Take a break: There's plenty to do here while kids are out of school

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 06:01 PM

It’s spring break. You’ve already taken your kids to the movies, played outside until the sun went down and tried your best to keep them off the game systems and computer for hours. Now what?
There are kid-friendly and pocket-friendly attractions in and around High Point.
“High Point offers a wide variety of attractions for children of all ages,” said Tim Mabe, president of High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Recently, we’ve seen families taking advantage of this spring weather and benefit from our outdoor attractions like the popular Kersey Valley Zipline, Piedmont Environmental Center, and the many parks High Point has to offer. Our attractions offer an experience the whole family can enjoy.”

Experience Nature
These options will be better earlier in the week while the weather is still nice. Looks like rain on Thursday and Friday.

Piedmont Environmental Center, High Point — 11 miles of foot trails and Bicentennial Greenway pass through 376 acres of hardwood and pine forests and lakeside habitats.
Age recommendation: Paved greenway is recommended for small children; Foot trails are available too.
Cost: free
Hours: Sunrise to sunset; building open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro — The zoo is a school break staple. It’s about an hour away but provides a full day of activities.
Age recommendation: everyone
Cost: $8-10 for children 2-12; $12-16 for adults
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Get there early before it runs out of parking. Seriously. This happened on Monday when the zoo reached an unofficial count of 13,000 people and had to temporarily stop admission to the park for about 30 minutes.

Castle McCulloch, Jamestown — The castle is not yet open to the public but it is open for gem panning for group tours. Reservations are required and you may have to get the neighborhood together for this. A group tour must have at least 15 people.
Age recommendation: elementary and middle schoolers
Cost: $4/person plus the cost of the bucket, which starts at $10
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., call for availability 887-2206

Kick of Adrenaline
Kersey Valley Attractions, Archdale
These activities are outdoors as well. Remember the weather.
Hours: Mon- Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Zipline - It’s pricey. But it’s ranked one of the best attractions in the Triad.
Age recommendation: middle schoolers and up (10+)
Cost: $89/person, 2 for 1 Tuesday would be a way to save today.
Laser tag - There are nearly 20 ways to play the tactical game at Kersey Valley and it’s active. Cost: Current promotion is $20 for 2 hours.
Age recommendation: middle schoolers and up (10+)

Airborne Trampoline Park, Winston-Salem
The indoor trampoline park has 12,000 square feet on the floors and walls. They’ve extended hours just for spring break. There are four “courts,” one specifically for small kids.
Cost: $12 for first hour/$8 for each additional hour
Age recommendation: elementary schoolers and up (4+)
Hours: Today-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m; Friday and Saturday it is 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.

The Arts
Theatre Art Gallery, High Point - The gallery, located in the High Point Theatre, rotates visual art exhibits by regional artists.
Cost: free
Age recommendation: everyone
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

High Point Theatre - The theatre is hosting “9 to 5: The Musical” presented by GTCC on its Jamestown campus at Fine Arts Theatre, Koury Hospitality Center.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 8 p.m.
Cost: General Public - $15; GTCC Faculty/Staff/Alumni - $10; GTCC Students - $5
Age recommendation: middle and high schoolers

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