August 4, 2016

Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville prepares local families for their child’s first day of kindergarten

Free Countdown to Kindergarten community event on Friday, August 19

Free Countdown to Kindergarten community event on Friday, August 19

HUNTERSVILLE – Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville is helping young learners get ready for their first day of school with Countdown to Kindergarten, a free community-wide program for rising kindergarteners and their families, on Friday, August 19, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This free community event promotes kindergarten readiness through a variety of programs that emphasize literacy, safety and what to expect in the classroom. For the event, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville is connecting with community partners to offer skill-building activities and information that children and parents will need in preparation for their first day of school.

Soon-to-be kindergartners and their families will be able to visit a mock classroom and meet local kindergarten teachers from CMS North Learning District, practice school bus safety with Gus the Bus and join CMS officials for special family readiness workshops at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. to discuss what families can expect in their child’s first 30 days of school.

  • Guests can also explore community resources and engage with hands-on activities like
  • Free dental screenings with Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures
  • Story Time with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at 5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Tutoring and educational resources from Learning Rx and Omega Learning
  • Afterschool and extracurricular activities through the Girl Scouts, Lake Norman YMCA, the Huntersville Aquatic Center, and Lake Norman Performing Arts
  • Setting up a college savings program with NC 529 Plan for the new Class of 2029
  • Public safety and school safety demonstrations with Huntersville police, fire and rescue
  • And much more!

Discovery Place KIDS will close at 4:00 p.m. on the day of its event for preparations and then will open the doors again at 5:00 p.m. for Countdown to Kindergarten activities. Countdown to Kindergarten is a free community event. For more information, visit or call 704.372.6261 x 300.