Choose the Right Hands-Free Baby Carrier


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If you think you — and your little one — would enjoy a baby carrier, but you’re a little overwhelmed by the options, keep reading for a mini tutorial. We cover the pros and cons of the wrap, sling and carrier styles available online and in stores. See which one might be a just-right fit for you and your babe.

IT’S A WRAP: Wrap-style carriers

Overview: As the name implies, this carrier is an extra-long piece of cloth that can be wrapped and rewrapped, while holding baby close to mom. Wraps are made of a variety of materials, from light, stretchy fabrics to heavy, woven textiles.

Best for: Wraps hold newborns and babies weighing as much as 20 pounds. Because the fabric length can be draped in a variety of ways, wraps work for both parents when couples are different heights. Wrap baby on your front, back or side; twins can go on both back and front. Pros: Need to wrangle the toddler away from a cat or get a few loads of wash done? Wraps offer a hands-free option. Parents with back problems may like a wrap’s even distribution of baby’s weight.

Cons: Long cloth lengths can make you feel like a 3-year-old wrapping a gift, unless you get hands-on help and instruction. Wraps have a learning curve. And it’s almost impossible to nurse in a wrap; baby needs to come out first.

THE SLING’S THE THING: Ring slings

Overview: This traditional baby carrier is a long piece of cloth looped into rings and worn over one shoulder. Extra fabric hangs down from the rings and can be used to provide nursing privacy.

Best for: Most slings are designed for babies up to 40 pounds or so, with weight limits varying by brand. The sling increases skin-to-skin contact for preemies or difficult nursers, and twins can lay side by side. Pros: A sling’s main benefit is in its flexible use for multiple ages: Newborns recline in front, and toddlers sit on the hip, depending upon how the sling is worn. Parents can choose from a dizzying array of sling fabrics (including silk and linen), and discreet breastfeeding is easy.

Cons: Some women don’t like the ring sling’s pull on their necks and shoulders. Ring slings tend to be plagued by an unstylish rep, partially due to those tails of cloth, and most dads aren’t hip on ring slings.

POUCH & GO: Pouch slings

Overview: It’s like a sling, but without rings or a tail. A piece of fabric sewn in a loop, the pouch is a fixed length and may require measurements to get the right size.

Best for: Pouch slings are fabulous for babies with enough upper body control to sit up on mom’s hip. Babies can ride on the hip or up front, kangaroo-style.

Pros: Pouch slings are sleek and stylish, without a ring sling’s extra fabric and rings. And pouches tend to come in trend-setting patterns that complement urban wardrobes.

Cons: Most types are a fixed length, so you can’t adjust as you lose weight or when your infant gets bigger. And your partner can’t wear the same sling, unless your weight and height are the same.

FRONT & CENTER: Soft-style carriers

Overview: Two brands dominate this market: Baby Bjorn and Ergo. Both offer a soft sheath with a stable, secure seat for baby and wide, soft backpack-style straps.

Best for: Bjorns are for infants weighing up to 25 pounds, while the Ergo can tote babies through toddlers up to 40 pounds. Bjorn babies can face either toward or away from the parent on the front. Ergo-ported infants can go on the back, front (facing inward only) and hip.

Pros: Dads dig the muted tones of Ergos and Bjorns and both go on quickly. Parents love the Ergo’s built-in zippered pouches, and the adjustable straps and waist-extension clips work for many body types.

Cons: Many parents stop using the Bjorn early on, due to back pain or because baby becomes too big too quickly. The Ergo doesn’t seem to cause similar problems. Colors and fabrics are limited, and neither are nursing friendly.

I’LL TAKE A MEI TEI: Mei tei carriers

Overview: Pronounced “MAY tie” (not “my tie,” like the cocktail), the mei tei is made of a fabric rectangle and four corner-located straps that tie around mom and baby, origami style.

Best for: Mei tei carriers work for babies and toddlers of all sizes, using front, back and hip-carrying positions. Very young babies tend to sink into the mei tei, but many parents love using them for all ages.

Pros: Mei teis have all the pros of a wrap-style carrier, but are easier to put on and often come with padding in the shoulders. Some mei teis offer padded headrests for babies, and there’s not as much hardware as in an Ergo. They’re nursing friendly, with plenty of privacy.

Cons: You’ll need to get some help to tie these pretty packs, since there’s no one “right” way to put them on. The accent straps and bows can feel fussy for some parents.

PACK YOUR PROGENY: Backpack-style carriers

Overview: Like an external-frame back-pack, these carriers (Kelty is a common brand) hold a sitting child inside a perch.

Best for: Often, they’re for the tech-attracted guy in your life. Backpacks are also for babies older than 6 months with stable head control. They can carry kids up to 40 or 50 pounds.

Pros: You will never have to nag your husband to wear it. Pockets and packs transform it into an all-in-one catchall, and the all-weather hood is particularly attractive for rainy or sunny climates.

Cons: They’re often difficult for shorter people (even with adjustments), and the large frame feels unwieldy. Be prepared to apologize when you accidentally whack fellow pedestrians.

Lora Shinn is a freelance writer who lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

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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
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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 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
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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 »

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

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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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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 »

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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
View map »


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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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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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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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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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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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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Join us for our Prospective Parent Night on February 20th from 6-7pm! Drop by Thales Academy Apex JH/HS to visit our campus, view our classrooms and curriculum, meet our teachers and ask questions...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thales Academy Apex JH/HS
1300 North Salem Street
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Thales Academy Apex JH/HS
Telephone: (919) 629-4200
Contact Name: Allison Burns
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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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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

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

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

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

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
View map »


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

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
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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
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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
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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

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

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

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
View map »


Website »

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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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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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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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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:
, NC


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