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Ravenscroft Hosts Wake County Special Olympics

RavenScroft, a private school in Raleigh, hosted the Wake County Special Olympics Spring Games for the 25th year on April 20-21.
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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.

Where to Pick Blueberries in the Triangle and Surrounding Areas

Find a farm close to home where you can pick your own blueberries in the Triangle and surrounding counties.

Transitioning from School to Summer Break

Follow these tips to help your child let go of the past school year and prepare to move forward to the changes that come with summer.

Kids in the Kitchen Empowers Youth in Raleigh

The Junior League of Raleigh and Brentwood Boys and Girls Club hosted a Kids in the Kitchen event April 13.

Ravenscroft Hosts Wake County Special Olympics

RavenScroft, a private school in Raleigh, hosted the Wake County Special Olympics Spring Games for the 25th year on April 20-21.

Home Visits Help Close Cognitive Development Gap

A new international study shows the importance of early, home-based interventions that teach parents to engage children in playful interactive learning activities.

Straight Talk About Online Harassment

Cyberbullying may seem like something that happens to other people, but statistics say otherwise.

MomsRising Looks to Future of Moms in US, NC

As national advocacy group MomRising celebrates its 10th anniversary, its leaders discuss goals for improving the lives of mothers and children.

Raising Kids Who Can Code

Nine out of 10 parents want children to learn computer programming. Here are age-appropriate ways to help your children learn that skill.

Calling All 30- to 40-year-old Teenagers

We parents walk a fine line of supervising our kids' online behavior without becoming a participant in it. It is a line I see more and more parents crossing. What is appropriate involvement?

Parents get ready for the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests

Schools are preparing now for special education accommodations for the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.

Advocates Push Bill for NC Arts Education Credit

Some arts advocates are pushing passage of a bill that would modify state curriculum requirements so that any student graduating high school would have to complete one arts education credit at some point in grades 6-12.

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.

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.
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May 2016

Raleigh Junior Rollers presents MAY-HEM, a double header. The Raleigh All-Stars take on  Savannah's Sk8 City Sirens at 10 a.m., followed by the RJR home teams Derby Demons vs Black &...

Cost: $7. Free for ages 3 and younger

Where:
United Skates of America
2901 Trawick Road
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Contact Name: Charo Baxter
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This all-day family and pet-friendly live music event features North Carolina bands Four Founders, Night Shift, Jason Adamo Band and Band of Oz. A kids' zone, food trucks, raffles and vendor...

Cost: $5/adults. Free for kids

Where:
8501 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Fest in the West is an outdoor festival celebrating Cary's rural past with art and crafts, demonstrations, contests, local food and fun kids zone. Compete in a contest: pie eating, hillbilly...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkside Town Commons
7119 O' Kelly Chapel Rd.
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: CaryCitizen
Telephone: 919-244-6463
Contact Name: Lindsey Chester
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Celebrate Triangle teens' art, music, dance, poetry.  Experience teens’ beautiful expressions of what family means to them and their hopes for the future.  Through...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crabtree Valley Mall
4325 Glenwood Ave.
Promo Court
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Education for Successful Parenting
Telephone: 949-646-6016
Contact Name: Randi Rubenstein
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Learn what makes opossums unique, practice playing possum, and get to see and touch a real opossum mount. All ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all persons attending must be...

Cost: $5/family

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Learn about flower parts and pollinators, and the vital role of bees and other insects in our world. Designed to enhance the arboretum experience for families with young children, these hands-on,...

Cost: $5/family

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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Explore why exposure to nature is vitally important to a child’s mental, physical, emotional and intellectual development. Learn simple ways to add nature play and natural elements to a...

Cost: $15/person

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
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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See The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed handbell choir based in Raleigh, deliver its spring concert. The group of 18 ringers performs original compositions as well as unique...

Cost: $10-$20

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: The Raleigh Ringers
Telephone: 919-847-7574
Contact Name: Nancy Ritter
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For arts lovers of all kinds, including art makers, art teachers, arts administrators, arts supporters, ARTS Day is a chance to make a difference in the community. This annual two-day conference of...

Cost: $20-$150

Where:
Talley Student Center
2610 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: (919) 834-1411
Contact Name: Sarah Donell
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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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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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For arts lovers of all kinds, including art makers, art teachers, arts administrators, arts supporters, ARTS Day is a chance to make a difference in the community. This annual two-day conference of...

Cost: $20-$150

Where:
Talley Student Center
2610 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: (919) 834-1411
Contact Name: Sarah Donell
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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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The North Carolina Heritage Awards, a program of the North Carolina Arts Council, returns to honor the state’s masters of the traditional arts. PineCone partners with the Arts Council to...

Cost: $27.14

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South Street
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-996-8711
Contact Name: Alex Franzen
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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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Spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Ages 3-5 with adult. Dress for the weather as this program is held outdoors. Activities are moved...

Cost: $5/child

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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Help park staff with citizen science projects. Take a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Ages 8-10 with adult; 11 years and older adult optional. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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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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Spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Ages 3-5 with adult. Dress for the weather as this program is held outdoors. Activities are moved...

