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Barn Doors Open At 23 Triangle Farms

Barn doors at 23 scenic and sustainable farms throughout the Triangle open for the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour Sept. 15-16.

Join in the Fun at the Cary Scavenger Hunt

Test your knowledge of Cary and join in the fun at the third annual Cary Scavenger Hunt Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fall Fun: Triangle Offers Family-Friendly Festivals

From bugs to art, food and music and diverse cultures, the Triangle offers family-friendly fall festivals to suit every taste.

Weekend Offers 2nd Saturdays fun, free concerts

This weekend promises to be full of family fun across the Triangle, from free concerts to 2nd Saturday events and festivals.

Triangle Offers Lots of Rainy Day Kids Activities, Deals

The Triangle offers lots of rainy day activities for children of every age. For parent recommendations, see our readers' choices for 2012 Family Favorites places.

Family History Fair Offers Genealogy Resources, Kids Activities

Learn how to explore your family's genealogy and take your kids on a trip back to the 18th century at the Family History Fiar Aug. 11.

Weekend Fun: Free Concerts, Revolutionary War Reenactments

You'll find lots of family-friendly events in and around the Triangle this weekend (Aug. 3-5), from First Friday fun to free concerts, story times and Revolutionary War reenactments.

Sweet Family Fun: National Watermelon Day in Raleigh, Durham

From the State Farmers Market, in Raleigh, to the Museum of Life and Science, in Durham, you'll find celebrations of National Watermelon Day.

August 2012 Update: Family Exhibits in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

Take your children to see these family exhibits at museums and other venues in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

August Triangle Family Performances on Stage

Take your kids to see this line-up of family-friendly stage performances, from music to theater.

Family Fun: Airborne & Special Operations Museum

Step into the Boots of American Heroes at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.

Weekend Tips: Cool Places for Free or Inexpensive Fun

This weekend (July 27-29), head to these Triangle places to stay cool while having free or inexpensive fun.

Duke Homestead Summer Children's Festival

Duke Homestead in Durham celebrates the young and young-at-heart at its Summer Children's Festival Aug. 11.

Head to Cary Lazy Daze for Food, Art, Fun

Cary Lazy Daze, one of North Carolina's premier arts and crafts festivals, takes place Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ethan Bortnick and the Kidz Bop Kids Tour Postponed

Ethan Bortnick and the Kidz Bop Kids performance Aug. 17 in Raleigh is postponed. See how you can get a refund.

Common Core State and National Standards Come to North Carolina Schools

North Carolina implements a new, national K-12 math and English language arts curriculum, offering students a common academic core with 44 other states.

Weekend Fun: Free 'Canes Fun Fest, Scoops For Troops, Kids Activities

This weekend (July 20-22) offers free family fun, from the Carolina Hurricane's annual Summer Fun Fest to Scoops for Troops an ice cream social and family day.

Wildlife Take the Gold for True Olympic Feats

Surprise your kids with these fun facts on animal Olympians with gold medal-worthy abilities.

Pump It Up Deal to Support Autism Speaks

The entertainment venue Pump it Up of Raleigh is opening it doors for free play from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, when you make a donation to Autism Speaks.

This Week Features Superheroes, Baseball Ticket Deals, Fireworks!

It's a week when superheroes gather in the Triangle, and when you can see fireworks and get deals on baseball tickets.

Family Fun Days Return to Hillsborough

Family Fun Days, a special summer series featuring kids activities, returns to Hillsborough on Saturday, July 14.

Weekend Fun: Free 2nd Saturday Events, French Festival

This weekend (July 13-15) offers lots of free family fun around the Triangle, from 2nd Saturdays events  to a celebration of liberty at the Bastille Day French festival.

Summer Olympics Offers Kids Powerful Inspiration

Watch the 2012 Summer Olympics with your kids to inspire and educate them.

Join in Free Family Fun French Festival July 14

The free Bastille Day French festival in Layfayette Village, in Raleigh, promises lots of family fun, music and dancing July 14.

Tomatolicious Event in Raleigh Offers Kids Activities

As students on year-round schools head back to school, summer fun continues in downtown Raleigh with Tomatolicious, a chance to enjoy locally grown tomatoes.

July 2012 Update: Family Exhibits in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

Here's a look at family exhibits at local museums and other venues in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Many exhibits are free.

Weekend Family Fun: Festivals, Free Concerts, Story Times

This weekend's family fun includes festivals that celebrate the environment and dance, free concerts and cool story times for children.

Glow Bugs Summer Craft Uses Inexpensive Materials

Make a beautiful budget-friendly glow bug craft with your kids.

Cool Fun: Summer Deals for Movies, Bowling and Ice Skating

These summer deals for movies, bowling and ice skating in the Triangle offer a cool escape from the heat.

Polar Ice House Offers Summer BOGO Deal!

The Polar Ice House skating rinks in Cary, Garner and Wake Forest are kicking of their third annual 'Beat the Heat' promotion with a BOGO deal.
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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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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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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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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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Enjoy a showing of the movie as Indiana Jones himself leads an expedition into the jungle, where explorers like yourself will search for the artifact: The Ark of the Covenant.  We’re...

Cost: $2 members, $5 nonmembers

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-707-9965
Contact Name: Hugo Romero-Sanchez
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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.