Finding Time to Get Fit


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When Suezette Redfield was making her bucket list, she knew she wanted to do something that would really challenge herself.

So the Fuquay-Varina mom decided to participate in a triathlon. The kicker? Not only had she not ridden a bike in years, she didn't know how to swim. But she didn't let that stop her. "I signed up for swim lessons and I'm taking spin classes at the gym," she says.

Those aren't the only challenges she's facing. With three school-aged kids and their busy schedules, Redfield is hard-pressed to find time to devote to working out as rigorously as she needs to train for the triathlon - but she gets creative when she has to.

"As soon as I get the last child out the door to school, I leave for the gym and take two hours in the morning to work out," she says. During track-out from year-round school, she'll try to take at least one child with her. "But lots of times I have to wait until evening to get a chance to work out," she says. Weekends are time for the whole family to be active together, walking or going boating.

"It can be tough to balance training time with family time," she admits. "It would be great to work out as long as I want, whenever I want. But you've got to think about what's best for the family, and not just what's best for you."

It's a common dilemma, says Kathy Kreis, wellness director at Clubworx in Fuquay-Varina. "Moms are usually going to put their family first, not themselves," she says. "The important thing is to allot time to yourself every week without feeling guilty about it. At least one hour, three days a week, will make a big difference, and we need to do that."

Whether you're like Redfield and have a big training goal, or have lower-key targets - like losing baby weight or becoming more active before the big 4-0 - you need to have a plan. You need to set concrete goals. Having a solid idea of your workout plans will help you stick with the program - and achieve your goals.

Setting realistic goals

There's a difference between a good goal and one that's destined to tank. "Goals should be specific, measurable and achievable," says Kelly Nordby, an instructor with Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less, an online program developed by the N.C. Division of Public Health and N.C. Cooperative Extension. Rather than saying, "I'm going to start working out," make it more specific. Say, "I'm going to walk on the treadmill 30 minutes a day, three days a week."

Romain Marriott, a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at the Cary YMCA, suggests breaking goals into several parts. "Set a six-week goal and a 12-month goal, for example," she says. "And keep re-evaluating them. Ask yourself what made them work, what made them not work. That way, you're not getting frustrated if you don't achieve goals. You're also finding out what works best for you."

Making progress toward your goals

After setting specific goals, what's the key to meeting them? Make sure you keep those goals a priority. "There are always going to be roadblocks," Marriott says. "Kids have to get to their sports events, or they have homework, or you work full time, or your husband doesn't support your goals. Moms put themselves on the back burner so often, but this is one of those times where you have to make yourself a priority."

Sometimes it comes down to time management, Marriott says. Be honest about how you use your free time. If you fritter away a half-hour on Facebook, surely that time could have been spent with a few resistance training exercises, right?

Start off on the right foot to meet your fitness goals with the following tips:

*    Block off time. Grab your smartphone or the kitchen calendar and schedule your fitness time. Make it an unbreakable date, an appointment with a VIP. "Don't give yourself excuses," Nordby says. "Pack your workout bag the night before, bring your walking shoes to work, or take other steps to make it easy on yourself to keep your fitness plans."

*     Reward yourself. Forget "no pain, no gain," at least when it comes to rewarding yourself. "Plan on rewarding yourself when you reach your goal," Marriott suggests. "If you meet your fitness goals, treat yourself. That's probably something you'd do for your child who got a great report card. Do the same for yourself!" Get a great manicure, get together with your friends, or even splurge on a new workout outfit. Knowing there's a "prize" when you reach your goal can make things more fun.

*     Seek motivation. At 76, Maggie Sullivan's grandmother is doing great. "She can literally run circles around me and she's on very little medication," the Angier mom says. "My other grandmother never took care of herself, and she died young. But this grandmother is having a chance to enjoy her great-grandkids. She's an inspiration to me, and that's one reason I work out. I do it for my long-term health."

*     Buddy up. Last fall, Raleigh mom Kerry Heckle joined a Fit-Tastic group sponsored by Rex Healthcare. She sent out the call to friends to see who wanted to join her, and Jill Weincek accepted the challenge.

"We each have two kids under the age of 4," Heckle says. "Scheduling our workouts can be a bit of a juggle, but it's great because we hold each other accountable." They found having a workout partner goes beyond the "Hey, it's six o'clock. You ready to go running?" reminder phone calls. Heckle and Weincek also reap the benefits of "girlfriend time," and they share healthy recipes and de-stress together, too.

