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Videri Chocolate Factory Tour

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!

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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.

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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?

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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
Sweet 100
Raleigh, NC 27601
919-755-5053
$5/Child (They waived the fee for parents and kids under 2 for our group.)
Max Group Size 25

Fall Tours of the North Carolina Executive Mansion

1024px-North-Carolina-Executive-Mansion-20080321North Carolina Executive Mansion

200 N Blount St
Raleigh, NC 27601
919-807-7950

Mansion Tours 
Wednesdays and Thursdays
September 18, 2013 – November 14, 2013
10:00am, 10:30am, 2:00pm, 2:30pm and 3:00pm
Free

Garden Tours
Wednesdays (Children) and Thursdays (Adults)
September 25, 2013 – October 23, 2013
9:30am or 10:30am
Free

Bring you students to tour North Carolina’s Executive Mansion and the beautiful gardens this fall! The Capital Area Visitor’s Center is taking reservations now. Reservations for groups of 10 or more can be made by visiting www.nccapvisit.org or calling 919-807-7950 at least two weeks ahead of your intended visit.  Groups must submit a list of names of participants in advance for admittance.

Wake County Solid Waste Facility Tours

trashWake County Environmental Services
337 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC United States 27601
919-856-2602

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Tour Times:
9:30am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:30am
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Ages 5+
Free (Preregistration Required)

Land-fill or Land-hill? A look at trash (and recycling!)
Take a tour of the Wake County South Wake Municipal Solid Waste Facility and learn about how landfills are built and designed to protect human health and minimize environmental impacts on soil, water, and air.

This is a family-friendly public tour for any adult and children age 5 and up. Tours will last approximately 1-hour.
All Participants will will ride in a 14-passenger van and view the many facilities and services on the site:
- Citizen Recycling Convenience Center
- Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Site
- Multi-Material Recycling Facility (MMRF)
- The active, working section of the South Wake Landfill
- The new landfill gas-to-energy facility

Please pre-register online here and reserve your seat for the tour time of your choice or call (919)856 – 2602.  (Note that tour reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis)

This event is sponsored by the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division and Waste Industries.

Homeschool Art Session at Kidz Art in Apex

479231_83984735KidzArt
100 West Chatham St
Apex, NC 27502
919-274-0030

Homeschool Session
Wednesdays
September 11, 2013 – October 30, 2013
1:00pm – 1:45pm (ages 5 and 6) $64 for 8 weeks
2:00pm – 3:00pm (ages 7+) $80 for 8weeks

Tuition is 67% off regular KidzArt prices. All supplies are included.  Classes sizes are limited.  Register online here.

KidzArt programs put a strong emphasis on creating the right classroom environment. Individual performance is greatly enhanced by a sense of safety and well-being. When students are in a safe and nurturing environment, they will thrive and creativity will flourish. KidzArt classes provide:

- a nurturing, non competitive environment
- easy-to-learn drawing techniques that bring ideas to life
- introduction to contemporary and visual art that sets the stage for a lifelong appreciation of the visual art
- age appropriate, safe, professional-level art supplies that easily adapt to tools of self- expression
- creative activities that promote problem solving
- focusing exercises that enhance learning
- a recognition of individual style that is welcomed and celebrated

Kidokinetics Sports & PE at the Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center

Morrrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center sports
1301 Morrisville Pkwy
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-463-6900

Kidokinetics Sports & PE Program
Thursdays from September through December
9:00am – 9:30am (Ages 3-5)
9:40am – 10:10am (Ages 6-8)
10:20am – 10:50am (Ages 9-up)
$28/month or $95 for September through December (siblings are $10/month or $35)
Register online here or at the Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center

Kidokinetics Sports & PE program is designed as a comprehensive physical education program for homeschooled children and/or those seeking to add additional physical education to their weekly schedule. We follow standards set forth by the National Association for Physical Education (NASPE).

Through the introduction of a variety of sports and physical activities, our program teaches children the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to participate in a variety of sports and physical activities, to understand the importance of healthful physical activity and to develop core competencies in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.