April Weekly Things to Do With Kids in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill


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Find fun events ranging from story times, crafts, puppetry and magic to parent support groups and exercise classes happening in April 2012. These listings are based on information provided to Carolina Parent. Please call ahead to verify times and days since activities may change, especially during the  summer and on holidays.

Mondays

Baby Storytime. Books, rhymes, movement and music. Pre-walkers. 10-10:20am. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Breastfeeding Café. Discuss breastfeeding questions with accredited La Leche League leader and meet other mothers. Infants welcome. 1-2pm. The Red Hen, University Mall, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-942-4420. www.theredhen.com.

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages, 12:30-2:30pm and 3:30-5:30pm. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

BounceU Preschool Playdate. Ages 7 and under, 10am-noon. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

Chapel Hill Public Library Storytime. Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3-6. 10:30-11am. Chapel Hill Public Library, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-968-2778. http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.

Homework Buddies and Reading Buddies. Teen volunteers help kids with homework and reading. 3:30-5:30pm. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Jumpin' Beans Craft Day. Free with paid admission. 10am-2pm. Jumpin' Beans, 1839 S. Main St., Wake Forest. 919-521-4445. www.jumpinbeanswf.com.

Kids Yoga. Ages 6-12. 6-6:45pm. $. Wake Forest Yoga, 900 S. Franklin St., Wake Forest. 919-614-5945. www.wakeforestyoga.com.

Lynne Sue's free face painting and balloon art. Three Mondays a month. Call ahead to confirm dates. 6-8pm. Fat Daddy's, Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-233-1598. www.lynnesueparties.com.

Moms and Tots Yoga. Crawlers to walkers. 10:30-11:30am. $. Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts, 1812 Beckett's Ridge Dr., Hillsborough. 919-732-3051. www.hillsboroughyoga.com.

Music with Mar Class. Ages 6 months-kindergarten. 10:30-11:15am and 4:30-5:15pm. $. St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 Hwy. 751, Durham. 919-641-2456. www.musicwithmar.com.

Play and Stay. Gross motor skill development, music, dance and movement for kids and moms. $. 9:30-11:30am. 6021 Poyner Village Pkwy., Ste. 103, Raleigh. 919-876-8207. http://kidzinaminute.com.

Pop-in Play at Pump It Up. One-hour drop-in play. Bring socks. No reservations required. Ages 7 and under. 10am-noon. $. Pump It Up Inflatables Party Zone, 10700 World Trade Blvd., Raleigh (Brier Creek area). 919-828-3344. www.pumpitupparty.com.

Postnatal Yoga. Yoga for new mothers and babies ages 3 weeks to crawling. 11am. $. 930 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Durham. 919-933-9642. www.triangleyoga.com.

Preschool Art Class. Two art projects, music, dancing, puppetry, acting and more. Preregistration required. Ages 3-5. 1-2:30pm. $. Time to Shine Preschool, 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary. 919-291-3802. www.timetoshinepreschool.com.

Preschool Playcraft. Creative arts for ages 2-5. 11am-noon. $. Bull City Craft, 2501 University Dr., Durham. 919-419-0800. www.bullcitycraft.com.

Storytime. Ages 3-5. 10am. Quail Ridge Books and Music, Raleigh. 919-828-1588. www.quailridgebooks.com.

Yoga for Older Children. Ages 6-12. 3:30-4:30pm. $. Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts, 1812 Beckett's Ridge Dr., Hillsborough. 919-732-3051. www.hillsboroughyoga.com.

Tuesdays

Balloon Man Mike. Free balloon creations. 6:30-7:30pm. Moe's Southwest Grill, 6807 Fayetteville Rd., Durham. 919-544-6637.

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages, 12:30-2:30pm, 3:30-5:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

BounceU Preschool Playdate. See Monday for details.

Carolina Puppet Theater. First and third Tuesday of the month. A 50-minute show includes puppets, storytelling, movement and audience participation. 10am. $. Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs. 919-567-4000. www.carolinapuppets.com.

