Readers’ Favorites Awards

As Charlotte and its surrounding communities grow, so do the options of places to play, explore and learn as a family. We know every family has their favorites, so each year we ask Charlotte Parent readers to share where they like to eat out with kids, destinations to explore and services that help make life a bit easier.

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2018 Readers' Favorites: Seasonal Favorites

Pumpkin Patch: Hall Family Farm. Just minutes from the urban hustle and bustle of Ballantyne, spend time on a hayride, challenge yourself with the 5-acre corn maze, sample doughnuts, funnel cakes and slushies, and pick out the perfect pumpkin at…

2018 Readers' Favorites: Eats and Treats

Family-Friendly Restaurant: Lupie’s Café. It’s known for its four different kinds of chili, but its menu of sides can easily be turned into a meal. Add in its burgers and daily specials, including spaghetti for the kids, and it’s a…

2018 Readers' Favorites: Family Outings

Place to Play With a Toddler: Discovery Place Kids. Discovery Place Kids is a world of imagination for young visitors. From water tables to a real fire truck and its “I Can” theme rooms, including a doctor’s office and engineering…

2018 Readers' Favorites: Education + Enrichment

Private School: Trinity Episcopal School. The independent school located in uptown Charlotte serves students in grades K-8. The curriculum supports difference and inclusion with a workshop approach to learning. Students participate in community service projects as an extension of classroom…

2018 Readers' Favorites: Summer Camps

Summer Day Camp: YMCA of Greater Charlotte | Summer Day Camp/SPORTS: Queens College Soccer Camp | Summer Day Camp/Arts: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Noah’s Art (tie) | and Summer Day Camp/ Academic: Ivybrook Academy |…

2018 Readers' Favorites: New Parent Resources

Best Mommy and Baby Class: Kindermusik. Sensory-enriching Foundations classes enrich neural pathways of babies and toddlers through songs, movement and instruments, and parent-child interactions and socialization. Multiple locations. Best Midwife: Baby+Co. Highly trained and certified nurse-midwives coupled with delivery rooms…


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