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Oct. 19-21: SPARKcon, BugFest, a Kid’s Life and More

Enjoy SPARKcon and BugFest, both in downtown Raleigh; try handwriting using old-fashioned tools in Durham; and check out the Creepy Crabtree Celebration in Morrisville.

Oct. 15-18: Kids Yoga, STEM Career Showcase, Nature Stories and What’s in the Box?

Try kids yoga in Durham; and in Raleigh, get inspired at the STEM Career Showcase, enjoy a fall hike and explore settings in pieces of art.

Oct. 12-14: Fright Night, the Great Pumpkin, Bats and Pumpkin Painting

This weekend, enjoy a fall festival and haunted house in Durham, view a Halloween favorite show under the stars in Apex, learn about bats in Apex and paint a pumpkin in Cary.

Explore Ski Resorts in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia

Plan a family fun getaway within driving distance to ski, snowboard and tube.

Oct. 8-11: Pumpkin Circle, Flatbread Pizza Baking, Acrylic Pouring and Natural History Halloween

Learn about a pumpkin's life cycle, bake a flatbread pizza, make a masterpiece with acrylics and enjoy nature-themed Halloween activities.

Oct. 5-7: Science of Superpowers, Durham Big Sweep, Art Stories and Bass Lake Day

Learn about genetic traits, help keep Durham clean, find out what stories art has to tell and check out a nature and environmental education festival.

Oct. 1-4: Bugs in Nature, a Kids’ Gardening Primer, Hedgehogs 101 and What’s in the Box?

Here are some fun things to do with the kids this week in the Triangle.

October 2018: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings

Hillsborough Handmade Parade, Fall Foliage Tours and International Festival of Raleigh

24 October Festivals and Fairs in the Triangle

Mark your calendar for fall fun at these family-friendly events.

Explore North Carolina’s Rail Trails

Old rail lines become recreational, scenic pathways.

30 Days of Giveaways: Day 23

Enter to win a variety of Alex Brand toys and a Kammock Roo Jr.

30 Days of Giveaways: Day 22

Enter to win a little Christmas in September, flu season prep supplies and more!

Sept. 24-27: Take a Child Outside Week Activities Galore

Take a sunset walk, learn about “hoppers" and investigate trees in Raleigh; and hear a nature-inspired story and explore a garden in Durham.

Sept. 21-23: A Celebration of Toys, Paddling the Pond, Dragon Boat Festival and Nature Journaling

Check out these fall family fun options this weekend in the Triangle.

30 Days of Giveaways: Day 17

Enter to win four tickets to the Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train and other thrilling attractions.

Sept. 17-20: Bugs With Superpowers, Spiders and Webs, Candy Science and Art & Movement

Learn about bugs and spiders in experiment with candy, and integrate art and movement.

30 Days of Giveaways: Day 12

Enter to win 4 tickets to Hill Ridge Farm's Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Festival.

30 Days of Giveaways: Day 10

Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets to Carolina Ballet’s "The Nutcracker."

Sept. 10-13: Box Turtle Discovery, History of Football, Open Painting Studio and Nature Storytime

Learn about turtles in New Hill, discover the history of football and paint your own creation in Raleigh, and explore a garden in Durham.

Autumn at Oz Tickets Sold Out for 2018

Tickets for the Sept. 7-9 Autumn at Oz event have sold out.

Sept. 7-9: Giant Puppets, a Pooch Plunge, Thomas in the Garden and Exploring Field Bugs

Take in a Paperhand Puppet Intervention show and learn about bugs in Raleigh, enjoy a swim with your pooch in Durham, and explore model and real trains in Bonsal.

Sept. 3-6: Reading to Dogs, Fossil Exploration, Penmanship Practice and a College Admissions Primer

Improve reading skills, inspire junior paleontologists, learn about 1800s handwriting and learn about the college admissions process.

Labor Day Weekend: Hula Hoop Boot Camp, Glow Night, Wings Over Springs and More

Advance your hula hooping skills, zip through trees, watch aerial stunts by radio-controlled model airplanes and drones, and enjoy pay-what-you-can admission to Kidzu Children's Museum.

Family-Friendly Festivals in September

40+ festivals in the Triangle for family fun.

Aug. 27-30: Dragonfly Crafts, Learning with LittleBits, Farm Storytime and Backpack Charms

Make a dragonfly craft in Apex, find out about sound waves in Raleigh, hear a story in Apex and make a backpack charm in Hillsborough.

Aug. 24-26: Stagville Under the Stars, Canoeing, Packapalooza and Dazzling Dragonflies

This weekend, hear traditional African tales, learn canoe basics, check out Packapalooza and learn about dragonflies.

