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Enter Our DIY Halloween Costume Photo Contest

Share a photo of your DIY Halloween costume for a chance to win a set of four tickets to Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party.

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!

Free, Fall Outdoor Concerts in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

Discover these three venues where you can sit back and enjoy free outdoor concerts and the cooler temperatures of fall.

Wake Public Schools Open on a 2-Hour Delay on Nov. 8, Election Day

Wake County Public School System will operate on a two-hour delay on Election Day, Nov. 8. Durham Public Schools will be closed that day.

Triangle Election Events Draw on Kids’ Natural Curiosity

With the national elections approaching, this is a perfect time to teach your children why voting matters and how it works. Triangle venues are hosting engaging civics events designed for children.

Win Tickets to the Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party

Share a photo of your child in costume via our form, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat for a chance to attend the Oct. 22 event.

16 Free Things to Do This Fall Weekend

Free festivals fill the Triangle this weekend celebrating everything from fall, storytelling, music and dogs to Hispanic culture.

Wake County Organizations Offer Free Car Seat Checks in Raleigh

How safe is your child's car or booster seat? Find out Sept. 21-24 at a free car seat check in Raleigh.

Indoor Fun Reigns on Rainy Days With Dad

This dad's ideas for warding off cabin fever turn rainy days into creative days.

Weekend Adoption Event Features Vaccinated, Microchipped Cats, No Fees

Find your purr-fect kitty at SAFE Haven for Cats this weekend when adoption fees will be waived for all cats and kittens.

Raleigh Teens’ Books Reveal Strength in Tackling Adversity

In their new books, two teens with Triangle roots share stories of how they faced up to some of life's harshest challenges.

Carolina Parent Monthly Poll

Let us know what you think! How many generations back can you trace your family's roots?

Win a Chance to Explore the Museum of Life and Science's Curiosity Trail

Enter to win a family pass for four to explore the Curiosity Trail and enjoy the Museum of Life and Science's exhibits.

Selma to Montgomery Exhibit: A Must-See Ahead of Election Day

The "Selma to Montgomery" exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh offers a poignant reminder of sacrifice and solidarity this election year.

16 Fun Things to Do This Weekend

Take your pick of fun events this weekend, from a celebration of bugs to festivities that showcase art and design.

Explore Nature During 'Take a Child Outside Week'

Celebrate Take a Child Outside Week, Sept. 24-30, by registering your child for fun outdoors at area parks.

Ants to Invade N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences for BugFest

Delve into the secret life of ants as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts the 20th anniversary of BugFest, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17.

Museum’s Curiosity Trail Offers Fresh Views, Chance at Prizes

What don't you know about the Museum of Life and Science in Durham? Follow the new "Curiosity Trail" for fresh views and for chances to win prizes.

Managing Back-to-Work Adjustments

Are you feeling conflicted about returning to work? Here are some expert suggestions for making that transition smooth for your child.

Entertaining Exhibits in Raleigh and Chapel Hill

Head to Triangle-area museums to learn about the 1965 march for African-American voting rights, Kidzu Children's Museum's role in early childhood learning and 17 art deco style automobiles.

At-Home Dad Convention Comes to Raleigh

The National At-Home Dad Network is hosting its 21st Annual At-Home Dad Convention in Raleigh, Oct. 7-9. The convention features programs, classes, discussion and speakers.

Escape on Bike Your Park Day Sept 24

Plan a family outing on Sept. 24, the first-ever Bike Your Park Day, and get your kids in on the fun.

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.

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.

Family Travel Tips and Ideas From WhereTraveler.com

Read the latest articles and tips on family travel from Carolina Parent's partner website, WhereTraveler.com.

9/11 Survivor, Author to Speak at West Regional Library Sept. 10

Author Michael Hingson, who walked down 78 floors to safety with his guide dog from the North Tower on 9/11, will speak at West Regional Library in Cary on Sept. 10.

10 Playgrounds Worth a Drive

When your kids — and you — are itching to get outside for active playtime, check out one of the Triangle's top playgrounds.

Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, Corn Mazes, Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Events

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes, trick-or-treat events and Halloween fun in and around the Triangle.

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.

