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How To Banish Summer Boredom

Keep kids active and engaged this summer.

Fourth of July Weekend: Parades, Fireworks, Concerts

Celebrate our nation's Independence at events that feature fireworks, kids activities, outdoor concerts, parades and more.

Keep Academic Skills Flowing Over Summer for Your Exceptional Child

Minimal summer schoolwork can lead to back-to-school success.

Win 2 Tickets to TEDx Durham at Carolina Theatre

The inaugural event will take place Saturday, July 9, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.

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.

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.

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.

Triangle Summer Movie Deals for Families

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

Kids to Learn About Elections, Voting at New Exhibit, Web Page

This summer, Wake County Board of Elections "Around the County in 80 Days” outreach campaign and a free museum exhibit and new web page, are all designed to demystify the voting process.

Where to Pick Blueberries in the Triangle and Surrounding Areas

Find a farm close to home where you can pick your own blueberries in the Triangle and surrounding counties.

Final Fit Family Challenge Minutes Blitz

Log your minutes by 4 p.m. for a chance to win a three-pack of pure, raw honey from Crafted Honey.

Put Raw Honey's Health Benefits to Work for Your Family

Pure, raw honey contains up to 80 different substances important to human nutrition.

Skip the Baby Clothes and Consider these Practical Gifts

No onesies here! Here are 13 out-of-the-box, non-clothing gift ideas — from the intangible to practical and traditional — for any new or repeat mom.

Win Tickets to the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, will be back in Raleigh this July.

Harry Potter Parties Set Ahead of Release of ‘The Cursed Child’ Play

Harry Potter fans can attend a pre-release party for "The Cursed Child Parts One and Two" at Barnes & Noble Southpoint in Durham July 30.

Fit Family Challenge Spotlight Families Tackled Exercise Head On

Changing entrenched behavior and trying new activities isn't easy, but the Fit Family Challenge Spotlight families did.

Lucas Family Wraps Up Fit Family Challenge

The Lucas family reflects on its experience in the Fit Family Challenge and plans for summer.

Entertaining Exhibits in Raleigh and Chapel Hill

Triangle-area exhibits feature a role-playing adventure based on the experiences of the original Jamestown settlers, winning wildlife photographs and exquisite dresses created by Raleigh's own Willie Otey Kay.

Weekend Fun: SUNday Science, Food Truck Rodeo, Nature Story Time

Take your kids for hands-on activities to learn about the Sun, nature and history this weekend.

Final countdown with the Fit Family Challenge Spotlight Families

Coach Gaye checks in with the Spotlight Families to see how they have done during the Fit Family Challenge.

Free Fitness Workouts at O2 Fitness Fuquay Crossing

O2 Fitness at Fuquay Crossing in Fuquay-Varina is inviting visitors to enjoy free workouts and fitness clinics, and to win prizes at its "Grand Reopening" June 27.

Gigi's Playhouse to Offer Free Services in Raleigh for Those With Down Syndrome

GiGi’s Playhouse is set to open June 18 in Raleigh, offering free educational and therapeutic services to people of all ages with Down syndrome.

Enjoy Free Yoga, Celebrate International Day of Yoga June 21

Find out where you can celebrate International Day of Yoga by attending a free yoga class in the Triangle.

Explore Carolina Beaches to Find the Best Fit for Your Family

Find the right Carolina beach with the perfect mix of activities, sightseeing and relaxing for your family.

Wanted: More Family-Friendly Fitness Classes

Prater family try out kick boxing, which could become a new habit. But Mom Jenny wonders where to find more family-friendly fitness classes.

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.

Family Meal Deals

Browse our listing of more than 70 Triangle restaurants offer kids free or discounted meals.

Frozen Yogurt Granola Cups

Make these healthy frozen yogurt cups using just five nutritious ingredients.

Ethnic Eateries in the Triangle With Kid-Friendly Options

Why not make these five your starting point for expanding your family’s menu horizons?

'Kick-off to Kindergarten' Offers Kids Fun Taste of School

“Kick-off to Kindergarten” 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh aims to prepare kindergartners for life at school.
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June 2016

Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth in a walk-through exhibit that showcases lifelike animatronic dinosaurs set in realistic environments with scenes organized chronically...

Cost: $22 and up

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, 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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Enjoy the movie "Minions," a can of soda and a box of popcorn for only $5. A season pass for all ten movies is $25/person.

Cost: $5-$25

Where:
Palace Pointe
5050 Durham Rd.
Roxboro, NC  27574
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Sponsor: Palace Pointe
Telephone: 336-598-5050 x114
Contact Name: Wendy Harrington
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Enjoy a Mo Willems storytime featuring friends Elephant and Piggie. We may even coax The Pigeon to tell us about his bus driving plans, too.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Dollar Book Exchange
2300 Westinghouse Blvd #105
Raleigh, NC  27604
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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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“Flight of the Butterflies 3D” is a natural history epic — part scientific adventure, part detective story. Documenting the year-long migration cycle of monarch butterflies, the...

Cost: $5/person. Free for members.

Where:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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An unlikely hero, a princess with a secret, and a talking donkey redefine the word “fairytale.” Venue opens at 7:30 p.m. Movie starts at dusk Take a blanket or chairs. No pets. Popcorn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Boulevard
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Northgate Mall
Telephone: 919-286-4407
Contact Name: Chelsey Winstead
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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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Spend the morning searching every nook and cranny for all the interesting things at Lazy O Farm. Enjoy farm animals, a scavenger hunt, popcorn and a hayride around fields of hay, sweet potatoes and...

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Lazy O Farm
3583 Packing Plant Road
Smithfield, NC  27577
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Sponsor: Lazy O Farm
Telephone: 919-934-1132
Contact Name: Tami Thompson
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Discover wildlife, their habits and their habitats through hikes, activities and crafts. 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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The 37th Annual Festival for the Eno features over 65 music performances, a juried craft show, interactive arts, environmental and backyard farming demonstrations, a wide variety of local food...

Cost: $18/day pass, $30/two-day pass, $11/children

Where:
West Point on the Eno
5101 N Roxboro Road
Durham, NC  27712
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Celebrate the wonderful world of exotic animals and reptiles. Enjoy live specimens, presentations, raffles, vendors and much more. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $12 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 5-12.

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Kerr Scott Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Enjoy stories, crafts and a hike to learn about the baby animals at the preserve. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3-5. Register online.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Enjoy nature stories in English and Spanish. This month we are proud to be hosting the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Hear stories and meet animals. No registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2761
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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CarolinaKinder hosts a monthly storytime in German for kids. Read a book and play a game or make a craft. All ages.

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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Kids ages 5-10 take part in a jam session inspired by the energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Using Ripstix, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising,...

Cost: Free for the first class

Where:
reCharge Pilates and Barre
3515 Witherspoon Blvd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Try your hand at playing 19th-century children's games. Make a toy to take home.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy
Durham, NC  27712
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Sponsor: Historic Stagville
Telephone: 919-620-0120
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