Chapel Hill Public Library Storytime. See Monday for details. 3:30-4pm.

Children's Storytime. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, 5959 Triangle Town Blvd., Raleigh. 919-792-2140. www.bn.com.

Family Night. Kids make a craft. 5-7pm. Chick-fil-A, 6612 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-571-8480.

Family Night. 5:30-7:30pm. Chick-fil-A, 411 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-816-8222.

Jumpin' Beans Craft Day. See Monday for details.

Kids' Craft and Movie Night. 5-7pm. Golden Corral, 5006 Apex Hwy. 55, Durham. 919-544-2275.

Kids Dance Fitness. Fun, fitness and international music and dance. Ages 6-11. 6:15-7pm. Begins April 10. $. World In Motion Dance, Movement & Music Center, 10235-500 Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville. 919-465-4440. www.worldinmotiondance.com.

Kids' Night. Kids craft or activity. 5-7pm. Chick-fil-A, 104 Residence Inn Dr., Durham. 919-484-7778.

Kids' Night. Kids make a craft and meet Mr. Cow. 5-8pm. Chick-fil-A at Renaissance Village. 7836 Leonardo Dr., Durham. 919-206-4330.

Kids' Night. Kids make a craft and meet Mr. Cow. 5-7:30pm. Chick-fil-A at Garner Towne Square. 2720 Timber Dr., Garner. Also at Chick-fil-A at White Oak Crossing, 220 Shenstone Ln., Garner. 919-662-7200. www.chickenspace.com.

Magic and Laughter with Happy Dan the Magic Man. Fun, magic and balloons. Kids eat free. 6-8pm. Champps, 3741 Sumner Blvd., Triangle Town Center, Raleigh. 919-792-0330. www.champps.com.

Mimi the Clown. Mimi entertains with balloon art and face painting at local Chick-fil-As. Call 919-639-9328 for details. www.themelodymaker.net.

Music Together. Parent and caregiver enjoy movement, instrument play-alongs and singing. 5:30pm. $. Preregistration required. SweetBottoms Baby Boutique. 2855 Jones Franklin Rd., Raleigh. 919-438-1722. www.sweetbottomsbaby.com.

New Moms Group. For moms and babies 18 months and younger. Noon. Preregistration required. The Diapering Doula. 4109 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville. 919-651-9802. www.trianglediapercompany.com.

Paint Savvy. Face painting. 6:30-8pm. Golden Corral, 4055 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. 919-699-2820. www.paintsavvy.com.

Pop-in Play at Pump It Up. All ages. 3-5pm. See Monday for details.

Preschool Art Class. Two art projects, music, dancing, puppetry, acting and more. Preregistration required. Ages 3-5. 1-2:30pm. $. Time to Shine Preschool, 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary. 919-291-3802. www.timetoshinepreschool.com.

Preschool Playcraft. See Monday for details.

Preschool Storytime. Books, rhymes, music and more. Ages 3-5. 11-11:30am. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Preschool Storytime. 10am. Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham. 919-489-3012. www.bn.com.

Toddler Storytime. Books, rhymes, music and more. Ages 1-2. 10-10:20am. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Toddler Storytime. Ages 1-3. 10am. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. www.bn.com.

Tot Time. Stories, singing and kid-friendly activities. 10-11am. FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Café, 8711-102 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-844-7445.

Wednesdays

Baby Storytime. Cameron Village Regional Library. See Monday for details. 1:30-1:50pm.

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages, 12:30-2:30pm and 3:30-5:30pm. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

BounceU Preschool Playdate. See Monday for details.

Fit Mamas. Mothers run or walk 1-3 miles with other moms. All abilities welcome. Children must ride in a stroller. 9am. Ridgewood Shopping Center, 3546 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 919-832-8275. www.fleetfeetraleigh.com.

Kazoom Preschool Show. Stage show with music and puppets. 10am and 11:10am. $. 431 Peace St., Raleigh. 919-365-0555. www.carolinapuppets.com/kazoom.

