Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Charlotte with a Toddler

I never get bored staying home, but I definitely can draw a blank on daily activities and fun places to take Ella from time to time. This list is really just for me, but feel free to let me know anything I've left off! And if you're not in Charlotte, sorry! You can use this list when you come visit with your kids (cough, cough, Ohio friends)!

A great playground super close to home! It is only open in the afternoons though, because the school uses it in the mornings.

Sometimes I feel like the crowd can be a little questionable here, but I do love that they have separate play areas for little and big kids.

This park is out of control when the weather is nice. And the crowd can also be a little questionable at times. But I love to come here so Ella can see the ducks. Also great for running!

Carmel Road Park
Another park that's fairly close by and not too crazy.

William Davie Park
This park is great because they have lots of swings! Ella's favorite!


Right now, we are big fans of the Thursday 10:15 story time for 2 year olds.

Pottery Barn Kids story time
Every Tuesday at 11 AM. They give you a little book that they stamp each story time you attend, and when you fill it up, you get a discount at PBK!

Sky Zone

Toddler times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11:30 AM and Saturdays 9-10 AM. Cost is $6.

Impact One

Open play is Tuesdays 10-11 AM and Fridays 9:30-10:30. Cost is $5.


It's always fun to go here for story time because we make a morning out of it, taking the light rail in and then visiting Daddy at work afterwards. Family story time is everyday at 10:30.

Barnes and Noble, specifically the train table

Perfect Balance
Similar to Impact One; Tot Time is every weekday from 11:30-12:30 and the cost is $5 or $25 for a month unlimited.

Bounce U

They have a preschool time every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 AM till Noon. It's fun but I will say that I think Ella will like it more when she is slightly older (like 4 or 5). Some of the bounce houses were humongous and scared her a little bit!

Chick Fil-A playground

Always good after a little lunch date with my girl. If I can just ignore the germs....

Toys & Co.
Another fun place to test out toys. They also have a music class every Friday from 11-11:30AM.

You can play on their playgrounds for free Wednesdays and Friday from 10 AM till 1 PM. Other days, you can still play, but you have to pay ($4 during the week, $6 on weekends). 

Day trips:

Disclaimer: I have not attempted any of these with Ella, but I'd definitely like to before Baby Boy arrives in a few months!

Now....any tips for navigating any of these place once I have two kids?!?!? 


  1. I vote for the Columbia Zoo! It's fantastic :) Hint: go earlier in the week (Monday or Tuesday) as the zoo is less crowded on those days than later in the week.

  2. Um, girl! I am saving this forever!!!! Also -- music at Toys and Co?! WHAAAT!!! Mind blown! xx

  3. Wow what a "small" world! We live in Statesville and have been to so many of those places. We love Discovery Place Kids and I think I'm going to use some of Emmy's birthday money for a membership. Lazy 5 and Zootastic are favorites of ours.