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Visit NASA’s Destination Station, Hear From an Astronaut

Visitors can touch a moon rock, hear from a NASA astronaut and explore the NASA Destination trailer on Friday, May 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown Raleigh.
May 1, 2016

6 Fun Family Outings This Weekend

Head out to events that feature local art and crafts, live music and food. Join a walk to help a great cause. Explore your home town at events that connect you with your Triangle neighbors.
April 28, 2016

Register for NC Museum of Art’s Family Campout and Movie

The North Carolina Museum of Art is hosting its “Family Campout and Movie” at its Museum Park May 21-22, and registration is now open.
April 27, 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

Fit Family Challenge 2016 Classes

Participate in free fitness classes as part of Carolina Parent's 2016 Fit Family Challenge for 100 bonus points!
April 26, 2016

Join Us for a Fit Family Challenge Launch Party at CVS April 30

Participate in fun games and earn 100 bonus points at Carolina Parent's 2016 Fit Family Challenge kickoff event at CVS in Cary.
April 26, 2016

Fit Family Challenge 2016 Events

From festivals to 5Ks, our Fit Family Challenge special events deliver fun and points!
April 14, 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

A Special Education Secret Revealed

Teachers who work in exceptional classrooms need emotional and monetary support.
March 28, 2016

Parenting Exceptional Children

Parents raising exceptional children need to be proactive, have a plan and help kids advocate for themselves, when possible.
February 12, 2016

Who Could Be at Your Child's IEP Meeting?

It is not widely known, but parents do have a say about who can attend their child's IEP meeting.
January 24, 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 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

Deferred? Six Tips for Deferred College Applicants

College applicants can use these tips to help move their application into the "accepted" pile.
January 26, 2016
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Contests and Giveaways

Win Tickets to the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

Win tickets to the 2016 Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, which takes place May 5-8 in Pittsboro.
April 27, 2016

Win 4 Tickets to See "Octonauts Live!" at DPAC in November

See this popular British children's TV program at the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 11, 2016.
April 27, 2016

Win Tickets to the Southern Women's Show April 22-24

The Southern Women's Show returns to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds April 22-24 with celebrity guests and a loads of Southern shopping options.
April 12, 2016
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Guest Bloggers

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

Win Tickets to 'Listen to Your Mother'

Enter to win two tickets to the fourth annual "Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham" — 7:30 p.m., May 4, at Jones Auditorium at Meredith College.
April 11, 2016
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A Family Coach

Are you a 'Bubble' Parent?

February 27, 2015
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May 2016

Bread & Puppet Theater hosts a free Circus Workshop. Run away with the circus for a few hours as Bread and Puppet Theater will work with participants to make a variety of circus acts featuring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Designed to Unite, with a theme of “All is One”, this festival helps support community, businesses, healers and artists. Enjoy workshops, holistic and intuitive healing experts, craft...

Cost: $5/person per day. Free for ages 11 and younger

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-247-3002
Contact Name: Dulce Levitz
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The 6th Annual Pub Head-Shaving event and Balder Dash 5K involves more than 100 volunteers who will run and shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money for lifesaving...

Cost: See website

Where:
West 94th St Pub
4711 Hope Valley Rd. Ste. 6C
Durham, NC
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Designed to Unite, with a theme of “All is One”, this festival helps support community, businesses, healers and artists. Enjoy workshops, holistic and intuitive healing experts, craft...

Cost: $5/person per day. Free for ages 11 and younger

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-247-3002
Contact Name: Dulce Levitz
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The Spring Market invites art lovers for a weekend full of art and sunshine including: dazzling examples of local artistic talent, ongoing live music, world-class restaurants, great shopping, food...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Durham
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC  27701
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The 11th Annual Run Baby Run 5K & 10K Races and Walk for Life raises funds for the Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers to provide free, confidential services to those experiencing unplanned...

Cost: $30

Where:
WakeMed Soccer Park
201 Soccer Park Dr.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers
Telephone: 919-210-2278
Contact Name: Carey Koenig
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Take steps against lupus at the 8th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Raleigh. Funds raised support national research and local support services to help the estimated 5,200 people in the Triangle area...

Cost: Each walker is encouraged to raise or donate $100 or more

Where:
North Carolina State University – Centennial Campu
851 Main Campus Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: Lupus Foundations of America, NC Chapter
Telephone: 877-849-8271
Contact Name: LFANC
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Celebrate the unique qualities that make Carrboro special. Enjoy stories and photos, poetry readings, music and dancing, interactive field games, crafts, family activities and more.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Town Commons
301 W. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" is one of the Shakespeare’s best-known dramatic plays. This new ballet about the lust for power gone awry is choreographed to an original score by J....

Cost: $30-$68

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Parent and child get creative by making ceramic artwork together. Ages 2-14. Registration required.

Cost: $15-$18

Where:
Durham Arts Council Clay Studio
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27701
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Learn how baseball began, and hear about some of North Carolina’s legendary players. Then play a short game of rounders, a colonial version of baseball. 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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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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Parent and child get creative by making ceramic artwork together. Ages 2-14. Registration required.

