One of my favorite Fall activities this year, was taking my ever inquisitive little daughter to Discovery Place Kids (Huntersville).
So many mothers here in Charlotte have recommended this outing to me, so it has to be amazing, right?
The journey was a 28 minute drive from our house and we had to time it just right so that we could attend the 09:45 puppet show, the first of many shows that have every day.
Driving up to the building, nothing really jumped at me shouting FUN but once you pay the entrance fee (a little expensive at $10 per adult and $10 per child) and you walk around the corner, you know you have arrived.
This place is a sensory overload! My little girl could not believe her eyes and didn't know where to go first. There was a little bit of everything for everyone.
There were themed areas ranging from the "healthy cafe" to an "underwater world". There were farm animals (a cow moo'ing when you milked her), bits of equipment (tractor) and a plantation including an interactive apple tree. There was a Fire engine with uniforms and hats for the children to dress up in and water-tables with a science corner where you could do experiments, as well as the town center where all the shows were preformed and the arts and craft room. The list of differently themed nooks and crannies seemed endless.
I could slowly see the energy drain out of my little girls body as she ran up and down to explore all the amazing areas, her favorite areas were the "underwater world" and strangely the Dr's rooms with all the little pieces of equipment, the Ambulance or the Vet area - I think maybe the tv show: Doc McStuffins has something to do with that.
The kids can learn and "Discover" so much here, simply by just being children running around and playing in all the differently themed areas and participating in the activities available. I firmly believe that this is how children learn best.
By lunch time, the whole building was crawling with children and their parents or care givers. It was hard to get to the "toys" and structures so I would suggest, go early. Another thing, there is no real life cafe or little restaurant so if you would like to have lunch there, you are allowed to pack your own and eat it in the comfort corner. You will find vending machines in this corner too.
I just love that there are ample bathrooms provided as well as a breastfeeding room, they really do a great job catering for the Moms and their Tots.
On the second floor there are private rooms that you can rent out for functions or birthday parties. Another amazing mention worthy fact is that they host summer camps, have classes in different subjects, host special events as well as have "mommy and me" 4 week programs for moms and their little ones age 0 to 36 months (this looks amazing to me).
This is definitely a place where you can transform into being little and enjoy all the activities and areas with your kids and no-one will judge you.
You can purchase a membership, read up more about events and all the themed areas as well as the schedule for all the daily shows by clicking the link below:
I will follow suit and also recommend this outing to anyone. Your children will love it!