Things to do on Ice Day 2015 Part II

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It’s the second day school is out throughout the Charlotte area due to the wintry conditions. I am impressed with the numerous Facebook pics and posts of kids making the most of the “snow” day sledding on a half-inch of ice. Aaah, winter in the Carolinas. Today, however, there’s not much of what was here left for sledding. Main roads are in good condition, so if you’re home with the kiddos, why not make it a family day of fun. Here are five suggestions for getting out and about, and to keep their minds moving after a six days out of school!

1. Discovery Place’s newest exhibit is meant to mess with your mind. “Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seems” is a mix of magic, neuroscience, biology, physics and technology created to deceive the senses, and show that perception is not always reality. There’s also a rainforest to explore if you’re looking for a warm tropical vibe.

2. The Butterfly Pavilion is warm and inviting at the Charlotte Nature Museum, and there are lots of factoids about animals to be learned. Make your own rain stick at the 12:30 p.m. Wild Wednesday event. After some time indoors there, scoot over to Freedom Park for a refreshing walk. Temps close to 40 today, but highs in 20s for the next two days … so get out while you can stand it.

3. If you live northeast of the city, or just feel like a drive, the SeaLife Aquarium is a good venture, and you can ride the train around Concord Mills, get lunch, ride the carousel, and do a little shopping too or catch a movie. 

4. Go jump at Sky Zone Charlotte, Defy Gravity or Sky High Sports indoor trampoline parks. The whole family can get some exercise jumping.

5. Celebrate Black History month by exploring the Harvey B. Gantt Center uptown, followed by LYNX ride to the Levine Museum of the New South to see the Selma exhibit that wraps up this Sunday, Feb. 22.

And if you decide to stay at home base, try playing a board game together or teach the kids a new card game, or some other unplugged fun. Happy “snow” day.