Do something different!
It is more challenging to find things to do with the kids during a pandemic, but they can easily stay engaged in learning with free online classes!
Learn to dance, paint, write, cook, edit photos, do karate... the list is endless and the kids will stop complaining that they're bored!
Click on a link below for information on registering and/or participating in any of these online classes.
Thu, Oct 1, 2020 5:30 PM EDT
Free Kids Online Break Dance Class
Discipline, Focus, Daily Habits, Confidence
Fri, Oct 2, 16, and 30, 2020 10:00 AM
Painting With Alice & Brigid
Have a watercolor palette and watercolor paper ready
Fri, Oct 2, 2020 4:00 PM EDT
Free Online Magic Show for Children - Friday, October 2nd at 4:00 PM
Smile, laugh, and be entertained. RSVP
Fri, Oct 2, 2020 7:00 PM EDT
Photo Editing with Pixlr (Ages 8-12)
Limited spaces via zoom
Fri, Oct 2, 2020 8:00 PM EDT
Kids Animation Workshop (5 - 8 yrs)
Limited spaces via zoom
Sat, Oct 3, 2020 12:00 PM EDT
The Watson Academy - Free Kids Acting Workshop (Fall 2020)
Sat, Oct 3, 12:00 PM + 10 more events
Book Writing Class for Kids
Tue, Oct 6, 2020 7:30 PM EDT + 1 more event
Free Kids 90 minutes Online Zoom Ballet Dance Class for (10+ yrs)
Wed, Oct 7, 2020 7:00 PM EDT
Free Beginner Karate Training (Ages 5 - 12)
Interactive class fun for the whole family
Thu, Oct 8, 2020 5:30 PM EDT
Free Virtual Kids Cooking Class
Thu, Oct 8, 2020 6:00 PM EDT
Fun Painting event for Kids, Free
Painting materials are mailed to your home, 35 kids max, first come, first served
Fri, Oct 9, 2020 8:00 PM EDT
Bully Prevention Community Event
Sat, Oct 10, 2020 10:00 AM EDT
The Enormous Crocodile with John Kirk
Join storyteller John Kirk for a very special online retelling of Roald Dahl's "The Enormous Crocodile".
Sun, Oct 11, 2020 2:00 PM EDT
FREE Online Kids Drawing Class
Ages 6-12, limited to 15 participants
Thu, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17, 2020 3:00 PM
Every Kid Can Cook Monthly Classes
Ages 6-15, with supervision for younger kids
Sat, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19, 2020 1:00 PM EDT
Family-Friendly Stand-Up Comedy Show
On Friday, July 17, 2020 my husband’s 23 year year old son, Adrian, was killed in a car crash on his way home from work. He lived with us, and he was taking his regular route home from Greensboro to Winston-Salem.
The weather was nice and sunny most of the day. I was working from home and my husband arrived home around 3. He was getting ready to take a weekend trip out of town while our younger son waited for Adrian’s arrival. They had plans to go shopping when Adrian got off work. Around 3:30, a very strong thunderstorm passed by our house with torrential rains. My husband and I watched from the doorway, as the rain poured down for 10-15 minutes, and then the sun came back out again.
About 4:00pm, we started getting worried. We knew Adrian should have been home because he had spoken to his brother a little earlier to say he was on the way. We called and texted asking him to let us know where he was; Adrian was a responsible young man and didn’t stray far from work and home. He took on a fatherly relationship to his brothers. If he said he was going to do something, he did it. This was not like him.
My husband was worried but needed to get on the road. By this time, he was supposed to have met his friends an hour ago. He kissed me goodbye and said, “Let me know the minute Adrian walks through the door”.
About 10 minutes after my husband left, the doorbell rang. The younger boy got to the door first, and when the police officer said my husband’s name, I sent our boy inside. There had been a crash, and Adrian was dead. He had been driving unsafely for the conditions, hydroplaning, losing control of his vehicle and off the road, hitting a raised manhole and slamming into a utility pole at Old Greensboro Road and Salem Landing. Adrian was killed instantly. He did not suffer.
The next week was a whirlwind. Funeral planning, decisions, lots of drives between Winston-Salem and Greensboro. My husband had lost a son, his younger brothers and my girls their brother, and we were all reeling from Adrian’s unexpected death. The questions.
