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'13 Reasons Why' — Podium or Poison?

Is "13 Reasons Why" being used as a podium for suicide prevention, or has it become poison to the minds of the youth?

Exploring the Secret Neuse River Sunflower Fields in Raleigh

These sunflowers do more than just brighten the trail. Come harvest time, they’ll become biodiesel for the City of Raleigh’s diesel trucks.

New Elevate Fitness Course Opening at Apex Community Park

Designed for ages 12-19, the Town of Apex will use Elevate to create wellness programs for all ages.

Children in North Carolina Foster Care Surpasses 11,000

Officials report 28 percent increase over the past five years.

Summer Meals Program Provides Breakfast, Lunch When School’s Out

The Food Bank's Kids Summer Meals program provides breakfast and lunch for children who depend on school nutrition programs.

Watch Now: Preview Our Summer Issue!

Discover how to host a party to reveal your baby's gender, take our healthy maternity quiz and find 25 ways to have summer fun for $5 or less.

The Life and Times of Stuffed Animals

If the animals could talk, a dad wonders what they would say.

Just for e-Newsletter Subscribers: Enter to Win Great Prizes All Summer Long

We're giving away an assortment of prizes to Carolina Parent e-newsletter subscribers all summer long.

Enter to Win 4 Tickets to a 'Despicable Me 3' Movie Screening on June 27

We're giving away 10 sets of 4 tickets to a "Despicable Me 3" movie screening at Regal North Hills in Raleigh

Tips for Staying Healthy During Pool Season

How to protect yourself and your family from germs that may be in the water.

What Dads Want for Father’s Day

Top five list of gifts that dads would enjoy on Father’s Day.

Introducing ... The Triangle Go-To Guide

Explore 1,000+ family resources, find out who our 2017 Readers' Favorites are and discover where to find family fun across the Triangle.

5 Ideas for a Family Playdate in the Triangle

Check out these ideas for creating a day of wonder with your family — right here in your own backyard.

15 Family Photo Spots in the Triangle

Unique and scenic locales in the Triangle to set up your next family portrait.

Carolina Parent 2017 Readers' Favorites: Get Moving

Here are the places Triangle families love to ride bikes, hike, go for a swim and play.

Carolina Parent 2017 Readers' Favorites Award Winners

Carolina Parent's Readers' Favorites recognize the places Triangle families love to visit, explore, dine and do business.

Durham Offers Free Admission to Public Pools and Spraygrounds for Ages 18 and Younger

Public pools offer free admission to ALL ages at various times as well

IKEA Coming to Cary Towne Center as Early as Summer 2020

Local media reports an IKEA store is on the way for Triangle consumers.

Have a Ball With New U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service will release stamps with the look — and feel — of actual balls used in eight popular sports.

DIY Clay Magnets for Mom

Magnets are always a winning gift.

Planter Jar Makes Cute Handmade Mother's Day Gift

Use a recycled jar, paint and free printable for this fun project.

Five Ways Dads Can Stop Missing Out

46 percent of fathers feel they spend too little time with their children.

8 North Carolina Dads Featured in New Book

"DADLY Dads: Parents of the 21st Century" will be available in June.

The Taste of Love

Ice cream might make the world a sweeter place, at least for a few minutes, but the mother-child bond is forever.

It’s OK to Ask for Help

Community resources provide parents support and relief.

Genealogy Conference Offers Sessions and Extended Research Hours

National Genealogical Society conference to be held May 10-13.

Building Your Child’s Financial Literacy

Age-by-age guidance on raising kids with money smarts.

Helping Children Develop Good Manners

Very young children depend on guidance from parents or guardians to learn what is socially acceptable.

An Unlikely Debutante

Why being a debutante is a badge of honor for this mom and writer.

Triangle Offers Low-Cost or Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Keep the kids entertained this summer with free or low-cost live outdoor concerts throughout the Triangle area.

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July 2017

Kids can enjoy a free cookie with any purchase, and enjoy kid's books, chess, tic tac toe, and card games. 

Cost: Free

Where:
41 North Coffee Company
41 N. Main St.
Wendell, NC  27591
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Sponsor: 41 North Coffee Co
Telephone: 919-995-0680
Contact Name: Dana
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Children make treasured memories while increasing their knowledge of plants and animals. Ages 7-10. Register online.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/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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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Enjoy an educational and interactive program designed to teach young children how peaches are grown. Read a story, take an orchard hayride, go peach picking, enjoy slushies, and eat...

