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E-Cigarette Use: A Troubling Trend

Teens and their parents face a growing challenge unique to the digital age as electronic cigarette use climbs among adolescents.
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2016 Fit Family Challenge Kicks Off

As Carolina Parent's Fit Family Challenge kicks off, meet the two spotlight families we'll follow as they work with experts to improve their health.

N.C. Bathroom Law Harmful to Vulnerable Children

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

This National Infertility Awareness Week, #StartAsking

National Infertility Awareness Week, April 24-30, invites people to #StartAsking the difficult questions about infertility.

Walk A Mile in My Shoes

This Apex mom of an adopted child shares the pain of raising a child who has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and explains why it's never OK to have a glass of wine when you're pregnant.

Meet Our 2016 Fit Family Challenge Panel of Experts

Evie Houtz, Tracy Owens, Ashley Acornley and Gaye Esser will guide our Fit Family Challenge spotlight families and participants to improved health and fitness.

Spicy Turkey Burgers With Avocado Cream

Enjoy a burger with a healthy twist, created by Carolina Bretherton, author of “Family Cookbook” and “Desserts.”

Superfoods to the Rescue

Experts agree there are hundreds of “super-good-for-you” foods, and making them a part of your everyday life may be easier — and more delicious — than you think.

Helping Kids Cope with ACT/SAT Stress

Help your son or daughter handles the stress of upcoming ACT/SAT tests with these tips.

FDA Proposes Limit for Inorganic Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal

On Friday, the FDA reported that although rice cereal fortified with iron is a good source of nutrients for your baby, it shouldn't be baby’s only source and does not need to be the first source.

Work Out in Style this Spring

Freshen up your workout game and gear up now for our annual Fit Family Challenge, which begins May 1.

Sports and ADHD: A Positive Connection?

If you’d like to incorporate sports into your child’s life to improve his or her ADHD symptoms, keep these tips in mind.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Parents with children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can use these resources to find help for them in our state.

Wake Named Healthiest County in North Carolina

North Carolina just got its annual checkup, and the results are good for Wake County.

Raleigh Family Faces Hearing Loss Head-On

A Raleigh family reveals how cochlear implants and early intervention from parent educators have helped their daughter flourish at school.

New Guidelines for Tots and Technology

The AAP revises guidelines on screentime babies and toddlers, acknowledging that screens are everywhere.

ADHD May Be Linked to Persistent Parental Criticism

A study finds only sustained parental criticism was associated with the continuance of ADHD symptoms in the children who had been diagnosed with ADHD.

Autism and Essential Oils: Is There a Connection?

A new study lseeks to understand if using essential oils, such as lavender, can help to calm children at bedtime or through transitional periods

Wake County Officials Concerned by Rise in Syphilis

The number of Wake County residents infected with syphilis is at a 15-year high.

10 Hikes Kids Enjoy in the Triangle

Ready to spend some time outdoors with your family? You're bound to have fun at any of these kid-friendly hiking spots around the Triangle.

Flame Retardants in Mattresses: Toxic to Children

Not only are flame retardants toxic, they do not slow the spread of fire. So why are they in my newborn's mattress?

Kroger Now Offering Free Fruit for Kids

Kids can choose one piece of free fruit during each visit to Krogers.

Should Students Disclose Depression/Anxiety on College Applications?

These tips offer guidance and help for effectively and tactfully describing mental health challenges.

Chapel Hill Boy Named St. Baldrick’s Ambassador

Phineas Sandi, 7, from Chapel Hill, was recently named a 2016 St. Baldrick’s Foundation Ambassador.

New Health Screening Guidelines, TelemedicineApp, Asthma Rates Drop

Learn about the recommended new guidelines for depression, high cholesterol and HIV screenings, a new telemedicine app and kids asthma news.

Mental Healthcare Looks Brighter for Women

A panel of national experts are recommending that pregnant women and new mothers be screened for depression.

Winter Storm? Tips to Get Kids Exercising and Being Creative Indoors!

Stuck indoors? Keep your kids entertained, creative and active during the winter storm.

Lucy Daniels Center Offers Free Workshops to Parents

Are you wondering if your child could have autism or ADHD? Are you dealing with difficult behavior? The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood is offering free workshops for parents on these topics.

Powerade State Games Offer Fun, Volunteer Opportunities

The Powerade State Games of North Carolina invite amateur athletes to take part in multisport sporting events June 4-26. Volunteer opportunities are also open.

Ringling Bros. Donates $10,000 to Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation

The foundation will use the money to support pediatric cancer research at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital.

How to Encourage Better Dental Health For Your Child

An age-by-age guide to keeping your kid's teeth gleaming.

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April 2016

Take part in an arts celebration to benefit three animal rescue groups. Local painters, photographers, sculptors and more will sell their work. Children can enjoy face painting and live animals....

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Apex
Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Taste a variety of delicious dishes and desserts from Turkey and enjoy Turkish arts. Organized by Divan Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary
1903 N. Harrison Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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Join the NIEHS for a free showing of "WALL-E" at Marbles IMAX. After the movie, NIEHS scientists will explore the environment and health topics raised in the movie through hands-on...

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Marbles Kids Museum
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Shop for gently used children's clothing, toys, equipment and more. Items are half-off April 24. Kidcycle is the Diaper Bank’s twice-annual fundraiser to sustain its mission of ensuring...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27704
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Learn about geocaching and search for newly placed geocaches along the trail. GPS units and instruction provided or take your own unit or smartphone with a geocache app. Ages 6 and older. Meet at...

