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Best Places To Entertain Grandparents On A Budget In Charlotte

March 1, 2013 8:00 AM

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Most grandparents love to spend time with their grandkids and believe it’s the most fulfilling thing in life. While many grandparents live near the kids and see them weekly, others wish they could live even closer. Whether they live nearby, under the same roof or across the country, here are five places in Charlotte to help create bonding experiences between the generations.
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Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Carolinas Aviation Museum
4672 1st Flight Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 997-3770

Price: $10 for senior citizens (60+)

The Carolinas Aviation Museum sits on the property of the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. It is a favorite location for grandparents and the kids. Besides a senior discount, the museum offers one wheelchair at no price, first come, first served. The facility is wheelchair accessible and has several benches throughout. Food and drinks are not permitted inside, however, there are picnic tables out back for visitors to enjoy a meal while watching airplanes land and takeoff at the airport. This is, of course, weather permitting as there is no covered area. The museum displays more than 50 static aircraft and is home to the “Miracle on the Hudson” exhibit. The U.S. Airways jet that crashed into the Hudson Bay in 2009 was reassembled inside the museum. Airline passengers aboard the jet host Q & A sessions throughout the year. Check the website for the next event.

“Peter Pan”
North Carolina Dance Theatre
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-1000 (Box Office)

Date: March 7-17
Price: Click here for prices.

North Carolina Dance Theatre artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s “Peter Pan” will feature the story’s familiar characters including the mischievous boy, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook. The original ballet debuted in 2004. This production features new sets and costumes and will be the season’s largest ballet. The performance will be held in uptown’s Knight Theater. It is wheelchair accessible with special personnel to assist. Ushers will take senior citizens to their seats. Hearing devices are provided. Enjoy a tasty dinner before the ballet. Several uptown restaurant partners offer discounts to those showing proof of ticket purchase. It will make for a fabulous outing. The ticket box office is located in the Belk Theater lobby.

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Matthews Manor Bed & Breakfast (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Matthews Manor Bed & Breakfast
1726 Spring Stone Drive
Matthws, NC 28105
(704) 708-5560

Price: $139 to $220, 10% discount for 65+

Today’s grandparents are the youngest they’ve ever been. Many are traveling and love to include the kids when possible. For the grandparents not residing in Charlotte, here is a delightful bed & breakfast to host their stay. Matthews Manor Bed & Breakfast is in the southeast area. It is handicap accessible. Four bedrooms and a kitchen are on the second level and each room has a private bathroom and window seats. A living room and dining area are on the first floor. Bikes are available, along with an outside grill and pool for warmer weather. Start the morning with a brisk walk through Squirrel Lake Park — just across the street. It features covered picnic tables, a lake with a fishing pier, walking paths through a wooded area and around the lake and a great selection of playground equipment to keep the grandkids busy.

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Garden flower (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Historic Rosedale Plantation
Easter Egg Hunt
3427 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 335-0325

Price: $5 per person/$10 guided tour/$8 for 65+
When: March 23
Reservations required. Click here for more details.

This will surely delight grandparents and grandkids alike. Historic Rosedale Plantation is located near uptown Charlotte. The annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place in the midst of blooming daffodils, camellias and century-old trees bursting with young, green leaves. The kids will be scrambling through the graveled paths, green, manicured lawns and a boxwood maze to fill up their baskets with eggs. There will be a $5 photo op with the Easter Bunny. It will be a festive affair with peeps, bunnies, banners, jelly beans and flowers. The kids will make a bunny face craft with paper plates. For the big hunt, children will be separated in two groups according to age. A snack will be provided along with goody bags to take home. Easter bonnets and frocks will make a memorable picture. The plantation was built in 1815 by Archibald Frew, a tax master, post master and merchant. Besides the egg hunt, the plantation hosts guided tours, tea parties and candlelit evening events.

Carolina Pro Musica 35th Anniversary Celebration
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
1510 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 334-3468

Price: $7.50 seniors
When: March 9, 8 p.m.

Carolina Pro Musica is celebrating its 35th season in entertaining audiences in Charlotte. It is an early music ensemble performing pieces written before 1800. The setting is a stained-glass chapel at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in the Elizabeth area and the rolling front lawn is home to a great oak tree that commemorates those who served during WWI. The concert will feature guest string players performing such pieces as “Telemann’s Concerto,” Bach’s “Cantata 202″ and excerpts from “Cantata 210.” The group has performed in Poland and England and conducts lecture demonstrations at area schools. The group often performs in period costumes and uses historic pronunciations.

Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at

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