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Determining kindergarten readiness evolves around skills and concepts, and social and emotional development.
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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.

Students Participate in Bayer’s NxGen Ag Event

Nearly 50 area high school students attended Bayer’s third NxGen Ag event on April 6, 2016, to learn career paths within the agriculture/biotech sphere.

NC 529 Plan and Marbles Kids Museum Help Families Save for College

North Carolina’s National College Savings Program and Marbles Kids Museum are collaborating to encourage families to plan for college.

10 Playgrounds Worth a Drive

When your kids — and you — are itching to get outside for active playtime, check out one of the Triangle's top playgrounds.

Take Kids to See Disappearing Frogs Project at Triangle Museums

Frogs are hopping to center stage at Triangle museums, compliments of the Disappearing Frogs Project, a grassroots environmental art effort to focus attention on environmental threats to amphibians worldwide.

Entertaining Exhibits in Raleigh and Chapel Hill

Triangle-area exhibits feature one-of-a-kind documents from the State Archives of North Carolina, a century of UNC-Chapel Hill fashion and the history of the Jets of Siler City.

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.

Push Play Sing! Offers Free Concert at UNC-Chapel Hill

Head out to Gardner Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, for a free concert, where all the musicians have developmental disabilities.

Thinking About Kindergarten Readiness

Determining kindergarten readiness evolves around skills and concepts, and social and emotional development.

Helping Kids Cope with ACT/SAT Stress

Help your son or daughter handles the stress of upcoming ACT/SAT tests with these tips.

Lucy Daniels to Offer Full-Day Kindergarten

The Lucy Daniels School is extending the school day for its kindergarten students from a half day to a full day, during the 2016-17 school year.

Ballentine Elementary to Compete in LEGO Competitions

Phenomenal Brix, a fourth-grade FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team at Ballentine Elementary in Fuquay-Varina, earned a chance to represent North Carolina at the LEGOLAND North American Open in May.

Raleigh Family Faces Hearing Loss Head-On

A Raleigh family reveals how cochlear implants and early intervention from parent educators have helped their daughter flourish at school.

New Guidelines for Tots and Technology

The AAP revises guidelines on screentime babies and toddlers, acknowledging that screens are everywhere.

Mandarin Dual Language Program in Chapel Hill

The Mandarin dual language program in the Chapel Hill school system offers many benefits. Learn about upcoming information sessions and how to register for the program.

Durham Kindergarten Celebration to Offer Free Fun and Giveaways

Durham’s Partnership for Children and Durham Public Schools are hosting a Kindergarten Registration Celebration March 24.

Top Field Trip Destinations of the Triangle

The Triangle's hands-on museums, natural beauty, history and family-friendly lifestyle offer a wide variety of field trips for every age group and interest.

Kill the Calculator

Sometimes, less is more, a dad learns as he helps his daughter with her struggles with algebra.

Free Half-Day Driver Training Course Offered to Teens

The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program and Ford Driving Skills for Life are hosting a free advanced driver training course for newly licensed drivers/teenagers March 29-30.

10 Hikes Kids Enjoy in the Triangle

Ready to spend some time outdoors with your family? You're bound to have fun at any of these kid-friendly hiking spots around the Triangle.

College Fair: 5 Tips Parents Need to Know

The Greater Raleigh National College Fair March 22, 4:30-7:30 p.m. is worth attending for any student wanting to explore college options, from schools to financial aid.

Election Day Voting and Absentee Ballot Information

Find your assigned precinct voting location by using the North Carolina State Board of Elections' online Polling Place Look-up app.

Get Free Expert Tips for Navigating Middle School Years

Gain free tips from author and educator Michelle Icard on how to ease through the dreaded middle school years at Ravenscroft School March 22.

Win Tickets to See 'Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science' at DPAC

Food Network star Alton Brown mixes science, music and food into two hours of entertainment on April 15.

Civil War-Era Shipwreck Discovered Off N.C. Coast

A large iron-hulled Civil War era steamer has been discovered in off the coast near Oak Island.

Vote for Your 2016 Readers' Favorites!

2016 is here and it's time to vote for your favorite places to visit, eat at, do business at and explore!

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.

Book Drive Still Short of Goal to Collect 110,000 Books

Wake County's WAKE Up and Read book drive ends March 12; collection sites located around the Triangle.

Should Students Disclose Depression/Anxiety on College Applications?

These tips offer guidance and help for effectively and tactfully describing mental health challenges.

Dig In! at Marbles Kids Museum March 12

Get up to speed on starting an edible community garden at the 7th Annual Dig In! Saturday, March 12, 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.
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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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