Aug 31, 2016 - Partners

10 fun (and educational) things to do around Charlotte that the whole family will love

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Finding fun, activities that will make everyone in your family happy is a tall order. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and do the same old things every weekend. Mix things up this fall with some new family-friendly adventures.

Here are some cool (and educational, shh) things that everyone in your family will enjoy.

(1) Find some artistic inspiration at the Mint Museum

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The Mint always offers new, interesting art exhibits. It’s also a great place to learn more about local history. Head to the Mint (both locations) on Wednesday nights for free admission from 5-9 p.m. Grab a pizza afterwards and have everyone share a favorite piece of art they saw.

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(2) Take the light rail to Uptown and get all science-y at Discovery Place

After a long week at school, spend a fun Saturday in Uptown. Take the light rail up to 7 street and walk over to Discovery Place for a day filled with cool, hands-on learning. Grab tickets to see an IMAX movie while you’re there. A Beautiful Planet and National Parks Adventure are showing now.

(3) Watch a story come to life through Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

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See your child’s favorite bedtime stories brought to the stage at McColl Family Theater. This fall, catch performances of A Year with Frog and Toad and Grace for President. Check out more shows for the 2016-2017 season here. Who knows, you might inspire some at-home performances.

(4) Learn about wildlife preservation at the Carolina Raptor Center

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From eagles to owls, North Carolina is home to some pretty cool raptors. You can see them at Carolina Raptor Center and learn more about how we can protect them. Every Saturday and Sunday they offer Raptor Meet and Greets so visitors can get an up close look at these beautiful birds.

(5) Take a day trip and hike Crowder’s Mountain

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After a visit to Carolina Raptor Center, take your new bird watching skills to Crowder’s Mountain. Pack some lunches, pile the kids (and dog) in the mini-van and head 30 minutes out of town for a taste of the great outdoors. There are trails for varying skill levels.

(6) Have your own family Olympic games at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Even though the summer Olympics are over, that doesn’t mean your family can’t have a little competition of your own. Head up to the Whitewater Center for a day of mountain biking, rock climbing and kayak races. End the day with some ropes course family bonding.

(7) Volunteer with a local animal rescue

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Teach your kids about giving back to the community by spending some time volunteering with a local animal rescue. Organizations like the Humane Society of Charlotte and Greater Charlotte SPCA are always looking for extra help and what’s better than hanging out with some cute, new furry friends?

(8) Spend Saturday morning at a local farmer’s market

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Plan a colorful meal with the family by spending Saturday morning at the local farmer’s market. Your kids can pick out fresh fruit and produce and then help you make dinner that night. It’s a good opportunity to make some delicious food and learn more about local farming.

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(9) Explore local history at Historic Latta Plantation

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Located in Huntersville, this place is a circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm. Take a guided tour of the house, learn about the Latta family and get a glimpse into North Carolina history. Make sure to check out the Latta Plantation Nature Center while you’re there.

(10) Take a family bike ride on the closest Greenway trail

With fall weather approaching, those crisp afternoons can be best spent on family bike rides on your neighborhood’s nearest greenway trail. It’s a great way to check out some nature, get active and breathe in some fresh air. Find local trails here.

(This content was co-created with Charlotte Country Day School.)

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