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Old 06-22-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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Hi All,
Everyone is so helpful here that I was hoping some of you would be so kind as to answer some of these questions for a hopeful 2011 new transplant!

1. What are some of the fun places for school age kids? Teenagers?

2. Where do teenagers hang out? Or.. where do they go out on a Friday or Saturday night?

3. Which is your favorite mall? Why?

4. What is something that is fun and specific to the area?

5. Do you like year round school schedule and why?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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Fav mall is Crabtree Valley. I just started to like year-round school. My daughter was transferred to the desired track4.Track 4 is almost like traditional. I just moved here so I would also like to know what are some fun things other than Frankie’s and the Marble kids museum you can do.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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What is Frankie's and the Marble Kids museum?
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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What is Frankie's and the Marble Kids museum?

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Old 06-22-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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Thanks for the link MatoNC! We are definately going to go there!
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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1. What are some of the fun places for school age kids? Teenagers?
I second Frankies! My older boys (10 and 11 yrs) also like Dream Sports. They have a Friday night drop-off program that we have done in the past. It's $10 per child for 4 hours of sports programming.

Dreamsports Center: Friday Sports Night, Skating, Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, Fun, Safe, Parents Night Out, Drop Off (http://www.dreamsportscenter.com/friday_night.html - broken link)

2. Where do teenagers hang out? Or.. where do they go out on a Friday or Saturday night?
My kids aren't teens yet but we have been to the ice rinks as a family on a Friday/Saturday night and they were packed with teens (probably all trying to escape the heat!). Movies are another option as is Dream Sports and Frankies.

3. Which is your favorite mall? Why?
We don't really shop the malls, but when we do go I prefer Crabtree. It's a multi-level mall with some decent restaurants (mostly chains though).

4. What is something that is fun and specific to the area?
These are not things that are specific to this area but we like to go strawberry picking in the late spring and boating in the summer. There are a lot of lakes in the area where you can boat and/or beach. There are also a TON of playgrounds/parks designed for children. We also noticed there are a lot of those bounce-house type facilities down here such as Monkey Joes, Bounce-U, Wii-Bounce...etc.

5. Do you like year round school schedule and why?
We are on the traditional calendar but had applied for the year round a few times (never got in). I would have loved to have vacation time on the "off-peak" times. We usually rent a house on the beach (either Sandbridge area in VA or Outter Banks) and it would be nice to not pay a premium. I would also LOVE if my kids did not have the looonnnngg 9 week break in the summer. It's much too long in my opinion. 9 weeks in, 3 weeks out sounds so much nicer!
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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What tween/teen doesn't enjoy kayaking??? This is local, affordable and just fun.

North Carolina Kayak, Canoe & Accessories, Kayak/Canoe Trips, Triangle, Raleigh
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:56 PM
 
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Excellent feedback! Thanks justthe6ofus and Saluki Lover! I have never been kayaking but my teens would just love it!! :-)
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Southpoint Mall in Durham is also very nice. You can Google that for details. Really any of these places will come up on a quick Google search -- except for some obscure places or activities.

I'm happy with the year round schools. Keep in mind that none of the high schools are year round. If you have a high schooler and a younger child year round might not work for you. You can apply for the traditional option. Google WCPSS for more details. And click on the newcomers tab.

Endless things for the kids to do: Carolina Parent |Family Activities, Camps, Summer Programs, Schools, & Parenting Resources in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Durham & more Triangle cities
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