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(2024) 4th of July Fireworks in Charlotte, NC

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Looking for 4th of July Fireworks in Charlotte, NC? Maybe you’re looking for local and unique Independence Day Celebrations near Charlotte? Either way, you’ve found the list. We’ll be growing this list throughout the early summer as new fireworks events are announced. For now, here’s your sneak peek at 2024 fireworks, 4th of July Charlotte, NC.

Fireworks in Charlotte, NC, 4th of July Charlotte NC

Charlotte Fireworks and July 4th Celebrations

We’ve organized our list of fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations in Charlotte by date. There are lots of events happening beginning the last week of June. If you’re looking specifically for what’s happening in Charlotte on the 4th of July 2024, you’ll find those towards the end of our list!

Mount Pleasant, NC Independence Day Celebration

June 22, 2024
Mount Pleasant, NC celebrates with an Independence Day parade on June 22, 2024.
Mount Pleasant, NC Independence Parade, Parking and Route

Cramerton, NC Independence Day Celebration

June 29th, 2024- 6 pm to 9 pm
Enjoy live music along the riverfront at the Centennial Center. Fireworks at 9 pm.
Cramerton Independence Day Celebration

Troutman Independence Day Parade 2024

June 29, 2024
Enjoy a small-town parade to celebrate our nation’s independence. The parade should include about 150 different units including music, floats, marching bands, military vehicles, re-enactment groups and lots more! The parade starts at 11 am.
Troutman Independence Day Parade

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at Village Park

June 29th, 2024
This Kannapolis celebration at Village Park is totally free and includes the CSO concert followed by fireworks. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on.
CSO at Village Park

Charlotte Symphony: Celebrate America

June 30th, 2024, 8:15 pm
Patriotic music followed by fireworks at Symphony Park. This is a ticketed event, and tickets are on sale now. Purchase Charlotte Symphony Celebrate America tickets.
Tickets are free for kids 12 and under, $5-$7 for teens, and $18-$25 for adults. Purchase in advance for the best price.

Field of Flags

July 2-5, 2024
View 600 flags honoring service members at Lowes YMCA in Mooresville, NC
July 3 at 6 pm, celebrate with food trucks, features live music, military vehicles, and fireworks.

Carowinds Celebrate America Fireworks Show

July 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2024
Guests at Carowinds will enjoy a fireworks show with a patriotic soundtrack. The best viewing spots should be the Carolina Boardwalk, County Fair, and Celebration Plaza-areas.
Carowinds Fireworks Show

Mount Holly Independence Day Celebration

July 3rd, 2024 – 12 pm to 9:30 pm
Music and Fireworks, plus food vendors at Iron Works Park.
Mount Holly Independence Day Celebration

Harrisburg, NC July 4th Celebration

July 3rd and 4th, 2024
Harrisburg Park
Fireworks BOTH nights, amusements, and live music. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 pm.
Harrisburg 4th of July Celebration, Schedule of events

Town of Matthews Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular

July 3rd and 4th, 2024
July 3rd: Fireworks launch at 9:30 pm from the Matthews SportsPlex. Enter via Brigman Road and view the fireworks from your vehicle’s parking space.
July 4th: Stumptown Park in Matthews, NC from 5 pm to 9 pm: enjoy food trucks, kids’ activities, and live music. Zac Brown Tribute Band plays from 6 pm to 9 pm.
FREE Event
Town of Matthew Independence Day

SkyShow: Charlotte Knights

July 4th, 2024
Following the Charlotte Knights game on the 4th, enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays. Charlotte’s SkyShow returns in 2024. The Knights take on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at 6:05 pm, and the SkyShow follows. Get Charlotte Knights SkyShow tickets now.

Kings Mountain Fireworks

July 4th, 2024– 6 pm to 10 pm
Kings Mountain claims they have the biggest fireworks show between Asheville and Charlotte. They’ll have fireworks at the Deal Park Walking Track.
Kings Mountain Fireworks

Monroe, NC Fireworks: Belk-Tonawanda Park

July 4th, 2024- 7 pm to 10 pm (Fireworks at sundown)
See the fireworks from the front of The Courthouse Self-Pour Beer & Wine
Belk-Tonawanda Park Fireworks

Town of Davidson Independence Day

July 4th, 2024
NO FIREWORKS. This event includes a small town stroll (parade) and a concert on the green.
Town of Davidson Events

City of Gastonia 4th of July Celebrations

July 4th, 2024– 5 pm to 9:30 pm
In Downtown Gastonia there will be food trucks and free amusements for kids, a beer garden, vendors, and live entertainment. Fireworks happen at 9:30 pm.
Gastonia 4th of July Celebration

Rock Hill 4th of July Celebration

July 4th, 2024, 12 pm to 7 pm
City of Rock Hill Amphitheater (new location for 2024! 144 Black Street East, Rock Hill)
Enjoy inflatables, rides, and kids’ activities, plus food trucks, live music, and more. There will be NO FIREWORKS at this event. A Confetti Celebration will conclude the event.
Rock Hill 4th of July

Red, White and Belmont

July 4th, 2024– 6 pm to 10 pm
Upperfield of Stowe Park
Music includes a DJ beginning at 6 pm and live band from 7 pm to 10 pm. Fireworks follow a 10 pm. there will be food trucks and a beverage garden.
FREE event
Red, White, and Belmont

Indian Trail, NC Parade

July 4th, 2024– 11:30 am parade start time
Indian Trail Road
Wear red, white & blue and enjoy this parade of patriotic floats, walkers, and more!
FREE event
Indian Trail Parks and Rec

Stars & Stripes on Main Parade Downtown Mooresville, NC

July 4th, 2024– 10 am parade start time
Main Street-Downtown Mooresville, NC
Wear red, white & blue, and cheer for your favorite patriotic float in downtown Mooresville, NC.
FREE event
Stars & Stripes on Main Parade Downtown Mooresville, NC

Lincolnton, NC Fourth of July Celebration

July 4th, 2024– 6:30 pm- 9:30 pm
Downtown Lincolnton, NC
Enjoy a kid’s spray zone, a Fourth of July parade, and a fireworks show starting at 9:30 pm.
FREE event
Lincolnton, NC Fourth of July Celebration

Tega Cay, SC Fourth of July All-American Celebration

July 4th, 2024- July 6th, 2024
Tega Cay, SC
July 4th– The parade starts at Tega Cay Elementary School at 9 followed by a fish fry starting at 4 pm, then fireworks at 9:30 pm. Fish fry is $17 for adults and $10 for children ten and under). The parade is free.
July 5th-Water Ski show, paddle board & boat parade start at 5 pm at Windjammer Park.
FREE event.
July 6th-The Uncle Sam Jam Concert at Runde Park is from 6 pm to 10 pm. Laura Vinson, a North Carolina native, is performing. Bring chairs, blankets, and your family. There will be a FREE kids zone as well as a beer truck and food trucks to purchase from.
Tega Cay Fourth Of July All-American Celebration

Birkdale Village 4th of July in Huntersville, NC

July 4th, 2024– 10:00 am- 1:00 pm
Birkdale Village in Huntersville, NC
Enjoy a bike parade where you can decorate your own bike followed by a spray-off by the Huntersville fire department and a block party with lots of family fun activities to enjoy. No fireworks here.
FREE event
Birkdale Village 4th of July Celebration

2024 Fireworks & Charlotte Fourth of July Celebrations TBA

These popular Independence Day celebrations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area have yet to announce their 2024 details.

