Let me just say I appear to be inept at keeping our adventures to just one per outing. Having admitted that, here’s a brief write-up of a couple of places you may want to try if you are ever in Statesville, NC.
Located in Statesville NC on Court Street, this museum has one large area where the current display is a hands-on-display of artifacts from ancient Egypt. Bowls of minerals like Galena and obsidian and others of scents like myrrh and frankincense allowed the boys to take a peek at some of the items used in Egypt. A mummy was present, hieroglyphics posted, mummification process listed, a place to dig for artifacts and a 3D slideshow presentation all gave the boys an overview of ancient Egypt. Their favorites? Digging for artifacts and letting the sand slide through their fingers and the 3D slide show.
Not only was the ancient Egypt section interesting, the Iredell Museums had a whole area dedicated to kids activities: blocks, puppets, dinosaurs, musical instruments and a large bookcase with games, Lincoln Logs and other goodies to keep every kid busy. Most of our time involved dinosaur fights, puppet battles with an Alligator puppet (mastered by Isaiah), and large block creations to assemble a ball runway chute. What was the activity that was most played with this time? Puppets by far…turtles, owls, alligators, camel, frog, duck, bird, and more to spark the imagination of any kid…no matter how old 😉
Keeping things simple – digging and playing – can be a lot of fun, reduce stress and provide hours of entertainment. Something that has been forgotten over time.
- Link: https://www.iredellmuseums.org
- Location: 134 Court Street, Statesville, NC 28677
- Cost: None if you have an annual museum membership; $5 each otherwise. The hours it is open are limited so check them first before you commit to going.
- What did the kids like/dislike: Digging for artifacts and bones and playing in the kids’ area with dinosaurs, puppets, and large building blocks.
- Kids opinion of it: Thumbs up from the kids.
- What to do: visit the Egyptian exhibit and plan on spending some time just playing and exploring the kids area.
- New places to eat along the way: we didn’t stop before or after.
- Discoveries: the alligator puppet wanted to eat all of the other puppets.
- Difficulty of getting around: none. (I cannot remember if it had a wheelchair entry or not)
- Return?: When asked if they wanted to visit again, they both said “yes!”
- Restrooms: A clean, well-maintained bathroom exists near the front of the museum.
- Parking: street parking and a close by “Visitors Parking” exist
Statesville Greenway (TRACK Trail, a part of the KidsInParks project)
First, if you decide to go on the trail, you will need to find it. You can use GPS maps to locate the address but the trail is “hidden” behind the park’s building (just drive on the right side of the building and park in the back). Second, though the initial part of the walk is in a small wooded area, most of the path is in the sun so bring water with you.
The boys selected “The Need for Trees” adventure which made the boys hunt for and find six species of trees: Yellow Poplar, Flowering Dogwood, Sycamore, White Oak, Black Walnut, and Red Maple. Using the handy brochures found at the TRACK Trail start sign, the boys used both leaf shape and trunk bark style to find each of the trees. We did not do the lifecycle mainly because “Pa” forgot about it and due to the heat we did not walk far on the path, which is paved and about 6 feet wide.
The boys seemed to automatically switch between finding trees by leaf shape or bark texture. Sometimes I get stuck in a rut looking at things (or trying to find things) from only one perspective (mine). Perhaps I need to be more flexible and “automatically” switch my viewpoint?
On the way from the Iredell Museums to the TRACK Trail, Pa started repeating “Are we there yet?” During a break in the repetition, Jeremiah’s voice came to me “Pa, you are just like Isaiah!” Hmmmm…guess Pa had better tone the inane chatter down a bit.
- Link: https://www.kidsinparks.com/statesville-greenway
- Location: 1875 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28687
- Cost: None.
- What did the kids like/dislike: Hunting for the trees and tossing a couple of rocks into the creek.
- Kids opinion of it: Good place to walk when it’s a bit cooler. Rock throwing was fun and that includes a new skill, throwing rocks into the opposite mud bank to see if they stick.
- What to do: walk and choose one of the four TRACK Trail guides to make the hike more engaging.
- New places to eat along the way: the walk was hot so we needed to cool down and went through the drive-through at Jay Bee’s (on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jaybeesstatesville/ on tripadvisor – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g49568-d549773-Reviews-Jay_Bee_s-Statesville_North_Carolina.html). From the reviews, it sounds like a great place to stop for a bite but we had to get back on the road…so a couple of drinks and a milkshake and one the road again.
- Discoveries: Sometimes trees were easier to identify by their bark than trying to find their leaves in the canopy above us.
- Difficulty of getting around: none.
- Return?: On a cooler day, if we are in the area, perhaps.
- Restrooms: Didn’t see one but perhaps the park office had one the public could use?
- Parking: available on the front of the building if the back lot is full
A trip to Statesville means a chance at visiting a small museum and a local greenway.