Day Trip Idea: The Pit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

I am sharing a great day trip idea today that is especially nice for those of you with older kids and teens. The Pit is an Indoor Kart Racing facility, but it also includes laser tag, arcade, rock climbing and more!

We ventured to this hidden gem in Moorseville, NC when my children were out of school one day last month. Since the schools in Moorseville and Charlotte were not out that day, we pretty much had the place to ourselves! We had four kids with us, ages 8-11, and I felt like all the activities were age-appropriate for them. As I stated above, I think tweens and teens would thoroughly enjoy this place.  Read More

The Great Pumpkin Patch Search

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Our list grows every year, thanks to all the readers who continually send us their favorite Triad-area pumpkin patch suggestions! Whether you make your pumpkin patch visit a big family outing (complete with photo opportunities), or you're just looking for the closest patch to your home, consult our list below. Most of these patches have been added to our list because of a recommendation by a friend or reader - or because of our own personal experience.

If your favorite is not listed, please leave a comment telling us the name and location of the farm or email and we'll get it added. Always make sure you call the pumpkin patch before you go - you never know if one of these farms sells out early in the season.  Enjoy your search! Read More

Triad Area Fall Festivals & Fairs

Saturday, September 20, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

My favorite time of year has arrived, and it also happens to be the season of special events! As we compiled upcoming events on our Event Calendar, we couldn't help but notice all the fantastic festivals and fairs happening around the Triad this fall. So I pulled them all together in one list (from September - October) to share with you below. And we have even MORE fun, family events (not necessarily fairs and festivals) listed on our calendar, so be sure to check our calendar each week!

All of the events listed below can be found on our Event Calendar, and all are within an hour's drive from the Triad (or very close to an hour). For additional details on each event, click the name of the festival below to visit the event web site. Go ahead and bookmark this page, print it out, hang it on your fridge, or keep a copy on your phone, in your purse, or in your car so it's handy for your next family outing. If we forgot to list one of your favorite fall festivals or fairs, please leave a comment below and we'll add it to our blog and calendar. Read More

The Top 10 Day Trips for Fall

Monday, September 08, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Even though it is tough to say goodbye to summer, the crisp air and colorful leaves of the autumn season always bring a smile to my face. It seems like fall weekends always fly by and before we know it, winter has unleashed itself on us again. So, pull out your calendars now and set up some dates to explore different venues in our area before it gets too cold.

In no particular order, here are my top ten ideas for Day Trips that you and your family should venture to this fall season! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Hanging Rock State Park

Friday, September 05, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Hanging Rock is one of my favorite places to be on a beautiful Fall or Spring Day. It is located in Danbury, NC, which is about 1 ½ hours from Greensboro and High Point, and less than an hour from Winston Salem. There is so much to do here and your activities can easily last an entire day if you have kids can last that long!

My favorite part of the park is the huge lake that hosts a variety of activities. There is a designated swimming area with a beach-type entry, diving boards, and lifeguards. Swimming is allowed during the summer from 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. most days. Although the swimming has closed for this season, it is still open for boating. Of course this lake area is also open to your little fishermen. We have been able to take our kids on the boats even when they were fairly young. Rental fee is minimal. There is a great grassy area next to the lake which is perfect to relax and people watch. It’s also a good spot for a picnic. There are paths along the lakeshore that lead to the dam. They have a bathhouse that includes restrooms, dressing rooms, a snack bar and a lounge area with a view of the lake. Read More

It's Apple Picking Season!

Friday, August 29, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

It seems this time every year, I hear friends and families talk about fun apple picking trips, and I've always wondered where these farms are - and which months are best to go. Recently I polled TMoM Facebook fans, and as it turns out, many of you wondered about the same things too! So I did a little research and came up with a list of pick-your-own apple farms (which also includes some reader favorites). I discovered two farms here in the Triad (Randolph County), with the majority of apple farms in the mountains (Henderson County). There are a few other farms in the Triad, but their crops were crippled from the frost, so I did not include them on my list. A local farmer also told me the bulk of North Carolina apple picking season starts at the end of July and runs through the month of October, and I found this chart online that maps out NC's fruit and vegetable seasons all year long!

Whether you have just an afternoon, a full day, or an entire weekend available for picking, you're sure to find a fun adventure for your family this fall. I called and confirmed all of the farms featured in today's blog are open for picking - or will be open within the week. However, like we say in our blueberry and strawberry posts, it's always a good idea to call before you go. Let us know if you've been to one of these farms or if you have another farm we should add to our list! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Hill Ridge Farms

Sunday, August 17, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kristen Bagwell

Hill Ridge Farms is one of those places that everyone remembers around pumpkin patch time, but did you know they are open all year? We've been once on our own, and once as part of a group...I can say from experience that there is never a bad time to go to Hill Ridge Farms!

Located just past Wake Forest in Youngsville, NC, Hill Ridge Farms is 1 1/2 to 2 hours from most Triad locations. For specifics on directions, click here. There are a ton of things to see and do, and most of them are included in the $5 general admission price. Each month features different special activities, so be sure to check out the online calendar before you head that way. Read More

Day Trip Idea: Childress Vineyards

Saturday, August 02, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

It's a great time of year for a Day Trip!  Today I would like to tell you more about Childress Vineyards. I know that it does not sound like the type of place that you would normally take children, but we spent an afternoon there with our kids and it was fantastic. Childress Vineyards is located in Lexington, which is less than 20 minutes from the I-40/US-52 intersection. Just take 52 south and you are there in no time!

