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25 Fun Things to Do With Kids for Free (Or Under $5)

Explore these ideas for free or inexpensive outings with your kids in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.
July 22, 2016

Paperhand Puppet Intervention to Debut Show Aug. 5

Paperhand Puppet Intervention puts a spotlight on monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales when its show debuts Aug. 5.
July 22, 2016

Weekend Offers Free Family Fun in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

Triangle families can enjoy lots of free fun this weekend. Take your kids for entertainment that includes games, crafts, art, live music and more.
July 19, 2016
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From the Editor

Is Pokémon GO a Go in Your Neighborhood?

Pokémon GO is a hit with tweens, teens and parents worldwide.
July 18, 2016

J.K. Rowling to Release an 8th Harry Potter Book This Summer

Potterheads rejoice! An 8th book, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," will be released this summer.
February 15, 2016

14 Ways Wegmans Could Make Your Life Better

Negotiations are underway for construction of a Wegmans grocery store in Cary.
January 19, 2016
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Pop Mom

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

5 Diapering Hacks: Tips and Tricks from Our Pop Mom Blogger

Here are some tips and tricks from our Pop Mom blogger and digital media specialist, Lauren Isaacs, for how to take the frustration out of diaper changes, one hack at a time.
June 9, 2016
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Fit Family

Take Our Fit Family Challenge Survey for a Chance to Win a $100 Gas Gift Card

Fill out our survey for a chance to win gas for your car!
July 5, 2016

Fit Family Challenge Spotlight Families Tackled Exercise Head On

Changing entrenched behavior and trying new activities isn't easy, but the Fit Family Challenge Spotlight families did.
June 22, 2016

Lucas Family Wraps Up Fit Family Challenge

The Lucas family reflects on its experience in the Fit Family Challenge and plans for summer.
June 22, 2016
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Searching for Balance

Why I Don't Watch the News

One mom wonders: "It's 2016. Why are people still having to fight for equality and to be seen as people?"
June 13, 2016

My Teachers: Moment by Moment

A mom recognizes two of her life's greatest teachers, as past and future meld together on a beautiful, sunny day at the theme park.
April 19, 2016

Take Flight at Morehead Planetarium

Take an animated exploration of the four principles of flight — lift, weight, thrust and drag — during a new 25-minute show at Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill.
March 3, 2016
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A ‘Special’ World

Keep Academic Skills Flowing Over Summer for Your Exceptional Child

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

Summer Jobs for Teenagers With Special Needs

Parents of teenagers with a disability have options for summer employment.
June 13, 2016

Parents get ready for the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests

Schools are preparing now for special education accommodations for the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.
May 5, 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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College Transitions

SAT Subject Tests: A Primer

When can SAT subject test benefit college applicants and what do they entail?
July 19, 2016

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.
June 15, 2016

Applying to NC Colleges? Take an Inside Look at 16 UNC Schools

These profiles detail everything from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years.
June 13, 2016
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Contests and Giveaways

Enter to Win Tickets to See 'Newsies' Aug. 16 at DPAC

Disney's smash-hit musical comes to Durham Aug. 16-21.
July 22, 2016

Win Tickets to See 'Mary Poppins' at North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh

Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's presentation of "Mary Poppins" July 26-31 is a North Carolina Theatre premiere.
July 20, 2016

Win a Fun-Filled Summer Prize Pack!

Enter to win Playmobil kits, IKOS building tools, art books and Blu-Ray disks.
July 14, 2016
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Guest Bloggers

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted Child

Talking about their adoption with children is difficult for birth parents, but research offers tips for growing healthy parent-child relationships.
July 18, 2016

A Teen's Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online

Help your kids avoid online cyberbullies and catfishing with this high school student's suggestions.
July 18, 2016

Social Media Causing Your Teen Stress?

Confronting the stress of social media head on can help teens feel less uncomfortable and insecure about themselves.
July 18, 2016
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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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July 2016

A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the...

