Eight Decisions to Make Now That Affect Your Health



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You make dozens of choices every day that can affect your well-being — from big-deal ones like whether to spring for health insurance, to micro-judgment calls that can take a toll over time, such as whether to go to bed or watch another hour of TV. But which are super important and which can you let slide? We asked leading researchers to tell us the top-priority decisions you should make now. The sooner you cross these off your to-do list, the sooner you’ll know you’re doing everything you can to optimize your health and feel your best.

Who will your doctors be?

If you don’t have a primary care physician (PCP) and an OB/GYN (for women), it’s time to go doctor shopping. “Women should have both types of doctors,” says Michael Roizen, M.D., division chair at the Cleveland Clinic and co-author of You: The Smart Patient.

Why? OB/GYNs specialize in gynecological and obstetrical issues, which are especially important if you’re sexually active, pregnant or considering pregnancy. PCPs have broad-based medical knowledge and training in prevention. If your blood pressure is creeping up, your OB shouldn’t be the one to write a prescription for blood pressure medication.

“There are so many nuances in drug therapy and drug interactions that PCPs are expert in,” Roizen says. (Men just need a PCP for preventive care unless they need to monitor a specific medical condition, when a specialist may be necessary.) Your PCP should be the quarterback of your care.

To-do tactic: To choose a PCP, interview two or three until you find one with whom you’re compatible. For PCP recommendations, Roizen advises calling the emergency room nurse at a large hospital in your area between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and asking her whom she thinks is good. ER nurses have insider knowledge, such as who are the most attentive doctors or who has a particular expertise, he says. To find an OB/GYN or another specialist, ask your PCP for recommendations. Then, again, go through the interview process.

Clues a doctor is right for you: The waiting room has other patients similar to you in age; the doctor isn’t near retirement (a sign that she won’t be able to care for you in the long term); and he’s up-to-date on what’s likely to happen to you. “If you have a family history of colon cancer, for example, you want someone who focuses on colon cancer prevention and knows the current medical literature,” Roizen says.

What health insurance will you choose?

“Everyone should at least have catastrophic medical coverage,” Roizen says, which covers major procedures, such as an operation or a hospitalization, if something serious happens. If you have kids, your policy should also cover routine preventive care and well-child checkups because kids tend to visit the pediatrician frequently. If you’re planning to have a family, your policy should include obstetrical and maternity coverage.

“Look at your situation and decide the minimum amount of health coverage you need, then go from there,” Roizen says. Take cost into consideration and whether your doctor accepts that insurance.

As part of the new Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law March 23, 2010, most people who can afford it will be required to obtain basic health insurance coverage or pay a fee to help offset the costs of caring for uninsured Americans. Individuals and small companies will be able to buy affordable coverage through an exchange system; tax credits may also be available for individuals who can’t afford health insurance. Those changes don’t take effect until January 2014, however.

To-do tactic: In the meantime, visit www.healthcare.gov for ideas on how to obtain health insurance if you need it for yourself and your family. Tempted to go without health insurance for now? Think again. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the uninsured were less likely than the insured to receive any medical care after an accident or the onset of a new chronic condition.

In general, to choose a good plan, see how various health plans rate by checking out the health plan report at the National Committee on Quality Assurance at www.ncqa.org. An Excellent score means a plan is handling claims superior to other insurers. You’ll be less likely to get surprised with bills for health services you only thought were covered.

Do you feel fulfilled and happy at the end of a typical day?

It’s important because if you’re flourishing in your life (an estimated 17 percent of the population), you’ll miss less work and have fewer chronic diseases and conditions. Flourishers also feel more in control of their lives, have concrete goals, learn from adversity, and feel close to family and friends. “You want to be one of those people,” says Carol Kauffman, Ph.D., a coaching psychologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

To-do tactic: If you’re dissatisfied with your career, determine your character strengths by taking the values-in-action inventory (www.viastrengths.com), a free 240-question survey developed, in part, by Martin Seligman, Ph.D., director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. The survey generates a report indicating your top five signature strengths, with a description of each. Use this information to work toward a job that’s a better fit with who you are or find ways to use your strengths in your current job.

“If you’re a truck driver, for example, and one of your strengths is creativity, you’ll want to find a way to be creative at your job,” Kauffman says. Would it be through noticing interesting things? Changing what you’re listening to on your sound system? By writing about your work experiences in hopes of publishing a book one day? Your efforts will pay off. “If you can make your full-time job line up with your character strengths, you will be happier,” Kauffman says.

