Cool Water Fun Places in the Triangle


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Updated April 9, 2017 by Megan Finke

There's nothing quite like plunging into a cool pool or running through a cold spray as the summer sun beams down. This season, incorporate water into your kids' activities by visiting pools, lakes and waters parks around the Triangle and beyond. Remember to always watch children in and around water and make sure they learn how to swim. See these tips for summer water safety.

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RALEIGH

Admission for all City of Raleigh pools, except Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center, is $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents ages 1-12; $4 for residents and $7 for nonresidents ages 12-54; $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents ages 55 and older.
Monthly and annual passes are accepted at all facilities and are a cheaper option for families who plan to visit these pools throughout the summer.
See Raleigh's Pools & Aquatic Facilities webpage.

Biltmore Pool
701 Crown Crossing Ln., Raleigh
919-831-6736
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Biltmore Pool)
Features a baby pool, a lap and recreation main pool, and deep end that is 12 feet deep.
Summer Hours (June 10 – August 20): Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center
5908 Buffaloe Rd., Raleigh
919-996-5600
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center)
Offers a lazy river, water vortex, three story waterslide, water volleyball and water basketball. A toddler-friendly area has water toys, a water curtain and a slide.
Hours: Public swim is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Check the website for hours of specific features, which vary. Open year round.
Admission: $3 for residents and $6 for nonresidents ages 1-12; $7 for residents and $14 for nonresidents ages 13-54; $5 for residents and $10 for nonresidents ages 55 and older.

John Chavis Community Center Pool and Splash Ground
720 Chavis Way, Raleigh
919-831-6565
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Chavis Pool)
Features an outdoor pool, splash ground and waterslide.
Summer Hours (June 10 - September 4): Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 pm.; Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

Lake Johnson Pool
1416 Athens Dr., Raleigh
919-233-2111
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Lake Johnson Pool)
Features a lap and recreation main pool, a large spray ground, and a baby pool.
Summer Hours (June 3 – August 27): Monday-Friday, noon-8 p.m. (spray ground and wading pool open at 10 a.m.); Saturday, 10 a.m.-8p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

Longview Pool
321 Bertie Dr., Raleigh
919-831-6343
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Longview Pool)
Features a baby pool and a lap and recreation main pool.
Summer Hours (June 10 – August 13): Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

Milbrook Exchange Park
1905 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh
919-996-4130
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Milbrook Exchange Pool)
Milbrook Exchange Park features a wading pool, spray ground and playground where children can work up a sweat before cooling off. Open year round.
Summer Hours for spray ground and wading pool (May 27 - August 13): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Check website for rec swim hours. 

Optimist Pool
5902 Whittier Dr., Raleigh
919-870-2882
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Optimist Pool)
Includes spacious locker rooms and a classroom. Offers an Olympic size swimming pool, a diving well with low and high diving boards, lap and recreational swimming, a large baby pool, and water exercise programs.
Summer Hours for wading pool (May 27 – September 4): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Check website for open rec swim and diving board hours. 

Pullen Aquatic Center
410 Ashe Ave., Raleigh
919-996-6197
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Pullen Aquatic Center)
Indoor Olympic size swimming pool with diving boards. Open year-round.
Summer Hours (May 27 – August 13): Monday-Friday, 12:30-8 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-7 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m.  

Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh
4200 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh
919-784-1371
Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh's webpage
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Also offered are supervised family-oriented swim programs.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
See the aquatics page of the website for details.

Ridge Road Pool
1709 Ridge Rd., Raleigh
919-420-2322
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Ridge Road Pool)
Offers wading and spray pools.Summer Hours (June 3 – August 22): Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Wading pool opens at 9 a.m. Monday-Friday.

DURHAM

Admission for outdoor Durham pools, unless otherwise noted below: $2 for residents and $7 for nonresidents ages 4-17 and senior citizens 55+; $3 for residents and $8 for nonresidents ages 18 and older. Family rates available (children ages 3 and younger are free). Daily admissions must be paid in cash. Most spray grounds are free. See Durham Aquatics Outdoor Pools for details. 

Campus Hills Pool
2000 South Alston Ave., Durham
919-560-4444
Durham Aquatics
Please note: Beginning the end of June, Campus Hills Pool will be closed for construction.
Offers an indoor pool for recreational and lap swimming. Open year-round.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Call ahead. 

