Although the weather has been a topsy-turvy mess over the past few weeks, there will be a time when it is consistently nice outside. When that time comes, the residents of the Triangle will emerge from their houses and their jackets looking for activities to do with their kids who have been cooped up all winter. There are many activities that are kid friendly in the Triangle. Here are a few that my family and I have enjoyed in the past.
Marbles Children's Museum - This venue is inside and can also be visited in the winter months on the weekend. The museum has many fun and engaging activities for kids. . You could really spend the entire day there and never get bored. For the number of activities, the price is very economical. Admission is only five dollars per person. Children under the age of one are free. The entire museum is stroller accessible, so it is easy to get around. Spend the day at Marbles and let your kids learn and have fun at the same time. Check out their website at www.marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Pullen Park - Located near downtown Raleigh, this park has everything that you would expect from a park and more. There are several attractions for kids that require tickets, which are a dollar. There is a miniature train that kids and adults can ride, a carousel, kiddie boats, and pedal boats. There is also a picnic area for those who want to bring their own food to eat while they are there. If you want to spend the afternoon outdoors in a place that you know your kids will enjoy, consider going to Pullen Park. You can check out hours and answer any question at www.raleighnc.gov.
RDU Observation Deck - As a kid my grandparents would take us to the local airport to watch the planes take off and land. This experience is very exhilarating for kids. Since 9/11 no-one without a ticket is allowed passed security, so airports have had to get creative. RDU has its own observation park where you can go and watch planes. There is a raised observation deck with benches where you can sit and clearly see the planes take off and land. There is also a park where kids can play and a picnic area for those who want to bring food. One of the cool features of the park is a speaker on the deck that airs the radio communications between the control tower and the planes. There is also an education area that answers some of the questions that you may have about air travel. Pack up a lunch and your kids and spend the afternoon learning about air travel at the RDU Observation Park. Check out their website at www.rdu.com/observation-park.
Hill Ridge Farm - Located outside of Raleigh in Youngsville, this farm has everything people need to have fun on a spring day. The farm is closed after Christmas but opens again on April 8th for the spring. It is a general admission price to get into the farm, however, the larger attractions are an extra cost. There is a train and hay rides that are for kids and adults alike. When the weather gets hotter during late spring and summer, there is a splash pad that is included in the general admission that kids will love. Check out their website at www.hillridgefarms.com to see their other attractions, prices, and answer any questions.
Start your spring out right by getting out of the house and doing activities as a family. These are just a few of the many option for things to do in the Triangle. There are a wide range of other events to choose from. The goal in the end is to get out of the house, get some fresh air, and spend time with the ones you love.