When, if at all, do you want to have more kids?

If you’re a woman in your 30s, put this decision on the front burner or at least have an idea what “the right time” looks like.

“Good and bad things can happen at any age, but the balance begins to shift for women during the 30s,” says Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, medical director of family planning at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. With each passing year after 30, fertility gradually declines, and the risk of intervening medical problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes begins to rise. The rate of miscarriage also goes up along with the chance of having a fetus with a genetic abnormality. “The probability of having any of these difficulties is just more likely to happen when women are older,” Westhoff says.

To-do tactic: Pregnancy has its own set of health risks, so you only want to get pregnant when you want to. To avoid unintended pregnancy, go with the birth control method you’re most comfortable using. (For a list of methods, visit www.womenshealth.gov/faq/birth-control-methods.cfm.)

“I love IUDs, NuvaRing and the pill, but different women are going to be happy with different methods,” Westhoff says. So feel free to experiment. One caveat: If you want to get pregnant within the next year, avoid Depo-Provera, an injectable method. “Depo is designed to give you protection for three months, but it can easily last in your body for a year,” Westhoff says. She only recommends it for women who are done having children or spacing between babies.

What time will you go to bed?

If you routinely go to bed in time for 7.5 to 8 hours of shut-eye, you’re on the mark. That’s the amount of sleep most of us need to feel alert the next day, says Joyce Walsleben, Ph.D., associate professor at the NYU School of Medicine and author of A Woman’s Guide to Sleep. But according to the National Sleep Foundation, 63 percent of Americans don’t get that recommended amount of sleep. In fact, nearly one-third report sleeping less than seven hours each night.

Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are estimated to cost Americans over $100 billion annually in lost productivity, medical expenses, sick leave, and property and environmental damage (from sleep-deprivation-related accidents). Chronic sleep deprivation also negatively affects short-term memory, weight control and immunity. “Getting enough sleep is as important to your health as drinking water and exercise,” Walsleben says.

To-do tactic: If you’re getting less than 7 hours of sleep on average, move your bedtime up by an hour in weekly 15-minute increments. If you typically hit the hay at 11 p.m., for example, aim for 10:45 p.m. for a week, then 10:30 p.m. the next and so on. The gradual approach gives your brain time to adjust so you’re sleepy earlier, Walsleben says. Meanwhile, as a parent, protect your sleep. “If your kids wake up in the middle of the night and think they want to sleep with you, train them to pull their blanket on the floor and sleep next to your bed rather than getting into bed with you,” Walsleben suggests.

Do you make eating healthy a priority?

To eat healthy, you have to be proactive. “It’s not going to happen by accident,” says Katherine Tallmadge, a registered dietician, author of Diet Simple and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Still, that’s not how most of us think, Tallmadge says. We leave the house without eating breakfast and grab a coffee or a muffin at Starbucks. We mosey into a deli for lunch. We resort to take-out for dinner all too often. It’s a recipe for a “toxic” diet (read: devoid of fruits and vegetables) and weight gain, Tallmadge says.

To-do tactic: Use the weekends to plan menus, shop, batch-cook, and prep healthy meals and snacks for the workweek. One weekend, for example, Tallmadge bought four quarts of strawberries that she washed, de-stemmed and bagged so she’d have a week’s worth of grab-able snacks. Also, plan for the last minute by stocking your freezer with quick-fix meals that only need a side salad to become complete: Boca burgers, healthy frozen meals, a bag of stir-fry chicken and veggies, pasta sauce and so on.

Overall, at least have an idea of what you’re going to have for lunch and dinner before leaving the house in the morning, “You can’t make last-minute decisions and think you’re going to eat well,” Tallmadge says.

Decision: How will you find time to exercise today?

You need at least 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity five or more days a week for health benefits. That doesn’t sound like a lot. Still, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 62 percent of Americans fail to meet that basic recommendation.

Lack of time is the most common excuse, but Laurie Bagley, an online fitness coach who managed to summit Mount Everest in 2006, isn’t buying it. “The key is to make time for exercise by blocking out increments in your day planner, just as you would a business meeting,” she says.

To-do tactic: Sign up for a fitness event in your community that requires training, such as a walk-a-thon, a 10K road race or a century, a 100-mile bicycle ride. “When you have an event to train for, with the overall goal of getting to the finish line, you’ll be more apt to stick with an exercise routine,” Bagley says, no matter how busy you are. But make sure it’s fun. If it’s not, you’ll soon abort the mission.

