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Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Jan. 19-21

Make renaissance crafts in Apex, explore the night sky in Durham, make foil works of art at the in Raleigh, play with Legos in Raleigh and more.
January 17, 2018

Fun Things to Do in the Triangle this Week, Jan. 15-18

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at multiple events around the Triangle, play in nature in Raleigh, make a snowflake craft in Raleigh and explore a museum in Durham.
January 12, 2018

Fun Things to Do in the Triangle this Weekend, Jan. 12-14

Try new fitness programs in Durham, learn about fractions in Holly Springs, check out Repticon in Raleigh, explore fossils in Apex and listen to a blues performance in Raleigh.
January 10, 2018
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From the Editor

Carolina Parent's Biggest Hits of 2017

See our top online articles and social media posts from the last year.
December 15, 2017

The Biltmore Estate Experience — With Teens

Local teens experience what life was like for a turn-of-the-century millionaire
November 29, 2017

14 Ways Wegmans Could Make Your Life Better

The Triangle's first approved Wegmans will be built in Chapel Hill, and negotiations are underway for the construction of stores in Cary and Raleigh.
October 27, 2017
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Pop Mom

Meet the Moms of IMOMSOHARD

Kristin and Jen's hilarious web series "imomsohard" discusses the honest, raw and the sometimes ridiculousness of mom life.
March 8, 2017

Mom's Murphy Law

A mother adds wildlife rescuer to her resume, quite unexpectedly, and discovers that if you have free time, Mom's Murphy's Law will take effect.
July 21, 2016

Skip the Baby Clothes and Consider these Practical Gifts

No onesies here! Here are 13 out-of-the-box, non-clothing gift ideas — from the intangible to practical and traditional — for any new or repeat mom.
June 24, 2016
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Fit Family

Fit and Fun Week Coming to Durham

Durham Parks and Recreation will showcase classes available to participants throughout the year.
December 28, 2017

The Importance of Unstructured Free Play

Why you should let your kids play in the rain and mud, and use their imagination to explore outside.
August 7, 2017

The 2016 Fit Family Challenge Grand Prize Winner is ...

The time has come to announce our 2016 Fit Family Challenge grand prize winner of a trip to Universal Orlando® Resort!
July 28, 2016
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DADsquared

A Gay Dad's Ocean View

A beach escape brings the realities of foster parenting crashing down on this dad even as he enjoys the sea and sun.
October 25, 2016

At-Home Dad Convention Comes to Raleigh

The National At-Home Dad Network is hosting its 21st Annual At-Home Dad Convention in Raleigh, Oct. 7-9. The convention features programs, classes, discussion and speakers.
September 9, 2016
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Searching for Balance

I Love a Parade

Parades bring out the best in people.
December 11, 2017

Why I Have a Teal Pumpkin on My Porch

Consider having alternative items available for trick-or-treaters with sensitivities and allergies.
October 22, 2017

The Edge

Trust yourself to make the best decisions.
October 1, 2017
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A ‘Special’ World

3 Steps for Back-to-School Success for Special Ed Students

Try these strategies to help your child who has a disability start the school year off right.
August 29, 2016

Enjoy the Summer's Close With Your Special Needs Child

Check out these ideas to keep exceptional children entertained during the last few weeks of summer.
August 1, 2016

Keep Academic Skills Flowing Over Summer for Your Exceptional Child

Minimal summer schoolwork can lead to back-to-school success.
June 27, 2016
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The Clueless Chick

A Fun and Easy Peanut Party!

How should you celebrate National Peanut Month? With a Peanut Party, of course, and these delicious recipes will make your guests happy.
February 25, 2016

How to Keep Valentine's Day Simple but Fabulous!

Try these easy DIY ideas to create Valentines for the kids at school and sweet treats for your Valentine's Day dinner at home.
January 24, 2016

DIY Family Rules

How to create your own "Family Rules" during a fun family night at home!
January 4, 2016
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Teen Scene

Parent-Child Dynamic of Online Privacy: How Much is Too Much?

