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LEGO® KidsFest Comes to the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 19–21

Experience 3 acres of LEGO fun for all ages at this national tour extravaganza.

Carolina Parent's 10 Most-Read Articles of 2015

Here are the stories you loved to read — and reread — during 2015.

'Star Wars' Excitement Takes Over the Triangle

Star Wars fans, young and old, make plans to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" this weekend.

Pet Project: Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

An age-by-age guide to picking the best pet for your family.

Could You Become a Foster Parent?

Foster parents in the Triangle reveal their motivations for fostering children.

Feeling Pressure to Overspend During the Holidays?

This year, 46 percent of Americans feel pressure to spend more than they can afford during the holidays, up from 39 percent in 2014, according to an online survey.

Have a Hoot Making Hoot Owl Cookies

Kids will love making this fun recipe from Allrecipes.

How to Maintain a Strong Relationship When You and Your Child are Apart

Creative avenues for small talk when you’re away from your kids.

The Quiet Thanksgiving

This dad chooses to stay at home alone at Thanksgiving and not follow his own advice. Does that make him a hypocrite?

Pros and Cons of Posting about Children on Social Media

Are you active on social media? Have your considered what you should or shouldn't share about your children?

Talking About Adoption

How and when should you talk to your child about being adopted? Here are some sensible and sensitive ways to respond based on your child's emotional development.

Why Not Flexible Work?

Would your family’s well-being be improved if you or your spouse had workplace flexibility? Learn about a growing national movement to promote flex work.

Does Your Child Feel 'Entitled?'

Author Amy McCready writes that many parents struggle to say “No” to their children when they most need to hear it in order to develop compassion and gratitude.

Study Shows Back-to-School Time Can Be Stressful for Pets

Nearly 4,000 pet owners report a spike in separation anxiety in pets who lose summer companions to the classroom during the back-to-school season, according to a survey.

Tackling Nanny Envy

Feeling a little jealous of your caregiver's relationship with your child? Follow these tips to steer clear of nanny envy.

Work That Works for Working Moms

Triangle women face the challenges of being mothers, achieving personal growth and providing for their families in creative ways.

Zero-Prep Family Fun

Follow these easy tips to start your own family time tradition.

7 Ways to be Cautious When Sharing Photos Online

Tips for balancing the benefits and risks of photo-sharing on social networks.

Are You a Helicopter or Free-Range Parent?

How to determine the parenting style that works best for you.

Empty Nester? Forge a New Path to Happiness

Now that you've given them wings, it's time to explore your new parenting role and lifestyle.

Preparing Children for a New Baby

A new addition is often an adjustment for children who are already in the family,but parents can help ease concerns with these tips.

Themed Experiences Make Learning Fun

Enjoy leisurely mornings while engaging your kids with educational enrichment that ranges from dinosaurs, geography and physics to art and service.

Make Pool Safety a Priority

Prevent downings by following these basic safety tips for safeguarding your children.

Father's Day Ideas: Cards, Crafts, Gifts, Poems, Movies, Outings

Plan a great Father's Day with these crafty ideas, for homemade gifts, food, movies and poems!

Thank You … at 70 Words Per Minute

Roles reverse: A son takes care of his mom, and a chance encounter brings joy along with an opportunity to say "thank you."

Mother's Day Craft Gift: Paper Flowers for Mom

hese paper flowers are fun to make and can be used as a standalone gift or added to something else as a decoration.

Helping Siblings Get Along at Every Age

Sibling rivalry is a daily struggle for millions of American parents, but these age-by-age strategies help smooth those squabbles.

A Wagon Filled With Memories

Memories pop out of boxes when a dad, mom and daughter tackle cleaning out the garage.

Attitude Adjustment: Raising Respectful Kids

Here's how to ditch your kid's problem 'tude and enjoy a happier family, starting now.

6 Reasons to Keep Reading Aloud to Older Children

Reading to older children benefits both parents and kids beyond literacy.
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August 2019

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: 24.00

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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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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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: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Experience the vibrant Latin American culture through music, entertainment, arts and food. Enjoy dancing, music, authentic Latino food, kids’ activities and much more. A two-hour outdoor...

Cost: Free

Where:
West Weaver Street
Carrboro, NC  27510


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Hundreds of artisans from across the Southeast, festival foods, demonstrations, a kids' play area and live music highlight the town's signature arts and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Campus
316 N. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27513
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Discover Historic Yates Mill—a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Geocaching is a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden "caches." We will learn how to use traditional GPS units and the Geocaching App (by Groundspeak) and then...

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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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Ages 11 and older with disabilities make spaghetti, meatballs and a salad. Register online. Choose course #1247467.

Cost: $19/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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These programs are open to students 6–12 years old. Parent/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Preregistration is required. Learn about predator and prey...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #124969.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/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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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Unexpected NC is hosting a Mommy Meet-up at SnickerDoodles. This event is for new and experienced moms alike. Kids are more than welcome to attend and make some new friends.    ...

Cost: Free with registration

Where:
SnickerDoodles
3721 Lynn Road
Raleigh, NC
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Sponsor: Unexpected NC
Telephone: 99-717-7298
Contact Name: Morgan Price
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Explore the ways you can plan ahead for the heat and care for yourself while outdoors on hot days. For ages 6 and up (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE. Registration is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Plus-Plus is one shape with endless possibility. Younger kids can build 2-D mosaics and older kids can create 3-D masterpieces. Come into Learning Express Falls Pointe for an instructional...

Cost: Free

Where:
Learning Express Falls Pointe
9660 Falls of Neuse Rd
#130
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Learning Express Falls Pointe
Telephone: 919-325-6057
Contact Name: Stephanie Gillespie
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Enjoy tea time for the whole family. Samples of hot tea, cold tea, and kombucha will be provided, along with games and family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
IngenuiTea Kombucha Coffee & Tea
514 E Williams St
APEX, NC  27502
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Sponsor: IngenuiTea Brews
Telephone: 919-438-3684
Contact Name: Mark Poole
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Read the story by Laura Numeroff and make brownies. Register online. Choose course #124737.

Cost: $23/resident, $30/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Listen to a story about Johnny Appleseed, the legendary character who's based on John Chapman, the American frontier nurseryman who planted apple trees in many states. Play the game of fruit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Families take part in an unconventional family adventure race on a muddy obstacle course. Spectators may watch families compete. Parking is $5/car.

Cost: $30-$40/person for race

Where:
Hill Ridge Farms
703 Tarboro Rd.
Youngsville, NC  27596
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Shop for local handmade arts and crafts from local vendors. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Celebrate African-American culture and history with an art gallery walk, vendors, kids' activities, food and more. See website for hours.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Fayetteville Street
, NC  27601
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 & 3:00 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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East Cloud Kungfu hosts a Parent's Night Out event, featuring a safe environment for kids as they about the wide world of kungfu.   Check it out!...

Cost: $25 first child, $20 each additional child

Where:
East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
5655-A Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
Telephone: 252-646-7053
Contact Name: Imari Colon
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Enjoy a charity radio controlled model flying event and fundraiser benefiting Meg's Smile Foundation. See all sizes/types of electric radio controlled aircraft and watch a drone...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park
2401 Grigsby Avenue
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Holly Springs Skyhawks RC Group
Telephone: 919-270-8467
Contact Name: Doug LeRoy
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Annual Guides

Education Guide

The 2018-19 Education Guide offers 678 education resources in the Triangle, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools, academic resources and an Exceptional Child special section.

The Triangle Go-To Guide

Our Triangle Go-To Guide connects you to family fun resources across the Triangle. In our 2019-20 issue, explore 1,028 resources for family fun.