Summer Festivals for Families in Charlotte
Charlotte Parent
by Amanda Pagliarini Howard
5d ago
Charlotte African American Book Festival Saturday, June 8 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Second Ward Gymnasium; Free This book fair for readers of all ages “celebrates African American contributions to literature, books, literacy, and the literary culture.” Shop books at discounted prices, meet featured authors, and attend discussions. Charlotte Symphony Orchestra: Summer Pops Sundays, June 9 – 30 8:15 p.m. Symphony Park; Tickets start at $15 An iconic summer arts experience, bringing together Charlotteans to share good food, great music, and fireworks under the stars with family and friends. Juneteenth Festi ..read more
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ROOM WE LOVE: Grow Girl
Charlotte Parent
by Taylor Bowler
1w ago
Britni Antonelli, co-owner of Pep + Palm, has done a number of full-scale renovations for clients across Charlotte since launching the business two years ago. But when her business partner Kelsey Peyton wanted to design a nursery for her then 3-year-old daughter, Palmer, they focused their energy on this single space in her SouthPark home. “This is a very short term room, so how can you make a big design impact that will transition with the child?,” Antonelli says. “Most of these design features can stay as she grows, so really, the only thing that goes is the crib.” PRETTY IN PINK The homeow ..read more
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What Charlotte Parents Need to Know About Summer Allergies
Charlotte Parent
by Charlotte Parent
1w ago
In Partnership with Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center While summer break can be exciting for students, there can be stress and anxiety for parents dealing with their children’s seasonal allergies. Pediatric allergies are often dismissed, but allergies in children cause approximately 2 million missed school days each year, according to Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center. Allergy symptoms often present as cold or flu-like symptoms and can linger for weeks. While there is not a way to completely prevent seasonal allergies, knowing allergy triggers is key in helping your child avoid the unc ..read more
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Inside Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Summer Break Programming
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by Charlotte Parent
1w ago
In Partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Charlotte Mecklenburg Library encourages reading and learning all year long. The summer months, when students take a break from school, are critical to expanded learning. In fact, summertime poses the most academic risk because students without access to summer learning opportunities can fall behind their peers, creating an achievement gap that is hard to close. To keep kids on track with important matters such as literacy and physical activity, the Library offers Summer Break, its annual summer learning program that encourages children to re ..read more
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Last Minute Charlotte Summer Camps: 2024
Charlotte Parent
by Amanda Pagliarini Howard
1w ago
Many Charlotte summer camps open for registration as early as January. But if you struggle to make summer plans while still in a winter coat, don’t panic. These camps still have some availability. Arts+ Arts+ has half-day and full-day music and art camps for ages 4 to 18 in a range of subjects like photography, drawing, ukulele, and violin. Financial aid is available.   Charlotte Ballet Academy Weeklong storybook camps are geared toward children ages 3 to 6. Campers can let their imagination run wild and explore new creative outlets like art, storytelling, and of course, dance. No dance e ..read more
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ASK A MOM: Sportmanship, teacher gifts, and athleisure brands that won’t break the bank
Charlotte Parent
by Molly Grantham
1w ago
Q: My 3rd grader and his friends are so competitive when they play sports. It seems someone always gets upset, is a bad sport, complains about fairness, the person losing storms off, etc. We’re talking a dozen different boys who otherwise get along without issue. Some of the dads try to model good sportsmanship, but it seems to fall on deaf ears. Is this just part of boys growing up that will eventually change with maturity? The parents are all so encouraging of being outside playing as opposed to on devices, so no one wants to tell them they can’t play. But I’m so over it, I’m ready to cough ..read more
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What’s Blooming at the South Carolina Festival of Flowers?
Charlotte Parent
by Vanessa Infanzon
2w ago
Start the summer strong with a family road trip to South Carolina’s Old 96 District for its annual Festival of Flowers, which happens June 6-9. See more than 30 colorful topiaries designed in the form of cows, elephants, horses, and mermaids along the streets of Greenwood’s uptown, about 120 miles southwest of Charlotte. Head to Old 96 District for the first road trip of the season: Tour the topiaries in Greenwood. With names like Dino Dude, the T-Rex; King Kong, the Gorilla; and Bubbles, the Seahorse, everyone in the family will find their favorite topiary display for a photo opp. Grab a fe ..read more
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COOKING WITH KIDS: Homemade Pesto
Charlotte Parent
by Heidi Billotto
2w ago
It’s May. If you haven’t already planted some sort of herb garden, it’s time to get digging! You’ll love being able to send your kids to pick a pinch of this and a sprig of that to use in nearly every dish you make through the summer months. I suggest starting with mint, basil, and parsley. Then, depending on what you and your family like to eat, go for thyme, rosemary, and sage.  How Does Your Garden Grow? You can always start from seed, but for quicker gratification, start with small plants you can find at local farmers markets, hardware stores, or garden supply stores. Pro Tip: Don’t ..read more
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IN THIS TOGETHER: Meet the NICU nurse, the mom, and the baby girl who defied the odds
Charlotte Parent
by Taylor Bowler
2w ago
Nykki Hooks was already a mother of four when she found out she was expecting her fifth baby. But early on, she knew this pregnancy was different. She had her first of several hemorrhages at 12 weeks due to a condition called placenta abruption, when the placenta—which supplies nutrients and oxygen to the baby—separates from the wall of the uterus.  Nykki stopped bleeding until her 20-week appointment, when, she says, she was at the right place at the right time. “As I was waiting on the exam table, I started hemorrhaging,” she says. “I yelled for a doctor—and I hope that all doctors act ..read more
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GO. PLAY. SEE.: 4 Fun Things to Experience in Charlotte This Month
Charlotte Parent
by Taylor Bowler
3w ago
ENJOY FREE ADMISSION TO THE MINT MUSEUM Starting May 1, children in grades K-12 can enjoy free admission to both locations of the Mint Museum for an entire year with an adult admission. This opportunity was made possible through Mint Board of Trustees Member Charlotte Wickham, who partnered with Charlotte Ballet dancer Humberto Ramazzina to raise more than $425,000 during Charlotte Ballet’s 2024 Dancing with the Stars Gala. Visitors can look forward to a range of exhibitions throughout the year, including renowned artists like Shinichi Sawada, Robert Ebendorf, and Whitfield Lovell.  TAKE ..read more
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