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Friday, December 3, 2010

FREE things to do this weekend...

December is in full swing and that means tons of events going on around Charlotte for the kiddos.  Best part...they are all FREE!  Check out some of these events this weekend if you get a chance.  We will update this list throughout the month so that you will always have something free (or budget friendly) to do, especially during those long days with no school!  **We will include events for parents too that will be kid- but not wine-free!  And sorry you will probably have to pay for your booze.

Ice Skating Rink at The Green (downtown S. College St.)
The only outdoor skating rink in town.  If you do actually skate it is not free but it is also a lot of fun to just go and watch.  The whole area is festive and across the street kids will love to see the giant ornament in front of the Duke Energy building.  Head down a couple of blocks to Trade and Tryon and see the mini forest lit up in Christmas lights!
*There is a parking garage at The Green (entrance located off S. Tryon) that charges $5 to park.  If you are coming down S. College toward The Green there is a lot right before it that we always park in.  It is free and I can't guarantee anything but we have never been towed/ticketed and we have parked there for numerous events on the weekends.

The Green Gingerbread House at The Ritz (downtown)
Nov 26th - Dec 29th:  anytime
This gingerbread house is 10' x 14' feet in size and completely environmentally friendly!
Check it out in their lobby.

Home Depot Kids Workshops (South Blvd and Ballantyne Commons)
Saturday, Dec 4th:  9-12
Dads can give moms a chance to sleep in or do some shopping alone by taking the kids to this workshop!
They will get to make a special picture frame for mom and every kid goes home with a little Home Depot orange apron!   (All materials supplied by HD)
Ages 6 and up

Lowes Build and Grow Workshop (Ballantyne Commons)
Saturday, Dec 4th: 10-11
Another great thing for Dads to do with the kids to give your wife that much needed alone time!  Kids make a train car and leave with some goodies!  (All materials supplied by Lowes)
Ages 6 and up

Hay Rides With Mrs. Claus (Cotswold Village Shopping Center)
Friday, Dec 3rd: 5-8pm
Saturday, Dec 4th:  12-3pm
Come take a ride with Santa's better half!  Activities for kids and great shopping for parents!  Bojangles, Chick-Fil-A, Blu Basil Cafe, and Salsaritas all nearby for a quick meal.

Michaels Ornament Workshop  (Park Rd. and Arboretum)
Saturday, Dec 4th: 11-12  Reindeer Ornament
Sunday, Dec 5th: 2-3  Tree Ornament
You do have to buy the ornament (only a couple of bucks) but all the rest of the supplies and instructions are free.

While you are there do a little shopping of your own with these coupons.

Southpark Mall Events
Both parents can go and take turns shopping and accompanying the kids at these events:

Breakfast with Santa
Location: Food Court/Chick-Fil-A
8:00 - 10:00  Come eat with Santa and show him how good you can be!
RSVP: lkidder@simon.com

Olivia's Birthday Party
Location:  Nordstrom's
11:00 - 4:00  Come help Olivia celebrate her fabulous birthday with face painting, treats,  & more!
No RSVP required but for more information you can call 704-442-6000.

Tree Lighting at Matthews Town Hall
Event lasts from 3:00 - 6:00.  (Tree lighting at 5:00)
Crafts, carols, magicians, carriage rides, and more!

My last suggestion is to just get in the car and go enjoy some Christmas lights around the city.  If you haven't been in previous years you MUST check out the display at 7323 Sherwood Forest Dr.
These neighbors know how to go all out!  Plan to bring some snacks and drinks for your little ones because there can be a long line of cars circling the cul-de-sac!


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