When goals slip away

Sometimes, just like New Year's resolutions, goals just don't quite get met. But don't throw in the towel completely, Kreis says. These things happen. "Don't beat yourself up about it," she says. "Instead, think about what you have to change to reach your goals. Maybe your goal was too high to begin with, or maybe you didn't think through what you'd have to do to achieve it."

If you're new to working out, you may have thought you'd see results faster. But even if you didn't shed those 10 pounds pronto, stay the course. "Consistency is the key," Kreis says. "What you're really doing is changing your lifestyle and making sustainable changes. Look at other things, too, like your eating habits. Make sure they're not sabotaging your hard work at the gym."

Or, there may be physical obstacles, Marriott says. "If you haven't worked out before, your knees might hurt, or suddenly you've got some muscle pain you've never had before," she says. "People sometimes say, 'Well, forget this, I can't do it,' and bail."

If that's the case, consult with a trainer or your doctor and ease up on your fitness goals. Or try a different approach. Maybe swimming is your ticket instead of running, for example. You can achieve your goals with baby steps just as well as you can reach them with giant leaps.

Jumping in

You set your goals. You found a workout partner. You laced up your sneakers and you're ready to go. Now what? Jump in and start working toward that first goal, whether it's going to your first spin class, walking and running around your neighborhood or lifting light weights.

"It's normal to look around the gym and feel awkward or like everyone is more fit than you," Marriott says. "But remember, everyone was where you are at some point. Everyone had to start somewhere."

Do it for yourself - and do it for your family. "Sometimes I feel like, 'Gosh, I'm taking another hour away from my family to go run,'" Heckle says. "But it's so important to take care of you and foster your emotional and physical self."

Besides, you might start a ripple effect that makes all the difference in your family's health. "There's a woman I know who ran for six months, and finally her husband wanted to join in," Marriott says. "They did the Couch to 5K, and now they run together with their fifth-grade son. They were a sedentary family, and here's one mom who decided to make a change for wellness and to be a better mom. Now the whole family is better for it."  n

Kathleen M. Reilly is a Triangle-based freelance writer and mother.

October Fitness Events

PES Second Annual StrollerThon and 5K Run
Saturday, Oct. 1, Crowder District Park, Apex
http://postpartumeducationandsupport.com/events.html
5K run and fun family walk around Crowder Park.

Triangle Run/Walk for Autism
Saturday, Oct. 8, Moore Square, Raleigh
www.autismsociety-nc.org
Competitive and noncompetitive 5K, a 1-mile run/walk and a Kids Dash event.

Ramblin' Rose Women's Half-Marathon
Sunday, Oct. 16
American Tobacco Campus, Blackwell Street, Durham
www.ramblinroseevents.com
Women-only Ramblin' Rose half-marathon for individuals and relay teams of two or three. Online registration for the Oct. 9 Ramblin' Rose Women's Triathlon in Chapel Hill has closed.

Get Heeled 5K Run and Family Walk
Saturday, Oct. 22, UNC Friday Center
100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill
www.getheeled5k.com
5K run and 1-mile family walk. Family fun registration package available. Benefits Get REAL &
HEEL, an exercise, recreational therapy, and mind- and body-strengthening program for breast cancer patients.
Paws for Life 5K-9 Road Race
Saturday, Oct. 22, 414 N. Main St., Wake Forest
www.fchsnc.org
5K run followed by a 1-mile walk for participants with their dogs.

Monster Dash 11
Sunday, Oct. 30, Cameron Village, 2000 Clark Ave., Raleigh
www.raleighmonsterdash.com
Family event includes a 1-mile fun run, 5K competitive run and 100-yard dash for ages 5 and under, as well as a costume contest.

STAY SAFE WHILE EXERCISING

Even if you were active in your younger days, becoming a mom can affect your days at the gym, says Kelly McLaughlin, a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer at Triangle Orthopedics in Apex. "During pregnancy, your ligaments stretch, and not just in your belly," she says. "Your knee ligaments do, too."
To prevent injury, McLaughlin suggests making sure you're on a stable, even surface when you exercise. Also, be sure your kneecaps don't travel past the tip of your toes during movements such as squats or lunges. And there's another workout surprise: "Moms usually carry their kids on one dominant side," she says. "That side will be stronger, and you could hurt the weaker side if you're trying to do the same amount of weights before it's built up to the same level."
Women also need to see their health-care provider for physicals and routine check-ups, McLaughlin says. This not only helps develop appropriate exercise plans, but also is important for general health concerns.