How much privacy should a parent offer his or her child on social media, or should they allow them on it at all?
January 17, 2018

The Biltmore Estate Experience — With Teens

Local teens experience what life was like for a turn-of-the-century millionaire
November 29, 2017

Vaping From a Teen's Point of View

This alternative to smoking is still attached to a negative stigma among teens.
November 28, 2017
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College Transitions

How Should High School Freshmen Prepare for College?

How your ninth-grader can successfully launch his or her high school career.
December 19, 2017

The Top 5 College Application Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid making obvious mistakes that can negatively impact admissions chances.
November 21, 2017

Applying to College? Get an Inside Look at 21 NC Private Colleges

Browse profiles on everything from from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years.
October 30, 2017
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Contests and Giveaways

Enter to Win the 2018 American Girl Doll: Luciana Vega

American Girl introduced an "out-of-this-world" doll Jan. 1.
January 2, 2018

Enter to Win 4 Tickets to North Carolina Symphony's 'Heroes & Villains' Concert on Jan. 6

Celebrate the best and the baddest from your favorite superhero tales.
December 29, 2017

Enter to Win 2 Tickets to Carolina Ballet's Dec. 21 Presentation of 'The Nutcracker'

Journey to "The Land of Sweets" during this a holiday tradition perfect for the entire family.
December 19, 2017
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Guest Bloggers

When Your Ex’s Parenting Choices Make You Crazy

Children of divorce often live with two slightly different rules in different households.
January 10, 2018

Mom Confident With Decision to Have Only One Child

Difficult pregnancy and labor are among the reasons this couple's son will be an only child.
January 10, 2018

Life With Twins

Life with twins is a journey filled with laughter, love and compromise.
November 29, 2017
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A Family Coach

Calling All 30- to 40-year-old Teenagers

We parents walk a fine line of supervising our kids' online behavior without becoming a participant in it. It is a line I see more and more parents crossing. What is appropriate involvement?
May 6, 2016

Are you a 'Bubble' Parent?

February 27, 2015
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January 2018

Run Club meets every Sunday at 8 a.m. in Midtown Raleigh or Wake Forest. Stroller friendly; children invited. 

Cost: $10/run or $100/annual pass

Where:
Optimist Park Community Center/Greenways
5900 Whittier Drive
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: FIT4MOM
Telephone: 919-348-0472
Contact Name: Missy Currin
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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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Ages 5-18 try curling, a sport built on a tradition of sportsmanship and sociability. Equipment provided. Wear warm clothes and sneakers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Triangle Curling Club
2310 So Hi Dr.
Durham, NC  27703
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Sponsor: Triangle Curling
Telephone: 919-818-1177
Contact Name: Dina Gerber
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Enjoy a sneak peek of the new Goldfish Swim School in Wake Forest. Meet staff, learn more about Goldfish Swim School programs and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Goldfish Swim School Wake Forest
14460 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27614
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Sponsor: Goldfish Swim School Wake Forest
Telephone: (919) 435-3753
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Celebrate community heroes on MLK Day at Marbles. From 10am-2pm, meet real community heroes like a paramedic, teacher and police officer. Be a hero by packing food for Backpack Buddies to...

Cost: $7 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Rale, NC
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Spend the afternoon helping to maintain and beautify the area around Good Hope Farm in honor of MLK Jr. Day of Service. All ages. Volunteers age 15 and younger must be accompanied by an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Good Hope Farm
1580 Morrisville Carpenter Rd.
Cary, NC
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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday with cake, crafts, storytime and various activities for kids of all ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 West Club Blvd.
, NC
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Book Harvest hosts the Dream Big Book Drive, a community-wide celebration of diversity, literacy and books for all children. Donate new or gently used children’s book, volunteer to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Book Harvest
Telephone: (252) 497-BOOK
Contact Name: Daniele Berman
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Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and view digital art created by local youth. Enjoy refreshments, networking and artwork created by youth in the community based...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store at the Streets at Southpoint Mall
6910 Fayetteville Rd.
Suite 174
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: Microsoft
Telephone: (919) 361-3140
Contact Name: Sherry del Rosario
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Enjoy the story "Snowballs" by Lois Ehlert and enjoy time outdoors. Ages 18 mos-3 yrs with caregiver. Register online. 

