Kids Fest and friends sharing bedtime stories via Facebook Live

Bears Behind the Badge will help read stories on May 13

Give your kids the gift of lively storytelling each Wednesday at 7 pm in May, streamed live from the Shoppes at University Place by University City Partners and groups that help bring you the amazing Charlotte Kids Fest each fall.

Pinwheel Polly, the mascot of Charlotte Kids Fest, has invited several friends to share their love of reading each Wednesday via the Kids Fest Facebook page.

Polly’s guests will include:

Each event will be broadcast via Facebook Live from the Boardwalk at the Shoppes at University Place, 8927 J M Keynes Drive.

Coming in June – Live crafts for children and family

The fun will continue each Wednesday evening in June, as Pinwheel Polly and her friends facilitate Facebook Live crafts for children and families.
All future events can be found on the Charlotte Kids Fest Facebook events page.

More about Charlotte Kids Fest

This annual daylong free event for young learners takes place each autumn on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Attendees experience educational activities and live performances covering six main areas: LEARN! DISCOVER! CREATE! GO! DANCE! and PLAY!

More festival information including videos of past events can be found on Facebook and at the Charlotte Kids Fest website.

Let kids go wild at University City nature camps

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Imagine sending off the kids to a week-long outdoor adventure – yet having them home each day in time for supper or even lunch.

Reedy Creek Nature Center will host 10 such programs this summer in the sprawling Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, including morning camps for 4- to 6-year-olds.

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve protects 927 acres of natural, forested habitat within Reedy Creek Park. The Nature Center is about a mile inside of the park entrance at 2900 Rocky River Road. (more…)

Volunteers needed to plant trees at Vaughan Academy

Endhaven Elementary tree planting

Volunteers plant a tree last fall at Endhaven Elementary School

TreesCharlotte and our students at the Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology need your help planting trees on Feb. 8.

The TreeDay event is a great way for families and people of all ages to learn about the importance of trees while helping build Charlotte’s urban-forest future.

TreesCharlotte is a public/private collaboration dedicated to planting trees, primarily through volunteer efforts with a focus on underserved communities.

Thanks to a partnership with LendingTree, Charlotte 2020 Host Committee and 2020 Convention Planners, TreesCharlotte and dozens of volunteers will plant about 120 trees on the campus of the Vaughan Academy, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools magnet school. (more…)

Mentoring programs can change lives – Here’s how to join

Big Brothers Big Sisters CharlotteQcitymetro.com, a popular local online news, business and culture platform, just published this opinion piece about the power of mentoring to change lives. We hope you will find this useful and inspiring. – UCP

Impact through mentorship

Each January, there’s a renewed focus on mentoring as it’s National Mentoring Month. Countless research confirms what we know about the positive impact mentorship has on the academic and personal lives of youth.

Looking for local mentoring organizations? Here’s a list worth considering.

Seasonal fun at our nature preserve and rec center

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve trail

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve has 10 miles of trails

Reedy Creek Nature Center and Mallard Creek Recreation Center will offer several entertaining and educational activities throughout December for our children and families.

Among the programs are ornament making, winter crafts and hikes at Reedy Creek; How to Catch and Elf (and maybe meet Santa!) at Mallard Creek; and daylong programs for children 6-11 while school is out at Mallard Creek.

Many events are free; some require you to register. Some require parents to accompany children. Read on for details and registration links.

Don’t delay! Many programs fill up quickly! (more…)

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