Triangle family destinations
Just about every Friday, Go Ask Mom features a place to take your kids. Sometimes it's a park or playground. Other times it's some place else.
And that's what you'll find here. A collection of those closer looks of destinations for families across the Triangle. This list will grow. So be sure to check back!
The Chapel Hill destination reopens for the fall season on Saturday.
Toddler Hollow at Marbles Kids Museum has turned into a quiet little refuge for the downtown Raleigh museum's youngest visitors.
As you follow the trails deeper into Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, it's easy to forget that you're in the middle of Cary.
Hill Ridge Farms, a popular pumpkin patch destination each fall, is gearing up for a new event: Christmas at Hill Ridge.
Karissa Binkley, a doula and mom who started the popular Diapering Doula diaper service, is building a gathering spot for moms. The Family Nest will host the breastfeeding event MilkFest 2012 this Saturday.
The center, once housed in the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, gets a much bigger home at the new Nature Research Center next door.
The state historic site in Durham was where Washington Duke started growing and process tobacco. It traces the history of tobacco in North Carolina.
Into the Mist combines some classic kids favorites - sand, water, running and climbing - for some great and cooling fun.
Noah's Landing in Coats, about 45 minutes from Raleigh, offers kids a chance to interact with some of the more than 60 species of exotic animals.
Duke Gardens is ramping up its offerings for kids and families for the year. They now include a monthly weekday storytime and more.
I usually write about Triangle family destinations in this space every Friday. But I like to explore this great state of ours. And for spring break this year, I was lucky enough to spend the week in Hatteras, N.C.
Last weekend, a team of volunteers built a teepee and vine tunnel at the north Raleigh preserve.
The N.C. Botanical Garden stretches across 1,000 acres in Chapel Hill, showcasing forested areas, display gardens and paved trails. A new and growing part of this popular destination, part of UNC-Chapel Hill, is the Children's Wonder Garden.
Modeled after The Scrap Exchange in Durham, the Cary Creative Center works to continue the life of items that might get tossed in the landfill.
There's no playground here, but Historic Oak View County Park off Poole Road in Raleigh has pretty much everything else.
The exhibit that focuses on active play and healthy lifestyles now includes basketball hoops, a larger soccer area, a mini-jumbotron over the hockey rink and more.
The Duke Lemur Center in Durham is the world's largest sanctuary for lemurs. Public tours are offered. Reservations are a must.
The N.C. Museum of History's new Story of North Carolina offers plenty of interactive exhibits and kid-friendly activities.
Preschoolers and Pets is offered twice a month for kids 5 and under and their caregivers at the SPCA adoption center in south Raleigh.
Cheerleaders, a dance team, band, mascots, lots of basketball and even Scotty McCreery. You get it all at N.C. State's women's basketball games, but for a fraction of the price compared to other major sports.
Kidzu Children's Museum is settling into its new space in University Square in Chapel Hill and preparing for the construction of a bigger museum.
Let's go ahead and rank White Deer Park as one of the top park and playground destinations in the Triangle.
Melissa Russell, a mom of two, opened Glee Kids in Chapel Hill five years ago. Glee Kids is a destination store for the Tea line of clothing. She also offers regular events.
The indoor play space near Triangle Town Center features an inflatable, a toddler area, games for older kids and more.
Now in its third year, the Western Wake Farmers' Market was started by a group of local moms and has grown each year. It's in Cary.
The American Tobacco Campus features lots of kid-friendly spaces, along with an outdoor concert series. There's a special concert for dads this Sunday.
The free 30-minute tours on the weekends are designed for kids ages 5 to 10 and their parents. It's just one of the many programs the museum offers for tots to teens.
The state historic site in New Bern features a collection of historic buildings along with the new N.C. History Center, which features innovative and interactive exhibits.
The state historic site in Durham was one of the largest plantations in Antebellum North Carolina and was the setting for the American Girl character Addy Walker.
The Conservators' Center in Mebane is home to lions, tigers and a host of other smaller animals that are endangered or have no other place to call home.
N.C. State's arboretum features a variety of garden rooms and nooks. Here are some favorite spots for kids.
I've been on a search for wildcats in the Triangle. The first place I found them was at Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro.
Explore the Durham museum's exhibits and collection with the help of a gallery hunt for kids and families.
Go Bananaz in north Raleigh includes the usual inflatables and arcade games that you'll find at other indoor amusement centers in the area. But it's the fair-style rides that make it stand out.
The state museum in Raleigh offers a storytime at 10:30 a.m. on weekdays.
The second floor of Ray Price Harley-Davidson dealership in Raleigh is a space dedicated to drag racing.
The simple farmhouse played a major role in the end of the Civil War. And it's in Durham.
The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education explores the creatures of the North Carolina Piedmont.
PlayNation in Morrisville offers open play, birthday parties and more at its indoor space featuring inflatables and play equipment.
Chavis Community Park is home to Raleigh's other carousel. But few people make the trek to ride it. See the park in this video and click on the headline to read more about Chavis Park.
With Pullen Park closed, here's a look at other carousels around the Triangle.
Northgate Mall offers all kinds of amusements for kids, including a carousel. It's the last installment in our series on Triangle carousels.
The kids menu includes an organic beef hot dog, grilled cheese on five-grain bread and homemade chicken fingers. But the kids really like the make-your-own-cupcake kits.
Looking for something to do outside? Check our reviews of local parks and playgrounds.