Archive for the ‘Kids’ category

Your weekend: Present, Past, Fast

Detach your kids from their electronics and get them to live in the present (at least for 45 minutes) at Merchants Millpond; expose them to true culture shock with a look at how kids used to play in Saura times; or, head to the mountains and catch skateboarders on the fast track. Coast: Coleman Trail Hike The weather is expected to be great this weekend; why not take advantage and…

This weekend: Rain, work with it

To quote The Ink Spots, “Into each life, some rain must fall.” Or in the case of this weekend, a lot of rain. Pretty much across the entire state. All weekend. That said, two things. One, a forecast is just that, a guess based on what appears might could happen. Sometimes, it seems like more of a whimsical guess, although in this case, where the whole of North Carolina is…

This weekend: A festive farewell to summer

It’s the last weekend of summer (the season officially cedes to fall next Wednesday). Give it a fitting sendoff in Wilmington by tubing 900 (or maybe 1,000) feet through downtown; by  celebrating the Catawba River at Lake James State Park; or by checking out the last in cool outdoor gear in Asheville. Coast So here’s a thing that’s happening around the country and comes to Wilmington Sunday: Slide the City….

This weekend: Family adventure, a Fat day for Dad, high hikes in the Roan Highlands

Looking for an adventure with the kids? Look to Brunswick Nature Park near Wilmington. Looking for some mountain biking adventure? Look to the annual Triangle Fat Tire Festival. Looking for some spectacular hiking? Look up, about as high as you can, to the Roan Highlands. Coast WWJDD? What Would John Denver do if he were still alive and living in the Wilmington area? We reckon he’d be taking part in…

This weekend: Learn, learn, learn

To everything there is a season — and in this season of winter, the thing is making sense of the natural world. Learn your birds at the coast, your amphibians in the Piedmont, your naked trees in the mountains. Coast Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird — Yes, but what kind? It’s a question that perplexes many of us when we spy an avian friend flying overhead. And…

This weekend: A tri, a TACO, a wildlife education

Cross “sprint triathlon” off your 2014 list in Wilmington, Take a Child Outside at a state park, celebrate hunting and fishing with the family in the mountains: it’s another diverse weekend outdoors in North Carolina. Coast A triathlon isn’t something you’d ordinarily do on a lark, certainly not an Olympic length (0.9-mile swim, 25-mile bike and 6.2-mile run) or longer. A sprint tri, on the other hand … . Face…

This weekend: Shoot for the shooting stars

No matter where you are, head out Friday night and take in the Geminid meteor shower at its peak. And during the light of day you’ll find lessons to be learned about snow. Coast The Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak Friday evening — and you can have a prime seat at the Dismal Swamp State Park in South Mills. If the conditions are prime, you should be able…

This week: Take A Child Outside

Before kids come out to a program at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ wildlife learning center, Jan Weems asks them to draw a picture of what they think they’ll see. “They draw pictures of bears and lions and all these really big animals,” says Weems, the center’s senior manager of early childhood programs. At the end of the program, when she asks them to draw…

This weekend: Paddling at the coast, getting spanked in the mountains

The three-day Crystal Coast Paddle Festival opens in Swansboro Friday while the inaugural Green River Games promises to offer some of the most challenging competition the state has seen. Meanwhile, in the Piedmont, it’s the Big Muddy Challenge, big muddy fun for parents and kids. Coast Our pick for the state this week is at the coast, the Crystal Coast specifically, home to the aptly-named Crystal Coast Paddle Festival. The…

Big Muddy a family challenge

Adam Spisak had an “ah ha!” moment when most of us would be having an “oy vey!” moment. “It was last fall and I had run the Tough Mudder in South Carolina earlier in the day,” says Spisak, who lives in Raleigh. “It’s 2:30 in the morning and I’m up with my daughter, trying to get her to sleep.” The obstacle race is going through his head, he’s experiencing the…