Sunday, January 24, 2016

2016 Carowinds Bring a Friend Dates and Rates

2016 Carowinds Bring-a-Friend Dates and Rates
Those who have a 2016 Carowinds silver, gold, or platinum season pass may bring up to 6 friends per passholder for a discounted rate. Season pass holders who are planning a trip to Carowinds may wish to check the chart below for specific rates as the rates vary quite a bit.

All information is correct per the official Carowinds web site on the publish date of this article. Carowinds may change info without notice; if you have questions, you might try calling Carowinds at 704-588-2600.

2016 Carowinds Bring a Friend Dates and Rates

Season Pass
Bring a Friend for
$15.99
September 2
Season Pass
Bring a Friend for
$19.99
April 15, 22, 29

May 6, 8, 12, 13, 19, 20, 27, 30

June 19

August 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

September 5

Season Pass
Bring a Friend for
$29.99
March 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

April 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10

May 31

June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Season Pass
Bring a Friend for
$35.99
September 17, 18, 24, 25

October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Season Pass
Bring a Friend for
$42.99
April 16, 17, 23, 24, 30

May 1, 7, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

June 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30

All dates in July

August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28

September 3, 4, 10, 11


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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Community Theater - Great Way to Encourage the Kids to Appreciate the Arts

Live Theater - Great Family-Friendly Travel Idea

There is a lot of talk on the town about supporting local businesses, and travelers often look for Mom-n-Pop restaurants and perhaps small, family-owned merchants when shopping for various items on vacation. You might also consider watching a local community theatrical production.

Many towns have a local theater with family-friendly shows. Some towns offer performances throughout the year, so even if you are traveling during months in which many local attractions shut down for the season, you might find a great show on stage. Live theatrical productions can be a great way for children to get a glimpse of the arts. Actors oftentimes memorize many lines and stage cues while depending on others to handle lighting, sound, and stage props.

See Live Performances in Community Theaters

The playbill may include background information on the people involved in the production and perhaps a brief history of the production. You might encourage the kids to watch to see how the crew works together to change scenery and props. Some theaters may enable the audience to interact with the actors and crew members after the show.

Kids interested in computers and electronics might also be interested in watching live performances. The lighting, sound, and props involve spot-on timing and coordination between crew members. Some special effects are quite elaborate. Children who are interested in apparel and fabric design might be interested to see the costumes and how they may be modified to create visual illusions.

Some towns have children's theaters in which children and teens are on stage and participate in various other aspects of the production. In addition, some theaters may include both adult and child actors in productions. Children who are interested in acting or theatrical arts might be interested in watching these productions while vacationing with the family.

Encourage Kids to Learn About the Arts While on Vacation
One might think that local theater is about one step above a slide projector and a bed sheet. Actually, many local theaters offer excellent entertainment of top-notch quality. If you are planning a vacation, check with the local chamber of commerce to see where the nearest community theater is located. Some towns also offer outdoor dramas that run every year during warmer months.

It is wise to reserve seats in advance - you can often order tickets from the box office over the phone or online and either have tickets mailed to you or have tickets placed at the will call window when you arrive for the performance. Some theaters may have sell-out performances for almost every show. Be mindful of your children's preferences, attention span, and what types of shows might interest him or her.


Support Local Community Theaters
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Monday, November 16, 2015

2015 National Gingerbread House Competition Dates in Asheville NC

2015 National Gingerbread Competition Dates and Times in Asheville NC
While some visit the mountains of North Carolina in autumn to enjoy the spectacular display of motley-colored leaves, visitors may find that all is not lost after the last leaf settles to the ground. The Omni Grove Park Inn is hosting its 23rd National Gingerbread House competition; visitors are invited to browse the entries November 18, 2015 through January 3, 2016 Sunday afternoons through Thursdays (9 a.m. through 9 p.m.), except holidays. 

Visitors do not have to purchase overnight accommodations; however, a $10 parking fee is charged for guests who come only to view the gingerbread pieces. Half of parking fee proceeds is donated to several local non-profit charities. Those traveling in vehicles that seat more than 15 passengers should call 1-800-438-0050, ext. 1281 to make special arrangements for parking.

