Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Family Fun in Chapel Hill...

We are hosting prospective PhD students this weekend at UNC and I've been asked to provide them with some tips about fun things to do in the area.

There are so many fun things to do in the Triangle that we have not even had time to try them all.

There is one great website, CHillKids, that has links to all types of activities and places.

One of our favorite parks is the Community Center Park on Estes Rd. There is a great walking path, as well as plenty of play space.

We love to go to movies, and there is a website with the list of all theaters and movie listings. You can even buy tickets online at fandango or movietickets.

There is a new mini-golf place in Raleigh called Frankie's that has many activities for kids of all ages, as well as an excellent Italian restaurant.

If your kids enjoy participating in sports, we just discovered the Woodcroft Athletic Association leagues. We are not big climbers, but my son went to a birthday party at the Vertical Edge climbing center and had a ball.

Southern Village and Meadowmont are nice neighborhoods for walking, shopping and dining. They both have pools where you can join or pay on a daily basis. Fearrington Village is also nice for shopping or Sunday brunch, but a bit farther away.

Other fun shopping, dining activity type places are SouthPoint in Durham and Cameron Village in Raleigh.

If you are a busy family and don't have time to cook or go out for dinner, we have taken advantage of Tar Heel Takeout.

Miscellaneous things
Amante Pizza
Alfredo's (University Mall) 968-3424
Chapel Hill Pediatrics
List of all local schools
Link to Homeschoolers
Churches in Chapel Hill
Short-term rental homes
UNC Childcare provider list
Our dentist, Dr. Saib
Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Quinonez, 968.9806
Our orthodontist, Dr. Mol, 260.4269
Priority parking on UNC campus if you pick up children
Paint the Earth
Wachovia bank on campus

In typical grad school fashion, my husband and I are on a quest to develop a list of restaurants for each day of the week where
Kids Eat Free

Tuesdays: Nantucket Grill

Thursdays: Bear Rock Cafe (University Mall)

Saturdays: The Lone Star from 11-4

(please feel free to comment and add any new ones you know of!)


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