Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary
 [Register]
Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary The Triangle Area
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 08-17-2009, 08:50 AM
 
2 posts, read 8,925 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

We're coming to stay in Chapel Hill for a few days in early September to check out the area (we're considering a move from the Northeast in a couple of years). We have a toddler (18 months) and would love to integrate some play time for her into our activities. I'd especially love to find a pool that is available to the public. Are there any community pools, or pool clubs that allow non-members to pay just for a day? I'd also love to hear about playgrounds, museums, or any other warm-weather activities in the area that are great for toddlers. We want to keep our little one happy while we visit, but are also interested in getting a feel for the place and seeing what it would be like to raise a family there. I'd love to hear any suggestions for how to get the real experience of what it's like to live there (but in 4 days!). Thank you!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 08-17-2009, 12:43 PM
 
55 posts, read 144,892 times
Reputation: 17
2 pools that come to mind are Meadowmont and the new aquatics center near Homestead park. Check on the hours for the Meadowmont pool as they generally reduce hours after school starts.

Kidzu is fun for that age. There are several parks in CH. The best IMO for that age are: Homestead and Community Center. Not in CH, but the NC Musuem of Life and Science in Durham is A LOT of fun

For ice cream, go out to Maple View Farms. There is also a store by Weaver Street market and the lawn in front of Weaver Street market is a fun place. There is also Locopops on Elliott Rd, which has popiscles that my 2yo loves.

Check out the library schedule for toddler times.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-17-2009, 01:03 PM
 
1,036 posts, read 3,192,551 times
Reputation: 819
I'd try Homestead pool--it just opened in February and has a wide zero-entry ramp for littles to splash and play on. I've never been to Meadowmont's pool, but I hear it's nice.

The park at Estes Community Center is really popular and connects to a couple of greenways--one paved along a stream, and another natural path that leads to the University.

The other thing to check out is outdoor music--Front Porch Fridays at the Carolina Inn offers bluegrass and a very well-attended meet and greet to end the week. Kids have a blast running around the lawn and dancing. Also, Sunday brunch at Weaver Street in Carrboro offers the same kind of thing, except with a different crowd (hippies at Weaver Street, preppies at Carolina Inn)

Museum of Life and Science and Duke Gardens both warrant a drive to Durham.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-17-2009, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
149 posts, read 431,413 times
Reputation: 92
Also Thursday music at Weaver St. Believe that starts at 6.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-17-2009, 02:37 PM
 
9,196 posts, read 24,927,777 times
Reputation: 8585
FWIW, I saw a book recently on stuff to do with kids in Chapel Hill and Durham. It might be of interest to those with younger children. I saw it on the checkout counter at the toy store in University Mall. Sorry I don't have other details about the book.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-17-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
2,834 posts, read 12,030,382 times
Reputation: 1060
Definitely try the homestead pool, my mom takes my kids there all of the time, they have pool toys available for the kids, and it is just a very nice place for the kids!

my daughters also like kidzu, definitely a fun place to go.

Leigh
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-18-2009, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill
744 posts, read 1,262,047 times
Reputation: 711
I do love Maple View but Locopops for popcicles or gelato or cupcakes at Sugarland may be better options as they are just on the opposite side of Franklin St. from Kidzu. UNC campus is also right there and a stroll through it is nice.

The advantages of Homestead Park pool are that it's a beatiful indoor facilty (don't have to worry about getting sunburned), water is temp controlled, and it's cheap ($2 for kids and I think $5 for adults; may be a little higher if you live outside of Orange County-- and are honest about that fact.)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-24-2009, 08:02 AM
 
2 posts, read 8,925 times
Reputation: 10
Thanks for the great ideas, everyone! I really appreciate it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-24-2009, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
2,270 posts, read 9,145,316 times
Reputation: 1858
This is a good list:

Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mothers Club: Favorite Activities (http://www.chapelhillmothersclub.org/Favorites/activities.htm - broken link)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:




Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top