5 places to have fun & stay dry on these rainy days in Charlotte

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We’ve been spoiled lately by the gorgeous Carolina blue skies and sunshiny days, but the weather forecast for Charlotte this week and weekend is looking wet, wet, wet. Keep cabin fever at bay by heading out to one of these fun indoor spots in Charlotte.

Go Climbing:

Let your kids climb the walls, literally, at Inner Peaks indoor rock climbing facilities. There are 2 locations (South End & Crown Point) that are open for climbing all day. A Day Pass will run you $18 (you can come and go as you please) and a harness will cost an additional $5. They’re open 10am - 10pm and there is no minimum (or maximum!) age. Be sure to go online to sign the ewaiver before you head over.

Fly High:

If you haven’t checked out the Carolinas Aviation Museum, this is a great time to do it. Kids and parents alike will be mesmerize by the up close look at commercial, military and civil flying, including 3 cockpits that kids can get into and play around with. The Miracle on The Hudson is a big draw - the airplane has been reassembled with all the remaining parts for viewing. $12 for adults, $8 for kids, 5 & under are free.

Run Free:

At nearly 1.4-million square feet, Concord Mills Mall has plenty of room for your little ones to run and run and run. There are over 200 outlet stores, plenty of dining options and entertainment enough to keep kids happy for hours, including a carousel, play area and the Sea Life Aquarium. Now through the end of May, Concord Mills is hosting a mall-wide “Accessorize Your Spring” sale, featuring deep discounts on jewelry, bags, shoes hats, sunglasses, tech gear and more.

Indoor Play:

Superior Play Systems has 16 playsets on display to play on, as well as 4 PROformance Hoops basketball goals, 2 Goalrilla basketball goals, 2 Alley Oop trampolines, and 2 SpringFree trampolines. They offer Pay-to-Play every day, as well as free Open Play every Wednesday and Friday.

Additionally, many Charlotte Mecklenburg Recreation Centers boast fun, free open gyms and playrooms. For a center near you check out

Film Fest: Heading to the movies is always a rainy day treat, and Cinebarre Theater at the Arboretum makes it even better since you can knock out dinner at the same time. Waiters take your order and deliver the food while you watch the movie, but get there early so you’re not ordering in the dark! “Zootopia,” “Ratchet & Clank,” and The Jungle Book” are among the PG-rated films showing now.

Another great movie option is Carolina Cinema Movies 10 in Matthews. Though the films aren’t the latest released, the price tag is just right with reduced ticket prices for second-run movies. “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “Inside Out” are currently showing.