Cost: $2/child

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Take a magical journey through China's divine culture. Classical dance, music and storytelling highlight this live show. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $80-$150

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC
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Rising kindergartners and their families learn about Wake County magnet elementary programs. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Washington Magnet Elementary
1000 Fayetteville Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Learn what wild animals do in winter as they hibernate, migrate and stay warm in the cold woods. Ages 3-5 with adult enjoy a hike, do a craft and learn how to help...

Cost: $3; no fee for accompanying adult

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 staff
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Enjoy the first live theatrical production based on Shopkins, the wildly successful brand launched in 2014. The Shoppies and Shopkins characters will take to the stage in performance featuring...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Take a magical journey through China's divine culture. Classical dance, music and storytelling highlight this live show. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $80-$150

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC
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Explore a part of art. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/member, $8/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Explore a part of art. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/member, $8/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Join local churches and community organizations for a public celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Friendship Chapel Baptist Church
237 Friendship Chapel Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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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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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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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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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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Head out to Lake Crabtree to learn all about our most commonly seen mammal. Spy on the gray squirrels that abound in the park. Park staff will answer all your gnawing questions about squirrel...

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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Make a craft and sing favorite songs. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #111599.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Page-Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC
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Learn how to express yourself with color, pattern and imagery as you make your own art book with artist Anna Podris. All ages and skill levels welcome. Materials provided.

Cost: $10/member, $15/nonmember

Where:
Artspace
201 E. Davie St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-821-2787
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Celebrate Zaniac's first year in business by attending an open house event with free course demos, hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt and cake. Sample camp and after-school programs,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Zaniac
1206 Parkside Main St.
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: Zaniac
Telephone: 919-342-8536
Contact Name: Matthew Pepe
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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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Learn what wild animals do in winter as they hibernate, migrate and stay warm in the cold woods. Ages 3-5 with adult enjoy a hike, do a craft and learn how to help wildlife friends...

Cost: $3; no fee for accompanying adult

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 staff
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Enjoy a puppetry arts program inspired by the children's book "The Interrupting Chicken" by David Ezra Stein. Ages 4-9. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Branch Library
900 Old Fayetteville Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Carrboro Branch Public Library
Telephone: 919-969-3008
Contact Name: Jody Smith
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This annual festival features more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, re-enactors and more. Enjoy dancers, singers, storytellers and...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
, NC  27601
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Look up close and untangle clues to find the hidden story in works of art. Ages 5-11 with caregiver.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Each year, Cranberry Tree Farm donates its unsold trees to the Conservators Center for its animals to enjoy as a special form of holiday enrichment. During this walkabout, watch as wild animals...

Cost: See the website for fees.

Where:
Conservators Center
676 E. Hughes Mill Rd.
Burlington, NC  27217
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Telephone: 888-650-1139
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Learn about local birds and build a bird box. 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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Take part in an event run by Triangle TechGirlz. Learn about networks that are connecting objects and devices to make our lives better, in the same way that social media does. From cars to...

Cost: Free

Where:
IBM RTP - Employee Activity & Fitness Center
3039 E. Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27703
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Sponsor: TechGirlz
Contact Name: Jane Bossert
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Girls ages 11 and older enjoy a manicure and pedicure, makeup application or face painting, and a tiara-making station. Punch and snacks served. Register online. Choose course #111626.

Cost: $11/resident, $15/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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Stop in and experience Rock Band at Bach to Rock Music School. The band program starts at age 7.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School
958 U.S. Highway 64
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Bach to Rock
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster
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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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​Sibshops give brothers and sisters of kids with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting to explore their feelings in creative, light...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hargraves Community Center
216 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Adapted Recreation & Inclusion program: Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 919 968-2813
Contact Name: Marian Kaslovsky
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Take a hike to listen for owl calls and learn why these creatures are well adapted to living in darkness. After the hike, enjoy s’mores around  acampfire while practicing...

Cost: $4/person

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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