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Enter to Win a Pair of 'Beauty and the Beast' Tickets

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the opening night "Beauty and the Beast" show July 25 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

Just for e-Newsletter Subscribers: Enter to Win Great Prizes All Summer Long

We're giving away an assortment of prizes to Carolina Parent e-newsletter subscribers all summer long.

Enter to Win 4 Tickets to a 'Despicable Me 3' Movie Screening on June 27

We're giving away 10 sets of 4 tickets to a "Despicable Me 3" movie screening at Regal North Hills in Raleigh

Enter to Win Prizes in Our Big Summer Fun Giveaway

We're kicking off summer with seven days of giveaways in our Big Summer Fun Giveaway

Enter to Win Tickets to 'Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend' at PNC Arena

We're giving away two sets of four tickets to the show of each winner's choice: June 2, 3 or 4.

Enter to Win American Girl OR Art Books

We're giving away two collections of books. Tell us which collection you'd like to win when you enter.

Enter to Win Tickets to North Carolina Symphony's 'An Afternoon With Dr. Seuss'

Dr. Seuss stories take the spotlight in the final Young People's Concert of the season on May 13.

Enter to Win Dinner for Two and Tickets to 'An Intimate Evening With The Tenors'

Carolina Parent is giving away two tickets to see "An Intimate Evening with The Tenors," plus a dining gift card to Counting House.

Enter to Win 6 Summerfest Flex Tickets

Just in time for Mother's Day, we're giving away six tickets to North Carolina Symphony's Summerfest Series.

Enter to Win American Girl Doll 'Z' Yang

American Girl released its newest doll, Z Yang, and Carolina Parent is celebrating the launch with a Z doll and book giveaway!

Enter to Win Barbecue, Books and Play-Doh

Enter to win a City Barbeque Backyard Barbeque party pack, a collection of food-themed books and a Play-Doh Kitchen Creations kit.

Enter to Win Tickets to 'Listen to Your Mother'

"Listen to Your Mother" will be held Friday, May 5 at Jones Auditorium at Meredith College.

Enter to Win a Collection of Baby Books

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

Win Tickets to the Southern Women's Show

Carolina Parent is giving away two four-packs of tickets.

Enter to Win Tweetsie Railroad Tickets and a Travel Book Collection

Enter to win four general admission tickets to celebrate Tweetsie Railroad's 60th anniversary season, plus a collection of travel-themed books.

Win a Two-Night Stay at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Enter to win a two-night stay and family getaway to The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.

Enter to Win 4 Summerfest 2017 Tickets and a City Barbeque Dinner

Celebrate summer with symphonic melodies and a barbecue dinner for four

Enter to Win a Trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Carolina Parent is giving away a family four-pack of park tickets and an overnight stay to Busch Gardens Williamsburg!

Enter to Win Our Big Spring Giveaway

It may not feel like spring, but these books, toys and other goodies will make it seem like spring has arrived.

Peppa Pig Returns to DPAC — And We've Got Tickets

Enter to win four tickets to see Peppa live at the Durham Performing Arts Center Oct. 10.

Win a Weekend Getaway to Biltmore Estate

We're giving away a two-night stay for four!

Enter to Win imomsohard Tickets

Enter to win two tickets to see Kristin and Jen, the hilarious women behind the #IMomSoHard web series!

Enter to Win Museum of Life and Science Tickets

Enter to win four tickets to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, plus check out "Forts!" — a pop-up exhibit running March 1-19.

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.

Enter to Win Tickets to the BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention

Carolina Parent is giving away two family six-packs each week for the next four weeks.

Enter to Win Tickets to Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'

Carolina Parent is giving away a pair of tickets. Enter for your chance to win.

Enter to Win a President's Day Book Collection

Celebrate U.S. presidents with this collection of books valued at $165

Enter to Win Tickets to See Rick Springfield and Richard Marx at DPAC Jan. 27

Rick Springfield and Richard Marx are coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center Friday, Jan. 27, and Carolina Parent is giving away four tickets to the show.

Enter to Win a North Hills Restaurant Gift Card

Enter for your chance to win a $25 North Hills gift card that can be used at Mura, Ruth Chris, Mia Francesca, Midtown Grill, Vivace or Coquette.

