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March 30, 2017

Join us for the first ever Town Hall on Social Media Parenting


Do you feel like keeping up with your kids’ social media is a full time job? You’re not alone. Parents today have it hard. We’re all playing catch up with the social media world and often feel overwhelmed by how to parent through it. We’re excited to host the first ever Town Hall on Social Media Parenting where parents and experts in our community can come together to discuss kids and social media.

Charlotte Smarty Pants is partnering with Providence Day School on April 30th at Providence Day School for this event. All parents from any school are welcome to join in on the conversation. Our goal is to bring knowledge, relief, and empowerment to navigate the iGeneration. And guest what? It’s FREE.

Our panel discussion will start with experts from schools from all over the city to speak on what’s really trending in our schools. Because let’s face it: what happens in my kid’s school affects what happens in yours thanks to social media. Our healthcare experts will address the affects social media has on our children’s health.

We’ll end the afternoon with a social Q&A with sweet treats provided by the delicious Sunflour Baking Company.

Event Details:
Sunday, April 30 from 2-4pm

Providence Day School
Dickson-Hemby Technology Center
5800 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270

Register here now. Spots are limited. Hope to see you there! Read More →

March 29, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: March 31-April 2

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.

Cotswold Trucks Food Truck Rally
Trinity Presbyterian Church
3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC
Every Friday, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Bring friends and family to sample some of Charlotte’s best food trucks. There is food and entertainment for all ages. Great, inexpensive way to spend a Friday evening.

Charlotte Symphony: Peter and the Wolf
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
April 1, See website for schedule, All ages, $19.50+
Summary: Students from Charlotte Ballet Academy join the orchestra on stage to present Prokofiev’s classic children’s tale of young Peter’s escapade with a hungry wolf! Read More →

March 28, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and Levine Children’s Hospital: Tips on Overnight Summer Camp

CSP Team Note: We recently chatted with Paul Smolen, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician at Providence Pediatrics, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, about his tips for sending your child to overnight summer camp. A big thank you to him for his insight – there’s some GREAT advice here for parents with kids of all ages.

At what age should you consider sending your child to sleep away camp?

Like so many things in life, it depends. When your child confidently sleeps at other children’s homes, shows an interest in sleep away camp, successfully masters day camp, and is at an age where the benefits of a new camp experience outweigh some homesickness, it might be time to seriously consider sleep away camp. IMG_9007

What are the benefits to your child of attending summer sleep away camp?

I am a big advocate of camp, especially the sleep away variety. In my mind, the most important aspect of the experience is the water safety skills that most camps provide. In a camp setting, your child will have no choice but to improve their water safety skills. Additionally, a child has an opportunity to try crafting, archery, riflery, and other camping activities. Learning to meet and live with new people who may come from different backgrounds is also a plus. Finally, learning to take care of oneself and become a little more self-sufficient in a new environment also provides great value. Sleep away camp can be an important tool to build a child’s confidence and encourage their independence.

What are some things to consider when choosing your child’s sleep away camp?

I go with the three Rs: reputation, reviews and recommendations. When deciding on the best camp for their child, I think parents should also keep in mind specialty activities that a particular camp may provide, such as horseback riding or nature programs. Read More →

March 26, 2017

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses


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 2016 Smarty School Open House Guide.

March 31 – Palisades Episcopal School – Bring A Friend Day. Students are invited to spend the day at PES with their friends and learn more about our school. You do not need to know a current student to attend our Bring A Friend Days. For more information, please contact Monique Gilbert at or 704.583.1825.

March 22, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: March 25-27

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.

Camp Harrison March Tour
YMCA Camp Harrison
7901 S. NC Why 18, Boomer, NC
March 26, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Free
Summary: Join us for tours and s’mores!  Pack a picnic, bring the bikes, plan a guided hike or take one on your own. We just want you to see our beautiful camp and have a great day!  When you arrive, we’ll direct you to our spacious parking lot.  Our staff will be on hand to answer questions, show off our incredible facilities, (including our land and water programs) and share how time at YMCA Camp Harrison will give your child the fun and adventure of a lifetime.

Carowinds Opening Weekend
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
March 25, 10:00am – 10:00pm, All ages, See website for cost
Summary: Let’s get this party started! Our 2017 season kicks off on March 25 with tons of fantastic prize giveaways, awesome music and good times. This is definitely a momentous event you won’t want to miss!  Read More →

March 16, 2017

Presenting the 2017 Smarty Summer Day Camp Guide!

