I know how hard it is to get young kids out of the house to go somewhere - even quick outings require you to pack enough snacks, diapers, and toys to make you think you’ll be gone for a week. And who wants to wrestle kids in and out of carseats just to find out that your destination isn’t kid-friendly? That’s why I’ve decided to visit Triangle area sites to see if they’re worth your trip. I won’t use a rating system but I’ll try to describe what you’ll see well enough for you to decide if your kids would find it interesting. I’ll also give you the heads up on bathrooms, stroller accessibility and any other SNAFUs I encounter.
Carolina Hurricanes - PNC Arena, Raleigh
Ms. Cruise Director won Canes tickets from the school she works at as a teacher (one of very few advantages to teaching in NC). The 2 tickets we won were for the $100/seat section so we had to buy 3 more tickets for the kids at the teacher discounted rate of $30 a ticket (yes, even our 2 year-old was required to have a ticket). Combined with the $15 parking fee for the PNC arena lot which we did not pay - we paid for parking in the form of screaming and crying during the long walk from a nearby office park.
Overall, everybody had a great time. There was enough music, lights, and activity on the screens to keep all the kids engaged so the wifey and I could actually watch the game. Surprisingly the noise did not bother my 4 year-old who has some sensory perception issues. He spent the time focused on the location of the puck, asking questions about the game, and annoying the drunk guy in front of us.
My 2 year-old sat happily in his expensive seat, waving and clapping at all the right times. Later he practiced letting the seat fold him in half, and by two hours past his bedtime he already had a finger in his mouth.
Be advised this is a late-nighter; with a starting time of 7pm, three playing periods of about 18 minutes each, plus two 15 minute breaks for zamboni between the first and second period and again between the second and third.
Around 9pm, with Mama Cruise Director's ammunition of candy spent, we could tell it was time to wrap it up for home.