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Preview Our 2016 GPS (Go. Play. See.)

Watch the video! Discover 966 local resources as well as new parks, museum expansions, uncommon youth sports and four seasons of family fun.

Is College Still a Worthwhile Investment?

Questioning the value of a college degree? College is still a sound investment if you know how to capitalize on your higher education.

Preview Our June 2016 Issue

Watch the video! Discover party planning tips, how to deal with "mean girls" and what our Fit Family Challenge spotlight families have been up to.

Earn Extra Fit Family Challenge Points With Fitness Friends

Refer a friend to join our 2016 Fit Family Challenge and you will both receive 100 bonus points.

8 Unique Ways to Have Family Fun in the Triangle

From stargazing to bouncing around in a bubble, the Triangle offers a variety of unique, family-friendly adventures you can all embark on together.

June 2016: Head out to Family-Friendly Festivals

Celebrate dance, dogs, chickens, pigs, pollinators and take part in a self-paced walking challenge.

Summer Adventures Await at New Parks

Pack a picnic and head out to explore these new parks that recently popped up in different areas of the Triangle.

Triangle Summer Movie Deals for Families

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

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.

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.

5 Ideas for June Fun in the Triangle

June can be the perfect month to head outdoors to play and learn. Check out these activities for your kids and you.

Transitioning from School to Summer Break

Follow these tips to help your child let go of the past school year and prepare to move forward to the changes that come with summer.

Taking the Challenge: One Step at a Time

Two weeks into the Fit Family Challenge, we asked out experts to assess our spotlight families’ biggest challenges and checked in with the spotlight families to see how they were progressing.

June Fun: Triangle Parks Offers Kids Outdoor Activities

June is a perfect month to explore family activities at area parks, from fishing and paddling to playing disc golf, night hiking and listening to tall tales around the campfire.

June 2016: 3 Fun Family Events

A free Latino arts festival, a Civil War re-enactment at New Hope Valley Railroad and a Juneteeth Celebration offer a variety of family events.

The Pacing Father

As his 12 Father's Day approaches, this dad reflects on cupcakes and another beautiful delivery.

Kids in the Kitchen Empowers Youth in Raleigh

The Junior League of Raleigh and Brentwood Boys and Girls Club hosted a Kids in the Kitchen event April 13.

Ravenscroft Hosts Wake County Special Olympics

RavenScroft, a private school in Raleigh, hosted the Wake County Special Olympics Spring Games for the 25th year on April 20-21.

Home Visits Help Close Cognitive Development Gap

A new international study shows the importance of early, home-based interventions that teach parents to engage children in playful interactive learning activities.

Mean Girls in the Sandbox

Teach your kids these 9 tools to recognize and put a stop to relational aggression.

Fun in the Sun: Playground Safety

How safe is your child's playground? See if it meets the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations.

Straight Talk About Online Harassment

Cyberbullying may seem like something that happens to other people, but statistics say otherwise.

Maillots, Bare Shoulders Return for Summer

No longer dubbed a “Mom suit,” one-piece maillots (and bare shoulders) are having a major moment.

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.

What Makes a Playground Great?

Your favorite playground might not be the same as your child's. Find out why.

Kid-Friendly Music Festivals in the Carolinas

Regional music festivals offer fun for the whole family.

New Triangle Schools Opening or Reopening in 2016-17

Here are the public and private schools in the Triangle that will open — or reopen — for the 2016-17 school year.

Win a Tween/Teen Mentorship Program

Join Our Fit Family Challenge for a chance to win an "Inside Out Strong" mentorship program for your tween or teen.

June 2016 Family Performances in Cary, Durham, Raleigh

Enjoy great music, Instrument zoos, dance performances and more with your family in June.

Explore the Virginia Aquarium & Marine and Science Center

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine and Science Center is a must-visit attraction if you are vacationing in Virginia Beach this summer.
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May 2016

Raleigh Junior Rollers presents MAY-HEM, a double header. The Raleigh All-Stars take on  Savannah's Sk8 City Sirens at 10 a.m., followed by the RJR home teams Derby Demons vs Black &...

Cost: $7. Free for ages 3 and younger

Where:
United Skates of America
2901 Trawick Road
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Contact Name: Charo Baxter
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This all-day family and pet-friendly live music event features North Carolina bands Four Founders, Night Shift, Jason Adamo Band and Band of Oz. A kids' zone, food trucks, raffles and vendor...