The gingerbread creations are made of entirely edible materials with at least 75% of the entry being gingerbread. Judging is based on appearance, creativity, difficulty, precision, and consistency of theme with age groups including child, youth, teen, and adult. Maps are available at the lobby desk; most entries are located on the main floor. A few entries will be on display at the Grove Arcade, located in downtown Asheville. See some previous entries for the competition on this YouTube video.

Those in the area might also consider touring Biltmore Estate and the NC Arboretum Light Show.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

2015 Holiday Caravan Salisbury and Spencer Date and Time

Salisbury Spencer Holiday Caravan Christmas Parade 2015 Date and Time © Katrena
While many are making preparations for a big Thanksgiving dinner the day before the holiday, many folks in and around Rowan County, North Carolina are getting ready for and enjoying a parade. This parade is unique as the route travels down Spencer and then folks pack up and head to Salisbury to do it all again.

Christmas Parade in Spencer, NC © Katrena
The 56th annual Holiday Caravan will be Wednesday, November 25, 2015. It will begin in Spencer at 2:00 p.m. and in Salisbury at 3:00 p.m. The parade length for onlookers can vary greatly depending on the weather. I remember marching in nearly summer temperatures and also feeling like my fingers would freeze off back in my high school days at West Rowan. In my experience, the better the weather, the longer the parade.

Fun and Free Family Activities in Rowan County © Katrena
You can expect to see lots of school entries with marching bands, not only from Rowan County but some from other counties as well. A lot of dance schools will be stepping and tumbling too. Service vehicles, floats, churches, and beauty queens are sure to ride. We've seen clowns riding on unicycles and often a surprise or two. My family particularly likes to watch for the trolley, especially if Bryan is driving - he would have the "karaoke trolley" rides on Friday Nights Out some years. And of course, the go carts are always a big hit.

Free Fun Family Activities in November © Katrena
Those with entries in the parade may come by and hand out candy, so my kids always come prepared with bags. My kids tend to rate parades based on the loot collected. If the kids really want to rack up on the candy, I recommend the Cleveland Christmas parade. My kids say that one has the candy award hands down.

Christmas Parade in Salisbury, NC © Katrena
My family has always taken their chances at finding a place to enjoy and watch the parade; however, if you are interested in reserved seating, visit the Holiday Caravan page for more information.

When is the Holiday Caravan Christmas Parade © Katrena
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Start Time for Holiday Caravan Christmas Parade in Spencer and Salisbury NC © Katrena
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Carowinds 2015 November Calendar

Carowinds November 2015 Schedule © Katrena
Looking for one more day to enjoy Carowinds? You'll have to act fast because the amusement park on the North Carolina and South Carolina borders will only be open one date in November 2015. This calendar is short and perhaps bittersweet for those who wish to ride those coasters throughout the Fall season. If you missed the boat this year, you might consider season passes for next year - the lowest prices are usually offered after the end of one season and before the new year begins.

Here is the calendar for Carowinds for November 2015:

Carowinds
Open @ 10 a.m.   Close @ 5:30 p.m.
Carowinds Closed
November 1
Carowinds closed all dates in November except November 1

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Carowinds 2015 October Calendar

Carowinds 2015 October Calendar © Katrena
Carowinds offers several daytime dates to enjoy the NC/SC amusement park before dark. They typically have some decorations up for SCarowinds, so you might want to steer clear of some areas if you have little ones who are easily frightened. However, the lines may be shorter as daylight hours become shorter and temperatures get cooler. Carowinds also offers some fun family-themed October activities at this time of year.

Here is the October 2015 daytime (not the nighttime SCarowinds) schedule for Carowinds:

Carowinds
Open @ 10 a.m.   Close @ 5:30 p.m.
Carowinds Closed
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
October 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Carowinds 2015 September Calendar

Carowinds September 2015 Calendar © Katrena
As school starts back into full swing, Carowinds cuts back on their schedule of open days, but folks can still enjoy the amusement park with perhaps some cooler temperatures and shorter lines. The hot item for the 2015 season is the giga coaster dubbed Fury 325.

Here is the 2015 September schedule for Carowinds:

Carowinds
Open @ 10 a.m.
Close @ 8 p.m.
Carowinds
Open @ 10 a.m.
Close @ 10 p.m.
Carowinds
Open @ 10 a.m.
Close @ 5:30 p.m.
Carowinds
Closed
September 7, 12, 13, 20, 27
September 5, 6
September 19, 26
September 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30

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