winter boredomThe holidays are over and with weather that has regularly been cold and rainy (have you seen the forecast for next week?), not to mention the fact that everyone and their mothers (and fathers…and grandparents) seem to be perpetually sick, it’s all too easy to get stir crazy cooped up inside.

But – fear not!  Charlotte has lots of great places to play inside.  This winter, brave the crummy weather and…

1. Visit a Kid-Friendly Museum

Or two.  Charlotte is home to a lot of great choices: Discovery Place Uptown, Discovery Place Kids, the Charlotte Nature Museum, and the Main Street Children’s Museum in Rock Hill, to name a few.  These museums offer plenty to keep the kids entertained and happy, all while staying out of the rain and cold.

2. Go Bounce

If your kids are anything like mine, they love to bounce (and crash, belly flop, dive and fling their bodies around).  Indoor bounce houses are the perfect way to burn some energy (and kill some pre-nap time hours): Monkey Joe’s, Space Kidets and Sports Connection offer hours of fun at great rates.  Check their websites for discounted prices.  For the older kids, be sure to check out Sky High Sports.

3. Attend a Story Time

Story times are happening at local library branches across the county, with programs designed for babies to 5 year olds.  They’re free, and a fun way to spend a morning.

4. Take a class

Many places offer a free class for your first visit – why not check some out?  Music, art, even classes at MyGym or Gymboree – you may find something you all really love that will surprise you!  Even if you don’t love it (or the cost to enroll), it’ll be fun just to get out and try something new and different.

5. Go Shopping

One of my favorite places to take my boys on gross days is Garden Ridge.  The store is a favorite of theirs, filled with tons of things that light up, aisles of pillows and toys and other fun things to explore.  Or, they’re perfectly happy to run free, without having to be locked into a shopping cart like usual.  We meander around for a while (never leaving a mess or breaking anything), and it usually knocks them out once we get loaded back into the car.  Try it sometime!

Looking for more fun ways to spend these winter days?  Be sure to check out our Indoor Play Series, filled with lots of great ideas!