Divorce is difficult for families, so it’s especially important for dads and teens to enjoy time together to rebuild their bonds. One of the best ways to do this is by taking advantage of some local activities in North Carolina this summer. Whether you’re looking for a way to spice up your weekend visitations or want a mid-week escape from the ordinary, these five activities are sure to please even the pickiest teens.
Wet ’N Wild Emerald Pointe – Gone are the days when your kids were too little to go on all the rides, so let them cool off on any one of 36 slides at Wet ’N Wild, Greensboro’s own water park. Dare each other to try the 76-foot Daredevil Drop, or challenge your kids to speed to the bottom of the Riptide Racer. If you’re not interested in thrills, there’s a lazy river and plenty of lounge chairs when you need a breather.
The Winston-Salem Dash – Is there anything quite like watching the boys of summer play ball on a balmy evening? BB&T Park in downtown Winston is clean, comfortable, and plenty of fun for teens. Sports fans will love watching tomorrow’s stars show their stuff, but even kids who aren’t that into baseball will enjoy the entertainment between innings. For teens, get tickets for Fireworks Fridays or Live Music Saturdays.
Classic Movies at the Carolina Theatre – If you’ve ever made a hilarious movie reference only to get blank stares from your kids, you can fix that by hitting the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro for some oldies but goodies. Get the big tub of popcorn to share and treat your teens to classics like “Caddyshack,” “The Blues Brothers,” or — for the brave! — “Psycho.” You should have just enough time to hit Cheesecakes by Alex for a sweet treat after the show.
Summer Fun at Beech Mountain Resort – Who says you need snow to have fun at a ski resort? Beech Mountain Resort is the perfect spot for a trip to the mountains. Older kids will find plenty of activities to keep them happy, including dry-land tubing, roller skating, and disc golf. If you’ve never tried mountain biking before, sign up for a lesson and start pedaling. Beech Mountain is about two and a half hours from Greensboro, so it’s ideal for an easy weekend getaway.
Kersey Valley Zipline – Get the adrenaline pumping on 14 different zip lines at Kersey Valley. You’ll attend “flight school” to learn the ropes and then take a tour with spectacular views as you skim over treetops. Kersey Valley has plenty of other choices that are ideal for keeping teens busy. Test your teamwork by breaking out of an escape room together, or book a laser tag session to see who can score the cleanest shots. Kersey Valley is only 15 minutes away from Greensboro, so you can plan one big day or try a different activity each weekend.
Summer days are long, but the season is short, so don’t let this one pass you by without making some great memories with your kids. Try any of these outings to connect with your teens and enjoy some family togetherness.