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Parents looking for a new hangout for their children can find exactly that at Cliff Hangers rock-climbing facility in Mooresville.
Cliff Hangers was established by brothers Kris and Keith Johnson after they discovered rock climbing and decided to build a facility to share their love for the sport.
While the facility provides fun experiences for all ages, it features a “Kid Area” with a rock-climbing wall specifically designed for little bodies.
Parents can book a party for their children in Cliff Hangers’ party room. Reservations are required two weeks in advance and require a deposit. Some items for the party can be provided with advance notice, and parents provide their own refreshments and treats.
Ongoing youth team activities and home school clubs are offered to ages 7 to 17. No reservations are required for drop-ins. All participants must complete a waiver online or in person.
Day passes for youths 12 and younger are $15. Rental gear is available. Wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. Climbing shoes and harnesses can be rented, and all the training needed is covered in a brief orientation.
A café onsite offers smoothies, energy drinks and a variety of other beverages, as well as snacks such as muffins and energy bars. The café even serves beer for the parents.
Cliff Hangers is at 326 Oates Road in Mooresville. Facility hours are Monday from noon to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
For more information go to www.cliffhangersclimbing.com.
Ain't Miss Bead Haven
For all things sparkly, beaded and shiny, Ain’t Miss Bead Haven in Mooresville offers children’s parties, classes and workshops, or drop-in visits for kids to create their own one-of-a-kind original jewelry.
Laura Brosseau, originally from Louisiana, opened the business in 2011 after moving to Charlotte following Hurricane Katrina. She, along with several other in-house jewelry designers, help kid creators craft their treasures.
Children’s parties are usually held on Saturdays and should be booked two-to-three weeks in advance. A party fee deposit is required.
“Younger children tend to do better at earlier party time slots of 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brosseau said. “We also offer afternoon parties Monday through Saturday between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., and generally older children prefer this time of day.”
The store will design and create for you, or create and assemble your own design. The business also offers a summer camp for kids.
Shoppers can find on-street parking, and several free lots are located downtown, with the Wells Fargo lot across the street being the closest.
Ain’t Miss Bead Haven is at 138 N. Main St. in Mooresville. Store hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Tuesdays by appointment.
For more information or to book parties and classes, go to www.aintmissbeadhaven.com.
Kidz Zone Interactive Playhouse
Set to open Feb. 9, Kidz Zone Interactive Playhouse will offer fun indoor play to children up to 12 years old.
Moms and dads can relax while their toddlers, school-aged children and preteens scamper off to interactive floor games, or do arts and crafts while parents of infants can participate in sensory fun for babies.
Other services available include date-night drop-offs, open play, play dates, and holiday and birthday parties. Drop-off daycare is from 9 to 11 a.m. Winter, spring and summer camps are also planned for the coming year.
Added parent perks include Wi-Fi and support groups for moms.
Kidz Zone Interactive Playhouse is at 807 Williamson Road, Unit 107, Mooresville.
Search Facebook for their page for more information.
Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville
The place is no new secret to parents in Lake Norman, but some of Discovery Place Kids’ new offerings will delight little tykes this coming year.
The “I Can” series of exhibitions include healthy cooking; exploring future careers; feeling the rush of movement on land, and in the air and water; and discovering their creative and artistic sides. There’s also a learning garden and a town square for play and fresh air.
Themed birthday parties feature science, Legos, art, tea parties and fossil digs. Cupcakes, juice boxes and goodie bags can be purchased for parties, or parents can supply their own refreshments. Payment is required in full at the time of booking.
Camps, toddler time, classes, field trips and live exhibitions round out fun activities. A full calendar of these events can be found on the museum’s website.
Discovery Place Kids is in the heart of downtown Huntersville at 105 Gilead Road. Free parking is available in the Huntersville Town Center parking deck behind the museum. Access the parking deck from Old Statesville or Gilead roads.
Hours are Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Go to www.kids.discoveryplace.org for more information and pricing.
Elizabeth Durocher is a freelance writer for Lake Norman Publications.