School is almost out and if you’re anticipating hearing those dreaded words, “I’m bored!”, I have some solutions for you. Here are a few free or cheap activities in east Charlotte for you and your children to enjoy.
1. Attend a home improvement store “kids workshop” session.
Home improvement stores Lowe’s and Home Depot have free workshops for children. Sign up online or call the local store to enroll. There’s a Home Depot on Wendover just south of Monroe Road and Lowe’s has a store down Albemarle Road before you get to Mint Hill.
2. Head to the library – a lot!
Make going to the library a regular thing this summer a read a lot! There are several libraries that serve east Charlotte including the Plaza Midwood branch, the Hickory Grove branch, and the Independence branch. You can check out more than just books because the have movies and music too! Check out their summer reading programs!
3. Make art from recycled materials
Use items from the recycling bin to create art! Make a fort from a big box. Make swords and lightsabers from papertowel rolls and such!
4. Head to the dollar store for coloring books or other inexpensive toys.
Who doesn’t love a rubber bouncy ball? Stop by your neighborhood Family Dollar, Dollar General, or Dollar Tree to find fun treasures. Set a budget and talk about the trip with your child before you head into the store. Tempting expensive toys and candy are lurking!
5. Thrift shopping is fun!
6. Go to a park!
Check out one of our local parks! Veteran’s Park, Kilborne Park, Evergreen Nature Preserve, and Independence Park are waiting for you to enjoy! Pack your sunscreen, water and bug spray! Have a picnic! Have a cook out! There’s a sprayground at Veteran’s Park but it’s scheduled to close for the season on July 6 for maintenance.
7. Turn on the sprinkler in your yard!
Put on your bathing suit and head outside. Nothing beats a lawn sprinkler for cheap summer fun!
Take some time to make memories this summer. You don’t have to spend a lot to have a fun summer in east Charlotte. Hopefully these ideas will get you starting thinking about how you can have some fun too!