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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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Preview our August Back-to-School Issue

Discover back-to-school products and tips, celebrate the Museum of Life and Science's 70th Birthday, and preview the return of ruffles and cutoffs.

Chapel Hill Students Win History Contest

Two Chapel Hill High School students won first place in the senior group documentary category at the National History Day Competition held at the University of Maryland at College Park in June.

Carolina Theatre Offers Durham Public School Students Free Tickets

Through a pilot program that launched July 26, Durham Public School students can gain free admission to some shows at The Carolina Theatre in Durham.

Cary Students Compete in Culinary Competition

Aspiring chefs and students interested in restaurant management from Cary High School took part in the National ProStart Invitational this spring in Dallas.

Five “Must-Dos” for Going Back to School

Follow these tips to help your children have a smooth transition back to school.

Back-to-School Craft Ideas

Organization is the name of the game when it comes to back-to-school crafting. Here are two fun crafts ideas.

Tips for Connected Caregivers

Consider these tips when talking to your caregiver about how and when it's OK to use a smartphone.

5 Tips to Set Up a Literacy-Rich Environment for Infants and Toddlers

Foster literacy awareness in your infant or toddler with these five practical tips.

5 Things to Know About Elementary School

A parent primer for kicking off a smooth new year.

5 Things to Know About Middle School

Tips to help you and your middle-schooler have a smooth start to the school year.

5 Things to Know About High School

What you need to know to start the school year strong.

12 Fun Products for Back-to-School

Get geared up for a school year that is organized and fun with these back-to-class tools.

SAT Subject Tests: A Primer

When can SAT subject test benefit college applicants and what do they entail?

A Teen's Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online

Help your kids avoid online cyberbullies and catfishing with this high school student's suggestions.

Why Aren't More Women in STEM Studies?

A high school student shares her thoughts on sexism in STEM studies.

Is Pokémon GO a Go in Your Neighborhood?

Pokémon GO is a hit with tweens, teens and parents worldwide.

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.

Entertaining Exhibits in Raleigh and Chapel Hill

Triangle-area exhibits feature a role-playing adventure based on the experiences of the original Jamestown settlers, winning wildlife photographs and exquisite dresses created by Raleigh's own Willie Otey Kay.

When Children Hear Horror Stories on the News

How do you nurture a children's confidence in a safe world even when they are exposed to disturbing news.

Mock Crash Highlights Driving Dangers

Chapel Hill high school students learned about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving during a mock crash at Chapel Hill High School on May 13.

Advocates for Health in Action Grants Awards

Arya Pontula, a sophomore at Enloe High School in Raleigh, received the Advocates for Health in Action’s Student Wellness Advocate Award in April.

Keeping Family Smartphones Secure

Minimize some of the heartbreak involved with losing a cell phone by teaching these good habits as soon as kids get their first phone.

How To Banish Summer Boredom

Keep kids active and engaged this summer.

Kids to Learn About Elections, Voting at New Exhibit, Web Page

This summer, Wake County Board of Elections "Around the County in 80 Days” outreach campaign and a free museum exhibit and new web page, are all designed to demystify the voting process.

'Kick-off to Kindergarten' Offers Kids Fun Taste of School

“Kick-off to Kindergarten” 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh aims to prepare kindergartners for life at school.

Applying to College? Get an Inside Look at 21 NC Private Colleges

Browse profiles on everything from from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years.

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.

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.

Applying to NC Colleges? Take an Inside Look at 16 UNC Schools

These profiles detail everything from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years.

Win a Summer Fun Prize Pack!

From puzzles to classic books, this prize package offers hours of summer fun!
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July 2016

Take part in a family-friendly bike ride through Durham, Chatham and Orange counties to benefit Schoolhouse of Wonder. Register online.

Cost: Fees vary. Children under 12 ride free

Where:
New Hope Church Trailhead Park
2500 New Hope Church Rd
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: Schoolhouse of Wonder
Telephone: (919) 477-2116
Contact Name: Andrea Mastrobuono
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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the...

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Help Crayons2Calculators kick off its month-long Fill That Bus school supply drive. Enjoy an evening of dinner and music featuring Bo Lankenau and Terry Wiley.  Take a donation of school...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Note Grill
709 Washington St
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Crayons2Calculators
Contact Name: Julie Marshall
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Enjoy a great movie and pre-show activities. Take lawn chairs and blankets. Pack a dinner or enjoy good eats from the local food trucks. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
RLT’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: Raleigh Little Theatre
Telephone: 919-821-4579
Contact Name: Charles Phaneuf
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Take the family to a drop-in creative workshop. Create cyanotypes inspired by "White Water Nash" by Burk Uzzle, from the current exhibition "Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes. Ages...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-831-6491
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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 the movie "Peanuts," a can of soda and a box of popcorn for only $5. A season pass for all ten movies is $25/person.

Cost: $5-$25

Where:
Palace Pointe
5050 Durham Rd.
Roxboro, NC  27574
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Sponsor: Palace Pointe
Telephone: 336-598-5050 x114
Contact Name: Wendy Harrington
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Meet a staff member at the information desk to visit one of the museum galleries. Have a look around and listen to a history-related story. Ages 3 and older with adult.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take part in the Miracle Treat Day celebration. All Blizzard proceeds will benefit Duke Children’s Hospital to help ailing children in the Triangle receive the care and health treatments they...

