For kids, summer can feel like it is flying by. However, parents and grandparents are always looking for summer activities for their kids and grand-kids. Whether it’s a local summer camp, sports league, or arts and crafts event, there is no shortage of summer activities in the region to fill each summer week. See below for some summer ideas for your kids.
1. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Enjoy cool river breezes and a new perspective of the Pasquotank River with the whole family. Betsytown Board Company has made SUP Paddle Boarding easy in Elizabeth City. Simply call 252-340-4382 and they will deliver the boards and equipment to any downtown Elizabeth City Park as well as pick them up when you are finished.
2. Go to the Movies for Free
Want to make watching a free movie even better? Then watch it outside under the stars. During the months of June, July and August, a children’s movie will be shown at Mariners’ Wharf Park every third Friday at 8:15 pm.
If you are looking to keep cool during the long dog days of summer, stop in at Museum of the Albemarle on the fourth Thursday of June and July at 10:00 am for free Kids Flix. Visit Museum of the Albemarle’s Facebook page for other child-friendly events and summer camps.
3. Make a Splash
Beating the heat is possible! Little ones can keep cool for free at the Mayor Rodger Mclean splash park located at Enfield Recreation Area, just off Ehringhaus Street on Corsair Circle and Catalina Avenue in Elizabeth City. Our own roller skate-shaped pool, Meads Pool, will be open again on June 9 so call 252-338-5151 for details. Splish splash the day away at the neighboring H2OBX water park, which is based on the epic Outer Banks story.
4. Be a scientist for the day
Port Discover is a must-see and a must-get-messy kind of place where kids are scientists. Geared for tikes, kids can fly an airplane, observe sea life, examine rocks and minerals, and learn about robots. There are creatures to observe, including resident turtles Tucker, Trudy and Tank. Port Discover likes to keep things lively so there’s a variety of special programming, including Toddler Time, Second Saturday Science programs, and summer camps. Admission to Port Discover is free, with fees for some programs.
5. Tell Me A Story
We all love the phrases “Once upon a time…” or “In a land far away…” as they evoke childhood memories. Every Saturday, from 10:15 am – 11:00 am, Page after Page Bookstore transports children of all ages to far off lands during story time. Stories are carefully selected and tailored to the age of the participants.
6. Take Me Out to a Ball Game
Baseball is a treasured American pastime so catch an Edenton Steamers game at the historic Hicks Field and sit in its main wooden grandstand—one of the last of its kind remaining in North Carolina. Both the field and the team’s origins can be traced back to the 1940s. For Elizabeth City locals, be sure to follow the Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Parks & Recreation Facebook page to learn more about available sport programs and camps.
7. Get Creative
Release your and your child’s creative energy by participating in an art class. Both Studio 511 Art & Soul and Skie Art Lounge offer painting classes tailored to children. For locals, Arts of the Albemarle often offers a variety of classes and camps covering the performing arts and other media. You might even be interested in enrolling your child in the award-winning Center Players, a theatrical group for children, grades 3-12, which gives regular performances.
8. Experience the Great Outdoors!
Elizabeth City’s neighboring state parks, the Dismal Swamp and Merchants Millpond, provide many opportunities for you and your family to enjoy nature by hiking, biking and paddling. Park rangers often give free educational programs and guided hikes and paddles. Visit the North Carolina State Parks website about upcoming activities.
9. Under the Sea
You’ll be spellbound watching the largest group of sharks in the state at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Touching stingrays, digging for shark teeth in the fossil pit, and interacting with scuba divers are just a few of the experiences you’ll have while there. The aquarium also offers additional daily programs.
10. Time Travel
Elizabeth City is centrally located in a region of North Carolina firsts and this year we want you experience them for yourself. The Albemarle region is celebrating its 350th Anniversary and a passport book has been created to take you to historic points of interest throughout the area. If you receive a stamp in your passport book from each participating county, you can enter a drawing to win a prize. Passport books are available at Museum of the Albemarle and Arts of the Albemarle. While at Museum of the Albemarle, be sure to visit the new exhibit, “River Bridge: Sunken Secrets,” opening on Saturday, June 16, which features an excavation site along the Pasquotank River that yielded more than 10,000 artifacts. Also learn about the archaeology on Tuesday, June 19, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
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