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Valentine’s Weekend Fun: 6 Outings in Raleigh, Durham, Apex

Celebrate Valentines Day in novel ways. Head out with your significant other to look at art that reflects the many faces of love. Gaze at the stars as a family. Learn about Darwin ... and more!

Enter to Win a Play-Doh Town Collection

Enter to win eight pieces of Hasbro's new Play-Doh Town collection.

J.K. Rowling to Release an 8th Harry Potter Book This Summer

Potterheads rejoice! An 8th book, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," will be released this summer.

Mental Healthcare Looks Brighter for Women

A panel of national experts are recommending that pregnant women and new mothers be screened for depression.

Vote for Your 2016 Readers' Favorites!

2016 is here and it's time to vote for your favorite places to visit, eat at, do business at and explore!

Win a Southern Season Cooking Class for Two

Win a romantic date night out by entering our Southern Season cooking class giveaway.

Carolina Ballet Offers Students Free Tickets to Spring Shakespeare Festival

High school students with a valid ID can gain free admission to Carolina Ballet's Spring Shakespeare Festival.

How to Spot a Carolina Panthers Fan

Like most teams, the Panthers have developed unique traditions over the years, but here are a few telltale signs that you are in the presence of real Panthers fans.

Lucy Daniels Center Offers Free Workshops to Parents

Are you wondering if your child could have autism or ADHD? Are you dealing with difficult behavior? The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood is offering free workshops for parents on these topics.

'Star Wars' Trilogy to Screen at Carolina Theatre in August

The original classic trilogy of "Star Wars" films returns to the big screen in Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall Aug. 5-7 in Durham. Tickets are on sale now!

February 2016: Catch 4 Fun Shows

Whether your family likes to head to the circus, ballet or theater, these four options in Raleigh and Cary are designed to please.

Push Play Sing!

A Raleigh-based business works to empower kids with disabilities by hosting hands-on musical workshops throughout the Triangle.

Weekend Fun: 6 Things to Do in Raleigh, Durham

From a free Mardi Gras festival to nature' fun at a park to a MLK/Black History parade, there's lots to do this weekend in Raleigh and Durham.

3 'Must-See' February Family Outings

Head to Blue Jay Point County Park's open house, Durham Performing Arts Center and the Historic Alexander Dickson House for fun events

Super Bowl 50 Pinterest Panther Party Picks

Plan a Panther-themed Super Bowl 50 party the neighbors will be talking about until Super Bowl 100 with these Pinterest party picks!

Browse Our Camp Directory

Our Camps directory consolidates track-out, day and residential camp options throughout the Triangle.

Carolina Parent Monthly Poll

Let us know what you think! How many meals does your family eat together per week?

Powerade State Games Offer Fun, Volunteer Opportunities

The Powerade State Games of North Carolina invite amateur athletes to take part in multisport sporting events June 4-26. Volunteer opportunities are also open.

Enter to Win American Girl Doll

American Girl's 2016 Girl of the Year, Lea, is a talented photographer with an adventurous spirit. Enter for your chance to win her!

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.

Top Field Trip Destinations of the Triangle

The Triangle's hands-on museums, natural beauty, history and family-friendly lifestyle offer a wide variety of field trips for every age group and interest.

Find a Camp, Register Kids for Birding Activities

Too cold out? Register your kids for fun camps and birding activities in February during the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Eating Light: Southern Season's Savory Citrus Salad

Enjoy a light and refreshing Savory Citrus Salad made with a variety of oranges and a grapefruit using this delicious recipe.

Kids Fun: Free Groundhog Day Events in Raleigh, Garner

Don't miss Groundhog Day festivities that serve up fun and science in Garner and Raleigh on Feb. 2.

Ringling Bros. Donates $10,000 to Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation

The foundation will use the money to support pediatric cancer research at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital.

3 Free Things to Do This Weekend

Triangle museums are featuring free fun events that invite families to learn about astronomy and African American culture.

Preview Carolina Parent's February Issue

Watch now! Preview our annual camps issue.

How to Encourage Better Dental Health For Your Child

An age-by-age guide to keeping your kid's teeth gleaming.

Vote for Your Favorite Lego Creation

Vote for your favorite Lego creation to help us choose our LEGO® KidsFest ticket winner.

