Help Kids Develop Healthy Exercise Habits at Every Age


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Have you ever wondered what your child can accomplish physically at certain stages in his or her childhood? Regular physical activity plays a vital role for all children ? from the pre-K to the teen years. But how much physical activity is too much? Here are some simple, yet practical tips for helping your child grow into a physically fit and healthy adult.

Stages and Ages of Physical Activities

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education, based in Reston, Va., recommends school-aged children spend at least 60 minutes a day involved in some form of structured physical activity, with at least 60 minutes a day (up to several hours) of unstructured physical activities.

Before your child begins any kind of physical activity or recreational sport at any age, it’s always a good idea to speak with your primary care provider to discuss any concerns you may have.

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From early infancy through the preschool stage, your child’s physical growth and motor development occur at their most rapid pace. Families can play an important part in helping young children develop these vital motor skills that will serve as steppingstones for future motor adeptness.

Pedaling ride-on or push toys, for example, not only helps facilitate your little one’s balance and coordination skills, it also provides him with an expansive outlet for his growing imagination, since he can imitate mom, dad and other adults.

Leading by example, most especially at this tender age, is essential, explains Dr. Heath C. Thornton, M.D., assistant professor of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Children are “much more likely to maintain and/or develop good habits of regular physical activity when it is part of their family’s dynamics,” he says.

At this stage of your child’s development, ensure that your preschooler’s active time remains enjoyable. With strong motivation on your part, your child will follow along on the path of your strong foundation.

Shannon Miller, Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast and the only female member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, established The Shannon Miller Foundation to help combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity cases diagnosed across the nation. During an interview with Carolina Parent, she suggested numerous age-appropriate, fun activities for preschool-aged children.

“Especially for younger ones, for example, think about recess activities: something as simple as playing tag or seeing who can do the most jumping jacks,” she says. “Integrate light rhythmic aerobic exercises and calisthenics  — power skips, high knee jumps, dancing — with some of your child’s favorite songs to pique their imagination. At this point, it’s no longer exercise, as it’s now a dance party!”

Ages 5-10: Social Settings

o-tips-keep-your-kids-healthy.jpgDuring the first few years of this age group, children are still attempting to become more proficient with basic motor/physical skills, which can include jumping, kicking and catching a ball.

“A common rule of thumb at this stage before your child begins any kind of organized sports or specific exercise training, is waiting until the child is able to understand and follow instructions specific to that particular activity,” Thornton explains.

Keeping physical activities and exercising fun is crucial at this stage. When a child discovers that an activity is fun, she’ll start to do it a lot, learn to devote more time to it and, most importantly, begin to develop a sense of self-esteem and accomplishment when she sees that she is becoming more proficient at her pursuit. Help your child develop and improve muscle/bone strength and endurance skills by teaching her to do simple pushups and stretching exercises.

Parents can also consider introducing their child to organized team sports such as soccer and baseball at this stage. Just be mindful of how much your child can handle on a physical and mental level. For instance, younger children sometimes are not emotionally ready to handle the pressures of competitive sports. If this is the case, find appropriate activities that help instill the importance of teamwork and being a good sport.

“Families should look into youth recreational sports teams and community programs to investigate what activities may be a good fit for their children,” Miller says. “Being social is a great motivator for exercise.”

Does your 7-year-old son lean more toward independent activities, or does your 8-year-old daughter thrive in group settings? Knowing the way your child socially gravitates can play a critical role when you are looking for the right recreational sports activity or league. “Parents should encourage their kids to take up activities that spark their interest,” Miller says. “As a mom, I think it’s important that we inspire our children to discover their own individual physical talents and help them build a strong sense of self and personal achievement with sports and exercise.”

Ages 12 and Older: Building Strength

Recent statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., paint an alarming picture. Nearly half of children ages 12-21 are not physically active on a regular basis, and an estimated 14 percent of children in this age range report no recent physical activity at all. Inactivity rates are more commonly reported among girls (14 percent) than boys (7 percent). Most striking in the CDC report is the finding that participation in all forms of physical activity starts to rapidly decline as a child ages.

