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Weekend Fun June 3-5: Things to Do With Kids

This weekend, grab your kids and head outdoors for unique community celebrations.
May 31, 2016

5 Ideas for June Fun in the Triangle

June can be the perfect month to head outdoors to play and learn. Check out these activities for your kids and you.
May 26, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend: Triangle Events, Day Trips

Head out to events that honor veterans for their service and celebrate community. Discover new Triangle parks or opt for a day trip.
May 24, 2016
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From the Editor

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

'Star Wars' Excitement Takes Over the Triangle

Star Wars fans, young and old, make plans to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" this weekend.
December 15, 2015
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Pop Mom

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.
March 7, 2016

New Moon and Lola Store Opens in Cameron Village

March 13, 2015

Clean Cosmetics

January 20, 2015
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Fit Family

Simple, Fun Ways to Hook Your Picky Eater on New Foods

Stuck in a "food rut," serving the same foods over and over again? Got picky eaters? Here are some simple and fun ways to bring new foods to the table.
May 31, 2016

Fit Family Challenge 2016 Events

From festivals to 5Ks, our Fit Family Challenge special events deliver fun and points!
May 31, 2016

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bites

These little bites offer big flavor and provide a nice nutritional balance.
May 31, 2016
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Searching for Balance

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

Push Play Sing!

A Raleigh-based business works to empower kids with disabilities by hosting hands-on musical workshops throughout the Triangle.
February 4, 2016
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A ‘Special’ World

Summer Jobs for Teenagers With Special Needs

Parents of teenagers with a disability have options for summer employment.
May 24, 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

A Special Education Secret Revealed

Teachers who work in exceptional classrooms need emotional and monetary support.
March 28, 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

Is College Still a Worthwhile Investment?

Questioning the value of a college degree? College is still a sound investment if you know how to capitalize on your higher education.
May 27, 2016

Is It Possible to Get Off a College's Waitlist?

Check out this post to learn about your prospects as a waitlisted student and what you may be able to do to ultimately earn admission.
April 19, 2016

Should Students Disclose Depression/Anxiety on College Applications?

These tips offer guidance and help for effectively and tactfully describing mental health challenges.
February 25, 2016
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Contests and Giveaways

Time for a Fit Family Challenge Minutes Blitz!

Have you logged all those Fit Family Challenge minutes you accumulated over Memorial Day weekend? Log them now for a chance to win these prizes!
May 31, 2016

Win a Tween/Teen Mentorship Program

Join Our Fit Family Challenge for a chance to win an "Inside Out Strong" mentorship program for your tween or teen.
May 25, 2016

Win Tickets to 'Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance'

We're giving away two family four-packs of tickets to see Elmo, Ernie, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and other Sesame Street friends June 3-5 in Raleigh.
May 24, 2016
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Guest Bloggers

What Makes a Playground Great?

Your favorite playground might not be the same as your child's. Find out why.
May 25, 2016

This National Infertility Awareness Week, #StartAsking

National Infertility Awareness Week, April 24-30, invites people to #StartAsking the difficult questions about infertility.
April 21, 2016

Walk A Mile in My Shoes

This Apex mom of an adopted child shares the pain of raising a child who has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and explains why it's never OK to have a glass of wine when you're pregnant.
April 21, 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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May 2016

Celebrate our freedom and honor those who have served our nation as WRAL hosts Balloon Fest. See 35 beautiful hot air balloons take to the skies over Fuquay-Varina and enjoy more than 20 hours of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s fast-paced romp through love, friendship and betrayal in the museum’s Fletcher Garden. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh’s Bare...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Celebrate our freedom and honor those who have served our nation as WRAL hosts Balloon Fest. See 35 beautiful hot air balloons take to the skies over Fuquay-Varina and enjoy more than 20 hours of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Celebrate Memorial Day with free North Carolina-style barbecue, military vehicle rides, live music, children’s obstacle course, parades, patriotic speeches and more. Hear the testimonies of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brown Family Farm
3721 Quarry Road
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Telephone: (919) 307-5010
Contact Name: Jalen Davenport
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Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s fast-paced romp through love, friendship and betrayal in the museum’s Fletcher Garden. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh’s Bare...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s fast-paced romp through love, friendship and betrayal in the museum’s Fletcher Garden. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh’s Bare...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Cary
100 Endeavor Way
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-677-7114
Contact Name: Cynthia De Amat
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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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Discover why North Carolina mud is often red and learn about the state’s pottery history. Make a clay object to take home. Ages 6-9. 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: 919-807-7988
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Raleigh
8000 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-881-1160
Contact Name: Carol Marin
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Learn the role that pottery has played in Tar Heel history and try your hand at making a clay creation. Ages 10-13. Register online.

