Special Posts

IMG_9748A group of posts covering special events, programs, holidays, bucket list ideas, and fun “to do” lists in the Greater Raleigh area:

  • 2016 Valentine’s Day Ideas in the Parks Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day by exploring a park or program with a loved one?  Whether it’s a spouse, friend, or special little one these ideas are sure to entertain and provide fun memories: Paint Your HeART Out at Sertoma Arts Center – Saturday, February 6 from 10:30am-noon; create your own Valentine-inspired artwork on canvas; for all ...
  • 2015 Holidays in the Parks With school out for a few weeks over the holidays are you looking for some activities to keep the kids entertained?  Or do you need last minute gift ideas? Check the Leisure Ledger and gift a loved one an experience! From crafts, games, movies and nature hikes, the local parks have fun activities for all ages! ...
  • Nature Walks Along Crabtree Creek Trail Following Hurricane Joaquin As of this past Monday, Raleigh had 12 days of consecutive rain, tying a 128-year-old record.  The sun finally came out on Tuesday and it was ah-mazing!  Before Hurricane Joaquin threatened Raleigh this past weekend, the grounds, creeks, and rivers were already saturated and above normal levels. The nearly 8 inches of rain in 12 days created high ...
  • Take a Child Outside Week: Sept 24-30, 2015 Cooler temps and lower humidity means that Fall is on it’s way and it couldn’t be a better time to participate in Take a Child Outside Week (TACO), held September 24-30, 2015. Take a Child Outside Week is an national initiative through the NC Museum of Natural Sciences with partner organizations throughout the country.  The program emphasizes ...
  • Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA For Claire’s 2nd birthday this year we decided to take a family trip north to Langhorne, PA to visit Sesame Place amusement park.  She recently discovered a fondness for the Sesame Street characters and with her love for the water it seemed like a fun way to celebrate her crazy, smart, expressive 2-year old self! Sesame Place is ...
  • Harveyville, Kansas Today would’ve been my Aunt Pam’s 59th birthday.  For as far back as I can remember, she lived in a large ranch house off a very long gravel road in Carbondale, KS, but she grew up 30 minutes from there in Harveyville, KS.  Pam was my dad’s younger sister and I miss her a lot these days. Despite ...
  • Top 9 Raleigh Parks for Wrangling More Than One Kid We’ve all been there, our eyes are glued on our fearless older child as she climbs the arching ladder on the playground while trying to locate the other fearless younger child.  Swearing the fearless younger child was moments earlier pulling on your leg begging for “More Snack”, you tell fearless older child to sit still on ...
  • 2015 Summer Bucket List With the opening of our neighborhood pool this past weekend and another year of preschool finished up, it’s time to switch gears and think summer activities!  While we were able to cross a lot off our bucket list goals from last summer, we have some of the same goals and some lofty new goals this summer (note, ...
  • Mother’s Day 2015 Ral-ideas Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to show your mom, wife, or other special maternal lady in your life how much you care about and appreciate her!  While it’ll be a bitter sweet conglomerate of emotions for me this year, I’m glad to be carrying on my 10-year tradition of ...
  • Just Do It – City of Raleigh 2015 Summer Camps It’s hard to believe with the icy weather last week that it’s time to begin planning for summer activities!  Summer has quickly bubbled to the top as my favorite season with all the pool trips, picnics, late summer evenings and general care-free outside playtime! Between a lot of our unscheduled outdoor summertime it is nice to throw in some bursts ...
  • Top 5 (off the beaten path) Triangle Parks for Fall Foliage With the peak of Fall foliage on our heels in the Triangle, I wanted to recount some of my favorite local parks for capturing beautiful autumn pictures.  There are a lot of obvious places to visit such as Umstead Park, Historic Yates Mill Park and Pullen Park, so here’s my Top 5 (off the beaten path) ...
  • 2014 Summer Bucket List Follow-up The first day of Fall began this week with a few days of colder temperatures, which led me to reminisce about my first full summer home with both girls.  Despite having a tough adjustment period from 3-day-a-week preschool to zero-day-a-week preschool, things smoothed out and we had an awesome summer!  I find myself longing for ...

6 thoughts on “Special Posts

  1. What a gift. You’ve given me highlights of NC east and west and areas we’ll never visit but look like wonderful adventure. Thanks! Love the memories you are building for the girls.

  2. Greystone Recreation Center is an amazing idea and resource for parents all over Wake County. Please add another indoor park in Apex, NC!

  3. Looking for help – looking for the son of LTC George F Marshall to return his fathers purple heart and two other medals I came across several years ago.

    • Hi Don, a lady named Rachel Goer contacted me a few years ago about the park dedication. She worked for Mr. Marshall. At the time her email was rgoer@onefic.com and phone was 919-787-4243. Maybe that contact information is still valid? If I think of anything else I’ll relay the information.

  4. I found a ring in parking lot of Neuse River Trail near mile 1/4 marker today. Contact me with correct identification and I will get it back to you. Mike (Apr 18, 2017)

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