2011 Best Triangle Places for Children’s Activities
Carolina Parent readers voted for the best places for children’s activities in and around the Triangle, resulting in these 2011 Family Favorites.
Wake County Public Libraries offer popular story times that engage children in the world of literature. Cameron Village Regional Library (1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh) and Eva Perry Regional Library (2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Dr., Apex) were selected as the favorite branches. www.wakegov.com/libraries/kids/events.
Barnes and Noble hosts story-time events at some locations. Check for participating stores at www.barnesandnoble.com.
Hands-on Activity Place
Marbles Kids Museum is tops for this category. (See Rainy Day Outing for details.)
Honorable Mention – Museum of Life and Science (See Museums for details.)
Class/Program for Ages 0-4
The Little Gym provides classes according to an age-specific curriculum, delivered in weekly lessons to build kids’ motor skills. Its noncompetitive programs include karate, cheerleading and dance. Locations in Durham, Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs. www.thelittlegym.com.
Honorable Mention – Spanish for Fun: 8000 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; 100 Endeavor Way, Cary; www.spanishforfun.com. (See Class/Program for School Ages for details.)
Class/Program for School Ages
Bright Horizons is a popular option for parents with busy schedules. School-age children up to age 12 can participate in before- and after-school care, back-up care for school holidays and school closings, and summer day-camp programs. Check locations at www.brighthorizons.com.
The YMCA is also a favorite in this category. (See Family Fitness for details.)
The Little Gym (See Class/Program for Ages 0-4 for details.)
Spanish for Fun offers immersion full-time preschool, immersion summer camp, and a language institute program to learn Spanish in an active environment. 8000 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; 100 Endeavor Way, Cary; www.spanishforfun.com.
Camp Kanata offers a 1:5 counselor-to-camper ratio with sessions of summer day camp for students entering grades 1-6. Kids enjoy activities that include canoeing, swinging on a Tarzan swing and drama lessons. 13524 Camp Kanata Rd., Wake Forest; www.campkanata.org. (Camp Kanata is part of YMCA.)
Other YMCA day camps were also voted as favorites. (See Family Fitness for details.)
Honorable Mention – Camp Chestnut Ridge: 4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Rd., Efland; www.campchestnutridge.org.
Camp Kanata gets the top spot in this category. (See Day Camp for details.)
Honorable Mention – Camp Chestnut Ridge (See Day Camp for details.)
YMCA offers the most popular track-out camp with voters this year. (See Family Fitness for details.)
Honorable Mention – Bright Horizons (See Class/Program for School Ages for information.)
Right Time Kids doesn’t require membership fees, contracts or appointments for short-term child care. You only pay for the time you use. It’s open nights and weekends, and even provides a meal program. Find locations across the Triangle at www.righttimekids.com.