Budget-Friendly Ways To Enjoy Spring Break In Mint Hill

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MINT HILL, NC – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are out for Spring Break from April 7 through April 16.  If you’re spending your Spring Break on “staycation,” we’ve got good news: there are plenty of inexpensive – and even free! – activities you can enjoy right here in Mint Hill.

Stevens Creek Nature Preserve has a variety of activities available during Spring Break to take advantage of the warm spring weather!

Stevens Creek Nature Center
Stevens Creek Nature Center

Spring into a good book this Spring Break at Stevens Creek Nature Preserve with their Spring Break Storytime Series.  Free and hosted at 10:00 am and 11:00 am week days the week of April 10, every day will feature a different book and related craft to take home.  The content of this program is best suited to ages 4-8, but all are welcome!

On Saturday, April 15, it’s okay to ask for “s’more” at Stevens Creek!  Drop by the Nature Center fire between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm to make everyone’s favorite toasted, gooey, crispy fireside treat.  This program is free and open to all ages.

On Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 13, bring your “Tiny Trekker” to Stevens Creek Nature Preserve for a Hammock Hang Out!  In Tiny Trekkers, children and adults explore the outdoors

together while staff facilitate a themed adventure focusing on nature play.  This week, practice hanging hammocks from trees without damaging them, then hang out with friends.  Tiny Trekkers is for children ages 3-5 (older siblings who are out of school can tag along), and the cost is $5 for Mecklenburg County residents.

Steven's Creen Nature Center
Steven’s Creen Nature Center

Stevens Creek’s multidisciplinary Homeschool Sessions bring your textbooks and assignments to life!  This weekly series allows students to study spelling with a snake, graph the uncharted, challenge their storytelling skills with other local homeschoolers, and tackle special topics taught nowhere else.  Two age groups run simultaneously for ages 7-9 and 10-12 on Tuesday, April 11, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  The cost to participate is $15 for Mecklenburg County residents.

Strap your little one to your body (or get them settled in on off-road stroller) and hit the trail to experience nature at a slower pace at Stevens Creek’s Babies in Backpacks Weekly Walking Group.  Babies in Backpacks meets during Spring Break on Monday, April 10, at 10:00 am.  Expect to cover 1-2 miles over natural surface trails with easy/moderate terrain.  This program is free, but pre-registration is required.

Register for programs and see everything coming up at Stevens Creek Nature Preserve online at https://www.mecknc.gov/ParkandRec/Pages/Home.aspx.

Urban Air
Urban Air will have extended hours during Spring Break

Normally open at 4:00 pm on weekdays, Urban Air Adventure Park will have extended hours beginning on Good Friday and extending through the following week:

  • Friday, April 7: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 8: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 9: Closed
  • Monday – Thursday, April 10 -April 13: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday, April 14: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 15: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 16: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

There is also daily special programming happening at the Mint Hill Library over Spring Break – and the best part is it’s all free!

On Monday, April 10, at 2:00 pm, join the library for a fun-filled program in partnership with The Ponderosa Farm of Mint Hill!  Through Farm-2-Library, The Ponderosa will share cool farm facts and trivia and show some of their farm friends close up.  This program is for school-aged kids from ages 5-12.  Participation is limited to the first 25 children (first-come, first-served); parents will not be allowed to remain in the room to maximize space.

There's plenty of free fun to have at the Mint Hill Library over Spring Break!
There’s plenty of free fun to have at the Mint Hill Library over Spring Break!

Come to the library for special showing of Disney’s Encanto on Tuesday, April 11, at 2:00 pm.  Encanto tells the story of the Familia Madrigal, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power of  heal, every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Maribel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.  This movie is rated PG; for some thematic elements and mild peril; the run time is approximately 102 minutes.

On Tuesday, April 11, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, children ages 9-15 can join the Mint Hill Library staff for Mint Hill STEAM 101.  In this session, children will learn about and create their own stop-motion animated short films.  Stop-motion animation uses many still images of dolls, clay figures, etc. being moved around on a “stage” which are then viewed in rapid succession to make it seem like a moving film.  Pre-registration is required.

The Mint Hill Art Club will meet at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 12 to create a colorful flower using recycled materials.  The Art Club’s creations will be used to decorate the Children’s Area of the library.

On Thursday, April 13, at 2:00 pm, it’s time for STEAM 101 again!  Explore science and technology with LEGO Robotics. This program will be provided by You Can Tech and is recommended for children ages 7-11.  Participation will be limited to the first 12 children.

In addition to spring break activities, the library continues its regular storytime programming during Spring Break.
In addition to spring break activities, the library continues its regular storytime programming during Spring Break.

The Mint Hill Library also continues its regularly scheduled programming during Spring Break:

  • Family Storytime – Tuesdays at 10:15 am and 11:00 am, Saturdays at 9:30 am
  • Family Chess Club – Saturdays at 3:00 pm
  • Baby Storytime – Mondays at 9:30 am
  • Conexiones que Cuentan/Connections that Count – Mondays at 11:15 am
  • Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays at 11:15 am
  • Family Storytime at Veterans Memorial Park – Thursdays at 10:00 am

Register for programs and see everything coming up at the Mint Hill Library online at https://www.cmlibrary.org/branch/mint-hill.  

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her eight-year-old daughter Hannah and her six-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: marybeth@minthilltimes.com