I would recommend taking your family here any weekend from May-October because they offer Music in the Vineyards during these months from 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. These performances are free, and so much fun.  Read More

Travel Apps for Families on the Go!

Friday, July 25, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

I’m about to embark on my fourth eight-hour-door-to-door--no-hubby-support car trip with the kids this summer, and am already thinking about ways to make my life easier. Honestly, the trip is not difficult, and I am “that mom” who lets her children watch movies and play on my phone in exchange for a few hours of quiet sanity. Even so, a trip of that length in the car is never easy no matter the ages of your kids. There is always “something” that will pop up to make the trip a challenge. The same is true if you are flying this summer – or staying somewhere for an extended amount of time. Bouts of boredom and the inevitable inconvenience is sure to arise.

So moms, pull out your smart phones and tablets. I scoured the internet to find a list of apps (many are FREE) that will make your vacation travels much more enjoyable. I had no idea many of these apps existed! Whether you’re searching for suitable bathrooms on the road, stressing about airline connections, or seeking ideas to fill the days, you’re bound to find at least one solution in the list below. Happy travels! Read More

Day Trip Idea: City Lake Park

Thursday, July 17, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

We’re halfway through the summer, but I’ve already needed a break from the daily pool routine. So I packed up the kids and headed to City Lake Park in Jamestown (very close to High Point and part of High Point's parks). It was an easy 30 minute drive from Winston-Salem (only 20 minutes from Greensboro) and we had a blast! Even though we spent the majority of the time at the pool, it was nice to have a different kind of pool experience. Plus, there’s so much to do around the park which makes it a fantastic day trip no matter how many – or few – hours you’re able to stay. The park is also hosting a couple of events coming up, including one this weekend. Details at the end of this post! Read More

It's Time for Blueberry Picking!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

It just wouldn't be summer without the sweet taste of fresh picked blueberries! Once again, this year's season is running a little late, and most blueberries will be ready for picking this week and next. Below is a list of pick-your-own blueberry farms in the Triad and just outside our area. As with strawberries, you never know if the berries are ready or if the crops have been picked over, so be sure to call first. If we left a farm off our list, please add their information in the comments below.

Happy picking, and let us know which is your favorite farm! Read More

Summer Day or Weekend Trip: Wilmington, NC

Monday, June 30, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kristen Bagwell

Officially, Wilmington is a port city in and is the county seat of New Hanover County. Unofficially, it's one of the coolest day trip spots in NC. It's also the home of UNC-Wilmington (obviously), so if you have older kids, the college campus and gear may be part of the attraction. Simply hop on I-40 and head east for about 2 hours. When you get close, instead of turning onto a beach road, stay on I-40/ US 17 into town. You'll see historic architecture start popping up around you as you go.

I like to begin at the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial earlier in the day because it can be a bit stuffy in the heat of the day. The Battleship was active during World War II in the Pacific Theatre, one of ten ships of her kind and considered to be the greatest sea weapon in history thus far. The ship was decommissioned in 1947 and nearly was scrapped in 1958. Citizens of NC raised funds via the Save Our Ship campaign (SOS) and USS North Carolina was returned home in 1961, where she has remained ever since.  Read More

Open House, Kids Morning Out, Family Fun Idea & A New Giveaway!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Want to know more about a Montessori education? Or looking for a fun way to get the kids involved at the upcoming Winston-Salem Open? How about a fun family day trip, or a way to win a new membership to the Y? We have all the details in today's post! Keep reading to learn more about...

~ Open House at The Greensboro Montessori School
~ Kids Morning Out at the Winston-Salem Open
~ Family Days at All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm
~ New Giveaway with YMCA of Northwest NC
~ The Winner of the $200 Gift Card to Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar
 Read More

Sun, Safety & Your Sanity

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

For lots of moms, summertime can be anything but relaxing. From endless sunscreen latherings (one of my biggest pet peeves) - to constant monitoring of your little toddler's every last move near water - to your never-ending quest to find comfort for you child and yourself in the hot, salty sun...summer break can be downright exhausting. Yet these tasks are a rite of passage for every mom. They must be tackled, no matter how challenging or time-consuming. So today I'm featuring clever products and ideas (thanks to suggestions from the TMoM team) that can help moms reclaim their sanity while enjoying a safe, sun-filled summer  Read More

Summertime Day Trips

Saturday, June 07, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

In case you are new to TMoM, you may not realize that we have an entire category on our website dedicated to Day Trips. These are destinations that are less than a few hours drive from most Triad areas. Our goal is to give you a great retreat by spending a day away from home and exploring new things.

You can visit our Day Trip category HERE. In addition, I have compiled a quick alphabetical reference for you below. Click on each venue to visit the blog. Please note that although we try to keep our website as accurate as possible, many of these blogs may have been written up to three years ago, so if venues have changed their websites or information, it may not be up-to-date. Always call before taking off on your excursion.  Read More

Favorite Strawberry Picking Farms

Friday, May 02, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

It's strawberry season! And to kick off the season, the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market is celebrating Strawberry Day today from 11 am to 1 pm with a strawberry recipe contest hosted by the NC Strawberry Growers Society. Come out and enjoy the event, and then get your buckets ready for picking at one or more of our readers' favorite strawberry farms listed below. There are so many pick-your-own farms right here in the Triad, and it makes for a wonderful outing for families and friends. Read More

Special Deals & Events PLUS a New Giveaway!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

LOTS of special discounts, events, news and a fantastic giveaway in today's Sunday Spotlight!