Triangle Mall Play Areas for Little Ones

Beat the weather and enjoy indoor playgrounds with your little ones at these local malls. Keep in mind many of the play areas are designed for younger children.
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September 2016

Enjoy a fun-filled day, all while helping collect food and money to support local rescues. Last year’s Pet Extravaganza raised over 10,000 lbs of dog and cat food, and more than 20 dogs and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Joyner Park in Wake Forest
701 Harris Rd
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Dirty Dogs Spa
Telephone: 919-453-0765
Contact Name: Vanessa Davis
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Celebrate southern creativity and create art inspired by Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. Watch a local artist at work in the Great Hall and hear music performances...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Celebrate southern creativity and create art inspired by Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. Watch a local artist at work in the Great Hall. Don’t miss incredible...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Telephone: 919-475-3425
Contact Name: Wendy Hower
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Prospective parents explore TISC schools, speak with TISC school representatives and gain information about which independent school might be the right fit for their family.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hampton Inn
3920 Arrow Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, carnival rides, street performers, bluegrass shows and more are all part of Benson Mule Days.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Benson
500 S. Market St.
Benson, NC  27504
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Engineer a super slick slide with special engineering guests from The Engineering Place, NCSU College of Engineering's K-20 Outreach Program.

Cost: $5/person. Free for ages 1 and younger, and museum members

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Celebrate Raleigh's newest creative play space with face painting and balloon art, food and art projects for purchase, community vendors and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
SnickerDoodles
3721 Lynn Rd., #112
Raleigh, NC  27613
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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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Enjoy a nature objects show-and-tell with turtle shells, antlers, feathers and fossils for little ones to touch and hold, followed by a gentle 1.5-mile  hike along the creek through the shaded...

Cost: Free

Where:
Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
6001 Turkey Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Triangle Land Conservancy and Hike it Baby
Telephone: 919-908-0054
Contact Name: Barbara Goldentyer
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Enjoy live music and a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert to raise awareness of childhood hunger. Proceeds benefit TABLE, a nonprofit that provides hunger relief to local children....

Cost: $15-$50/ticket

Where:
Provence of Carrboro
203 W. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Enjoy overnight camping event in West Point on the Eno Park, whether you're a first-timer or an old hand, for traditional camping activities such as storytelling, s’mores, night hikes,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
West Point on the Eno Park
5101 N. Roxboro St.
Durham, NC  27704
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Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-4405
Contact Name: Kim Oberle
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Learn about beavers and hike to the Beaver Creek bridge to look for evidence of them in celebration of Take a Child Outside Week. All ages. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area. Ages 6 and older....

Cost: Free

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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Enjoy a story around the campfire and roast marshmallows. Ages 6 and older. Registration required online by Sept. 21.  Adults must register and accompany children. Choose course #194776.

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-2871
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Take the family for live music, crafts and food. See website for hours.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Town Hall
301 W. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Celebrate the motorcycle lifestyle with family-friendly activities ranging from stunt shows and specialty rides to live music and local vendors. See website for hours.

Cost: Free

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Parent and child discover the amazing world of mushrooms and learn about these organisms that are neither plant nor animal. Learn how to identify some of the more common types of fungi and discover...

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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Enjoy live music and a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert to raise awareness of childhood hunger. Proceeds benefit TABLE, a nonprofit that provides hunger relief to local children....

Cost: $15-$50/ticket

Where:
Provence of Carrboro
203 W. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Parents and caregivers of babies and children experience the fun of music with Cotton the Clown. Cotton strums her red fender guitar, performing her vast repertoire of children's favorites...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cafe Euro
2101 S. Main St.
Wake Forest , NC  27587
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Sponsor: Euro Cafe
Telephone: 919-971-1349
Contact Name: Alice Hoover

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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park Community Center
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy live music and a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert to raise awareness of childhood hunger. Proceeds benefit TABLE, a nonprofit that provides hunger relief to local children....

Cost: $15-$50/ticket

Where:
Provence of Carrboro
203 W. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Learn about animal tracks. Observe nature on a habitat hike and use bug traps to catch and release favorite insects. All ages; adult accompaniment required for all children. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Miss O has just delivered a very special mission to Ollie and Otto, and they need help to crack the case in this live, interactive spy adventure base on the popular PBS KIDS program "Odd...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC
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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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Children delight in discoveries of shapes, colors and textures in nature. Ages 1 and older 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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Enjoy live music and a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert to raise awareness of childhood hunger. Proceeds benefit TABLE, a nonprofit that provides hunger relief to local children....