KidsWork Wednesdays. Creative projects for all skill levels. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5-12. 2-5pm. $. Ornamentea, 509 N. West St., Raleigh. 919-834-6260. www.ornamentea.com.

Mommy and Baby Yoga. Learn yoga through social interaction and play. Ages 6 weeks-18 months. 11am. $. Itsy Bitsy Baby Spa, 1055 Darrington Dr., Cary. 919-467-8801. www.itsybitsybabyspa.com.

Postnatal Yoga. 11am. See Monday for details.

Preschool Playcraft. See Monday for details.

Preschool Art Class. Two art projects, music, dancing, puppetry, acting and more. Preregistration required. Ages 3-5. 1-2:30pm. $. Time to Shine Preschool, 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary. 919-291-3802. www.timetoshinepreschool.com.

Preschool Storytime. Cameron Village Library. See Tuesday for details.

Storytime and Craft Activity. Ages 2-8. 10:30-11:30am. The Children's Store, 243 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-8027. www.thechildrensstoreinc.com.

Time for Toddlers. Stories, songs and movement activities. First three Wednesdays of the month. Ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. 10:15-10:35am and 11-11:20am. Chapel Hill Public Library, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-968-2778. http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.

Toddler Storytime. Cameron Village Regional Library. See Tuesday for details.

Tot Time. Open gym featuring balls, mats and toys for ages 5 and under. 9:30-11:30am. Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Rd., Raleigh. 919-870-2911. http://parks.raleighnc.gov.

Thursdays

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages, 12:30-2:30pm, 3:30-5:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

BounceU Preschool Playdate. See Monday for details.

Children's Storytelling. Kids make a craft and enjoy sing-alongs. 9:30am. Chick-fil-A, 1110 Beaver Creek Commons Dr., Apex. 919-303-2377.

Crafternoon. Crafts for ages 4-6, 3:30-4:30pm; ages 7-11, 4:30-5:30pm. $. Bull City Craft, 2501 University Dr., Durham. 919-419-0800. www.bullcitycraft.com.

Kazoom Preschool Show. See Wednesday for details.

Knit and Nurse. Knit or nurse and enjoy the company of other moms. Bring yarn and needles. 2pm. Preregistration required. The Diapering Doula. 4109 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville. 919-651-9802. www.trianglediapercompany.com.

Knit Night. For seasoned and new knitters. 7pm. SweetBottoms Baby Boutique. 2855 Jones Franklin Rd., Raleigh. 919-438-1722. www.sweetbottomsbaby.com.

La Leche League RTP Breastfeeding Cafe. Noon. Preregistration required. The Diapering Doula. 4109 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville. 919-651-9802. www.trianglediapercompany.com.

Mommy and Me Belly Dance. Learn belly dance through social interaction and play. Ages 6 weeks-18 months. 11am. $. Itsy Bitsy Baby Spa, 1055 Darrington Dr., Cary. 919-467-8801. www.itsybitsybabyspa.com.

Mommy and Baby Yoga. 10am. See Wednesday for details.

Moms and Tots Yoga. Babies to crawlers. 10:30-11:45am. $. Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts, 1812 Beckett's Ridge Dr., Hillsborough. 919-732-3051. www.hillsboroughyoga.com.

Music Together. Begins April 12. Songs, rhymes, movement and instrument play. Ages birth-5 yrs. 9-9:45am. $. World In Motion Dance, Movement & Music Center, 10235-500 Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville. 919-465-4440. http://littlebirdsmusictogether.com/classes.htm.

Pop-in Play at Pump It Up. All ages. 3-5pm. See Monday for details.

Preschool Art Class. Two art projects, music, dancing, puppetry, acting and more. Preregistration required. Ages 3-5. 1-2:30pm. $. Time to Shine Preschool, 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary. 919-291-3802. www.timetoshinepreschool.com.

Preschool Playcraft. See Monday for details.

Preschool Storytime. Cameron Village Library. See Tuesday for details.

Preschool Storytime. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-782-0030. www.bn.com.