They said he was passing someone on a double yellow line. Adrian would never do that. Why did he do that? Why was he driving too fast? Didn’t he know how hard it had rained, and that there’s always standing water at that spot? How could he have hit that manhole so perfectly that he flew into the utility pole and hit it many feet above the air, without breaking the pole? Why is that manhole so high off the ground in the first place? How could he have died so violently but still looked like an angel in his open casket? Did he suffer? Was he scared? How can he really be gone? Why? Why? Why?
“Why” seemed to be the question I needed answered, the most. We couldn’t question God’s plan for Adrian, but it felt like we needed to find out the purpose. As I began to think about the accident, which played over so many times in my head, it became important to not only figure out how unsafe Old Greensboro Road is, but to make people aware of it's dangers and campaign to make it safer.
First, why was Adrian crossing a double yellow line? There were witnesses that say that he was, but there are two reasons to believe that he wasn’t intentionally passing on a double yellow. In hydroplaning situations, you can slide in either direction. Who is to say that the water wasn’t moving him left? He likely was driving too fast for the conditions, but the police report doesn’t state that it was raining at the time. It could have just stopped, as it had at home, and was now sunny with blue skies, with water still standing on the roads. Southern daytime thunderstorms can be like that. Second, I don’t believe he intentionally crossed a double yellow line. The lines on Old Greensboro Road are old and peeling, and there are many areas where it is not apparent at all that it is intended to be a double yellow.
In the weeks that have followed Adrian’s death, we have travelled that stretch of Old Greensboro Road, between Salem Parkway and 158/Reidsville Road, many times. We visit the crash site, have a small memorial for him there, and notice how unsafe Old Greensboro Road actually is. Just down the hill, there is another small cross in remembrance of another life lost, several years ago.
A pass-through between Business 40/Salem Parkway and 311/Old Reidsville Road, Old Greensboro Road sees a lot of traffic. Heading west from Salem Parkway you’ll pass Smokin’ Harley on Myer Lee Drive to the left, a fire station down the road a bit on the right, and then you’re driving downhill as Salem Lake surrounds the road on the left and the right. The road moves back uphill toward the Salem Landing neighborhood on the right, and then Old Greensboro Road becomes winding, moving uphill, with a low shoulder. As Old Greensboro Road continues, it is wooded and mainly residential until you reach the intersection of 311/Old Reidsville Road.
That 1.1 mile, 2 minute stretch of road has proven to be dangerous. A review of the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Crash Report Database shows 66 reports made between January 1, 2018 - August 4, 2020 on Old Greensboro Road between West Mountain Street and Reidsville Road. Sixteen of those reports were made at Old Greensboro Road and Salem Landing Drive, where Adrian died. Six of those reports specifically mention a driver crossing a double yellow line, passing, or coming into the opposite side of travel.
There is nothing that we can say or do that will bring Adrian back, but we do want to bring awareness to the area and the issue of safety on this stretch of Old Greensboro Road. We have lost a loving son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend. The city has an obligation to explore the dangers that cause so many accidents on Old Greensboro Road.
This year I have learned to take it one day at a time, pray everyday, have faith, and move forward. Life is short. Adrian, you will be missed. Rest in Peace.
NC is moving into Phase 2 of reopening tomorrow, May 22, 2020 at 5pm.
What does Phase 2 mean for you? This Facebook post from the NC Department of Health and Human Services goes into detail.
Here are a few local businesses to support in Downtown Winston-Salem as we begin to venture back into the city we love.
Yamas is one of our favorite places for lunch in Downtown Winston-Salem. The flavor is amazing! Yamas can't be missed.
As we start to shop outside of the essentials, remember to support local businesses. Hoots Beer Co. is located on Mill Works St, directly off Northwest Boulevard.
Moji Coffee and More has been a fun addition to the Downtown Arts District in Winston-Salem. There is also a second location at the Downtown library.
Dine in is back! Young Cardinal has stayed open for carry out during the entire lockdown. Over the last 6 weeks they've adjusted by selling prepared items and sold meat, fish, and produce, at one point extending their list as a grocery with such essentials as wheat bread, breakfast sausage, and even toilet paper and paper towels.
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With a 0% chance of rain and temperatures nearing the sixties, it will be the perfect weekend to spend time with the family without spending a dime. There are free events all across the Triad to keep your family entertained.
