Memorial Day is right around the corner, and the last day of school just a few weeks after that. So if the fact that temps have been in the 80s and 90s all month hasn’t already convinced you, we’ll make it official: summer’s here.
Of course, with the kiddos tumbling out of school, suddenly having all this energy and no structure, it’s probably a good idea to have a shortlist of family-friendly summer activities at the ready. Here are a few of our suggestions.
This science and technology museum in Uptown is an exciting, interactive learning experience for kids of all ages.
Awesome, interactive permanent exhibits offer opportunities to build, discover, explore an indoor rainforest, and more. Plus, an exciting new exhibit on the T. rex and its ancestors opens this Saturday (May 26, 2018) and runs all summer, so be sure to check it out at least once!
Recently rated as the No. 1 children’s library in the United States, there really is no other place like it, anywhere. In addition to both a children’s library and teen’s library, the facility features two state-of-the-art performing arts theatres, hands-on multimedia production studio, an interactive exhibition space, story time, crafting, and more.
Plus, it has one of the rarest and most desirable attributes for any fun family outing—it’s free. It is a library, after all.
Okay, do your kids need to burn off a lot of energy (like, a LOT of energy) despite the fact that it’s about a hundred and fifty degrees outside? Sounds like a trip to SkyZone is order.
Instead of bouncing off the walls at your home, they’ll be bouncing around the best indoor trampoline park in the area, where it’s air conditions and, presumably, there are no precious family heirlooms or big-screen TVs to break.
You don’t need to cross the ocean and pay thousands of dollars to go on a safari. You just have to drive up to Mooresville! This independently owned and operated exotic animal park features a 3.5-mile safari loop that you can traverse by horse-drawn wagon or, if you’re feeling really lazy, the family car. (The wagon trip takes about 45 minutes to an hour; the car trip takes as long as you want.)
The animals (over 750 of them, including giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and more) here are well cared for and friendly—they love to be pet!
A few quick tips, though. One, no pets allowed—they can scare the animals. And two, they don’t accept plastic—cash or check only.
Another obvious pick, and it’s one we’ve highlighted before. It’s a little pricey for a family outing (unless you always pack your own lunches, get a season pass and go, like, every weekend), but definitely worth it at least once a season.
Fury 325 gets all the press (and it should, because it’s the best roller coaster ever built), but there are plenty of other heart-stopping coasters and thrill rides, gentler amusements for the more delicate patrons, shows, events, games, and more.
If you’ve got a need for speed—but you’d rather be behind the wheel instead of strapped into a roller coaster—then go karts are the obvious solution. The SpeedPark at Concord Mills—located just behind the Concord Mills Mall—features 4 outdoor tracks. Of course, that’s alongside other family attractions like mini golf, a fun slide, and a game room.
Of course, on a particularly hot day you might want to take it inside. There are a handful of indoor kart places to try out. We like The Pit in Moresville, which offers glow-in-the-dark mini golf, rock climbing, and laser tag to go with their indoor track.
But if you’re a real racing enthusiast and want a true burst of speed, Victory Lane at Interchange Park is where you want to be. The high-performance karts have no governors or electronic limiting (kid karts can hit 30 mph; adults reach 40+) and the tracks are tricky and filled with hairpins. Not recommended for first-timers.
Take a Day Trip
If this sounds familiar … thanks for being a regular reader of our blog! A few months ago we made a few suggestions about awesome activities within a comfortable car ride of the city. Maybe not all of them are for the whole family (your 5-year-old probably isn’t pining for a winery tour), but if you like cool old towns, natural beauty, hiking, camping, or just getting a few dozen (or hundred) miles away from home for a while, check it out
Get Your Feet Checked
Okay, okay. Not even we would try to argue that a trip to the podiatrist is as exciting at racing go karts or petting a giraffe.
But if you want to do be able to do all of those fun things (and more), you better believe your feet and ankles need to be up to the task. If you can’t stand comfortably for more than 20 minutes at a time, a day trip to Carrowinds is probably not really in the cards—no matter how much of a coasterhead you might be.
That’s why we’re here. We do the hard work of keeping your feet in shape so that you can do all the things you love to do. We offer a lot of advanced treatment options and comprehensive care for the whole family—all designed to get you back up and on the go as quickly and safely as possible.
To schedule an appointment, give us a ring at one of our two convenient offices:
- Myers Park: (704) 334-8682
- South Charlotte: (704) 542-8253