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Go Ape Treetop Adventure Opens a Junior Course in Raleigh

The Go Ape Treetop Adventure Junior Course opened in mid-July at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh.

September Festivals in Raleigh, Durham and Other Triangle Towns

Savor the cultures of places near and far, celebrate dogs, storytelling, fall, music, art, film, fashion and even bugs at festivals in and around Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

Eastern Triangle Farm Tour Fun for Kids and Grownups

Tickets are on sale for the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour, Sept. 17-18. See baby barn animals, tour organic produce farms, enjoy farm-fresh foods and take home goods.

New Book Offers New Approach to College Planning

Experts at College Transitions release their first book, "The Enlightened College Applicant," Sept. 1.

10 Fun Things to Do With Kids This Weekend

Celebrate the national parks centennial and head to the Town of Cary’s Lazy Daze Festival. Enjoy Caribbean style festivities, sci-fi fun and art being created before your eyes.

Expecting Better: Workplace Policies Fail to Support Parents' Needs

This mom says our lawmakers must enact paid leave policies that reflect the joys and challenges that real families across North Carolina face on a day-to-day basis.

Compete Like an Olympic Champion: Enter to Win a Dick's Sporting Goods Gift Certificate

You could win a $100 gift certificate from Dick's Sporting Goods. Earn bonus entries by following us on Instagram and posting a comment on our Facebook page!

North Carolina Museum of Art Park to Welcome New Outdoor Sculptures

Explore the North Carolina Museum of Art park to see the unexpected and touch it through a trail of outdoor sculptures.

NC By Train and Amtrak Offer Summer $5 Kids Ride Deal

Through an agreement with Amtrak, NC By Train is offering a summer 2016 deal where kids ages 2-12 can ride for $5 to any destination in North Carolina on certain days.

Got Vacation Days? Explore These Budget-Friendly Excursions

Don't lose your vacation time. Check out these inexpensive excursions right here in North Carolina that your family will love this summer.

Marbles Kids Museum Celebrates School at Kick-off to Kindergarten

Help your rising kindergartner make the transition to school at Marbles Kids Museum’s Kick-off to Kindergarten 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, in downtown Raleigh.

17 Places to See With Kids in North Carolina

Here's a North Carolina bucket list of things to do in the Old North State before your kids are grown.

Consignment Sales and Stores in the Triangle

To help parents save some money on children's clothes and accessories, we have compiled a list of consignment sales and shops in the Triangle area. Find a sale or store in your county and get shopping!

Enjoy Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week Aug. 15-21

Plan a date night or head out with friends Aug. 15-21 during Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week.

Vote for Our Partner Where's 2016 Best in the Triangle Awards

Carolina Parent's partner company, Where, wants to know your favorite places to dine, shop and explore in the Triangle. Vote for 15 or more categories and you'll be entered in a prize drawing!

8 Fun Things to Do With Kids This Weekend

Explore your family's options for family fun this weekend, from baseball games and fireworks to live theater, movies and events to ready your child for school.

Volunteer to Help Vets Through Buddy Poppy Program

A moms says the Veterans of Foreign Wars Buddy Poppy program is a wonderful way to volunteer to honor veterans.

Theaters Feature 3 Captivating Shows For Families

Theaters in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill welcome families to performances with thoughtful themes, beautiful costumes, puppetry, animation and more.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention's Turns Eyes On "The Beautiful Beast"

Paperhand Puppet Intervention puts a spotlight on monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales when its show debuts Aug. 5.

5 Tips to Set Up a Literacy-Rich Environment for Infants and Toddlers

Foster literacy awareness in your infant or toddler with these five practical tips.

3 Picks for August Family Fun

A storytelling festival in Wake Forest, a business fair for young entrepreneurs in Morrisville and a Railroad Heritage Weekend in Blowing Rock offer fun excursions.

Deciding When Children Can Stay Home Alone

Wondering if your child is ready to stay home alone? View these tips to gain expert advice.

Triangle Summer Movie Deals for Families

Enjoy free or discounted films this summer that both you and your kids can have fun watching.

Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities in the Triangle

Thinking of volunteering? See these places where Triangle families and teens can get involved year-round or seasonally.

Enter to Win a Back-to-School Prize Pack

You'll shorten your back-to-school shopping list — and budget — if you win one of these B2S prize packs, featuring products from Post-it Notes, Discovery Kids, Scotch, Cynthia Rowley, Staples and more!

Weekend Fun: Hands-on Birthday Party, Outdoor Movies, Kids Activities

Don't miss out on the fun this weekend at the Museum of Life and Science's Science at Sunset birthday party celebration. Enjoy outdoor movies, live theater and more.

Keeping Melanoma Away Begins With Prevention

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Former Soccer Olympians Back in Raleigh to Inspire Youth Athletes

Three former Olympic gold medalists and Tar Heel soccer stars Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini Hoch were in Raleigh Aug. 7, inspiring the next generation of young female soccer players.