~ New Local Children's Book from Brenner Children's Hospital
~ Camp Hanes (and TMoM reader discount)
~ Special events and discounts at The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
~ TMoM reader discount for camp at Little Blank Canvas
~ "Got Friends?" Family Festival
~ New Giveaway (perfect for summer) + Winner from last giveaway is revealed! Read More

Tips for Camping With Kids

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Considering the fact that I am usually quite the uncoordinated, not-so-athletic, indoor gal, it may be a surprise to my friends that I love to go camping! I love the fact that there are no electronics to distract our family time and I thoroughly enjoy watching my children explore nature and relish in imaginative play.

If you have yet to take your children camping, I would highly recommend doing so! Fall and spring are the best times of year to go.  You may choose a local campground, or if you are ready for a challenge, we have even “roughed it” in the woods with nothing but our tent and the sounds of the river next to us!

In addition to the basic camping essentials – tents, cooking supplies, lamps, etc. I have given you some ideas that will help the “camping with kids” experience go as smoothly as possible and also give you ideas for the types of items you may want to bring along on your camping excursion! Read More

Day Trip Idea: MagiQuest

Monday, February 17, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Ever have one of those days where you just need to get out of the house? This happened to us one day last month. It was bitterly cold out, so many of the fun Day Trip locations I would usually consider where nixed immediately due to the fact that I did not want to step foot outdoors.

After a little bit of brainstorming, one of my kids suggested Great Wolf Lodge. I replied with, "I am not going to spend that much money. And besides, last time we went you ended up playing MagiQuest for the majority of the trip anyway!" Wait a minute ... I had an idea. If they only wanted to play MagiQuest, we could do this thing pretty inexpensively!

I went online and figured out that you do not have to be an overnight guest at the lodge in order to play MagiQuest. Bingo! We had our day trip set! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Hebron Rock Colony

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

With the leaves beginning to turn, it's the perfect time of year to consider this day trip idea to Hebron Rock Colony. This is a hidden gem in the NC mountains between Boone and Blowing Rock. I recommend this specific hike for families with kids ages four and up due to the fact that there can be a lot of climbing and rock jumping! (If you are familiar with this great escape in the NC mountains, pay close attention to my directions! They have changed due to towing being enforced!)

Most ASU grads that you ask will know about this haven. It is one of the most beautiful, serene spots around, and my children loved it. Depending on where you live in the Triad, expect this trip take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. We left home at 9am and were back home in time for dinner.  Read More

Fall Day Trip Idea: Raleigh

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

By Guest Blogger Kristen Bagwell

Fall is a beautiful time of year to take some day trips or weekend getaways around NC. You don't have to go far to find unique venues. Throw the family in the car, hop on I-40 and travel east to Raleigh. Here are a few ideas of how to spend your day!

If I had to choose anyplace in town to start my day (besides Starbucks), it would be the State Farmers Market. Located downtown near South Saunders Street, the Farmers Market opens at 5am on weekdays and Saturday, and at 8am on Sundays. No matter when you go, there is a ton to do, see, and eat! Check out the Market Grill (open at 7:30am) or the State Farmers Market Restaurant (open at 6am daily) for breakfast, and then browse the Farmers building and Market Shoppes for fresh fruits, veggies, indoor and outdoor plants, and local delicacies to take home.  Read More

Get Ready for Fall with Special Family Events at the Museum of Life + Science

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sponsored by the Museum of Life and Science

We might still be beating the heat of summer but it’s never too early to start thinking about fall fun - We’re exploring everything from the science of behind bubbles to our rare Red Wolves! Read below for three fun family events taking place at the Museum of Life + Science in Durham!!

Bubble Blitz
September 19-21
FREE w/admission

Become a bubbleologist and as we explore the science behind these soapy spheres! Discover how a bubble defies gravity, make your own bubble sculptures to take home, launch a fizzy rocket high into the air and more. Read More

Day Trip Idea: Junior Ride Alongs

Saturday, September 07, 2013

By Guest Blogger Eric Welder

Not long ago, my six-year-old son Bryce was able to do something few of us will ever get to do in our lifetime: go over 140 miles per hour in a car.  A race car.  On a NASCAR track.  How, you may ask? Through The Richard Petty Driving Experience Junior Ride-Along Experience, right here in North Carolina.

When we first arrived at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, two things immediately impressed Bryce: this place was big, and it was loud!  He had actually been there before, not for a race but for the Speedway Christmas holiday lights show they do each winter.   Bryce is not a huge racing fan, but has enjoyed playing in the racecar at the Greensboro Children's Museum and of course loves the movie Cars, so he was excited even if he wasn't sure what to expect.   Read More

Day Trip Idea: Gem Mining

Monday, August 05, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

My six-year-old son is obsessed with gems, rocks and crystals. It all started this past year in kindergarten where all the boys went on “ninja” explorations in the brush alongside the playground in search of precious stones “he swore” they found every day. So when I asked the kids this summer what kind of day trip we should take, naturally the first thing my son suggested was a ninja hike. Instead, we settled on gem mining.

