Get in the Spirit of the Season by Giving Back


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Have you caught the holiday spirit? Are you dashing from store to store, making your lists and checking them twice, fussing over the decorations — that kind of spirit? If it feels like you've come down with a seasonal delirium rather than the anticipated joy and cheer this month, here's a cure: Add a little service to your list. Commit to giving something special to your community during the holiday season and enlist the help of your children to determine how you'll do it, together.

It may sound crazy during a time that's already so busy, but the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's provide an ideal time to inspire the spirit of service in your family.

Focus on what's important

"The stories we tell at Thanksgiving and during the winter holidays provide many opportunities to talk about sharing," says Tom Rhodes, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh. "Whether it is the Indians sharing their food with the Pilgrims or the Magi bringing [gifts] to the baby Jesus, these stories inform our culture."

Putting the ideals of the holidays into action can provide your entire family with a renewed sense of focus and purpose.

"I sometimes find myself caught up in the frenzy of the season," admits Lory Mills of Hillsborough. "Last year, in an effort to stay in the spirit of the season, we sat down as a family and agreed on some organizations that we wanted to make donations to... . It provided a forum for good dialog about what was important to each of us."

Since many social service organizations need extra help to meet the demands of winter programs such as food and coat drives or Christmas presents for disadvantaged children, families can easily find ways to translate the holiday spirit into concrete acts.

"It's pretty common...to have an enhanced culture of volunteerism at this time of year," notes Amber Smith, co-founder and president of ME3, a Raleigh-based organization that coordinates volunteers for nonprofit organizations in Wake County. "Parents will have many examples to show their kids that helping out makes a difference."

With the recession still taking its toll on local families, the need for social services this year is likely to be great. And if your own family is scaling back on its celebration, community service can provide your children with a healthy dose of perspective along with the satisfaction of helping others.

"Getting children involved in a community project will bring them 'front-line' experience in understanding the needs of less-fortunate members of the community," Smith says. "Even when money is tight, there are still ways to contribute through the gift of your time."

What children gain from volunteering

It's no secret that volunteer service has a number of benefits. It helps meet the needs of the community, it builds connections among people who work together for a cause, and it furthers the notion that determined individuals can change their world. Studies show that volunteers also enjoy enhanced self-esteem, confidence and sense of well-being as a result of their contributions. When you involve your children in volunteer efforts, you share those gifts with them, too.

Mills is an active community volunteer who frequently includes daughters Zoe, 11, and Tsehaye, 9, in her work.

"For me, volunteering is an outcome of believing that every living thing has value," she explains. "When we value each other, it feels good to connect in an intentional way ... . I benefit and my family benefits as much as any recipient of a volunteer effort."

Ginger Young of Chapel Hill agrees. "I think that whenever any of us does a good deed, we feel connected to something larger than ourselves — and that gives our life meaning," she says. "I [also] want my children [Alex, 15; Cal, 13; and Carrie, 11] to be aware of their incredible good fortune and to feel an excitement about and a commitment to giving something back, to sharing their bounties with others who have less."

The example set by parents is crucial in developing a child's commitment to service. As Rhodes says, "[Volunteering] is primarily an opportunity for children to learn about the importance of helping others. Seeing the example set by their parents and actually taking part in a volunteer activity will reinforce the lessons learned through books and stories." Volunteering together "strengthens relationships within the family itself," he adds.

Claire Johnson of Hillsborough, now 15, volunteers regularly with her grandmother. She started serving meals at a homeless shelter three years ago as a birthday present for her grandmother. "I enjoyed it so much that I just kept going," Claire says.

Corinne Everett, director of volunteer services for The Volunteer Center of Durham, applauds families who instill the value of volunteering in their children through shared service. "Kids working with their parents will develop the mindset, 'Not only is it important for me to give back, it's fun to give back,'" she says. "They're more likely to grow into adults who have a strong sense of community involvement."

Young's son Cal recently proved this when he wrote to Mike Hanas, his principal at Carolina Friends School, suggesting that students do something to recognize the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January beyond the morning assembly. His proposal that students spend the afternoon engaged in community service "has been very enthusiastically approved by our MLK Day Planning Committee," Hanas reports, adding, "Cal's initiative is one excellent example of what [young people] are capable of when we expect them to change the world."

Claire, too, is motivated by the notion that her contributions can make a difference. "I believe that every small bit of help someone gives can change a person's life," she says. "I know I might only be making small changes, but if millions of people were to make a lot of small changes, that would add up."

"Children can be the instigators of volunteer efforts in many communities," Smith notes. "There are a plethora of inspiring stories about kids who see a need and ask their parents to help them get involved. They just need help cultivating their ideas into opportunities."

How to get started

The Triangle offers many ways for families to get involved and make volunteering a new tradition this holiday season. But it's important to do your homework before you sign up. Parents with younger children will need to consider issues of safety, suitability and ease of supervision. If your teens are interested in volunteering independently, it is important to verify that the organization will allow them to work without parent supervision.

