2018 Easter Fun: Egg Hunts, Festivals and Bunny Visits in Triangle Towns

From Apex to Zebulon, find Easter fun near you


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Easter is right around the corner and that means Peter Cottontail is busy hiding eggs! Take an Easter basket to these fun events happening across the Triangle. Egg hunts begin and end in a jiffy, so be sure to arrive early. Also, find out which malls are offering an opportunity for your child to have a photo taken with the Easter Bunny.

Events listed below are free unless otherwise noted.

March 17

Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs is the site of the town’s annual Spring Fling, 10 a.m.-noon, featuring games, music and inflatables. An egg hunt for ages 8 and younger begins at noon. hollyspringsnc.us/360/spring-fling; 919-557-9603.

March 22

Grab your flashlight and search for candy-filled eggs in the dark at Apex Community Park. The hunt begins precisely at 7:30 p.m., so arrive at 7:15 p.m. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Support staff welcome. Advanced registration required; 919-249-3402.

March 23

Take a flashlight to search for eggs, including both glitter and golden eggs that award special prizes, at the Town of Carrboro’s Flashlight Egg Hunt in Wilson Park for ages 11-14. Registration begins at 7:45 p.m. prior to the egg hunt, which begins promptly at 8:20 p.m. carrbororec.org; 919-918-7364.

March 24

The Easter Bunny drops thousands of eggs in Apex at 10 a.m. on the Town Campus. An egg hunt for ages 6 and younger with disabilities begins at 9 a.m. apexnc.org; 919-249-3402.

The Town of Carrboro welcomes children ages 2-10 to enjoy an egg hunt and spring-themed activities, noon-2 p.m., at Hank Anderson Park. The rain date is March 25, noon-2 p.m. carrbororec.org; 919-918-7364.

The Easter Bunny hosts a continental breakfast for families at the Cary Senior Center at 9 a.m., followed by the town’s Easter Festival in Bond Park. Enjoy live entertainment from noon-4 p.m., including a magic show at Sertoma Amphitheatre. An egg hunt for three different age groups begins at noon. The rain date for the egg hunts is March 25, 1-4 p.m. Tickets, $3-$4, are required for the breakfast and must be purchased at the Herbert C. Young Community Center prior to the event. townofcary.org (search for “Easter events”); 919-460-4965.

Bond Park in Cary hosts an Easter Eggstravaganza, noon-1 p.m., for ages 12 and younger with disabilities. The event includes an egg hunt, magic show and visit with the Easter Bunny. Registration is required for the event. Choose program #109590. classweb.townofcary.org; 919-469-4965.

Crafts, inflatables, games, an egg hunt and a visit from Peter Cottontail highlight Southern Community Park’s spring festival in Chapel Hill, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. townofchapelhill.org/egghunt; 919-968-2723.

Kids can search for eggs in Durham, including a golden egg that brings an extra prize, at Campus Hills Park from 10-11 a.m. and West Point on the Eno Park from 10 a.m.-noon. dprplaymore.org; 919-560-4355.

Downtown Fuquay-Varina merchants host a candy hop from 2-4 p.m. fuquay-varinadowntown.com; 919-552-0848.

The Town of Garner’s Spring EGGstravaganza at Lake Benson Park, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., features a visit with the Easter Bunny, crafts, games and food vendors. Four egg hunts for different age groups take place every half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. The rain date is March 25, 1-3 p.m. garnernc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources/events/spring-eggstravaganza; 919-773-4441.

Train rides, music, food and a visit with Peter Cottontail highlight the Easter Eggstraordinaire, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater. Egg hunts for three different age groups begin at 11 a.m. An optional egg hunt zone will be available for children with special needs. knightdalenc.gov; 919-217-2236.

Meet the Easter Bunny and search for eggs, including one that contains a special prize, at Morrisville Community Park. Separate egg hunts for ages 2-8 begin at 10 a.m. townofmorrisville.org; 919-463-7110.

Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department’s egg hunts for ages 10 and younger take place at 11 a.m. at a variety of community centers and parks throughout the city. Learn more at raleighnc.gov.

