For the Young At Heart: Review of Wilmington’s Children’s Museum

THE HEARTS: Variety of Activities, Fairly priced

THE FARTS: Parking (depending on time)

Young At Heart says…..

Ahoy Mattie! Today we are off for an adventure to The Children’s Museum in Wilmington, and what an adventure it will be. This treasure chest of gems has rooms filled with wonderful things to do, explore, and interact with for children up to the age of ten (not counting YAH..I will always be a child at heart).

With two six year olds, we headed out to the museum mid day. Traffic was lighter than expected but I must admit, parking was a bear. We wound up finding a parking lot around the corner from the museum, paying $5 for the day. Meter parking is available but we couldn’t find any available within walking distance on this particular day.

The cost to get in is $8 ea. for adults and children. One might strongly consider membership if you are a local or return for more than one visit (and you probably will if you are here for the entire summer). And don’t forget to mention if you are military or a senior, both offer $1 discounts.

Upon entering the museum, one is greeted by a friendly local who can give you an overview of what is available to dabble in for the day (they do offer intriguing options such as playing in the mud but unfortunately on this day mud wrestling was out for me). My imagination burned wild! From becoming Captain YAH to doctor YAH, I was able to vicariously explore their wonderful rooms: pirate ship, camp site, doctor’s office, dentist office, arts and crafts room, grocery store, restaurant and the list goes on. And that’s just a dabbling of the inside stuff to do here. I could tell from the excitement in my great neice and nephew that they were also having a “shimmer me timbers” good time.

And the best for YAH….we spent over 2 1/2 hours there. I’m happy to report that they do have a fee based refueling station including a good selection of coffee for adults and healthier drinks and snacks for the kids. And last….do check in with their gift shop….we purchased two t-shirts for the kids. Their mom is planning on making a memory quilt some day from all their t-shirts.

Ah Matties…YAH definitely recommends an excursion to this pearl of a place during the hot summer months here in Cape Fear!

Painted KISS,


Young Old Fart says…

I unfortunately didn’t get to experience the “sheer awesomeness” (as stated by BOTH my cousins and my 53 yr old mother) that is The Children’s Museum. My day consisted of my 9am-2pm part-time job at UNCW, reading Sophie Kinsella gems, and munching on delicious Dove dark chocolate. While I am disappointed I didn’t get to be a doctor, pirate, and artist all in one day, my cousins brought back mile-wide smiles, stinky feet, and a priceless souvenir…

that is now proudly taped to my fridge.

Kittens and fudge,



Watch Out Wilmington, Here We Come!

Young Old Fart says…

Welcome one and all! Come follow my mom and I as we journey through the Cape Fear Coast and review everything that comes our way. From events to shopping to food (my personal expertise), we will tell you all you’ll need to know to have a surefire time. Just so we can get close and comfortable, I’ll give you some background. I am a nineteen year old who attends UNCW for a major in management and leadership (for now…though the circus is looking more and more tempting). I don’t fit the “college” stereotype. In fact, you might say I am a grumpy retiree at heart. I hate loud music, I put my pajammys on by 7pm, and I think only birds should “tweet.” My idea of a good time is german chocolate cake, petting my cats, and watching Grey’s Anatomy re-runs…yes, I have cats. I am a northerner at heart, a Jersey one at that, so I don’t bite my tongue. I may not tell you what you want to hear, but you’ll always get my fair and honest judgement…SO GET USED TO IT!

Kittens and fudge,

Young Old Fart

P.S. Isn’t the River Walk Downtown B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L?

Young at Heart says…

Wooohoooo we surely will find some fun!!! I am 53 and disabled but I do my darndest to stay positive, explore as much of my town as I can and do it on a dime…if at all possible. After choosing to settle here just about a year ago, I found that I loved this place and can’t imagine that there won’t be somewhere to go, something to eat, and people of all ages to meet. Why should you listen to my opinion? Well, we owned a restaurant near Charleston SC for about eight years and I have worked for very large companies as a corporate trainer and definitely understand the SOP’s of things (if you are wondering what an SOP is….Standard Operating Procedure).  My strong belief is that every single business should offer customer service, customer service, customer service, and I will hold every business I encounter to that standard!!! I’ll be honest and forthright when it comes to my reviews and I will expect my monies worth. So in a nutshell I plan on  having a blast while giving the “insiders” scoop on what I think are the dos and don’ts of The Cape Fear Coast. So put on your floppy hat, some sunscreen and let’s get going….


Young at Heart

P.S. Kiss = Keep It Simple Stupid…which is what I plan on doing!