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Preview Our 2016 GPS (Go. Play. See.)

Watch the video! Discover 966 local resources as well as new parks, museum expansions, uncommon youth sports and four seasons of family fun.

Preview Our June 2016 Issue

Watch the video! Discover party planning tips, how to deal with "mean girls" and what our Fit Family Challenge spotlight families have been up to.

8 Unique Ways to Have Family Fun in the Triangle

From stargazing to bouncing around in a bubble, the Triangle offers a variety of unique, family-friendly adventures you can all embark on together.

Summer Adventures Await at New Parks

Pack a picnic and head out to explore these new parks that recently popped up in different areas of the Triangle.

Triangle Summer Movie Deals for Families

Enjoy free or discounted films this summer that both you and your kids can have fun watching.

The Pacing Father

As his 12 Father's Day approaches, this dad reflects on cupcakes and another beautiful delivery.

Carolina Parent 2016 Readers' Favorites: Dining Out

Here are the Triangle restaurants your family loves to frequent

Carolina Parent 2016 Readers' Favorites: Going Places

Check out the places Triangle families like to go for fun.

Carolina Parent 2016 Readers' Favorites: Parties

Here are the party entertainers, facilities and treats Triangle families favor for a variety of celebrations.

Carolina Parent 2016 Readers' Favorites: Shopping and Services

From malls to dentists, here are the places Triangle families like to shop and do business.

Free or Inexpensive Ways to Exercise

You can get more physically active for free. See these age-appropriate resources to get moving without breaking your budget.

MomsRising Looks to Future of Moms in US, NC

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

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.

Two Men and a Truck Collects Donations for Moms in Shelters

Two Men and a Truck is hosting its “Movers for Moms” collection drive to provide necessities to local women staying shelters before Mother’s Day and is reaching out to local residents for donations.

A Dad's 'Lecture' Leads Him Back to Childhood

This dad's lecture to his daughter causes a flashback to boyhood and not learning the “think before you speak” rule.

Calling All 30- to 40-year-old Teenagers

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

Carolina Parent Monthly Poll

Let us know what you think! What's the most popular baby shower gift you've given or received?

N.C. Bathroom Law Harmful to Vulnerable Children

Do we want to support a law that hurts vulnerable populations? As a parent, I say, “Absolutely not.”

Watch Now: Preview Our April Issue!

Discover the truth behind "superfoods," where to pick strawberries and our Exceptional Child special section.

Tears to Cheers

Sometimes we need to get past the tears of pain or embarrassment before we can appreciate the victory cheers.

TEDxRaleigh Points Way to Keep Wonder Alive at Every Age

Can life hold the same sense of wonder and promise at age 53 as at 23 or 3? TEDxRaleigh on March 19 provided answers.

Get Free Expert Tips for Navigating Middle School Years

Gain free tips from author and educator Michelle Icard on how to ease through the dreaded middle school years at Ravenscroft School March 22.

Vote for Your 2016 Readers' Favorites!

2016 is here and it's time to vote for your favorite places to visit, eat at, do business at and explore!

Early Voting Now Open for March 15 Primary

Voters can beat long lines by heading to an early voting site. Photo identification is now required to vote.

College Savings Program Kicks Off in East Durham

Families at Y.E. Smith Elementary Museum School have a new way to save for college.

J.K. Rowling to Release an 8th Harry Potter Book This Summer

Potterheads rejoice! An 8th book, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," will be released this summer.

How to Spot a Carolina Panthers Fan

Like most teams, the Panthers have developed unique traditions over the years, but here are a few telltale signs that you are in the presence of real Panthers fans.

Valentine Tails of Love

Valentines come in many forms; sometimes, they are even made of locks.

The Two Faces of Snow Days

Snow days bring fun but sometimes difficult entertaining.

Celebrate Valentine's at Daddy-Daughter, Mother-Son Dances

Step out to a dance with your daughter or son in honor of Valentine's Day in and around the Triangle. Register now as tickets fill up fast.

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May 2016

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s fast-paced romp through love, friendship and betrayal in the museum’s Fletcher Garden. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh’s Bare...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Celebrate our freedom and honor those who have served our nation as WRAL hosts Balloon Fest. See 35 beautiful hot air balloons take to the skies over Fuquay-Varina and enjoy more than 20 hours of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Celebrate Memorial Day with free North Carolina-style barbecue, military vehicle rides, live music, children’s obstacle course, parades, patriotic speeches and more. Hear the testimonies of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brown Family Farm
3721 Quarry Road
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Telephone: (919) 307-5010
Contact Name: Jalen Davenport
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Enjoy an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s fast-paced romp through love, friendship and betrayal in the museum’s Fletcher Garden. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh’s Bare...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Cary
100 Endeavor Way
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-677-7114
Contact Name: Cynthia De Amat
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Take time out to spend with your little one as you crawl, explore and bounce in a safe environment exclusively for children ages 12 mos-3 yrs. Parents play free; admission is $5 per child....