Thankfully, we had no problems finding a place to do this. I did a quick Google search and found a slew of gem mining places to consider (see my list below). Lots of places are a couples hours west (closer to Asheville) but we wanted to keep our drive short, so we settled on Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, NC – just an hour’s drive west from the Triad. And as it turns out, Emerald Hollow is a hidden gem itself.  Read More

Family Trip Idea: ACE Adventure Center

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

By Guest Blogger Jen Corbin

Have you already taken your beach trip and are looking for a great weekend trip before the summer is over?  How about a fall getaway before the temperatures drop? Well, I have a place for you in my home state of West Virginia.  Yes, I said a weekend trip to West Virginia (I have learned that many of you Carolina natives are unaware that the West Virginia state line is only about 2 hours from the Triad.)

Just three hours from the Triad, you will find ACE Adventure Center in Oak Hill, WV and if you are looking for adventure, big or small, this place has it!  Their “bread and butter” is white water rafting on the New River, which is the 3rd oldest river in the world and one of a handful of rivers that flow from the south (Boone, NC) to the north (Gauley, WV). Now, in North Carolina, the New River is slow, easy going and great for tubing.  However, by the time it reaches West Virginia, this river is raging and offers some of the best white water rafting in North America. Read More

Museum Butterfly House Turns Blue with a Thousand New Butterflies

Friday, June 28, 2013

Sponsored by the Museum of Life + Science

Mark your calendar for the Magic Wings Butterfly House, July 1 - 31 at the Museum of Life + Science from 10 am to 5 pm. FREE with admission.

This July the Museum of Life and Science’s Magic Wings Butterfly House is turning blue! Enjoy an up-close look at one of the world’s largest and most colorful butterflies as a thousand new Blue Morpho butterflies are released into the conservatory from July 1 – 31, 2013.  Read More

Day Trippin' in the Triad

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

We're fortunate in that we don't have to go far with the family to have great Day Trips this summer! And lucky for you, TMoM has already profiled many wonderful places to visit and things to do right here in the Triad.

Scroll down and you'll find past posts featuring some of our favorite things to do in each city, plus which local parks we like best. And in case you want to venture a little outside our area, I've included links to other easy-to-get-to Day Trip excursions in-and-around the Triad.

Don't forget we have an entire Day Trip category on our site that includes many more ideas, and this summer we hope to add a few more travel posts to this category. If you have a suggestion on a Day Trip you'd like to see us feature - or if you are interested in submitting a blog about your favorite adventure - email me here.  Read More

Blast Off This Summer with Launch Lab!

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Sponsored by Museum of Life + Science

Opening Saturday, June 15 10:00AM - 5:00PM
New Hands-On Additions to Aerospace Exhibit, Permanent Feature
FREE with Admission

Blast off this summer with Launch Lab! You are the engineer with the Museum’s newest hands-on installations in the Aerospace exhibition. Use common materials in unexpected ways to design and test your own flying creations and explore the principles of flight, gravity and airflow along the way! Read More

SciWorks’ Summer of Innovation

Thursday, May 30, 2013

By Guest Blogger Leigh Ann Woodruff

New Sportsology Exhibit, SciCamps, Special Programming and More!

You won’t want to miss all the exciting things going on at SciWorks this summer! From a new exhibit that encourages visitors to engage with the science of sports to one-day and five-day SciCamps and special programming such as Bird Bonanza and Winston-Salem Open Day, there is plenty for kids and families to see and do at SciWorks this summer!

Keep reading to find out more... Read More

A Wheelie Good Time at the Museum

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sponsored by Museum of Life and Science

"Wheels" May 21 – 26
Tues – Saturday 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM - 3:00PM
FREE with Admission
Museum of Life + Science
433 Murray Avenue
Durham, NC 27704

Get ready for a wheelie good time at the Museum with "Wheels!" Join us as we spend an entire week exploring things that roll and spin, all while learning the science behind inertia and motion.  Read More

Day Trip Idea: Three Bears Acres

Sunday, May 05, 2013

By Allison Carter of Triangle Moms on Main

I have two boys. My boys are all boy - they are rough and tumble, love to be outside, and love to be dirty. When we have a weekend looming with not much on the calendar, my husband and I like to get out and do something outside. I’ve professed my love of hiking many times before. But when many of you wonderful, involved readers sent me the information to Three Bears Acres (thank you!) I knew we had to try it out. 

Three Bears Acres is not close to us, so this was a special activity and outing for me and my boys that we allowed to take all day. This is in North Raleigh – Creedmoor to be precise. But I am very glad we went. The day started chilly yet we didn’t even notice with all the fun to be had. Read More

Day Trip Idea: NC Zoo

Sunday, April 21, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

An excursion to the zoo is one of my all-time favorite trips with the family! I'm kind of a zoo junkie as I've been to a bunch including the Bronx Zoo, the National Zoo in DC, and even the zoo in Rome, Italy! But I have to say the the NC Zoo in Asheboro is one of the best, and I love going back time after time.

If you are thinking of going, go soon before it gets too hot. As you can guess, a trip to the zoo involves a lot of hours outside and a lot of walking. It's a trip worthwhile for all ages, but one that's most enjoyable if the weather is bearable.

