Escape to New York City for Holiday Family Fun


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The bright lights of the big city shine even more vividly during the holiday season. If you don’t mind the cold, there’s even more to see and do around New York City at Christmas than at other times during the year. And while some parts of the trip can come with a high price tag, with a little flexibility, a family can enjoy a trip to New York with some money left over for holiday gifts.

Starting with the basics

One big expense on any trip is hotel accommodations, and even small rooms in the heart of Manhattan can be pricey — especially in the weeks around the holidays. Consider staying outside the city, but just a quick trip away, to cut expenses.

When our family of five visited New York last December, we stayed in nearby Weehawken, N.J., where we had two larger rooms for a fraction of the price we’d have paid in the city. Online rates for the week of Christmas show suites available in New Jersey for about $100 less per night than a single room in Manhattan. Weehawken is just across the river from the city, easily accessible by ferry, and the chance to ride across the Hudson by boat was an added bonus as far as our boys were concerned.

Mass transportation is so easy and accessible in New York that renting a car, or driving into the city and paying top dollar for parking if you can find it, isn’t necessary. Buses, subway and cabs are available, and depending on the route and time of day, the buses are sometimes free. For kids from the Triangle area, where their closest experience with mass transit might be a carpool, the chance to tackle these new experiences adds to the adventure.

Whatever you plan to see and do in the city, you’re going to need to eat, which can be particularly expensive in a place that prides itself on its restaurants. One of the best ways to minimize cost is to avoid hotel and upscale eateries and enjoy the city’s plentiful ethnic restaurants, pizza parlors, bagel bakeries and street vendors. Ask your hotel desk clerk for the best place to get a slice or a falafel, and she may end up in a heated debate about favorites with a colleague. You might leave with two suggestions, not just one. As an added bonus, these tiny establishments tend to be kid-friendly and low-key.

With the basics of housing, transportation and food covered, the big question becomes what to do. Or, more difficult, what not to do. Depending how much time you have and the interests and ages of your traveling party, here are some suggestions, all within the heart of Manhattan.

Great outdoors in the big city

If you’ve seen a movie or television show set in Manhattan, you’ve probably seen Central Park. Its more than 840 acres in north-central Manhattan offer such family-friendly features as a skating rink, zoo and carousel. Twirl on the ice, shiver with the polar bears (it is December in New York, after all) or take a spin on one of the hand-carved horses. All of these activities come with a fee, but just touring the famous park is free and could easily take much of day. Visit the statues of Balto and Alice in Wonderland or get a picture of the kids sitting in the lap of the Hans Christian Andersen statue. To learn more about the park, visit www.centralpark.com.

Historic fun

While you’re at that end of Manhattan, the American Museum of Natural History is a great stop for kids. A visit to the museum, the setting for the 2006 hit movie Night at the Museum, can be expensive; admission ranges from $8.50 for children 2 and older to $15 for adults. But if your family includes anyone who loves dinosaurs, the fossil halls alone are worth the price. And, for the first time in the museum’s history, visitors can enjoy a synthetic ice rink, built around a 17-foot-tall polar bear statue decorated with pine boughs and twinkling lights. Prices for a twirl range from $6 to $10, depending on age, and that includes skate rental and a 45-minute skating session. More information about the museum and rink is available at www.amnh.org.

Window shop or shop for real

Window shopping along Fifth Avenue and the adjacent streets doesn’t cost a cent and should be a requirement for native New Yorkers and visitors alike who want to get into the holiday spirit. If you dare go inside any of the stores, such as FAO Schwarz for example, you can resist temptation and still have fun visiting everything from the Harry Potter shop to the giant piano keyboard that Tom Hanks danced on in the movie Big. There are amazing doll and Lego collections, and just about any other toy imaginable. Grownup kids find this store amazing, too. For any teens or tweens who feel they’re too mature for such foolishness, the nearby Apple store might tempt them.

Dancers and skaters abound

Also in the center of Manhattan, the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall features the world-famous Rockettes. The show was a surprise addition to our holiday trip, and I was even more surprised when our three sons, ages 15, 13 and 9, seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. Tickets become more expensive as Christmas approaches, ranging from $42 to $250 each.

Skating at nearby Rockefeller Center won’t set you back nearly as much, and peeking in the windows of the Today Show during a morning telecast is absolutely free, as is admiring the giant Christmas tree. Visit www.christmas.radiocity.com, www.rockefellercenter.com or www.rapatina.com/iceRink to learn more.

Give my regards

It doesn’t get much brighter or noisier than Times Square, which feels like the center of the busiest place on earth. While it might be a little overwhelming for very young children, there also is plenty to fascinate them, including a huge Toys “R” Us and a multilevel M&M store with every variation on the candy imaginable.

Of course one of the main attractions in Times Square is the array of Broadway theaters and the shows they house. Tickets can be expensive, but if you’re willing to wait in line, tickets for shows that day might be available for as much as 50 percent off. You won’t be able to travel to New York with your heart set on a play or musical and be certain that it’s the one you’ll see, but odds are good that you can see a show at a considerable savings. One place to look and learn more about same-day tickets is www.tdf.org. Keep in mind, Broadway theaters “go dark” on Mondays, so there are no performances that day.

If we’d had more time

One New York holiday tradition that we missed, but would be a great addition to anyone’s trip, is the New York Ballet’s performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Performances set to Tschaikovsky’s unforgettable music are almost daily through Jan. 3, 2009. Tickets range from $10 for some standing-room-only spots to $215 for the best seats on the best nights, all held at Lincoln Center. Visit www.nycballet.com for more information.

