May 20, 2013
This weekend we made a fast trip to Atlanta for my nieces graduation party. I am a horrible road tripper, I hate to be in the car for long periods of time (i.e. over 2 hours) and now that we have kids, I have learned to hate the road even more. Our Swagger Wagon could put first class service at the front of the plane to shame. We are fully equipped with games, electronics, movies, books, lovies and activities. In addition the dining in the Swagger Wagon includes special vacation only candy (which means you get to go to Target and pick one $1 box of candy for the trip), snacks, drinks and a wide variety of gum. I always figured if I went on the road super prepared it would make the trip easier, that the kids would be easier and that the time would just fly. This plan has in fact back fired on me on many levels, the main one being that I spend the trip serving the passengers in our first class Swagger Wagon. I climb over seats to pass out snacks, charge electronics, retrieve dropped lovies and cater to whatever else the passengers little heart's desire.
When we went away this weekend I had very little time to prep, we had decided last minute to go down. We had home inspections, ballet recitals and more clogging up the works. My usual prep for road trips fell apart. The kids had to pack up whatever snacks they could find in the dwindling supply from the pantry. If they wanted drinks, they had better made some water bottles and if they expected to be occupied it was all on them this trip.
We hit the road less than stocked and I had less than my usual patience for road trips and guess what, they did just fine. We had no movies playing, the snacks were less than stellar and they survived. Good for me, bad for them. Now that I know they can make it on less I am not killing myself prepping for these trips. It's a good lesson for all of us. I made many a road trip from Virginia to Indiana as a child with nothing more than Little House on the Prairie and some serious license plate game skills. My kids counted cars, played with what they had, whined, asked how much longer and suffered through my singing along to Sirus XM 70's on 7 (they learned the words to Grease this trip, total mom score!) and everything was OK. When we hit the road this summer I am turning the planning over to them, if they want to have something to do, eat or sleep with they better do it on their own! I am retiring my in car entertainment hat and taking my own book next trip!
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Where: Learning Express CharlotteWhen: 10:15 AMWho: All AgesHow: Come listen to fun stories, hear awsome fingerplays, and sing songs.Cost: Free
Where: Carolina Place Mall, center courtWhen: 11:00 AMWho: PreschoolersHow: Go and have funCost: FreeFor more info: Check it all out here
Where: Noah's Art BlakneyWhen: 12:15 PM - 1:15 PMWho: Ages 18 months and olderHow: Have fun expressing yourself!Cost: $5For more info: Call (704) 542-2388
Where: Mint Museum Randolph Rd locationWhen: 10:30 AM - 11:35 AM (Second session from 1:30 PM-2:45 PM)Who: Ages 3-5How: Register at this linkCost: $10 for Mint Museum Members and $15 non museum membersFor more info: For more information see the Mint's website
Where: In I Can Grow at Discovery Place KidsWhen: 11:00 AM (More fun at 2:00 PM)Who: Ages 3 and underHow: Go and have funCost: Free with Museum Admission
Where: Uptown CharlotteWhen: 12:00 PMWho: Open to all agesHow: Go and have funCost: Free to enter, cost for food and drinksFor more info: For more information check out Speed Street
Where: Promenade on ProvidenceWhen: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PMWho: all agesHow: Go and have some funCost: Free
Where: Barnes and Noble at Carolina Place MallWhen: 7:00 PMWho: all agesHow: Reservations are recommended, call (704) 544-9985Cost: Free
Where: SouthPark Mall, Center CourtWhen: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: All AgesHow: creative minds and hungry tummiesCost: Free to Simon Kidgits Club members and $5 for non-members
Where: Stumptown ParkWhen: 7:00 PMWho: All AgesHow: head on over for fun for all.Cost: Free, there will be venders on site with food, treats, and drinks.
Where: Learning Garden at Discovery Place KidsWhen: 2:00 PMWho: all agesHow: ready see a rainbow through flowersCost: Free with Museum Admission
Where: Levine JCCWhen: n/aWho: Ages 5-14How: Register hereCost: $30
Even More New Camps This Week!
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Check out these great camps for your kidos:
Ballantyne Reading Academy
Charlotte Soccer Academy
Charlotte Martial Arts Academy
Small Hands Big Art
Queens University Sports Camps
Charlotte Gymnastics Academy
Children's Theater of Charlotte
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