  • National Whitewater Center
  • Charlotte Museum of History
  • Optimist Hall 4th of July Fireworks and Celebration

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Cool Off! 35+ Places to Swim & Splash: Charlotte, NC

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Are you looking for places to cool off and do a little swimming? Charlotte, NC is full of places to go swim and splash. So, when you’re ready to pack up the kids for a summer water adventure, whether you’re looking for lakes near Charlotte, NC with beaches, swimming pools, or indoor places to swim, this is the list you want. We piled it full of places to swim in Charlotte.

We have all the details on entry fees, and other amenities on site like playgrounds, picnic spaces, fishing and lots of other fun things to do. Plan your day and get swimming!

Want to tell us about our favorite summer place to swim? Head over to our Kidding Around Charlotte Community page and send us a message!

Swimming in Charlotte, NC

Swimming Lakes Near Charlotte, NC (+ Swimming Holes Near Charlotte, NC)

When you want to spend the day beside the water, a lake is a great place to visit. It doesn’t get much more classic summer fun than a day spent jumping into the lake. There are quite a few lakes in Charlotte, NC where you can make it happen! Many of these lakes also offer a boat launch, fishing pier, and other amenities, but all of them allow swimming!

Cane Creek Park

Cane Creek Park offers swimming in summer, plus pedal boat rentals, miniature golf, kayaking, fishing, playgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking.

Address: 5213 Harkey Road,
Can Creek Park Website

Ramsey Creek Beach

Mecklenburg County’s Ramsey Creek Beach is located on Lake Norman at Ramsey Creek Park. There is a sandy beach at this park, which opens on Memorial Day each year. There is a lifeguard on duty. The park always has a place to launch boats, plus a playground, nature trails, and picnic areas. You can even kick up a little sand on the volleyball court.

Cost: $10-15 per car, or $3-5 per walk-in
Address: 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC
Ramsey Creek Beach Website

Rock Hill Lake Park

Rock Hill Lake Park offers a swimming area with a small sandy beach area. There are no lifeguards on duty. The park also has a kayak launch, fishing, trails, and restrooms.

Cost: Free
Address: 4037 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC
Rock Hill Lake Park Website

Ebeneezer Park Beach

Swim in Lake Wylie at Ebeneezer Park Beach. This 26-acre park is currently closed for renovations. We will update when they have opened!

Cost: currently closed
Address: 4490 Boatshore Road, Rock Hill, SC
Ebeneezer Park Beach Website

Windjammer Park

Tega Cay’s Windjammer Park offers swimming in Lake Wylie. There’s also playground equipment in several places in the park, picnic areas, and fishing. Restrooms and a pavilion are available in the park.

Cost: Parking permits are required to access Windjammer Park. These are free for residents, but cost $100 annually for non-residents.
Address: 8999 Windjammer Drive, Tega Cay, SC
Windjammer Park Website

Carrigan Farms

Swim in the quarry at Carrigan Farms, it’s one of the coolest spots around and we visited it! You can see our full review of Carrigan Farms for all the details. Swing into the water on a rope, enjoy the sandy beach, play some sand volleyball, have a picnic and lots more! You need to reserve a spot online!
Open now for the 2024 season!

Cost: Varies by timeslot- $25-35 per person
Address: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville NC
Carrigan Farms Website- Swimming

Kid looking off into the quarry at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, North Carolina

SouthTown Wake Park

Located in Rock Hill, SC, SouthTown Wake Park has wake boarding plus a big floating obstacle course. This is a great activity to tire those kids (and adults) out, as it takes a ton of energy to climb and jump over the obstacles. Kids have to be 7 years old to participate on the aqua course.

Cost: $18 for 45 minutes
Address: 255 E Rambo Rd Rock Hill, SC 29730
Kidding Around Review of SouthTown Wake Park

Learning how to wakeboard

Get an aerial view of the aqua park in this video.

Lake Norman State Park

You can swim (and a whole lot more) at Lake Norman State Park. The park, as the name implies, is on Lake Norman where you can swim, fish, and paddle. The park also has hiking trails to enjoy, picnic areas and more. Lake Norman State Park is also a great place to put in a paddle board or kayak to explore the northern part of Lake Norman.

Cost: There is no admission to enter Lake Norman State Park, however, swim passes are required to swim. They are $4 for kids ages 3-12 and $6 per person over age 12. Options for weekly and annual swim passes are available as well!
Address: 759 State Park Road, Troutman, NC
Lake Norman State Park Website

Swimming Pools: Charlotte, NC

Looking for public pools in Charlotte, NC? Look no further. There are quite a few excellent options and we’ve got them all right here. You’ll find swimming lessons available at many of these public pools!

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Swimming Pools: Indoor

Mecklenburg County maintains several aquatic centers and indoor pools.
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec Pools Website
Pool entry fee prices vary based on county resident status, age, and location. The links to each location below will give you the specific fees to that pool.

Eastway Regional Recreation Center
3150 Eastway Park Drive, Charlotte

Marion Diehl Recreation Center and Indoor Pool
2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte

Northern Regional Recreation Center
18121 Old Statesville Road, Cornelius

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
800 E Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Charlotte

Northern Regional Recreation Center
Northern Reginal Recreation Center

Ray’s Splash Planet

This indoor waterpark is part of the Mecklenburg Parks and Rec, through a partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. It offers indoor water play with a 3 story slide, lazy river, water playground area and lap pool.

Cost: $8-$15 depending on age and county resident/non-resident status
Address: 215 North Sycamore Street, Charlotte
Ray’s Splash Planet Website

Outdoor Swimming Pools near Charlotte, NC

Cordelia Pool

Cordelia Pool opens Memorial Day. It has a large pool with a waterslide and is operated by Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec.

Cost: $2
Address: 2100 North Davidson Street, Charlotte
Cordelia Pool Website

Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center

This outdoor aquatic center has a fun water slide, zero-depth entry pool, water play features, and more. Opens on Memorial Day and is operated by Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec.

