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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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Simple, Fun Ways to Hook Your Picky Eater on New Foods

Stuck in a "food rut," serving the same foods over and over again? Got picky eaters? Here are some simple and fun ways to bring new foods to the table.

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bites

These little bites offer big flavor and provide a nice nutritional balance.

Where to Pick Blueberries in the Triangle and Surrounding Areas

Find a farm close to home where you can pick your own blueberries in the Triangle and surrounding counties.

Transitioning from School to Summer Break

Follow these tips to help your child let go of the past school year and prepare to move forward to the changes that come with summer.

Taking the Challenge: One Step at a Time

Two weeks into the Fit Family Challenge, we asked out experts to assess our spotlight families’ biggest challenges and checked in with the spotlight families to see how they were progressing.

June Fun: Triangle Parks Offers Kids Outdoor Activities

June is a perfect month to explore family activities at area parks, from fishing and paddling to playing disc golf, night hiking and listening to tall tales around the campfire.

Kids in the Kitchen Empowers Youth in Raleigh

The Junior League of Raleigh and Brentwood Boys and Girls Club hosted a Kids in the Kitchen event April 13.

Ravenscroft Hosts Wake County Special Olympics

RavenScroft, a private school in Raleigh, hosted the Wake County Special Olympics Spring Games for the 25th year on April 20-21.

Mean Girls in the Sandbox

Teach your kids these 9 tools to recognize and put a stop to relational aggression.

Fun in the Sun: Playground Safety

How safe is your child's playground? See if it meets the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations.

Fit Family Challenge Lucas Family Gets Moving

The Lucas family reports in on progress with the Fit Family Challenge, after meeting experts and devising a simple plan to get moving.

Free or Inexpensive Ways to Exercise

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

Win a $100 Dick's Sporting Goods Gift Certificate

We've launched a 48-Hour Fit Family Challenge member blitz. Create your FFC member account by Thursday at 4 p.m. for a chance to win a $100 Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificate.

MomsRising Looks to Future of Moms in US, NC

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

No-Bake Granola Bars

This granola bar recipe from Ashley Acornley of Triangle Nutrition Therapy blends the crunch and sweetness of a traditional granola bar with a nutrient-packed punch.

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Try this light, refreshing and nutritious quinoa fruit salad from Ashley Acornley of Triangle Nutrition Therapy with your next meal.

Blissful Blueberry Smoothie

Mix up this refreshing blueberry smoothie from Ashley Acornley of Triangle Nutrition Therapy for a healthy treat.

Traveling With Young Children

Does your child become more sensitive — or unruly — in new situations, such as when you're traveling? Parents can help their children better understand and explore their feelings.

Zika Virus Alert

Planning international travel this summer? Learn more about the Zika virus.

Safety Tips for Traveling by Car With Children

Put safety first when traveling by car with children with these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Setting Goals for Fit Family Challenge

Coach Gaye Esser helps families set goals for the Fit Family Challenge as they get ready to move toward a healthier lifestyle.

Fit Family Challenge Family Travels Back to Childhood Fun

The Lucas Family embark on their Fit Family journey to a healthier lifestyle with the first step being a return to childhood play.

The 2016 Fit Family Challenge Kicks Off at CVS in Cary

Attendants played with the contents of the Be Active Kids Playmobile, tried some karate moves and participated in a jump rope challenge during the 2016 Fit Family Challenge kickoff.

Could You Go Screen Free?

How much screen time do your kids get? Try these tips to get your children unplugged and moving more.

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.”

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May 2016

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $5/child

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

Cost: $1/member, $3/nonmember

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $1/member, $3/nonmember

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

Cost: $4/child

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $3/person

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $18-$62

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

Cost: $5/child

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

Cost: See website for fees

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $25/adult, $15/child

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Hill Nature Preserve
, NC


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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $10/individual, $20/family

Where:
Backyards around Raleigh and Cary
, NC


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

Cost: Free of charge

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

Cost: $18-$62

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $18-$62

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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