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Charlotte’s Best Stuff For Tweens (9-12)

January 19, 2011 2:02 PM

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Finding something for tweens to do can be a bit of a challenge. They’re not little kids anymore, yet not quite teenagers either. Fortunately, keeping nine- to 12-year-olds happy is easy when you know where to look for Charlotte’s best stuff for tweens. – Steve Hartsoe
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At the U.S. National Whitewater Center, you and your tween can choose from a variety of land and water activities. (Credit: usnwc.org)

U.S. National Whitewater Center

820 Hawfield Rd.
Charlotte N.C. 28214
(704) 391-3900
www.usnwc.org

Take it outdoors! At the U.S. National Whitewater Center, you and your tween can choose from a variety of land and water activities including rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and the ever-popular Mega-Zip. The center also offers a variety of kid-friendly camps and events such as Wilderness Exploration and survival for those ages 10 and up. Rates vary. Hours: Dawn till dusk, 365 days a year.

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Kids of all ages love the thrill of an amusement park. (Credit: carowinds.com)

Carowinds

14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, N.C. 28273
(704) 588-2600
www.carowinds.com

Kids of all ages love the thrill of an amusement park, and Carowinds is one of the best. With 122 acres, 13 roller coasters, awesome food choices, a bevy of family rides and water rides, no one will be bored. Explore Boomerang Bay with the price of admission, or hang out with the Peanuts gang. Admission is $36.99 for adults and $21.99 for children under 48 inches. Hours vary by season. The park is closed during winter months.

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If your tween is age 11 or older, give him or her a whole new appreciation of Charlotte by taking a Segway tour. (Credit: queencitysegway.com)

Queen City Segway

1000 Seaboard St.
Charlotte, N.C. 28202
(704) 908-0444
www.queencitysegway.com

If your tween is age 11 or older, give him or her a whole new appreciation of Charlotte by taking a Segway tour. Tours generally begin in Uptown Charlotte and wind through a truly impressive list of Charlotte’s top spots, including the Panthers Football Stadium. Tour prices are $50 per person for a 90-minute tour with 20-minute training session, and $65 for a two-hour tour. Tours run daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required.

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A grab bag of Charlotte's best stuff for tweens can be found at the 80,000-square-foot facility Charlotte Sports Center. (Credit: charlottesportscenter.com)

Charlotte Sports Center Friday Night Out

8626 Hankins Rd.
Charlotte, N.C. 28269
(704) 597-7311
www.charlottesportscenter.com

A grab bag of Charlotte’s best stuff for tweens can be found at this 80,000-square-foot facility, which offers inline skating, youth camps and adult sports. Among the most popular with tweens is Friday Night Out. Offered for youth ages six to 13, Friday Night Out is four hours of fully-supervised fun. Kids enjoy roller skating, soccer, flag football or other activities, while parents enjoy some time to themselves. Pizza and a drink are included in admission. Cost: $15 per child. Hours: 6 to 10 p.m., Fridays. (Other hours available for other activities.)

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