Cost: $2
Address: 2014 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte
Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center Website

Lineberger Park

About 30 minutes from Charlotte, in Gastonia you’ll find Lineberger Park’s pool with waterslide and splash zone. It’s operated by the City of Gastonia. The park also has a separate free splash pad outside in addition to the pool area.

Cost: $4 per person (choice of early afternoon or late afternoon session)
Address: 632 East Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia
Lineberger Park

Lineberger Park

Erwin Center Park Pool

The city of Gastonia also operates a pool at Erwin Center Park.

Address: 913 North Pryor Street, Gastonia
Erwin Center Park

Water Park Charlotte, NC

When you’re craving some water slide action, nothing but a water park will do. Charlotte water parks include a couple of very popular, well-known, and well-loved options.


Our Kidding Around Review of Carowinds has lots of first-hand information on visiting Carowinds, including their 5-acre water park, Carolina Harbor. The water park includes two wave pools, slides, a lazy river, and several water playground areas.

Cost: Waterpark admission is part of the regular Carowinds ticket. See Carowinds ticket options here. They start at about $40.
Address: 14523 Carowinds Boulevard, Charlotte, NC
Carowinds- Carolina Harbor Website

Great Wolf Lodge

The well-known indoor waterpark Great Wolf Lodge has a location near Charlotte in Concord, NC. A stay in the lodge includes access to their indoor waterpark, or you have the option to purchase a day pass to enjoy the resort’s amenities.

Find out more about Great Wolf Lodge.

The waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge

Splash Pads: Charlotte, NC

Splash pads near Charlotte, NC

We have a huge list of 20 splash pads near Charlotte, NC. Enjoy some old-fashioned summer fun at one of these splash pads!

Many of them open Memorial Day!

(Expect them to close on Labor Day)

Coastal Beaches

Sometimes there’s just no substitute for ocean air, waves, and sand. If that’s the case, you’re in luck. Find the closest coastal beaches to Charlotte, NC in our Charlotte Beaches Guide. It has 10 awesome beach options within just a few hours from Charlotte!

Let us know where you love to go Swimming Charlotte, NC!

Swim Greenville, SC

Want more places to swim and splash? Head to Greenville, SC for lots and lots more options including mountain beaches, pools, waterparks, splashpads, and more!!

And, we have even more options for swimming in Columbia, SC! These 30+ spots would make a great day trip from Charlotte.

Still looking for things to do? Here’s our huge guide to Things to Do in Charlotte, NC!

20+ Fun (2024) VBS Programs in Charlotte, NC

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Are you looking for a VBS program in Charlotte, NC? Vacation Bible School, VBS, can be a wonderful inexpensive summer activity for kids. They are usually free and offer crafts, songs, games, and fun for kids. If you’re looking for a VBS, Charlotte, NC has quite a few options. We’ve added a bunch of great VBS options here in this list to help you find a fun VBS near you!

We will be adding to this list as more programs are announced.

VBS Charlotte, NC

June 2024 VBS Charlotte, NC

Steele Creek Church Eastfield VBS: June 10th to June 14th, 2024, 6:30 to 8:30 pm “Start the Party” Register here
11800 Eastfield Road, Hunterville, NC

Hickory Grove Baptist Church Summer Blast: June 10-14, 2024, For completed Kindergarten through completed 5th grade.
Harris Campus – 9 am–12 pm 
Mallard Creek Campus – 6–8:30 pm
Hickory Grove Summer Blast Information

Holy Comforter Episcopal Church: June 10 -14th, 2024, Ages 4 through 5th grade. The cost is $45 (financial assistance available). The theme is Seekers in Sneakers. Registration is open!
2701 Park Road, Charlotte

Judah Church: June 11th-14th, 2024 from 5 to 8 pm for kids ages 5 to 11. The theme is Power Up.
Registration for Judah Church VBS is open.
12615 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte

Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church: June 17 -21, 2024, Registration is closed.
Sovereign Grace VBS
3326 Archdale Drive, Charlotte

St. Gabriel Catholic Church: June 17-21st, 2024. Currently Full- waitlist available. SCUBA theme, $100 per child, $200 family max. St. Gabriel VBS

St. Johns Episcopal Church: June 17th – 21st, 2024 for kids ages 4 through 6th grade. Theme is SCUBA. Register for 2024 VBS at St. John’s Episcopal.
1623 Carmel Road, Charlotte

Myers Park United Methodist Church VBS: June 24-28, 2024, Rising Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Register in advance.
1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207

St. Matthew Catholic Church VBS: June 24-28, 2024, Rising Kindergarten to 5th Grade. All participant spots are currently filled, but you can join the waitlist. St. Matthew Catholic Church VBS
8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC

Christ Church Charlotte VBS: June 24 -27, 2024, Children ages four (by August 31, 2024) through rising 5th graders. This year’s theme is VBS Builder’s Edition Register for Christ Church Charlotte VBS
1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC

Calvary Church: June 24th- 27th, 2024, 9 am to 12:15 pm, for kids currently in K-5th grade. The theme is The Great Jungle Journey. Cost is $25. Join the waitlist.
5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte

Calvary Baptist Church VBS 2024: June 24 – 27, 2024, 6 to 8:30 pm Breaker Rock Beach
2727 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte, NC 28214

St. Steven UMC: June 24- 27, 2024, 9 am to noon. Camp Firelight VBS theme. Registration is open!
6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte

Revive Church Charlotte: June 24th – 28th, 2024, 6 pm Dinner, VBS 6:30-8:30, for kids ages 3 to 12. The theme is “Glow in the Dark”. Register for Revive Church Charlotte VBS.
6621 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte

July 2024 Charlotte, NC VBS Programs

Mercy Church: July 7th through July 11th, 2024, for kids ages 4 thorugh completed 5th grade. Get more information on Start the Party VBS at Mercy Church.
7200 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC

Sedgefield UMC: July 15 -July 18, 2024, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, SCUBA camp theme. Register here.
 2830 Dorchester Place, Charlotte, NC 28209

Westminster Presbyterian Church VBS 2024: July 22 – 25, 2024 from 9 am to 12 pm
101 Colville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207 Visit their VBS website to register. The theme is Stellar.

Matthews United Methodist Church VBS: July 22-26, 2024 (9 am – 12 pm), Children 4 years old (by August 31, 2024) through current 6th graders. This year’s theme is SCUBA: Diving into Friendship with God Register here for Matthews UMC VBS
801 South Trade Street, Matthews, NC

August 2024 VBS Programs in Charlotte

Covenant Presbyterian Church VBS: August 5-9, 2024, Children 4 years old (by March 31, 2024) through 5th grade Register here for Covenant Presbyterian Church VBS
1000 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC

TBA Programs

Avondale Presbyterian Church VBS: 2024 TBA Avondale Presbyterian Church VBS
2821 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209

Fun Summer: Charlotte, NC

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Carolina Raptor Center: Here’s Your Chance to Hang Out with Raptors!