Cost: $5/family

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Take part in the Piedmont Farm Tour, a perfect way to meet local farmers and learn about the Triangle’s local and organic farm and food scene. The self-guided tour features 38 scenic and...

Cost: $30/car in advance; $35/car event day

Where:
Orange, Chatham, Alamance and Person County Farms
Orange, Chatham, Alamance, and Person County Farms
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Sponsor: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market
Telephone: 919-919-9191
Contact Name: Leah Joyner
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Join inspirational African-American authors and extraordinary women in celebrating the power of the written word. Refreshments provided. Seating is limited.

Cost: Free

Where:
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Town of Cary
Telephone: 919-460-4963
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Discover the turtles that live at the park and examine the special adaptations they have in order to survive. Walk down to the pond to play turtle bingo and then meet some fascinating turtle...

Cost: $5/family

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto deliver the classic story featuring upbeat dance numbers and clever staging. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20/adults, $18/students

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/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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Supporters across North Carolina will rally in support of House Bill 2 to show the nation what it looks like to see churches, families and people from all political parties in unity.

Cost: Free

Where:
Halifax Mall
300 N. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take the fast track to nature in this hands-on study of ecology. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Tour Millbrook Baptist Preschool and experience a music and movement class. RSVP required by calling 919-876-4030.

Cost: Free

Where:
Millbrook Baptist Church
1519 E. Millbrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Cary
100 Endeavor Way
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-677-7114
Contact Name: Cynthia De Amat
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Children with special needs friends enjoy one hour of bowling or skating for $5 (skate rental/shoe rental included) or a bounce house ($6.50 per person if you choose a movie for your first...

Cost: Starting at $5

Where:
Palace Pointe
5050 Durham Rd.
Roxboro, NC  27574
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Telephone: 336-598-5050
Contact Name: Wendy Harrington
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Take time out to spend with your little one as you crawl, explore and bounce in a safe environment exclusively for children ages 12 mos-3 yrs. Parents play free; admission is $5 per child....

Cost: $5/child

Where:
BounceU of Apex
3419 Apex Peakway
Apex, NC  27502
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Raleigh
8000 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-881-1160
Contact Name: Carol Marin
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Wake Forest
222 Capcom Ave
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-883-2061
Contact Name: Karina Martinez
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Enjoy storytime and a stuffed animal giveaway (one per child). Each family will be entered to into the weekly drawing among attendees for a gift bag. Event capped at 20 families to ensure a safe...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thrift 2 Gift
1402 E. Williams St.
Apex , NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-651-0482
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Enjoy an energetic, musical storytime with Amy Godfrey, who was a Durham County librarian for six years. Babka and challah will be served as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levin JCC
1937 West Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Take part a community fair featuring live entertainment, face painting and free food. Hosted by the N.C. Children's Voice Center. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Boys and Girls Club
808 E Pettigrew St.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: NC Children's Victim Center
Telephone: 919-413-7702
Contact Name: Heather Mclaughlin
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Kids ages 5-10 learn about nature, explore the outdoors, play games, enjoy a craft and finish with a movie. Register online.

Cost: $5

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh, Walnut Creek Wetland Center
Telephone: 919-996-2761
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Take part in a 5k competitive run and a 5k community walk that supports area nonprofits. Register online at https://thevolunteercenter.givebig.org/c/TBR.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Blackwell Street
Durham , NC  27702


Sponsor: The Volunteer Center of Durham
Telephone: 919-613-4514
Contact Name: Lenore Donaldson
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Spring Daze features more than 180 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. The Children's Village at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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The Spring Market invites art lovers for a weekend full of art and sunshine including: dazzling examples of local artistic talent, ongoing live music, world-class restaurants, great shopping, food...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Durham
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Take part in the annual March for Babies, which supports programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and funds research to find causes and preventions of birth defects. Register...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Perimeter Park at Duke Realty
3005 Carrington Mill Blvd.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Designed to Unite, with a theme of “All is One”, this festival helps support community, businesses, healers and artists. Enjoy workshops, holistic and intuitive healing experts, craft...

Cost: $5/person per day. Free for ages 11 and younger

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-247-3002
Contact Name: Dulce Levitz
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Help Carolina Parent kick off the Fit Family Challenge at CVS in Cary. Participate in fun fitness games, enjoy the Be Active Kids Playmobile, sign up for the Fit Family Challenge and more.

Cost: Free.

Where:
CVS
1123 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Contact Name: Jeanette Gulledge
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A baseball stadium comes to life in this picture book written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tom Booth from the publishing imprint of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter....

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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TigerFest is celebrating Lincoln Heights's 50th anniversary.  Enjoy games, bounce houses, a 1950s sock hop, silent auction and tye dye station. Purchase 50-cent tickets for games and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lincoln Heights Elementary School
307 Bridge Street
Fuquay varina, NC  27526
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Sponsor: LHES PTA
Contact Name: Erin Laskowich
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Shop for gently used children's clothing, toys, equipment and more. Dollar Day is April 30. Kidcycle is the Diaper Bank’s twice-annual fundraiser to sustain its mission of ensuring every...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27704
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Take part in a hands-on program designed to find out what critters are lurking in the pond. Use dip nets to look for tadpoles, frogs, dragonflies, salamanders and more. Fee applies to all...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Take part in the Midnight Ramble, which includes an educational festival the night of April 30. A bike ramble takes place in the early hours of May 1, starting and finishing at Cary Towne Center....

Cost: $10-$35

Where:
Cary Towne Center
1105 Walnut St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" is one of the Shakespeare’s best-known dramatic plays. This new ballet about the lust for power gone awry is choreographed to an original score by J....

Cost: $30-$68

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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