Divorced moms in Greensboro, North Carolina, know that most teens seem to have no problem spending their days inside on their phone, chatting with their friends and watching videos or streaming shows. But it’s summertime, and the great outdoors is calling. How can you entice them to put the phone on “Do Not Disturb” and join you for some fun? Here are some activities to do with your teenager in and around Greensboro.
Go to Elsewhere – If you haven’t been to Elsewhere, now’s definitely the time to go. This three-story museum housed in a former thrift store can only be described as quirky, and it’s certainly full of SnapChat photos for your teen to send to their friends. Elsewhere is also an artistic collaborative space, with events open to the public. It’s open from Friday through Sunday and admission is $5 per person.
Take a Haunted Tour of Greensboro – You’ll never look at Greensboro the same way again after you take a Nightmare Around Elm Street tour of the city by night. Run by Carolina History & Haunts, these 90-minute tours will give you and your teen something to talk about for weeks to come. Tickets are $15 per person, with a $1 discount for reserving online.
Get Outdoors with a Water Sport Lesson – You may know that Get Outdoors, in Greensboro, sells a variety of equipment for outdoor sports. But did you also know the shop offers a selection of lessons to learn those sports? Treat yourself and your teen to a two-hour stand-up paddleboard lesson or intro to kayaking class. It’s $40 per person and loads of fun.
See the Stars at Morehead Planetarium – Morehead Planetarium, in Chapel Hill, is about an hour’s drive east. But it’s worth it to view one or more of its celestial shows, where your teen can’t help but be awed by the vastness of the cosmos. While admission is $8.25 plus tax per person, annual memberships to Morehead are just $70 for up to five family members and give you free unlimited entry to regularly scheduled planetarium shows. It also gives you half-priced entry to the Greensboro Science Center, another place to go with your teen. Or you can check out the planetarium’s free monthly skywatching sessions, which take place in different locations monthly.
Prove Your Mettle at Level Up Fitness – Level Up Fitness in Thomasville offers an indoor obstacle course for people of all ages. Your teen won’t be able to resist the challenge, especially if you promise them a slice at nearby Marco’s Pizza if they beat you on the course. Level Up offers memberships, but it also has open gym hours for walk-ins for just $12 per person.
Hang Out for the Day at Hanging Rock State Park – It’s a little more than an hour drive away, so pack lunch, water, snacks, towels, and your swimsuit and head to Hanging Rock State Park for the day. The park has hiking trails of varying lengths, and some take you to waterfalls. Plus, there’s a 12-acre lake, with a swimming area and boats for rent. Swimming is $6 per person ages 13 and over, and rowboats and canoes are $7 per hour.
Divorced moms looking for more activities to do with their teenagers without breaking the bank should also try online sites like Groupon. You’ll find discounts for popular places in and around Greensboro, NC, like Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park, as well as bowling, mini-golf, paintball, and more.