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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Guest Adventures - Alamance County

This is a guest post by Jennifer Aceves. If you're interested in contributing to GSOFamilies, please email gsofamilies@gmail.com

On Saturday we took our 3 year old and 5 year old on a day trip to Alamance County. We started out in downtown Graham, home to the Alamance Children's Museum. Downtown Graham is very quaint and quiet. The courthouse is at the center of town and around the circle are a few shops and restaurants. The Children's Museum is a couple of blocks from downtown, close enough to park one place and walk to the other if you wanted.

We got there in time for lunch and had been recommended to try Barrister's but ended up eating at the Graham Soda Shop instead. The inside reminded us of Lou's Cafe from Back to the Future, very nostalgic. The food was nothing special, but was decent and reasonably priced. From there we walked to the Children's Museum.

For a children's museum on a Saturday afternoon it was not crowded at all! It is a pretty typical children's museum, with an art station, a dentist office, a farm, a restaurant, a train table, and a post office. The girls right now are really into pretend play so they had a great time in these areas, though the museum also has a few unique features. In the center of the museum is a huge metal "beanstalk". It stretches all the way to the high ceiling with netting around the leaves so the kids can climb all the way up. Mine weren't that daring but if your kids like to climb on the play places at Chick-Fil-A or McDonalds, they'd love this! Right beside that is a room made out of glass so the kids can paint right on the walls. There is also a room with giant foam blocks for building. However, we spent most of our time outside. There is a grassy area with bouncy balls, monster feet, and a jungle gym, and a huge sand pit, and the best part of all is a little stream for "fishing" and splashing and playing. If you go here when the weather is nice I would definitely recommend bringing a change of clothes! My 5 year old only got a little bit wet but my 3 year old needed a complete change. With admission at $5 per person, it is worth the trip, especially if you pair it with another local attraction, such as Burlington City Park.

City Park is a favorite with our girls because of the rides. It is a nice park, with athletic fields, walking trails, a good sized playground and picnic shelters, but the rides are what the kids love. They have a train (much like the one at City Lake Park in High Point/Jamestown), a carousel (a much nicer one than City Lake Park), and 3 other kiddie rides like you'd find at a carnival. At $0.75 per ride, it is also pretty reasonable; we spent $10 on tickets and the girls rode 2 kiddie rides plus all 4 of us rode the carousel and the train. So for $30 plus the cost of gas, we spent a fun afternoon in Alamance County!

Guest post by Jennifer Aceves. Thanks Jennifer for sharing your adventures with us!
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