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For 27 years, award-winning Carolina Parent has helped generations of parents raise their children. We are known as the most trusted resource in the Triangle, and we take this responsibility seriously. Founded in 1988, Carolina Parent has persisted in fulfilling our mission of providing the highest standard of parenting information and advice.

Our readers are the parents of children ages 18 and younger who live in the Triangle. We also serve as a resource for educators, daycare providers, health care providers, retailers and real estate agents throughout the community. With a circulation of 40,000, Carolina Parent magazine has a print readership of 75,000-plus. An average of 50,000 unique visitors (and growing) visit our website, carolinaparent.com, each month. Parents can:

Find copies of our monthly magazine at places they frequent: libraries, grocery stores, public and private schools, preschools, day care centers, medical offices, hospitals, retail locations and other family-friendly sites.

Find copies of our annual publications throughout the Triangle. These include GPS (Go. Play. See.), Education Guide and Exceptional Child (for families with special-needs children).

Follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest and Instagram.

We are part of Morris Media Network/Morris Visitor Publications, which publishes award-winning monthly parenting magazines in each of the state's three largest metro markets.

Carolina Parent magazine distributes 35,000 copies and covers Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and other cities in the Triangle area.

Charlotte Parent magazine distributes 35,000 and covers Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Iredell, Lincoln, Union and York counties.

Piedmont Parent magazine distributes 30,000 and covers Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point in the Triad.

Awards

Through the years, the Parenting Media Association has recognized Carolina Parent for editorial, design and digital media excellence at annual conventions held throughout the U.S. Here are some of our recent awards.

 

2015 Parenting Media Association Awards

   

  • Silver Award for General Excellence
  • Gold Award for Feature Layout
  • Silver Award for Special Series
  • Silver Award for Best E-Newsletter

2014 Parenting Media Association Awards

 

  • Bronze Award for General Excellence
  • Bronze Award for Overall Design in an Ancillary Publication  - G.P.S. (Go. Play. See)

2013 Parenting Media Association Awards

 

  • Gold Award for General Excellence
  • Silver award for feature layout

2012 Parenting Media Association Awards

  

  • Gold Award for Editor’s Note
  • Gold Award for Feature Article
  • Gold Award for Ancillary Cover Design
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Calendar

January 2016

Take the family for food trucks and live music.

Cost: Free; cost for food items

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Embrace science and nature while developing skills about the natural world. 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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Practice nature noises and search the park for sounds. Ages 2-5. Meet at the park office. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Little River Regional Park
301 Little River Park Way
Rougemont, NC  27572
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Telephone: 919-732-5505
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Parent and child get creative by making ceramic artwork together. Ages 2-14. Registration required.

Cost: $15-$18

Where:
Durham Arts Council Clay Studio
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham , NC  27701
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Enjoy "Olivia Saves the Circus," learn about circus animals, enjoy a take-home treat and be entertained by a special juggling act. Sessions are 8:30-9 a.m. and 10-10:30 a.m. Register for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Catholic School
5815 Falls of the Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Raphael Catholic School
Telephone: 919-865-5754
Contact Name: Mary Morgan
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See if Sir Walter Wally sees his shadow on Groundhog Day on Bicentennial Plaza at noon. Beginning at 9 a.m. visitors can take advantage of educational stations like “Snakes in Winter,”...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy "Olivia Saves the Circus," learn about circus animals, enjoy a take-home treat and be entertained by a special juggling act. Sessions are 8:30-9 a.m. and 10-10:30 a.m. Register for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Catholic School
5815 Falls of the Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Raphael Catholic School
Telephone: 919-865-5754
Contact Name: Mary Morgan
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Read "Busy Beavers" by Lydia Dabcovich and investigate beaver fur, gnawed bark and more. Ages 18 mos-3 yrs with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $2/child

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 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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Learn about squirrels, make a craft, read a story and go squirrel sighting. All ages. 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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View weather equipment you can make with recycled and natural materials and put the park's colonial "weather proverbs" to the test. All ages. Registration required.

Cost: $5/family

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Parent and child get creative by making ceramic artwork together. Ages 2-14. Registration required.

Cost: $15-$18

Where:
Durham Arts Council Clay Studio
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27701
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Learn principles of mindfulness and ways to use these strategies in parenting a child with ADHD.