East End Park Spray Ground
1200 N. Alston Ave., Durham
919-560-4355
Durham Aquatics
Features free spray grounds. Open May through October. 
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Edison Johnson Aquatic Center and Spray Ground
500 West Murray Ave., Durham
919-560-4265
Durham Aquatics
Offers an indoor pool that can be used for recreational and lap swimming, as well as a free spray ground. Open year-round. The spray ground is located in the playground area and can be accessed when the pool is closed.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Call ahead. 

Forest Hills Pool and Spray Ground 
1639 University Dr., Durham
919-560-4782
Durham Aquatics
Offers a spray ground and an outdoor swimming pool. Spray ground is located in the playground area and can be accessed when the pool is closed. Open May-October. There is no admission fee for this spray ground.
Summer Hours (Opens June 9): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.-noon; Tuesday and Thursday, 3-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free admission Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m.

Hillside Pool and Spray Ground
1221 Sawyer St., Durham
919-560-4783
Durham Aquatics
Offers a spray ground and an outdoor swimming pool. Spray ground in located inside the Hillside Pool area and is only open during pool hours. Pool fees apply. Children ages 3 and under are free of charge. Free admission on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. August 21-September 4, hours will be extended from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Long Meadow Pool
917 Liberty St., Durham
919-560-4202
Durham Aquatics
Offers an outdoor swimming pool. Children ages 3 and under are free of charge. Free admission on Mondays from 3-7 p.m.
Summer Hours (Opens June 9): Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL 

Single admission for residents is $1.25 for ages 8 and younger, $2.50 for ages 9-18 and $5 for adults, unless otherwise noted below. For nonresidents, admission is $2.50 for ages 8 and younger, $5 for ages 9-18 and $8.50 for adults. Many packages for annual and multi-visit admission are available, see online Chapel Hill's aquatics page for details.

A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool at Hargraves Community Center
216 North Roberson St., Chapel Hill
919-968-2794
townofchapelhill.org
Offers an outdoor pool; playground; and basketball, volleyball, tennis and softball courts. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. See hours online here

Chapel Hill Community Center Indoor Pool
120 South Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
919-968-2790
townofchapelhill.org
Offers an indoor pool; climbing wall; and basketball and bocce ball courts. Pool is open year round. See hours online here

Homestead Aquatic Center
300 Aquatic Dr., Chapel Hill
919-968-2799
townofchapelhill.org
Offers an indoor family pool with a zero-depth entrance that slopes down to 3 feet and then to 6 feet with a separate lap pool. Educational and recreational lessons available. Pool is open year round. See hours online here

CARY

Triangle Aquatic Center (private pool)
275 Convention Dr., Cary
919-459-4045
triangleaquatics.org
TAC has indoor pools for lap or general swimming as well as a warm water instructional pool that can be used for beginner swim lessons or occupational therapy. Swim lessons and party packages available.
Hours: vary; check the website for details. Open year-round.
Admission: Costs vary; monthly and annual passes are available. A family pass for up to 5 is $15 daily.

Taylor Family YMCA (former Cary Family YMCA)
101 YMCA Dr., Cary
919-469-9622
YMCA of the Triangle, Taylor YMCA
Features lap swim lanes and a toddler pool. Guests not allowed on Sundays or holidays. Hours: See the website for schedules. Membership information online here

Rex Wellness Center of Cary
1515 SW Cary Parkway, Cary
919-387-0080
Rex Wellness Center of Cary's webpage
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Also offered are supervised family-oriented swim programs.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
See the aquatics page of the website for details.

Jack Smith Park Sprayground 
9725 Penny Road, Cary
919-462-3838
townofcary.org
The town’s first splash pad has nine water features and is for ages 12 and younger. Park also has a playground, dog park, greenway trails and more.  
Summer hours: Open mid-May through end of September, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 

MORRISVILLE

Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center
1301 Morrisville Parkway, Morrisville
919-463-6900
Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center Page
Offers a year-round swimming pool, dry sauna, fitness equipment, aerobics studio, and racquetball and tennis courts.
Pool hours: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m.

WAKE FOREST

Holding Park Pool
133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest
919-435-9560
Holding Park Webpage
Please note: Due to a significant leak and serious structural issues, Holding Park Pool did not open in 2016. Check website for 2017 information.
The park features a 50-meter swimming pool that offers swimming to the general public as well as swim lessons and dedicated parent/toddler swim times. See website for admission fees and lesson information.
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-7 p.m.
Admission: Children 2 and under, $1; children 3-12, $3, patrons 13 and older, $4.

