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Grandparents Day is celebrated throughout the country on the first
Sunday after Labor Day in September (this year on Sunday, September 11th).
It's a great occasion to go on a special outing with
grandparents, visit a local nursing home, or arrange for a visit with an
elderly person who may not get out much. It is also a time to remember grandparents who have passed
on, and recall their memories to their grandchildren through photographs
Children can learn from
their grandparents in many ways. Children
may enjoy ?interviewing? their grandparents to learn about what life
was like when they were growing up.
Grandchildren and grandparents could work together on making a
family tree, and spend time looking through old family photographs
together. Another great way to celebrate grandparents any time of year
is by planning a special outing. Listed
below are some ideas for local outings that grandparents, grandchildren
and families may enjoy together.
For many more outing
ideas, visit the CHillKids.com Year
Round Run guide and the Festivals
and Events guide. For
information about the history of National Grandparents Day, and more
ideas about ways to celebrate grandparents, visit www.grandparents-day.com.
Grandparents Day Celebrations ? (Check with your
Village Spend an afternoon or morning at Fearrington Village
in Pittsboro (located on US 15-501, 8 miles South of Chapel Hill). Visit the famed ?oreo-striped? Galloway cows, take a
walk through the gardens and see the outdoor sculptures on display,
visit the shops, and have lunch at the Market Caf?(indoors or
outdoors under the arbor surrounded by chirping birds and lush
Fearrington Village is located eight miles south of Chapel Hill, NC on US 15-501.
2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Botanical Gardens Visit
the NC Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill.
The Herb Garden (aka ?Fairy Garden?) with its Indian
abode and kids' digging activities is especially fun. Kids also love to explore the wetland gardens, see the
fish ponds, and visit the Paul Green Cabin.
Totten Center, U.S. 15-501/NC Hwy 54 Bypass
at Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill, 27514.
Point on the Eno Park (a little further afield, in Durham)
Visit the working River Mill
(est. 1778) at the West Point on the Eno Durham City Park.
Watch the mill going ?round in the river, go inside the
mill house and watch the wheat and corn being ground into flour,
then bring some freshly ground flour, cornmeal, and grits home for
5101 N. Roxboro Rd. (US Hwy 501 North), Durham.
North Carolina Zoo (further
afield in Asheboro, NC; about
1 ? hours drive from Chapel Hill).
Plan to do a lot of walking when you visit the zoo; the zoo
covers large expanses so that the animals have more room.
Manual wheelchairs are available for loan (free of charge);
specialized private tours with a tour guide are available in the
comfort of motorized carts (for a fee; call in advance for
4403 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27205.
P. Duke Gardens at Duke University Bring
a picnic and go for an outing at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in
Durham; also visit the famous Duke Chapel and Bell Tower next door (call
first for Chapel hours, 919-
426 Anderson St., Duke
University, Durham, NC 27708.
& T's Soda Shoppe Ice Cream Parlor
Have lunch at S&T's Soda Shoppe in Pittsboro. S&T's is an authentically restored ice cream
parlor with a wonderful old-fashioned feel. (Closed Sundays.)
85 Hillsboro Street,
- Museum of Life
and Science Go on an
outing to the Magic Wings Butterfly House at the Durham Museum of
Life and Science.
433 Murray Avenue, Durham, North Carolina
Lake State Recreation Area Rent
a boat at Jordan Lake and go fishing together.
280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523
out for ice cream!
Try the delicious gelato at La Vita Dolce in Southern
Village, have hot dogs and ice cream at Lickity Split in Meadowmont,
or go to the original Maple View Farm and lounge in rocking chairs
on the porch while you take in the views of the dairy farm
surrounded by rolling hills. See the CHillKids
Ice Cream guide for more local ice cream destinations, links and
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