From Sarah C. today - free outdoor activities for younger kids:
North Hills in Raleigh offers year round shopping, dining and movies. As part of its family friendly appeal, North Hills has regular weekday kids activities on the Commons during the warmer months including open play, story tellers, and shows. D
and I stopped by recently to burn a little energy during "Open Play and Creative Exercise."
I confess, I don't get to this particular area of Raleigh often so I wasn't sure what to expect. What a delight to find a small area with astro turf ground cover. Set up in the middle of it were a couple pop up canopies providing shade to lots of soft mats and play blocks. The entire area was enclosed with a colorful plastic and fabric barricade. There was an opening facing the building housing Starbucks and Ben & Jerry's. I talked to a couple other mothers who were fighting a case of the runaway babies. One mom admitted closing off the barricade completely when her kids were the only ones there one day. Personally, I find that a good idea. It's quite easily maneuvered by parents and would slow down the little escapees.
After our play time, we headed across the street for lunch at Chick-fil-a. It's one of a number of restaurant options in the shopping center. Of course, you could also easily grab a coffee from Starbucks which, as previously mentioned is adjacent to the play area, to sip while you watch your kids play. I would recommend the open play for crawlers to preschool age. Even on a hot August day, with the shade from the canopies and a bit of a breeze, this was great fun.
The summer schedule of NH Kids events ends on Tuesday, but North Hills has hinted on their website that there may be more fun in September - weather permitting. They also host a number of various events throughout the year. See their website (links below) for more information.
| NH Kids Calendar
| Movies & Events
4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave
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