Storytime. 10:30am. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-7373. www.flyleafbooks.com.

Storytime. 10:30am. Market Street Books and Maps, 610 Market St., Southern Village, Chapel Hill. 919-933-5111.

Storytime and More. Books, music and activity. Ages 2-5. 1:30-2:30pm. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Time for Toddlers. First three Thursdays of the month, Chapel Hill Public Library. See Wednesday for details.

Toddler and Preschool Storytime. 10am. Chick-fil-A, Renaissance Village, 7836 Leonardo Dr., Durham. 919-206-4330.

Toddler Storytime. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy. See Wednesday for details.

Toddler Storytime. Cameron Village Regional Library. See Tuesday for details. 10-10:20am, 11-11:20am.

Fridays

Alphabet Soup Storytime. 10am. Alphabet Soup Educational Supplies & More, 145 E. Wait Ave., Wake Forest. 919-554-3035.

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages, 12:30-2:30pm and 3:30-5:30pm. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

BounceU Preschool Playdate. See Monday for details.

Breakfast and Beads. Children enjoy art projects and books while parents socialize and make a craft project. Breakfast treats and coffee served. 8:30-10am. Fee for adult craft project. Ornamentea, 509 N. West St., Raleigh. 919-834-6260. www.ornamentea.com.

Children's Storytime. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, 5959 Triangle Town Blvd., Raleigh. 792-2140. www.bn.com.

Cotton's Early Years Jam Session. 10:15am. Babiology, 2012-A Fairview Rd., Five Points, Raleigh. 919-917-8987. www.cottontheclown.com.

Family Fun Night. Books, activities and discussion. Every Friday but the first Friday, which is American Girl Night. School ages. 7pm. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. www.bn.com.

Family Night. Unlimited mini-golf and laser tag and a large pizza. 6-10pm. $. Adventure Landing, 3311 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. 919-872-1688. www.adventurelanding.com/parks/raleigh.

Kids Climb Time. Second Friday of each month. Supervised by an AMGA climbing wall instructor. Reservations recommended. Ages 6-12. 5-7pm. $. Triangle Rock Club, 102 Pheasant Wood Ct., Morrisville. 919-463-7625. www.trianglerockclub.com.

Pop-in Play. All ages. 10-noon. See Monday for details.

Preschool Art Class. Two art projects, music, dancing, puppetry, acting and more. Preregistration required. Ages 3-5. 1-2:30pm. $. Time to Shine Preschool, 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary. 919-291-3802. www.timetoshinepreschool.com.

Preschool Playdates. Drop-off play and learning program features bouncing, craft time and structured lessons. Advanced reservations required. Children must be potty-trained. Ages 7 and under. 10am-noon. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

Preschool Storytime. Includes singing, finger plays and movement. Ages 3-6. 10:30am. Kidzu Children's Museum, 123 Suite B, W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-1455. www.kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.

Sports Night. Supervised drop-in activities include in-line skating, soccer, floor hockey and basketball. Ages 8-13. 6:30-10:30pm. $. Dreamsports Center, 1016 Investment Blvd., Apex. 919-387-2955. www.dreamsportscenter.com.

Storytime. Ages 1-preK. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, Streets at Southpoint, 8030 Renaissance Pkwy., Durham. 919-806-1930. www.bn.com.

Saturdays

Art With Evan. Drop-in open artist studio. 10am-4pm. $. 120 Old Durham Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-968-0642. www.artwithevan.com.

Babywearing Demo. Learn how to use wraps and slings. 1pm. Preregistration required. The Diapering Doula. 4109 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville. 919-651-9802. www.trianglediapercompany.com.

Baby Storytime. See Monday for details. 10:15-10:35am.

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages. 8:45-10am. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

Cloth Diapering 101. 2pm. Preregistration required. The Diapering Doula. 4109 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville. 919-651-9802. www.trianglediapercompany.com.

