4 Free Activities to Round Out Your Summer

Please welcome guest blogger Jaime Rhinehart, who also runs the digital scrapbook site Digi Scraps Drive-In .  Go visit her site, and leave a comment for here about end-of-summer activities!

Summer Family ActivitiesSummer break is OVER! Well not quite yet, but as we get toward the end of our summer we may think we’ve done it all. We think all our resources to keep our kids busy and out of trouble have been exhausted. I’ve got a few more things up my sleeve that you might be interested in squeezing in before school starts or on the weekends for the rest of the summer. You might be able to save a little while doing it too.

Here are a few more things that you can try before the summer is over.

Bank of America Museums On Us – Over 150 museums, zoos and science centers offer free admission the first weekend of every month if you’re a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit, debit or ATM cardholder. Find several museums in Charlotte by looking here

KidsBowlFree.com – Your kids can perfect their bowling skills with two free games per day at Boone Bowling Center (https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=2594). Moms and Dads can also get in on the fun by purchasing a family pass.

Great Smokey MountainsGet in free on Sept 24th to any national park. For a jaw-dropping view I suggest going up Newfound Gap Road. Then take the detour to Clingman’s Dome, the park’s 6,643 foot summit. If it’s clear you can see nearly a 100 miles from the observation tower.

Michael’s Passport to Fun – It’s not too late to join in on the fun and traveling around the world with Michaels. There are 2 more days left where you can travel with crafts, from 11-2 pm.

  • Thur July 28 – South Africa
  • Sat July 30 – Brazil

What are some of YOUR ideas to squeeze more fun into the rest of summer?.

60% off custom framing: A look inside your Boone Michaels Custom Frame Shop

Yesterday, Michaels in Boone released a terrific printable 60% off framing coupon and $5 off $25 for the rest of the store! The coupon is good for two weeks, so gather some of your children’s artwork from this school year and head over to Michaels.  So I turned the site over to the Custom Framing manager, Joe Howell to tell us a little more about the framing shop. If you’ve never met Joe, you should head over there today and meet him! He is such a delightful friendly person, and very knowledgeable.  Tell him I sent you!

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Custom Framed Children's ArtworkAn investment in an archive quality custom framing can protect family photos, priceless heirlooms, and favorite paintings. Custom framing cannot be taken lightly and many who have had framing done know that it is a worthwhile effort. However those same people, as well as others who have never had custom framing, probably have no idea what really goes on behind the walls of your local Michaels frame shop.

Sometimes, people have the notion that custom framing is full of high prices and is a worthless investment. Truth be told, you are getting way more than you bargained for.  Michaels truly offers preservation quality, archival custom framing, including acid-free matting, hardwood frames, guaranteed long lasting quality and a whole lot more.

What Kinds of Materials are Used in Michaels Custom

Framing?

Framed Mini Sports JerseysHigh quality components go into every Michaels Custom Framed piece.

  • Our framing is endorsed by the National Library of Congress, so you can rest assured that you are getting the best of the best.
  • We use industry exclusive 99.9% UV protected Masterpiece Glass and museum quality Masterpiece Acrylic, 100% organic acid-free preservation and archival mats, North American hardwood frames, and preservation archival mounting methods, to ensure your piece is protected to the fullest.

What Happens to My Pieces at Michaels?

When you leave your artwork with a Michaels framing associate it never leaves our care. The framing process is all completed locally, starting with choosing the best framing choices to meet your needs in the store. We make sure you have everything needed to get it on the wall for it to become the pride of your home. Although our frames are not cut in-house, they are produced locally. The Michaels owned company Artistree, who is responsible for the cutting and joining of most frames, is located right here in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Can I Get a Custom Matte?

Framed Recipe and rolling pinWe are very lucky to have our own in-store computer generated, air driven mat cutter from Wizard International. For those customers who simply need matting, want to use a stock frame, or need a framing job done quickly, we can custom cut matting in less time than it takes to pay for your transaction. Our Wizard has thousands of patterns, fonts, and options to achieve almost any desired matting you can imagine.

Do You Frame Items Other Than Photos and Art?

We offer free estimates any time. If you can get it into the shop we can put it into a frame. We have the capability to frame

  • canvas works
  • portraits
  • needle work
  • jerseys
  • memorabilia
  • coins
  • guns
  • or just about anything else you can name.

