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Read, Write and Create With Summer Programs at Raleigh’s at Raleigh’s Newest Bookstore

Read With Me offers summer storytimes, workshops and camps that support kids’ reading comprehension, writing and critical thinking skills.

Carolina Parent 2017 Readers' Favorites: Camps

Here are the camps Triangle kids love to experience.

STEM Camps Are in Session Across North Carolina

STEM camps are educating the next generation of thinkers and innovators.

North Carolina Wilderness Programs Uplift Struggling Teens

Help for adolescents who may have emotional or behavioral problems such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and trauma.

Carolina Parent’s 2017 Summer, Track-Out and Residential Camp Fair to be Held Feb. 19

The event, which takes place from noon to 4 p.m., will feature day camps, overnight camps and a variety of education programs from all over the region for families to explore.

Choosing the Right Camp for Your Child

Summer camp can support a child’s social and emotional development and provide opportunities for growth, so how can a parent find the right one?

2015 Family Favorites: Camps

Our readers' reveal their favorite sports leagues or clubs, and their choices for camps (summer day, overnight and track-out).

Survival Skills Camps Cater to Needs of 21st-Century Children

Children move beyond basic camping through survival skills-themed experiences.

Making Summer Camp Affordable

Follow this advice for saving on the costs of camps and giving your little ones a fantastic experience.

A Healthy Camp Experience Begins at Home

The American Camp Association offers these recommendations to help your child have a great camp experience.

Separation Adjustment: Helping Children Say Goodbye

For both working and stay-at-home parents, helping a child adjust to being in new places is an inevitable step of early childhood.

Get Ready for Camp

Are your kids headed to camp? Help prevent homesickness with the following tips.

2014 Family Favorites: Summer or Track-Out Camps

Here in the Triangle, families don't have to look far to find great places to eat, explore, play, learn, shop or find child care. We asked you, our readers, to tell us your favorite spots. Here are your top camps for summer or track-out breaks!

Summer Camp Fun At Home and Afar

A dad muses about the joys that lie ahead for his daughter at summer camps, both those he sends her off to and those he creates at home.

Arts-Based Camps Invite Kids to Paint, Act or Dance Through Summer

Whether you're raising an artist, mathematician or athlete, an arts-based camp may be just what your child needs to further enrich, his or her developing brain.

Kids Camps In Carolinas and Virginia Offer Unique Overnight Experiences

Consider these camp experiences, which mix fun with out-of-the-ordinary learning for children.

Camp Doctors: Keeping Kids Healthy Away From Home

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how camp doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are working to create a safe and healthier environment for kids.

Family Camping Tips: Checklist for Supplies, Equipment

Follow this checklist to ensure you have the right supplies, equipment and sundries while camping.

Family-Friendly Campgrounds from the Mountains to the Coast

From the mountains to the sea, these camping destinations in the Carolinas have good reputations for family fun.

North Carolina Destination Lakes

North Carolina lakes offer pristine natural beauty and endless opportunities for family adventures.

Tips for Finding The Right Summer Day Camp

From choosing a day camp that's right for your child to knowing what to pack, camp directors offer expert and practical advice.

10 Reasons Why Teens Should Work at Camp

Teens who join the camp staff as counselors in training gain beneficial experience that lasts beyond the summer.

10 Conversations to Have With Your Child Before Summer Camp

Getting ready for your child's first summer camp experience means having real conversations about what to expect.

Creating Bully-Free Zones at Camp

Don't let bullies ruin summer fun; see how camps are working to avoid power imbalances and what guidance you can give your camper.

Camper Communication: Why Less is More

Camps now send out tweets and update blogs and photo galleries, so parents can experience their child's camp life without actually using a phone.

Take Control of Summer Camp Worries

Are your kids going to camp? Stop worrying. Here's how.

Urgent Care at Camp

Illnesses and accidents can happen at camp, so it's best to know what procedures a camp has in place for emergencies.

Camps Offer Special Fun for Kids with Special Needs

Whether your special needs your child requires, camps across North Carolina offer a wide range of options.

Sports Camps: A Winning Combination for Children

Young athletes explore sports, improve skills and learn life lessons.

Explore Programs, Win Prizes at Camp & Education Fair

Find out about residential, track-out and day camps and education programs for Triangle kids.
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June 2017

Rev it up with high horsepower fun on Father's Day at Marbles with rubberband cars, Build It Jam and other four-wheel fun.

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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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Learn to fish the old-fashioned way. Supplies and instruction provided. Ages 5 and older with adult. Advance registration required online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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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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On Father's Day, enjoy a gathering of dozens of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks, live music and more. Take a chair.

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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To celebrate this important national holiday, the Nasher Museum welcomes all dads to enjoy free admission all day. Consider a celebratory brunch in the Nasher Museum Café.

