Kidventurez is a blank canvas where children's ideas spring to life. As the mind behind the creative space, owner Stephanie Walker used her own experience as a mother to concoct the facility. "I really love the whole concept of kids using their minds to play," she told Midtown Raleigh News.
Inside, pintsized visitors hop across various stations that spur ingenuity, such as the performing stage, where they can put on plays for friends, and Kenzie's Kitchen, where they can practice burning fake popcorn in a fake microwave. Smaller children enjoy the freedom of Toddler Town's scaled-down attractions, and parents, similarly, enjoy the freedom of either sitting back and watching playtime unfold or leaving for a short respite.
As the super-otter aircraft climbs through the clouds, the energy in the plane is palpable. First-time skydivers and veterans of the sport, all giddy for the oncoming rush of wind and velocity, ready themselves for their leap into the vast blue yonder waiting just outside the plane’s door. For the skilled staff of Triangle Skydiving Center, that feeling is the reason they come to work every morning. Whether they're plunging themselves and a harnessed patron through midair at 13,500 feet or selling high-quality parachute equipment in the gear store, they're dedicated to helping customers find that thrill that previously was only attained by shrinking the kids and living vicariously through them as they spelunk from picnic tables.
Instructor Cheryl Frazier takes a holistic approach to horseback-riding lessons; instead of just teaching students to ride, she also imparts grooming and tacking skills. That way, her students form a bond with their horses before hopping on their backs to guide them through European and Western riding techniques. She caters her lessons to accommodate beginning to advanced riders, and some of her more experienced protégés make up a blue-ribbon-winning show team and a 4-H Club dedicated to showing horses and providing community service. The farm is also home to a tack and consignment shop that stocks gently used show outfits and last year?s fashionable neon pink and glittery horseshoes.
The licensed and insured fishing guides from Outdoor Expeditions USA, LLC have cast countless lures into the waters of Jordan Lake and Harris Lake. Their target? Largemouth bass. They lead fishing trips in search of the popular game fish aboard their Triton 20HP Pro, which can seat two fisherman, one guide, and as many fish as the three can juggle.
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Family Day
Pro Tip: Old fashioned outdoor fun where children run, climb, jump, and explore at their own pace.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
When Melinda?owner of Three Bears Acres?looks back on her own childhood, she remembers a time of carefree joy. She recalls running off into the woods with friends after breakfast, hunting for salamanders and building forts, and returning home only when hunger called her. As a mother of three, Melinda found that same sense of play and freedom to be missing from her children's tightly scheduled lives. She wanted to make a place for kids and their families to celebrate activities with similar freedoms.
The result is Three Bears Acres, which is part educational farm, part massive playground. The farm boasts flowers, fruits, and vegetables, which visitors can tend, harvest, and even bring home to cook. Staff members and the website have a few suggested recipes in which to use the fresh-grown produce. The playground, meanwhile, consists of more than just towers, slides, bridges with troll tolls, and tunnels. Kids cook up anything they can imagine in the Mud Kitchen. They blast each other with water guns in the shaded Water Wars arena, or try their hand as street artists on the Grafitti Wall. Parents get into these activities too, and Melinda says the most rewarding part of her job is "seeing children and parents happy."
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Lissette Brandao has a wealth of national and international experience, including spending her college career at Rutgers, playing semi-professionally in the US, and playing internationally for the Portuguese Women's National Team. But she doesn't keep everything she's learned to herself. Instead, she teaches youngsters and high-schoolers the world's game, from basics to advanced, through team training, camps, and private lessons. To ensure she delivers the highest possible quality to the youth she teaches, she has certifications from organizations such as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the US Soccer Federation.