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Old 06-25-2013, 10:48 AM
 
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Well, it turns out our beach plans for next week may get postponed as our 5 year old just got a huge walking boot for his right leg! We are not sure if we want to head to the beach with our son in a walking boot. The ortho said would be okay, but he would have to wear it on the beach, so we are reconsidering.

What would you all do with a 5 year old in the Triangle this coming week. We were thinking movies, 4th of July fireworks at Kenan, and perhaps Marbles or Life and Science Museum, but are open to any ideas you all have!

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Old 06-25-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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I wouldn't do Marbles. When we go it's mainly the four and under crowd. I would suggest the Science museum. Lots to see and do and if you go the website you can find out when their story time and touch the animals times are. Perfect for resting your little's one's foot mid way through touring. There is museum cafe there with very yummy foods for lunch. The history museum is directly across from there if you are still in the mood. Both free, just bring some cash for parking. I would not suggest feeding the meters, that would just add to the walking required. There are many underground parking places, around $2 an hour. Well worth it to not have to parellel park, feed meters and have a nice cool car to come back to.

Depending on weather, Pullen Park is another good option. Great playground with a whole swing section that would be good with the boot. Carosaul, train ride, pedal boats and feeding the ducks. It's wonderful there, your 5 year old would love it. Tickets for the rides are $1 each, 1 ticket per ride.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:09 PM
 
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Museum of Natural History is also great - free entry and a great cafe with delicious and healthy choices.

Pullen Park and Museum of Life and Science as Priorityonecb said.

I think Marbles is a good option. My daughter is 4 (quite advanced for her age) and still enjoys the pretend play, dress up, climbing, lego, car building, etc. areas. If your child has a good imagination it can be a great place to play regardless of age.

Monsters U was a great movie - good choice there. Lots of high schools and towns will have fireworks; there must be a website that has details.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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Similar to Pullen Park, you could check out City Park in Burlington. Fewer climbing structures, but I think a few more rides that your son can have fun on.

Burlington, NC - Official Website - City Park

Both my boys (3 and 6) like the MLS, the Science Museum in Raleigh and Marbles (although I find Marbles a bit overwhelming). It looks like Greensboro is just getting ready to open their SciQuarium. Maybe that would be a fun day trip, depending on the timing.

Greensboro Science Center | Carolina SciQuarium

Maybe some fun sweet treats? Pelicans Snoballs, the Parlor for ice cream? I think that Radius pizza in Hillsborough has a kids make their own pizza night.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:40 PM
 
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For quiet activities - check out if there is a story time at local library or Barnes & Noble.

For a fun treat we frequently go to Menchies frozen yogurt at Waverly Place. There is also a small playground and very nice fountains. Kids Together playground and Harold Ritter park are nearby, both have swings.

Maybe Duke Lemur Center or Planetarium if it rains? Or pick your own fruit / berries if it doesn't?

Greensboro also has a children museum. It's smaller than Marbles but our son had fun there.
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