If you haven't been in a while or haven never been, below are some tips you should keep in mind...  Read More

Weekend Trip Idea: Asheville, NC

Sunday, December 09, 2012

By Kristen Bagwell of Triangle Moms on Main

When was the last time you visited Asheville, NC? In the past 10 years, Asheville has been named the Happiest City in America (Self Magazine), Best Mountain Destination (Southern Living), and Best Southern Town (Outside Magazine). It was also noted among the Most Beautiful Places in America by Good Morning America. The Hunger Games were filmed near Asheville, and both President Obama and Anthony Bourdain are occasional visitors there, sampling the local restaurants. And this time of year can be an absolutely gorgeous time to visit!

Just hop on I-40 and head west. That's it! You'll take I-240W to get into town, wherever your chosen destination may be. There are actually five areas of Asheville and although it's not a huge place, there is a ton to do in each area. One of the most popular areas is Historic Biltmore Village, just outside the entrance to Biltmore. Biltmore was built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, and Biltmore Village reflects that period. Pebbled streets, English-style cottages, art galleries, and fantastic shops and restaurants are all at your fingertips, along with multiple places to stay. We could spend an entire weekend just at the Biltmore Estate, so visit the website to get the skinny on the holiday happenings at the estate! Read More

So Much to Do at Kersey Valley!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

One of the best kept secrets in our area is located within minutes from all three Triad cities, and Fall is the perfect time of year to visit. I'm talking about Kersey Valley Attractions in Archdale. I made my first trip out to Kersey Valley a few years ago for a child's birthday party, and it just so happens that I've returned every year since for a different attraction.

From Spookywoods, Dark Circus and its pumpkin patch - to one of the world's largest zip line tours - to birthday parties, corn mazes, gem panning, bouncy mattress and outdoor laser tag - Kersey Valley is literally a playground for kids and adults, alike! Read More

Take a "Day Out with Thomas" at the N.C. Transportation Museum

Friday, September 07, 2012

By Guest Blogger Mark Brown, N.C. Transportation Museum

It’s a universal truth – one that is accepted generation after generation and never seems to change. Kids love trains!

At the N.C. Transportation Museum, we know the truth of that sentiment better than anyone. Each day, we see kids climb aboard the museum’s on-site train ride, often squirming in their seat and asking questions as the train prepares to leave.

It is the moment, however, when the train begins to roll out of Barber Junction Depot, that those children’s faces light up, eyes widen, and jaws drop as they embark on their very first train ride. Read More

Summer Trip Idea: Go Chasing Waterfalls

Thursday, July 12, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

I’m guessing the band TLC, who sing the lyrics “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls,” has never been to North Carolina because it actually makes for a really fun day and weekend trip – especially with more than 300 waterfalls to choose from within NC!

Our family did this the other weekend, although we didn’t necessarily set out to chase waterfalls. We planned an overnight camping trip at Stone Mountain State Park (just up Interstate 77 towards Virginia). As soon as we set up camp, we discovered a trail nearby and hiked it for close to an hour. At the end of our hike we were unexpectedly greeted by a beautiful, pristine little waterfall. My kids were overjoyed and could not stop talking about it. They acted like they uncovered one of the earth’s greatest mysteries. It was at that moment our simple camping trip became an all-out waterfall seeking expedition, and we did just that. Read More

Daytripping in the Town of Davidson

Monday, June 18, 2012

By Guest Blogger Lisa Schnurr

Davidson is only an hour away and right off the lake. Why not take a little daytrip over there one afternoon to enjoy all it has to offer?  Plus, TMoM has a little freebie to give you! (More about this at the end of the blog!)   

Davidson is a quaint little town rich in history that reminded me of Mayberry from the first time I drove through it and today still. There are several little shops along Main Street to stroll through, including the Village Store which carries all kinds of gifts from unique jewelry and purses to toys and garden trinkets, a book store, a coffee shop and the original Soda Shop where you can get a handmade milkshake. We went there last week and there was a lady with seven 4-week-old puppies in a wagon she just brought into town so someone would hold, pet and love on them. My family and I sat there for an hour holding all the different ones and drinking our shakes.  Read More

Day Trip Idea: A Day on Lake Norman

Saturday, June 16, 2012

By Rachel Hoeing

Lake Norman is only 1 to 1 ½ hours from most areas of the Triad. It is a perfect day trip for the spring, summer, or even fall! If you own a boat, or know someone who does, it makes the day trip a little less expensive, although I’d like to share a fun idea that my family has done in the past. We rented a pontoon boat for the day. It is very easy to do and a perfect idea for any family with any age children. It’s also a great idea for a day with grandparents.