With hundreds of molding choices and mat colors the possibilities are truly vast. With most custom orders finished in around 14 days you can have your masterpiece on the wall in no time.

Michaels is extending a special two-week offer beginning Sunday June 5th and continuing through Saturday June 18th for 60% off your total Custom Framing purchase.

Call us at 828-265-8334 or stop by our store at 320 Watauga Village Drive in Boone to speak to a framing associate anytime to receive a one-on-one framing consultation and get to know your new custom framers.

Tell us in the comments, what was the most special item you’ve had framed?

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Michael’s sponsored this spot today to let you know about the Custom Framing department and the special offer going on!

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On Practicing Kindness, and Teaching our Children

Please welcome another DAD FILES post, by High Country Dad, and middle school teacher Richard Tidyman.

Some people plan. Some wait for inspiration. I’ve been accused of being a procrastinator, but I call it “faith that the cosmos will deliver.”  This weekend was a perfect example. Saturday night, when discussing the lesson options for Sunday’s middle school class, a friend suggested etiquette, since religion is all about treating people with kindness anyway.

Bingo.

More specifically, I decided to hone in on the Golden Rule. Scholars refer to this as The Ethic of Reciprocity. All religions have their own version of it, and you can find posters online that show quotes from the sacred books of those religions. I printed out copies of a poster and used it to start of our discussion on Sunday with three youngsters.

I suspected my topic would work after getting an answer to a question to a high school student waiting for his comrades. I said, “Would you say you get compliments a lot, regularly, or rarely?” Sadly, he said rarely. He agreed that if he had gotten five sincere compliments a day, he would definitely be more upbeat. I asked if felt he complemented others regularly, and that too he admitted doesn’t happen often either.

Fortune Cookie Golden Rule

In class, I explained that giving people complements, acts of kindness and consideration and generally doing or saying things to brighten their day is like shooting a soft fluffy tennis ball into the air with an extremely high powered cannon. Knowing what we know about gravity, it will come back to us (don’t get to technical on me…just hear me out). The little acts of appreciation that we send out to others improves their mood, and that act improves our mood too.

The bonus is this: Kindness is contagious.

It might come back to us eventually, or in a roundabout way, but basically, what goes around comes around. Thus the plethora of similar sentiments: karma, full circle, and reap what you sow.

Throughout the hour, the three kids brainstormed complements they could bestow on their family members and friends. I made my own list too. We also tried to list complements we receive and ones we’d like to receive. This was a tough concept, so I had to demonstrate coming up with a compliment I want to receive. None volunteered to compliment me on how terribly dashing I was that day.

It is ironic that I write about this topic. I have not always been particularly complimentary as this required being more outgoing. I wasn’t. My kindergarten teacher told my mom I was abnormally shy. I was painfully shy; I was shy all through high school and much of college. I grew up with six older siblings that unknowingly convinced me that I wasn’t very smart, wasn’t much fun, and didn’t have anything worth saying.

As I got older, with experience and effort, I have mostly overcome my depression inducing inhibitions. In fact, I’veKids on a bench holding handsbeen accused of being embarrassing to be with at times due to my gregariousness.

I enjoyed talking with complete strangers while waiting for the Macy’s day parade. I like grocery store clerks. After scanning a grocery store clerk’s nametag, I ask them by name, if they are having a good day. Then a short but pleasant conversation often takes place.

Being a new teacher in four different schools, an outgoing nature has its rewards. The cafeteria ladies make sure I don’t go hungry, and they smile when they see me coming and anticipate that day’s greeting. “Hey gorgeous” to one and “Whatchya

got cookin’ good lookin’?” to the next.

A friendly greeting, a kind word, a simple complement.

These small simple gestures are painless and free to give but of potential value to the recipient. Kindness can shift one’s thought, at least for a moment, from boredom or doldrums, or brighten one’s day even more than it already is. And that holds true for both the giver and the recipient.

Try to step outside your comfort zone if need be. Share the love. Spread the joy. Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

How do you teach your children about kindness, and “The Golden Rule?”

Are Our Kids Cheating Their Way to the Top?

