If you have kids, finding a home in a good school district is just one of the things you want to think about when moving. You also want to make sure there are plenty of kid-friendly things to do in the area you end up living in, so that you have a number of options on weekends and on days when your children are off from school. No matter what your kids are interested in, the Northwest Raleigh neighborhood has a wealth of kid-friendly activities. From time spent outdoors to time spent learning a new skill, your kids will stay busy and have a blast.
Explore Farm Life
Three Bear Acres is a farm that’s dedicated to the idea that kids learn best when they are able to freely explore and have fun. The 50-acre farm is available for field trips, birthday parties, or family fun days. Highlights of the farm include a giant jumping pillow, graffiti wall, and toboggan run. During the warmer months, after Memorial Day, there’s a sprayground and a water gun shooting area. Kids can also search for tadpoles and frogs, or try their hand at catch and release fishing in the farm’s pond.
Kids who also love visiting and petting animals will love Naylor Family Farm, located just outside of Raleigh. The farm features a petting zoo with friendly animals such as goats, horses, and baby pigs. Children have the opportunity to feed the animals directly. Other highlights of the farm include a giant corn maze, hayrides, and a pumpkin patch.
Learn at a Museum
On rainy or chilly days, a visit to a kid-centric museum can keep your kids from getting bored. Exhibits at the Marbles Kids Museum are centered around five initiatives: Create, Innovate; Be Healthy, Be Active; Build Your Brain; Grow Up Green; and Connect and Communicate. Exhibits include Splash!, which teaches kids all about water, Moneypalooza, which is all about finance, and About Town, which shrinks a complete city down to kid-size. The museum also has an IMAX theater, which has the only the 3-D compatible screen in the state.
Take a Cooking Class
Kids who love to be in the kitchen will be right at home at Flour Power Kids’ Cooking Studio, which has two locations in Raleigh. The cooking studio offers a range of classes for kids starting in preschool and up through the teenage years. The Teen Chef Challenge series of classes focuses not only on how to follow a recipe, but also the science behind cooking. It also offers healthy eating tips for teens. Classes for preschoolers are based on a theme, such as “Green Eggs and Ham,” and feature fun recipes that center around the theme.
The cooking studio also offers a summer day camp for kids who are enthusiastic about cooking. The camps run on a weekly basis throughout the summer, and each one has a different overarching theme.
When your kids are busy and happy, you get to be happy too. Fortunately, in the area around northwest Raleigh, there’s plenty to keep your kids busy throughout the year.