The Asheville area has been among the most rapidly growing regions of North Carolina for several decades. Known primarily as a tourism destination for most of its history, in the last few decades, western North Carolina's economy has been bolstered by an influx of companies starting or moving to Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and surrounding counties. With job growth and a strengthening economy, thousands of families have relocated to the mountains. The Asheville area is a beautiful place to raise a family. From an early age, children are instilled with an appreciation for the wonder of nature. Our education systems are excellent, and people here understand the value of the arts. 

While Asheville is surrounded by nature, occasionally, you might find your family is stuck inside, especially as we continue to practice safe social distancing. When you are relegated to your home, here are nine ideas for entertaining children creatively. 


Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance (CAID) is proud to announce student Darla Sutrich, from the Asheville location, won the Adult Championship for the Southern Region of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America Southern Region, Oireachtas. This is the highest level of Irish Dance in which an adult dancer can compete.

Designing for Prep Program's production of Macbeth began with a class investigation into what life was like in 11th Century Scotland. After unanimously agreeing that even though we would not want to live there, our costuming would reflect the period rather than setting the story closer to the present day. (We made a creative exception for the witches because Willow was committed to the use of glitter and a rainbow color palette).