Decision: What are you doing to stay socially connected?

Having at least five people you can confide in is as important to your health as eating right and exercising. “Good interpersonal relationships act as a buffer against stress,” says Micah Sadigh, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Cedar Crest Women’s College in Pennsylvania. But not just anybody will do. “These friends should be people you can talk to without being judged, evaluated or criticized, somebody who will listen to you and provide support,” Sadigh says.

To-do tactic: Think of whom you would call right now if you were in a crisis and needed help. “A lot of people have this huge list on their cell phone, but can name only one person,” Sadigh says. “Or they say, ‘I would just talk to my dog.’ And that’s the truth because that’s the only ‘person’ who wouldn’t judge them.” If you can’t come up with a list, go out and meet new friends by taking a class, getting a dog (if you’re up for it; they’re people magnets) joining a professional group, or culling your life for acquaintances with good-friend potential, then get together for coffee or drinks.

Sandra Gordon specializes in writing about health. She contributes frequently to national magazines and is the author of Consumer Reports Best Baby Products.

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Does your preschooler or kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately? Has...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Raleigh
9207 Baileywick Rd.
Suite 203
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

The Justice Theater Project announces its 2020 Summer Camp Production of "Seussical, Jr."! Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps...

Cost: $245.00 per week

Where:
Umstead Park United Church of Christ
8208 Brownleigh Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27613-8555
View map »


Sponsor: The Justice Theater Project
Telephone: 919-215-0889
Contact Name: Melissa Reilly
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

This summer, do you want your child to learn how to make and keep new friends? Would you like her to enhance her selfconfidence? Would you like him to learn to handle conflicts peacefully? Discover...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Cary
130 Preston Executive Dr.
Suite 202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 1:30 to 3:30pm Have you always wanted to write your own song? Now you have your chance! In this intensive for all levels, you will learn how to...

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Do your Kids love Coding? The purpose of this FREE Coding and Minecraft class is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. We have different classes every...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
North Carolina, NC  20079
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: community@activityhe
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

Have a child that misses seeing peers? Hard to keep him/her motivated and learning at home? If your child likes art, join our LIVE art class. Use any supplies available at home, and follow our...

Cost: 12/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC


Sponsor: KidzArt North Raleigh
Telephone: 919-271-0710
Contact Name: Chen Jiang
Website »

More information

Do you LOVE Yoga? We are offering free yoga classes. Kids and families can join our classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about yoga and kids can ask questions online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
, NC  27099
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

Dwarf Star Studios presents a series of weekly virtual open mic nights dedicated to Triangle, NC area talent! The next Triangle Virtual Open Mic Night will be streamed online on Tuesday, July 7th,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
Carrboro, NC  27510


Sponsor: Dwarf Star Studios
Contact Name: John May
Website »

More information

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HEY YOU GUYS ITS THAT TIME AGAIN NLDC IS READY TO HAVE AN AWESOME SUMMER WITH YOU COME REGISTER FOR SOMETHING FUN, LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND REASONABLE IN PRICE...... HEY DON'T FORGET THIS INCLUDES...

Cost: $30 (Reg)-$120(weekly)

Where:
No Limitz Dance Company Studio
3326 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Suite C-130
Durham , NC  27707
View map »


Telephone: 919-391-0022
Contact Name: Ms. Mo Lee
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Animal Park (AP) Artists will be centered around getting kids immersed in art and expression!    Each day students will learn a specific style of art, have lunch, and then spend the afternoon...

Cost: $200

Where:
The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
View map »


Sponsor: The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Elise Gammon
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th-17th, 9-10am Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. This camp is design specifically for 5-6 year olds. They will learn...

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or Kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would he/she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately?...

Cost: 496

Where:
Wynns Family Psychology
130 Preston Executive Dr #202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Wynns Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Lauren Bowman
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately? Has...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Raleigh
9207 Baileywick Rd.
Suite 203
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Website »

More information

The Justice Theater Project announces its 2020 Summer Camp Production of "Seussical, Jr."! Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps...

Cost: $245.00 per week

Where:
Umstead Park United Church of Christ
8208 Brownleigh Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27613-8555
View map »


Sponsor: The Justice Theater Project
Telephone: 919-215-0889
Contact Name: Melissa Reilly
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 9am-12pm Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Campers will learn about the country of Burundi while exploring...

