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could rattle off 101 dog-friendly places in our area, but when it comes to putting together Chapel Hill Magazine’s annual Kids Issue, I turn to my colleagues with children for advice. When production manager Ashlin Acheson heard we were considering a story about places to take swim lessons in Orange County, she knew just the place. Ashlin raved about Goldfish Swim School where her little ones take lessons in their heated indoor pool. Those are her two kids – Greyson, 6, and Henley, 3 – on the cover. And it only took minimal bribing from their mom to get them to suit up and smile. (Congratulations on your family’s new pony, Ashlin!) The newest parent in our office is photographer John Michael Simpson; he and his wife, Carrie Grace Simpson, welcomed their first child, Ava James, on Oct. 9. Between diaper changes and photo shoots, John Michael shared a few thoughts on fatherhood: “Being a dad has been a joy, and as you can imagine, we’ve taken so many pictures. Every day has something new, and we’re trying to soak it all up.” The new dad crossed the county to photograph kid-friendly activities for this issue, from Kidzu Children’s Museum’s newest venture, The Nest, to a Puppet Show Inc. performance in Carrboro. “I look forward to taking Ava James to 1870 Farm when she is older, so she can meet Pearl, the pony, Socks, the Flemish giant rabbit, and Coda, the huarizo,” John Michael says. To find your own inspiration for family adventures, flip to page 22. And if you’re on the hunt for the perfect summer camp for your kiddo, check out our guide starting on page 38. CHM

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