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Winter “Staycation”: Six Things to Do in Wake County This Winter

True winter weather simply hasn’t hit the Triangle yet this year, but it may still happen! In the absence of snow and lots of exercise sleddding and cross country skiing, AHA offers these ideas for kids tracked out or anyone looking to fill their weekends with fun activities. If you have other ideas, share them with us to pass along. 

1.    Ice Skating at Winterfest
Located in City Plaza in downtown Raleigh, AT&T Raleigh Winterfest features an outdoor skating rink with natural ice! Open through this month, including on next Monday’s teacher workday and for Stroller Skate tomorrow and next Thursday, it’s a great way to move on the ice! Some days feature live music, and some days are two-for-one days. Check out their web site for all the details.

2.    Hiking
There are several organized hikes coming up, including Winter Wonderland Hike at and the Evening Owl Hike.  Put on your hiking boots (or your sneakers) and head to the trails with a group or on your own. The Company Mills Trail Park at Umstead State Park is a 5.8 mile trail is a popular trail for families with kids and dogs alike! Wake County offers miles and miles of greenway trails as well!
3.    Indoor Playground
Shake off the chill and play inside at the Greystone Recreation Center’s indoor playground! Featuring a climbing structure and an 8-foot traverse rock climbing wall, there’s lots of ways for kids to play Monday-Saturday!
4.    Camp-In at Marbles
Marbles Kids Museum invites you to the Family Camp In on Jan. 28 with dinner, camp-like activities, free time to explore the museum, plus campfire stories! Bring your own tent or reserve a free one compliments of REI, who will share expertise for new campers. On Feb. 18, you’re invited to the In It to Win It Camp-In! Play the deceptively difficult games from the hit TV show. Explore the museum, including the Power2Play exhibit, play games and more! There is a fee and you must register online in advance.
5.    Yoga Classes on TV
Join Howie Shareff for You Call This Yoga TV on your TV, Ipad or other media device! Tune into Raleigh Cable or Time Warner Cable Channel 10 at 6 pm on Mondays, 6:30 pm on Tuesdays and 12:30 pm on Fridays! What a great way to give yoga a try if you have not done it before!
6.    Indoor Rock Climbing
Triangle Rock Club in Morrisville offers lead and top rope climbing, bouldering and a fitness center. Don’t know what rope climbing and bouldering are? Check it out! Ladies Night is Jan. 21, and Kids Climb Nights are every Monday and Wednesday night. Learn this fitness skill in a safe environment!
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