“Inactivity causes several problems, the most alarming of which is the rising incidence of adult metabolic diseases in adolescents,” says Cameron L. Martz, president of Form Fitness in Raleigh. He emphasizes that we shouldn’t blame children for this because “they lead the lives that we set for them as parents. This isn’t to blame parents for the problem, either, but parents are definitely the source of the answer we need to solve this. Just like for inactive adults, exercise must become a priority for inactive kids in order to make this happen.”

Activities for teenagers that can help them explore their physical abilities range from competitive sports to supplemental weight training programs.

“As an Olympic gymnast, I understand the importance placed on muscle-building activities, although this doesn’t always need to be done through heavy weights,” Miller says. “In gymnastics, we used only resistance training and used our own body weight. We learned that there needed to be a balance between strength and flexibility.” Miller adds that strength and flexibility training for teens needs to be perceived as “another healthy measure for them to understand from early on, so they can begin to grasp the correct methods to prevent injury.”

How Much Is Too Much?

When children participate in moderately intensive physical activity, their hearts beat faster than usual and they will begin to breathe harder. Miller says sometimes we have the tendency to think that the “intensity of an aerobic workout can be seen through the amount a child sweats or how hard they’re breathing.” The reality, she adds, is this is not enough to gauge their child’s active output.

“When measured appropriately, heart rate can act as a clear indicator of the body’s response to exercise,” Miller says. “It can provide accurate insight into physical exertion and how a child’s body is adapting to the level of intensity.”

Although more children and young adults are leaving their sedentary habits behind in favor of a more active lifestyle, there has unfortunately been a substantial rise reported in the amount of overtraining injuries diagnosed across the country. Some of these injuries can include fractures, ligament tears and concussions. As children and adults maintain high levels of intensive exercise, such injuries can occur, especially if they stem from a lack of skill development.

Miller advises parents to make sure their children understand the importance of exercising at their individual intensity level, since some children may try to push themselves too hard — “to the point of burning out or risking injury,” she says. “Finding your child’s individual target heart rate will help you to know the type and amount of movement needed for your child to reach an appropriate and healthy intensity level.”

To prevent these types of injuries, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement in 2007 recommending sporting activities be limited to five days a week.

Taking Fitness Beyond the School Day

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends that 150 minutes of physical education a week be provided to elementary school children across the U.S. However, only an estimated 8 percent of elementary schools across our nation provide daily physical education classes, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh. Even though the state mandates physical education in kindergarten through grade five and healthful living education in grades six through 12, it does not specify the required days or minutes per week of physical activity for elementary and middle schools. In addition, state and nationwide efforts to boost academic achievement have resulted in recess quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Thornton maintains that this is where parents can step up and overcome these obstacles by making physical activity a family priority. “Finding enjoyable, regular family activities that involve physical exertion is the key to making these healthy habits part of each child’s life,” he says.

o-fitness-shannon.jpgOlympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shannon Miller established The Shannon Miller Foundation to help combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity cases diagnosed across the nation. Inactivity places the estimated one-third of all U.S. children who are overweight at risk for developing chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure — conditions once only diagnosed in adults. Miller says her foundation’s mission is to provide a better understanding of the benefits of an active lifestyle. (At left, Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller encourages children to make fitness a priority. Photo courtesy of Renee Parenteau)

“We get parents and their kids involved in physical activity by making fitness fun,” she says. “This can take the form of our Walk-Fit Program or our annual Women’s 5K and Children’s Fun Run, which are all featured programs that we’ve created to promote a healthy lifestyle.”

Along with a focus on fitness, Miller’s organization offers nutritional tips for healthy eating habits and ideas on managing stress, which, she says, “go hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle.”

For more information about The Shannon Miller Foundation, visit shannonmillerlifestyle.com/about/the-shannon-miller-foundation.

Jennifer Lacey specializes in covering pregnancy/family health and lifestyle issues. She blogs at amodestmommasmusingsforlittlereaders.blogspot.com.

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

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
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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 »

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 »

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
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 »

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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
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
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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
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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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