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

Have a child that misses seeing peers? Hard to keep him/her motivated and learning at home? If your child likes art, join our LIVE art workshop. Students will learn some fun techniques while...

Cost: $15/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC  27604


Sponsor: KidzArt North Raleigh
Telephone: 919-710-4403
Contact Name: CHEN JIANG
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
Website »

More information

This summer, do you want your child to learn how to make and keep new friends? Would you like her to enhance her selfconfidence? Would you like him to learn to handle conflicts peacefully? Discover...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Cary
130 Preston Executive Dr.
Suite 202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 1:30 to 3:30pm Have you always wanted to write your own song? Now you have your chance! In this intensive for all levels, you will learn how to...

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Do your Kids love Coding? The purpose of this FREE Coding and Minecraft class is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. We have different classes every...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
North Carolina, NC  20079
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: community@activityhe
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

Do you LOVE Yoga? We are offering free yoga classes. Kids and families can join our classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about yoga and kids can ask questions online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
, NC  27099
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

HEY YOU GUYS ITS THAT TIME AGAIN NLDC IS READY TO HAVE AN AWESOME SUMMER WITH YOU COME REGISTER FOR SOMETHING FUN, LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND REASONABLE IN PRICE...... HEY DON'T FORGET THIS INCLUDES...

Cost: $30 (Reg)-$120(weekly)

Where:
No Limitz Dance Company Studio
3326 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Suite C-130
Durham , NC  27707
View map »


Telephone: 919-391-0022
Contact Name: Ms. Mo Lee
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or Kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would he/she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately?...

Cost: 496

Where:
Wynns Family Psychology
130 Preston Executive Dr #202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Wynns Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Lauren Bowman
Website »

More information

Animal Park (AP) Artists will be centered around getting kids immersed in art and expression!    Each day students will learn a specific style of art, have lunch, and then spend the afternoon...

Cost: $200

Where:
The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
View map »


Sponsor: The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Elise Gammon
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately? Has...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Raleigh
9207 Baileywick Rd.
Suite 203
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Sign your children up for a WILD adventure! North Carolina Zoo is excited to offer Online Summer Camps as a way for kids to learn about animals and their natural environment while staying socially...

Cost: $30 - $80

Where:
VIRTUAL
, NC


Sponsor: North Carolina Zoo
Telephone: 336-879-7700
Contact Name: North Carolina Zoo
Website »

More information

The Justice Theater Project announces its 2020 Summer Camp Production of "Seussical, Jr."! Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps...

Cost: $245.00 per week

Where:
Umstead Park United Church of Christ
8208 Brownleigh Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27613-8555
View map »


Sponsor: The Justice Theater Project
Telephone: 919-215-0889
Contact Name: Melissa Reilly
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 9am-12pm Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Campers will learn about the country of Burundi while exploring...

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th-17th, 9-10am Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. This camp is design specifically for 5-6 year olds. They will learn...

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

The purpose of this FREE Scavenger Hunt activity is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. See the full schedule and detailed descriptions of kids online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
-
North Carolina, NC  27009
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
Website »

More information

This summer, do you want your child to learn how to make and keep new friends? Would you like her to enhance her selfconfidence? Would you like him to learn to handle conflicts peacefully? Discover...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Cary
130 Preston Executive Dr.
Suite 202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 1:30 to 3:30pm Have you always wanted to write your own song? Now you have your chance! In this intensive for all levels, you will learn how to...

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

In each class we'll read a book, observe a work of art, explore a new art technique, and create our own work of art! These classes are focused on the process of art-making and exploration of new...

Cost: $80/6-weeks, $15/per class

Where:
Zoom
, NC


Contact Name: Natalia Torres del Valle
Website »

More information

Do your Kids love Coding? The purpose of this FREE Coding and Minecraft class is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. We have different classes every...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
North Carolina, NC  20079
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: community@activityhe
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

Have a child that misses seeing peers? Hard to keep him/her motivated and learning at home? If your child likes art, join our LIVE art class. Use any supplies available at home, and follow our...