Please welcome another DAD FILES post, by High Country Dad Richard Tidyman.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about some contradictions. Here’s one. We want our kids to be successful. So towards that end, we tell our kids to work hard, and get good grades. Higher grades will be rewarded, we say. That may or may not be true but it sounds good when trying to motivate our children. There ARE rewards however at the high school level. There is prestige and potential scholarships at stake for those with high GPAs.

SchoolLet’s step back though. We want our kids to be successful and excel in school and in life. Let us not forget that we teach by example, and they are watching us ever so closely. They observe and record all the little hypocrisies in our lives – all the “white lies” we tell. In addition, we even enlist them to lie for us and maybe even ways in which we steal. Phone rings… “Tell him I’m in the shower and can’t talk right now.” What parent, especially one who is on a budget, hasn’t been tempted to benefit from another’s mistake? Example: The cashier accidentally gives you too much change. This is a moment for some quick rationalization, all of which is observed and recorded by the child at your side.

Frankly, we are pretty good at rationalizing to our children why we don’t really have to play by the rules. We don’t drive the speed limit because no one else does…and they don’t seem to get caught. We see non-handicapped people parking in handicapped spaces. If they do it, why can’t I? And while it may seem minor at the time, we sometimes lie, cheat or steal and tell our children it doesn’t matter because no one got hurt (other than a mega-multi-billion dollar company and they won’t miss it, and it was someone else’s fault anyway).

So welcome to the perfect storm of encouraging our children to succeed in school even as they witness the positive benefits of lying, cheating and stealing. Considering what kids see at home, added to what is seen in the movies, it comes as no surprise many kids in school cheat. I’m assuming they cheat on all levels, from those struggling at the bottom, to those competing for top honors. And what are the excuses given? “No one is getting hurt. Everyone else is doing it. I have to get a good grade if I’m going to get into college. If I don’t pass (or a B, my parents will ground me.”

So who does cheating hurt? The fact is people do get hurt. Whether or not the cheater gets caught, developing a habit of getting something dishonestly cannot bode well for the future. It might even prove to be addictive and qualify for a 12 step group.

How do we instill integrity into our kids? Growing up, I had religion to instill in me fear and guilt for cheating and stealing.  But what happens when faith in a higher power holds no power (teens do question their faith still, don’t they? Or was that a ‘60’s thing?)

I wish I had been instructed in the fundamentals of true happiness and psychological well being. I wasn’t told that by cheating, or stealing, I was depriving myself of the most basic foundation of personal satisfaction. I wish I knew then what I know now, i.e., my sense of personal self esteem depends on perceiving myself as similar to my ideal self…trustworthy, capable, respectable, loved for who I really am or as Pinocchio says “a real boy”. By cheating, I am robbing myself of that pillar of emotional well being and peace of mind.

How do you define peace of mind? Brian Tracy calls it freedom from fear, freedom from guilt and freedom from anger. It seems to me a safe assumption that people who lie, steal or cheat fear getting caught, but even if the likelihood of getting caught doesn’t exist, guilt alone deprives one of complete happiness. We hurt ourselves in ways we may not realize. Our acceptance of these behaviors in ourselves warps our perception of others, either assuming others are like us, and not to be trusted, or just easy marks. Either way, it does not make for healthy relationships. In fact, it seems to me that cliques are partially formed by levels of integrity. Cheaters must hang with cheaters. Kids with integrity hang with other kids with integrity. Thugs hang with thugs. It makes perfect sense that it should be that way.

Maybe we need to spend less time telling our kids to get good grades and more time instilling in them an understanding of personal satisfaction, based on honesty and treating others fairly. Maybe we should spend more time saying work hard, work smart and maybe you will win the prize…but win it honestly. Someday, when they are successful, we can all sleep well and look at ourselves in the mirror without fear or guilt. And if liars and thieves should win the prize, as they sometimes do, we, and our children, can still hold our heads high and be proud of the honest effort. What greater success is there?

Preserving Your Baby’s Dental Health

When it comes to caring for an infant, most parents are well aware of the need for routine pediatrician visits as part of their baby’s healthcare regimen. What’s less well-recognized is the importance that early and regular dental care can play in the child’s dental health as well as their attitude toward dental care. For optimal oral health, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that dental visits begin with the appearance of a child’s first tooth as an effective way to kick-start a lifelong program of preventing dental disease. Pediatric dentists are dental specialists in the care of infants, children, young adults, and special needs children.