Both Everett and Smith, whose organizations match volunteers with nonprofits that need help, recommend assessing your family's interests, skills and availability as a group. "Ask, 'What causes are we interested in? What do we want to get out of these experiences? When are we available to volunteer together?'" Smith says.

Mills has found that her family's interests influence the kinds of service projects they take on. "For example, our family loves the outdoors and has enjoyed participating in school work days to help clean up and beautify the school," she says. They also traveled to Ethiopia, the girls' native country, where they collaborated with young filmmakers working on a documentary about the effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on families there.

Young encourages her kids to follow their hearts. "I really haven't chosen any of the volunteer activities we have engaged in; rather, I have supported my kids as they have pursued their interests," she says. This includes the family's work at a no-kill animal shelter, which was spurred by Carrie's longing for a pet, and an MLK "Day of Service" book drive that netted 4,000 books for the Orange County Literacy Council.

Families ready to match their interests and availability to local groups are likely to find that many organizations use trained coordinators or an online survey to connect volunteers to particular areas of need.

Everett, the director of volunteer services at The Volunteer Center of Durham, says she usually tells people, "'If you have a hobby, I can translate it into an opportunity for service.'" She notes, "With families, it can be a bit of a broader match, accommodating everyone's interests and abilities, but we can usually find some connection that makes the volunteer work a natural fit."

In addition, Web sites such as www.kidsconnectnc.org and www.volunteermatch.org, your children's schools, and local places of worship can help connect you to service projects that suit your family.

Everett recommends tying your child's good fortune to the opportunity to share it. "Ask, 'What are you thankful for, and how can we help another child enjoy that same thing this year?'" she suggests. "Consider the holidays as an opportunity to kick off a year-long commitment to volunteering with an organization," Everett concludes, "like a Christmas gift to the community or a New Year's resolution for your family."

That's the kind of spirit we all want to catch.


Karen Lewis Taylor is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Apex with her husband and two daughters.

 


QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE COMMITTING AS A FAMILY

 

• What are our interests? What skills do we bring to our efforts?
• What do we hope to get out of this experience?
• When can we volunteer together? How often?
• How flexible are we willing to be about what kind of work we do?

 

 

WHERE TO START

These organizations can help families match their interests and availability with local nonprofits that need help:

• Kids Connect : www.kidsconnectnc.org
• ME3 (Motivate, Educate, Empower, and Engage): www.me-3.org (Wake County)
• Triangle United Way Volunteer Services: www.unitedwaytriangle.org/volunteer
• The Volunteer Center of Durham: www.thevolunteercenter.org (Durham and Orange Counties
• Volunteer Match: www.volunteermatch.org

 


GIVING BACK DURING THE HOLIDAYS

 

Holiday-related giving and service opportunities such as these can inspire your family to commit to service year-round:

• Love Baskets: www.helpinghandmission.org/programs.html
• Share Your Christmas: www.thevolunteercenter.org
• Toys for Tots: www.toysfortotsraleigh.org

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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

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

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

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

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

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The Six Swans is an ancient German fairy tale that was documented by the Brothers Grimm. In the story, to save her brothers, a princess may not speak until a curse is broken. Find out how she...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for everyone

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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If you cannot see animals, how do you know they are there or where they have been? Read a fun story about exploring the critters of the forest. Then discover a few sets of funny feet and match them...

Cost: Free (ages 3-5); Registration required for everyone

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

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

Cost: FREE!

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

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

Cost: 20

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: See website for fees

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


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

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Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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In 2017, every 7th grader in the UK was given a tiny programmable computer to help them learn coding. So what is this small, affordable technology called? A micro:bit!In this workshop, students...

Cost: Free: registration required

Where:
, NC


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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
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Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
Website »

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

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

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


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

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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
View map »


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

More information

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

Cost: $70/month

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE!

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 20

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


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

More information

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

Cost: See website for fees

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


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

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

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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Help us monitor and keep our bluebird and wood duck boxes clean throughout our park, create or place additional habitat boxes, and assist with other natural resource tasks. Come prepared to learn...

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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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

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

Cost: $225

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

Cost: $225

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
1903 N. Harrison Ave
Suite 201
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Azevedo Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-624-9568
Contact Name: Kym Azevedo
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Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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Join us for our Junior High Prospective Parent Night on February 27th from 6-7pm! Drop by Thales to visit our campus, view our classrooms and curriculum, meet our teachers, and ask questions about...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thales Academy Rolesville JH/HS
1201 Granite Falls Blvd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Thales Academy Rolesville JH/HS
Telephone: (919) 435-2715
Contact Name: Ashley Bahor
Website »

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Please join us for the national "Jazz N Friends" National Day of School and Community readings. The main goal is to foster conversation about how to keep LGBTQ youth safe in our schools and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
NCAE Conference Center
700 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Contact Name: Edmon Jones
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Carolina Youth Theatre is staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. Performances are Feb. 27-28-29 @ 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call...

