Fit Family Challenge, Part 3


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The Gomez and Ojala families entered the second half of the Fit Family Challenge armed with motivational support and a new way of thinking about meals and fitness. We checked in with them one last time to see how their participation in our Fit Family Challenge has motivated them to lead healthier and more positive lives.

GOMEZ FAMILY

Simple Steps Toward Better Health

Katherine Gomez began the 2015 Fit Family Challenge with lofty expectations.

She found a tasty-sounding recipe — shredded pork carnitas in the Crock-Pot — and headed out to the grocery store, determined to deliver a home-cooked meal that would put her family’s fast-food regimen to shame.

Then she remembered why so many of us often take the easy way out. It was already 9 p.m. and the grocery store didn’t have the pork shoulder she needed. They didn’t have the seasonings the recipe called for either.

“By then it was 10 o’clock,” Katherine says. “I got really frustrated and overwhelmed and I thought, ‘Forget it — I’m just going home.’ I was really discouraged.”

But her outlook improved the next day when she called Fit Family Challenge dietitian Tracy Owens, who suggested that Katherine think about five meals she is already comfortable preparing. A couple of tweaks to the Gomez’s Italian beef sandwiches (hint: leave out the bun) and the family was eating healthier.

Other simple adjustments followed. Katherine’s spaghetti got an easy makeover after she mixed in whole-wheat pasta and added veggies to her jarred sauce.

“Spaghetti at home is better than chicken nuggets and french fries,” Katherine says. “She reminded me that it’s all about progress. For some reason, I needed permission to have these regular home-cooked meals. I had this intention of it being Pinterest-worthy.”

By easing her standards, Katherine has taken a step toward cutting down the number of nights her family goes out for dinner. Prior to the Fit Family Challenge, they ate dinner out 80 percent of the time. Now it’s down to less than 50 percent.

But the biggest change has come in the mornings. Katherine now backs away from the McDonald’s drive-thru in favor of an easier alternative at home that 7-year-old Anthony and 2-year-old Andrew enjoy.

“Now we’re eating oatmeal with diced apples or scrambled eggs with ham and cheese,” she says, noting that her husband, David, is no longer drinking just coffee for breakfast. “That feels really good. Both of my boys will eat oatmeal, so I know they’re getting something that’s not a sugary cereal.”

A New Way of Thinking

As for the fitness portion of the challenge, Katherine’s progress has been slow, partly because she is dealing with plantar fasciitis. But that injury has had an unintended positive side effect. After working around the discomfort in her foot, she is now addressing it with physical therapy. And David, who was overdue for a physical exam, finally went to see a doctor.

“We say that our health is important, but we don’t really take care of our health,” she says. “This challenge has really helped us focus on our well being in general.”

All four Gomezes took part in the Big Muddy Challenge last month, an adventure race in Youngsville during which participants climb, run and crawl — and wind up wet and muddy along the way.

“The fun part is that we’re trying new things and enjoying that,” she says. “I’ve tried group exercises. I love to find a new park to take Andrew to in the morning, something new we can do. We’re keeping an open mind about activities.”

But getting into the swing of an exercise routine has been more difficult for Katherine’s husband.

“David is feeling overwhelmed. It’s a struggle for him,” Katherine admits. “This is a really busy time at work. He hasn’t joined the gym, but he is walking with us in the evenings.”

Katherine can’t claim any weight loss yet, but she can feel some changes.

“I don’t think the scale has budged, but my clothes are fitting a lot better and I’m moving around easier, so that’s a plus,” she says.

Baseball season is underway, which means Anthony is back on the field and David is coaching. Katherine and Andrew are enjoying a Stroller Strides exercise program for moms and little ones. The Gomezes haven’t just changed their ways. They’re changing the way they think.

“It’s been great,” Katherine says. “We’re taking inventory of what we value.”


OJALA FAMILY

Time — and Meal — Management

When it comes to maintaining a nutrition regimen, Stacy Ojala seems to have a grasp on one characteristic that trumps them all.

“Willpower,” she says. “We always made a menu for the week. When we would go out during the week, it was because we didn’t feel like eating what we were making. Now we’re sticking to the plan.”

And the plan seems to be working. Stacy looked at their habits and realized busy weekends were affecting their meal choices. The family was often outdoors or away from home on Saturday and Sunday, leaving no one motivated to cook at the end of the day.

The solution? Grilling out or preparing a meal at midday, leaving the evening open for simpler solutions.

