Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Do You Love to Travel?!


We've lived in North Carolina for 2 1/2 years.  And I haven't done much to fall in love with the Tarheel State.  I love, love, love the beach and we are certainly closer than we've ever been, but at nearly three hours away, hearing the ocean waves may as well be light years away.  We've also been wrapped up in the day to day of everything, or I've at least allowed that to be my excuse.

As a result, we haven't seen much of North Carolina.  There are museums and zoos, science centers and amusement parks, and we've seen very few of them.  In an effort to see more of the state that we plan to call home for awhile, I've promised the boys that we'd be more intentional with our field trips.  While at the homeschool conference a few weeks ago, I found a resource we could use to help me with this promise.  (I received a complimentary copy of Kids Love the Carolinas in exchange for my honest review.)

It's a really neat book called Kids Love the Carolinas.  The super cool thing?  There are books about several other states as well!  I picked up the travel guide about North and South Carolina to see what new things we could discover about NC.  You might remember my post about the field trip we took just over a week ago.  Here's how the day was planned.

Museum of Life and Science, Durham, North Carolina
First of all, there was a craft resource place I've been meaning to visit in Durham for quite some time.  I decided to look up family activities in Durham so I could make the trip to the resource center worth the time.  Turns out, there's a really great museum in Durham called the Museum of Life and Science.  The book gave a description of the museum and listed hours and admission prices.  I was also informed ahead of time that there was a train and it cost extra.  I knew we'd be riding it because I have a train enthusiast so I appreciated the heads-up.

Elmo's Diner, Durham, North Carolina
Also mentioned in the Durham section was a restaurant called Elmo's Diner.  Apparently, Elmo's Diner has even been featured on Rachael Ray's $40 A Day!  So, we definitely wanted to taste some yummy food and also try something new as opposed to yet another fast food meal.  It was a cute diner and the boys enjoyed being there.  Had it not been mentioned in the book, we would have just rolled through somewhere else for nuggets and fries.

So our first outing with Kids Love the Carolinas as our resource guide was a huge success!  We need to head back to Durham again soon (the craft warehouse requires another visit) and we're hoping to make some reservations to the Duke Lemur Center.  The boys thoroughly enjoyed the lemurs at the Museum so they'd really like to see more of them.

We are bookmarking pages, highlighting locations, and making lists of where we want to go.  I promised the boys that I'd do my best to see new places so I'm pretty sure this book and I are going to become pretty good friends!

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  1. I would love to win Kids Love Ohio!!!

  2. Thank you for advice on the book. I've never heard of it but I really want to see if I can find me a copy. Like you I've been here 3 years and really haven't seen what North Carolina has to offer. Looking to change that in the up coming year.

  3. North Carolina. We live here and would love to discover more.

  4. We used to do more field trips & had a membership at the MLS for a year. There are plenty of things to do, but we don't get out much these days. It would be fun to learn some more about nearby attractions!


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