It is the first weekend of the month, and that means that on Friday night you can expect to find First Friday events taking place in both downtown Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
In Winston-Salem, head to the Downtown Arts District on Trade Street. Demonstrations, Gallery Exhibition Openings, Chalk, Food and Fun every First Friday from 7-10pm. This month’s schedule includes Musical Stew and Small Performances. You can see the 2020 schedule on the DADA website here.
Greensboro’s First Friday gives you an opportunity to explore downtown! New art exhibits, live music, and delicious foods abound. You can start the evening watching the launch of a new traveling exhibit at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, “Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina. While, there, you can watch a one hour screening of The Green Book Guide to Freedom (TV-PG) for free - register here for a free ticket.. Afterwards, head to the GreenHill Center for NC Art for live music with Carmen Bliss or go to Scuppernong Books to contribute to a pop-up installation piece on personal origin stories.
Parking is easy! In both Winston-Salem and Greensboro, enforcement of parking meter spaces is from 8am-6pm Mondays through Saturdays. That means you can park on the street for free after 6pm and all day Sunday. Both downtowns are plentiful with parking decks if you prefer paid parking.
On Saturday, enjoy the gardens at the High Point Museum on E Lexington Avenue. Costumed interpreters will show you how early High Pointers used historic herbs for a variety of purposes. Free, drop-in, family friendly!
On Sunday, get your symphony on with the WS Youth Orchestras. This free concert will be performed in Brendle Recital Hall on the Wake Forest campus and will include the Youth Philharmonic, Chamber Sinfonia, and the Premiere Strings orchestras.
We add free events to our calendar regularly. Details for all above mentioned events can be found on our calendar. Easily add events to your phone calendar. Check back often for more fun ways to enjoy Piedmont Triad Living!
One of the best things about living in Winston-Salem, NC is the sense of community. We love to gather in downtown areas to celebrate an event that is unique to us. Today, that celebration was for the opening of the new Salem Parkway, formerly known as Business 40.
Six months ahead of schedule, this portion of Business 40 has been renamed "Salem Parkway" and reopens on February 2, 2020. The day before the opening, the Winston-Salem Dash hosted a Pop-Up Party that ended with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk a section of Salem Parkway before it opened to vehicles. People came from all across the Triad to celebrate with hot dogs, popcorn, and cake. There were bouncy houses for the kids and an hour to stroll the roadway. This was a free event that was held at the BB&T Stadium on Brookstown Avenue in downtown Winston-Salem.
On November 17, 2018, a 1.2-mile section of U.S. 421/Interstate Business (Business 40), passing East-West through downtown Winston-Salem, shut down. This was part of a plan by N.C. Department of Transportation to rebuild this section of Business 40 to accommodate increasing traffic volumes. Roadway was replaced, exit ramps and entrances were modernized, the length of acceleration and deceleration lanes between ramps was increased, shoulders were widened, and nine bridges were replaced. In addition, both the Peters Creek Parkway and the Cherry Marshall interchanges were reconfigured. This is the first time in North Carolina history a freeway was closed in both directions at the same time for reconstruction. Full construction of the project will not be complete for several more months. Some of that work will require nighttime lane closures.
The reopening of the highway will be a boon to downtown businesses that were affected by the closure of the highway and will make it much more convenient to travel through town.
Indoor Trick-or-Treating on Halloween
4-6pm Fall Festival/Trunk-or-Treat - Robinhood Road Baptist Church, 5422 Robinhood Rd, Winston-Salem 27106. Join us for our annual Trunk-or-Treat Event! We have free hotdogs, games, prizes, and an inflatable for the kids! Rain or shine!
5-7pm Trick or Treat at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem. Enjoy free trick-or-treating throughout the mall at participating stores on Thursday, October 31 from 5-7pm. While supplies last.
5-8pm Halloween Trick-or-Treat at Holly Hill Mall, 309 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington 27215. Dress as your favorite character and receive candy from our merchants at Holly Hill Mall.
6-8pm Trunk or Treat, Stanleyville Baptist Church. If it rains, the event will be moved into the Family Life Center.
Halloween Postponed Across the Piedmont Triad
Lindley Park is moving trick-or-treating to Friday. This area is between Longview, Lindell, Sherwood and Walker. Car traffic will be closed from 5:30-7:30. Forest Oaks is also delaying trick-or-treating until Friday.
Lillifield, Walnut Creek, Frazier Downs, and Cottesmore neighborhoods have all postponed trick-or-treating until Friday.