“Now, if we’ve been out all day with the neighbors, we just come home and give the kids something small, and Ben and I eat something small, too,” Stacy says. “Sometimes it’s just cereal or cheese and crackers. That way, we’re not going out to a restaurant.”

This change in meal planning also helps the Ojalas manage their time better.

“If we went out to eat on a Sunday night at 6 p.m., we wouldn’t get home until 8:30 or 9 p.m.,” she says. “We would be rushing around getting ready for the week.”

The Ojalas have been trying new recipes, and organization has been a key. Ben works from home, so he often uses part of his lunch break to help prepare food. Interestingly, there has been no pushback from Julia, 8, Andy, 6, and Ian, 5, over the home-cooked meals.

“They don’t really care about going out,” Stacy says. “They’re fine being at home because it gives them more time to be with the neighbors and friends. They’re not the ones who push it as much as we are.”

Positive Perspectives

Now that they have a little more cash in the budget, the Ojalas want to double down on staying fit.

“We want to take the money we’ve saved by not eating out and use it for something like a trampoline park, or something that will be more active,” she says.

She admits there is still work to do. “But since we’ve started, every single night we have taken the kids on a walk,” she says. “We always take them to a playground. They’re all gated in so Ben and I walk the outside and continue to move while they play on the playground.”

Stacy would like to see the kids take the initiative for choosing ways to stay active, and Ian may have taken a step in that direction. He recently mastered riding his scooter, so now he tries to keep up with Andy.

For Julia, Stacy carefully presents the message of eating nutritiously and staying active. She knows girls in Julia’s age group are already aware of body image, so she has figured out how to make the point tactfully.

“It’s about feeling good and being healthy,” Stacy says. “I don’t tell my daughter, ‘I feel fat.’ I’ve been saying, ‘I feel better if I’m at a healthier weight.’ I try to talk to her about it that way, and I talk about how I’m feeling inside, rather than how I look outside.”

Like the Gomez family, the Ojalas participated in the Big Muddy Challenge last month. Fit Family Challenge fitness expert Evie Houtz attended the event to support both families.

“We would never have done a Big Muddy Challenge,” Stacy says. “(The Fit Family Challenge is) giving us an opportunity to try new things and share experiences with other people who seem to be going through the same thing.”

The Ojalas also credit Fit Family Challenge balance expert Gaye Esser with helping them steer clear of setbacks. Ben and Stacy tend to make big goals, only to get discouraged when they can’t implement several changes at once.

“Gaye has been really good about keeping us on track and celebrating small wins,” Stacy says. “It’s about accepting who you are and focusing on positive things, rather than getting discouraged and falling back into old habits.”

Kurt Dusterberg is a freelance writer who lives in Apex. He is the Carolina Hurricanes correspondent for NHL.com and author of the book, “Journeymen: 24 Bittersweet Tales of Short Major League Sports Careers.”


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

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
View map »


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

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 12/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $35 per Student

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
Carrboro, NC  27510


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

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 150

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 150

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $200

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: $11

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 496

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

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


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $245.00 per week

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: $70/month

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $15/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC  27604


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

More information

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

Cost: See website for fees

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
View map »


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

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $35 per Student

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 150

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 496

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $200

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

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


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Website »

More information

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

Cost: 150

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $30 - $80

Where:
VIRTUAL
, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: $245.00 per week

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $11

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: $70/month

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

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

Cost: See website for fees

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
View map »


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

More information

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

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

Where:
Zoom
, NC


Contact Name: Natalia Torres del Valle
Website »

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 12/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $35 per Student

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $6

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $6

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $11

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


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

More information

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

Cost: 150

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: $200

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 496

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 150

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $11

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

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


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: $245.00 per week

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $70/month

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $15/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC  27604


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

More information

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

Cost: See website for fees

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


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

More information

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

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
View map »


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

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $35 per Student

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


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

More information

Sit down for an informal and compelling chat with Winston-Salem-based NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander as the award-winning playwright-director talks about the history of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boone, NC  28608


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

More information

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

Cost: $6

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $11

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

Cost: free

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

Cost: 150

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

Cost: 50-80

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

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Parents, bring your child to class with you. Children 10 years...

Cost: 50-80

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

Cost: $11

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

Cost: $245.00 per week

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

Cost: $70/month

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

Cost: See website for fees

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


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

Cost: 0

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

Cost: 0

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

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
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Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® and Obie Award-winning performer and writer known for her multi-character, one-person shows (Broadway hit Bridge &...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boone, NC  28608


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

Cost: $6

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