In addition to the celebration, we also checked out the rest of the mall. We stopped by our old favorites-the train and the carousel, and then we checked out one more spot that we hadn't investigated before. We'd heard talk of the outdoor portion of the mall. When we went outside, it was smaller than we had imagined, just a courtyard outside the movie theater. However, I can tell they are adding more shops in the near future in that area. Although it was small, it was a great addition to the mall, and our boys had a great time there. What it is is a series of large blocks. The boys couldn't climb up on them by themselves, but they loved being picked up and set on the blocks where they could check out the world. In the summer these great climbing blocks have the added fun of being a water feature where kids can play in the fountains. I've only heard about this feature and can't wait to check it out for myself this summer. To top it all off, the one open store out there besides the movie theater is a Marble Slab where you can grab a sweet ice cream treat while your'e there.
What we liked: The blocks were a great place at the mall where you and your kids can get a breath of fresh air. In addition, we can't wait to go to more fun events at Sea of Learning. An odd combination of activities led to a great day for our boys at the mall.
What we would change: As we've said before, there's not as much shopping at Northgate Mall, and we've heard comments that it is not in the safest part of Durham.
Website and other important information:
*Northgate Mall: http://www.northgatemall.com/
*Sea of Learning: http://aseaoflearning.com/
*Durham Mothers Club: http://dmc.findsmithgroups.com/
*Durham Macaroni Kid: http://durham.macaronikid.com/
Address: Northgate Mall-1704 Englewood Avenue, Durham, NC 27705
Phone Number: (919) 286-4400
Hours: Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12pm-6pm
1. The new Sea of Learning
2. The blocks outside the mall