Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tanger Outlet Mall

What it is:  I have wanted to check out this new outlet mall ever since it opened recently.  However, since it's located in Mebane which is a bit of a distance away we hadn't made it out yet.  My older son has preschool some mornings from 9-12, so we decided to see if we could make it out for a little shopping during that break.  Turns out that it is in fact close enough to head out, get some good shopping done with a friend and our littlest ones, and get home in time for pick up of the older siblings.  Yay!

Tanger Outlet Mall in Mebane is located about half an hour away from the intersection of 15-501 and I-40 off of I-40.  It is home to over 70 stores that sell their name brand goods at a discounted price, especially clothing.  On this trip, our mission was to find PJ's for our kids.  Fortunately, the mall has several great stores to get discounted kids clothes including Carters, Osh Kosh, and Gymboree.

We found our PJ's at a great price, and by that point our munchkins were in need of some play time.  Fortunately, this mall had thought of that.  They have several different stops along the mall where they have cars the kids can either pay to ride in or just climb on without paying for them.  We chose the latter and had a great time.

In addition to the little ride-on vehicles, the mall also has a playground!  It is a big standard play structure with lots of slides and areas to climb on.  It has a great awning over top that provides some nice shade no matter the weather.  However, I don't think it would keep out rain.  It was a great place for our little ones to get out their energy and it was pretty empty on the weekday morning we were there.

We came, we shopped, we played, and we were able to drive back in plenty of times to pick up the big kids!

What we liked:  We really like all of the kids clothes and other items at good prices.  Plus, we love how they had multiple places to entertain the kids when they need a break from the shopping.  (A tip: head to their website or the mall office when you get there-They always have coupons for you to enjoy.)

What we would change:  Keep in mind that the shops are outside, so it might be a bit uncomfortable between shops if the weather is too hot or cold.  However, they do have covering over the walkways so rain wouldn't be a huge problem.  Plus, the playground was right next to the parking lot, only separated by a low brick wall, so keep an eye on your little ones while they're playing because the road is easily accessible.

Website and other important information:


Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm

Address: 4000 Arrowhead Blvd., Mebane, NC 27302


(view of the mall including the awning overhead)

(one of the sections of kid vehicles)

(the playground)

(another mall view)

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