Community Talent Search. Sponsored by the Star Foundation for youth and adults. Food, fun and entertainment. 1-5pm. Barbecue Heaven Restaurant, 902 Fayetteville St., Durham. 919-638-0611. http://star-foundation.org.

Eno River Farmers Market. Make-and-take crafts for kids. 10am-noon. Historic downtown Hillsborough. www.enoriverfarmersmarket.com.

Family Storytime. Books, music and more. Ages birth-5 yrs. 11-11:30am. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Family Yoga. Ages 2 and up with family. 9-10am. $. Children admitted free when accompanied by parent. Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts, 1812 Beckett's Ridge Dr., Hillsborough. 919-732-3051. www.hillsboroughyoga.com.

Mommy and Baby Yoga. Ages 6 weeks-18 months. 10am. See Wednesday for details.

Music Together. Begins April 14. See Thursday for details.

Preschool Storytime. 11am. Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham. 919-489-3012. www.bn.com.

Storytelling in the Galleries. Weekend family-friendly tours. Meet at East Building Information Desk. 10:30am. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262.

Storytime. 10:30am. Orange County Public Library, Carrboro Branch, 900 Old Fayetteville Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-969-3006. www.co.orange.nc.us/library.

Western Wake Farmers Market. Different programs offered each week in the Education Tent, plus live music and more than 30 farmers and artisans. 8am-noon. 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org.

Sundays

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages. 10:15-11:30am. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

Capital City BMX Race Day. Friendly atmosphere with focus on fun, sportsmanship and great racing. All ages. Registration between 1-2:30pm; race at 3pm. $. Lions Park and Community Center, 516 Dennis Ave., Raleigh. 919-834-4269. www.ccbmx.com.

Storytelling in the Galleries. Weekend family-friendly tours. Meet at East Building Information Desk. 10:30am. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262.

To update or change weekly listings for the upcoming month, please email calendar@carolinaparent.com or call 919-956-2430 before the 10th of the month.

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Wear your favorite holiday attire and dine with Santa Claus. Enjoy a delicious brunch, stories and crafts, and take pictures with the jolly man from the North Pole. 

Cost: $10/child. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
Joyner Park Community Center
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Register online. 

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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Girls ages 5-12 take their favorite doll and have a creative time together preparing for the holidays. Register by emailing llpolkhouse2@gmail.com.

Cost: $22/attendee, $20/sister

Where:
Historic Polk House
537 N. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Telephone: 919-676-6368
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See dancers and a guitarist from Flamenco Carolina perform a Spanish style of music and dance.

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Ebeneezer Scrooge was visited by three spirits, but what about the next Christmas? With heartwarming excitement, discover how the Cratchit family has fared in the year that has passed since old...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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The Durham Medical Orchestra performs with special guest Joseph Alessi, principal trombone, New York Philharmonic.

Cost: Free

Where:
Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University
1336 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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As a Christmas gift to our community and surrounding area, Wake Forest Presbyterian Church delivers the true Christmas story in a stirring virtual “walk” through Bethlehem to the stable...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wake Forest Presbyterian Church
12605 Capital Blvd
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Wake Forest Presbyterian Church
Telephone: 919-556-7777
Contact Name: Meghan Reynolds
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Fun for the entire family, enjoy this wonderful, witty retelling of a classic fairy-tale. With a score consisting of well-known pop songs, follow Snow White and her Seven Dwarves as they try to...

Cost: $10-$60/person

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Telephone: 919-996-8700
Contact Name: Blake Jones
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The choir presents its 49th performance on Handel's "Messiah."

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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The first day of winter is right around the corner! Help us welcome the season by making a snow globe to take home. We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all ages (adult...

Cost: For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); FREE. Registration

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Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850

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Children will enjoy this wonderful book written by John Denver reminding us not to forget about the wildlife this holiday season. We will make a craft then take a walk to look for our wildlife...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Join RTOOT as it performs the music of great Italian composers as well as beloved Christmas classics. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $9/adult, $3 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Dan the Animal Man brings some of his animals from his vast collection to entertain all ages. 

