Daddy Weekly brings you the best ideas about what to do with your kids around Raleigh, NC.   Edition 90, Dec-13, 2013.

The Daddy Weekly bids farewell...

Hi <<First Name>>,

The time has come to say goodbye - at least a little bit. It has been a little over two years since I came up with the idea of writing a newsletter and starting a website about "Things to do with Kids in Raleigh". 90 Newsletters and 200 Articles later, covering just about any of the regularly reoccurring events, the time may have come to give some other interests more space. It has been a great and fun experience building this project and looking back on what it has become.
From a just small handful of friends from Boylan Heights and Country Day in early 2012, the list of email subscribers has grown and expanded steadily. I remember the excitement when the first person I didn't know subscribed, and it is now rare that I recognize new subscribers; just a fellow mom or dad (or a grandparent) who is curious and wants to do something special with their kids this coming weekend This is very exciting to watch. The website sees thousands of visitors, even from faraway countries (which still surprises me given the local interest). People started asking me about it ("oh you're the one who does that!") and send emails about how their experience at events was. Short, a lot of joy and good vibes all around.
So it is certainly with sadness that I come to the conclusion to dial it back; but it happened more and more frequently that the Thursday evening all-nighters became a chore, and I think this would eventually show in the quality of the writing and the articles as well.
So will I outright stop? I can't just go that far yet, and I've thought about it a lot after the last issue was published and I decided that "this was it". Currently, I'm thinking about possibly continuing in a monthly format, and do that for a while longer. I also thought about looking for someone to regularly contribute articles alongside me - if you'd be interested, please contact me! I'll probably think about it all until early January, and will then decide what to do next. The website will stay up for sure, and maintaining and expanding that could be another option to continue on a smaller flame.

Which brings me to the most important part: A massive THANK YOU to all of you. First to all the email subscribers, website visitors, and twitter followers; you were the motivation that kept me going and gave me that sense of urgency to keep hitting that "Publish" button every week. Then to my wonderful wife who always supported me and and let me sneak away to go write the Daddy Weekly every Thursday night. Also to all those who gave feedback, pointed out events, and reminded me of upcoming happenings. And lastly, to this wonderful city and surrounding area with its abundance of fun things to do for all ages.

So with that: Happy weekend, Farewell, and all the Best for 2014!
The Daddy

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LEGO® KidsFest 2014

After a two-year hiatus, Lego® KidsFest is returning once more to Raleigh, and will fill the convention center with joy, laugther and millions of lego bricks. This touring show has visited Raleigh once before, in 2012 when my son was still firmly in the Duplo age.

He is now approach Small Lego age, and it is time to return to this cool event. No doubt about it; in the end this is a Lego promotion, but it is a lot of fun to attend, and while there are Lego sets for sale, there is no pressure to actually do so. (Your kids may have a different opinion, though.)

From memory, this is what stood out: First, the large Creation Nation is a giant outline of the US, which will be filled by small Lego creations from attendees. (I had fun with that myself while my little helper took a nap. Won't happen this time.) The monochromatic builds (entire areas with just white or orange or whatever Legos) were also pretty cool. Then there are full-size models of Spiderman and the likes. A Lego-Pinewood Derby. And also various areas for the different Lego product lines like Lego City or Lego Technic.

Note that when you buy tickets, it is for a specific half-day: Saturday/Sunday, morning or evening. After the morning session, the exhibition closes briefly to be ready for the afternoon crowd again. All sessions are the same, and they usually do sell out.

Details and tickets (not cheap at $20/child and $22/adult) are available on the Raleigh Lego KidsFest website. Note: This is still 10 weeks away, but it will sell out, at least some of the sessions.
(Photo Courtesy of LEGO® KidsFest.)

Tour de Toys 2013

If you're brave enough to take on the cold weather and threatening rain, join the Tour de Toys bike "race" this Saturday morning. The race is family-friendly and in past years, a few kids in trailers, trailer-bikes and on their own bikes have participated along with the grown-ups. (Holiday attire optional, raincoat recommended!). There is a 12-mi course for the ambitious and a shorter 6-mile ride for the leisurely minded. Two free beers (not for the kids) are included; your entry into the race is not a monetary fee, but a donation of a new toy worth $15 or more.

The race starts at 10am at Natty Greene's, curves through downtown and ends again at Natty Greene's for a post-race party.

It will be very cold with possible rain - dress accordingly. We're planning to go with kids and all if the weather is not too crazy. See you there?

Tour de Toys, Saturday 10am, Natty Greene's. Sign-up today online or tomorrow (if there are any spots left) in person at 9am.

(Photo by Franck Vervial, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND)


FutureVet at Marbles

Saturday afternoon will be cold and rainy for sure, and Marbles has a cute event for all those who want to become a Veterinarian - aptly named FutureVet. Offered in collaboration with Banfield Vet Hospital and led by a veterinarian, kids find out about being a vet, meet a therapy dog, and even get a certificate. This is from 2-3p, and included in regular Marbles admission.
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