Cost: $5/child

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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Celebrate our freedom and honor those who have served our nation as WRAL hosts Balloon Fest. See 35 beautiful hot air balloons take to the skies over Fuquay-Varina and enjoy more than 20 hours of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Witness the culmination of the school's art and music programs. From film screenings, music performances, paintings, sculptures, poetry readings, to dramatic performances, this is an evening...

Cost: Free

Where:
Emerson Waldorf School, Brown Wing
6211 New Jericho Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-967-1858
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Celebrate our freedom and honor those who have served our nation as WRAL hosts Balloon Fest. See 35 beautiful hot air balloons take to the skies over Fuquay-Varina and enjoy more than 20 hours of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Construct a bird feeder out of a pine cone and learn about feathered friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Logan's Garden Shp
707 Semart Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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This event was created to tackle some of the challenges facing our youth, with a focus specifically on girls in rising grades 9 and 10. Topics to be covered include improving low self-esteem,...

Cost: $21.49

Where:
Hotel Indigo Raleigh Durham Airport
151 Tatum Dr.
Durham, NC  27703
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Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s fast-paced romp through love, friendship and betrayal in the museum’s Fletcher Garden. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh’s Bare...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s fast-paced romp through love, friendship and betrayal in the museum’s Fletcher Garden. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh’s Bare...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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The Friends of Oberlin Village (FOV) invite the community to “Celebrate the O,” their annual barbecue fundraiser just off the grounds of the Historic Oberlin Cemetery, in the parking...

Cost: Free. $10 for barbecue dinner

Where:
Parking lot behind InterAct of Wake County
1012 Oberlin Rd.,
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Friends of Oberlin Village
Telephone: 336-416-1895
Contact Name: Sabrina Goode
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Kids ages 7-17 take part in a hands-on magic workshop. Learn the performance art of theatrical magic from local masters on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Details available at...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Magic Corner Magic Shop
3684 Capital Blvd.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Ring #199,The Int'l Brotherhood of Magicians
Telephone: 919-272-6465
Contact Name: Roger Way
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Celebrate Memorial Weekend with the monumental "Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony."  Also enjoy selections by Wagner and Smetana as “citizen musicians” perform with the North...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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Building Strong Study Habits in Gifted Children

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Character Development Within the Home

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Choosing a Good Preschool

The time has come! Somehow your baby has already turned 2 or 3, and you are now trying to figure out how to find the perfect preschool. Maybe you are wondering how important the decision you make about your child's first school really is in the big scheme of things. The answer is, "very."

Climbing Toward Physical and Mental Growth

All sports and physical activities encourage developmental skills for kids, but rock climbing brings positive growth to a new level ñ quite literally! When kids climb, they stretch their physical and mental capabilities in innovative ways and enrich their overall lives through strengthened character, confidence and courage.

Debunking Montessori Myths One Cowboy at a Time

Do you remember watching your baby fall what seemed like thousands of times before he could learn to walk? We wanted to catch each fall, but we know it is that struggle that allows him to learn. That is true of every skill in life, and it is important to examine our role as adults and how we encourage our children to struggle, because persevering through challenges is an important life skill.

Dental Education: What to Expect During Your Child's First Visit

You notice your child's first tooth. What an exciting new milestone! You want to raise a cavity-free kid? It's doable. So, when should you schedule your child's first dental visit?

Early Childhood Education: Important Factors for Future Success

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In Praise of the Preschool Garden

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Living Counter-Culture With Simplicity

Do you remember your preschool education? While you may not explicitly rely on the lessons you learned while playing with blocks and participating in sanctioned naptime, it is increasingly evident that early childhood education plays one of the most important roles in determining the path to success in adulthood.

Magnet Programs Offer Innovative Approaches to Learning

Wake County Public School System Magnet Programs have been offering dynamic program options to the Wake County community for over 30 years.

Opening Doors to Math Achievement So More Students Can Succeed

Mathematics education in the United States is broken. Open any newspaper and articles of math failure are mostly likely to be found talking about our low international rankings, widespread lack of fundamental numerical understanding, and declines in math related college majors.

Parenting Stategies for School Success and Beyond

Parents often ask what they can do to prepare their children for success in an academically rigorous environment. The answers have less to do with the use of flashcards, electronics and alphabet games, and more to do with "foundational skills."

Prepping for Preschool: 5 Things to Do This Summer to Ensure Your Child Is Ready

For kids who have never been away from their primary caregiver, heading to preschool can be a scary endeavor. But there are things you can do to help them (and you!) prepare for this new adventure. Here are a few ways to help ensure they're as prepared as possible for the transition.

Supplemental Training for High-Performance Students

High achieving students who wish to supplement their skills with additional in-depth training and move at a faster, more challenging pace than what is offered in their current school, should consider seeking out supplemental training designed for the honors-level or academically inclined student.

Supporting Sticktoitiveness

Do you remember watching your baby fall what seemed like thousands of times before he could learn to walk? We wanted to catch each fall, but we know it is that struggle that allows him to learn.

Teaching Character to Young Children

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What Has Changed: Reflections on Middle School

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Planning to attend college doesn't start in a student's junior year of high school. It starts as soon as the idea of college enters your child's thoughts. That could be very early as you the parent mention attending a college reunion, having a college friend to visit, or watching a silly movie such as Revenge of the Nerds or College Road Trip. Planning to attend college doesn't need to be a stressful event particularly in your child's early years.

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