Healthy Actions Weigh More Than Words


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Healthy choices for mind, body and spirit are something every family should talk about, particularly in this age of digital freedom and super-sized meals when it is all too easy for families to fall into unhealthy patterns. But talking alone isn't enough.

Children are like sponges, absorbing every nuance of their parents' behavior, and studies show that parents who "walk the walk" not just "talk the talk" have children who follow through with healthy choices related to wellness.

"Do as I say not as I do' is not going to get us anywhere," says Kelly Duffey, owner of Fitwize4kids, a children's fitness facility in Cary. "Modeling healthy behaviors is one of the most effective ways to encourage our kids to pick up and lead effective lifestyle habits, and it is huge in the fight against this childhood obesity trend."

Encourage physical activity

Today's children have more digital entertainment options than ever before, which can lead to sedentary behaviors and isolation unless parents offer guidance and alternatives to technological entertainment. Teaching children about life balance and moderation helps them internalize and practice healthy behaviors.

"Lots of research has proven that children in households where the parents are active themselves are more likely to participate in physical activity as well," says Jessica Bottesch, co-owner of Empower Personal Training in Durham. "When you consider families who sit in front of the TV versus parents who are biking after dinner or involved in tennis clubs, the children in the active families are much more likely to emulate those behaviors later on."

In the April 1994 Journal of Pediatrics, Thomas Rowland and Patty Freedson urged a lifestyle of regular physical activity for long-term health outcomes for children. The authors note that providing enjoyable physical activities is a powerful strategy for increasing activity levels of youth and creating positive attitudes toward exercise that carry over into adulthood.

"Especially in the younger years, you want to make [exercise] enjoyable and fun and make it more likely they will repeat the behavior," Bottesch says. "It's important for it to be enjoyable, and it gives children a boost to their self-confidence and sense of accomplishment when they achieve physical feats."

Many children today are so overscheduled they are unable to take time to relax and focus on social or physical activities with friends and family. "In this computerized society where so much of our entertainment and information comes from a TV screen or computer screen, I think it is so incredibly important for parents to really limit screen time and encourage physical activity and start having open communications," Bottesch says.

Value time with family and friends

For a healthy life balance, it's important to spend time together as a family. The silver lining in a tough economy is that families are forced to focus on what really matters — each other.

Research shows that families who spend time together, particularly at the dinner table, have better communication, tend to eat healthier meals, and have children who are less likely to use drugs or suffer from depression.

Well-adjusted adolescents and frequent family meals are linked, according to psychologists B.S. Bowden and J.M. Zeisz. In a 1997 survey of 527 teens ages 12 to 18, the teens who were best-adjusted ate a meal with an adult in their family an average of 5.4 days a week, compared to 3.3 days for teens who didn't show good adjustment. The well-adjusted teens were less likely to use drugs or be depressed and were more motivated at school and had better relationships. Bowden noted that mealtimes were a sort of "marker" for other positive family attributes and seemed to play an important role in helping teens cope well with the stresses of adolescence.

Provide wellness strategies and information
Experienced parents say it's important to model a positive attitude and effective wellness behaviors. Alice Koenig of Raleigh, mother of three children ages 13, 16 and 18, says she has stood by some hard-and-fast rules for her family that include good nutrition, a good night's rest and regular exercise. She serves well-balanced meals, limits soda and fast foods, and encourages her children to drink milk.

Koenig also makes a point to model these behaviors herself. "They see that I walk every day and I make that a part of my life, so my daughter, who does not participate in team sports, will walk with me."

Sarah Martin, president of the Wake Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Council and mother of two children, ages 8 and 11, says her family makes exercise a group activity by working out at a gym together several times a week.

The Wake County PTA is involved this year in a nationwide effort to promote healthy lifestyle changes for families and children. The Healthy Lifestyles 5K Run/Walk, organized for the first time last November, was part of that effort, along with a challenge to local schools to set up walking clubs for children and families.