LEGOLAND: Everything Is Awesome!

Planning is key before heading to this popular Florida theme park.
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February 2016

Enjoy extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers. See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Join preserve staff to search pools for salamanders. Ages 10-13. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/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 extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers. See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Learn how salamanders are different from lizards. Ages 1-3 with adult. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: $2/child

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Learn about butterflies through a story, game and craft. Ages 3-5 with adult. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: $4/child

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 songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Cary
100 Endeavor Way
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-677-7114
Contact Name: Cynthia De Amat
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Children make treasured memories while increasing their knowledge of plants and animals. Ages 7-10. 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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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Raleigh
8000 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-881-1160
Contact Name: Carol Marin
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Kids ages 3-5 and caregiver make a craft together. Registration required.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC
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Telephone: 919-567-4000
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Enjoy storytime and a stuffed animal giveaway (one per child). Each family will be entered to into the weekly drawing among attendees for a gift bag. Event capped at 20 families to ensure a safe...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thrift 2 Gift
1402 E. Williams St.
Apex , NC  27502
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Wake Forest
222 Capcom Ave
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-883-2061
Contact Name: Karina Martinez
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Scott Ellsworth discusses his book, "The Secret Game." Coach John McLendon, basketball coach for the little-known North Carolina College for Negroes, invited the all-white team of former...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jones Theater, Ravenscroft School
7409 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Ravenscroft School
Telephone: 919-847-0900
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Take a walk to count the variety of birds in the area. All ages. Meet at the picnic table at the New Hill Parking Area. Registration required.

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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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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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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Learn tips to identify birds and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Hike along the shoreline to practice new skills and count birds. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter. Registration...

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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Take a night hike to learn about owls and other birds that are active at night. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 6 and older. Registration required.

Cost: $5/family

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

Cost: $18/resident, $23/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 an indoor presentation before going outdoors to view the moon, stars and more using the preserve's telescope. Ages 5 and older. Register online.

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Learn about owls and take a hike to listen for them. Ages 5 and older. Registration required.

Cost: $5/family

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Enjoy doughnuts with a cup of hot chocolate before taking a leisurely walk with a park naturalist to identify and count birds. Take a mug for all family members. All ages. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Learn to identify common winter birds by sight and sound. Visit the bird-feeding station for up-close encounters and make recycled feeders to take home. Ages 6-12 with adult.

Cost: $8/member, $10/nonmember

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3770
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Drumming and stories for ages 3 and up with parent. Drums to loan.

Cost: $10/family

Where:
Music Explorium
5314 Hwy. 55, Ste. 107
Durham, NC  27713
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Telephone: 919-219-2371
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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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Learn tricks to attract and keep feathered friends happy all year long, from planting "bird friendly" plants to making sure they have the basics for a happy life in your yard....

Cost: Free

Where:
Garden Supply Company
1421 Old Apex Road
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Garden Supply Company
Telephone: 919-460-7747
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Take a wagon ride through the back roads of the park to view birds and record observations. All ages. Meet at the wagon on the playground. Registration required.

Cost: $4/person

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Use natural objects to create birds found in the woods and build your own make-believe bird. Paint pictures using feathers and learn the importance of color in birds. All ages. Registration...

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Read "Love Monster and the Last Chocolate" and enjoy fun activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Stop by the manager's office to enjoy bird-related games, activities and crafts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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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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Join a park naturalist on a one-mile hike around the pond and help to identify and count the birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Learn how to identify backyard birds by sight, sound and other...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Look for tracks and signs of wolves, coyotes and foxes and make a plaster cast of a favorite wild dog's paw to take home. Ages 5-8. 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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Ages 4 and older enjoy a free art activity.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Southern Home Crafts
111 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-233-1598

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Girls ages 10 and older learn how to set goals and stay  on a path to achieve them. Supplies provided; bring magazines. Refreshments provided. Purchase tickets online at...

Cost: $15

Where:
Clubhouse
3001 New Haven Dr
RTP, NC  27703
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Sponsor: BOLT- Building Our Leaders Today
Telephone: 704-900-1878
Contact Name: Julese Dortch
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Learn about owls. Hike along the trails to search for them. All ages. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: $5/family

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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