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Carolina Raptor Center is located just north of Charlotte in Huntersville, NC. The center is home to falcons, hawks, owls, eagles, and vultures from all over the world. Visitors can view these magnificent raptors up close, and learn about their individual stories and unique characteristics that help them survive in the wild.  The center also offers educational programming for groups. We’ve visited the Carolina Raptor Center a few times and always learn something new.

What is a Raptor?

Raptors.  We see them in the sky far above us, soaring and circling, their sharp eyes keenly searching out their next meal.  They don’t sing, or entertain us with their bright colors at our feeders. They don’t visit our backyard feeders at all (except maybe to snack on the songbirds themselves). In fact, we rarely get the chance to see anything but their silhouettes overhead. And yet they catch our attention. What makes these birds so unique? If you want to know, you will find the drive to Carolina Raptor Center well worth it!

Raptor Center

Raptors are meat-eating birds that catch their prey with their talons (unlike other birds who may eat meat that catch their prey with their beaks- think birds and worms, or penguins and fish).  They are equipped with many special features that give them the ability to accomplish this task.  From sharp talons to third eyelids and tiny bones that act as sun visors, you’ll be amazed at all you’ll learn in just a few hours at the center.

Raptor Center question and answer with an owl

How About a Field Trip?

Educational groups who plan a visit to the center can schedule a presentation from a very knowledgeable staff member.  Our group was able to view and learn about three different raptors. We learned about each bird’s special features, how they train the raptors, where the birds come from, what they eat, and more, all while getting an extremely close view of these magnificent creatures.

This presentation was easily the best part of our visit. The children (and adults) in attendance were so excited to see each bird as our guide brought them out. The guide kept everyone interested and engaged.  Being a homeschool family that likes to school as much as we can through experiences, I have to say, this was one of the best educational presentations we’ve ever had the pleasure to view.

Raptor Center presentation

Fieldtrip groups also have the added benefit of a significant per-person discount. The center has pre-planned programming, but will also customize for your group.  Homeschoolers, you do not have to be part of an organized group to schedule these field trip programs!  Gather some adventure-loving homeschool families with children of similar ages and make your own group! 

Raptor Center owl

The Trail

The trail at CRC is open to all paying guests. The trail area is where you will view the center’s various raptors in their habitats.  It’s a mostly shaded, gravel path and easily walkable. We had a few strollers in our group who had no problem with the path. Along the trail, you’ll see raptors divided by their types; a grouping of owls, a loop of falcons, a section of vultures, the eagle aviary, and lineup of hawks. This allows you to easily compare them within their raptor families.

The trail also contains an exhibit showing the center’s raptors who regularly help out in the educational presentations, as well as an exhibit showing some of the work the raptor hospital onsite does regularly. The hospital is not regularly open to the public; however, they offer a behind-the-scenes tour and the exhibit “A Day in the Life of a Raptor Hospital.”

Raptor Center enclosure

Spending the Day at Carolina Raptor Center

If you plan to spend a large portion of your day at CRC, you should know that there is no onsite food vendor. The gift shop sells snacks, ice cream bars, and popsicles. If you plan to have lunch, you’ll need to bring it with you. (There isn’t much in the way of fast food nearby, either.) 

The center has several places to picnic, one is alongside a nature play area.  The play area contains teeter totters made out of sanded logs, a sand pit, sliced log blocks, a wooden play house, and a small area where children can view pictures of raptor nests and try to recreate them with nearby materials.


  • Keeper Chats: Wednesday – Friday, Sunday at 11 am, and Wednesday – Sunday at 2:30 pm
  • Fly-Bys: Wednesday – Saturday at 1 pm
  • Meet a Raptor: Saturday at 11 am & Sunday at 1 pm

Getting to CRC

Carolina Raptor Center is located about 20 minutes north of Charlotte.  As you approach the center, follow signs for the nature preserve.  As you pass the preserve, you’ll soon approach the raptor center on your left. The first entrance is for the raptor hospital, the second entrance is the clearly marked main entrance to Carolina Raptor Center.  Google Maps brought us right to the visitor center parking lot with no problem.

Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

Admission and Hours

Hours are 10 am to 4 pm daily. (November through February open Wednesday through Sunday.)

Admission: $16 Adults ages 23-65, Ages 13-22 $14, Kids 3 to 13 $12
Seniors, teachers, military, students are all $12, Free for children under 3.

Video: CRC

Check out this video all about the Carolina Raptor Center from their Facebook page.

Bring the Learning Home

Here are some great books you can find on Amazon or at the library about raptors:

  • Birds of Prey (Peterson Field Guide)- J 598.9L
  • Discovering Birds of Prey by M.J. Thomas- J 598.9 T
  • Animal Lives: The Barn Owl- J 598.97
  • Eyewitness Book: Eagle and Birds of Prey- J 598.9

Your family might also enjoy reading My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, as well as the sequels.  The main character in these stories trains a peregrine falcon to help him hunt as he tries to live on his own, off of the land.

Consider having students bring a sketchbook and sketch a few of the raptors they see.  Clearly label the sketches.  When you get home, have students look up information about the raptors they drew.  Consider a writing assignment, creative poster, flyer, brochure, or some other type of assignment that incorporates the sketches.  Similarly, families could take photographs of the birds and complete a family project, like a bulletin board or scrapbook, about what they learned.

Love Raptors?

Enjoy your visit to CRC?  Looking for a little more?  Consider visiting Caesar’s Head State Park this fall to observe the migration of thousands of raptors as they pass above the cliff on their way to their winter homes.  Check out the Kidding Around Greenville story on Hawk Watch.  You are likely to only see them from the sky, but they are still quite impressive.

25+ Farms Offer Sweet Strawberry Picking: Charlotte, NC (2024)

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Are you looking for farms where you can go strawberry picking? Charlotte, NC is full of local you-pick strawberry farms and there are even more just a short drive away. Our list includes farms large and small, and some even offer playgrounds and opportunities to interact with animals, enjoy an ice cream cone, or get a delicious lunch! Finishing off this piece you’ll find our tried and true parent tips for strawberry picking with kids. So make your plans to enjoy strawberry season!

Strawberry Picking: Charlotte, NC

Strawberry Farms Near Charlotte, NC

Kicking off this list: the closest strawberry picking to Charlotte, NC. The 14 farms below are 1 hour away or less from Charlotte.

The second half of this list has farms near Columbia, SC, Greenville, SC and Western North Carolina, jut a couple of hours away. Don’t skip those because they make the strawberry season last even longer. Columbia usually has strawberries earlier than we do, and the farms in Western North Carolina often have strawberries after our farms have finished their seasons.

