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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Charlotte Discovery Place

Ever since moving to Charlotte about 5 years ago, I heard coworkers talk about Discovery Place and I saw advertisements for it around uptown. It is a hand on science center for families encouraging kids to explore science, nature, math, technology, and engineering. So of course Eric, a nerdy kid at heart, was dying to go. He suggested we could borrow someones kid so we could go but that seemed a bit creepy.

We finally had our chance this summer when Eric's mom brought our niece Abby up for a weekend visit.


She was a little timid at first so we started off in a crafting area set up for kids to make things out of duct tape and fabric and such.. not influenced by me at all :)




We watched two 3D shows during our visit that were about 30 min each, The Little Prince and a documentary about how manatees are going extinct. Brought me back to my 4th grade field trip of swimming with the manatees.


We spent a lot of time in the engineering area where they have lots of levers, pulleys, balls and those sorts of hand on things.


Abby was too scared to do this. Looks pretty intimidating.
 


We had lunch in the cafe there which was surprisingly reasonably priced and healthy. They had sandwiches, wraps, salads, snack items, fruit, soups and even a few hot items to order.

We saw some interesting insects, fish, crabs, snakes and other creatures. Remember how Abby loves bugs and frogs.


 

Then it was time to head home for Abby's nap. There were many things we didn't even see since it's a pretty big place for 1 day (we arrived around 9:30 and left around 2). They have some great areas for even younger kids too. I imagine they change their exhibits and 3D shows fairly frequently.

Overall Discovery Place was wonderful. Once we have kids I am sure we will consider getting passes here. It would be perfect when it is too hot or too cold to play outside and keeps kids engaged and interested in learning.

1 comment:

  1. So fun! Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville is FANTASTIC for children under 6 if you ever are in need to entertainment for children that young :)

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