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy a quick lesson before heading out to catch a fish. Fishing poles and bait provided. Adults must register and accompany children.  Choose course #188957.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Enjoy a great movie and pre-show activities. Take lawn chairs and blankets. Pack a dinner or enjoy good eats from the local food trucks. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
RLT’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: Raleigh Little Theatre
Telephone: 919-821-4579
Contact Name: Charles Phaneuf
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Join the Durham Mothers Club at its monthly open playdate. New and prospective members can attend and learn more about the DMC and make new friends. We meet in a lovely (cool) nursery with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pilgrim United Church of Christ - Nursery
3011 Academy Road
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Mothers Club
Contact Name: Jennifer Johnson
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Take part in a one-hour course for expectant moms and partners. Learn about well-being and mental health during the newborn month, create a postpartum plan and get helpful tips and resources for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Babies R Us
7810 Poyner Pond Cir
Raleigh, NC
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Sponsor: Postpartum Education and Support
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Learn about different kinds of boats and make a sailing vessel to take home. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online.

Cost: $1/member, $3/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-807-7979
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Observe an ant mound and learn about what goes on in an ant colony.  Make a craft and learn a new ant song. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online by July 15. Choose course...

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Take time out to spend with your little one as you crawl, explore and bounce in a safe environment exclusively for children ages 12 mos-3 yrs. Parents play free; admission is $5 per child....

Cost: $5/child

Where:
BounceU of Apex
3419 Apex Peakway
Apex, NC  27502
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Enjoy the movie "Goosebumps," a can of soda and a box of popcorn for only $5. A season pass for all ten movies is $25/person.

Cost: $5-$25

Where:
Palace Pointe
5050 Durham Rd.
Roxboro, NC  27574
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Sponsor: Palace Pointe
Telephone: 336-598-5050 x114
Contact Name: Wendy Harrington
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A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the...

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Meet a staff member at the information desk to visit one of the museum galleries. Have a look around and listen to a history-related story. Ages 3 and older with adult.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Johanna leads preschoolers on a storytime adventure.

Cost: Free

Where:
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Flyleaf Books
Telephone: 919-942-7373
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A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the...

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Come dressed in your ‘50s best for prizes and giveaways, and be ready to belt out favorite "Grease" tunes for this fun sing a-long event. Venue opens at 7:30pm. Movie starts at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Boulevard
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Northgate Mall
Telephone: 919-286-4407
Contact Name: Chelsey Winstead
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Enjoy an energetic, musical storytime with Amy Godfrey, who was a Durham County librarian for six years. Babka and challah will be served as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levin JCC
1937 West Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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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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Spend the morning searching every nook and cranny for all the interesting things at Lazy O Farm. Enjoy farm animals, a scavenger hunt, popcorn and a hayride around fields of hay, sweet potatoes and...

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Lazy O Farm
3583 Packing Plant Road
Smithfield, NC  27577
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Sponsor: Lazy O Farm
Telephone: 919-934-1132
Contact Name: Tami Thompson
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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. Registration required.

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
122 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quiñones
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A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the...

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Using all recycled materials, build a musical wind chimes for the whole family to enjoy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Logan's Garden Shp
707 Semart Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Celebrate the anniversary of Raleigh's purchase of the Dorothea Dix property and its possible future plans as a community park with a festival that features a Ferris wheel, water play area,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dorothea Dix property
Raleigh, NC


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Ages 3-5 share a morning of nature discovery with a caregiver. Explore the plants, animals and seasonal changes in the garden with hands-on activities, nature hikes, crafts and stories. Register...

Cost: $8/member, $10/nonmember

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3770
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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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. Registration required.

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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Kids ages 5-10 take part in a jam session inspired by the energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Using Ripstix, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising,...

Cost: Free for the first class

Where:
reCharge Pilates and Barre
3515 Witherspoon Blvd.
Durham, NC  27707
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reCharge Pilates & Barre is celebrating its third anniversary. Take the family to enjoy Boot Camp, POUND and TRX fitness demos for adults and kids, tours, games, raffles, face painting, food...

Cost: Free

Where:
reCharge Pilates and Barre
3515 Witherspoon Blvd.
Durham, NC  27707
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The children’s matinee series presents a performance by one of the acclaimed professional dance companies from the season that is specially curated to ignite and inspire the imaginations of...

Cost: $16

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the...

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

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Kids ages 7-17 take part in a hands-on magic workshop. Learn the performance art of theatrical magic from local masters on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Details available at...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Magic Corner Magic Shop
3684 Capital Blvd.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Ring #199,The Int'l Brotherhood of Magicians
Telephone: 919-272-6465
Contact Name: Roger Way
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A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the...

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Website »

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