215 N. Sycamore St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Operated by the City of Charlotte, Ray’s Splash Planet is a one-of-a-kind water park filled with 117 gallons of water. You and your child can slide down the three-story double figure eight blue comet slide or get dunked by the meteor showers. The Saturation Staton has four slides and a tumble bucket. There is a state-of-the-art fitness area for those who prefer to exercise on dry ground. When you need a lunch break, check out the Snack Shack.
601 N. Polk St.
Pineville, NC 28134
Is your child bouncing off the walls? Take him/her to Sky High Sports and where they can literally bounce off specially designed trampoline floors and walls. All of the specially designed surfaces are covered with a two-inch-thick safety pads and spring-loaded frames, allowing more give to every landing. Your child can try out all kinds of front and back flips and just have a blast jumping around. There are 360 degrees of trampoline walls, so they can’t fall off. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy a rainy day.
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC 28027
After a long day of shopping, your child can let off some steam at the Concord Mills kids’ play area. The area is hospital themed and has all kinds of things for children to climb upon. Also at the mall is a 23,000-gallon aquarium at Bass Pro Shops, a Merry-Go-Round in the food court and a rock-climbing wall over at the Sun & Ski SportsWorld. Don’t forget Charlotte’s newest attraction, the Sea Life Aquarium, also located right at the mall.
10175 Weddington Road
Concord, NC 28027
One of the best ways to pass time on a rainy day is at the amazing Great Wolf Lodge Water Park. Little kids can spend hours at the Big Foot Pass, jumping across lily pads. If they miss, they get soaked. For the more adventurous, try Totem Towers, with twin three-story slides that allow a way out of the massive tree house. And if that’s not high enough for you, try out Alberta Falls. It’s a four-story tube slide that lands you in a plunge pool. It all adds up to a wonderful day for both children and adults.
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
This children’s museum offers experiences to help children learn and build confidence as they try new things. The museum is designed around a series of exhibits with a small town theme. There are art opportunities where kids can build sculptures with foam and moon sand and a chance to find new uses for recyclables. The movement center gives children a chance to learn about water and air power or design a roller coaster. To get some energy out and flowing, Town Center is equipped with the Clubhouse climbing structure along with other Big Fun celebrations.
Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.