It seems like there have been a lot of young families moving to Boone recently! I have been able to meet a few of them and thought it might help (from one person’s perspective anyway) to compile a list of useful information if you are new to the area and have little kiddos:
1. Weather: We get all four seasons of the year and it is awesome. My favorite is coming up soon: FALL! You picked an awesome time of year to be new to the area and will soon see Boone at its finest. We get a decent amount of snow (and ice) in the winter, enough to want quality clothing on your kids to play outside and good tires on your vehicle. Each snow accumulation usually melts off pretty quickly. Sometimes the biggest culprit of harsh conditions can be the wind here in the winter. Here is the link to our local weather source for area information!
2. Churches: If you haven’t noticed yet, you are in the Bible belt of the South. How do you know? Look around almost every street corner and you will find a church. In the summer, I have known some parents that can so carefully string together Vacation Bible Schools, they can last all summer long. We have a wide array of faiths in the area and can say with confidence you can easily find one for your family. I am biased, but I think it dictates a great community!
3. Schools: You will hear it from any parent you ask. We have a great school system with great teachers in our area. You can’t go wrong. If you are looking for non-standard schooling options you can check out:
*Two Rivers Charter School: a tuition-free NC Public Charter School. Go here for more information.
*Grace Academy: a classical Christian school serving students in grades K-8. A homeschool/private school blend. Click here for more information.
*Homeschooling is a wildly popular option for many here and a wonderful support system is in place if that is the right choice for your family.
4. Mom Groups: If you are a stay-at-home mom there are primarily 3 (organized) groups that you can be apart of for fellowship and encouragement.
*High Country MOPS (Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers): Meet at Mt. Vernon church the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 9:30-noon with childcare provided. Their first mtg of the year is coming up: Thursday Sept. 4th! For more information, contact Megan Drake at: firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information about this great group of women!
*High Country Mommies: This group offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Members connect on private discussion forums to share information related to parenting. Each month, they also offer many face-to-face events for their members, their children, and families. Registration is free and you can do so at highcountrymommies.com!
*Blueprint: A Christian group of woman and mothers of all ages who meet together the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month (Sept-May) from 9:30-noon at Alliance church. Childcare and a home-school room is available during the meeting time. Your first meeting is FREE and then $5/meeting or $25/semester. Contact Marci Parker at email@example.com for more information!
5. Popular Playgrounds:
-Tot Lot: on Hunting Lane off of State Farm Rd
-Valle Crucis Park: off Broadstone Rd next to Mast General Store Annex
-Downtown Blowing Rock Memorial park
-Rocky Knob mtn bike park and playground: out 421 towards Wilkesboro
-Daniel Boone Park: on Horn In The West Drive off of Blowing Rock Rd.
- Junaluska Park: Located on Bear Trail off of Grand Blvd.
6. Kids clothing consignment:
*Bluebird Consignment: New and pre-loved children’s consignment shop located at the Harris Teeter shopping center. The store carries lots of new eco-friendly items and high quality consignment items from newborn to 18 years. Also offers baby registries. Check it out on their facebook page for store hours, consignment info, etc.
*Wee-Cycle Consignment: semi-annual children’s consignment sale. Location is subject to change at each sale so be sure to “like” their page on facebook to be up to date on the next upcoming one! http://weecyclechildrensconsignment.com
7. Farmers Market: We have a killer Farmers market located at the Horn in the West parking lot on Saturday mornings. Yes, you can get all the fruit and vegetables you need there, but many also go for the fellowship and community comradery. There is also an adorable “kids market” every other Saturday in the corner of the sale. It’s adorable…put it on your “to do” list. Click here for more information.
8. Chick-fil-a: If you have kids, you will find yourself here a lot. Especially in the winter. It’s also a great place to meet people and let the kids expend energy. They do a great “toddler time” on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings of each month. The kids get a FREE breakfast (3 count chicken mini biscuits or cinnamon cluster) AND they entertain them! That’s a score in my book. They also do many other special kids events throughout the year, “like” them on FB to get the upcoming news or you can check out their website here.
9. The Children’s Playhouse: this place has saved my sanity on many an occasion with the kids. I ask for the $100 family membership every year for Christmas. It’s a 3 level house with a wide array of activities for kids of all ages. Go to their website at http://www.goplayhouse.org for information! Also be sure to check out the fall dates for their Parents Night Out to schedule your next date night!
10. Other ongoing activities:
*Story time at the library: Every day at 11am on the story steps and Baby Lap Time every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30am. http://www.wataugacountylibrary.com/childrens
*Fun Factory: indoor inflatable bouncy house playground and birthday party facility. http://www.funfactoryboone.com
*Lowe’s Build and grow: register your child(s) for a FREE Saturday morning wood working project and your child receives a apron, googles, patch and much more. 10-11am. http://lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/default.aspx
*Michaels Arts and Crafts: check out our local stores kids crafts programs here. https://classes.michaels.com/OnlineClasses/control/dateView?storeId=1047&zipCode=28607
*BRAHM: (Blowing Rock Art and History Museum) Doodlebug Club is an hour long class for preschool aged children on Tuesdays from 1-2pm. Projects concentrate on basic art skills and children are introduced to different art mediums. It’s a great way to introduce your child to art and meet other children and parents. Targeted for children aged 3-5. Doodlebug Club is $5/child. For additional information, contact Ethan Brooks-Livingston at 828-295-9099 ext 3004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last but not least, High Country Mom will be hosting a potluck for local families at Honey Bear Campground you will not want to miss! It will be a great time to meet some other families and kids if you are new to town. So save Sept. 28th at 4pm on your calendar and check back to High Country Mom soon for more information!