Carolina Parent Monthly Poll

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Take a Tour of NCSU's Solar Off-Grid House

Did you ever want to visit a solar house, walk around inside and imagine yourself living there? North Carolina State University has built a fully functioning solar house and opened it to the public for free tours.
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August 2016

The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary by expanding the one-day festival to two days. Enjoy arts and crafts from vendors from across the Southeast, festival foods,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town of Cary Town Hall Campus
316 N. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27513
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Kids ages 5-11 and their adult companions enjoy a 30-minute tour. Meet at the West Building Information Desk.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-839-6262
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Families enjoy a free craft, workshop, giveaway, photo download and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shop
801 Bass Pro Lane
Cary, NC  27513
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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures as Paperhand...

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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Take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures as Paperhand...

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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In addition to becoming more physically fit and coordinated, children are introduced to concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform music and movement choreography. This...

Cost: Free

Where:
reCharge Pilates and Barre
3515 Witherspoon Blvd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Take time out to spend with your little one as you crawl, explore and bounce in a safe environment exclusively for children ages 12 mos-3 yrs. Parents play free; admission is $5 per child....

Cost: $5/child

Where:
BounceU of Apex
3419 Apex Peakway
Apex, NC  27502
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Tinkergarten is an early childhood education experience in the best classroom you could ask for: Nature! Tinkergarten offers play-based learning for children ages 18 mos-5 yrs, and is all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Park
2200 Laura Duncan Road
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Tinkergarten
Contact Name: Kelci Mukherjee
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Join other participants on an easy-paced hike around the park. Register online. Choose course #194768.

Cost: Free

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-2871
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Johanna leads preschoolers on a storytime adventure.

Cost: Free

Where:
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Flyleaf Books
Telephone: 919-942-7373
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Enjoy an energetic, musical storytime with Amy Godfrey, who was a Durham County librarian for six years. Babka and challah will be served as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levin JCC
1937 West Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Enjoy a kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified and participatory music show. Children delight in active,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
"Pump it Up" Briercreek
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Oak View, a “Charmander”ing park, hosts a special night dedicated to ‪#‎Pokemon‬ Go friends. Enjoy a special capture after dark. Staff will be placing lures through...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures as Paperhand...

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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Learn about raccoons and opossums through games and crafts. Play a trivia game and test your sense of touch with a mystery box. All ages; adult accompaniment required for children. Registration...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Experience the magical world of Cirque Italia, a traveling water circus. Our extraordinary stage holds 35,000 gallons of water and features a dynamic lid that lifts 35 feet into the air, allowing...

Cost: $20 and free

Where:
Villa Latina Plaza
3424 Olympia Drive
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Families take part in an unconventional family adventure race on a muddy obstacle course. Registration required bu Sept. 1. Spectators may watch families compete. Parking is $5/car.

Cost: $30-$40/person for race

Where:
Hill Ridge Farms
703 Tarboro Rd.
Youngsville, NC  27596
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Join bird enthusiast Vernon for an easy walk while looking and listening for feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats.​ Meet at the Waterwise Garden.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Take a hike to the Beaver Creek Bridge to observe the natural world. Take binoculars and a water bottle. All ages. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area. Registration required.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Track your way through the woods with the help of the sun's light and the earth's magnetic field. Use a compass to navigate your way through an obstacle course and to find hidden treasure....

Cost: $6/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Carolina Kinder hosts a monthly storytime in the German for ages 4-7.  The German language and culture come alive with stories, songs, games and crafts.  

Cost: Free of charge

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4381-105 Lassiter at North Hills Ave
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: CarolinaKinder
Contact Name: Stephanie Vogel
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Learn about all things baby wearing. Whether you just need some advice to get the ideal fit for your carrier, to learn a new wrap knot, or to learn more about what type of carrier would work best...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grow, The Family Boutique
2885 Jones Franklin Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Put on a straw hat or sun bonnet and head to the park to try out the types of farm chores the Ingalls family had to tackle and what they did to get ready for winter. Explore how the family tended...

Cost: $6/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Experience the magical world of Cirque Italia, a traveling water circus. Our extraordinary stage holds 35,000 gallons of water and features a dynamic lid that lifts 35 feet into the air, allowing...

Cost: $20 and free

Where:
Villa Latina Plaza
3424 Olympia Drive
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Telephone: 941-704-8572
Website »

More information

Experience the magical world of Cirque Italia, a traveling water circus. Our extraordinary stage holds 35,000 gallons of water and features a dynamic lid that lifts 35 feet into the air, allowing...

Cost: $20 and free

Where:
Villa Latina Plaza
3424 Olympia Drive
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Telephone: 941-704-8572
Website »

More information

Take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures as Paperhand...

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
View map »


Telephone: 919-962-0522
Website »

More information

Experience the magical world of Cirque Italia, a traveling water circus. Our extraordinary stage holds 35,000 gallons of water and features a dynamic lid that lifts 35 feet into the air, allowing...

Cost: $20 and free

Where:
Villa Latina Plaza
3424 Olympia Drive
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 941-704-8572
Website »

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Celebrate African-American culture and history with an art gallery walk, vendors, kids' activities, food and more. See website for hours.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Fayetteville St., Downtown Raleigh
, NC  27601


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