5 Baby-friendly Activities You Can Do This Weekend

It's going to be another beautiful weekend here in the Triangle. The weather is forecasted to be in the low 70s with plenty of sunshine. What a perfect weekend to get out and about!  You may be nervous about going somewhere with your new baby but we have picked 5 places where you can easily bring baby along. 

1. The NC Art Museum

The parking is free. The admission is free. The art is breathtaking. Even better, strollers are welcome in most areas. Don't forget to take a stroll outside and enjoy the beautiful paved trails that surround the museum. 

2. Enjoy a Taste of Downtown Raleigh

We can't think of a better way to spend the day than exploring our beautiful city while feeding our foodie souls. The folks at Taste Carolina have several tours availale on the weekends. Put your baby in a wrap and head out to the 10AM Raleigh Roots Tour to explore the historic Mordecai and Oakwood neighborhood while enjoying some farm-to-table goodies.

3. Play at Pullen Park

Pullen Park offers several playgrounds and some amusements. We recommend this outing if your baby has an older sibling who needs to get out and play! The sidewalks are paved and stroller-friendly. Parking is free but fills up quickly on weekends. Take some bottled water and snacks to keep everyone's energy up to play and don't forget to pack some baby powder to help get sand off your little one who loves the sand and water play area. If you need a break to sit and rest, we love buying a ticket to ride the Pullen Park train. It's a favorite activity for all ages! Tickets at $1 per ride for each rider over 1 year of age. Your baby gets to ride for free. 

4. Explore the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

This is another great activity for all members of your family. Your baby will enjoy experiencing new sights and sounds while you explore the museum. General admission is free. Special exhibits may require a ticket purchase. Be sure to bring your toddler, preschooler, or early elementary school student by the Discovery Room for hands-on activities. Older kids might enjoy the Research Center located across this bridge. We recommend wearing your baby as you navigate the museum. 

5. Shop at the State Farmer's Market  

Baby will likely wake you up early. Take advantage of that early start and head out to the Farmer's Market. Getting there early in the day will mean the largest and best selection of fresh, seasonal produce. Our clients often have fresh produce delivered to their home but why not connect more with our local food sources. You just can't beat the sights, sounds, and smells at the Farmer's Market. You also get the benefit of being able to hand-select the produce that you want. This is great place to get your produce in this week's meal plan. Pro tip: push baby in stroller so you can have somewhere to stash your bags of produce. Don't forget to bring cash; many of the farmers don't take credit cards. 

We hope you enjoy these ideas. Remember to go at your own pace and it's OK if baby cries in public. Take a deep breath, pack extra diapers and snacks, and get out there. You'll be glad you did.