Cost: $5/child

Where:
BounceU of Apex
3419 Apex Peakway
Apex, NC  27502
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Discover why North Carolina mud is often red and learn about the state’s pottery history. Make a clay object to take home. Ages 6-9. Register online.

Cost: $1/member, $3/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-807-7988
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Raleigh
8000 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-881-1160
Contact Name: Carol Marin
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Learn the role that pottery has played in Tar Heel history and try your hand at making a clay creation. Ages 10-13. Register online.

Cost: $1/member, $3/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Get to know the world of bees. Learn the life cycle of a bee, the different types of bees within a hive, and the jobs they do. Dance like bees and search the flowers in the park gardens for bees...

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Learn to fish. Instruction and bait provided. Participants 16 and older must have a valid N.C. fishing license. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the boat rental dock. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Learn to fish. Instruction and bait provided. Participants 16 and older must have a valid N.C. fishing license. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the boat rental dock. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Ages 2-6 enjoy a story, craft, natural science education and a walk through the wetland. Register online. Choose course #188743.

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2761
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Parent and child join others on an easy-paced hike around the park to explore what's happening in nature. Registration encouraged. Choose course #188991.

Cost: Free

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Wake Forest
222 Capcom Ave
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-883-2061
Contact Name: Karina Martinez
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Enjoy an energetic, musical storytime with Amy Godfrey, who was a Durham County librarian for six years. Babka and challah will be served as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levin JCC
1937 West Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the...

Cost: $18-$62

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Parent and child explore bugs through hands-on education, a craft or project, and some time outdoors. Register online. Choose course  #188759.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2761
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Hear 2016's youngest Grammy nominee, accompanied by his trio and the North Carolina Symphony. Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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Join bird enthusiast Vernon for an easy walk while looking and listening for feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats. Meet at the Waterwise Garden. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Learn how to play disc golf. Instructors provide  instruction at 9 a.m. for beginners or at 10:30 a.m. for advanced players. Take your own discs or borrow some from the park. All ages. Meet at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Celebrate National Trails Day with a self-paced walking challenge for all ages. Earn the 2016 Volksmarch patch. Pick up your passport and map at event locations. Visit stamp stations along the...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: North Carolina State Parks
Telephone: 919-707-9348
Contact Name: Sean Higgins
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Take part in a nontimed, recreational 5K for all ages and abilities. The paved course winds through North Carolina State University’s scenic Centennial Campus. This 5K includes a kid-themed...

Cost: $25/adult, $15/child

Where:
NCSU Centennial Campus MRC Plaza
2410 Campus Shore Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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In celebration of Land Trust Day, take part in a 1.5-mile hike featuring the biodiversity of Walnut Hill Nature Preserve. Not yet open to the public, enjoy a sneak peek of what will soon be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Hill Nature Preserve
, NC


Sponsor: Triangle Land Conservancy
Telephone: 919-908-0054
Contact Name: Leigh Ann Hammerbacher
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Take your friendly, leashed dog for some summertime fun in Bond Park. Get your dog washed by members of Cary Teen Council., vaccinate and microchip your pet as Cary Animal Control teams up with a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC
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Tour D’ Coop is a family-friendly tour spotlighting urban chicken coops, bee hives, and gardens throughout Raleigh and Cary. The event showcases the nutritional benefits of local agriculture,...

Cost: $10/individual, $20/family

Where:
Backyards around Raleigh and Cary
, NC


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CarolinaKinder hosts a monthly storytime in German for kids. Read a book and play a game or make a craft. All ages.

Cost: Free of charge

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4381-105 Lassiter at North Hills Ave
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: CarolinaKinder
Contact Name: Stephanie Vogel
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Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the...

Cost: $18-$62

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy nature stories in English and Spanish. This month we are proud to be hosting the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Hear stories and meet animals. No registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2761
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Kids ages 5-10 take part in a drum-style workout using Ripstix, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising. The exhilarating full-body workout combines cardio,...

Cost: Free

Where:
reCharge Pilates and Barre
3515 Witherspoon Blvd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the...

Cost: $18-$62

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Ralph Hardy discusses his middle grade novel "Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog." This reimagination of "The Odyssey" is told from the point of view of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Flyleaf Books
Telephone: 919-942-7373
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Take part in the Latino Arts Festival, which aims to highlight the presence of Latino arts and culture in the community and provide an opportunity to build bridges across cultures. Enjoy a Latino...

Cost: Free admission. Food passports are $6/person

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Apex Latino Arts Festival
Telephone: 786-385-0774
Contact Name: Marilyn Marrero
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Enjoy a picnic dinner under the stars with favorite light classical music, including Vivaldi’s Spring, selections from "Carmen," and more beloved pieces. Purchase tickets online....

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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