Do you have an idea that you would like to share with the readers? If you have a craft, project, or something preschool related that you would like to share, please email me at trish@preschoolplaybook.com. I love sharing fresh new ideas. Click here for full details.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Fun at the Outer Banks

Hi everyone. We are back from a wonderful vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As some of you may know, we go down there every year. I just love it there. We have always stayed in South Nags Head which is quiet and peaceful--gotta love that. I was a bit worried that the rain from Southeastern PA was going to follow us down, but it didn't it stayed put in PA while we enjoyed beautiful sunshine.

We had a wonderful new experience this year that I wanted to share as it is great fun for little ones. We took our youngest on a pirate adventure this year and we had a GREAT time. The trip is oriented for children 3-10. We were going to take our 10 year old, but decided against it. Personally I think 8 might be top age for this adventure.

The children first dressed as pirates, then got some pirate paintings on them. They then snuck down to the dock to board the Sea Gypsy. Captain Chum was awaiting our arrival. After instructions were given we headed out to "sea." You actually just keep circling in the sound, but the children don't know that. The first mate has some fun instructions for the children; they have to find the treasure map on the ship, some keys, look for Pirate Pete in his boat, find the floating X, pull up the treasure, share the treasure, and have a party afterward. It was so much fun. Taking down mean old Pirate Pete with the water cannons was a favorite part.

If you go down there with a child, you might want to give this adventure a try. We paid $15.00 each for the trip because it was a Sunday. During the week tickets are $20.00. I truly believe it was worth it though. It was about a 15 minute drive for us from South Nags Head. You go over the Causeway onto Roanoke Island and head into Manteo on the waterfront.



My second most favorite part of the Outer Banks is Jockey's Ridge State Park. This is something we do every year, and it has yet to get old for me. It is a most amazing natural wonder. The kids just love to climb the dunes. Sometimes you feel like you are in a movie where you are in the desert and each time you climb the dune, you find another one. We usually go in the evening after dinner so it's not too hot. It is a magnificent site and the children find it as much fun as I do. (That's probably not saying much since we already know my mind works much like a preschoolers :).



One other thing that is great fun is searching for sharks' teeth. We have a membership to the aquarium so we go there every year. They have a fossil pit where you can dig up lots of fun fossils, but the sharks teeth are always the best loved in our family.



I think he is actually enjoying me finding the sharks teeth. To be honest, I'm the one they usually have to pull away from the pit.

Well, it's great to be back. I have a lot of catching up to do.

Stumble Upon Toolbar

9 comments:

MoziEsmé said...

Looks like a fun place to be!

Jen said...

How wonderful! I haven't been to the Ocean since before kids. I love Cape May, NJ. I've never been to the Outer Banks, though. The pirate adventure looks great! Hope you are doing well- probably hard being home from the beach.

Take Care!
Jen
ps. I saw baby on the sonogram today- a fiesty one. Not sure if it's a boy or girl yet. Continue to be very sick- had to be put on meds. Hoping things will get better soon. Due date: Dec. 26th!

Michelle said...

What a wonderful trip... we live in NC and try to get to the Outer Banks as much as we can, never heard of the Pirate Adventure, but will definately keep it in mind for my little ones for next time we go... I think they would love it!!!

melinad@mamabearscubhouse said...

whew!! its about time you got back!lol
we went to roanoke island last year--so beautiful! and visited the aquarium, too. my kids keep asking to go back. shoot, I want to go back too! my little girl thought the guy swimming in the tank was the "superdiver" and he was looking for "nemo!" lol
happy you had such a great time!!

~Bobbi~ said...

WELCOME back! We've been missing you!

SANDRA said...

Glad you had a great time. My boys would have enjoyed a pirate adventure like that!

MommaYoung said...

Oh that looks like fun. I so want to go too..

Starting this week, I will be relying heavily on all your great ideas to entertain my little one.

Sarah said...

Hi,
My name is Sarah and I'm with Dwellable. I was looking for blog posts about the Outer Banks to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, drop me a line at Sarah(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you :)
Sarah

Sarah said...

Hi,
My name is Sarah and I'm with Dwellable. I was looking for blog posts about the Outer Banks to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, drop me a line at Sarah(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you :)
Sarah