Cost: Free

Where:
Duke Child and Family Study Center
2608 Erwin Rd., Pavilion East
Ste. 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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Explore the letters of nature and go on an alphabet hunt. Ages 3-5 with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $4/child

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 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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Learn about squirrels, gather nuts in a fun game and make a squirrelly craft to take home. Spy on the squirrels at Crowder as they jump from tree to tree searching for the perfect nut. Ages 3-5....

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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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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Explore the adaptations of squirrels through stories, crafts and a nature hike. Ages 6-9. Registration required.

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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Take part in a fun evening of math, science, and STEM activities for students in kindergarten through grade 5 and their families. Artifacts and lunar samples on loan from NASA will be on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Immaculata Catholic School
721 Burch Ave
Durham, NC  27701
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Telephone: 919-682-5847
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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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Enjoy a story, craft, songs, natural science education and a walk through the wetland. Ages 2-6. Register online.

Cost: $3

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh, Walnut Creek Wetland Center
Telephone: 919-996-2761
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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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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Celebrate Flying Biscuit Café’s Biscuit Birthday. Enjoy birthday cake and a raffle to win $20 gift cards, apple butter, cookbooks, coffee mugs and grand prize of a Flying Biscuit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raleigh Flying Biscuit Café
2016 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Telephone: 919-833-6924

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Learn strategies to help a persistent and opinionated child. For families with children ages 3-6. Register online.

Cost: $20/person, $30/couple

Where:
Project Enlightenment
501 S. Boylan Ave.
Raleigh, NC
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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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Take the family to enjoy a live symphony orchestra performing music from "Star Trek," while film and TV footage from the popular franchise is shown on a large screen.

Cost: $45-$65

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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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.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Dads and their daughters enjoy a special evening of music, dancing, a photographer and fun. Ages 4-12. Advance ticket purchase required.

Cost: $39/couple

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-462-3970
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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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Join bird enthusiast Vernon for an easy walk while looking and listening for feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats. Meet at the Waterwise Garden. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Learn new and artistic ways to say "I love you" in an interactive workshop series for all ages.  Led by Virginia Maier of Artistic Adventures of NC, children and their parents will...

Cost: $10/child

Where:
Renaissance Montessori School of Cary
610 Nottingham Drive
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Artistic Adventures of NC: https://www.facebook.com/Artistic-Adventures-of-North-Carolina-1518533938458590/?fref=ts
Telephone: 919-439-0130
Contact Name: Rachel Kincaid
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Explore the letters of nature and go on an alphabet hunt. Ages 3-5 with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $4/child

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 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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Celebrate Mardi Gras in downtown Wake Forest. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Wake Forest
S. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Read "Silly Wonderful You" and enjoy fun activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as Black History Month in this annual Durham parade.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC  27707
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Celebrate the grand opening of Holding Village. Enjoy snow sledding from Snow My Yard, food trucks, tailgating games and more. Enjoy free food from Humble Pig BBQ, American Meltdown, Will &...

Cost: Free

Where:
Holding Village
705 Old Dairy Drive
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Telephone: 704-655-5608
Contact Name: Vanessa Capece
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Sonorous Road provides Track Out Camps for all ages geared towards acting for film and theater. Tour the facility and learn more about the program. Improv games for all ages will be played from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sonorous Road Productions
209 Oberlin Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Michelle Wells
Contact Name: Michelle Wells
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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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Make and use weather instruments to help predict the weather. 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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Learn about nature as the sun sets. All ages with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $20/resident, $28/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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Mothers and their sons enjoy away and enjoy food, desserts, vendors and complimentary photos for all attendees. Register online at celebratefamilyevent.eventbrite.com.

Cost: $65/couple

Where:
North Raleigh Hilton at Midtown
3415 Wake Forest Rd
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Celebrate Family Events
Telephone: 888-445-7810
Contact Name: Katrina Wiggins
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Dads and their daughters enjoy a special evening of music, dancing, a photographer and fun. Ages 4-12. Advance ticket purchase required.

Cost: $39/couple

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-462-3970
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Fathers and their daughters enjoy music, food, photographers and vendors. Register online at celebratefamilyevent.eventbrite.com.

Cost: $65/couple

Where:
North Raleigh Hilton at Midtown
3415 Wake Forest Rd
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Celebrate Family Events
Telephone: 888-445-7810
Contact Name: Katrina Wiggins
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Ages 4-13 wear party attire to enjoy a special evening with their parent or guardian featuring refreshments, music, games, a photographer, raffles and door prizes. Register by calling 919-481-6509.

Cost: $45/couple, $10 additional sibling

Where:
Cary Ballet Conservatory
3791 N.W. Cary Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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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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