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November 22, 2017

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events November 24-26

WinterFest
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
November 24 – December 10, See website for schedule, All ages, $25+
Summary: WinterFest is packed with all the sights, sounds, food and experiences of the holiday season. The state line will shine bright with over 5 million shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree and lavish displays. Live shows and strolling performers will be delighting guests and spreading Christmas cheer for all to hear. Festive fun and hands-on holiday activities will be located throughout the park, and sweet aromas from special holiday dishes and desserts will fill the midways. Plus, there will be up to 16 rides open to complete your night of memory making.

The Sound Of Music
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
November 24-26, See website for schedule, $25 and up
Summary: The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Charlotte. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Read More →

November 21, 2017

Smarty Holiday Gift Guide: Ages 0-2

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The 2017 Smarty Holiday Toy Gift Guide is sponsored by our favorite local toy store, Toys & Co in Cotswold. Find everything on your child’s wish list and then some at Toys & Co! And guess what? They will wrap every gift BEAUTIFULLY and oh-so-expertly – so you don’t have to pull an all-nighter on Christmas Eve! Check out Toys & Co’s 2017 100 Best Toys List – you’ll have everyone covered on your list!

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Gender Neutral:

Spin Again Stacking Toy:
Drop the vibrant discs onto the threaded corkscrew pole and go ooooh as they spin fast and smooth to settle onto the reversible base. Choosing how to set the base is half the fun for your toddler. Pick either the wobble base or turn it over for a solid seat.

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Grippies Builder:

Combines tactile and sensory exploration, early engineering, and science and discovery. The soft textured rods and balls, subtle colors, and unique magnetic construction system provide multiple STEM-oriented principles in an early-learning construction toy system.

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Tree Top Adventure:

This wooden activity center is packed full of exciting features! Includes 4 quadrants with a variety of activities: 6 tracks with animal-themed gliders, 6 bead runs with colorful wooden beads, a spring flower and more.

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Smarty Holiday Gift Guide: Ages 3-5

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The 2017 Smarty Holiday Toy Gift Guide is sponsored by our favorite local toy store, Toys & Co in Cotswold. Find everything on your child’s wish list and then some at Toys & Co! And guess what? They will wrap every gift BEAUTIFULLY and oh-so-expertly – so you don’t have to pull an all-nighter on Christmas Eve! Check out Toys & Co’s 2017 100 Best Toys List – you’ll have everyone covered on your list!

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Ages 3-5

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Squigz
Suction construction! Silicone-rubber suction cup connectors make this creative construction set’s pieces as much fun to pull apart as to put together (great incentive to keep going)! This one will keep boys and girls busy for hours!

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Magna Tiles
This super popular magnetic tiles teach spatial relationships, math, logic, and problem-solving through creative building. Can’t go wrong with this one, Smarties.

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It’s a Match Memory Game:
Chunky cards for little hands. This is a great game to build vocabulary and the memory muscle.
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Latches Barn:
Young kids can work on their pincher grasp and fine motor skills opening and closing each barn door.
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Range Rover Ride-on:

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How cool is this?! Hop in this AMAZING Range Rover ride-on that will definitely turn heads! Featuring a fully functional steering wheel that gives your child full control of the car, and a fun car horn, your little toddler is going to love cruising around in this luxury ride-on. Sporty and safe, little ones can enjoy hours of fun. Read More →

Smarty Holiday Gift Guide: Ages 6-10

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The 2017 Smarty Holiday Toy Gift Guide is sponsored by our favorite local toy store, Toys & Co in Cotswold. Find everything on your child’s wish list and then some at Toys & Co! And guess what? They will wrap every gift BEAUTIFULLY and oh-so-expertly – so you don’t have to pull an all-nighter on Christmas Eve! Check out Toys & Co’s 2017 100 Best Toys List as well as their lists for Ages 6-7, 8-9 and 10-11 – you’ll have everyone covered on your list!

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Playmobil or Legos:
Playmobil or Legos are the PERFECT gift for this age. Endless hours of playing – no batteries needed!