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October 2019

Take part in a 10k, 5k or 1-mile-fun-run to raise funds for local mental health research. Register online. The event also features food and kids' activities. Register online.

Cost: $30-$75. Free for ages 5 and younger.

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The Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27617
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary, play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

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Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
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Contact Name: Amy Davis
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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: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Ayr Mount Historic Site presents a weekend of activities centered around Scottish heritage, colonial history and the wildly popular...

Cost: See website for ticket fees

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Ayr Mount Historic Site
376 St. Mary’s Rd
Hillsborough, NC
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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: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

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Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Make witchy legs for the Halloween season. Ages 6-10. Register online. Choose course #126766.

Cost: $31/resident, $40/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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  Join us to celebrate the fall moon! During a full moon in October, the mystical powers of the moon are revealed in many ways, so be on the lookout for live scarecrows, werewolves and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. 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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Ride a bike on the streets of Carrboro. Enjoy bike decorations, giveaways, healthy snacks and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Elementary School
400 Shelton St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Activities include large KidZone with fire engine, face-painting, giant games, inflatable obstacle course, and paint-a-pumpkin. Kids can enter their original pumpkin carving in the Carved...

Cost: $10/adult, $5/child. Free for ages 5 and younger

Where:
Commons at North Hills
4321 Lassiter at North Hills Avenue
Commons
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Midtown Raleigh Alliance
Telephone: 919-606-6068
Contact Name: Tara Robbins
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary, play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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We are starting the Halloween-time festivities early! Join us for some make-and-take craft time in the park and create a “monster” to take home. We will bring the materials if you bring the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Ages 11-17 learn how to make desserts perfect for Halloween. Register online. Choose course #127729.

Cost: $35/resident, $46/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary, play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. 

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Bring your budding naturalist to the park to learn about our eight-legged friends that call the park home. A craft, engaging activity or story and a guided greenway walk through the wetland will...

Cost: $2

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood

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Read the story by Laura Numeroff and make brownies. Register online. Choose course #127716.

Cost: $23/resident, $30/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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It's a Fall Homeschool Day at the JC Raulston Arboretum! Join us for a fun rotation through hands-on stations to learn about a variety of fall topics. Students will have a chance to interact with...

Cost: $5.00 per child for Arboretum Family members, $7.50 per child for nonmembers

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary, play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
Website »

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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Website »

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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary, play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
Website »

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It's a Fall Homeschool Day at the JC Raulston Arboretum! Join us for a fun rotation through hands-on stations to learn about a variety of fall topics. Students will have a chance to interact with...

Cost: $5.00 per child for Arboretum Family members, $7.50 per child for nonmembers

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Parent and child ages 2-5 water plants in the native wildflower gardens. Register online. Choose course #124908.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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This program is designed to move at a toddler’s pace: Run. Stop. Pick dandelions. Run. Climb on a rock. Find an interesting leaf! Join others for an easy-paced hike around the greenway...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Enjoy dinner with your family on us! On Thursday, October 17th, The School for Creative Studies PTSA will be hosting its 3rd Healthy Eating Tasting Night. Local Chef Carmen Settles of Full Street...

Cost: Free

Where:
The School for Creative Studies
5001 Red Mill Rd.
Durham, NC  27704
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Sponsor: The School for Creative Studies PTSA
Telephone: 919-560-3535
Contact Name: Tanisha Davis
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Just in time for your next dress-up event!  Join us to make a tutu.  Kids 8 and up and teens make one for yourself!  Adults make one for yourself or for a child!   Call to register,...

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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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary, play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
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Homeschoolers of all ages enjoy a day of hands-on activities focused on the history of slavery and freedom in North Carolina. 

