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5 Questions to Consider Before and After Delivery

Here are answers to five questions many parents consider before and after their baby’s birth.

Enter to Win a Baby Bonanza Prize Pack

Carolina Parent is giving away baby books and products from Dove, Beech Nut, Triderma, LatherUp Co. and more.

5 Ways to Help Your Child’s Speech Development Without Electronics

Simple ways to encourage your child to master speech and language.

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Own Pregnancy?

Find out how much you already know — or don’t know — by taking our healthy maternity quiz.

Boy or Girl? Host a Party to Reveal Your Baby’s Gender

Gender reveal party ideas

Connecting With Teens Starts When They Are Infants

It is important to connect with your infant in a way that is intentional and keeps the bigger picture in mind

Enter to Win a Collection of Baby Books

Enter to win books to read to your baby, plus a Sesame Street DVD.

Mom Finds Voice After Devastating Loss

This year’s Triangle March for Babies takes place on Saturday, April 29.

Low Birth Weight Babies at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems Later in Life

Findings may stem from biological responses of the infant to difficult prenatal conditions and postnatal stresses following early birth.

Parental Obesity Associated With Early Childhood Development Delays

Findings based on study that analyzed the data based on screenings of more than 4,800 children.

Tips for Pregnant and New Moms

Advice for maintaining a healthy pregnancy

Enter to Win a Collection of Books for and About Babies

Enter to win this collection of books — plus a DVD — for and about babies, valued at $115.

BlueCross BlueShield Expands to 12 Weeks Paid Leave for New Parents

BCBSNC said the policy change resulted from data that suggest possible benefits of longer paid leave for new parents.

Triangle Places for Family Fun in Winter

The Triangle offers lots of play escapes where kids can create and learn — and many outings are free.

4 Steps to Reducing Preterm Births

Learn why one in 10 babies is born too soon, and how to assess and reduce your risk of having a preterm birth.

Why are Women Being Harassed for Breast-feeding in NC Courts?

Breast-feeding in public spaces in North Carolina is legal, so why are women being harassed for feeding their infants?

Triangle Mall Play Areas for Little Ones

Beat the weather and enjoy indoor playgrounds with your little ones at these local malls. Keep in mind many of the play areas are designed for younger children.

Reduce Your Chance of Having Another Preterm Baby

Learn more about a treatment that can help women who have had a preterm birth reduce their chances of experiencing another one.

FIT4MOM Debuts Stroller-Friendly 5K Training Program

A stroller-friendly 5K training program kicks off Oct. 18 and culminates in a Dec. 3 festive “Jingle Bell” run in downtown Raleigh.

Wake County Organizations Offer Free Car Seat Checks in Raleigh

How safe is your child's car or booster seat? Find out Sept. 21-24 at a free car seat check in Raleigh.

Measles Case Confirmed in Wake County

The Wake County Human Services Division of Public Health has confirmed one case of measles in the county. Immunization is the best protection from the disease.

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.

Mom's Murphy Law

A mother adds wildlife rescuer to her resume, quite unexpectedly, and discovers that if you have free time, Mom's Murphy's Law will take effect.

When Children Hear Horror Stories on the News

How do you nurture a children's confidence in a safe world even when they are exposed to disturbing news.

Holding Low Birth Weight Newborns Skin-To-Skin Reduces Mortality Rates

A new study suggests an effective but underused intervention, “Kangaroo Mother Care,” can reduce infant deaths by more than one-third compared to conventional care.

The Pacing Father

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

REX Nurses, Caregivers Debut Lullaby CD for New Moms, Babies

This Mother’s Day, new moms at REX Women’s Center will be given songs to take home with their newborns.

Walk A Mile in My Shoes

This Apex mom of an adopted child shares the pain of raising a child who has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and explains why it's never OK to have a glass of wine when you're pregnant.

FDA Proposes Limit for Inorganic Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal

On Friday, the FDA reported that although rice cereal fortified with iron is a good source of nutrients for your baby, it shouldn't be baby’s only source and does not need to be the first source.

New Guidelines for Tots and Technology

The AAP revises guidelines on screentime babies and toddlers, acknowledging that screens are everywhere.
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August 2017

Kids can enjoy a free cookie with any purchase, and enjoy kid's books, chess, tic tac toe, and card games. 

Cost: Free

Where:
41 North Coffee Company
41 N. Main St.
Wendell, NC  27591
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Sponsor: 41 North Coffee Co
Telephone: 919-995-0680
Contact Name: Dana
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Spray, drip, and splatter to explore the colors and textures of painted cloth, inspired by artist Yinka Shonibare. Come dressed to get messy!  

Cost: Free Open to all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 BLUE RIDGE ROAD
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Step back in time with a 19th-century costumed interpreter and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Registration encouraged online. Tickets available at the...

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

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 paint using soil, school glue and water, and create a one-of-a-kind, earth-toned masterpiece. Ages 8-12. Register online. Choose course #203573.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
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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Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy the spectacle of giant puppets, stilt dancers, shadow puppets and live music. All ages. A pre-show begins at 2:20 p.m.

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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Collect data from milkweed plants to send to the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. Scientists use this data to study and understand monarch butterflies. Ages 5 and older. Children must be...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: Durant Nature Preserve
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Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Come to Duke Gardens on Aug. 21 to observe a partial eclipse of the sun, and explore with free hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. This is a rare event and a great opportunity to...

Cost: Free; parking $2/hour

Where:
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Durham, NC
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Discover fun facts about the solar eclipse. Pick up a pair of eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last) and head out to the park's open field to view the eclipse directly. All...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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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. Register online.

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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Find out how people made flour from wheat and meal from corn long ago, and try out a variety of ancient-style hand mills. Ages 7-14. Register online.