"I think one of the things that is really important is to make it clear we are not just talking about fitness," Martin says. "We are talking about making lifestyle choices and changes with regard to fitness, nutrition and attitudes."
To that end, the PTA also is working with the Student Health Advisory Council in the Wake County Public School system on a nutrition-labeling project within select schools.

Nutrition labels and fat content of all items sold in the selected schools' cafeterias will be provided to staff and students. The study will observe whether children at 12 selected schools (elementary, middle and high school) make different choices based on the information provided. The idea is to draw students' attention to what they purchase and put into their bodies, Martin says.

Bottesch says some parents, particularly parents of young girls, are afraid to talk about healthy eating with their children because there is so much fear of anorexia and poor body images. But she stresses how important it is for parents to communicate about healthy lifestyle choices.
"I think it's good for parents to talk about this if they can focus on the positives and emphasize the benefits of wholesome foods and the physical and psychosocial benefits of exercise," she says.

Attitude is everything

Lifestyle change is about more than calories and treadmills. Without a change in attitude, no other change will be successful. And real change begins within.

Parents say attitude is a monumental factor in lifestyle choices. "We have a lot on us these days, this sandwich generation, and how we handle situations is important for our children to see," Koenig says. "I have been through a divorce, and if I just crumble and am bitter and angry, then that's not healthy. Children need to see that you can be strong and happy and handle life's challenges."

Koenig tells her children they can always choose to have a good day, but if they go in with a bad attitude, then it's certain to be a bad outcome. She also encourages a sense of humor.

And laughter may truly be the best medicine, as the saying goes. A study presented at the American College of Cardiology in March of 2005 showed that subjects who watched comedy films and were then tested for cardiovascular changes had healthier cardiovascular function. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, showed for the first time that laughter causes the inner lining of blood vessels to dilate, which increases blood flow.

Lifestyle change is an all-encompassing change in perspective. Showing children how to remain secure and happy in the midst of life's stressors is one of the most powerful lessons a parent can offer. Don't allow stressors, like the current economic news, take a toll on your family's health. Instead, guide your family on the path to wellness in mind, body and spirit. Some things in life are still free, and a brisk walk outside is one of them.

Carol McGarrahan is a Triangle-area health and science writer who eats breakfast because "it's good for you," tries hard to have family meals at least four or five times a week, and believes there is a grain of truth in all of those old sayings like, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away!" and "Laughter is the best medicine."

Parenting Style Affects Children's Eating Habits

A study in the July 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that parenting style plays a major role in childhood eating habits, which means family dynamics are critical when it comes to healthy lifestyle choices.

In a study of 239 parents with children in first grade, researchers at Oklahoma State University found that parenting styles correlated with childhood eating habits.

Strict Parents: Tend to restrict certain foods or use pressure to improve their children's eating habits.

Permissive Parents: Were more relaxed about the types of foods their children could eat, but offered little guidance in food selections.

Authoritative Parents: Were somewhere in the middle. They tended to set limits on their children's diets but used self-modeling or other more positive approaches to encourage healthy choices.

Based on their research, Dr. Laura Hubbs-Tait and her colleagues concluded that parenting styles are a major factor in childhood eating habits. Researchers suggested that "interventions that fail to address underlying parenting styles are not likely to be successful."

 

Improve Family Health with Simple Changes

Kelly Duffey, owner of Fitwize4kids in Cary, organizes Healthy Family Living seminars during which parents are asked the following key questions related to lifestyle choices:

Do you skip breakfast?

Do you exercise less than four times a week?

Do you reward yourself with food?

Do you stock the pantry with sweets and empty carbohydrates?

Parents who answer "yes" to a majority of these questions can make 2009 a year of healthy changes with some simple steps such as:

Eat breakfast. Include fruit choices and whole grains.

Eat dinner at home together as often as possible.

Take after-dinner walks as a family.

Find physical activities your family enjoys, such as tennis, walking or swimming.

Choose parking spots farther away from buildings.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Be aware of portion sizes. Ask for a take-home box when eating out.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 »

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

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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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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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 »

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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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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
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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 »

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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
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
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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
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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 »

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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 »

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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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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
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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 »

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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
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
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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 »


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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
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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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