It’s nearly that time again. The summer is winding down and school will be starting soon. The familiar yellow buses will be heard trolling the streets to pick up students. The car pools will be lining the entrance and exits to Brunswick County, NC schools. The yellow lights on the School Zone signs will be flashing to remind us to slow down as we pass the schools. Inside the buildings themselves, kids will be reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. Brunswick County, NC offers elementary, junior high and high schools as well as a K-8 school, a 9-12 alternative school and an Early College High School. The system also offers specialized services for students with disabilities and those who are learning English as a second language; enhanced programs for the gifted learner; a fine arts program and many extracurricular opportunities and competitive athletic programs. There are those students who will not be riding in school buses or sitting in car pools. These students, though home schooled, have to follow the same attendance, testing and immunization requirements as the public school students and their classes are scheduled during the same nine month period. As alternatives to the public school system, charter schooling, Montessori schooling and Christian schooling are available as well. You will find information about these below:

South Brunswick Charter School, Leland, NC: (

L & L Montessori School in Southport, NC: (

Southport Christian School in Southport, NC: (


Brr – I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that it’s cold in Brunswick County, NC. Though we have been having record setting low temperatures recently the result of which have been late start times for the Brunswick County Schools, we can still be thankful we have not had any of that beautiful precipitation called snow. Yes, it’s lovely to look at – but it’s not fun to shovel or drive in – especially in an area where there is no equipment for clearing the roads or melting the ice. Some of us have had other problems related to the low temperatures. As for me – this is the third time in a month that my pipes have frozen – and this time I did let my outside faucets drip. Hopefully, they will not burst again this time. And I know I am not alone in this predicament. The first time I understand there were problems all over the island. After tonight’s record setting low (again) the temperatures are supposed to be in the 50s tomorrow – I love you, tomorrow! Sunday will be even warmer, however, rain is predicted. I am sure families have been getting antsy from having to spend so much time indoors and the brief respite tomorrow will likely not be enough to get rid of the pent up energy, so here are a few suggestions for taking the whole family out for a fun and interesting day.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport where they have a vintage periscope through which you can view the surrounding area:(

Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, NC where you can watch a light show and experience Category 1 hurricane force winds in the Science Hall’s Hurricane Simulator: (

Planet Fun and Starz Grille in Shallotte, NC where you can have all kinds of fun and food as well:(