Ages 10 and younger can dash across a football field to collect eggs, including three that encompass a special prize, during the Egg Rush at Rolesville Middle School at 2 p.m. rolesvillenc.gov/town-departments/parks-recreation/special-events; 919-554-6582.

The Great Egg Scramble in Selma begins at 11 a.m. at Selma Middle School. Ages 3-10 can search the fields for thousands of colorful eggs, including several that contain prizes. selma-nc.com/the-great-egg-scramble; 919-975-1411.

More than 10,000 colorful eggs will be hidden at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest for four egg hunts that take place from 10-11 a.m. for different age groups. An egg hunt for children with special needs begins at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy games and Easter-themed arts and crafts in the Joyner Park Amphitheater after the hunt. wakeforestnc.gov/easter-egg-hunt.aspx; 919-435-9560.

Kids in Zebulon can search for eggs at the Municipal Complex at 10 a.m. townofzebulon.org; 919-823-0432.

March 25

Thousands of candy-filled eggs await skilled hunters ages 10 and younger at South Park in Fuquay-Varina at 2 p.m. fuquay-varina.org; 919-552-1400.

A specialized egg hunt for children with special needs takes place at Laurel Hills Community Center in Raleigh from 2-4 p.m. Registration is required online at reclink.raleighnc.gov. Choose program #216853.

Kids ages 2-7 can collect candy-filled eggs, including three that encompass a special prize, and meet Peter Cottontail at Smithfield Community Park at 3 p.m. smithfield-nc.com/page/parks_holiday_events; 919-934-2148.

March 27

Families with children ages 5 and younger can enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny at 10 a.m. at Clayton Community Center. The event costs $10-$15 and features pancakes, crafts and stories. Register at townofclaytonnc.org/parks-and-recreation/special-events.aspx; 919-553-1550.

JC Raulston Arboretum’s Seventh Annual Spring Egg Hunt takes place March 27-31. Families enjoy searching for brightly painted wooden eggs to unscramble the secret word to earn a prize. This is a free self-guided, family activity.

March 30

The Easter Bunny arrives on a fire engine and greets families prior to an egg hunt that begins at 10:30 a.m. for ages 5 and younger at Clayton Community Park. townofclaytonnc.org/parks-and-recreation/special-events.aspx; 919-553-1550.

The Dino Egg Hunt at the Museum of Life and Sciences in Durham takes place March 30-April 1 and has a special hunt for dinosaur fans. Unearth colorful eggs, take a photo with the resident dinosaur and dig for fossils. The Dinosaur Trail will be filled with activity and excitement. This is a ticketed event.

March 31-April 1

The North Carolina Zoo Eggstravaganza takes place 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Celebrate Spring and watch your favorite animals hunt for treats inside colorful eggs. This event is included in general admission.

April 1

Durham Easter at Durham Central Park hosts one of the largest egg hunts in Durham, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.. This Easter Egg Hunt is open to children 2-12 years and will be accompanied by inflatable games, face painting, and family activities. Food vendors will also be on site.


Updated March 30, 2018

Janice Lewine is the associate editor of Carolina Parent.

 

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September 2018

Run Club meets every Sunday at 8 a.m. in Midtown Raleigh or Wake Forest. Stroller friendly; children invited. 

Cost: $10/run or $100/annual pass

Where:
Optimist Park Community Center/Greenways
5900 Whittier Drive
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: FIT4MOM
Telephone: 919-348-0472
Contact Name: Missy Currin
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The autumnal equinox signals the beginning of fall. It is the point when there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. Mark the change of seasons by heading to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Embrace your inner rebel and celebrate the motorcycle lifestyle with family-friendly activities ranging from stunt shows and specialty rides to live music and local vendors. See website for hours.

Cost: $10 for ages 13 and older. Free for ages 12 and younger.

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr
Morrisville, NC  17560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Experience a full day of outdoor experiences, nature adventures and family-friendly activities to kick off Take a Child Outside Week.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Take part in a 5K race, a kid’s dash and family activities to raise awareness in the fight against lung cancer in North Carolina. 