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Hatchimals Glittering Garden
Hatchimals live inside of eggs. Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Hold them to hear their heartbeats, flip them for fun, tap and they’ll tap back! Hatchimals can’t hatch without you!
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November 17, 2017

Fitness Friday: I love Pure Barre because…

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Pure Barre is so much more than a workout studio. It is a community. It is a family. From the minute you walk in the door, you are greeted with a smiling face. As people arrive for class, the studio becomes a gathering spot where new friends are made and old friends catch up. At the start of class, the focus shifts, a mind body connection is made, and the challenge begins. For the next 50 minutes, you will push yourself in ways you didn’t think were possible. And you can do it because of the supportive environment. The instructors, we can’t say enough about the instructors…they are amazing. They go out of their way to learn your name. During each workout, they offer positive shout outs and give you the extra little nudge to lift your leg higher. Their belief in you is motivating in itself! You find yourself able to dig a little deeper, push a little harder. You always leave feeling energized, strong, accomplished and ready to tackle your day. The workouts never get easier, you just get stronger. We are not the only people who feel this way. Just read what other members have to say… Read More →

November 16, 2017

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events November 17-19

Holiday On Ice
NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, NC
November 17 – January 7, See website for schedule, All ages, $10 admission, $4 skate rental
Summary: We’re Charlotte, North Carolina’s only outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of uptown. Whether you’re looking for a family friendly activity, a romantic night with a loved one, a unique experience or a holiday tradition, Holiday On Ice is sure to have something for everyone.

CPCC Opera Presents: Hansel And Gretel
Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC
November 17-19, See website for schedule, All ages, $10-$20
Summary: The iconic adventure of Hansel and Gretel comes to life on the CPCC Central Campus Halton Stage this Fall.  The Brothers Grimm fairytale combined with the lush late 19th century Romantic music of Engelbert Humperdinck will be a delightful holiday start for the whole family!!

The Polar Express Train Ride
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, NC
November 17 – December 22, See website for schedule and prices, All ages
Summary: Inspired by the run-away hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express. Read More →

November 12, 2017

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses

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Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our 2017 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Charlotte Country Day School

Come experience how Country Day can help prepare your child to succeed in a world none of us can yet imagine. Call our team, or visit during an Open House:
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November 8, 2017

Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events November 10-12

Southern Christmas Show
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC
November 9 – 19, See website for schedule, $3-$12, Children 5 and under free
Summary: What do you get when you combine an Olde Town filled with charming shops, festive music, smiling faces, crafts galore, yummy food, holiday decor, local wines, Santa, over 450 holiday merchants with gifts for all ages and enough fun to last all year? You get the 50th annual Southern Christmas Show, this year celebrating Silver & Gold

Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street, Davidson, NC
November 3-12, See website for schedule, Ages 4 and up, $12 and up
Summary: Join the young lion cub young lion cub, Simba, as he finds the courage to take his place in the circle of life. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale.

Super Saturday: Sarah Dippity’s Let It Snow Show!
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
November 11, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, Ages 3-11, Free
Summary: Celebrate the wonders of the Winter in this high-energy, interactive comedy show for kids. This show includes magic, ventriloquism, story telling and a whole lot of laughs while exploring the fun of the frosty season! Read More →

November 5, 2017

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses

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Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our 2017 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Charlotte Christian School

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Why Charlotte Christian? Click here to learn more.

Charlotte Christian 2017 Fall Open Houses

JK-Grade 5
Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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November 2, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: A Smarty Podcast: Are things a little out of focus?

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CSP Team Note: Welcome to our Smarty Podcast Series where we talk to experts from all over Charlotte on relevant parenting topics from health to education and everything in between! Feel free to listen while you’re commuting to work, making dinner, folding laundry, exercising, or any other multi-tasking endeavor! We LOVE the podcast flexibility! We’ve partnered with Southeast Psych’s Shrink Tank and Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. for this podcast – enjoy!

In this week’s podcast, we talk to Dr. Kashyap Kansupada of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. about something that MANY of us are either going through now or will be going through in the near future. Presbyopia. Fancy word, right? It means the loss of ability to focus on things that are near to you. So, when you’re holding the menu out and your arms are suddenly too short to see what salad to order for lunch, or when your iPhone text is bigger than your thumbprint, you just MIGHT be experiencing presbyopia. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. But there are things you can do about. Dr. Kansupada explains it all.

Dr. Kashyap Kansupada is an ophthalmologist who specializes in refractive lens implant surgeries. He practices in CEENTA’s Belmont and Huntersville offices.

A big thanks to Dr. Kansupada for his time. Hope you enjoy the podcast. To listen to other Smarty podcasts, click here, and make sure to share, share, share!


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