Springs Farm, SC

Fort Mill, SC
This farm in For Mill offers both you-pick and pre-pick strawberries. You’ll want to watch their social media for updates on availability and hours they will be open for you-pick. In addition to strawberries, this farm offers a CSA program and a market that carries produce, jarred items, fresh-made ice cream, slushies, glass bottled soda and more.

1010 Springfield Parkway, Fort Mill, SC
Springs Farm Website
Springs Farm Instagram
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 25 minutes

Wise Acres Organic

Indian Trail, NC: 4701 Hartis Road
If you’re looking to pick your own organic strawberries, Wise Acres in Indian Trail, NC is the place to visit. They are a certified organic farm with u-pick strawberries in the spring by reservation only. That means you do have to plan ahead to visit this farm. However, if you just want to pick up some pre-picked berries you can do that without a reservation at The Green House store beside the farm. They also carry ice cream, snacks, local items, Wise Acres flowers, and sometimes even a food truck. You really could spend a whole afternoon at this farm!

U-pick strawberry reservations will open up very early April as plants get closer to producing berries, the farm typically opens for picking in mid-April.

4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail, NC
Wise Acres Website
Wise Acres Instagram
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 30 minutes

Lineberger’s Farm

Dallas, NC
Lineberger’s Farm in Dallas, NC is gearing up for strawberries. They’ll be offering strawberries April through June. Similar to other farms you’ll want to follow social media for picking availability. In addition to picking they also have a playground and chicken coop on site for kids to enjoy. There’s also a farm store where you can buy pre-picked produce, jams, jellies, and snacks.

906 Dallas Stanley Highway, Dallas, NC
Linberger’s Website
Linberger’s Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 30 minutes

Hunter Farm

Weddington, NC
The Hunter Farm is a family-run farm in Weddington, North Carolina. In the spring they offer strawberry picking and fun wagon rides to their animal barn. You’ll want to stay tuned to their Facebook page for official opening information, but currently, they are targeting mid-April 2024 to open for the spring season! They will open reservation slots for picking, and sometimes they have professional photo sessions, food trucks, and more.

13624 Providence Road, Weddington, NC
Hunter Farm Website
Hunter Farm Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 30 minutes

Deer Run Farm of Midland

Midland, NC
Deer Run Farm plans to open for u-pick strawberries in the second week of April in 2024. One of the totally awesome things about this farm is that have 4 rows of strawberries that are wheelchair accessible! Check their Facebook page in April for more information on picking.

 4664 Hwy 24 27 E Midland, NC (new location for picking in 2024!!)
Deer Run Farm Website
Deer Run Farm
Distance from Charlotte, NC: about 35 minutes

Carrigan Farms

Mooresville, NC
Strawberry picking is available at Carrigan Farms towards the end of April. In addition to strawberries, Carrigan Farms offers swimming in their quarry beginning in May. If you want to know about swimming there, check out our review of The Quarry at Carrigan Farms.

1261 Oakridge Farm Highway, Mooresville, NC
Strawberries at Carrigan Farms Website
Carrigan Farms Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 40 minutes

The Ivy Place

Lancaster, SC
The Ivy Place offers both you-pick and pre-picked strawberries. They are open for the 2024 season! They also offer blackberries and blueberries later in the season, plus tomatoes, zucchini, and other produce in the summer.

8603 Van Wyck Road, Lancaster, SC
The Ivy Place Website
The Ivey Place Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 40 minutes

Hall Family Farm

Lancaster, SC
The Hall Family Farm offers u-pick strawberries- no reservation required and no admission fee. Follow their social media page for availability, but they are open for the 2024 season! Don’t miss visiting with the pigs, goats, and chickens, and pick up something yummy to eat at the bakery. Kids can play at a variety of play areas including two ropes courses! Pay per activity.

445 W Rebound Road, Lancaster, SC
Hall Family Farm Website
Hall Family Farm Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 40 minutes

Patterson Farm

Mount Ulla, NC
Patterson Farm is more than a strawberry-picking destination. They also offer a barn with animals and a playground area with admission, plus a farm store with pre-picked strawberries, kettle corn, and ice cream. There is no admission fee to access the store. You can access both the strawberry fields and the play area and barn with a single admission fee of $11 (paid online or $13 paid at the gate) per person. Tickets for only the strawberry field are just $1 when purchased in advance. Tickets for just the playspaces are also available. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance, as access to the strawberry fields at the gate depends on availability.

10390 Caldwell Road, Mt Ulla, NC
Patterson Farm Spring Strawberries Website
Patterson Farm Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 45 minutes

Beaver Farms

Statesville, NC
Pick strawberries at this mountain farm with no admission fee and no reservations required. They also have pre-picked berries for sale. They plan to open for 2024 strawberry picking at the end of April, 2024. Follow them on facebook for opening dates.

270 Beaver Farm Road, Statesville, NC
Beaver Farms Website
Beaver Farms Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 45 minutes


York, SC
A York, SC favorite, picking strawberries at Bush-N-Vine is a tradition for lots of Charlotte area families. They opened April 4th, 2024 for the strawberry picking season. No reservations are needed but you’ll want to follow their website and social media for field conditions and availability. In addition to strawberry picking, Bush-N-Vine has picnic areas and a Farm Cafe with ice cream, hot dogs, doughnuts, and lots more yummy options. They also offer additional fruits and vegetables for sale.

You can read more about our visit to Bush-N-Wine in our Guide to York County Things to Do.

1650 Filbert Highway, York, SC
Bush-N-Vine Website
Busn-N-Vine Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 50 minutes

Bush N Vine orchard in York, South Carolina

Black’s Peaches

York, SC
Strawberry picking starts mid-April at Black’s Peaches. You can expect it to run through mid-June and then peach picking starts! Black’s Peaches also offers a weekly produce basket, farm store, cafe, and bakery.

1800 Black Highway, York, SC
Black’s Peaches Website
Black’s Peaches Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 50 minutes

Cody Strawberry Farm

Ridgefield, NC
2024 Strawberries are ripening at Cody Strawberry Farm, they anticipate opening for u-pick strawberries as the weather warms and the fruit ripens. This family farms grows lots of different produce and typically offers u-pick strawberries in the spring.

44052 Pauls Crossing Road, Ridgefield, NC
Cody Strawberry Farm Website
Cody Strawberry Farm Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 55 minutes

Cotton Hills Farm

Chester, SC
Cotton Hils Farm (The Market At Lowry’s) plans to open April 5th, 2024. U-pick is open as available throughout the season. In the summer you can also pick peaches at Cotton Hills. Their store has jar items and local produce, which you can also pick up at one of their two stand locations.