Cost: $4/student

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy
Durham, NC  27712
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Telephone: 919-620-0120
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Sip cider and enjoy a cookie while listening to music and a storyteller. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Weaver Street Market Lawn
101 E. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Enjoy live German music, traditional Bavarian food and fare, German cars, a "Kinder Platz" zone wiener dog races, nail-driving competitions and more. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27511
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We think about bats this time of year for Halloween. Join us as we learn the truth about bats and their importance to the ecosystem. After a wonderful story we will take a walk to some places...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Come join us for a party of spooky proportions! We will have classic monster mash games including a mummy wrap, Halloween Fear Factor eating challenge, Tarantula Toss, and other fun party...

Cost: Adults & Kids Over 14 years of age:$44; Kids 13 and under: $39

Where:
TreeRunner Raleigh
12804 Norwood Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Telephone: 919-410-7347
Contact Name: TreeRunner
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We think about bats this time of year for Halloween. Join us as we learn the truth about bats and their importance to the ecosystem. After a wonderful story we will take a walk to some places...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. 

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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N.C. By Train and Amtrak are making it easier than ever for families to get to the N.C. State Fair through a special stop right at the fairgrounds in Raleigh from Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday,...

Cost: See website for fees; prices vary based on pick-up location

Where:
, NC


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Join local bird expert Larry Zoller as we explore the different habitats of Harris Lake County Park to look and listen for our resident birds as well as fall migrants that have stopped to rest...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Give rugby a try. Take part in tag rugby pick-up games every Saturday morning at Baileywick Road Park, near the Second Shelter.  No experience necessary. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Contact Name: denise travis
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Join the Preschool Teachers at Chestnut Ridge for a fun-filled morning of nature inspired activities in the great outdoors at Camp Chestnut Ridge. This event is for anyone interested in learning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center
4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road
Efland, NC  27243
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Sponsor: Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center
Telephone: 919-304-2178
Contact Name: Becky Garus
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The World Beer Festival Durham features a sampling of local, national and international breweries. Adults can also enjoy food and live music. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15-$60

Where:
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Blackwell St.
Durham, NC  27701
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary, play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
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Make little pumpkins, a black cat and other Halloween creatures with polymer clay. Ages 5-10. Register online. Choose course #127352.

Cost: $19/resident, $25/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Make a mini shadow puppet theater out of a file folder and mini shadow puppets. Please bring your own light source such as a flashlight for the full effect. Space is limited, advance registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Library
Inside McDougle Middle School
900 Old Fayetteville Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Orange County Library
Telephone: 919-969-3006
Contact Name: Jody Smith
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Is your dress-up closet looking drab?  Discover a new costume at the library’s Costume Bazaar!  Every child can select one complete costume and stay to create new accessories to go with...

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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Games, entertainment, vendors and kids activities await families in an event that celebrates National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. All ability levels welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park
1309 Halley St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Website »

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Discover the flavors and history of African American foodways Saturday, Oct. 19, 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Historic Stagville. The “Harvest, Forage, Feast” program explores the history of...

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Highway
Durham, NC  27712
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Enjoy live German music, traditional Bavarian food and fare, German cars, a "Kinder Platz" zone wiener dog races, nail-driving competitions and more. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27511
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Join us for the seventh annual Canine Contests! We're looking for the best dog tricks and canine costumes in Wake County! If your dog has a special talent and/or a super cool costume, come and show...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Crowder County Park
Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Since the 1850s, North Carolina farmers have been going to the State Fair to learn about ways to improve their farming practices. Discover the origins of the State Fair and the history behind some...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Mark your calendars! Our annual Halloween event, Creepy Crabtree, will return in October! This free park wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. Join the freakish festivities,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Enjoy a yoga session in costume, games and treats. Ages 5-10. Register online. Choose course #127452.

Cost: $19/child

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
125 Middle Creek Park Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Shop with more than 40 businesses operated by local children ages 6-14.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Commons at North Hills
421 Lassiter at North Hills Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Discover what's happening as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #127673.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/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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East Cloud Kungfu hosts a Parent's Night Out event, featuring a safe environment for kids as they about the wide world of kungfu.   Check it out!...

Cost: $25 first child, $20 each additional child

Where:
East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
5655-A Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
Telephone: 252-646-7053
Contact Name: Imari Colon
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N.C. By Train and Amtrak are making it easier than ever for families to get to the N.C. State Fair through a special stop right at the fairgrounds in Raleigh from Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday,...

Cost: See website for fees; prices vary based on pick-up location

Where:
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