Our beautiful son joined us almost a year ago now, and lucky for us, this city is bursting with kids! We’ve settled into so many weekly activities all within a 5-10 minute drive of our house.
A few of our favorite organized weekly activities are…
- Baby Story Time at the Myers Park library! The babies LOVE this. As the library states “Babies experience brain stimulation through language and socialization. Engage your little one with new sights and sounds through books, songs, and rhymes.” Story Time involves a few stories being read, music sang and played, as well as fun bubbles at the end!
- Music Together at Dilworth Elementary! Each class is a “45-minute class includes songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play.” Music Together states, “All children are sounders and movers, and their natural aptitude for music blossoms in a sufficiently rich music environment. In fact, when given a supportive music environment, children learn to sing and dance as naturally as they learn to walk and talk.” The babies are so intrigued by music, they watch each other and the other adults sing and dance. This is so fun for everyone!
- Swim class at the YMCA! Babies can start as young as 6 months in the Y swim program. We are lucky to have so many YMCA options in our area. We did swim at the YWCA on Park Rd. Here is the information regarding ‘Swim Starters’ infant swim class “Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention and the importance of supervision.
We have many favorite activities that don’t involve organized classes as well!
One of our favorite things to do is walk around Freedom Park. Freedom Park is a beautiful 98 acre park and located right in Myers Park. We walk on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway over to Freedom Park, do a few laps around the pond, and then go for a swing on the baby swings in the back area.
A weekend activity of ours, you probably guessed it, is go to the breweries. Most people would think, “wait, you take a baby to the breweries?” But here in Charlotte everyone knows – it is a perfect place for kids. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is one of our favorites because the outside area is huge. They are in the process of building a new kids playground which looks awesome!
The kid friendly options in Charlotte are endless! We are so grateful for the wonderful weather and being able to spend so much time outside with our son!