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The 2016 Fit Family Challenge Grand Prize Winner is ...

The time has come to announce our 2016 Fit Family Challenge grand prize winner of a trip to Universal Orlando® Resort!

5 Gated Playgrounds for Corralling Young Children in the Triangle

Having trouble keeping containing your kiddo? Here are five gated playgrounds around the Triangle that will keep them safe.

Smile! We're Bringing Back Faces & Places

Send us photos of your kids out and about in the Triangle and they could end up in our next issue! (Plus, if your photo is published you could win a prize.)

Preview our August Back-to-School Issue

Discover back-to-school products and tips, celebrate the Museum of Life and Science's 70th Birthday, and preview the return of ruffles and cutoffs.

Chapel Hill Students Win History Contest

Two Chapel Hill High School students won first place in the senior group documentary category at the National History Day Competition held at the University of Maryland at College Park in June.

3 Picks for August Family Fun

A storytelling festival in Wake Forest, a business fair for young entrepreneurs in Morrisville and a Railroad Heritage Weekend in Blowing Rock offer fun excursions.

Carolina Theatre Offers Durham Public School Students Free Tickets

Through a pilot program that launched July 26, Durham Public School students can gain free admission to some shows at The Carolina Theatre in Durham.

Register Your Kids for August Outdoor Fun

Take your kids for outdoor adventures. Go camping, join in a night hike, climb treehouses, study nature by wading through creeks to study nature and learn how to fish and paddle.

Ruffles, Cutoffs, Fashion Belts Make a Nostalgic Return

Ruffles, cutoffs, fashion belts and more — these trends from your childhood are all grown up and ready to wear.

The Halfway Point

A back-to-school car ride leaves this dad wondering where the years have gone.

Children’s Diet Improves After Changes to Federal WIC Program

Low-income children are eating healthier diets since recommendations were revised for the federal program under which they receive food, a study finds.

Theaters Feature 3 Captivating Shows For Families

Theaters in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill welcome families to performances with thoughtful themes, beautiful costumes, puppetry, animation and more.

Celebrating 70 Years With the Museum of Life and Science

Explore the museum's evolution since its birth in 1946 and learn about upcoming birthday celebrations for all to enjoy.

Nature Inspires Arts and Crafts Programs for Children

Take your children to summer programs that explore nature through hikes, crafts, storytimes and games.

Wake County Receives Food Safety Award

Wake County’s Food, Lodging and Institution Section recently received a Food Protection award for its work inspecting food service establishments to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.

Cary Students Compete in Culinary Competition

Aspiring chefs and students interested in restaurant management from Cary High School took part in the National ProStart Invitational this spring in Dallas.

HPV Prevalence Among Teens Down Thanks to Vaccine

A new study finds that HPV prevalence among females in their 20s is down since vaccination against the cancer-causing virus was introduced in 2006.

Children's Summer Nature Programs

Kids of all ages can enjoy summer nature programs that explore the lives of wildlife through hikes, activities and crafts.

Five “Must-Dos” for Going Back to School

Follow these tips to help your children have a smooth transition back to school.

Deciding When Children Can Stay Home Alone

Wondering if your child is ready to stay home alone? View these tips to gain expert advice.

Back-to-School Craft Ideas

Organization is the name of the game when it comes to back-to-school crafting. Here are two fun crafts ideas.

Tips for Connected Caregivers

Consider these tips when talking to your caregiver about how and when it's OK to use a smartphone.

5 Tips to Set Up a Literacy-Rich Environment for Infants and Toddlers

Foster literacy awareness in your infant or toddler with these five practical tips.

Win a 'Get Ready for Baby' Prize Package Worth $180

Enter to win books and products that will prepare you for life with a newborn.

Weekend Fun: Harry Potter Parties, Kids Shows, Free Concert

Celebrate the July 31 release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” at booksellers' parties across the Triangle. Enjoy live theater, movies or a free concert.

Take an Animal Adventure at the Western North Carolina Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is open year-round, and there’s no bad time to visit.

5 Things to Know About Elementary School

A parent primer for kicking off a smooth new year.

5 Things to Know About Middle School

Tips to help you and your middle-schooler have a smooth start to the school year.

5 Things to Know About High School

What you need to know to start the school year strong.

12 Fun Products for Back-to-School

Get geared up for a school year that is organized and fun with these back-to-class tools.
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July 2016

Take part in a family-friendly bike ride through Durham, Chatham and Orange counties to benefit Schoolhouse of Wonder. Register online.

Cost: Fees vary. Children under 12 ride free

Where:
New Hope Church Trailhead Park
2500 New Hope Church Rd
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: Schoolhouse of Wonder
Telephone: (919) 477-2116
Contact Name: Andrea Mastrobuono
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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the...

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Help Crayons2Calculators kick off its month-long Fill That Bus school supply drive. Enjoy an evening of dinner and music featuring Bo Lankenau and Terry Wiley.  Take a donation of school...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Note Grill
709 Washington St
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Crayons2Calculators
Contact Name: Julie Marshall
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Enjoy a great movie and pre-show activities. Take lawn chairs and blankets. Pack a dinner or enjoy good eats from the local food trucks. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
RLT’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: Raleigh Little Theatre
Telephone: 919-821-4579
Contact Name: Charles Phaneuf
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Take the family to a drop-in creative workshop. Create cyanotypes inspired by "White Water Nash" by Burk Uzzle, from the current exhibition "Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes. Ages...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-831-6491
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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 "Peanuts," 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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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Meet a staff member at the information desk to visit one of the museum galleries. Have a look around and listen to a history-related story. Ages 3 and older with adult.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take part in the Miracle Treat Day celebration. All Blizzard proceeds will benefit Duke Children’s Hospital to help ailing children in the Triangle receive the care and health treatments they...

Cost: Blizzard purchase

Where:
Dairy Queen
1008 Morrisville Carpenter Road
Morrisville , NC  27560
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Sponsor: Triangle Dairy Queen
Telephone: 910-228-9922
Contact Name: Sarah Hattman
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Search for aquatic animals. Wear old shoes and be prepared to get wet. Ages 6-9. Register online. Choose class #189056.

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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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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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Website »

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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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Celebrate National Moth Week by helping to identify moths around Lake Crabtree. Learn about some of the many families of moths in North Carolina, and then check the park's moth...

Cost: $1/person

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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Learn about dragonflies. Take a walk to see them flying over the pasture and big pond. Ages 6-9. Register online. Choose class #189041.

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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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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Without electricty during the 19th century, candles were one of the few sources of light. Try dipping one of your own.

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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Students starting grades 1 to 8, preparing to study grade 1 math through Common Core Math I/Algebra 1, enjoy a free academic enrichment class. Gift bags, snacks and prizes included. Register by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lifetime Learning Academy
620 Holly Springs Rd.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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Explore Hemlock Bluffs as the sun sets. Register online.

Cost: $16/resident, $20/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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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
View map »


Website »

More information

Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

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Take part in a count-down party leading up to the release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two," a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
8030 Renaissance Parkway, Ste. 855
Durham, NC  27713
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Telephone: 919-806-1930
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Take the family to enjoy a movie under the stars. Showtime is 8:30 pm. Arrive early as viewing space may be limited.

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Road
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Town of Wake Forest
Telephone: 919-556-7063
Contact Name: Lisa Jacobs
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Enjoy snacks and magical activities before "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I & II" is officially released at 12:01 a.m. on July 31.

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
Contact Name: Cindy Sellars
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