Hot Temps Demand Free Cool Fun For Kids & Parents!
With temperatures expected to hit close to 100 F this week across the Triangle, parents like me are hunting ways to stay cool with the kids and have fun for free or at little cost.
My son and I have been getting up early and heading out for a bike ride or walk before it gets too hot. We've also discovered the local public library's online service, which lets us order books from the convenience of home, then contacts us when they arrive. It's a great way to request new books even before they hit the book stores. Also check with your local library for entertaining indoor programs for kids. Our Daily Calendar lists lots of interesting kids' activities and many are free. For example, at 6 p.m. Monday, the Cameron Village Regional Library, in Raleigh, is featuring the Remus Lupins Wizard Rock Concert. The free concert is appropriate for all ages. On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., the East Regional Library, in Knightdale, is offering Pajama Jammie Jam, a free story time when kids can don their PJs.
If your children enjoy exploring the outdoors, see the nature programs in our Daily Calendar. They usually require a small fee and pre-registration. This week's themes feature bees, turtles and fishing and more. On Wednesday, the Little Nature Hikersprogram at Lake Johnson Park, in Raleigh, is offering kids ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult a chance to search for birds, insects, mammals and reptiles. Strollers are welcome. In Durham, the Nature for Sprouts program at Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Friday lets kids ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult explore movement, music, garden ecology and creative projects. Another great resource for inexpensive fun is our Weekly Events and Story Times listing. Look there for more story times, crafts, support groups, exercise classes, puppetry, magic & more.
If you're in the mood to see a community play, head to Raleigh Little Theatre this Friday for the opening show of Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures. The play is the latest performance in its Youth Series and is set at Watertower Elementary School, Kids there are kids are having trouble concentrating until the arrival of Gooney Bird Greene, the new student, who arrives wearing pajamas and cowboy boots. The class is never the same again. Tickets are $13 for adults/teens and $9 for children. You'll find details in our round-up of July Family Exhibits, Performances along with information on other upcoming shows.