Cost: $15-$50/ticket

Where:
Provence of Carrboro
203 W. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Parent and child learn more about the park's nocturnal animals and night vision. Take a flashlight.This program is free in celebration of Take a Child Outside Week. Registration required.

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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Children delight in discoveries of shapes, colors and textures in nature. Ages 1 and older 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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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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Learn to read the tracks and signs animals leave behind. Find out what animals eat and what they've been up to. Observe animals in action on a hike around the pond. Ages 8-14. Registration...

Cost: $8/child

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy live music and a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert to raise awareness of childhood hunger. Proceeds benefit TABLE, a nonprofit that provides hunger relief to local children....

Cost: $15-$50/ticket

Where:
Provence of Carrboro
203 W. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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This workshop provides examples of common forms of disobedience and some reasons why children have difficulty learning to follow instructions. A number of positive parenting strategies are then...

Cost: $20/person, $30/couple

Where:
Project Enlightenment
501 S. Boylan Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-7774
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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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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/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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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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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
"Pump it Up" Raleigh
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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Learn about coyotes in celebration of Take a Child Outside Week. Ages 6 and older. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Enjoy live music and a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert to raise awareness of childhood hunger. Proceeds benefit TABLE, a nonprofit that provides hunger relief to local children....

Cost: $15-$50/ticket

Where:
Provence of Carrboro
203 W. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

Cost: $18/resident, $23/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy a display of original dirt track cars from 1948-1968, meet the cars' drivers, mechanics and owners, and shop vendors offering vehicle memorabilia.

Cost: Free

Where:
Occoneechee-Orange Speedway
320 Elizabeth Brady Rd.
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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The family-friendly even offers two races: a timed, competitive race and a recreational run. Strollers and dogs are welcome in the recreational run, and costumes are optional (but always...

Cost: $20/person

Where:
SAFE Haven for Cats
8431-137 Garvey Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27616-3180
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Join volunteers to help clean the park's waterways. Teams will pick up trash along the shore of Lake Crabtree and its connecting creeks. Gloves, bags and other supplies provided. Enjoy raffle...

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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Give SkyFit (group fitness class) a try for just $2/person. Choose from two separate 25-minute long sessions: the first session begins at 9 a.m.; the second begins at 9:30 a.m.  Price of...

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd. Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Take the family to an old-time county fair, featuring live music, animals, agricultural displays, heritage craft displays, re-enactors, quilt auction, and much more! 

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Take the family for games, bounce houses, a hot dog lunch, live music, God's Puppet Squad, magic show, chili cook-off, craft vendors and bingo. Tickets are $8 in advance and will be pre-sold at...

Cost: Free to $8

Where:
New Life Church
6900 Zebulon Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: New Life Church
Telephone: 919-730-9847
Contact Name: Mary Beth Roberson
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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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Take the family for live entertainment, demonstrations relating to the unique cultural and natural resources of the region, hands-on activities and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
280 State Park Rd.
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: NC State Parks
Telephone: 919-362-0586
Contact Name: Catherine Locke
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Games, entertainment, information booths and food trucks await families in an event that celebrates National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. All ability levels welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Holton Athletic Field
401 N. Driver St.
Durham, NC
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Join a nature instructor and look for signs of deer rubbings, deer tracks and deer scat. Decorate deer tracks to take home and play fun games. Ages 6-12 with adult. Register online by Sept. 27....

Cost: $5/participant

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-2871
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Enjoy live music and a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert to raise awareness of childhood hunger. Proceeds benefit TABLE, a nonprofit that provides hunger relief to local children....

Cost: $15-$50/ticket

Where:
Provence of Carrboro
203 W. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Musicians and artisans, local and regional farms, and fisheries and restaurants promote the richness of North Carolina's natural resources. Enjoy live music, fresh seafood and more. Purchase...

Cost: $8 advance tickets, $10 at the door. Ages 12 and younger admitted free.

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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