Family & Pets
Be prepared for these adverse conditions, whether it’s snow, ice, tornado-strength winds, flash flooding, accidental disasters or terrorism.
Homeschooling in North Carolina continues its upward trend, and South Charlotte is a hotspot for home educators. Likewise, growing resources are available to homeschooled students.
Chef Valerie Lamie promises cooking with kids is easy. Just keep it simple, and have fun, she says. Patience and time are valuable assets when letting the kids loose in the kitchen. Buy them an apron — for fun and for your sanity — and watch them learn about food and math as they follow these simple recipes, courtesy of Lamie herself.
As Halloween winds down, and the weather turns chilly, thoughts of which charity to donate come to mind. You decide whether your donation goes to a child, a senior or other adult, perhaps a family. Possibly, your preference is to donate on a weekly basis during the holiday season or for the whole year. Making the time to shop for gifts not only gives you the opportunity to make a positive contribution in someone’s life, but allows you to give back to the community in which you live, work or play in.
The Festival of Lights celebrates the rededication of the Temple. Legend has it that when the Jews lit the menorah, there was only enough oil to last one day. The miracle of the story is that the little bit of oil they had, burned for eight days. Lighting a candle each night on the menorah commemorates this miracle, but there is so much more to this fun holiday in Charlotte. These are the five best ways to celebrate Hanukkah in the area.
This year, let the kids deck the halls with a handmade holiday gift infused with creativity and love. Here are five Charlotte locations to get the family’s creative spirit brewing.
Take a weekend drive through the open farmland and hillsides of North Carolina. Not far from Charlotte metro, enjoy meadows speckled with wildflowers and roadside stands brimming with apples. Explore lush fields of apple trees — the picking season kicked off Labor Day — and pack a picnic lunch for a budget-friendly fall weekend. Don’t forget homemade, hot apple pie or apple cider donuts for dessert.
Check out these Charlotte destinations for an adventure with your lover that’s sure to perk up any droopy couple.
Summer is winding down, and a new school year is ahead. With a sagging economy, retailers are eager for open wallets as many large chains have designated Aug. 11 as a national day of back-to-school shopping. Before hitting the malls, however, check out these locations for clothes, supplies and haircuts. Get organized. Make lists, and preserve the family budget with these great local shops perfect for the back-to-school blues.
Get the kids off the couch and out of the house this summer on playdates the whole family will love right here in Charlotte. Whether it’s an old-fashioned mud, sticks and sand natural area or the typical slide, swings and monkey bar playground – these days out are sure to please. If it’s too warm, enjoy indoor activities including laser tag or rock climbing, sure to burn a little energy even in the most athletic of kids.