Cost: $5 adults. Free for ages 15 and younger

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Join Museum astronomer Rachel Smith to learn about the physics behind eclipses, the exciting science made possible by such events, and how you can be part of the 2017 solar eclipse taking place...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Use clues and observational skills to identify a strange artifact. All ages. Children must have adult accompaniment. Drop-in program; registration is not required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Museum astronomer Patrick Treuthardt highlights some of the common and uncommon events produced by the sun.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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 mill. ...

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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Discover the rich history of Harris Lake County Park. Take a walk through time to learn how people historically used and shaped the land in the park. Ages 8 and older. Advance registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Celebrate Father's Day with games and refreshments. All ages with parent. Advance registration required online. 

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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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: $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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Create a painting using fresh produce as stamps. All ages with adult. Registration is not required.

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 about the summer solstice and make a sun catcher to hang in a window. All ages. Drop-in program; registration is not required.

Cost: Free

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 18 mos-5 years and caregiver learn, explore and play outdoors, while doing a fun nature-based activity. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Forest Hills Park
1639 University Dr.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Tinkergarten
Telephone: 919-806-7502
Contact Name: Kate Macartney
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Families enjoy a beginning Zumba class. Call to RSVP.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Telephone: 919-217-5318
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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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Children with special needs enjoy the great outdoors and activities that incorporate teamwork and bolster confidence. Participants must be able to communicate and move independently over uneven...

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Learn about the summer solstice and make a sun catcher to hang in a window. All ages. Drop-in program; registration is not required.

Cost: Free

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 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 different frogs and toads that live in our area and what they sound like. Make frog sounds, look for live toads and make a craft. Ages 3-5 with an accompanying adult. Register...

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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Learn fascinating facts about butterflies and moths. Ages 6-13. Meets at the Beech Shelter. Registration required.

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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Explore the astronomical aspects of a Midsummer's Day, hear a few quotes from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and search for evidence of faeries. All ages....

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Join park staff for an informal fishing experience. Take your own poles or borrow one through the Tackle Loaner Program. Bait and basic instruction provided. All participants 16 years and older...

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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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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Kindergarten students entering year-round school practice a lunch line, get moving at recess, hop on a school bus and explore circle time.   

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy a slice or two of pizza while watching the movie "Beauty and the Beast" (2017). Ages 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/person, $2/ages 2 and younger

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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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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Meet Ms. Inger R. Jarmon as she discusses and displays her beautiful paintings. Drop-in program. 

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Enjoy a kitten shower at SAFE Haven for Cats. Shop the registry (available on the website) and take your gifts to the shelter. Preview the kittens and cats up for adoption. Suggest names for the...

Cost: Free

Where:
SAFE Haven for Cats
8431 Garvey Dr., #137
Raleigh, NC  27616
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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 Drive
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Kidzu Children's Museum
Telephone: 919-933-1455
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Catch and release lightning bugs. Learn why they glow through hands-on discovery, games and more. All ages with adult. Advance registration required online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Celebrate National Pollinator Week. Take a tour of Durham's pollinator gardens, engage in fun pollinator-related activities and learn why birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs alike are so...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
Various locations in Durham
Durham , NC


Sponsor: Keep Durham Beautiful
Telephone: 919-560-4197 x. 2122
Contact Name: Britt Huggins
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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 18 mos-5 years and caregiver learn, explore and play outdoors, while doing a fun nature-based activity. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Forest Hills Park
1639 University Dr.
Durham, NC  27707
View map »


Sponsor: Tinkergarten
Telephone: 919-806-7502
Contact Name: Kate Macartney
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Discover three new decorated model homes while enjoying a day of free, family fun that features live music from local artist Jacob Briddle; magic tricks from Joel Givens; face painting,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Preserve at White Oak
2513 Sidewinder Court
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Taylor Morrison
Telephone: 919-230-9856
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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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Jump into bookbinding with a simple pamphlet style starter. Create woven designs for book covers and learn to stitch a pamphlet binding to use as gifts, making notes, drawings and...

Cost: $20 (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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Enjoy all-thing blueberry, food trucks and more at the 3rd annual Blueberry Festival. Vollmer Farms' Back-40 Country Playground will be open and features a giant jumping pillow,...

Cost: $12 advance tickets, $15 after June 20

Where:
Vollmer Farm
677 NC Hwy 98 East
Bunn, NC  27508
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Sponsor: Vollmer Farm
Telephone: 919-496-3076
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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. Advance registration required 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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Enjoy live music by The (919) and food trucks. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel
Beacon Ridge Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Discover what's happening in the forest as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/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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Enjoy German food and music, as well as music from Beethoven. 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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