Democratic National Convention draws families for educational experience

Many of the DNC's events will happen at the Time Warner Cable Arena in downtown Charlotte.

The Democractic National Convention is serving as more than just a political event; it's also serving as a once in a lifetime educational experience.

As the DNC kicks off this week, thousands of people, including families, are planning to attend the events in downtown Charlotte.

"It's a good educational experience," said visitor Sam McNeil. "They (my family) can see something that the city has never experienced."

In addition to learning more about government, McNeil said it's also a time for his family to see the way media works.

"They (my family) can see a lot of media and others that they would otherwise not get to see if we didn't come down here," McNeil added. "It's just a good experience for them."

Monday's activities include CarolinaFest, a family-friendly Labor Day festival.

Throughout the week well-known politicians and celebrities are expected to speak. President Barack Obama will accept his nomination on Thursday evening, according to the convention schedule.

We have a team on the ground in Charlotte bring you the latest news and information from the 2012 Democratic National Convention.