Bag it or Buy it? Healthy Student Lunches


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Making sure children eat a healthy lunch at school can be challenging, whether they eat in the cafeteria or pack a lunch from home. The good news is healthy options abound for buying lunch or bagging it. The key is teaching yourself and your children about good nutrition first.

"I think you can shape and change a kid's excitement about [nutrition] if you approach it the right way," says Sheree Vodicka, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the N.C. Dietetic Association in Raleigh.

Today's lunch line

Thanks to ongoing efforts in North Carolina to provide healthy food in school cafeterias, children can eat nutritious and varied lunches every day. School cafeteria lines are a great place for students to gain independence, learn how to make healthy choices and learn social interaction, as well as try new foods.

Wake County public schools have introduced new healthy foods, such as kiwi and star fruit and a California blend of vegetables, to its lunch menus. "There are some unusual things kids might not get at home or in their lunch box," says Marilyn Moody, nutrition director at Wake County schools.

This fall, more white breads will be replaced with whole wheat breads, and vending machines will offer only downsized snacks with fewer than 200 calories. Many schools in North Carolina are taking similar actions, removing sugary fruit drinks and replacing them with water, 100-percent fruit juice and flavored water, as schools try to help children get smart about nutrition.

The benefit of eating at school is a selection of healthy hot foods on the menu, including cooked vegetables and meats. However, temptations remain. There may be Rice Krispie treats by the cash register or ice cream on the menu for dessert.

You should monitor meal choices and review menus with your student before he or she heads to school each day. "It starts at home," says Joan Marsh, the dining hall manager at Charlotte Country Day School. "You have to go over the options with your child of what they can and cannot have."

Most schools publish menus online, giving you ample opportunity to review choices with your child. Convenient online systems such as MyLunchMoney.com in Wake County schools allow you to manage lunch money accounts and monitor students' cafeteria purchases daily. This tool allows you to guide them to healthier foods when needed.

What's in the bag?

Packing a lunch is an easy way to provide a balanced meal and have more control over what your child eats at school.

Vodicka, the dietician, warns, however, that packing a nutritious lunch means avoiding many convenience foods such as prepackaged snacks and lunches that are high in sodium, sugar and fat. Potato chips, crackers and even deli meat can be filled with sodium.

"It's a good idea to think about what you can include that's healthy, nutritious and simple, and include more of the things kids need, like fruits and vegetables," she says.

Vodicka recommends replacing the jelly in a PB&J with bananas or apples or packing plain yogurt sweetened with frozen fruit. She also advises limiting fruit juice and letting kids buy milk at school.

Donna Trimble of Charlotte packs her son's lunch four days a week and allows him to choose his meal in the cafeteria on the fifth day. "I really try to watch what he eats, and the only way to do that is to pack his lunch," Trimble says.

Letting her son, a rising third-grader, choose a cafeteria meal once a week gives him some independence.

So, what should you stash in that lunch box? Dietitians recommend packing a protein, fruit, grain, vegetable and dairy in each meal. Consider choices such as whole-wheat bread, all-natural peanut butter, convenient precut carrots and celery sticks, or mini boxes of raisins.

Meleah Farlow of High Point packs her children's lunches to make sure they get adequate nutrition. Typical lunches include a cup of soup, carrot sticks, low-fat ranch dressing and a cheese stick or a turkey hot dog on a whole-wheat bun with baked chips, orange slices and yogurt.

"Pick out those things that children like that are good for them and make it fun," Farlow says. "Roll up a banana with some peanut butter on a whole-wheat wrap. Make a fun mix that has raisins, dark chocolate pieces, multi-grain Cheerios and peanuts."

It's important to encourage your children to eat healthy foods. Be a good nutrition role model and watch your food choices, because children often will try food their parents eat.

"You can't expect them to drop the Oreos for carrot sticks in a day," Farlow says. "I continually ask my kids to at least taste something and see if they like it. Sometimes they surprise themselves and find out they do."

Marty Minchin is a freelance writer who supports the rise in the local food movement. She lives in southeast Charlotte with her husband and two kids, ages 6 and 3.

 


Better Than a Brown Bag!

Lunch bags come in an assortment of shapes and sizes, and it's something kids like to have a hand in selecting. Here are a few fun, practical options, some of which help reduce waste in the lunchroom, too.

Balanced Lunch Kits

Balanced Day Lunch bags have two separate compartments that make it easy to separate hot foods from cold, and the cookies from the cold cuts. www.balanceddaylunchkit.com.

A Blank Canvas

Not only is it eco-friendly, this organic-cotton lunch bag can also be a fun art project. The blank canvas lets kids decorate and personalize the bag, and it easily flattens and fits in a book satchel to carry home. www.ecobags.com.

Froggy-riffic

This lunch bag by Arctic Zone is carried over the shoulder like a purse. Made from neoprene and equipped with a reusable ice pack, it keeps things cold for hours. It also comes with a removable microbial snap-liner that makes it easy to clean. Available at Target.