One Baby Tooth + One Pediatric Dental Visit = Zero Cavities

Baby TeethThe ‘first-tooth visit’ is primarily an exam only visit that allows the pediatric dentist to check for proper oral and facial development, examine if the teeth are growing in properly, and to detect early tooth decay. Perhaps, more importantly, it gives the dentist and dental hygienist a chance to walk parents through a complete program of home dental care for the child. Parents particularly appreciate discussions on what to anticipate with future facial growth and development and tooth eruption.

Tooth decay, even in the earliest stages of life, can have serious implications for a child’s long-term health and well-being – and it’s becoming more of a problem every day. Past reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comparing the dental health of Americans in 1988-1994 and 1999-2002 found a 15.2 percent increase in cavities among two- to five-year olds. In addition, the U.S. Surgeon General has identified tooth decay as the most common childhood disease.

A possible contributor to this trend is the fact that only three out of five children visit a dentist at least once a year. While parents may avoid taking a child to the dentist to save money, studies show that children who have their first dental visit by age one have 40 percent lower dental costs in their first five years than children who don’t, making preventive care a sound health and economic decision.

Without preventive care, the impact of tooth decay on child development can be striking. A study in Pediatric Dentistry showed that children with cavities were significantly more likely to weigh less than 80 percent of their ideal body weight. Even more disturbing is evidence that the effects of poor oral health may be felt for a lifetime. Emerging research suggests that improper oral hygiene may increase a child’s risk of having low-birth-weight babies, developing heart disease, or suffering a stroke as an adult.

Nutrition is a very important part of good oral health. Parents should encourage their children to enjoy a balanced variety of foods. Optimize kids’ health with snacks that are high in whole grains, such as pita bread or baked tortilla chips, and which include some protein like bean dip, peanut butter or yogurt. Space snacks far enough between meals so children’s appetites aren’t spoiled. With snacks as with meals, limit your children’s intake of added sugars.

Use the celebration of February as National Dental Health Month to increase your and your child’s awareness of optimal dental health!  Boone, Blowing Rock, and other towns in the surrounding counties have many excellent dentists that can discuss your dental health care needs. Specialists in Pediatric Dentistry in Boone are Dr. Stacy Conn, Dr. Martha Hardaway, and Dr. Michael Mayhew located at 373 Boone Heights Drive. Visit their website at www.opsmiles.com for more information on optimal dental health!

Stay Tuned for more Children’s Dental Health articles in our 3 part series!

Andy Taylor, Bill Cosby, and (Saints preserve us) Me.

Please welcome guest blogger, Jesse Dyer, husband of our Giveaway and Freebie columnist Cindy Dyer! I have put out requests for dad contributions here at the Mom Squad, and Jesse promptly stepped up to the plate! I’ll occasionally feature more columns from dads on fatherhood, and society in general.  Contact us if you’d like to contribute a guest column!

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I had a dream.

I dreamed that I was sitting on a big front porch, talking with Heathcliff Huxtable and Andy Taylor, and they were telling me what a terrible father I was.

If you don’t know, Heathcliff Huxtable is the name of the dad from The Cosby Show, and Andy Taylor is Andy Griffith’s character in The Andy Griffith Show, although how you could be a Mom or Dad these days and not know of these two characters is beyond me. If you don’t know, this dream won’t mean much to you, and I’m sorry. I watched more TV than you did.

Anyway, Andy looks me over and says, shaking his head, “Boy, you are just sorry. Soooooorry!”Cosby Show

Heathcliff chimes in, “Yes sir, I’d have to say so also, yes I would.”

“Why?” I ask.

“I seem to recall,” Andy says, “that your oldest boy, oldest of four children, doesn’t know how to skip a stone, and you’ve never even taken him fishin.”

“You got that right,” Heathcliff says, “and you seem to put more into being a worker than a father, working on those computers and softwares or whatever it is you do.”

“I’m a software developer,” I say sheepishly, “and I keep meaning to get the boys out more often, it’s just hard to find the time.”

“Son, I was a doctor, and I had time for my kids.” Heathcliff says.

“You think I was just overloaded with free time, what with bein a sheriff and all?” says Andy.

I think about this for a second. Then I come back with, “Well, actually, Andy, I do.”

“Pardon me?”

I stand up and look over these two men who were, to me, Super Dads. Doctor Huxtable was the last of the good TV Dads; after that, we ended up with the like of Homer Simpson, Al Bundy from “Married.. with Children”, and heaven help us, Peter Griffin. The tube took a look at fathers around about 1990 or so, and decided that they were 450px-MayberryStatueall immoral, useless wrecks.

“First of all, you both are characters. Not real. No way does anyone in the positions you supposedly held has the kind of free time you’re pictured to have.

“Secondly, I do spend a lot of time with my kids. I may not have gotten out fishing yet, but they’re still small, and I do spend time doing the most important thing a father can do with his children.”

“And that would be?” Andy asks, drawling the sentence out a mile and a half.

“Talking. I think of my Dad, and while I can remember a few of the things we did together, the most important things we did, the things that stick with me the most, are talks. Maybe you did it outside more than I do, Andy, and maybe you did it funnier than I can, Cliff, but I do it, and I do it a lot.

“I teach my kids about everything and anything. I make sure my kids know that I love them. I’m silly with them, and I play with them. It may not be as much as you seemed to do, but you’re both fake, anyway.

“And besides, you weren’t perfect. Cliff, you were so henpecked that it’s amazing your kids had any respect for you at all. Andy, you made all kinds of mistakes with Opie in matters of trust, your attitude towards women, and while you always came up ahead by the end of things, it was purely by the grace of God. Or at least the writers.

“So don’t either one of you look at me like I’m some kind of failure. I’m the kind of Dad I’d have wanted, and that’s enough.”

I wake up, and realize that I answered a guilty feeling that had been plaguing me as a father. I don’t have to measure up to whatever mythical fathers I have felt inferior to, not even my own. I just have to be as good as I can be, and if my kids know I’m here for them, that’s enough. Little league, scouts, camping, soccer, all those things might be important, but it’s the talking that matters most to them.

It’s intimidating, knowing that you have little people learning to be themselves by emulating you. I see my sons walk and talk like me, and it scares me to death, but I don’t think about it too often. I just do the best I can.

I know that if I don’t, Andy and Cliff will haul me back onto the porch. They both love getting the last word in, after all.

Stay Two Nights in Beech Mountain, Get 2 Lift Tickets FREE

Be sure to let your friends and family off the mountain know about this great ski vacation deal! Be sure to ask before booking to get all the detailed information. According to the website, “Beech Mountain Resort does not charge holiday rates on MLK Monday or President’s Day Monday. The rates will be the regular advertised weekday rates for lift tickets and rental equipment.”

Beech Mtn ResortSkiers and snowboarders who stay three nights on Beech Mountain this February or March can earn two free weekday lift tickets thanks to a special promotion offered by the Town of Beech Mountain. Snow sports enthusiasts who book a three-night stay in qualified lodging will receive two weekday lift tickets to Beech Mountain Resort. At 5,506 feet in elevation, Beech is the highest ski resort in Eastern America.

The offer is valid through March 31, excluding holiday weekends.

In addition to skiing, snowboarding and tubing, Beech Mountain offers a nice mix of fine dining, shopping, hiking and other recreational activities.

For information on this special, call (800) 468-5506, or visit: www.beechmtn.com.

And don’t forget the FREE sledding hill at Beech!
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FREE Sledding in the Town of Beech Mountain!

The popular youth sledding hill in the Town of Beech Mountain is once again open for the winter season. The hill provides free sledding daily for children 12 and under.

Sledding conditions are usually favorable thanks to a combination of Beech Mountain’s high elevation (5,506 feet) andSledding Hill 014 a snow gun for blowing the white stuff when Mother Nature isn’t.

The sledding hill is located next to the Chamber of Commerce in the heart of Beech Mountain. It’s operated by Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) with safety personnel on duty. A loud speaker plays music and hot chocolate is available at nearby restaurants.

Plastic sleds are required. Folks may bring their own, or sleds are available for rent or purchase at nearby stores on the mountain.

Parking and restrooms are provided by the chamber. People are encouraged to call the chamber at (800) 468-5506 to receive live updates on sledding conditions. ‘We provide real-time updates on sledding conditions,” says the chamber’s John Troxler. “All we have to do is look out the window.”

Additional info on the Beech Mountain sledding hill is available at: www.beechmtn.com..

Billy Jonas Comes to Farthing Auditorium October 19th: Limited Space, Reservations required

The Watauga Arts in Education Partnership, consisting of Watauga County Schools, ASU’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, and the Watauga County Arts Council has offered a regular performing arts series to Watauga County students for the last seventeen years.

Billy Jonas at Farthing Auditorium Boone, NCThis year, as a part of that series, we are bringing back the energetic and well-loved children’s musician, Billy Jonas, to perform for K-2 students at Farthing Auditorium on Tuesday, October 19th at 9:30 am.   AND, because Billy Jonas is so beloved by younger children, we are opening up this performance to parents and their preschool children age 3 and up.

Normally the policies of our Touring Arts Program specify that only children who are ages 5 and up may attend our performances. This policy has been in place for a number of years and with very good reason. We are not changing that policy…but we’re making an exception to it for this ONE time.

Because seating at these performances is very carefully counted and choreographed, parents of preschoolers who have older children attending the performance are asked to sit in the separate designated guest sections of the auditorium to which they are assigned (and not with their school aged child). Children who are not attending with their school must, regardless of age, be accompanied by their parent and seated on their own (not trying to ride or sit with school age siblings). Please understand that this is a ONE-time exception and that seating is quite limited. Therefore, we’ll accept your pre-paid reservations as long as we have the available seating. We will not be able to admit anyone who does not have an advance, paid reservation. All audience members must be seated by 9:15 am.

To reserve your seats, call the Watauga County Arts Council at 264-1789 BEFORE Monday, October 18, at 5:00 pm or come by our offices during regular gallery hours of 12:00-5:00 on Tuesdays-Fridays. No reservations will be accepted past that point. We can accept cash, checks, or Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. All seats (regardless of age) are $5.00.

Our gratitude to Holiday Inn Express of Boone, who is sponsoring this year’s Touring Arts Program by providing lodging for our performers..

Playhouse Pumpkin Party & Consignment Sale This Friday and Saturday!

The donations and consignors have been pouring into the National Guard Armory this week in preparation for the annual Playhouse Pumpkin Party & Consignment Sale.

“This will be a great chance to start your Christmas shopping with all the great kids’ clothes, furniture, books, household items, antiques, and more” promises Kathy Parham, Playhouse Executive Director.

Those folks wanting first crack at the good stuff will want to check out the Early Bird Sale on Friday, October 15 from 8:30-1:00 and will have to pay a $5 “hunting license” admission fee.

Admission is free for Saturday’s Pumpkin Party. Held from Playhouse Pumpkin Consignment Sale8:30-1:00 Saturday, October 16th at the National Guard Armory in Boone, the Pumpkin Party will be loaded with not-too-scary indoor Halloween fun perfect for little ones, including the always popular air walk, Halloween crafts, and trick or treating.

All rummage and most of the consignment items will go to half-price starting at noon.

Directions to the National Guard Armory

The National Guard Armory is located on Hunting Hills Lane behind a baseball field and diagonally across from the Tot Lot playground.

From 321/221 (South side of town) in front on the Walgreen’s Drug Store turn onto Deerfield Road. Go past the Watauga County Medical Center/Hospital to the bottom of hill. At the traffic light turn left onto State Farm Road. Go two blocks and turn right at the Fire Station No. 2 onto Hunting Hills Lane.

From downtown Boone: follow King Street (421) east, then take a right onto the 105 Extension. At the light near First Citizen’s Bank, take a left onto State Farm Road. Follow State Farm Road until you see Fire Station No. 2 on the corner of Hunting Hills Lane and State Farm Road. Take a left onto State Farm Road.

consignment sale at the Boone nc armoryAbout The Children’s Playhouse

Situated at 400 Tracy Circle near downtown Boone, nonprofit children’s museum The Children’s Playhouse provides children from birth to age eight with an enriching play environment while at the same time offering their parents friendly support in the important job of raising children. Stimulating arts– and science-based programs, enticing play areas and exhibits, and informative parenting resources all support this mission. The Children’s Playhouse is supported in part by Watauga County, the Town of Boone, and the High Country United Way. Call 263-0011 for more information or click to www.goPlayhouse.org. .