of the watery action.

8. Emily Maynard Johnson at Home in Charlotte

Settled into life after her appearances on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" reality TV shows, we chatted with the local celebrity about life as a mom, her book "I Said Yes." Since our story in February, she and her husband welcomed another baby boy into their lives for a family of three.

9. A Charlotte Bucket List for Kids

10 things to do in Charlotte before the kids turn 10.

10. 9 Place for Foodie Parents to Enjoy a Meal With Kids

We serve up nine Charlotte restaurants that offer palate-pleasers for the littlest appetites — and the biggest ones, too. Some are fancier than others, but all offer delicious food choices.

11. What Does Natural Birth Really Feel Like?

Midwife, and first-time mom Stephanie Godfrey shared her experience. All birth stories are unique, but hers had a twist on a wintry January night. Her story is empowering for all moms-to-be.

12. 10 Charlotte Moms and Dads You Should be Following in Instagram

We rounded up 10 local parents’ Instagrams that we think are worth following for their insight on fashion, fitness, food, photography, decorating, Southern sensibility and humor — all with kids in the mix. You can also follow us @CharlotteParent.