Monday, September 21, 2015
Turns out, I only have one preschooler now (& only for one more year SNIFFLE) & my other daughter is in kindergarten. So I plan to continue writing about the places we go and see, but perhaps as my kiddos' taste evolves, yours will, too? I'd like to write about track out camps, homework help (especially with COMMON CORE), after-school activities and sports and where to go with your kids during the evening, for educational purposes, etc.
This is not "exactly" going to be for toddler parents going forward but I'm hoping what has already been written will act as reference, and ya'll wouldn't mind letting me know if activities/parks are changing.
Don't get me wrong, we still go to parks. But my kids enjoy consistency now and really love going to the same parks. So a "new adventure" that was easy to sell when they didn't realize I was shlepping them all over Wake County and beyond has become a tougher sell.
So here we go again!! Oh yeah, and I cannot wait to go to the Aloha Safari Zoo. The biggest problem is it's only open on the weekends after Aug. 24. Sigh …
NOTE! I usually have photos of the parks, but alas I wrote this blog more than a year ago and since then my phone has had to be replaced (as well as my photos). This is a great park, though, so I wouldn't want you to miss out on it because I'm a slacker. P.S. Bummer that there are no pics of the fire fighters. ;)
Yup, Harold D. Ritter Park was a great as advertised. When I pulled up I wasn't so sure though. Didn't look outstanding, although it did look nice, updated and clean -- as per usual in Cary. However, we got an incredible treat this morning on my first adventure of the spring.
There were two firetrucks and the firemen were practicing on the equipment with full gear on! I wouldn't include too much of this in my blog about the park if it were just a 1-time occurrence, but the firefighter I spoke with said they practice there every so often and sometimes just brought the trucks in for the kids to explore and ask questions. It was awesome. I don't know who was more "geeked out" me or the kids. OK, it was me.
Anyway, the rest of the morning the girls played for extended periods on the swings (big kid and baby swings), in the large sandbox, on the slides, balance steps, and this great little horizontal-ish wheel I've seen before but never seen so popular with the kids. It was amazing. My buddy, Amanda, and I just sat back and watched our kids play for hours. It was worth getting rained on periodically and was a bit chilly in the a.m. The trees in the area (Lochmere neighborhood) are mature and provide a canopy from the sun, which in the summer comes in pretty handy.
We will go again and again. Turns out, however, it is not much of a secret. When we arrived it was nearly empty. When we left there were at least a hundred kids and parents. Still, it's a big park and didn't seemed overly crowded and all the moms were pretty friendly.
Harold D. Ritter Park
301 Lockmere Dr West
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
If I had time to tell you about all the great things I would, but here are my cliffs notes from last year.
1. The Baby Chicks are a MUST-SEE but it gets very crowded.
2. The Free Ice Cream Is Amazing, So Get Some For Yourself, too.
3. Milk the Fake Cow!
4. You May Have To Go Twice -- It's That Fun!
Honestly, it's really a great experience and one my children wouldn't otherwise get. It's well organized, but busy, so if you can go at the recommended times.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Friday, September 6, 2013
I crossed off two of my wish-list places last week. The first was The Museum of Life & Science in Durham. The second was the New Hill/Bonsal Train ride. Both were amazing and are a MUST for Triangle parents.
I will tell you why we loved them, what we paid and helpful hints for enjoying both places to their fullest. Unfortunately, my blogging has slowed down a bit because we have started school and work and my kids have their favorites. But these two blogs are forthcoming, in addition to new places to be added to my wish list. It's just easier to find what they love and do the same thing over and over - because, after all, kids do that!
Once again, suggestions are always welcome!!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
North Carolina State Farmer's Market. If I could, I'd be there every day for fresh fruit and vegetables. So last Saturday when I saw there was a blueberry day coming up, I marked my calendar, did a little research and headed over with the kids.
I later found out from a regular visitor for these special events that they usually have a blueberry princess or sweet potato princess that comes out and greets people.
It was really a fun event and great way to get me back out to the Farmer's Market during the week (when it's far less busy).
Click here for information on the next celebration: but you can expect a Peach Day, Watermellon Day, Sweet Potato Day, Grape Day and more. There's really nothing ridiculous or can't miss about this event, except it's free food and it's just a fun thing to do that's a little out of the ordinary for you and your kids. I had a great time and plan to go back next time!
201 Agriculture St
Raleigh, NC 27603