CitizenPip Lunch Kits

Created by a mom who was tired of throwing out plastic baggies, these lunch kits and products are free of BPA, lead and phthalates. You can order what you need individually or in kits, including silverware, food containers, water bottle and insulated lunch bags. Schools can earn a percentage of the profits when purchased online with a school code. www.citizenpip.com.

Terracycle Drink Pouch Lunch Box

Made from up-cycled juice pouches, the Terracycle lunch bag is an unusual twist on the traditional insulated lunch box. TerraCycle diverts tons of waste juice pouches annually and donates 2 cents to a charity or nonprofit for each pouch collected. www.terracycle.net.

Laptop Lunches

The Bento System 2.0 by Laptop Lunches includes five inner containers that rest in a tray, a set of stainless-steel utensils and a water bottle, all of which zip into an insulated mini-laptop case. Available at local retailers; try Earth Fare and Hold Your Own in Raleigh, Green Pea Nursery in Apex, Hold Your Own and Durham Food Co-op in Durham, and Twig in Chapel Hill. www.laptoplunches.com.

Lunchbox Love Notes

Send a little love along with your child's lunch with these credit-card sized notes that feature positive, encouraging words on the front and fun trivia facts on the back. www.sayplease.com.

 


Make a Healthier Choice

 

Some of those lunch-box items you think are healthy may not be as good for you or your child as you think. Here are a few that might seem innocent for a lunchbox staple, but pack a lot of the three bad items: sodium, fat and sugar. We found some alternatives that are just as tasty.

Lunch Item: Oscar Mayer Lunchables Cracker Stackers Low-fat Ham and Swiss Cheese

Fast facts: This seemingly well-rounded meal contains 970 milligrams sodium. That's about 320 milligrams more than an average stick of salted butter.

Alternative: Try a slice of Boar's Head Swiss cheese, a slice of Hillshire Farm ham and a serving of Triscuit's baked whole grain crackers for a lower sodium profile of 318 milligrams.

Lunch Item: Capri Sun Berry Breeze

Fast facts: Just because it's 100 percent juice doesn't mean it's healthy. A single pouch contains 19 grams of sugar and 100 calories.
Alternative: Try Organic Mixed Berry Sensible Sippers juice boxes with 9 grams of sugar and 35 calories.

Lunch Item: Pringles Original Snack Stackers

Fast facts: One container holds 10 grams of fat. That's one more gram of fat than a McDonald's hamburger.
Alternative: Try Pirate's Booty Potato Flyers for half the fat content.

Lunch Item: Otis Spunkmeyer Blueberry Mini-Muffins

Fast facts: One serving has 10 grams of fat and 40 milligrams of cholesterol. That's three more grams of fat, and twice the cholesterol, of a serving of Breyer's Vanilla Ice Cream.
Alternative: Try a Quaker Oats Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar that has 3 grams of fat and no cholesterol.

Lunch Item: Ocean Spray Craisins

Fast facts: Dried fruit is as healthy as fresh fruit, right? Not exactly. One serving contains about 29 grams of sugar. That's five more grams than what you'll get from a standard Hershey Bar.
Alternative: Try tossing in a medium apple for just 14 grams of sugar.

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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

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You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
Website »

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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
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Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
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Is it true that Turkey and Eagle once faced off to see who would be our national bird? Find out the answer and discover the natural characteristics that made each bird a contender. Celebrate...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is not required

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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Nature Stories: Silly About Salamanders Wednesday, February 19  1– 2 p.m.  Do salamanders really smile?  Meet a real live salamander and find out!   Explore the world of salamanders...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
View map »


Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

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Join us for a casual chat with Dana Winters and gain insight about building a strong relationship with your child. Ask questions and connect with other parents over coffee. Presented by Marbles...

Cost: Free with advance registration

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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Sharpen your culinary skills and learn some new ones during this cooking class for would-be chefs. Call or stop by to register 919-245-2532. Space is limited.

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets Dave Ramsey" class that has teens experience...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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Azevedo Family Psychology and Kym Azevedo will host an Art for Life group each Thursday from 5:30-6:30PM beginning January 16 and running through March 26. This group is completely free, kid...

Cost: FREE

Where:
1903 N. Harrison Ave
Suite 201
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Azevedo Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-624-9568
Contact Name: Kym Azevedo
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The goal of the How To Talk So Kids Will Listen Group workshop is to help you communicate more effectively with children.   In each session of the workshop you'll be introduced to an...

Cost: $12.95 materials fee

Where:
Wildflower School at Belle Vie Farm
3100 Damascus Church Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Wildflower School at Belle Vie Farm
Telephone: 919-260-6859
Contact Name: Shelley Welch
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Parenting is about seizing everyday moments and turning them into moments of connections. Dana Winters shares what you can do to help your kids thrive. Presented by Marbles Kids Museum...

Cost: $10 advance registration required

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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The Big Easy is proud to be working with SAFEchild of North Carolina on our first charity Masquerade Ball. If you are not familiar with SAFEchild, they are a wonderful group of people who are...