From the City of Winston-Salem:
"With severe weather forecasted for Thursday evening, city residents are urged to take appropriate precautions with their Halloween trick-or-treaters. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a line of storms, including some that could be severe, to impact Winston-Salem between 4 and 11 p.m. A cold front will bring strong wind gusts and much colder temperatures.
"Parents and caregivers are encourage to have their kids trick-or treat before dark, and to ensure they are prepared for the temperature drop and inclement weather. Parents or caregivers should accompany trick-or-treaters and be aware of the possibility of falling tree limbs. All trick-or-treaters who are out after dark should carry flashlights so they can see, and be seen, in the dark."
Asheboro's Trick or Treat in the Park has been postponed until Thursday, November 7 from 6;30-8:30. The event will be at McCrary Park, 138 Southway Rd.
5-8pm Halloween Trick-or-Treat at Holly Hill Mall, 309 Huffman Mill Rd, 27215. Dress as your favorite character and receive candy from our merchants at Holly Hill Mall.
Rain date for downtown King's Trick or Treat is Friday evening from 6-8pm.
Trick-Or-Treating is delayed until Friday from 3-5pm in downtown Mt. Airy.
Brown Oaks subdivision will have trick or treating on Friday.
Halloween Festivities will take place Friday night from 5-8pm.
The downtown event is moving to the Yadkinville UMC Family LIfe Center, 204 W. Main St, Yadkinville.
How will you enjoy your weekend with the family? Take your pick- there are festivals, concerts, and movies in every neck of the woods in the Triad, and all of the events we have listed below are FREE for the family!
On Saturday, Archdale hosts the 34th Annual Bush Hill Heritage Festival, a kid friendly day with crafts, food, music, commercial items, car shows, clowns, amusements and rides! More than 200 vendors, lining the streets of Archdale and Trinity! This festival began in 1986 as the bicentennial celebration of the Quaker settling known as Bush Hill.
In Winston-Salem, it's Fiesta 2019! Downtown Winston-Salem will be filled with entertainment, food and desserts, vendors, and more. Wear comfy shoes and stay a while, you could spend the day!
The State St. Festival in Greensboro is a free family friendly street festival with beer and wine, music, craft and food vendors, and more!
In addition to those fun festivals, there will be live music at Barber Park in Greenboro, at the Community Commons in Wilkesboro, Yadkinville Community Park, Mocksville Town Hall, and Shallowford Square in Lewisville. All of these outdoor concerts are FREE and family appropriate. It's usually recommended that your family bring your own blankets or chairs.
Check the calendar on Piedmont Triad Living for more details. Save events directly to your own google calendar. Look ahead to see what's coming!
Unless otherwise indicated, all events listed are free, no admission charge, and there may be items and/or food/drinks for purchase. If you have questions about an event, please contact the sponsor directly. All information is correct and accurate at the time of it's posting.
With temperatures in the mid-70s and very low chances for rain, it will be the perfect weekend to spend out in the community enjoying a free event!
This weekend, there are several events geared toward the pre-k age group. In King, the Little Folks Festival & Healthy Kids Day will take place on Saturday. In Kernersville, there will be a Storytime in the Park. Also on Saturday, the Easter Bunny will make a visit to the Gazebo in Thomasville.
Looking for fun for the whole family? There are three great events in Greensboro this Saturday Learn local history at the Greensboro History Museum, celebrating Triad History Day. Greensboro's Earth Day Festival is at Kathleen Clay Edwards Public Library and will have activities, hayrides, face painting, live animals, nature crafts, and more. You can also head to UNCG for the 37th Annual International Festival for dance and musical performances, cultural booths and activities, and food vendors
Go fly a kite! At Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem, celebrate Spring at the Spring Festival. Bring your kite, blankets, chairs, and an appetite. Free, fun, outdoor activities, hosted by the City of Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks. You can also head to Lexington for Go Fly a Kite Day. Be one of the first 100 people and receive a free kite to decorate, or bring your own kite! Kite contests, music, and more.
Support Local! There are a few vendor events, markets, and pop ups taking place this weekend!
The events listed below are scheduled for Saturday, April 6-7, 2019. Find details for all events listed on our website www.piedmonttriadliving.com and on our facebook events page here. At time of publish all information is correct and accurate. If you have questions about a specific event, please speak with the event organizer.
Jessica Thomas Lewis
Jessica Thomas Lewis lives in Winston-Salem, NC. She is always looking for fun, free things to do with her kids.