We haven’t been traveling as much as we usually do this summer. It’s been a crazy summer due to the fact that we just moved to the DC area, my husband started a new job with very limited time off, Abby is less than six months old, and now we have three kids four and under. So where do you go when as a mom when you still feel the need to get away…to visit your mom!!! Something about grandma’s house that makes life a little more fun: more cookies, homemade dinners (that you don’t have to cook!), and Grandma is always there to help read bedtime stories.
My mom happens to live right outside Raleigh, North Carolina. Most of our time at Grandma’s house was spent playing in the baby pool in the yard, taking walks on the nature trails near her house, visiting extended family, and laying low. But I LOVE this area for little kids and tried to get out to some new and fun places with the kids. There are so many great things to do with kids, the weather is wonderful, and the traffic isn’t crazy like it is here in DC:) Some of our favorite things to do in the area are:
1. Pullen Park: This park is one of the BEST parks that I have ever been to! The play structures were amazing. There was a great water/sand area. The boys loved the train ride and I’m sure they would have loved the carousel too! There are also paddle boats, plenty of picnic spots, a pond with ducks, trails for walking, food cafes, and more. Definitely a perfect place to spend the day with little kids.
Other favorite parks in the area that we like to visit include Bond Park and Kids Together Park in Cary.
2. Marbles Children’s Museum: This museum is great for little ones. There are SO many different activities that kids can do in this two level museum. They can shop at the grocery store, pretend to drive the school bus, drive trains on the big train tables, explore the pirate ship, kick a soccer ball on a mini field, and so much more. We had so much fun at this museum and I am looking forward to hopefully taking the crew again sometime this winter! I also would love to take the boys to the Imax movie there.
3. Museum of Life and Science in Durham: Several people recommended me to visit this museum and I have to say, the museum was awesome. We spent a full morning at the museum and hardly had a chance to visit the inside exhibits because the outdoor exhibits were amazing. The kids saw lots of animals, walked through the butterfly conservatory, explored the dinosaur trail, and loved the outdoor park area (which included a huge sandbox, a big play structure, music making area, and more).
Some of our other favorite places and restaurants include:
- North Carolina State Farmer’s Market
- Southpoint Mall
- Krispy Kreme in Downtown Raleigh
- Mellow Mushroom
- Quail Ridge Books
- Kid to Kid Consignment Store
Places I still would like to visit with the kids include:
- Monkey Joe’s
- Three Bears Acres
- RDU Observation Park: My boys would LOVE this!
- Jordan Lake
- DJ’s Berry Patch
You can find lots of great information on this website, mom in chapel hill. We would love to know if any of our readers in the Triangle area have any recommendations for things to do as we visit Grandma as much as our schedule allows. Please leave us a comment with your favorite and fun things to do in the area!