Thursday, August 27, 2009

Durham Bulls Game

My husband and I love going to Durham Bulls Games. So we took C to his first game ever when he was a wee-one. He was more interested in the big stadium lights over everything and anything else.

The Bulls games are a blast, though, if you haven't been. Seats are cheap and you always get a great view of the field. Concessions are standard ballpark fare that takes me back to my childhood. Between-inning entertainment is local kids and organizations showing what they can do. Wool E. Bull is a fun, well-behaved and entertaining mascot. It makes me so proud of our community every time I go. The ballpark and organization definitely caters to children, and they do a good job.
Of course, that said, I doubt we will be taking C back until he is a little older. Games are long, you have to be able to sit in your stadium chair, and I want him to at least be able to understand there is entertainment for him on the field, and not just spend time crawling around putting peanut shells in his mouth. I don't know when that time will be, but we really can't wait. There is a play area ( a Kids Zone ) for kids at the far end of one stadium on the first base side, which is a nice break from the game activities for kids, too. Seventh inning stretch maybe?

I am guessing another year or two we'll be at the Bulls games full force. This has to be just a blast with kids ages 4 and up. In the meantime, though, my husband and I will be at games while C spends time with his Nana. We'll be drinking cold beers, eating funnel cake, and hoping that someone hits the bull so we get steak.

The Durham Bulls are one of the family-friendly gems we love about this area.

Durham Bulls Baseball Club
http://www.dbulls.com/

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

From I-40: Take I-40 West to the Durham Freeway (Exit 279B) to the Mangum/Roxboro Street Exit (Exit 12B). Keep straight up the hill for about 2 blocks (Willard St.) Ballpark Stadium is on the right.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Carolina Inn & Bluegrass

The Carolina Inn is a UNC institution-- expensive rooms, expensive meals, expensive drinks, expensive teas. No way I would waste that money on a child (fear not, I would definitely do it as a splurge for myself!). BUT, good news for parents, Carolina Inn offers a special event every Friday during the summer months that is fantastic for kiddos.

Starting in April, Carolina Inn hosts Carolina Inn Fridays on the Front Porch. From 5-8 pm people come out in droves to listen to good, local Bluegrass music (we love Big Fat Gap, and they usually are the featured band). Casting aside it's higher-sensibilities, Carolina Inn sells BBQ out of buffet trays. Wine & beer are also available for consumption.

If you can stand the mosquitoes and the crowds (although keep in mind that when UNC is on summer break, the crowds get much smaller (and more casual!)), take the kids. There is a lot of dancing, tag, and yelling. Unfortunately for us, C has himself a very early bedtime right now. We took him when he was a little one without a bedtime, and we look forward to going again once he can stay out of dreamland a little longer.

As with all things near UNC's campus, parking can be rough. Again, you'll get a break in the summertime as it should be easier then, but plan to get aggressive for that spot on the street.

** A very informative reader comment on this post reminded us that they have implemented a "no coolers" at this event. You can only consume what you buy on premises. We haven't tested that out with regards to sippy cups and kids snacks yet.

The Carolina Inn
http://www.carolinainn.com/

211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
On the Campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Phone: 1-800-962-8519

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Salsa Babies

Updated 1/2011: Susana Ramsey is no longer doing Salsa Babies but has, instead, started the all-new Zumba for Everybody. With options for participants of all ages, head over to http://www.zumbaforeverybody.com/ to check it out!

I have to say, I haven't tried this out. But I do know that it is very popular now. And it is in our area!

I also know that Susana Ramsey, the owner of Triangle Salsa Babies, is very passionate about this program and is working hard to make it accessible to mommies.

I, personally, love to shake my booty alone through my weekly dance classes (I would fling C right off of me with my ecstatic hip rolls in Body Jam), but I understand the brilliance behind this idea.

If you have been, give me your thoughts.

http://www.trianglesalsababies.com/

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Southern Village's Summer Music Series

One of the many things my husband and I love about this area is all the free, outdoor, local music concerts. We figured out last year that you could listen to free music in the summer every Friday night, Saturday evening, Sunday morning, and Sunday evening. How great is that!?

So here is your Sunday night option:
Southern Village Summer Music Series

Every Sunday evening the stage on the green at Southern Village hosts a local band. The music is varied, the styles diverse, and the summer twilight hours are magical. You can bring food and beverages out from the local restaurants and Weaver Street market (we got some pizza) and they do sell concessions around the green.

We took C when he was young to see Tres Chicas. It was a slower band, more acoustic, but quite lovely (and very popular in this town). We wrapped C in mosquito netting while he was there to protect his skin, but that was the only problem we had. Can't do anything about those NC summer mosquitoes. There were kids of all ages running around, having fun, and dancing. The fireflies were twinkling, and it felt good to be in NC for the summer.

Southern Village Green
http://www.southernvillage.com/movies-music.htm

Market Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516