8 Fun Activities for Preschoolers in Charlotte

by Casey Martin on June 8, 2017

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With summer in full swing, we're all trying to find ways to engage with our children and keep them occupied. Check out these 8 fun activities for preschoolers in Charlotte!

1. TOT Time at PBTC

Perfect Balance Training Center provides a Tot Time for children up to five years old ($5/child or $25/month for unlimited visits). Here is a description from their website

Tot Time is non-instructional playtime in the gym. It is geared towards parents looking for a place to play indoors with their toddlers in a safe, clean environment. Perfect Balance will provide a space with basic mats and apparatus for parents to play with his/her toddler. There will be no Perfect Balance instructors on the floor supervising or guiding parents so parents are fully responsible for their child or children. Parents must sign a PBTC waiver and commit to a set of rules in order to participate.

You do not need to pre-register for Tot Time. Just show up any day of the week, Monday through Friday between 11:30am & 12:30pm and enjoy some time in the gym with your toddler.


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2. Discovery Place

You could spend all summer at the Discovery Place, whether enjoying the daily puppet shows and story time or engaging in hands-on learning. But did you know that the Discovery Place offers summer camps for children 3–5 years old? 

From beginning chef classes to art, ocean exploration or engineering, your preschooler can engage in exciting learning even during the summer months! Find out more about camps here

3. Rays Splash Planet

Enjoy the summer heat at Rays Splash Planet! 

4. Charlotte Nature Museum

With plenty of activities and exhibits suited to preschoolers, the Charlotte Nature Museum is a great summer activity.

Aside from regular activities like Farm Day, they also hold summer camps for 3–4 year-olds on birds, bugs, forest exploration and a variety of other topics. Find out more about their summer camps here or check out their full camp guide here.

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5. ImagineOn

The free creative children's hub is a hit with 300,000 people a year according to their website.

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center is a one-of-a-kind youth destination located in Charlotte, NC, in the heart of the cultural arts district. This collaborative effort between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is a 102,000-square-foot facility recently ranked by Livability.com as the No. 1 children’s library in the United States.  ImaginOn is visited by more than 300,000 people annually and features two state-of-the-art theatres, a dedicated library space for kids 11 and under, four multi-use classrooms, a teen-only library, a multimedia production studio, and interactive exhibit space. 

With cutting edge services and library collections, an award winning professional theatre and innovative education programs, ImaginOn brings stories to life through extraordinary experiences that challenge, inspire and excite young minds.

6. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

ImagineOn is also home to the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Aside from regular shows and plays, they also offer a vareity of exciting camps for kids as young as 3 years old! 

Primary-ImaginOn-Summer2017.png7. Library Storytime

The Charlotte Library hosts regular story time for children at all its branch locations. Here's what they have to say about it on their website.

Learning begins at birth, and parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. Help your child get ready to read with storytimes for children offered by your library. Most branches offer regular storytimes in which children’s librarians share books, stories, rhymes and songs with you and your child. Storytimes encourage language and pre-reading skill development that help your child grow into a successful reader. Parents are encouraged to participate.

8. Open Play at Superior Play Systems

Superior Play Systems opens their doors for open play. Here is a description from their website.


This is a fantastic opportunity for families and even grandparents to get out of the house and have a day of fun with the kids at our huge indoor playground. No Appointment needed. Just stop by anytime we're open and let the kids burn off some of their boundless energy...

Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm: $6 for all day play!**
Saturday: 11am - 5pm: $8 for all day play!
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm: $8 for all day play!

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