2575 Lowrys Highway, Lowrys, SC
Cotton Hills Farm Website
Cotton Hills Farm Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: Just under 1 hour

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Make strawberry season even longer! The season starts a bit earlier in Columbia, then use the Greenville list to find Western North Carolina strawberry patches picking later in the season.

We love the wheelchair-accessible strawberry picking at Lush Acres Farm in Clinton, SC. It’s about 2 hours from Charlotte, but so worth it for this unique option. They also have animals to visit and kids’ activities like a jumping pillow! Check out our full Kidding Around Review of Lush Acres Farm from our recent visit.

Accessible strawberry picking at Lush Acres Farm in Clinton, SC

6 Parent Tips for Picking Your Own Strawberries

Bringing the kids strawberry picking? We’ve done that A LOT. Learn from our experience in strawberry fields and patches with these tips to help you have the most fun with your kiddos!

Strawberry Picking Tip #1: There is little shade in a strawberry patch. To avoid the heat, pick in the early morning or early evening if possible. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat and don’t forget water bottles!

Strawberry Picking Tip #2: Some farms do not have restrooms and others may have just a port-a-potty. Use the restroom before you leave the house, and if you’re driving a good distance to the farm, consider a stop at a restroom stop before you arrive.

Strawberry Picking Tip #3: Sandals are cute for photos, but they are not a good choice when picking strawberries. You may find mud, fire ant hills and other insects. Wear closed-toed shoes or even rain boots. You may even want to toss in a plastic bag for dirty shoes so you don’t get mud all over the car.

Strawberry Picking Tip #4: Talk to the kids before you arrive about farm rules such as not stepping on plants and only picking what you plan to keep.

Strawberry Picking Tip #5: Call ahead. Picking is VERY dependent on field conditions, weather, how many visitors the farm hosted the day before, etc. Calling ahead is the best way to ensure you will be able to pick when ou arrive. Also follow the farm’s social media pages for updates.

Strawberry Picking Tip #6: Save your gallon baskets year to year. Most patches ask that you only use approved gallon baskets or buckets. Some farms will provide them for free, others will ask you to purchase the baskets. Usually you can reuse baskets from year to year from local patches and save a few dollars. Plan on spending a little extra money on purchasing approved baskets if you don’t already own some.

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Spring in Charlotte, NC: Activities & Things to Do

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Are you looking for things to do this spring in Charlotte, NC? We have lots of family-friendly ideas to keep you and the kids busy and having fun together. Grab the camera, you’re going to be making some memories this spring.

Spring in Charlotte, NC

We have lots of things to do this spring for you, including Easter Events, spring flowers, parks to explore, and lots more spring fun in Charlotte, NC

Easter in Charlotte, NC

If you’re looking for Easter Egg Hunts and other Easter activities, you’ll want to check out our Kidding Around Guide to Easter Egg Hunts in Charlotte, NC. It’s loaded with Easter Egg Hunts and events all over Charlotte and the surrounding areas. We even have some themed day trip ideas you won’t want to miss!

Easter Egg Hunt: Charlotte NC

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Easter Egg Hunts in Charlotte, NC.

Spring Break

If you’re looking specifically for Spring Break things to do in Charlotte, NC, we have an entire guide for that! It’s full of adventures indoors and out so you can have fun together no matter the weather, plus day trip ideas and even some unique travel ideas.

Spring Break Guide to Charlotte, NC

Kidding Around’s Guide to Spring Break in Charlotte, NC

Spring Activities in Charlotte, NC

Pick Flowers!

Springtime means tulips and daffodils are blooming. What better way to enjoy them than an afternoon spent at a flower farm? There are several flower farms near Charlotte and within an easy day trip drive where you can visit and even pick your own flowers. Make a pretty spring bouquet for your home.

Play Outdoors

Looking for a place to play outside? Here are a few parks we love!

Village Park in Kannapolis has an antique carousel and a small train in addition to their fun playground. With picnic spots, restrooms on site, and paved walking trails, you can spend the whole day here.

Carousel at Village Green Park

Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in Belmont, NC is a great spot to enjoy spring by the river. There’s a newly constructed playground on site, plus picnic areas, picnic shelters, and restrooms. Perhaps the coolest part of this park is the beautiful dock with bench swings that extend out into the river. Have your own kayak? You can launch for free from this park!

Go for a Hike

We LOVE heading out on a hike to see a gorgeous waterfall. It’s really one of the best ways to enjoy spring weather that we can think of. If you agree, try one of these Waterfalls near Charlotte. For something really unique, head to Western North Carolina and try this Waterfall Driving Tour.

Or, check out Anne Springs Close Greenway. You’ll find beautiful trails, events and even places to dine at this park.

Crowders Mountain State Park

Visit Crowders Mount State Park for Hikes with Amazing Views of Charlotte!

Visit ZMAX Dragway for the April NHRA Event

The NHRA Four-Wide event returns to ZMAX April 26th-28th, 2024. We got to experience an NHRA Event at ZMAX last year and it was so much fun, especially for our kids. Every ticket is a pit pass at NHRA events which means you can get close to the cars, watch the teams work and even ask questions. Kids’ tickets are just $10!

ZMAX Funny Car being towed

Pick Strawberries!

Want to pick your own strawberries? There are lots of places near Charlotte where you can do just that. Plus there are even more that are an easy day trip away, which means your strawberry season just got a little longer. Check out these farms with strawberry picking in Charlotte, NC!

Things to Do in Charlotte, NC

There are lots and lots more things to do in Charlotte!

Check out our HUGE Things to Do in Charlotte Guide.

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Free Things to Do This Spring

Make some free spring crafts at Home Depot Kids Workshops.

  • March 2nd, 2024: Butterfly House
  • April 6th, 2024: Lattice Planter
  • May 4th, 2024: Bloomin Picture Frame

Or, try these free spring projects at Lowes FREE Kids Workshops

  • March 16th, 2024, Flower Birdfeeder
  • April 20th, 2024, Garden Cart Planter
  • May 4th, 2024: Butterfly Biome

Pick Your Own Flower Farms: Charlotte, NC

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Would you like to visit a flower farm in Charlotte, NC to pick your own flowers? If you’re looking for u-pick flowers in Charlotte, NC, you’ve come to the right list. We have flower farms in Charlotte and flower farms within an easy day trip where you can pick everything from tulips to sunflowers. You can’t beat a fully blooming flower field when it comes to beauty, and many of these farms invite you to come and enjoy the fields, pick your flowers, and even hang around for a picnic. Go enjoy a beautiful spring day in a field of flowers. Try one of these u-pick flower farms near Charlotte, NC.

