Fascinate-U Children's Museum touts pint-sized, play-based educational programs and exhibits that encourage imagination and hands-on learning for children of all ages. Kids can touch and explore the engaging exhibits and partake in imaginative scenarios, all within the museums' miniaturized town setting. Oversee children role-playing real-life situations, such as working at the local fire station, playing the lead role in a tiny version of Titus Andronicus at the theater, or selecting nutritious foodstuffs at the kid-size town grocer. Birthday parties allow unlimited access to the museum floor for up to 20 kids, allowing them to get something other than a cake stomachache out of a party ($70 for members). Peruse the gift shop to continue the cranium cultivating at home, and enjoy a members-only 10% discount.
Since 1965, Rockingham Speedway has roused motorsports fans with supersonic races around a one-mile stretch of track. This year, Frank Kimmel Street Stock’s annual Polar Bear 150 features up to 99 drivers vying to unseat Chuck Barnes, whose crafty maneuvers and ability to distract opponents by cooling freshly baked pies on his hood have earned him the title as the race's two-time defending champion. Race attendees can arrive early to watch a one-hour practice at 9 a.m., which is followed by a qualifying round at 11 a.m. Additionally, Rockingham Speedway's website equips visitors with valuable tips for a fully energized experience, including a variety of restaurants and hotels where guests can bribe the front-desk clerk in hopes of getting a room with a racecar bed.
Gold Seal–certified flight instructors lead fledgling pilots on in-air adventures from Centerline Aviation, delivering hands-on ground tutorials before accompanying students through 30-minute flights. Aviation apprentices glean valuable safety and soaring information before taking off in a Cessna 150 or Cessna Skyhawk 172, where they will take the reins during part of the flight and learn to maintain control of the craft while ignoring competitive birds' impersonations of skyway patrol officers. Centerline's restored, historical single-runway airfield lends a scenic backdrop to sky scholars and eases the transition back to a cloud-deficient everyday reality.
Guests who pull up to the Summer Picnic Concert Series might find themselves torn between lounging and dancing. On the one hand, there's the lush, picnic-ready lawn of Cypress Bend Vineyards' pastoral grounds; on the other, there are the shuffling native sounds of Carolina beach music boogying from the stage. The three-piece team of Joyner, Young & Marie seamlessly shifts gears from power ballads such as "Frozen in Time" to twangy, up-tempo numbers such as "Live the Blues." The Sand Band plays up their dance, blues, and classic-rock influences, combining soulful melodies with eminently danceable beats.