Coming Attractions: Free Pancakes, Kids Activities & Exercise for Moms
Mondays can be real downers as we settle back to our humdrum routines-meeting deadlines, caring for kids, cleaning, cooking, working, need I go on? This week, I thought I'd hunt down some free food and entertainment to spice up the week. If you can spare an hour or two out of your day, these free events welcome kids and allow you to meet other parents.
On Monday, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., if you have a child aged 3-6, head to the Chapel Hill Public Library for a story time that also features songs and activities. See our Weekly events for details.
In Raleigh, on Monday enjoy a free story time for kids ages 3-5 at 10 a.m. at Quail Ridge Books and Music. See our Weekly Events for details.
On Tuesday, the N.C. Symphony will perform selections from its show "Bug Songs" at 4:30 p.m. at the East Regional Library, in Knightdale. Take the kids to try out musical instruments. All ages are welcome. See our Daily Calendar for details.
IHOP will host its seventh annual National Pancake Day free pancake giveaway on Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at restaurants nationwide. Enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and make an optional contribution to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. See IHOP celebrates National Pancake Day for details.
Also Tuesday, check out these story times:
Book Babies Story time. Ages birth-18 months. 10 a.m. East Regional Library, 946 Steele Square Ct., Knightdale. 919-217-5317. www.wakegov.com/libraries.
Chapel Hill Public Library Story time. Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3-6. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Chapel Hill Public Library, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-968-2778. http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.
Preschool Story time. Ages 3-5. 11:15 a.m. East Regional Library, 946 Steele Square Ct., Knightdale. 919-217-5317. www.wakegov.com/libraries.
Children's Story time. 10:30 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 5959 Triangle Town Blvd., Raleigh. 919-792-2140. www.bn.com.
Preschool Story time. 10 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham. 919-489-3012. www.bn.com.
Toddler Story time. Ages 1-3. 10 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. www.bn.com.
Tot Time. Stories, singing and kid-friendly activities. 10-11 a.m. FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Café, 8711-102 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-844-7445.
See our Weekly Events listing for more story times as well as details on these events.
Fit Mamas. Mothers run or walk 1-3 miles with other moms. All abilities welcome. Children must ride in a stroller. 9 a.m. Ridgewood Shopping Center, 3546 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 919-832-8275. www.fleetfeetraleigh.com.
Tot Time. Open gym featuring balls, mats and toys for ages 5 and under. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Rd., Raleigh. 919-870-2911. http://parks.raleighnc.gov