Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are on Spring Break, including weekends, from Saturday, April 13th, 2019, through Sunday, April 21st. Here are a few FREE things to do with them to keep them busy and happy. Make sure to follow each link to get the necessary details on times and locations. You can keep track of free and cheap things to do in the Charlotte area by subscribing to the free email list and following us on Facebook and Twitter.
In this post, we cover free kids’ activities that are on our calendar, fun things in Charlotte that are always free, and, finally, some great discounts on kids’ activities.
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Spring Break Calendar
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Sunday, April 21, 2019
ImaginOn: Teens have a whole floor to themselves. Studio I provides the means for teens and families to create stop motion animation and other films. Preschoolers can dress up in costume and stage their own shows. Even the outside of the building has become an attraction, with kids jumping from one huge typewriter key to another. I’d bet that there are more than a few Charlotte kids who learned to spell their names from playing on those keys.
Greenways: The 37 miles of developed Greenways and 150 miles of undeveloped Greenways are undeniably a hidden treasure. These paths, perfect for walking or biking, run along creeks throughout the county. They connect neighborhoods and other points of interest. Kids love how they’re sort of hidden. As you drive on busy W.T. Harris Boulevard, you might never guess you’re passing over a tunnel where kids are riding their bikes, on their way to play by a creek.
Romare Bearden Park: The beautiful Romare Bearden Park features a huge field for throwing a frisbee, lighted water features and a stunning skyline view. Visit the park for holiday parties throughout the year, concerts and festivals.
U.S. National Whitewater Center: No, the water sports, climbing and zip lines aren’t free, and there is a charge for parking ($6/car), so I expect some will protest the Whitewater Center’s inclusion on this list. But it belongs here because of all that is free: possibly the best mountain biking in the city, on 20 miles of trails that are also good for walking and running. If you have your own kayak, there’s no charge for putting it into the Catawba River.
Mecklenburg County Nature Centers: Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation boasts three nature centers, McDowell, Reedy Creek and Latta Plantation. All three are free, have animals and much more for kids to explore, and host fun, educational programs all year, even campfires at night. Each one is situated in a nature preserve, so provide plenty of opportunity to really get into nature.
UNCC Botanical Gardens: Many parents don’t know about this free resource, or might not know if it’s appropriate for kids. It is. Paths wind around Asian gardens, a butterfly garden, a waterfall pond, a 120 year old cabin and so much more. This is a place that will ignite kids’ imagination. Botany classes are also offered to both kids and adults.
Big Rock Nature Preserve: Many people don’t know about this historically and geologically interesting site nestled away in Ballantyne. These are the largest exposed boulders in Mecklenburg County.
Discounts on Kids’ activities
Use Groupons to get discounts on Spring Break activities for kids. Here are a few: