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Goodnight Carolina: Celebrating Chapel Hill!

We love to read wonderful goodnight stories with our children; we also love Chapel Hill and were delighted to add this classic and beautifully illustrated book by Missy Julian Fox and Marie Myers Lloyd (with illustrations by Elaine O’Neil) to our collection of bedtime favorites.

Elaine O’Neil’s quilted fabric image from Goodnight Carolina by Missy Julian Fox and Marie Myers Lloyd

Goodnight Carolina has the familiar rhythm and dreamy feeling of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, but with a true (Tar Heel) blue charm that captures so many of the places, people and things that make Chapel Hill unique and wonderful.

Elaine O’Neil’s quilted fabric illustrations are GORGEOUS. The fabrics used for the picture depicting Julian’s clothing shop on Franklin Street are actual vintage fabrics from the shop.

Fabric quilted images, from Franklin Street and UNC landmarks, to Morehead Planetarium, to people enjoying ice cream on the rocking chairs on the front porch of Mapleview Ice Cream, to the Pig at Crook’s Corner, to Fearrington & its black-and-white beltie cows:  favorite Chapel Hill landmarks all around town are included.

Children are delighted when they recognize their favorite places in this beautiful bedtime storybook.

Goodnight Carolina also can serve as a fun treasure hunt for visitors! Go for a driving tour around town after reading the book and have your guests see if they can spot the treasured Chapel Hill places shown in the book! Better yet, schedule a tour with the UNC Visitors’ Center (in the Morehead Planetarium), and learn first-hand about Chapel Hill’s history and charm.

You can find Goodnight Carolina at local Chapel Hill area shops listed here:

Kids Eat Free in Chapel Hill, NC

There are lots of great Kids Eat Free options throughout the week in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. (Most of the Kids Eat Free deals require one grown-up meal per free kids’ meal.)

** CALL RESTAURANTS for updated info, as Kids Eat Free offers can change

Favorite Every Day VALUE restaurant featuring excellent, mostly ORGANIC, fresh salad bar:

Jason’s Deli
Free Ice Cream for kids and grownups, every day.
(Jason’s doesn’t offer free kids’ meals at the time of this post, however the
regular price kids’ meals include drinks and are a great value every day, and
the ice cream is free every day.)
5408 New Hope Commons Dr., Durham, NC 27707
(919) 493-3350

Carolina Brewery – Downtown Chapel Hill
Kids Eat Free on Mondays
460 West Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 942-1800

Carolina Brewery’s Pittsboro Restaurant
Kids Eat Free on Mondays
120 Lowes Drive, Suite 100, Pittsboro, NC (continue on 15-501 past Fearrington
towards Pittsboro)
(919) 545-2330

Dicky’s Barbecue Pit
Kids Eat Free on Sundays – (Also, Free Ice Cream every day)
5318 New Hope Commons Dr., Durham 27707

Dickey’s also has NC locations in Cary, Raleigh, and Sanford

Two-for-One Pizzas on TUESDAYS

Firehouse Subs – Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill
Looking for a great place to take the kids tonight? Head over to Chapel Hill Firehouse Subs where kids 12 and under can eat FREE on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 4–9 pm.  Purchase an adult meal and get one FREE kids meal (includes a sub or sandwich, drink, cookies and a Fireman’s hat! Offer is valid only at participating locations). Yum!
603 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27330

Firehouse Subs – New Hope Commons, Durham, NC
Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays
5319 New Hope Commons Extension Suite 104

Moe’s Southwest Grill
Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays
Patterson Place
5332 McFarland Drive, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 493-6637

Moe’s also has additional locations, including Durham (Renaissance near Southpoint Mall)

Torero’s (Mexican)
Kids eat Free Monday – Thursday (One child per adult, not valid with any other discount offers or coupons, unless specified.) *Call your closest/favorite Torero’s Mexican Restaurant for Kids Eat Free days at other Toreror’s locations.

Cole Park Plaza Torero’s (Chapel Hill)
11520 US 15-501, Suite 211, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Torero’s in DURHAM, NC (OakCreek Village
Shopping Center at Garrett Rd. and 15-501)

4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard (15-501),(near Target) Durham, NC 27707
See Torero’s website for more local Torero’s locations: Cary, Durham (800 W Main St), Goldsboro, Raleigh, Roxboro, NC

Click here for  MANY MORE family-friendly restaurant options in the Chapel Hill Family-Friendly Dining Guide

Locally Grown FREE Summer Concerts & Movies in Downtown Chapel Hill

Enjoy music and movies under the stars on Summer Thursday evenings in downtown Chapel Hill! Downtown Chapel Hill’s Locally Grown initiative is hosting FREE Concerts and Movies on the rooftop/Wallace Parking Deck of Wallace Plaza at 150 E. Rosemary Street in downtown Chapel Hill. The movies and concerts take place on Thursday evenings, 7 pm for the concerts; 8 pm/sundown for the movies.

Free Thursday night movies and concerts on Wallace Parking Deck in downtown Chapel Hill

2012 LOCALLY GROWN Schedule:
**Concerts at 7PM, Movies at 8PM (sundown) **

Thursday, June 28 -Lizzy Ross Band, Mary Johnson Rockers & The Spark, Birds & Arrows

Thursday, July 12 – The Muppets (PG)

Thursday, July 19 – The Dark Knight (PG-13)

Thursday, July 26 – Mount Moriah, Skylar Gudasz and the Ugly Girls

Thursday, August 2 – Back to the Future (PG)

Thursday, August 9 – Gnomeo & Juliet (G)

Thursday, August 16 – Vertigo (PG)

Thursday, August 23 – Mipso Trio, Morning Brigade

FREE Live Beach Music Fun For all Ages: Sweet Carolina Summer Concert Series at University Mall in Chapel Hill

Visit University Mall on Thursday evenings in June and July this Summer for the Sweet Carolina Beach Music Concert Series!  Enjoy Carolina Blue skies while listening to local favorites at these free outdoor beach music concerts on the parking lot in front of Dillard’s along Estes Drive. (Food and drink will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverages permitted.) 6:30 pm – 9 pm Thursday evenings. Presented by UNC Health Care, the 2012 Sweet Carolina Concert Series will feature:

June 2012
June 7 – North Tower
June 14 – Craig Woolard Band
June 21 – Black & Blue
June 28 – Too Much Sylvia

July 2012
July 5 – Band of Oz
July 12 – The Embers
July 19 – The Fantastic Shakers
July 26 – Liquid Pleasure

Strawberry Fields Forever! (Or at least for the next week or so at Waller Family Farm in Durham, NC)

May 2012: It’s STRAWBERRY PICKING TIME at Waller Family Farm, just a few minutes away from New Hope Commons in Durham (just 3 miles from Chapel Hill)!You can still pick strawberries at the Waller Family Farm for another few weeks or so (as of May 10, 2012). (The length of the season depends on the weather/rain.)

MAY 23, 2012 UPDATE: Strawberries are still available for picking as of today; plan to pick soon! Call (919) 225-4305 for daily updates from Waller Family Farm.

Waller Family Farm Spring 2012 Strawberry Picking Season Hours:
8am – 7pm, Mondays – Saturdays (closed Sundays)

Yum, yum, yum! The Joy of Strawberries! That’s how we feel about strawberry picking at the Waller Family Farm: joyful, blissful, peaceful, fun, DELICIOUS. We love to go strawberry picking there every year. Yesterday we picked strawberries after school (with our school’s soccer team), in a very light
rain, and everyone had a great time (especially our five-year-old son). When we got home, he turned some of his strawberries into jam by mashing them up – then we added some arrowroot for a bit of thickening.

Farmer Mark (Waller) was there at the Farm, helpful, friendly and cheerful as always. A school group was leaving just as we arrived, and Farmer Mark was taking pictures of the kids. They clearly were all having an exciting, fun time, and they were beaming, each with their very own bag of strawberries to take home.

Farmer Mark with Trinity School Kindergarten children on a Fall visit at Waller Family Farm

Farmer Mark often hosts groups of school children at the farm at different times of year (including Educational Farm Tours in the Fall), and his tours are so much fun for the kids and the grown-ups! Farmer Mark has a great sense of humor; we think he could be a stand-up comedian as well as the kids’ favorite farmer.

Visit Waller Farms Year-round for Farm Fresh Produce!
Starting during the middle of strawberry season and lasting through December, Waller Farms has a delicious variety of veggies available. From early items such as spring onions, cabbage and squash, to Summer mainstays including tomatoes, sweet corn, sweet peppers, watermelon, cucumbers, etc., Waller Farms offers a delicious selection of summer produce fresh-picked daily from the farm. You can’t get them any fresher! In the Fall, Waller Family Farm offers butternut squash, collards, cabbage, turnips (with greens) and other fall favorites.

Waller Family Farm Address / Directions
5030 Kerley Rd., Durham, NC 27705
(919) 225-4305 (call this number for daily updates). If you are coming from New Hope Commons, take Mt. Moriah to where it T’s at the intersection with Erwin Rd., take a right on Erwin, then take a left onto Kerley Rd. The Waller Farms strawberry patch is very conveniently located at the intersection of Mt. Sinai and Kerley Rd.

Yummy Fresh-Picked Strawberries with Belgian waffles and whipped cream!

We love Waller Family Farm strawberries on their own, but as a special treat we enjoyed fresh-picked strawberries with Trader Joe’s authentic Belgian waffles (imported from Belgium!), exactly as pictured on the box. (Just pop them in the toaster or heat for 4–6 minutes in the oven.) Available at the local Chapel Hill Trader Joe’s.