KNIGHTDALE

Rex Wellness Center of Knightdale
6602 Knightdale Blvd., Knightdale
919-747-5360
Rex Wellness Center of Knightdale's webpage
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Also offered are supervised family-oriented swim programs.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
See the aquatics page of the website for details.

SMITHFIELD

Healthquest Fitness and Wellness Center
514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Suite 1701, Smithfield
919-938-7581
Johnston Health's Healthquest Webpage
Features an indoor lap pool, warm water therapy pool, and whirlpool. Also offers aquatic classes and personal training with a membership. The facility can accommodate pool parties. See webpage for details.

WAKEFIELD 

Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield
11200 Galleria Ave., Raleigh
919-570-1511
Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield's webpage
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Also offered are supervised family-oriented swim programs.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
See the aquatics page of the website for details.

GARNER

Rex Wellness Center of Garner
1400 Timber Drive East, Garner
919-661-6100
Rex Wellness Center of Garner's webpage
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Also offered are supervised family-oriented swim programs.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
See the aquatics page of the website for details.

FUQUAY-VARINA

Fuquay-Varina Splash Park
900 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina
​fuquay-varina.org
​Opening in early June. Located at South Park (next to the Community Center)
Hours: Open daily, starting in early June, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. through early September.
Admission: Residents must present their Resident Splash Pad card at the front kiosk for free admittance. Resident Cards are only attainable at the Community Center during business hours (8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday - Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday). $2 for non-residents. One parent will be admitted without charge. Children under the age of 2 are free of charge. 

YOUNGSVILLE

Hill Ridge Farms
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville
919-556-1771
hillridgefarms.com
Splash pad with water slide open May 28 - September 4. 
Admission: $8 for ages 2-12, $6 for ages 13+. Admission includes bounce house, giant slide, farm animal corral, fish feeding dock, hay jump, colorful maze and splash pad. 
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

CREEDMOOR

Three Bears Acres
711 Beaver Dam Road, Creedmoore
919-609-9967
threebearsacres.com
Spray ground and Water War Zone open in the summer. See June-September hours online
Admission: $8 for adults, $15 for children, $5 for senior citizens, children 2 and under are free. Summer annual pass available. 

LAKES

Falls Lake State Recreation Area
13304 Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest
919-676-1027
ncparks.gov Falls Lake Page
Offers sandy beaches, swimming areas, campsites, picnic areas with grills, bathrooms and changing facilities. Fishing and boating permitted in certain areas.
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m., May-August.
Admission: $6 daily per car; $4 for senior citizens. Annual passes available for $50. Weekend fees: $7 per car; $5 for senior citizens. 

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
280 State Park Rd., Apex
919-362-0586
ncparks.gov Jordan Lake page
Offers sandy beaches, swimming areas, campsites, picnic areas with grills, bathrooms and changing facilities. Fishing and boating permitted in certain areas. 
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m., May-August.
Admission: $6 daily per car; $4 for senior citizens. Annual passes available for $60. Weekend fees: $7 per car; $5 for senior citizens. 

PLACES WORTH A DRIVE

Fantasy Lake Water Park
5869 Permastone Lake Rd., Hope Mills (south of Fayetteville)
910-424-9999
fantasylakewaterpark.com
Offers a variety of slides, boats, a Tarzan swing, a kid-zone designed for ages 3-11 and adult attractions. Diving boards and suspended chairs please thrill-seekers. Volleyball is available both in and out of the water.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Open daily June 9 - July 31.
Admission: $10 for ages under 11 and 60+, $16 for everyone else. Children under age 3 are free.
Season passes available.

Great Wolf Lodge
10175 Weddington Rd., Concord
866-925-9653
greatwolf.com/concord/waterpark
Residential indoor water park featuring slides, rides and pools the whole family can enjoy, regardless of the weather. Also features an interactive MagiQuest game. Themed suites are available for one night or an extended stay.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: free with purchase of hotel room. Waterpark only available to overnight guests.

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
5320 Oleander Dr., Wilmington
910-791-0666
junglerapids.com
Features wet and dry activities for the whole family, including the Million Gallon Wavepool with ocean sized waves, the Half-pipe Waterslide and activities for land lubbers like laser tag, go-karts and a rock wall.
Hours: See website for information.
Admission: Rates vary; visit website for more information.