Cost: Free-$30

Where:
Midtown Park
4011 Cardinal at North Hills
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, carnival rides, street performers, bluegrass shows and more are all part of Benson Mule Days. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Benson
500 S. Market St.
Benson, NC  27504
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Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community and exciting local history! Explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water as it turns the milling...

Cost: $5 for Adults $4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over) $3 for Children (ages 7–16)* *Ch

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675

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Pepper Fest heats up with a fresh array of pepper-themed dishes and brews, family activities, a kid chef competition and zesty live music.

Cost: $5-$30

Where:
The Great Meadow, Briar Chapel
161 Salt Cedar Ln.
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Monday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.–noon Let’s celebrate the arrival of Fall! Make a craft inspired by the leaves’ changing colors. We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all...

Cost: free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
Contact Name: Ashley Martin

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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Search the meadow for katydid, cicadas, crickets and other incredible insects that make up approximately 80% of the world’s species of animals. All ages. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2–3:30 p.m. The harvest season was a busy time for Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneer family. Put on your straw hat or sun bonnet and head to the park to try out the types of farm...

Cost: $6/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675

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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Discover how beavers live, eat and play in their watery world. Search for beaver signs around the pond. Ages 3-5 with parent. Advance registration required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
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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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy croquet, bocci, corn hole, ladder ball and more. Register online. Choose course #117149.

Cost: $4/resident, $5/nonresident

Where:
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27513
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Play giant board games and special activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Cary Park
319 S. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Enjoy nature-themed books followed by a hands-on activity or garden exploration. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online.

Cost: Free

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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Apple Day features fresh North Carolina apples, an apple dessert and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy trivia about sports, music, movies and more. Register online. Choose course #116583.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Mums and pumpkins take center stage at this festival featuring food trucks, inflatables, hayrides and vendors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Welcome fall's arrival with a food truck rodeo, car show, face painting, a craft show and more.  

Cost: Free

Where:
125 U.S. 1-A
Youngsville, NC  27596
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Enjoy national and regional professional dancers from the Wake Forest dance community and beyond, as well locally rising advanced dance performers. 

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC
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Take part in a 1.4-mile walk for inclusiveness. Registration and activities begin at 10 a.m.; walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy refreshments, games, raffle and a decorating station. All ages and...

Cost: $15/family, $5/individual

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Mums and pumpkins take center stage at this festival featuring food trucks, inflatables, hayrides and vendors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Take the family for a celebration of Orange County’s heritage and culture. Enjoy local food, music, cooking demonstrations, local artists and crafters, and kids’ activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blackwood Farm Park
4215 NC Hwy 86
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Government
Telephone: 919-245-2063
Contact Name: Mike Lanier
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Children's booksellers read their favorite picture books. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Matthew Cordell's upcoming tour for his next book, "King Alice," will make a stop at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Cordell most recently won the Caldecott Medal for his picture book,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Enjoy a day at the park and listen to stories from professional storytellers in an event presented in partnership with Wake County Public Libraries. Enjoy a wagon shuttle, activity tents, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries and Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Telephone: 919-212-7695
Contact Name: Abby Jones
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Take the family for pony rides, riding demonstrations, miniature horses and a petting area, hayrides, games, food trucks and an appearance by Woody and Jesse from Toy Story. Purchase activity bands...

Cost: Admission is free. Some activities charge a fee.

Where:
Horses for Hope
2909 Banks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Celebrate Morrisville, Wake County’s most diverse community, with a day of food, culture and music from around the world. Kids can enjoy face painting and a bounce house.

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Village Market Place
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Snakes are very misunderstood and feared, yet are so important to the ecosystem. Meet some friendly snakes up close and learn about common snakes found in this area. All ages. Meet at the...

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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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring...

Cost: $5 for Adults $4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over) $3 for Children (ages 7–16)* *Ch

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675

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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Be part of the 2017 Harvest Festival, organized by St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church Raleigh, where authentic freshly cooked food, stage performances, music, live auction,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church
225 Bashford Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 703-850-2282

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