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Help find candy canes hidden in Bond Park before the Grinch turns them green. Ages 6-12. Registration required online. Choose course #127871. 

Cost: $10/child

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC
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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Ages 1-5 and caregiver delight in the discoveries of nature. Register online. 

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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Get into the holiday spirit by decorating cooking, making a craft and enjoying a holiday children's show.

Cost: Free

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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The Wake Forest Abilities Choir will present an evening of holiday music under the direction of director.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Celebrate pecans at the State Farmers Market.

Cost: Free

Where:
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Cost: free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for everyone, and adult accompanime

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Discover family traditions from North Carolina and around the globe. Create art, enjoy free access to Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism, and have a special visit with Santa.

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Art East Building and Museum Plaza
Raleigh, NC


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Bundle up and enjoy an evening around the campfire learning about creatures of the night and listen to Native American tales about some of our favorite nocturnal animals. Roast marshmallows and go...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Kids ages 5-12 enjoy indoor activities while parents enjoy a night out. Register online. 

Cost: $30/resident, $45/nonresident

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Wear white clothing and play games, tumble and dance. Enjoy pizza, drinks and more. Ages 5-10. Registration required online. Choose course #127487.

Cost: $18/child; $28 for two children per family

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
125 Middle Creek Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Friday, December 13, 6:00pm, at both the Millbrook and Wake Forest Campuses. Put on your Christmas jammies, grab a blanket and come out for a  festive night to watch the classic animated...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crossroads Fellowship
2721 E Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Crossroads Fellowship
Telephone: 919-981-0222
Contact Name: Lorraine Entwisle
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Have some fun and make something great at the Clay studio (and parents can sneak away and grab a bite or do some shopping at Northgate Mall). Each kid will complete and paint a piece of pottery...

Cost: $18 per child per workshop

Where:
1058 West Club Blvd
Durham, NC  27701
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Telephone: 919-560-2726
Contact Name: Lauren Tannenbaum
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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sing along with the band as they perform holiday favorites of Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
, NC  27513
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Celebrate the love and joy that this season brings by creating art inspired by a Christmas tree. Register online. Choose course #126761.

Cost: $32/resident, $42/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Give rugby a try. Take part in tag rugby pick-up games every Saturday morning at Baileywick Road Park, near the Second Shelter.  No experience necessary. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Contact Name: denise travis
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Our Reindeer Romp is open to the entire community and our Girls on the Run families. So join us! Celebrate as nearly 1,000 girls reach their end-of-season goals – the finish line is only the...

Cost: $30 - $35

Where:
Koka Booth Amphitheater
8003 Regency Pkwy
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Girls on the Run of the Triangle
Telephone: 919-401-6307
Contact Name: Jamie Botta
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Ages 5-12 make a picture frame for the holidays. Snack provided. Register online. 

Cost: $30/resident, $45/nonresident

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Ages 1-5 and caregiver delight in the discoveries of nature. Register online. 

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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Travel with us to Puerto Rico with books, games and arts and crafts!  Join the staff of ISLA (Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition) for a fun filled hour! Best for ages 3 and up with a...

Cost: Free Gratis

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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One ticket admits the entire family to decorate a special gingerbread house. Supplies provided. Workshops available at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Allergy-free workshop available at 11 a.m....

Cost: $40

Where:
Family Preschool
4907 Garrett Rd
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Family Preschool
Telephone: 919-402-1500
Contact Name: Sue Henson
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Family Wildlife Series: Holiday Habitat Helpers Saturday, December 14, 2-3 Attract winter wildlife to your backyard by providing or improving their habitat.  Create simple outdoor decorations...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Join us as we watch for meteors during the Gemenids Meteor Shower. Local astronomers will help us observe these shooting stars and other phenomena in the night sky. As a bonus we may see or hear...

Cost: Free

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Favorite Christmas songs are presented in authentic Nashville country style with dazzling guitars and fiddles along with soaring harmonies. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $25/person

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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See the choir perform beloved Christmas songs with guest vocal group AVANTE. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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