We rented our pontoon boat from Carolina Boat Rentals, and it was super-easy. We booked the boat ahead of time. When we arrived that day, they went over everything with us, and helped us get off and running. My kids were so excited! The nice thing about a pontoon boat is that even the queasiest of people don’t seem to get sea sick on them. A few other rental agencies I found online are listed below, but I have not used them. If you can send your seal-of-approval on any of the below, please comment at the end of this post! Read More

Weekend Trip Idea: Campin’ with Yogi

Saturday, June 02, 2012

By Guest Blogger Jennifer Corbin

As soon as my youngest child was out of diapers, my husband and I decided that we were going to start camping with the kids. Our first camping trip was only for a night, to see how the kids (and the adults) handled the experience. The trip was a success and much fun was had by all - with the kids already planning our next camping trip before we left the first. However, I knew that if we were going to be camping for multiple days, a state park or normal campground was just not going to suffice for day long entertainment for the kids (or the adults really). There are only so many hikes one can take!  Read More

Day Trip Idea: Marbles Kids Museum

Saturday, May 05, 2012

By Guest Blogger Kelly Gunzenhauser

For my son’s birthday, we took our second trip to Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. On our last trip, my kids got stuck in one part of the museum (more on that later) so this day was to be a bit of a surprise. And, please know I am not going to do this place justice. There is so much to see and I was limited to what my two boys, ages five and seven, wanted to do. Please explore the website for a more definitive list of exhibits.

As you walk in on the first floor, there are all kinds of games, like giant chess and checker sets and also a large tiered seating area for hanging out and people watching. The rest of the first floor houses all kinds of environments that younger children will love: a fire truck, a house, a farm, a giant tree, a vet’s office, a train, an ambulance, and more. There are dress-up items, art materials, and building materials. If you have a little one that is “into” any of these specific things, be prepared to wait it out for a while! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Chapel Hill's Franklin Street

Saturday, April 14, 2012

By Guest Blogger, Leslie Morgan

Regardless of where your college basketball allegiance may be, Chapel Hill - and its beloved Franklin Street - offers several excellent reasons to pack up the kids and take a day trip. Located just 60 miles east of Greensboro (and 90 miles east of Winston-Salem), the driving is easy and the destination is worthy.

I made this short trek during Spring Break with my two young daughters (at that time they were ages 6 and 3). We started our morning at the Morehead Planetarium which offers a series of kid-friendly shows. Fortunately, the Morehead Planetarium offers several choices of shows that are appropriate for young children. For a full listing of shows and events, plus hours of operation and ticket information, visit the web site.  Read More

Day Trip Idea: All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm

Saturday, April 07, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

Voted best field trip by many local schools and churches, this trip will encourage you to spread your wings of imagination! All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm is located in High Point, NC, and it opens for the season on Friday, April 13. I went with my daughter and our playgroup several years ago, and to this day she still talks about her experience.

The tour lasts approximately one hour, which includes a 20 minute presentation on the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly (from egg to caterpillar to butterfly) along with a tour of the 20’ x 48’ flight house filled with live Monarch butterflies busy feeding, breeding and laying eggs. The children are able to observe butterflies up close and are encouraged to feed the butterflies by hand! Monarchs are very friendly – so be sure to wear bright clothing to encourage them to land on your shoulder!  Read More

The Great Pumpkin Patch Search 2011

Sunday, October 02, 2011

By Katie Moosbrugger

It's that time again! Fall is my most favorite season and finding the perfect pumpkin with my kids is an annual event we all look forward to.  Every year we try to seek out a new and exciting pumpkin patch, and thanks to the help of our readers each year, we continue to compile a growing list of favorite Triad pumpkin patches. We ran this list a few years ago and have added to it since. We're always on the hunt for a great pumpkin patch, so if you know of one we don't have listed below, please leave a comment below for everyone to see. And while we're pretty sure all these patches are open for business, it's always a good idea to call before you go. Happy pumpkin shopping! Read More

Day Trip Idea: A Day in Durham

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing

Durham is a quick trip from anywhere in the Triad. Depending on the age of your children, you can do either, or both of the ideas I will write about below.  And there is a bonus in today's post!  You can WIN four passes to the Museum of Life and Science!  Details at the end of the post!

Last spring I took my daughter to the Museum of Life & Science and then The Streets at Southpoint, both located in Durham. It was a girls’ day with just the two of us and we thoroughly enjoyed a mix of kid time and shopping time!

The NC Museum of Life & Science has enough differences from the Triad Museums in order to constitute the longer drive. Plus, if you have a family pass to Sciworks, or Discovery Place, you can enter this museum for free! (If you have not yet heard about the ASTC pass, check it out here. We love ours and they are very affordable!) There is a large outdoor area as well as indoor exhibits to visit at the Museum of Life and Science.  Read More

Day Trip Idea: Geocaching

Thursday, August 04, 2011

By Guest Blogger Ryan Leigh Runyon

A couple of years ago, some friends introduced me to geocaching. I’d read about it before, but hadn’t experienced it until they invited me to join them on a hunt. My oldest child went along, too, and we both had a great time. I was eager to share the experience with my husband, knowing it was an activity we could enjoy as a family. Pretty soon, I was creating an account on and we were purchasing a handheld GPS receiver.

If you’ve never heard of geocaching, I’m not surprised. Many folks that I encounter have never heard of it before, or if they have heard of it, they only have a vague idea of what it’s all about. Believe it or not, geocaching began ten years ago! The best description that I’ve found comes straight from www.geocaching.comRead More

Beachin' It in the Triad

Sunday, July 17, 2011

By Katie Moosbrugger

If you're bummed about not getting away to the Carolina coast this summer, don't fret because I found the perfect solution here in our own backyard! You may remember Rachel's post on Hanging Rock State Park. She said one of her favorite things about this park is the huge swimming lake. Well, we decided to check out that lake. But we're not talking about just a lake. It's pretty much a full blown beach situated right here in the Triad!