Cost: 12/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC


Sponsor: KidzArt North Raleigh
Telephone: 919-271-0710
Contact Name: Chen Jiang
Website »

More information

Do you LOVE Yoga? We are offering free yoga classes. Kids and families can join our classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about yoga and kids can ask questions online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
, NC  27099
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

Thursday evenings are for music and outdoor adventure at the USNWC, and the River Jam Run is a great way to enjoy both. Kick off the evening with 1.5 mile, 3 mile, or 6 mile group run through our...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Race Director
Website »

More information

River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
Website »

More information

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HEY YOU GUYS ITS THAT TIME AGAIN NLDC IS READY TO HAVE AN AWESOME SUMMER WITH YOU COME REGISTER FOR SOMETHING FUN, LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND REASONABLE IN PRICE...... HEY DON'T FORGET THIS INCLUDES...

Cost: $30 (Reg)-$120(weekly)

Where:
No Limitz Dance Company Studio
3326 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Suite C-130
Durham , NC  27707
View map »


Telephone: 919-391-0022
Contact Name: Ms. Mo Lee
Website »

More information

Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th-17th, 9-10am Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. This camp is design specifically for 5-6 year olds. They will learn...

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Animal Park (AP) Artists will be centered around getting kids immersed in art and expression!    Each day students will learn a specific style of art, have lunch, and then spend the afternoon...

Cost: $200

Where:
The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
View map »


Sponsor: The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Elise Gammon
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or Kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would he/she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately?...

Cost: 496

Where:
Wynns Family Psychology
130 Preston Executive Dr #202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Wynns Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Lauren Bowman
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately? Has...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Raleigh
9207 Baileywick Rd.
Suite 203
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 9am-12pm Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Campers will learn about the country of Burundi while exploring...

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

The Justice Theater Project announces its 2020 Summer Camp Production of "Seussical, Jr."! Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps...

Cost: $245.00 per week

Where:
Umstead Park United Church of Christ
8208 Brownleigh Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27613-8555
View map »


Sponsor: The Justice Theater Project
Telephone: 919-215-0889
Contact Name: Melissa Reilly
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

Have a child that misses seeing peers? Hard to keep him/her motivated and learning at home? If your child likes art, join our LIVE art workshop. Students will learn some fun techniques while...

Cost: $15/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC  27604


Sponsor: KidzArt North Raleigh
Telephone: 919-710-4403
Contact Name: CHEN JIANG
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
Website »

More information

This summer, do you want your child to learn how to make and keep new friends? Would you like her to enhance her selfconfidence? Would you like him to learn to handle conflicts peacefully? Discover...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Cary
130 Preston Executive Dr.
Suite 202
Cary, NC  27513
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Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns

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Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 1:30 to 3:30pm Have you always wanted to write your own song? Now you have your chance! In this intensive for all levels, you will learn how to...

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
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Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
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Do your Kids love Coding? The purpose of this FREE Coding and Minecraft class is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. We have different classes every...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
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North Carolina, NC  20079
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Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: community@activityhe
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
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Do you LOVE Yoga? We are offering free yoga classes. Kids and families can join our classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about yoga and kids can ask questions online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
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, NC  27099
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Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
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Sit down for an informal and compelling chat with Winston-Salem-based NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander as the award-winning playwright-director talks about the history of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boone, NC  28608


Sponsor: An Appalachian Summer Festival
Telephone: 828-262-4046
Contact Name: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
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Farmers markets are essential to the livelihood of farmers and food producers and are exempt from the Governor's Stay at Home Order (page 6). Farmers markets offer an efficient way for residents to...

Cost: free

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Farmers Market Coordinator
Telephone: 919-567-4010
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https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Must register in advance. Space is limited. Parents, bring your...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Parents, bring your child to class with you. Children 10 years...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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The Justice Theater Project announces its 2020 Summer Camp Production of "Seussical, Jr."! Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps...

Cost: $245.00 per week

Where:
Umstead Park United Church of Christ
8208 Brownleigh Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27613-8555
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Sponsor: The Justice Theater Project
Telephone: 919-215-0889
Contact Name: Melissa Reilly
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
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Do your Kids love Coding? The purpose of this FREE Coding and Minecraft class is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. We have different classes every...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
North Carolina, NC  20079
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: community@activityhe
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

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Do you LOVE Yoga? We are offering free yoga classes. Kids and families can join our classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about yoga and kids can ask questions online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
, NC  27099
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

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Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® and Obie Award-winning performer and writer known for her multi-character, one-person shows (Broadway hit Bridge &...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boone, NC  28608


Sponsor: An Appalachian Summer Festival
Telephone: 828-262-4046
Contact Name: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Website »

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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
Website »

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