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4620 Lake Wheeler Rd
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

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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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

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
Website »

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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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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
Website »

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You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
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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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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Nature Stories: Silly About Salamanders Wednesday, February 19  1– 2 p.m.  Do salamanders really smile?  Meet a real live salamander and find out!   Explore the world of salamanders...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

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
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

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

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Join us for a casual chat with Dana Winters and gain insight about building a strong relationship with your child. Ask questions and connect with other parents over coffee. Presented by Marbles...

Cost: Free with advance registration

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
Website »

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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

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

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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

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

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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
View map »


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

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Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets Dave Ramsey" class that has teens experience...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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Sharpen your culinary skills and learn some new ones during this cooking class for would-be chefs. Call or stop by to register 919-245-2532. Space is limited.

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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Azevedo Family Psychology and Kym Azevedo will host an Art for Life group each Thursday from 5:30-6:30PM beginning January 16 and running through March 26. This group is completely free, kid...

Cost: FREE

Where:
1903 N. Harrison Ave
Suite 201
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Azevedo Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-624-9568
Contact Name: Kym Azevedo
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The goal of the How To Talk So Kids Will Listen Group workshop is to help you communicate more effectively with children.   In each session of the workshop you'll be introduced to an...

Cost: $12.95 materials fee

Where:
Wildflower School at Belle Vie Farm
3100 Damascus Church Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Wildflower School at Belle Vie Farm
Telephone: 919-260-6859
Contact Name: Shelley Welch
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Parenting is about seizing everyday moments and turning them into moments of connections. Dana Winters shares what you can do to help your kids thrive. Presented by Marbles Kids Museum...

Cost: $10 advance registration required

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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The Big Easy is proud to be working with SAFEchild of North Carolina on our first charity Masquerade Ball. If you are not familiar with SAFEchild, they are a wonderful group of people who are...

Cost: 100-150

Where:
The Big Easy - Downtown Raleigh
222 Fayetteville St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: The Big Easy & SAFEchild
Telephone: (919) 832-6082
Contact Name: Rebecca
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The official youth travel basketball season kickoff is right around the corner. BeOneSports is proud to announce the 5th Annual 2020 “Rising Stars Hoop Classic,” Saturday, February 22nd-...

Cost: Free

Where:
TBA
TBA
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: BeOneSports
Telephone: 336-830-4597
Contact Name: Elijah Moore
Website »

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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
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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

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

Chase away the winter blues with a story walk through the Arboretum's gardens!  Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center ready for a fun time outside. We will follow the story through the...

Cost: $5 for nonmembers, free for members. No charge for accompanying adults.

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
Website »

More information

You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
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

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

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


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

I’ve Got A Little Twist This one-of-a-kind show proves the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire is still fun, fresh and full-of-life! The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players celebrate the...

Cost: $22 + taxes and fees

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second Street
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: The Clayton Center
Telephone: 919-553-1737
Website »

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Join us for our Friday Night Dance Party at The Big Easy Downtown Raleigh! Bring your boas, your masks, and wear your Mardi Gras finest! We are here to do it up! We will have complimentary beads...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Big Easy - Downtown Raleigh
222 Fayetteville St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: The Big Easy - Downtown Raleigh
Telephone: (919) 832-6082
Contact Name: The Big Easy
Website »

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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
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

More information

The official youth travel basketball season kickoff is right around the corner. BeOneSports is proud to announce the 5th Annual 2020 “Rising Stars Hoop Classic,” Saturday, February 22nd-...

Cost: Free

Where:
TBA
TBA
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Sponsor: BeOneSports
Telephone: 336-830-4597
Contact Name: Elijah Moore
Website »

More information

Many of our visitors find artistic inspiration in Yates Mill and the surrounding parkland. Park staff host this annual competition and exhibition to give community members a chance to show off...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is not required

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

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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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 Triangle Formation Synchronized Ice Skating team will host the Triangle Formation + Friends Ice Show and U.S. Nationals Send Off on Saturday, February 22, from 9:15-10:15 am at The Factory in...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Polar Ice House @ The Factory in Wake Forest
1839 South Main Street
Suite 200
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Triangle Formation
Telephone: 703-403-8446
Contact Name: Elizabeth O'Neal
Website »

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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
View map »


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

More information

You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
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

Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

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


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Test drive your future at this kid-size career fair, Marbles style! Meet an architect, dentist, engineer and many others representing a wide variety of careers. 

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Green Resources
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Tim Carless returns to the ArtsCenter to perform a unique and completely original live score to Buster Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr.  Keaton’s Sherlock Jnr from 1924 was selected for...

Cost: 15

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St.
300-G East Main Street.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: The ArtsCenter
Telephone: 919-929-2787
Contact Name: Patrick Phelps-Mckeown
Website »

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Family Wildlife Series: Oh Deer! Saturday, February 22  2-3 p.m. Are you seeing more deer in your backyard?  North Carolina’s skyrocketing deer population is causing area residents to see...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
Website »

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This February 22, pull on your boots and coats, and come play outside at Flannels & Frost, Downtown Raleigh Alliance's newest winter activation in partnership with City of Raleigh Parks,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Moore Square
200 S Blount St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Contact Name: Katie Bailey
Website »

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Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center, 600 Booker Dairy Rd., Smithfield. 7:30-10 p.m. $55/resident couple, $45/nonresident couple. Fathers and daughters enjoy dancing, photos and appetizers....

Where:
, NC


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