My husband was on a golf weekend recently, so with a Saturday wide open on our calendar,  I packed the kids up - along with a beach chair, sand toys, and my favorite book - and hightailed it to Hanging Rock's lake. It was, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable days thus far this summer. (Sorry, hubby, we wish you were there too!).

If you're looking for a fun day trip this summer, you need to plan a beach day at Hanging Rock. Here's why... Read More

Finger-lickin', Banjo-pickin', Midsummer Night's Retreat!

Friday, July 15, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing and Anna Rooney, Managing Director of Peppercorn Theatre

We have an amazing day trip in store for you and your children!  The new Peppercorn Theatre is hosting a one-of-a-kind retreat on July 30th that your kids are sure to enjoy.  It will be a combination of an exciting bus ride, delicious barbeque, peach picking, a high energy bluegrass concert, loads of popcorn, and a fabulous puppet show!  What could be more fun for your kids????  Spaces are limited, so make sure you register by July 25th in order to get a spot!

What: Finger-lickin', Banjo-pickin', Midsummer Night's Retreat
When: July 30th (4pm - 10pm)
Where: Levering Orchard, Ararat, VA (transportation from downtown Winston-Salem included in cost)
Cost: $32 (Adults), $28 (Kids 10 and under)

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What to do with Your Toddler this Summer!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing

Summer can be two quick months of fun in the sun for parents of older children, but summer can be three months of LONG, hot, miserable days if you have a toddler who is bored, clingy or whiny!

I have complied a list of some fun places to go with your toddler this summer that I hope will keep you both happy and occupied!  Be sure to save the indoor ideas for rainy days or days that may get too hot.  Click the name of the venue to visit the website.

If you have some additional places to visit, please share them in the comments section below! Read More

Visit Wet 'N Wild Emerald Pointe!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing, Sponsored by Wet 'N Wild Emerald Pointe

If you have not yet been to Wet 'N Wild Emerald Pointe, both you and your kids are missing out! PLUS in tomorrow's TMoM newsletter, we will have a coupon for Wet 'N Wild, so be on the lookout for it to arrive in your email account! 

Summer is just not complete unless my family has visited this waterpark at least once. You will feel like you are on a vacation miles away with no cares in the world. There is enough excitement to last all day long here! And the best part - it is located just south of Greensboro, off Business 85 at Holden Road.

I hope today's post will give you some tips and helpful hints for visiting the park. If you have been to the park before, I would love for you to share your tips as well.  My family has been here most every summer since my children were tiny, and although certain rides have height restrictions, we have never been at a loss for excitement! Read More

Not-To-Miss Summer Events!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

By Katie Moosbrugger

School is out and summer has "officially" begun! We all know how busy things get, and I always start the season with the best intentions to attend the area's most popular events. And then come September, I realize I either missed them, forgot them, or just didn’t plan for them.

That’s not happening this year. For today’s post, I pulled together some of the cooler events you'll find on our Event calendar this summer. I'm sure there are many you've heard about, and maybe some you haven't! Either way, grab your calendar because below is a list of “not-to-be-missed” events listed in order as they're coming up … Read More

Day Trip Idea: Chimney Rock State Park

Saturday, June 04, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing

My family drove to Chimney Rock State Park and had an incredibly glorious day together! Depending on where you live in the Triad, Chimney Rock will be a 2-3 hour drive for your family. We left our house around 9am and returned home by 8pm (We stopped and had dinner in Hickory). The best part of the day was that during our trip, no one whined, no one cried, and no one fought! One child had a wee bit of a meltdown on the way home, which was expected, but the experience at the park itself was enjoyable for all! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Homeland Creamery

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

By Guest Blogger, Leslie M

If you're looking to give your kids a sweet taste of farm life, round 'em up and head for Homeland Creamery. This local dairy farm is in Julian, just a half-hour south of Greensboro.

When my daughter reached the age of four, I could tell by her commentary that she had no real knowledge of where food came from. With all the talk these days of organic foods, going "green," being environmentally friendly, and supporting local, sustainable farms - I realized that no book or DVD would bring these lessons to life quite as vividly as a trip to a local farm might. Lucky for us, there are a variety of interesting local farms nearby. Hoping to charm my young audience, I chose Homeland Creamery, a sixth-generation family dairy farm that is well-respected for its ice cream! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Lazy 5 Ranch

Monday, May 23, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing

The Lazy 5 Ranch is a perfect day trip for you and your children. It is located in Mooresville, NC, so it is less than an hour from Winston and High Point, and about 1hour 15 minutes from Greensboro.

The Lazy 5 Ranch is an animal drive thru park, where visitors will see over 750 animals from six different continents. You will also see several endangered species. You can drive through the park in your own car or ride in horse drawn wagons. The kids love it! They can reach out to pet animals or feed animals. My kids especially loved feeding the giraffes. Listening to your children giggle when the animals accidentally lick their hands is priceless. Read More

Day Trip Idea: Great Wolf Lodge

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

By Rachel Hoeing
First of all, I guess I need to preface that Great Wolf Lodge is not really a one day trip. It is a one night trip, which includes two days of fun at the waterpark! In other words, when you purchase a night at the lodge, your family gets waterpark passes for most of the day prior to and the entire day after your night's stay.