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Toddlers enjoy a story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Join Jen and Jen for yoga, meditation and creating worry dolls. All supplies included in the price.  Appropriate for children grades K-5. Registration required.

Cost: $40

Where:
Little Guru Kids Yoga and Creative Arts
215 Glenwood Ave., Suite A
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Little Guru Kids Yoga
Telephone: 919-345-5873
Contact Name: Jen Bluestone
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Ages 5-12 learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, kitchen and food safety, and enjoy a healthy snack. Meet in the bakery side of the cafe. Email sherry.thrasher@wholefoods.com to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods North Raleigh
8710 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Telephone: 919-354-0350
Contact Name: Sherry Thrasher

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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Ages 3-6 enjoy fun games and drills. Call to RSVP.  

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Fitness4Life
6701 Glenwood Ave.
Suite 103
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Fitness4Life
Telephone: 919-787-2250
Contact Name: George Whitten
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Enjoy a story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble Cary
760 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Telephone: 919-467-3866
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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A Vision Board is a canvas teens can glue images that represent their desires and goals.  Join Jen and Jen for yoga, meditation and creating vision boards. Supplies provided but students...

Cost: $40

Where:
Little Guru Kids Yoga and Creative Arts
215 Glenwood Avenue, Suite A
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Little Guru Kids Yoga
Telephone: 919-345-5873
Contact Name: Jen Bluestone
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Learn about snakes and spiders in the Raleigh area and gain tips for staying safe. Meet and pet a native, non-venomous snake. Ages 8 and older. Register online. Choose course #203580.

Cost: $2

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Celebrate the end of summer and August birthdays with a FIT4MOM Chapel Hill "ice cream" social. Make Yonanas "ice cream" and have a sundae bar full of healthy toppings for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Southern Village Green
400 Market St
Chapel Hill , NC  27516
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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/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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Ages 2-6 and parent learn about snakes with a craft, games, songs, stories and a guided walk through the wetland. Register online. Choose course #203556.

Cost: $3

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
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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Preschoolers enjoy a story.

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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Preschoolers enjoy a story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Raleigh, NC  27616
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Telephone: 919-806-1930
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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At this live drawing event/fundraiser, 78 artists at all stages of their careers take shifts to draw in front of a live audience. As spectators spy on the creative process, sketches morph into...

Cost: $5/member, $10/nonmember. Free for children under 6; ticket required

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Kids enjoy a fun-filled night including exhibit play and exploration, a movie and dinner. This drop-off event is for children ages 3-9; children must be potty-trained. Kids will exercise their...

Cost: $25/first child, $15/sibling

Where:
Kidzu Children's Museum
201 S. Estes Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Kidzu Children's Museum
Telephone: 919-933-1455
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online.

Cost: $17/resident, $22/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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Enjoy the spectacle of giant puppets, stilt dancers, shadow puppets and live music. All ages. A pre-show begins at 6:20 p.m.

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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Take part in a national touring concert featuring music of the '60s, '70s and '80s. This family-friendly dance party and theatrical performance includes disco, funk, rock 'n'...

Cost: $39-$44

Where:
Duke Energy Center-Fletcher Opera House
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Decades Entertainment Inc
Telephone: 813-586-3577
Contact Name: Sandy Gatti
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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

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The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary by expanding the one-day festival to two days. Enjoy arts and crafts from vendors from across the Southeast, festival foods,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Campus
316 N. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27513
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Learn basic canoeing skills and explore the pond's features as only seen from the water. Ages 5 and older with adult. Register online.

Cost: $10/boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Kids ages 4-15 try out their ninja skills. Kids warm up with coaches who instruct them on how to run a course with obstacles. Signed waiver required. Drop-in program.

Cost: Free

Where:
USA Ninja Challenge Durham-Chapel Hill
1810 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Suite A
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: USA Ninja Challenge Durham-Chapel Hill
Telephone: 984-219-2559
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Celebrate the victories for equality that women have won and rededicated themselves to in eliminating all discrimination against women. This year’s theme is “Women Rise...

Cost: Free

Where:
American Tobacco Campus
318 Blackwell St
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Action NC
Telephone: 919-794-8210
Contact Name: Gloria De Los Santos
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Search Swift Creek for snakes, fish, salamanders and more. Ages 10-13. Register online.

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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Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead. Don't miss the looping contest and Hornworm Race. This event features live music, local arts and crafts vendors, hands-on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Ages 2-6 and parent learn about snakes with a craft, games, songs, stories and a guided walk through the wetland. Register online. Choose course #203556.

Cost: $3

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
View map »


Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
Website »

More information

Learn basic canoeing skills and explore the pond's features as only seen from the water. Ages 5 and older with adult. Advance registration required online.

Cost: $10/boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call the park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resource Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. Ages 14 and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Learn fun facts about the animals of the park. Drop-in program.

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Take a 30-minute tour to view the main power drive and milling machinery. Tickets available inside the park's visitor center. Online registration encouraged.

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. 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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Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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Children with special needs experience Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment after hours. This event is free and exclusively for kids with special needs and their families.

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy the spectacle of giant puppets, stilt dancers, shadow puppets and live music. All ages. A pre-show begins at 6:20 p.m.

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
View map »


Telephone: 919-962-0522
Website »

More information

Take part in a national touring concert featuring music of the '60s, '70s and '80s. This family-friendly dance party and theatrical performance includes disco, funk, rock 'n'...

Cost: $39-$44

Where:
Duke Energy Center-Fletcher Opera House
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Decades Entertainment Inc
Telephone: 813-586-3577
Contact Name: Sandy Gatti
Website »

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The 2016-17 Education Guide offers 643 education resources in the Triangle, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools and academic resources.

The Triangle Go-To Guide

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