Cost: Blizzard purchase

Where:
Dairy Queen
1008 Morrisville Carpenter Road
Morrisville , NC  27560
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Sponsor: Triangle Dairy Queen
Telephone: 910-228-9922
Contact Name: Sarah Hattman
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Search for aquatic animals. Wear old shoes and be prepared to get wet. Ages 6-9. Register online. Choose class #189056.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Johanna leads preschoolers on a storytime adventure.

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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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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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Spend the morning searching every nook and cranny for all the interesting things at Lazy O Farm. Enjoy farm animals, a scavenger hunt, popcorn and a hayride around fields of hay, sweet potatoes and...

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Lazy O Farm
3583 Packing Plant Road
Smithfield, NC  27577
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Sponsor: Lazy O Farm
Telephone: 919-934-1132
Contact Name: Tami Thompson
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Celebrate National Moth Week by helping to identify moths around Lake Crabtree. Learn about some of the many families of moths in North Carolina, and then check the park's moth...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Learn about dragonflies. Take a walk to see them flying over the pasture and big pond. Ages 6-9. Register online. Choose class #189041.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Kids ages 5-10 take part in a jam session inspired by the energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Using Ripstix, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising,...

Cost: Free for the first class

Where:
reCharge Pilates and Barre
3515 Witherspoon Blvd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Without electricty during the 19th century, candles were one of the few sources of light. Try dipping one of your own.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy
Durham, NC  27712
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Sponsor: Historic Stagville
Telephone: 919-620-0120
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Students starting grades 1 to 8, preparing to study grade 1 math through Common Core Math I/Algebra 1, enjoy a free academic enrichment class. Gift bags, snacks and prizes included. Register by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lifetime Learning Academy
620 Holly Springs Rd.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

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Explore Hemlock Bluffs as the sun sets. Register online.

Cost: $16/resident, $20/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
View map »


Website »

More information

Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

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Take part in a count-down party leading up to the release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two," a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
8030 Renaissance Parkway, Ste. 855
Durham, NC  27713
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Telephone: 919-806-1930
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Take the family to enjoy a movie under the stars. Showtime is 8:30 pm. Arrive early as viewing space may be limited.

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Road
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Town of Wake Forest
Telephone: 919-556-7063
Contact Name: Lisa Jacobs
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Enjoy snacks and magical activities before "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I & II" is officially released at 12:01 a.m. on July 31.

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
Contact Name: Cindy Sellars
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7 Award-Winning, Brain-Boosting Toys Under $10

Check out these award-winning toys that will help build your child's cognitive skills without breaking the bank.

Academic Coaches Encourage Students to Work Harder

Academic coaches value each student as an individual and recognize that each has his or her own unique learning style, strengths and challenges. Some students are high achievers and benefit from enriching academics. Some students are challenged by school and need extra support.

Anxiety: Diagnosing the Mystery Illness

After school starts, ideally kids have adjusted to new routines, classes and teachers. But unfortunately, for many families the struggles are just beginning because of a common problem: anxiety.

Boarding Schools Prep Students for College and Life

Asheville School is one of the few remaining small boarding schools in America, with 285 students ó 207 of which are boarding students. The high school students and faculty embrace the nurturing school community ó thanks to family-style meals, senior chapel talks and century-old traditions.

Building Strong Study Habits in Gifted Children

Developing good study habits before entering college is an essential skill that many gifted and talented children and their parents overlook. Waiting until college to learn how to study is much too late when one might already be dealing with living on one's own for the first time. Here are three tips to help foster this important skill while you still can.

Character Development Within the Home

Character education is crucial in preparing children to be well-rounded citizens ready for today's world.

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

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.

In Praise of the Preschool Garden

The gardens of Our PlayHouse Preschool and Kindergarten have many changing faces.

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

Every parent wants their child to develop traits such as compassion, generosity and kindness, but just like math and reading skills, the traits associated with good character must be nurtured and developed over time. The earlier these softer skills are fostered in young children, the more likely they are to be successful in school and later in life.

Top Five Ways to Help Your Child Enjoy (and thus excel at) School

There is no better way to support your child's education than to be part of it.

What Has Changed: Reflections on Middle School

I am often asked by parents of teens and preteens what happened to their children as they entered middle school. They used to be so sweet and innocent, and now they have morphed into some sort of creature. They have lost all common sense. They are self-centered and defensive.

What Kind of Tree is an Orchestree?

The North Carolina Symphony's music education program was developed in 1945 by then-Music Director Benjamin Swalin, his wife Maxine, and Director of Education Adeline McCall. Benjamin Swalin's book, "Hard Circus Road," recalls many moments and struggles along the way to building the North Carolina Symphony. - See more at: http://www.carolinaparent.com/advertisers/edarticle.php?What-Kind-of-Tree-is-an-Orchestree-16#sthash.g5XIqaER.dpuf

When Should Your Tween/Teen Start Visiting Colleges

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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