8th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration Saturday, September 21, 2013 11:00am – 3:00pm All Ages Free
This family-oriented event includes costumed corn-grinding tours of Yates Mill, a fun children’s scavenger hunt activity, live music and dance, story-tellers, community displays, hand-craft demonstrations and sales, antique vehicles, farm tool displays, food vendors, and much more!
Yates By Night
Friday, September 27, 2013
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Free (Preregistration Required)
Discover the night world with your family and take a guided walk outdoors with a park naturalist. Walking after dark with children is a whole different experience that stimulates all our senses when everything is quiet and goes to sleep-or wakes up.
Please confirm all events with venue before attending.
We went on a sweet field trip with our homeschool group a few weeks ago…literally!
About a year ago we read a Curious George book about a chocolate factory and my kids have been asking to go to one ever since. I thought it would make a great indoor summertime field trip so I started my google searching.
Lucky me, I found the perfect place in downtown Raleigh called Videri Chocolate Factory, Have you heard of it? Definitely worth checking out. Their delicious treats are organic and made from the bean!
They offer tours to groups or you can just stop by and get a great view of the process. Their factory is set-up with viewing windows and the process is explained with step-by-step signs.
We decided to set up a tour for our group. The staff was welcoming and very patient with the excitement of our little ones. I will never forget the delicious smell that came wafting out as soon as they opened the doors for us! And the inside was so cool. I could have hung out their all afternoon eating chocolate and having delicious coffee drinks from their bar.
The tour was fairly short, but informative. It was actually just long enough for our crowds attention span. At the end they gave all of us samples and some extras to take home! How awesome is that?
Wondering what our homeschoolers thought?
Homeschool Dude Says: “That was neat. There was a lot of chocolate there!”
Homeschool Dudette Says: “That was so yummy!! The samples were the best part!”
The Details Videri Chocolate Factory
327 W Davie St
Raleigh, NC 27601
$5/Child (They waived the fee for parents and kids under 2 for our group.)
Max Group Size 25
Duke Homestead 2828 Duke Homestead Road Durham, North Carolina 27705 (919) 477-5498
Pork, Pickles & Peanuts: Tastes of NC
Sunday, July 13th, 2013
10:00am – 4:00pm
Each year we celebrate North Carolina food culture and history with our Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of NC Festival. This extremely tasty event includes a BBQ and Pie contest. New this year, guests can taste the BBQ and pick a People’s Choice winner of their own.
Down at the Historic Home of the Duke family food continues to be the theme with historic cooking demonstrations. Beyond the kitchen, you can visit the rest of the Duke family’s 1852 home and outside enjoy 19th century games and toys.
Food definitely is the focus of the day, but make sure you don’t leave without visiting our many talented local arts and crafts vendors. Pork, Pickles and Peanuts allows you to fill your stomach and support North Carolina artists at the same time!
The Malpass Brothers will be playing two sets live on stage during the festival, in the morning from 11 am – 12 pm and in the afternoon from 1 pm – 2 pm.
Don’t forget to check out or even participate in our 1940′s mock Tobacco Queen Pageant! Tobacco Queens are a Harvest Festival tradition and each year our Tobacco Queen, picked at this event, debuts at our fall Harvest and Hornworm Festival.
Please confirm all events with the venue before attending.
Last week we went on a fun field trip. Somebody in our homeschool group heard that Chick-Fil-A was offering free kitchen tours. I’m not sure if all locations are offering this, but we went to the Brier Creek location.
It was a quick tour through the kitchen with a brief historical intro. The kids thought it was neat to go behind the counter and into the kitchen. I was impressed to learn that they prepare fresh vegetables and fruits everyday for all of their salads. The lemonade was being freshly squeezed while we were touring – wow, it was a whole lot of lemons!! We also learned that they were the first restaurant to open in a mall. At the end we were surprised with a sample of a sweet treat. There were a few other interesting tidbits, but I don’t want to spoil everything.
Of course, we stayed for some ice-cream and playtime. Which also meant some nice adult relax and conversation time for me. It was a great way to spend a hot summer afternoon.
Looking for a fun, indoor homeschool field trip this summer? Give your local Chick-Fil-A a call to find out if they are offering tours and schedule one for your group.
Wondering what our little ones thought about the tour?
Homeschool Dude Says: ”I didn’t know there was a kitchen. There were a ton of lemons!”
Homeschool Dudette Says: ”It was fun. I liked the sample.”