Wet N' Wild Emerald Pointe
3910 S. Holden Rd., Greensboro
336-852-9721
emeraldpointe.com
Features an interactive "Soak Zone" where families can splash and get sprayed; rides, slides, waves, pools and other kid-friendly attractions. Birthday packages and cabanas also available. 
Hours: Times and days vary, check website for details.
Admission: Check website for details. Season passes available.

 

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Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Babies enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Ages 5-12 learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, kitchen and food safety, and enjoy a healthy snack. Meet in the bakery side of the cafe. Email sherry.thrasher@wholefoods.com to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods North Raleigh
8710 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Telephone: 919-354-0350
Contact Name: Sherry Thrasher

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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Babies enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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The library's Teen Leadership Corps hosts an opportunity for kids of all ages to come build something special with Lego and Duplo bricks, and play games to improve reading and math skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Enjoy games, crafts and food. 

Cost: Free admission; $2.50 for meal

Where:
Greystone Baptist Church (Lead Mine parking lot)
7509 Lead Mine Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Greystone Baptist Church
Telephone: (919) 847-1333
Contact Name: April Alston
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Blast off to Mars on the Project Eagle. View the life-size habitat on Mars that Immaculata Middle School students have been working all year to create.

Cost: Free

Where:
Emily K Center
721 Burch Ave.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Immaculata Catholic School
Contact Name: Cara Ragusa
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Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Ages 3-5. Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story...

Cost: Free. Parking fees apply

Where:
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Telephone: 919-668-1707
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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Volunteer your time with the park's monitoring and citizen science projects. Tasks may include: cleaning or repairing habitat boxes or installing new ones; monitoring our current boxes, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Children with any kind of disability/special need enjoy a special playtime featuring hands-on exhibit spaces without the extra stimulation found during the museum's busy open hours. Siblings...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kidzu Children's Museum
201 Estes Drive University Place
Chapel Hill, NC
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Sponsor: Adapted Recreation & Inclusion program: Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 919 968-2813
Contact Name: Marian Kaslovsky
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Try on some colonial clothes, explore a historic costume collection and play a game. Ages 8 and older. Advance registration required online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Learn how to help yourself and children build connections that lead to more cooperation in your classroom, in your home and in your life. Register online.

Cost: $10/person

Where:
​Hayes Barton United Methodist Church
2209 Fairview Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27608
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Sponsor: Project Enlightenment Foundation
Telephone: 919-335-6647
Contact Name: Michelle Major
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Green Hope Fine Arts presents the Orchestra Spring Concert headlining Mozart Symphony 25. Purchase tickets online or at the door.

Cost: $5/advance tickets, $7 at the door

Where:
Green Hope HS Auditorium
2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd.
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: Green Hope Fine Arts
Telephone: 919-380-3700
Contact Name: David Wilson/Kristie Ramsey
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When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach. The peach launches James on a journey of enormous...

Cost: $17/adult, $11 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Discover the many living things, from woodpeckers to beetles to mushrooms, that call a tree home with stories, craft, and a hands-on walk in the woods. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online.

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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This spring, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Parks continue Hike NC, a series of more than 60 free guided hikes in North Carolina’s state parks and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Eno River State Park
6101 Cole Mill Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Enjoy an inflatable obstacle course, a bounce house, dunk tank, food trucks and more. Games, prizes, a talent show, silent auction and more round out the fun. Admission is free and includes access...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Elementary School
940 Reedy Creek Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Reedy Creek Elementary School
Contact Name: Jack Mewborne

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Kids learn about butterflies and moths of spring. Enjoy a butterfly-themed picnic, tiptoe through the gardens to search for fluttering wings, play butterfly games and see all the stages of a...

Cost: $30/child

Where:
Doris Duke Center
420 Anderson St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Telephone: 919-668-1707
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When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach. The peach launches James on a journey of enormous...

Cost: $17/adult, $11 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Stroll around the pond in search of nighttime critters. Play fun games and and try to catch some nocturnal animals. Take a flashlight. All ages with adult. Advance registration required online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Run, walk, skip or dance your way through a rainbow of fun. Be blitzed with non-toxic color by volunteers and enjoy food trucks and giveaways. All ages and skills welcome. Register online.

Cost: $38/adult, $18/ages 5-10. Free for ages 4 and younger with paying adult.