Aug. 20-23: Free Sports Physicals, Pop-Up in the Park, Metamorphosis Lesson and More

Get a free sports physical for your student-athlete, check out skate and Zumba demos, learn how caterpillars turn into butterflies, explore life on a dairy farm and get free museum admission.

Aug. 17-19 Chess 101, Milling Flour, Making Fabric Art and Observing Honey Bees

This weekend in the Triangle, play chess, learn how flour is milled, make fabric art and observe honey bees.

Aug. 13-16: Forest Bathing, Stargazing, Frog Watching and a Movie Under the Stars

Relax in nature in Raleigh, see celestial objects from a rooftop in Durham, learn about frogs and toads in Apex, and watch an outdoor movie in Chapel Hill.

August 10-12: S’Morrisville, Paperhand Puppet Theater Performance, Tree Identification and a Movie Under the Stars

This weekend, celebrate National S’mores Day in Morrisville, catch a puppet show in Chapel Hill, learn to identify trees in Raleigh and watch an outdoor movie in Wake Forest.
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December 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
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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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Create artwork inspired by the Christmas tree. Ages 6-10. Register online. Choose course #126771.

Cost: $31/resident, $40/nonresident

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

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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Holiday Gift Making for Friends They're back! Come learn how to sew the perfect sized scrunchie - an excellent holiday gift for friends. Choose from a variety of fabrics, colors, and...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
The Studio School of Durham
1201 W Woodcroft Pkwy
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: The Studio School of Durham
Telephone: 984-377-4502
Contact Name: Danielle Sunde
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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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The ensemble performs favorite holiday tunes as well as the soundtrack to "The Snowman" as it is shown on a large screen. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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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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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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Ages 15 and older enjoy a night of dancing, refreshments, a winter wonderland photo booth and more. 

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Winter is a great time to explore nature at the park! Join a naturalist to learn how to identify tracks, explore conifers, and drink pine needle tea. Then observe snow and ice through hands-on...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for everyone

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

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Family members join teams to shoot foul shots for a chance to win a holiday ham. See website for age divisions and times. No registration necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Center
73 Hunter St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-3402
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy a showing of "Home Alone." Register online. Choose course #128732.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Please join Admissions, Division Directors and our Head of School as they talk about Duke School’s unique program, specifically for students entering 5th-8th grade for the 2020-21 school year....

Cost: $0

Where:
Duke School
3716 Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Duke School
Telephone: 919-416-9420
Contact Name: Logan Blaylock

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See Happy Dan perform magic, comedy and more.

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Renaissance Centre
405 Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Assist with our habitat box monitoring. Tasks will vary depending on what needs attention and may include: cleaning or repairing habitat boxes or installing new ones, monitoring our current boxes...

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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Enjoy a family-friendly movie and a slice or two of pizza. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/person. $2 for ages 2 and younger

Where:
The Halle Cultural Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #127199.

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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Bring your kids to the park for a day of crafting and nature while you take advantage of a few more hours of holiday shopping.  The crafts your child creates will make great keepsakes or gifts for...

Cost: $16 per child

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 11-17 create old-fashioned taffy and hard candy using ingredients like caramel, marshmallow and chocolate. Register online. Choose course #127044.

Cost: $18/resident, $23/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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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: $15/resident, $19/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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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: $15/resident, $19/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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Traditional dance caller Connie Carringer teaches fun dances for the whole family: squares, circles, Appalachian and more accompanied by old-time, string band music performed by local musicians. No...

Cost: $2/person or $5/family

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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No Christmas season is complete without your family experiencing The Raleigh Boychoir’s shining “Carols of Christmas.” This year we are excited to invite community members to sing...

Cost: $10 Students, $15 Seniors, $20 Adults.

Where:
Edenton Street United Methodist
228 W Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Raleigh Boychoir
Telephone: (919)881-9259
Contact Name: Erin O'Hara
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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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Ages 5 and older move through yoga poses set to holiday music, decorate a special treat and drink hot chocolate. Registration required online. Choose course #127393. 

Cost: $19/child

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
125 Middle Creek Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Ages 4-12 enjoy free arts and crafts. Registration not required. Children must have adult accompaniment. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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One ticket admits the entire family to decorate a special gingerbread house. Supplies provided. Workshops available at 2 p.m. Allergy-free workshop available at 11 a.m. Registration required...

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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Harris Lake will welcome a special holiday visitor this December! Santa will take time out of his busy schedule to join us for a cup of hot cocoa and a ride on our wagon along the back roads of the...

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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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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Discover what's happening in nature as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #127675.

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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Take part in this annual walk to celebrate the winter solstice. Take a handmade lantern (white lanterns/lights only, handmade is requested, no fire allowed). Participants will gather at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Hillsborough
, NC  27278


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