Cost: $15 adults / $8 students

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

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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
View map »


Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
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 »

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

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $11

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $70/month

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE!

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 20

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


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

More information

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

Cost: See website for fees

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
View map »


Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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Art Walk featuring local galleries and artist studios in historic downtown Hillsborough on the Last Friday of every month (no Art Walk in December).

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Hillsborough (multiple locations)
102 N. Churton St.
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Hillsborough Arts Council
Telephone: 919-643-2500
Contact Name: Torey Mishoe
Website »

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Carolina Youth Theatre is staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. Performances are Feb. 27-28-29 @ 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call...

Cost: $15 adults / $8 students

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second St.
Clayton, NC  27520
View map »


Sponsor: Carolina Youth Theatre
Telephone: 919-553-1737
Website »

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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
View map »


Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
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

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

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $11

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

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


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

More information

The Sigma Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® in partnership with the IBM Research Triangle Park Black Business Resource Group will be hosting a “FREE” hands-on...

Cost: 0

Where:
IBM Fitness and Recreation Center
3039 Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC  27709
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Sponsor: Sigma Tau Omega AKA Sorority, Inc and IBM RTP Black Business Resource Group
Contact Name: Alesia Perry
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Raleigh North Carolina's 4th Annual Koreafest! Come learn about Korean culture, try some delicious Korean food, cheer on the kpop dancers as they compete for first prize. Love Korean music? There...

Cost: $0 - $25

Where:
Kerr Scott Building (NC State Fairgrounds)
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: InWave
Telephone: 919-210-2845
Contact Name: HeOak
Website »

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

Cost: $70/month

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


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

More information

InWave hosts the annual event, which offers K-pop performances of dancing and singing, Korean food, clothing and craft vendors, games, and more. The group has been hosting the event since...

Cost: 10 (free for visitors under 8 years old).

Where:
Kerr Scott Building
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC
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Website »

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YOU & YOUR CHILD ONE SATURDAY A MONTH Developing Your INNER POWERS Workshop #1: Achieve Your Goals & Dreams   Featuring the I Shine® Inner Wellness Curriculum for Kids, Parent & Child POWER...

Cost: 35.00

Where:
Unitarian Universalist PEACE Fellowship
4104 Watkins Road
Raleigh, NC  27616
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Sponsor: Mighty Me
Telephone: 919-397-2475
Contact Name: Karin Cross
Website »

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Winter magic returns to the Triangle! Bundle up and join Waverly Place for our Ninth Annual Snow Day event on Saturday, February 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities include sledding hills,...

Cost: $8 for a Sledding Ticket

Where:
Waverly Place Shopping Center
302 Colonades Way
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Johnson Subaru of Cary

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Once every four years, we get an extra day in the year – February 29! We’ll celebrate Leap Day by learning all about some of our amphibian friends for whom every day is Leap Day – the frogs...

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
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE!

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


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

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Saturday, February 29: The Good Hub POP UP Kick-Off   Join Activate Good to celebrate the launch of The Good Hub POP UP! Sat, February 29, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST 702 Oberlin Road,...

Cost: Free

Where:
702 Oberlin Rd
Suite 400
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Activate Good
Telephone: 919-696-5753
Contact Name: Lee Pike
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: 20

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


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

More information

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

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

Cost: $75-$216

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


Website »

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Leave your GPS at home and learn how to find your way using only a compass and a map. We will cover the basics of orienteering, including reading bearings, calculating your stride, and more. Use...

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
Website »

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Hear excerpts by authors, musicians, poets, scholars, orators, and more as we celebrate literature during Black History Month! A free read-in hosted by the North Carolina African American Heritage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pure Life Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St.
Suite 113
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: North Carolina African American Heritage Commission
Telephone: 919-814-6516
Contact Name: Kyma Lassiter
Website »

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Many animals are active around sunset or shortly after. Take a walk with a park naturalist to explore the woods and fields at this special time. Look for deer, coyotes, and owls. The program is...

Cost: $3

Where:
Annie Louis Wilkerson. MD Nature Preserve Park
5229 Awls Haven Dr
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Bryan England
Website »

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Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
View map »


Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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From the highly acclaimed Raleigh author of Caterpillar Summer comes a heartfelt story about the sweetness and stings of middle-school friendship. Ages 8-12.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209 Lassister Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Website »

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Carolina Youth Theatre is staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. Performances are Feb. 27-28-29 @ 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call...

Cost: $15 adults / $8 students

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second St.
Clayton, NC  27520
View map »


Sponsor: Carolina Youth Theatre
Telephone: 919-553-1737
Website »

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