Enter to Win Tickets to North Carolina Symphony's 'Star Trek and Sci-Fi Spectacular'

Ira David Wood III hosts a celebration of Star Trek's 50th anniversary, featuring out-of-this world music and a laser light show.
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June 2017

Bee populations are in decline in North America. Learn how to attract pollinators to your very own pollinator hotel. Discover why pollinator hotels are important and how to create pollinator...

Cost: $30 (Tuition + Materials)

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: The Scrap Exchange
Telephone: 191-921-31278
Contact Name: Anna Graves
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Watch a brief slideshow and explore the inner workings of the mill. All ages. 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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he Durham Bulls host a Touch A Truck event in conjunction with local public safety agencies. The event will precede the team’s game that evening at 5:05 p.m. Blackwell Street,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Blackwell St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Children with disabilities discover what's happening in nature on a stroll through Hemlock Bluffs. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #104850.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Take the family for a drop-in creative workshop for kids ages 5-10. Free with admission.

Cost: Free with admission. Free for ages 15 and younger

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Learn how to help your baby excel in motor development. This class focuses on standing/walking and offers a variety of ways to help your baby master motor development. Register online.

Cost: $15

Where:
Baby + Co
226 Ashville Ave.
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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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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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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Learn about rocks and soil by digging in the dirt. Find hidden rock treasures, make a mud painting, and plant a seed to take home and grow. Dress to get dirty. Ages 3-5 with an accompanying adult....

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson Nature Preserve
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Join others for an easy-paced walk along the greenway accompanied by a naturalist. Registration encouraged. Choose course #203541.

Cost: Free

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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Listen to nature-themed books and enjoy hands-on explorations in the garden. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Register online.

Cost: $3/child

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolia Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3370
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Ages 6-8 investigate the habitats and behaviors of some of the mammals that call the nature preserve “home.”  Dressed for outdoor fun.  Register online....

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Parents of children ages 3-18 months learn how to prepare quick and easy meals for their little one, learn about weaning and when to transition into the next nutritional step....

Cost: Free

Where:
Guidepost Montessori at Spruce Tree
12600 Spruce Tree Way
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: Guidepost Montessori at Spruce Tree
Telephone: (919) 825-1771
Contact Name: Holly Vincitorio
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Attend a private pop-up event with Songs for Seeds at SnickerDoodles. Enjoy a concert plus 30-minutes of private use of play space for all attendees. Ages infant-6. Call to...

Cost: $15 per child and $10 for each additional sibling

Where:
SnickerDoodles
3721 Lynn Road, #112
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: songs for seeds
Telephone: 984.219.2022
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Learn about beetles with a craft, games, stories and a guided walk through the wetland. Ages 2-6. Register online. Choose course #203552. 

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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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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Hear the Grammy-winning band based in the North Carolina mountains take to the stage with the North Carolina Symphony.  Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and younger admitted free on...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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Join bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats.​ Meet at the Waterwise Garden.

Cost: Free

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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The 38th Annual Festival for the Eno features over 65 music performances, a juried craft show, interactive arts, environmental and backyard farming demonstrations, a wide variety of local food...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
West Point on the Eno
5101 N Roxboro Road
Durham, NC  27712
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Summerfest Celebration features an autograph session, inflatables, games, free giveaways, guest speakers from the Hurricanes, appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad, discounted...

Cost: Free

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy storytime with a community farm member, a book swap via Little Free Library, and free play in a natural playground.   

Cost: Free

Where:
The Community Farm at Camp Chestnut Ridge
2902 Mount Willing Rd.
Efland, NC  27243
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Contact Name: Sandy Straw
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Celebrate the wonderful world of exotic animals and reptiles. Enjoy live specimens, presentations, raffles, vendors and much more. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $12 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 5-12.

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Kerr Scott Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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In this new book from acclaimed author Ryan T. Higgins, all Rupert the Mouse wants is to star in a beautiful, wordless picture book. He has plenty of ideas about what makes a great book, but his...

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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American Dance Festival favorite Pilobolus returns. "On the Nature of Things" explores the birth of desire and its intertwined connection to shame and revenge....

Cost: $16/person

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian Street
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: American Dance Festival
Telephone: 919-684-6402
Contact Name: Mollie O'Reilly
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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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Hear the music of U2 performed by the North Carolina Symphony. Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and younger admitted free on the lawn. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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