Immediately after Christmas, we headed down to Charlotte, NC for warm weather, but we found ice and snow! The kids did their first sledding of the winter down the icy drive way on a boogie board.
Charlotte's Discovery Place. Here is Dema on the bed of nails.
Kapla blocks, which we have at home. Stephanie built the nicest looking tower.
Sharks 3D at IMAX. It was cool to see the sharks in 3D and thankfully not the least bit scary (Parker was worried) or bloody. The down side, of course, pretty much all the sharks on the endangered list. They mention this, but fail to mention that fishing (bycatch as well as intentional fishing) has a lot to do with what is happening to the sharks. The bycatch is the issue which should be, in my opinion, stressed in these movies because that is the action which most of the people watching the movie can effect. By not eating or buying fish products, one can cut down on the overall demand fish and save so many killed and not eaten (bycatch). I guess another option could be demanding "sustainable" fishing (although, I don't know how well this can possibly be enforced) practices. I really get irritated when "educational" movies or museums fail to talk about the elephant in the room. It does no good. Kids (and adults) walk away sad that the sharks are dying off, but with no real answers on what they can personally do about it. More about museums missing the boat regarding animals and environmental issues in a future post.
Brixx. They have vegan cheese for their pizza which the kids thought was cool.
The Common Market before we headed out of town. If we move to Charlotte, I will live at this place. It is quirky and fun with a neighborhood feel. The scrambled tofu wrap above makes my mouth water even now just thinking about it! Veggies, tofu, walnuts, and an amazing sauce in a tasty tortilla. Scrumptious! Finally, proof that there may actually be a veg*n or two in Charlotte.