Cost: $15-$18

Where:
Durham Arts Council Clay Studio
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27701
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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 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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Local crafts, delicious food, children's activities, storytelling, healing arts practitioners, dancing and music workshops, environmental sustainability forums, overnight camping and more...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Shakori Hills
1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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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 storytime and a stuffed animal giveaway (one per child). Each family will be entered to into the weekly drawing among attendees for a gift bag. Event capped at 20 families to ensure a safe...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thrift 2 Gift
1402 E. Williams St.
Apex , NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-651-0482
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Explore the sky for lightning bugs, the amazing lights of summer. A game and craft complete the fun. Ages 3 and older. Register online.

Cost: $4/child, $2/adult

Where:
Laurel Hills Park
3808 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Local crafts, delicious food, children's activities, storytelling, healing arts practitioners, dancing and music workshops, environmental sustainability forums, overnight camping and more...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Shakori Hills
1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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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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Enjoy all things strawberry at this annual festival. Proceeds benefit Central Park School for Children. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/cpscstrawberryfestival.

Cost: Free

Where:
Old North Durham Park
310 W. Geer St.
Durham, NC  27701
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The Town of Apex's signature event has brought families together for a day of fun, food and fellowship. Enjoy live music all day, artists of every kind, kids' entertainment, festival food...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Apex
Salem St.
, NC  27502
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Local crafts, delicious food, children's activities, storytelling, healing arts practitioners, dancing and music workshops, environmental sustainability forums, overnight camping and more...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Shakori Hills
1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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For children and youth with disabilities, their families, friends and care providers. Take your  bike or use one at the clinic. Volunteers will be on hand to help riders practice and help...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chapel Hill Fire Training Grounds at Station #4
103 Weaver Dairy Rd Extension
Chapel Hill, NC
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Sponsor: Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 919 968-2813
Contact Name: Marian Kaslovsky
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Enjoy arts, crafts. food, music, kids entertainment and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Apex
Apex, NC  27502


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Take part in a family-friendly, educational 5K walk/run to bring awareness to the disease that took the life of local Cary man, Jerry Minore. His family and friends have partnered with...

Cost: $30/person

Where:
WakeMed Soccer Park
201 Soccer Park Dr.
Cary , NC  27511
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Sponsor: bioMerieux & Sepsis Alliance
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The Ham & Yam Festival offers craft and food vendors, country ham and sweet potatoes, and local bands and dance groups performing on three stages. Also enjoy a barbecue cook-off, a rubber duck...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Smithfield
, NC  27577


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Don’t miss the 7th annual Herbfest featuring plant and craft booths, live butterfly releases, craft demos, kids activity, food trucks, bake sale and a silent auction. Tour an herb garden and...

Cost: Free. Food and drink available for purchase

Where:
The Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: The Friends of Page-Walker and The Town of Cary
Telephone: 919-460-4963
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This event features Heidi St. John as keynote speaker, as well as multiple workshops and vendor booths to aid homeschool parents and children.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson's Mills Baptist Church
652 Swift Creek Rd.
Smithfield, NC  27577
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Meet in the Street offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music and children’s activities. Enjoy dozens of artisans' booths featuring handcrafted arts and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Wake Forest
, NC  27587


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Enjoy all-day fun at the preserve featuring a critter stop, bird watching, crafts, nature scavenger hunt, dip netting, canoeing and fishing. Registration encouraged. Course #183771.

Cost: Free

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Take part in a fundraiser for the school featuring a dunking booth, bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course, photo booth, face painting, hair bling, homemade Mexican food, cotton candy and more.

Cost: Fees vary

Where:
Carrboro Elementary School
400 Shelton St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: Carrboro Elementary PTA
Telephone: 919-968-3652
Contact Name: Cindy Sellars
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Innovate Your Cool (IYC) celebrates the power of cool ideas and its impact on business and music. This year’s program packs inspiration, ideas, innovation and fun into one exciting day....

Cost: Free

Where:
American Underground @ Main
201 W Main Street
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Art of Cool Project
Telephone: 919-672-0060
Contact Name: Michael English
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Meet at camp to pick up a local food lunch and hop on a hayride to picnic amidst the flowers and trees. Enjoy crafts, games, bouquet-picking for Mom, as well as the gardens and animals to visit....

Cost: $10/person

Where:
4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road
2902 Mt. Willing Road
Efland, NC  27243
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Sponsor: Chestnut Ridge Camp & Retreat Center
Telephone: 919-304-2178
Contact Name: Erica Romkema
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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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Celebrate spring at Lynn Road Elementary's spring carnival. The event featurs inflatables, games, climbing wall, photo booth, vendors, food trucks, a basket raffle and more.

Cost: $10/child. Free for adults

Where:
Lynn Road Elementary School
1601 Lynn Road
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Lynn Road PTA
Contact Name: Desaray Owen
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All ages enjoy imaginative play in a natural setting.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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