Cost: $1/member, $3/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Get to know the world of bees. Learn the life cycle of a bee, the different types of bees within a hive, and the jobs they do. Dance like bees and search the flowers in the park gardens for bees...

Cost: $4/child

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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Learn to fish. Instruction and bait provided. Participants 16 and older must have a valid N.C. fishing license. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the boat rental dock. Registration...

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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Learn to fish. Instruction and bait provided. Participants 16 and older must have a valid N.C. fishing license. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the boat rental dock. Registration...

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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Ages 2-6 enjoy a story, craft, natural science education and a walk through the wetland. Register online. Choose course #188743.

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2761
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Parent and child join others on an easy-paced hike around the park to explore what's happening in nature. Registration encouraged. Choose course #188991.

Cost: Free

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Wake Forest
222 Capcom Ave
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-883-2061
Contact Name: Karina Martinez
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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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Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the...

Cost: $18-$62

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Parent and child explore bugs through hands-on education, a craft or project, and some time outdoors. Register online. Choose course  #188759.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2761
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Hear 2016's youngest Grammy nominee, accompanied by his trio and the North Carolina Symphony. Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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Join bird enthusiast Vernon for an easy walk while looking and listening for feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats. Meet at the Waterwise Garden. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Learn how to play disc golf. Instructors provide  instruction at 9 a.m. for beginners or at 10:30 a.m. for advanced players. Take your own discs or borrow some from the park. All ages. Meet at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Celebrate National Trails Day with a self-paced walking challenge for all ages. Earn the 2016 Volksmarch patch. Pick up your passport and map at event locations. Visit stamp stations along the...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: North Carolina State Parks
Telephone: 919-707-9348
Contact Name: Sean Higgins
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Take part in a nontimed, recreational 5K for all ages and abilities. The paved course winds through North Carolina State University’s scenic Centennial Campus. This 5K includes a kid-themed...

Cost: $25/adult, $15/child

Where:
NCSU Centennial Campus MRC Plaza
2410 Campus Shore Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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In celebration of Land Trust Day, take part in a 1.5-mile hike featuring the biodiversity of Walnut Hill Nature Preserve. Not yet open to the public, enjoy a sneak peek of what will soon be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Hill Nature Preserve
, NC


Sponsor: Triangle Land Conservancy
Telephone: 919-908-0054
Contact Name: Leigh Ann Hammerbacher
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Take your friendly, leashed dog for some summertime fun in Bond Park. Get your dog washed by members of Cary Teen Council., vaccinate and microchip your pet as Cary Animal Control teams up with a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC
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Tour D’ Coop is a family-friendly tour spotlighting urban chicken coops, bee hives, and gardens throughout Raleigh and Cary. The event showcases the nutritional benefits of local agriculture,...

Cost: $10/individual, $20/family

Where:
Backyards around Raleigh and Cary
, NC


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CarolinaKinder hosts a monthly storytime in German for kids. Read a book and play a game or make a craft. All ages.

Cost: Free of charge

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4381-105 Lassiter at North Hills Ave
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: CarolinaKinder
Contact Name: Stephanie Vogel
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Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the...

Cost: $18-$62

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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Enjoy nature stories in English and Spanish. This month we are proud to be hosting the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Hear stories and meet animals. No registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2761
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Kids ages 5-10 take part in a drum-style workout using Ripstix, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising. The exhilarating full-body workout combines cardio,...

Cost: Free

Where:
reCharge Pilates and Barre
3515 Witherspoon Blvd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the...

Cost: $18-$62

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Ralph Hardy discusses his middle grade novel "Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog." This reimagination of "The Odyssey" is told from the point of view of...

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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Take part in the Latino Arts Festival, which aims to highlight the presence of Latino arts and culture in the community and provide an opportunity to build bridges across cultures. Enjoy a Latino...

Cost: Free admission. Food passports are $6/person

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Apex Latino Arts Festival
Telephone: 786-385-0774
Contact Name: Marilyn Marrero
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Enjoy a picnic dinner under the stars with favorite light classical music, including Vivaldi’s Spring, selections from "Carmen," and more beloved pieces. Purchase tickets online....

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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