Are your kiddos driving you a bit batty? Maybe it's time to get them out of the house for a change of scenery. Mooresville, North Carolina, home to numerous NASCAR teams, has an assortment of children's activities that are ideal for your little toddlers or preschoolers. Choose one, or several, and get the kids out the door.
Pick a nice day and head over to the Lazy 5 Ranch (lazy5ranch.com). Your little one will squeal with delight when she sees the scotch highland cattle and pygmy zebu. You'll also get to meet pigs, llamas, camels, kangaroos and a giraffe. Take the 3.5 mile tour in your own car or enjoy a wagon ride with the family. If your child has an excess of energy to get out, visit one of the Mooresville city parks. Hope Park (no website; 170 Joe Knox Avenue, Mooresville; 704-663-3800) has a playground for the big kids and a tot lot for your little princess. If you need some space to move around, too, stop by Magla Park (no website; 93 Spencer Street, Mooresville; 704-663-3800) where your child can play on the playground before you both take a hike on the walking trail. See how many birds or squirrels you can spot along the way.
Stuck inside on a drizzly, wet day? Don't worry, you can head over to the Mooresville Public Library (ci.mooresville.nc.us/portal/library) with your little man. Participate in events like "Read with Oreo the Dog" where you can meet Oreo and read stories to him or join in on one of the story times. Your toddler can attend Side by Side Storytime and your preschooler can go to Just 4 Me Storytime. Both events include stories, music, dancing and activities. If you're trying to teach your tot a love of the arts, attend one of the shows put on at the Masterworks School of the Arts (masterworkschoolofthearts.com). Many of the shows are geared toward keeping a younger audience's attention. Seasonal shows may include choir productions of shows like "Suessical" or "Annie." There are programs at the school you can sign your child up for as well.
Sports and Exercise
Keep your little princess active with activities like tumbling class or youth basketball at Benchwarmer's Sports Complex (benchwarmerssportscomplex.com). Or, check out the sports activities offered through the Mooresville Recreation department (secure.rec1.com/NC/mooresville-recreation-parks-department), like cheerleading, Talberts Tiny Tots or Gymnastics Camp. You can also take her to a Preschool Sports Clinic at the Lowe's YMCA (ymcacharlotte.org) where she'll learn about the fundamentals of a variety of sports. Not only will these types of activities benefit your little one physically, they will also teach her about teamwork and allow her to interact with other children socially.
Sign your busy little one up for a class through the Mooresville Recreation Department (secure.rec1.com/NC/mooresville-recreation-parks-department). If you've got a little one with a musical bent, give the Music Together class a try. This is for your 5 year old or younger child and includes music, dancing, games and experimenting with music instruments. Your 5 year old can also learn a second language through the Spanish Class for Children. If your child acts like a fish, go to Lowe's YMCA (ymcacharlotte.org) where your kiddo can learn about water safety and play in the water during swim lessons. You can also sign him up for camp at the YMCA or drop him off for Parent's Night Out. This gives you an opportunity to spend some alone time with your partner while your sweetie pie plays with other children and participates in age-appropriate activities.