My family visited the Great Wolf Lodge in April, when our children were 4 and 6. Both can swim fairly well, but it was not a problem finding things to do! Swimmers and non-swimmers will not be at a loss! Read More

Choose and Cut Tree Farm Experience

Thursday, December 02, 2010

By Guest Blogger Leigh Ann McDonald Woodruff

Despite the fact that I have lived in North Carolina (a state that leads in production of Christmas trees, particularly the popular Fraser fir) my whole life, I had never actually been to a Christmas tree farm for the “choose and cut” experience. Our Christmas tree selection process had never been more of an adventure than driving up Robinhood Road.

So in the interest of expanding my children’s minds and educating them about where Christmas trees come from, I said to my husband Kelly: “Let’s be a more gung-ho, experiential, educational family and go to a Christmas tree farm this year. Maybe we’ll even start a new family tradition!” He agreed, I think, so we headed up to the mountains for an after-Thanksgiving getaway. Read More

Day Trip Idea: Our Own High Point!

Monday, October 18, 2010

By Rachel Hoeing and Guest Blogger, Alison Nolan

Thus far, we have run numerous Day Trips about exciting, educational, and adventurous places to take your family outside of the Triad area. For the next few weeks, we are focusing on activities right here in our own Triad area!

This week, we will start with a blog written by Alison Nolan. She has highlighted some of her favorite family spots in the High Point area. We hope you'll make a day out of it and visit some of these places. At the end of the blog, be sure to add any other family-friendly venues in High Point that you think our readers would enjoy! Then stay tuned throughout the next few weeks as we hit other Triad cities! ... Rachel H
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Day Trip Idea: Our Own Greensboro

Monday, October 18, 2010

By Rachel Hoeing and Guest Blogger, Lori Redding

This week we are continuing our Day Trip Series by focusing on enjoyable venues for families right here in our own Triad area. We have run numerous Day Trips about adventurous places to take your family outside of the Triad area as well, so be sure to check out our Day Trip category to view archived blogs.

Today, Lori has highlighted some of her favorite family spots in the Greensboro area. As we all know, you could spend months in the Greensboro area and never run out of new places to visit, so be sure to add any ideas that you think our readers would enjoy! ... Rachel H
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Day Trip Idea: Our Own Burlington

Sunday, October 17, 2010

By Guest Blogger, Ashleigh Brown

It’s a beautiful day here in Burlington and as my girls wake for the day they immediately ask, “What are we going to do today?” Today we are continuing our Day Trip Series by focusing on one of our own Triad cities, which has so much to offer for families!

There are many fun activities to choose from and we each have our favorites. Here are some of the regular requests and fun things my family likes to do!

Paul’s Pastry Shop in downtown Burlington is always a family favorite in starting our morning. We love their fresh, warm, YUMMY, glazed donuts and donut holes. They also have a great variety of other donut choices as well as cookies and cakes. Paul’s Pastry is located in downtown Burlington and has been in business since 1943.
822 S Church Street
Burlington, NC 27215
336-226-4757 Read More

Day Trip Idea: Zip Line Tours!

Friday, October 15, 2010

By Katie Moosbrugger

A zipline adventure is perfect for families who love to try new things, as well as for those trying to escape the daily heat and pool routines this coming summer! To find out how easy, breezy this kind of day trip can be, including what's required time-wise and dollar-wise, and what ages are most appropriate for this kind of adventure, begin by reading this article . It's a great primer for anyone who has never done this type of activity, or for someone who has never heard of it! Plus, there are close to a dozen zipline (or canopy tour) attractions nearby, and summer is one of the most popular seasons for swinging through NC's lush, scenic treetops.  Read More

Day Trip Idea: Dan Nicholas Park

Thursday, October 14, 2010

By Katie Moosbrugger

If you have friends in Charlotte, Dan Nicholas Park is the perfect place to meet for a picnic and day-out with the kids. Located right off I85 in Salisbury, it's an easy drive from anywhere in the Triad (about 30 minutes from WS or HP, and about 50 minutes from GSO), and it's also a great pit stop on your way back home from the Queen City. Read More

Day Trip Idea: Burlington City Park

Thursday, October 14, 2010

By Katie Moosbrugger

For those of us living anywhere between Winston-Salem and Kernersville, a trip to Burlington City Park makes a fantastic day trip for the kids. And for lots of you living in Greensboro, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a day trip, but would highly recommend this outing for a change of pace.

And so for my family and I in Winston-Salem, a change of pace was exactly what we needed last fall when we packed up the kids and drove out to Burlington City Park, located one mile from downtown Burlington on South Church Street. The drive was about one hour – and with our youngest still needing an afternoon nap – we timed our trip so that we would arrive in Burlington for an early lunch followed by a couple of hours at the park, and then back in the car close to the usual 1 pm snooze time. (And I apologize that I don’t have personal photos of us at this park, but last fall I didn’t realize I’d be blogging about this eight months later!) Read More

Day Trip Idea: Our Own Winston-Salem!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

By Katie Moosbrugger

You can live 15 minutes away, 45 minutes away, or within walking distance to downtown and there is always something in Winston-Salem worth visiting time and time again. I've only lived in this beautiful city for less than six years and my family and I are constantly discovering new things to do or to see. I love having friends and family come visit so we can show-off our city. The influence of history, culture and arts, along with its appeal to families with children of any age, makes Winston-Salem a fantastic place for a day trip.

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