Cost: $9/child

Where:
Millstone Creek Orchards
506 Parks Crossroad Church Rd.
Ramseur, NC  27316
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Telephone: 336-824-5263
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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Buy tickets for the 10th anniversary of Holiday Express at Pullen Park. Children and adults alike will enjoy this Triangle area tradition as Pullen Park is festively decorated with...

Cost: $11.29/person

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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Join a nature instructor to read a nature-themed storybook and head out onto the trail to look for elements of the story within the preserve. Ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an...

Cost: $1/child

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: Durant Nature Preserve
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Enjoy a drop-in creative workshop for kids ages 5-10.

Cost: Free

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy an educational and interactive program designed to teach young children how peaches are grown. Read a story, take an orchard hayride, go peach picking, enjoy slushies, and...

Cost: $9/child

Where:
Millstone Creek Orchards
506 Parks Crossroad Church Rd.
Ramseur, NC  27316
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Telephone: 336-824-5263
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Mix up a wheelbarrow full of giant bubble-making-liquid and create bubble wands from natural materials. Ages 8-12. Register online. Choose course #203572. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Ages 5-12 learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, kitchen and food safety, and enjoy a healthy snack. Meet in the bakery side of the cafe. Email sherry.thrasher@wholefoods.com to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods North Raleigh
8710 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Telephone: 919-354-0350
Contact Name: Sherry Thrasher

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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Ages 3-6 enjoy fun games and drills. Call to RSVP.  

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Fitness4Life
6701 Glenwood Ave.
Suite 103
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Fitness4Life
Telephone: 919-787-2250
Contact Name: George Whitten
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Hear a story about dragonflies, meet some baby dragonflies and take a walk to see them over the pasture and pond. Wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet or muddy. Ages 3-5 with accompanying...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson Nature Preserve
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
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 3-5 with adult.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Listen to nature-themed books and enjoy hands-on explorations in the garden. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Register online.

Cost: $3/child

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolia Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3370
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Raleigh's first cupcake bakery is having a 10th birthday party and invites friends to enjoy free mini cupcakes in house, T-shirt giveaways and 4-for- $10 deals.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Cupcake Shoppe
104 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: The Cupcake Shoppe
Telephone: 919-821-4223
Contact Name: Sara Fitzpatrick
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Ages 6-8 years investigate the life cycles of creatures that call the streams and pond of the nature preserve “home.”  Dress for outdoor fun.  Register online. Choose...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Enjoy an evening of storytelling and community-building in the spirit of forest protection and community justice. The night will feature 10 live, true and personal stories. Standing forests are...

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Where:
MotorCo Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Ave.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Dogwood Alliance
Telephone: 864-525-2767
Contact Name: Joseph Herbst
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Ages 10 and older with parent make a variety of crepes. Register online. Choose course #104241.

Cost: $50/resident, $65/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Parent and child explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Ages 3-5. Program begins at the Bobby G. Wilder...

Cost: $5/nonmembers. Free for members

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Raleigh's first cupcake bakery is having a 10th birthday party and invites friends to enjoy free mini cupcakes in house, T-shirt giveaways and 4-for- $10 deals.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Cupcake Shoppe
104 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: The Cupcake Shoppe
Telephone: 919-821-4223
Contact Name: Sara Fitzpatrick
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Sample new products with free giveaways, door prizes, presentations and more. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Alywillow Showroom
5301 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: Alywillow
Telephone: 919-446-4826
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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy team-building games, Bible adventures, songs and creative crafts. Preschool-middle school. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Nature Park
2600 Evans Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Jordan Lutheran Church
Telephone: 919-303-1613
Contact Name: Mike Merker
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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/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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Explore what life was like for kids growing up in the past and play popular children's games from over 100 years ago. Drop-in program; registration is not required. Adults must stay...

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: DPR
Telephone: 919.560.1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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Raleigh's first cupcake bakery is having a 10th birthday party and invites friends to enjoy free mini cupcakes in house, T-shirt giveaways and 4-for- $10 deals.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Cupcake Shoppe
104 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Sponsor: The Cupcake Shoppe
Telephone: 919-821-4223
Contact Name: Sara Fitzpatrick
Website »

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Families enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Website »

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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Education Guide

The 2016-17 Education Guide offers 643 education resources in the Triangle, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools and academic resources.

The Triangle Go-To Guide

Our debut Triangle Go-To Guide connects you to family fun resources across the Triangle. Plus, find out who our 2017 Readers' Favorites are.
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