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Spring Outing: ‘Art in Bloom’ Festival Tickets on Sale

The joy of spring comes indoors at the North Carolina of Art’s second “Art in Bloom,” a four-day festival of art and flowers, April 7−10.

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.
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February 2016

The Downtown Cary Food & Flea is a community market that features local fine artists, craft makers, vintage finds, edible goods, music, food trucks and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Ashworth Village
111 W. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Help park staff add to the Great Backyard Bird Count by walking along the trails and shore to identify birds in the various habitats at the park. All ages. Meet at the restroom pavilion....

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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Explore how birds begin courtship displays to attract mates and warn off rivals, and also what they do to set up house. Try to attract a feathered friend by learning a bird mating dance. All ages....

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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Make a few homemade Valentine presents, including a nesting ball and a bird feeder, for  feathered friends. Create a card from natural objects to give to a special someone while eating a...

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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Girls and their fathers spend an evening dancing, playing games and more. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20/couple. $5 additional daughter

Where:
Camp Chestnut Ridge, Morris Center
4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Elfland, NC  27243
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Telephone: 919-304-2178
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Kids ages 4 and older enjoy indoor inflatables, pizza and drinks. All children must be potty trained. Drop-off program. Wear socks. Register online. (If space is available, walk-ins may be...

Cost: $25/child, $15/sibling

Where:
BounceU of Apex
3419 Apex Peakway
Apex, NC  27502
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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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Older participants take a short hike and practice bird count data collection, while younger participants count how many different kinds of birds that can been seen from the park's front porch....

Cost: Free

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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Older participants take a short hike and practice bird count data collection, while younger participants count how many different kinds of birds that can been seen from the park's front porch....

Cost: Free

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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Learn about bald eagles. Discover eagle habits and history, compare your arm span to that of an eagle and create an eagle craft. Take a hike to the fishing pier to look for eagles soaring high over...

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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Discover the natural characteristics about birds, learn about the use of birds in national symbols, and make a bird-themed Great Seal to take home. Ages 5-7. Registration required.

Cost: $4/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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Take the fast track to nature in this hands-on study of ecology. Ages 8-12. 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 what makes birds interesting and gain skills to become a birdwatcher. Create bird-friendly items for a yard. Ages 6-13. Registration required.

Cost: $10/child

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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 In honor of Monkey Joe’s Birthday, Monkey Joe’s Raleigh will be hosting a birthday party and customer appreciation celebration on Presidents’ Day, February 15th. The event...

Cost: $7

Where:
Monkey Joe’s Raleigh
6220 Glenwood Ave. Ste. 104
Raleigh, NC  27612
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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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Parents take part in a session that provides an overview of the impact of ADHD on the family and outlines specific strategies, including resources to help parents advocate.

Cost: Free

Where:
Duke Child and Family Study Center
2608 Erwin Rd., Lakeview Pavilion East
Suite 300
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: DUKE ADHD Program & DUKE Children's Primary Care
Telephone: 888-275-3853
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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 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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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 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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Help park staff with wildlife monitoring projects. Take a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Ages 8 and older. 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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Kids ages 1-3 and caregiver jump into messy, creative exploration. Registration required.

Cost: $10/resident, $15/nonresident. $5 supply fee

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC
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Telephone: 919-567-4000
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Chase away the winter blues with a hike through the arboretum's winter garden. After the hike, warm up inside with a book and a winter craft. Meet at the Visitor Center. Ages 3-5 with...

Cost: $5/child

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Learn about foxes and coyotes, look for their tracks and make a craft. 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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Hear African tales about the night sky and peer through telescopes to take a tour of the stars.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
Durham, NC  27712
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Telephone: 919-620-0120
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Take a blanket or chair and bundle up by a campfire to enjoy stories and marshmallow roasting. All ages. Meet at the Cypress 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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Gather 'round the campfire to enjoy a nature story and roast marshmallows. All ages. Registration required by Feb. 15. 

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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See top pedigree cats compete in seven different rings. Enjoy vendors selling treats and toys for feline friends.

Cost: $5/person

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Bldg.
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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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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Learn about Hillsborough’s unique role in the American Revolution, recalling the occupation of Hillsborough by British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and his army on Feb. 20th, 1781....

Cost: Free

Where:
Hillsborough Visitors Center
150 E. King St.
Hillsborough, NC
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Learn about foxes and coyotes, look for their tracks and make a craft. 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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Read "The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit" and enjoy fun activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Help plant peas in the vegetable garden and learn how to build a teepee for a pea plant to grow on. Ages 5-10 with adult. Register online. 

Cost: $8/member, $10/nonmember

Where:
N.C. 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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Discover the fascinating world of vultures with a costumed nature instructor. Take a hike to look for vultures in the park and make a craft. Register online. Ages 6-12.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Build a nest box to help attract bluebirds, chickadees and wrens to a backyard. Ages 6 and older. Meet at the Large Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: $5/box

Where:
Little River Regional Park & Natural Area
301 Little River Park Way
Rougemont, NC  27572
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Telephone: 919-732-5505
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