Cost: 100-150

Where:
The Big Easy - Downtown Raleigh
222 Fayetteville St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: The Big Easy & SAFEchild
Telephone: (919) 832-6082
Contact Name: Rebecca
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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
View map »


Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
Website »

More information

Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

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The official youth travel basketball season kickoff is right around the corner. BeOneSports is proud to announce the 5th Annual 2020 “Rising Stars Hoop Classic,” Saturday, February 22nd-...

Cost: Free

Where:
TBA
TBA
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: BeOneSports
Telephone: 336-830-4597
Contact Name: Elijah Moore
Website »

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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

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Chase away the winter blues with a story walk through the Arboretum's gardens!  Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center ready for a fun time outside. We will follow the story through the...

Cost: $5 for nonmembers, free for members. No charge for accompanying adults.

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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Come out to support the NC State Gymnastics team on February 21st at 7 PM as they take on William & Mary and Centenary for Capes and Crowns night! Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite...

Cost: $3=$7

Where:
Reynolds Collisuem
2411 Dunn Ave.
Raleigh , NC  27607
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Come out to support the NC State Gymnastics team on February 21st at 7 PM as they take on William & Mary and Centenary for Capes and Crowns night! Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite...

Cost: $3=$7

Where:
Reynolds Collisuem
2411 Dunn Ave.
Raleigh , NC  27607
View map »

More information

Come out to support the NC State Gymnastics team on February 21st at 7 PM as they take on William & Mary and Centenary for Capes and Crowns night! Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite...

Cost: $3=$7

Where:
Reynolds Collisuem
2411 Dunn Ave.
Raleigh , NC  27607
View map »

More information

Come out to support the NC State Gymnastics team on February 21st at 7 PM as they take on William & Mary and Centenary for Capes and Crowns night! Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite...

Cost: $3=$7

Where:
Reynolds Collisuem
2411 Dunn Ave.
Raleigh , NC  27607
View map »

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I’ve Got A Little Twist This one-of-a-kind show proves the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire is still fun, fresh and full-of-life! The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players celebrate the...

Cost: $22 + taxes and fees

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second Street
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: The Clayton Center
Telephone: 919-553-1737
Website »

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Join us for our Friday Night Dance Party at The Big Easy Downtown Raleigh! Bring your boas, your masks, and wear your Mardi Gras finest! We are here to do it up! We will have complimentary beads...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Big Easy - Downtown Raleigh
222 Fayetteville St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: The Big Easy - Downtown Raleigh
Telephone: (919) 832-6082
Contact Name: The Big Easy
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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
View map »


Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
Website »

More information

The official youth travel basketball season kickoff is right around the corner. BeOneSports is proud to announce the 5th Annual 2020 “Rising Stars Hoop Classic,” Saturday, February 22nd-...

Cost: Free

Where:
TBA
TBA
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Sponsor: BeOneSports
Telephone: 336-830-4597
Contact Name: Elijah Moore
Website »

More information

Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

More information

Many of our visitors find artistic inspiration in Yates Mill and the surrounding parkland. Park staff host this annual competition and exhibition to give community members a chance to show off...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is not required

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

The Triangle Formation Synchronized Ice Skating team will host the Triangle Formation + Friends Ice Show and U.S. Nationals Send Off on Saturday, February 22, from 9:15-10:15 am at The Factory in...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Polar Ice House @ The Factory in Wake Forest
1839 South Main Street
Suite 200
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Triangle Formation
Telephone: 703-403-8446
Contact Name: Elizabeth O'Neal
Website »

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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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Test drive your future at this kid-size career fair, Marbles style! Meet an architect, dentist, engineer and many others representing a wide variety of careers. 

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Green Resources
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This February 22, pull on your boots and coats, and come play outside at Flannels & Frost, Downtown Raleigh Alliance's newest winter activation in partnership with City of Raleigh Parks,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Moore Square
200 S Blount St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Contact Name: Katie Bailey
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Family Wildlife Series: Oh Deer! Saturday, February 22  2-3 p.m. Are you seeing more deer in your backyard?  North Carolina’s skyrocketing deer population is causing area residents to see...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Tim Carless returns to the ArtsCenter to perform a unique and completely original live score to Buster Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr.  Keaton’s Sherlock Jnr from 1924 was selected for...

Cost: 15

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St.
300-G East Main Street.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: The ArtsCenter
Telephone: 919-929-2787
Contact Name: Patrick Phelps-Mckeown
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Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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Family friendly shortform improv games.  Good clean high energy fun!

Cost: $6-10

Where:
PIT-CH
462 W Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: PIT-CH
Telephone: 919-240-5012
Contact Name: Linda Bowerman
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Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center, 600 Booker Dairy Rd., Smithfield. 7:30-10 p.m. $55/resident couple, $45/nonresident couple. Fathers and daughters enjoy dancing, photos and appetizers....

Where:
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