Where:
Course begins at Glenwood Elementary School
2 Prestwick Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: SKJAJA
Telephone: 919.636.1553
Contact Name: Charlotte White
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Take part in a National Nanny Training Day conference for the Research Triangle Park will be held at Brooks Avenue Church in Raleigh. This year’s keynote speaker will be Kelli...

Cost: $35/person

Where:
Brooks Avenue Church
700 Brooks Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: North Carolina Professional Association of Nannies
Telephone: 919-428-4393
Contact Name: Jasmine Berry
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Reel in the fun at a fishing derby for people of all ages with disabilities. Loaner rods and reels available or take your own. Bait provided. Event held rain or shine. Registration required online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Seagroves Park Pond
201 Parkfield Dr.
Apex, NC
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Spring Daze features more than 180 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. The Children's Village at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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The QuintilesIMS Girls on the Run 5k is a family-friendly event featuring a 5k course through downtown and the American Tobacco Trail, plus a family festival showcasing local vendors. Take the...

Cost: $25

Where:
American Tobacco Campus
300 Blackwell St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Girls on the Run of the Triangle
Telephone: 919-401-6307
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Celebrate the new Primrose School at Brier Creek. Local families and children are invited to attend the grand opening celebration. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. to officially...

Cost: Free

Where:
Primrose School at Brier Creek
11151 Salem Glen Lane
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Primrose School at Brier Creek
Telephone: 919-880-2416
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Local vendors, entertainment, food trucks, fun activities and dog contests benefit rescue animals from area shelters. Gates open at 9 a.m. Register online. 

Cost: $35/adult, $25/youth

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27518
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Enjoy interactive displays and games on childhood injury prevention and safety. See emergency vehicle tours and meet local businesses. All ages. Hosted by Safe Kids Wake County, along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Green Road Park
4201 Green Road
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Safe Kids Wake County
Telephone: 919-350-8364
Contact Name: Christina Carmichael
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Families enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Read the new book that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children - now and forever.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Durham County Library and Book Harvest celebrate Día de Los Niño’s (Children’s Day-Books Day). Bring gently used children and teen books and take home free ones. Kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 West Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham County Library and Book Harvest NC
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Experience the trains, museum and other attractions. Music, kids programs, games, contests and giveaways round out the fun. See more than 35 vintage pre-1928 automobiles on display...

Cost: $10-$12

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Celebrate the return of feathered friends with game booths, activities, crafts and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Flyleaf joins more than 400 stores nationally with a day of events and special merchandise in celebration of independent bookstores. Johanna Banana will read from favorite titles featured...

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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When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach. The peach launches James on a journey of enormous...

Cost: $17/adult, $11 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Parent and child create an an insect hotel for beneficial bugs.

Cost: $40 for one adult and one child, additional people $15

Where:
Rebus Works
301 S. Kinsey St.
Ste. 2
Raleigh, NC  27603
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A young girl, Coppelia, sits on her balcony all day reading, speaking to no one. A boy named Franz falls deeply in love with her and wants to marry her, even though he is already engaged to...

Cost: $12-$27

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Follow a stream channel in the park to find out how water moves and who lives there. Ages 6-8. Register online. Choose course code #198889.

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Meet pre-screened (interviewed, references checked, background checked, CPR and First Aid certified) babysitters and nannies who are available for part-time, full-time, or on demand as needed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Snickerdoodles Play Cafe
3721 Lynn Rd #112
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: Select Sitters
Telephone: 919-561-6233
Contact Name: Kara Varnell
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Buy native plants from the garden and local vendors. Enjoy food trucks, music, kids' activities and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach. The peach launches James on a journey of enormous...

Cost: $17/adult, $11 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Take a night hike with staff to search for nocturnal wildlife. Ages 10-13. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Walk with a park naturalist to look and listen for wildlife in the woods and fields as daylight transitions to night. Ages 4 yrs and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register...

Cost: $2

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Enjoy a perfromance featuring original ballet, modern, jazz, swing and hip hop dances by  students as well as Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully - Choreographer.

Cost: Free

Where:
NCSSM Community Dance Concert
1219 Broad St.
Durham, NC  27705
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GPS, soon to be replaced by The Triangle Go-To Guide, connects you to all the Triangle has to offer, from museum expansions to new parks and schools to youth sports and family fun. Plus, discover our 2016 Readers' Favorites.

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