Cost: $5/adults. Free for kids

Where:
8501 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Fest in the West is an outdoor festival celebrating Cary's rural past with art and crafts, demonstrations, contests, local food and fun kids zone. Compete in a contest: pie eating, hillbilly...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkside Town Commons
7119 O' Kelly Chapel Rd.
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: CaryCitizen
Telephone: 919-244-6463
Contact Name: Lindsey Chester
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Celebrate Triangle teens' art, music, dance, poetry.  Experience teens’ beautiful expressions of what family means to them and their hopes for the future.  Through...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crabtree Valley Mall
4325 Glenwood Ave.
Promo Court
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Education for Successful Parenting
Telephone: 949-646-6016
Contact Name: Randi Rubenstein
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Learn what makes opossums unique, practice playing possum, and get to see and touch a real opossum mount. All ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all persons attending must be...

Cost: $5/family

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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Learn about flower parts and pollinators, and the vital role of bees and other insects in our world. Designed to enhance the arboretum experience for families with young children, these hands-on,...

Cost: $5/family

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Explore why exposure to nature is vitally important to a child’s mental, physical, emotional and intellectual development. Learn simple ways to add nature play and natural elements to a...

Cost: $15/person

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: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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See The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed handbell choir based in Raleigh, deliver its spring concert. The group of 18 ringers performs original compositions as well as unique...

Cost: $10-$20

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: The Raleigh Ringers
Telephone: 919-847-7574
Contact Name: Nancy Ritter
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For arts lovers of all kinds, including art makers, art teachers, arts administrators, arts supporters, ARTS Day is a chance to make a difference in the community. This annual two-day conference of...

Cost: $20-$150

Where:
Talley Student Center
2610 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: (919) 834-1411
Contact Name: Sarah Donell
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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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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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For arts lovers of all kinds, including art makers, art teachers, arts administrators, arts supporters, ARTS Day is a chance to make a difference in the community. This annual two-day conference of...

Cost: $20-$150

Where:
Talley Student Center
2610 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: (919) 834-1411
Contact Name: Sarah Donell
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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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The North Carolina Heritage Awards, a program of the North Carolina Arts Council, returns to honor the state’s masters of the traditional arts. PineCone partners with the Arts Council to...

Cost: $27.14

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South Street
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-996-8711
Contact Name: Alex Franzen
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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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Spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Ages 3-5 with adult. Dress for the weather as this program is held outdoors. Activities are moved...

Cost: $5/child

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Help park staff with citizen science projects. Take a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Ages 8-10 with adult; 11 years and older adult optional. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required.

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 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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Spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Ages 3-5 with adult. Dress for the weather as this program is held outdoors. Activities are moved...

Cost: $5/child

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Celebrate our freedom and honor those who have served our nation as WRAL hosts Balloon Fest. See 35 beautiful hot air balloons take to the skies over Fuquay-Varina and enjoy more than 20 hours of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Witness the culmination of the school's art and music programs. From film screenings, music performances, paintings, sculptures, poetry readings, to dramatic performances, this is an evening...

Cost: Free

Where:
Emerson Waldorf School, Brown Wing
6211 New Jericho Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-967-1858
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Celebrate our freedom and honor those who have served our nation as WRAL hosts Balloon Fest. See 35 beautiful hot air balloons take to the skies over Fuquay-Varina and enjoy more than 20 hours of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Construct a bird feeder out of a pine cone and learn about feathered friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Logan's Garden Shp
707 Semart Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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This event was created to tackle some of the challenges facing our youth, with a focus specifically on girls in rising grades 9 and 10. Topics to be covered include improving low self-esteem,...

Cost: $21.49

Where:
Hotel Indigo Raleigh Durham Airport
151 Tatum Dr.
Durham, NC  27703
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Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s fast-paced romp through love, friendship and betrayal in the museum’s Fletcher Garden. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh’s Bare...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s fast-paced romp through love, friendship and betrayal in the museum’s Fletcher Garden. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh’s Bare...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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The Friends of Oberlin Village (FOV) invite the community to “Celebrate the O,” their annual barbecue fundraiser just off the grounds of the Historic Oberlin Cemetery, in the parking...

Cost: Free. $10 for barbecue dinner

Where:
Parking lot behind InterAct of Wake County
1012 Oberlin Rd.,
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Friends of Oberlin Village
Telephone: 336-416-1895
Contact Name: Sabrina Goode
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Kids ages 7-17 take part in a hands-on magic workshop. Learn the performance art of theatrical magic from local masters on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Details available at...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Magic Corner Magic Shop
3684 Capital Blvd.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Ring #199,The Int'l Brotherhood of Magicians
Telephone: 919-272-6465
Contact Name: Roger Way
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Celebrate Memorial Weekend with the monumental "Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony."  Also enjoy selections by Wagner and Smetana as “citizen musicians” perform with the North...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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