Is anyone ready for warmer weather? Summer may be a few months away but it’s time to start planning NOW, especially if summer camp is on the agenda. Working moms need to map out every single day of summer long before school gets out. For SAHM’s, camp serves as an enrichment program for kids to explore the things they like and give moms a break. Regardless of your working status, the camp opportunities in Charlotte and surrounding areas are plentiful, but you need to get your game on N-O-W. Charlotte area camps fill up fast! To help you with your planning, CSP has put together some of our tried and true Smarty camp faves.

Smarty Education Partners

Charlotte Christian School

2017 Charlotte Christian Summer Camp Logo - 300x250Established in 1950, Charlotte Christian School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory, independent, non-denominational school serving students in grades JK-12. Our vision for students includes the integration of a Biblical worldview into a curriculum where character, values and essential life skills are emphasized and modeled by a professional and dedicated faculty. A rigorous academic program is offered including strong co-curricular offerings with successful athletic and fine arts programs. For more information, schedule a tour of campus, attend an open house or visit, please visit our website.

Charlotte Christian Summer Camps are available beginning June 5. Learn more about Charlotte Christian’s camps for academics, arts, sports and technology.

Charlotte Christian LogoCharlotte Christian School
7301 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 366-5657
Twitter: @charchristiannc
Instagram: @charlottechristianschool

Charlotte Country Day School

Charlotte Country Day School Summer Programs offers a wide variety of enrichment, sports, and academic camps to meet the needs of students ages 3-18. Weekly camps run from June 5 to August 11, with prices and times varying by camp. Some of the enrichment offerings include art, drama, cooking, video game development, robotics, science, and more. Athletic offerings include lacrosse, tennis, basketball, soccer, running, football, golf, and field hockey. We’re excited to introduce the Summer Institute, which offers high school students a variety of unique, weeklong academic enrichment experiences in support of specific skill development and student curiosity. Visit the website for more details on the more than 200 camps offered or contact Michael Rinehart (704) 943-4648.

NOTE: NEW LOCATION FOR 2017 – Bissell Campus, 5936 Green Rea Road (located four miles from main Cannon Campus off Carmel Road).

Click here for more info on CCDS Summer Programs.

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Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

Charlotte Latin School

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Looking for a great place to send your kids this summer? Check out Charlotte Latin Summer Programs! We offer half-day and full-day camps for children ages 3- to 18-years-old. Seven weekly sessions are available with options for 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free-of-charge, supervised lunch hour for full day campers is provided. We also offer extended care service from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at $100 per week ($50 each).

Join us for another fun summer of CAMP VICTOR. Camp Victor is a traditional day camp run on the campus of Charlotte Latin. Our themed weeks for 2017 are: Curious Carolina Kids, Glow for it!, Moovin’ & Groovin’ Fitness, Party in the USA, Camp Victor’s Got Talent, Tie-Dye Disco, and Bugs & Botanicals. Each week, students will field journal in our on-campus woods; splash and play on inflatable water slides; experience science hands-on and engage in cooperative team-building games! Camp Victor tuition includes a full day of activities, a daily boxed lunch, and before- and after-camp care.

Interested in engineering and technology? We have one of the only MIT certified FabLabs (Fabrication Lab) in the country. Students come home at the end of the week with one-of-a-kind engineered masterpieces. Young Engineers of Today camps are designed and taught by STEM educators with more than 20 years of experience in engineering and programming. Charlotte Latin’s hands-on approach to technology education transforms campers into technology creators. We offer a variety of engineering programs involving dinosaurs, fashion design, underwater robots, to drones and Star Wars.

Charlotte Latin School
9502 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277a
twitter: @charlottelatin Read More →

March 15, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: March 17-19

Discovery Place

Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.

St. Patrick’s Day on Main Festival
Old Town
East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC
March 17, 4:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The street festival will feature live Irish music, Irish dancers, over 25 vendors, a large Kid’s Zone for the wee ones and plenty of food & beverages. 

Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival
Uptown Charlotte
Tryon and 3rd Streets
March 18, 11:00am, All ages, Free
Summary: The 2017 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival invites our sponsors,  vendors, and you to participate in the Twenty-first Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival, which will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Thousands of spectators watched Charlotte’s Twentieth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it marched through the heart of Charlotte to the sound of pipes and the cheers of the spectators lining the streets on a perfect day. The combination of flags, floats, kids, and pipe band music made everyone smile and be Irish for a day. The parade has grown to be one of Charlotte’s biggest & best.

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March 11, 2017

Smarty Dad: Dr. Gaurav Bharti, MD, FACS


We are so excited to introduce you to this week’s Smarty DAD (we love Smarty Dads!!), Dr. Gaurav Bharti. Dr. Bharti is a board certified plastic surgeon and partner at Hunstad Kortesis Plastic Surgery + MedSpa. He’s new to Charlotte but already making a name for himself as one of the best plastic surgeons in town for the “Mommy Makeover” – we’ll let him explain a little more about it, but if you’re feeling not quite yourself after having the kiddos, he might be your knight in shining armor. 😉 (You can also read more on the “Mommy Makeover” in this Q&A we posted last year with Dr. Bharti.)

Dr. Bharti and his wife are raising three beautiful girls. We appreciate the time he took to interview with us amidst his crazy schedule. Smarties, enjoy getting to know Dr. Bharti – and keep reading because there’s an AWESOME Smarty Steal at the end (hint: it’s worth $200!).

Smarty Dad: Dr. Gaurav Bharti, MD, FACS

Married to: Sarah Edwards (9 years)
Children: Maya (7) Malina (5) Ariana (3)
Years in Charlotte: 1
Hometown: Johnson City, TN
Alma Mater: East Tennessee State University
Occupation: Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Partner, Hunstad Kortesis Plastic Surgery + MedSpa

Tell us what got you interested in plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery offers me the ability to make people happy on a daily basis. I feel that it is a specialty focused on patient well being and overall happiness.

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is that I am able to use my artistic vision and surgical skill to transform my patients and allow them to achieve their goals. Read More →

March 10, 2017

Fitness Friday: Carolina Barre & Core Bikini Bootcamp

bikiniSmarties, if you share the mindset of many of us and decided that February is really a trial month and you’ll get to sorting your life out in March then we feel ya.  However, it-is-now-March.  Let’s get to sorting it out!  If you’ve made a fitness commitment – we have good news for you!

The Carolina Barre & Core “Bikini Bootcamp” starts TODAY.  Committing in advance is hard because there are too many variables in life that may trip us up.  If you are an “ask me today” kind of gal, then you will be thrilled to know that you can jump on the “Bikini Bootcamp” train because it has not left the station. There’s still time to get on board!

The challenge runs for 32 days through April 10 and with it you get unlimited classes.  If you want the juice cleanse and you are in Charlotte, just add that to your order on the Carolina Barre & Core site and it will be delivered to you in the Charlotte studio.

CBCCltRaleighDid you know that you can use your classes at either the Charlotte or Raleigh studios?  If you find yourself traveling between both cities, then come see us in Raleigh!


Carolina Barre & Core, Charlotte
2901 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: 980.207.1046 Email:
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Carolina Barre & Core, Raleigh Lafayette Village 8480 Honeycutt Rd, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27615 Phone: 919.200.4241 Email:

March 9, 2017

Get your tickets to Charlotte Youth Ballet’s Spring Production: ‘Coppelia’


Get your ballerinas ready and grab tickets for your entire family to Charlotte Youth Ballet’s (CYB) Coppelia, performed by the Charlotte Youth Ballet in collaborations with Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico and the Mauro Ballet Company of Puerto Rico. This is a family-friendly event not to be missed!

The delightful tale of Coppelia presents a budding romance between two young villagers, Franz and Swanilda, alongside the curious working of their eccentric neighbor Dr. Coppelius. Dr. Coppelius, a mad inventor has created a beautiful life-like doll. Infatuated at the sight of the inventor’s new doll, “Coppelia”, Frantz sneaks into Dr. Coppelius’ workshop and mayhem ensues! Following the show, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the cast during a free autograph and photograph meet and greet.

Performance Dates & Times:

Friday March 17, 2017 | 10am (Preview Performance)
Saturday March 18, 2017 | 1:30pm & 5:30pm
Sunday March 19, 2017 | 2:30pm

Smarty Tip: Girl Scouts can enjoy a special Before the Curtain presentation before the matinee performances. Read More →

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