Pick your own flowers in Charlotte NC

Dewberry Farm: Pick Your Own Tulips & Sunflowers

Dewberry Farm is ready for its 7th annual U-pick Tulip, springtime farm events. They anticipate opening for tulip picking on March 25th, 2024. They also offer U-pick Sunflowers in the summertime. Both options are ticketed events, so you’ll need to get those u-pick tickets in advance. In 2023 tickets were $8 for adults and $5 for kids over age 2. Tulips were $1.25 each. We will update with 2024 prices when available. You can also follow the Dewberry Farm Facebook page for updates and current picking conditions.

  • Kernersville, NC (About 1 hour and 20 minutes from Charlotte, NC)
  • Spring and Summer Flowers
  • Dewberry Farm Website
  • Purchase tickets in advance

McLawland Farms: Sunflowers & Dahlias

McLawland Farms offers pick-your-own flowers in the summer by appointment. They offer sunflowers and dahlias as well as blackberries, blueberries, and figs when available. Look for summer flowers to be ready in June and July and fall flowers in October. The McLawland Farms Facebook page is a good place to check for field updates.

Aurora Flora: Pick Summer Blooms

Aurora Flora offers a quarter-acre garden of blooms you can pick yourself at their u-pick events on Saturdays which typically begin in May for the summer season. You’ll need to make a reservation before you visit to ensure the garden doesn’t get too crowded. Cut flower prices are $25 for a cup of 20-25 flowers, or $75 for a bulk bucket that holds 60-75 stems.

Curiosity Farm: Pick Tulips, Daffodils, Dahlias, and More

Located in Concord, NC, Curiosity Farm offers spring, summer, and fall you-pick options including tulips, anemones, daffodils in the spring, and dahlias in the summer and fall. This farm also offers cut bouquets and gardening classes at venues in the community. Follow Curiosity Farm on Facebook to see when they will begin their 2024 U-Pick Events, look for tulips, anemones, and daffodils starting in March! Prices vary by season, but in 2023 were $15-20 per jar of picked flowers in the spring.

Blackberry Ridge: Cut Your Own Flowers

Blackberry Ridge offers cut flower subscriptions as well as pick-your-own events in the spring and summer. In 2023 they offered tulips, snapdragons, sunflowers, dahlias, and more. Follow Blackberry Ridge on Facebook to see when they will open their field for you-pick.

Wise Acres Organic

In addition to you-pick berries, Wise Acres Organic Farm offers pick your own flowers by reservation. However, if you just want to pick up some pre-picked flowers (or berries) you can do that without a reservation at The Green House store beside the farm. They also carry ice cream, snacks, local items, Wise Acres flowers, and sometimes even a food truck. You really could spend a whole afternoon at this farm!

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard: Spring Tulips

The apple farm you know and love also offers tulips in the spring! Pick your own spring tulips at Stepp’s Orchard. We visited this farm in 2023 and it was so gorgeous. Check the Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard Facebook page for tulip picking availability, but look for them to be open in March 2024.

Stepp's tulips

Jeter Mountain Farm: Pick Your Own Summer Blooms

Jeter Mountain Farm is an apple orchard, but they also offer u-pick zinnias in July and sunflowers in early August. That means if you time it right, you can pick your flowers, get apples, and enjoy a coffee on the farm, in one fabulous day trip. Don’t miss their fun (free) indoor play area! We love the wagon rides that bring you around the farm. The views are totally amazing as you approach the flower fields!

Jeter Mountain Farm

Thompson Family Farms

Thompson Family Farms offers cut-your-own tulips in early spring and sunflowers in summer. Follow the Thompson Family Farms Facebook page for updates. We got to experience picking flowers at Thompson Family Farm and we had such a lovely time. Here’s our review of Thompson Family Farms.

Check out our visit to Thompson Family Farm

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Valentine’s Day Charlotte, NC (2024): The Premier Guide

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Are you ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Charlotte, NC? Our 2024 Charlotte, NC Valentine’s Guide is full of ideas to help you celebrate. We have date ideas, restaurant suggestions, parent’s night out events for Valentine’s Day childcare, family things to do to celebrate, and lots more!

Valentine's Day Charlotte, NC

Fun Date Ideas

If you’re looking for something a little different for a date night this Valentine’s Day, check out our list of fun & unique date ideas in Charlotte, NC. We have more than 17 ideas to help you plan that no-so-ordinary date.

Our list even has some totally free ideas that really are fun. So, you can get out to celebrate Valentine’s Day, even if you’re on a tight budget.

Special Valentine’s Events

These events would make a great date night!

Valentine’s Paint & Plant at NoDa Brewing Company on January 30th, 2024: Paint a planter and pot your plant, while enjoying a favorite beverage.

Adult Valentine’s Day Cooking Class at Flour Power in Charlotte on February 2nd, 2024. Learn to make chocolate-covered strawberries, Chicken Marsala, and molten lava cakes.

French Macaroon Workshop at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on February 9th, 2024.

Valentine’s Day Comedy Show at Cloudcheck Hookah&Daiquiri Bar on February 14th, 2024 at 10 pm.

Free Comedy Show at Pilot Brewing on February 14th, 2024 from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Romantic Restaurants in Charlotte, NC

If a nice meal out together is more your thing, check out our list of Romantic Restaurants in Charlotte. We have several fine-dining options on the list, plus a few more casual date-night restaurant ideas we love.

If we missed your favorite romantic restaurant, let us know! Pop over to our Kidding Around Charlotte Facebook page and send us a message. We want to hear all about why it’s your favorite!

Valentine’s Day in Charlotte with the Kids

Make a free Valentine’s Basket at the Home Depot Kids Workshop on February 3rd, 2024. Free event

Make a free Cactus Valentine’s Bag at JCPenney Kids Zone craft event on February 10th, 2024 at 11 am. Free event

SAS Cupcakes: Frost cupcakes, enjoy a story and a craft at SAS Cupcakes Valentine’s Story Time on February 9th at 10:30 am and February 10th at 10:30 am.

Confetē Soirée and Play in Huntersville is offering a Valentine event with cookie decorating and a craft, plus open play and snacks on Valentine’s Day February 14th at 10 am. The event is $20.

Watch! Our Valentine’s Ideas for a Family Celebration

We joined Fox Carolina, Access Carolina to talk about Valentine’s ideas for celebrating with the whole family.

Valentine’s Day Childcare: Parent’s Night Out

Parent’s Night Out Programs (also known as Kids’ Night Our Programs) are a great option if you need childcare to get a date night out. These events may not be exactly on February 14th, but you can pick one in February and celebrate a little early or a little late. You’ll likely avoid the restaurant crowds when you go this route anyway, which is pretty great in our opinion.

Flour Power in Charlotte, NC offers a Kids Night Out Program every other Friday. This cooking program includes dinner and dessert!

The Flour Power location in Fort Mill, SC also offers a Kids Night Program every other Friday.

