It won’t be long until cooler weather arrives, but it can still be too hot to have fun with the little ones outside. Here are just a few ideas for cheap, easy, and cool activities.
Story Time at Public Libraries – We have only visited the Southwest Regional Library, but Story Time with Miss Margaret is one of the highlights of our week. For more info visit their kids website at http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org/kids.php.
Southpoint Mall – (www.streetsatsouthpoint.com) Most people know that there is a little kids play area outside of JCPenny. It is often crowded in the middle of the day, but if you go early or after 3 pm the crowd is slimmer. There’s also a train table upstairs at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Both Barnes and Noble and Pottery Barn Kids have free story times and kids activities that are advertised in store, so stop in and see what might be coming up soon.
Bean Traders Coffee Shop – (249 W Nc Highway 54, Durham, NC 27713-2491) Bean Traders has very good coffee, but more importantly they have a “play area” sparsely furnished for your child’s entertainment. Full disclosure: the kids area is about as clean as a McDonalds/Chick-Fil-A play area, so don’t bring them in their Sunday best. I would also pack a coloring book or some small toys if you like to linger while you drink your coffee. They offer crafts and story times, but we’ve never made it to one. I’d love to hear from someone who has!
The Stir Crazy Moms Guide to Durham (http://stircrazymomsofdurham.blogspot.com/) has profiled all the indoor play areas within 50 miles, and is a good resource for all kinds of kid-related info.
I hope this helps you beat the heat! If you have ideas to share, please comment below.