In recent years, Charlotte has been named one of the top ten spring break getaways for families; and Charlotte is living up to that accolade. Here are a few ideas to help you start planning.
1. Become a Local Foodie
Take a tour of one of Charlotte”s many farmers markets including the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, Kings Drive Farmers Market, and Atherton Mill and Market. Then see and learn how our food goes from the farms to the table at the 7th Street Public Market in Uptown, where the whole family can dine in the heart of Charlotte”s food and culture hub.
2. Start Your Engines
NASCAR lovers won”t want to miss a visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown. The whole family will enjoy a ride in the realistic racing simulators, a run at the fastest time in the Pit Crew Challenge and a look at 18 historic cars that make up Glory Road. And don”t miss the first-ever Easter Egg 400 on March 28 for a full morning of activities including crafts, an Easter egg hunt, a showing of the movie “Hop” and more. Rookie Racers Kids Club members will also have an exclusive pancake breakfast with the Easter bunny.
3. Discover Science
Watch as science comes to life at Discovery Place, a hands-on science museum for all ages. Stretch your imagination and creativity with exhibits like Project Build, which has you building up skyscrapers and KidScience, inspiring the next generation of Einsteins. Kids can also sign up for a Spring Break camp for a full day of interactive fun.
4. Get Moving
Get moving and explore Charlotte on some of the city”s best greenways, hiking trails and parks. Take in the city views on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and end with a family picnic at Freedom Park. Or enjoy the green spaces in the heart of Uptown at The Green and Romare Bearden Park. Kids will also love learning about nature at the Charlotte Nature Museum, McDowell Nature Center and the Carolina Raptor Center.
5. Let Your Imagination Soar
Let your imagination soar at ImaginOn, where the excitement about storytelling is contagious. Equal parts library and theatre, ImaginOn invites families to participate in family story time, classes and workshops while being inspired by performances of “Jackie and Me,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Interrupting Vanessa” at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
6. Become a Chef
For the chefs-in-training, sign up for a hands-on class with Flour Power, a cooking studio tailored to kids of all ages. They”ll be so excited to share what they learned, and you may gain another helper in your own kitchen in the process.
7. Get Your Adrenaline Pumping
Get your adrenaline pumping with a visit to the “Thrill Capital of the Southeast.” This spring, Carowinds will unveil the new Fury 325, the world”s tallest and fastest giga coaster. Kids and adults can enjoy over 50 rides, shows and attractions as well as Planet Snoopy, a section of the park just for kids.
8. Take a Ride to Remember
Take your explorers on a ride to remember at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Home to the world”s largest man-made recirculating river, you can go whitewater rafting, zip lining and kayaking with the whole family while enjoying dining and entertainment options.
9. Cheer on the Home Team
Cheer on the home team at BB&T Ballpark. The Charlotte Knights kick off their second season of family fun and themed baseball games against the Norfolk Tides on April 9.
10. Dive Into Charlotte’s Culture
Dive into Charlotte’s culture with a visit to the city’s premier museums. Become a Picasso, Jr. at the Mint Museum”s family-friendly Sunday Fun Day, or snap a picture with the Firebird sculpture outside of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Learn about Charlotte”s rich history at the Levine Museum of the New South or stroll along Center City”s Liberty Walk, where 15 historical markers tell the story of the city”s role in the Revolutionary War.
Courtesy of Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)