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte offers several Kids Night Our Programs at its locations. You’ll find them arranged by age group on Fridays and some Saturdays. The program includes games, stories, crafts, and more. Current February options are on February 2nd, February 9th, February 10th, February 16th, and February 23rd. Cost and times vary by location but in general they are in the early evening hours and on average $40 for non-members and $30 for members.

The Mecklenburg County Recreation Depart sometimes offers Kids Night Out programs. Their February 16th Kids Night Out event is full, but keep them in mind for future events!

Perfect Balance Training Center in Charlotte offers a Parents Night Out program once a moth on Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm for both members and non-members. the event is $25 when you register in advance and includes pizza, a drink and gym time. The next event is on February 17th, 2024.

Life Time Charlotte offers lots of Parents Night Out options including a Valentine’s Day Party for kids ages 4 to 8 on February 10th, plus other themed nights including a painting party, tween takeover, and superhero event.

GymFit Sports Center is offering a parents night out program on February 10th at 6 pm. The cost is $40 ($30 for additional siblings) and includes dinner, a movie and bounce houses/trampolines.

Charlotte Martial Arts Academy is offering a Dodgeball Party Parent’s Night Out on February 24th, 2024 from 5 pm to 9 pm and the cost is $25.

Spend the Day: Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in Belmont, NC

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Are you thinking about a visit to Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in Belmont, NC? With a recently updated playground and a beautiful riverfront location, this park has a lot to offer families and anyone who loves the outdoors. Put a kayak in the water, enjoy the wooden bench swings on the dock, or pack a picnic, whatever you choose you can make a full afternoon of fun out of your visit to Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park.

Playground at Riverfront Park in Belmont, NC

The Playground at Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park

The recently updated playground has a fun treehouse theme that my kids enjoyed, with lots of climbing structures and equipment for all ages. We absolutely love the solid ground cover and the ground-level equipment that make much of this playground accessible for all kids.

The playground is fully fenced, with a larger playground for older kids to one side, and a smaller climbing structure for younger kids on the other side. Swings take up the space in the middle.

Restrooms are conveniently located beside the playground just outside the fence and up the short path. You’ll also find a large pavilion here that can be rented out.

Playing at the playground, Riverfront Park in Belmont, NC

Picnic Spots

In addition to the large pavilion, there are two smaller picnic shelters that can be rented for your events in the park. They are spread out along the park’s sidewalk across from the playground with a view of the river through the trees.

Restrooms at Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park

If you don’t need a whole picnic shelter, there are several other spots where you can enjoy your picnic. Bring a blanket and spread it out on the grass beside the playground or head down to the dock and enjoy your meal from there.

View of the river at Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park

The Dock

The dock has both benches and wooden bench swings so there are plenty of places to sit, relax, and enjoy the view. When we visited this seemed to be one of the most popular spots in the park, and for good reason. It was quite beautiful and spacious.

If you like paddling, there is a wide dock where you can put a kayak, canoe, or even paddleboard to explore the river. Access to the Catawba River here is free.

More at Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park

This park also offers a short but paved walking trail that is accessible, perfect for taking in the river views after a bit of playtime or lunch. Plus, there’s an amphitheater for public events.

The annual event, RiverFest, is hosted annually in May at Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park with live music, kayaking, local vendors, food trucks, and more. In 2024, the event is scheduled for May 18th.

Swings at Riverfront Park

Village Park Kannapolis

Want to visit another awesome park? Check out Village Park in Kannapolis, NC.

Enjoy Winter in Charlotte, NC: The Premier Guide

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Are you looking for things to do this winter in Charlotte, NC? Winter has arrived! That means it’s time for all the activities the cooler weather lets us enjoy, from winter hikes to snow tubing, great family dining to awesome indoor play places. We created our Kidding Around Charlotte Winter Guide to help you plan your family’s fun! No reason to stay home and be bored!

Charlotte, NC Winter Things to Do

Outdoor Things to Do This Winter: Charlotte, NC

Snow Tubing

The ultimate family-fun winter day, snow tubing. There are lots of places about a 2-hour drive from Charlotte where you can head for a day of winter fun on a snow tube.

Here’s our list of places to go snow tubing near Charlotte, NC.

Ice Skating

Charlotte’s Whitewater Center is the place to go for ice skating in the winter. They offer skating from mid-November through mid-February, making it a true winter season offering. Day tickets for skating are $25 and that includes the skate rental and use of the 24,000 square foot skating space. The ice is unlike other rinks and is made up of 4 distinct skating areas, connected by ice trails.

Ice skating at the Whitewater Center


Even if there’s no snow on the ground in Charlotte (and let’s face it, there probably isn’t), you can still enjoy some free winter fun with a day of sledding. You’ll just have to drive into the mountains a bit. So toss those sleds in the car and grab the kids’ winter coats. It’s time to go find some snow.

❄️Here’s where to go sledding near Charlotte, NC.

Winter Hikes

Cooler weather can make for some much more enjoyable hiking conditions- less sweat, no humidity, and open views without leaves on the trees. There are places near Charlotte where you can enjoy a cooler weather hike or walk, and of course there are some fabulous day trip hikes you can take in the mountains.

Want to check out some of our winter hikes and see what you’re in for? We made a video for that, because these hikes are seriously gorgeous.

Indoor Things to Do This Winter: Charlotte, NC

Unwind Indoor Play Cafe

With a climbing wall, sandbox, and loads of sensory spaces, the Unwind Indoor Play Cafe is definitely a spot to check out for indoor play time. They even have snacks, coffee and other tdrinks available for purchase so you can make a whole afternoon of it.

Kidding Around Charlotte got to visit to review the play cafe, and we had a great time! Check it all out in our review: Unwind Indoor Play Cafe

Ninja Nation

Head up to Huntersville, NC for open gym time at Ninja Nation. Kids (and adults) can try out all their ninja skills on Ninja Nation’s course equipment in their super clean gym. We loved the friendly staff.

Here’s our full review of Ninja Nation.

Open Gym at Ninja Nation is for ages 5 and up. They offer open gym Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm and Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Open gym prices start at $20 for an hour of gym time with options for 2 hours and a full day pass.
14120 Statesville Road Huntersville, NC 28078

Discovery Place Science Museum

Any Charlotte area indoor list would not be complete without Discovery Place. The kids (and adults) will enjoy playing and learning here for hours.

You’ll save a few dollars if you purchase your tickets online. If you plan to visit more than once, a family membership is probably the way to go.

Online ticket prices: $18-19 for children, $23-24 for adults (Children under 2 are free)
Buy tickets online
301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte

Gibson Mill

Get everyone something to eat that they’ll love at the food hall at Gibson Mill. Hang around and play games or visit the small arcade for a little family fun.

Gibson Mill outdoor seating

Here’s our full review of Gibson Mill.

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Things to Do in Charlotte, NC

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