Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Three Bears Acres

Now, here's another post that I'm REALLY excited to bring you.  We headed up to this little spot near Creedmoor and had an awesome time. Like "Go Play Outside Now",  it's a big outdoor play park that just makes kids and adults alike want to play outside.

What it is:  We drove up on Saturday morning to see what Three Bears Acres was all about.  Honestly, my first impression when we drove up was that there wasn't much to see except a big field, but boy was I wrong.  There was so much fun to be had, and we were all happily exhausted by the end of the day.  The part of Three Bear Acres where we started was a big field filled with different activities.  There were archery and slingshot stations, a mud pie kitchen complete with a big tub filled with mud, a wall that could be periodically wiped off where the kids could paint, a sandbox, a water wall for pouring water down tubes, large plastic tubes to hide and roll in, a farm, and a huge bounce pillow which was a very unique twist on bouncing.

After spending several hours running around this part, we got a bit hungry and needed a bit of a break.  So, we stopped by their restrooms, grabbed our picnic from the car, and headed over to their picnic area by the lake.  They do have a place where they sell light concessions and drinks right now, and apparently, they will add more food later.  Fortunately, though, they don't mind you bringing in your own food.

Once we were refreshed we were ready to keep adventuring.  We headed around the lake to the paddleboats.  They fit four, so our whole family could go paddling around the lake.  Next, we wandered around to the other side lake via a bridge to the fire pit.  At 1:30, they were serving smores, so of course, we couldn't miss out.  These were the only things that were not included in our admission price, but they were only $3 for 2 smores, so we were happy to pay it.

Our last stop of the day was the woods.  In the woods they have this huge play structure/tree house with slides and cargo netting.  Under the play structure there were countless swings of different forms as well as punching bags, monkey bars, etc.  Our last stop was the huge slide runs in the woods.  They have about four different lanes of the slide running down the hill coated in turf wet down with water and dish detergent.  The slides were long, but not that steep, so the adults went fairly quickly, but the kids didn't go that fast.  My older son had a blast once he mustered up the courage to head down the slide.  He wore himself out running back up from the bottom of the slide time and time again, and we had to drag him away when it was time to go.

What we liked:  We love that there's one admission price that gets you in to all the fun.  You don't have to worry about buying tickets for each little activity.  Plus, the activities are just tons of fun for everyone.  It was nice that we could bring in our own food to eat.  There was lots of staff around at all the activities making sure things ran smoothly.

What we would change: The admission is a little steep at $13 for adults and $7 for kiddos, but keep your eyes open for a groupon because that's what we used.  Also, keep in mind that it is not fenced and in a really large area, so keep an eye on your little ones.

*While it's a little pricey, they are starting up "Toddler Thursdays" where children 2-5 years old can get in at only $10 per child with one adults getting in free from 10am-1pm.  That's a little better.

Website and other important information:

Website: http://www.threebearsacres.com/

Address: 711 Beaver Dam Rd, Creedmoor NC, 27522


January - March Hours
Thursday-Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
April - May, September - December Hours
Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
Summer Hours: June 15 Opening Day
June 20th - August 17th
Thursday - Friday 9am - 1pm, Saturday 9am-8pm
Admission: $13 for adults, $7 for kids

(a view at the entrance)

(the slingshot station)

(the mud pie kitchen)

(the moon pillow)

(the slides)

(the play structure)

(the paddleboats)

(the fire pit for smores-yum!)


andrea magee said...

Hi We are sooooooo excited to see this exhibit later in May!! My name is Andrea Magee. My email is fullframe40@yahoo.com

G Wolf said...

Sounds really neat. What age children do you think it's appropriate for? In other words, how young is too young?

The Stir Crazy Moms said...

G Wolf...my son was just under 3 when we went. My friend took her 2.5 year old who also had fun. I think 2 and older would definitely have a great time and a little younger would probably have fun on the bouncy pillow, painting wall, water wall, sandbox and mud pie kitchen. I would think kids that aren't walking yet would be too young, but other than that, there are things to do for lots of different ages. Hope that helps! Maybe little ones could check out toddler Thursdays that they describe on their website.

G Wolf said...

That definitely helps. My kids are 1-and-a-half and 3-and-a-half, so I think we'll give it a try.

Thanks so much for the quick reply! And for the awesome blog!

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