How Can I Stop Bad Habits?


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Question: We have 4-year-old twins. My daughter picks her nose and twirls her hair. My son sucks one thumb and chews his nails on the other hand. How can I help them get over these bad habits?

Answer: Twins bring many pleasures, but they also can double the number of problem habits to handle. Let’s see if we can help.

Why children form habits

Parental modeling can play a role in bad habits, but usually parents are not engaging in these activities. Clearly there is some biological or genetic basis for these — fetuses suck thumbs in utero; primates groom themselves and their young by chewing and picking.

Sucking a thumb, twirling hair, picking a nose and even chewing a nail provide children with pleasure, and they use pleasurable activities to counteract uncomfortable feelings, such as boredom, nervousness or sadness. Plus, manipulating their own bodies as their parents once did when tending to them often evokes a comforting memory of their loving connection with their mother or father.

Try ignoring behaviors

The best first step is to simply ignore the behavior. This is a particularly worthwhile approach to try for a few months if the behavior recently appeared or is long-standing but slowly receding.

Ignoring bad habits is more easily said than done, however, because parents may convey their disapproval through facial expressions and body language, even if nothing is said. Most children are exceptionally tuned in to their parents. The bad habit is more likely to resolve if you can relax and truly believe that it will eventually disappear.

Be consistent in ignoring the behaviors, even when the child is in public.

Mildly state disapproval

Sometimes ignoring is not the best approach. Perhaps you feel you need to address the behaviors because they occur in public or because they are not becoming less frequent. In these instances, you might say something like, “Please stop sucking your thumb. I don’t like it when you do that.”

A respectful, clear and mildly disapproving statement shouldn’t inspire your child to repeat the behavior to get attention. Children who receive sufficient positive attention do not have any reason to seek negative attention; there’s no need to go after attention that does not make them feel good if their cup is already full. Children only seek negative attention if they are not receiving the amount and kind of attention they deserve. If this is the case, the solution is to provide the loving attention they need.

You can consider giving a brief explanation for your request. The best type is one such as, “This is not what a thumb is for.”

Avoid saying or implying something that might embarrass, humiliate or scare your child such as, “Sucking thumbs is for babies; You are too old for this,” or “If you keep sucking your thumb, your dentist will be upset and may do something that you won’t like.” Your child should not have to suffer the pain of these emotions, and when inflicted as a means of control, they weaken rather than strengthen the parent-child relationship.

Furthermore, if your son or daughter associates one of these negative emotions with the habit, your child may actually be more likely to continue it. Children often defy those who make them feel bad about themselves as a way to try to gain control over people who hurt them emotionally.

Find a substitute activity

Your son and daughter will need more help from you if you directly ask them to relinquish the pleasure of a problem habit. Help them find a substitute activity that allows them to use their hands pleasurably in a constructive manner. Try not to be too obvious, and be sure not to take over and move their hands for them.

Children younger than your twins may not respond to a verbal message. For 2- and 3-year-olds, offering a substitute activity without the prior discussion may be a helpful approach. Such simple diversion can go a long way, especially if it is practiced consistently, the substitute is pleasurable, and the parent remains involved. Even something as simple as wiggling fingers together can work for a 2- or 3-year-old.

On the other hand, children older than 4 can become true partners in overcoming bad habits. Older children often begin to feel uncomfortable with their behaviors themselves, perhaps because peers are teasing them. In these cases, parents are better off if they de-emphasize their own disapproval of the behavior and become collaborators helping the child solve his own problem.

Make the habit less attractive

Finally, consider if something can be done to reduce the pleasure of the habit. For example, perhaps a braid or ponytail would make your daughter’s hair less inviting. Well-manicured and trimmed nails may be less inviting to bite. However, we would not advise painting a foul-tasting liquid onto nails. Making a part of your child’s body aversive to them — and under your control — may not be a good idea, and often does not work anyhow.

You might also consider some simple rewards. Rewards work best when a child needs a little boost to get over the final hump. Nail polish might be a reward for a girl who foregoes nail biting, for example.

Encouragement and praise — with an emphasis upon their accomplishment of being strong inside — and your involvement in the substitute activities are always the best rewards of all. Relax, maintain your expectations, understand that the habit is a bit like a mini-addiction because it brings pleasure and relief, and you can expect that the bad habits will recede into the past with time.

The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood in Cary is a private, nonprofit agency that promotes the healthy emotional well-being of children and their families. The question of the month may be a composite or illustration of questions families have asked.

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

Cost: $11

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $70/month

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


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

More information

With the responsibility of social distancing, many parents are scrambling to find safe ways to keep their children occupied this summer. To meet this need, Pet Helpers is announcing their...

Cost: $75

Where:
Virtual
, NC


Sponsor: Pet Helpers
Telephone: 843-795-1110
Contact Name: Will Howell

More information

Chaia introduces young children to music, rhythm, and musical notation in a lively way. Children will sing, dance, and smile along with Chaia May and her cast of characters! Explore the range of...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
Durham, NC  27713


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
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

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
Website »

More information

Free manners lessons hosted by the founder of The Swann School of Protocol Elaine Swann. In this course your child will learn the 3 Core Values. They will identify when to use them at home, at...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
Durham, NC  27713
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

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HEY YOU GUYS ITS THAT TIME AGAIN NLDC IS READY TO HAVE AN AWESOME SUMMER WITH YOU COME REGISTER FOR SOMETHING FUN, LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND REASONABLE IN PRICE...... HEY DON'T FORGET THIS INCLUDES...

Cost: $30 (Reg)-$120(weekly)

Where:
No Limitz Dance Company Studio
3326 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Suite C-130
Durham , NC  27707
View map »


Telephone: 919-391-0022
Contact Name: Ms. Mo Lee
Website »

More information

Join the Raleigh Boychoir Today! Raleigh Boychoir is accepting new online placements now for the 2020-2021 season. We aim to help all boys to Sing, Transform, and Lead! For more info and to...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Virtual
1329 Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC  27609
View map »


Sponsor: Raleigh Boychoir
Telephone: 919-881-9259
Contact Name: Jeremy Tucker
Website »

More information

Animal Park (AP) Enrichment week teaches students about how here at the Animal Park we work to keep our animal residents stimulated, active, and happy.  Each day students will explore ways that...

Cost: $200

Where:
The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
View map »


Sponsor: The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Elise Gammon
Website »

More information

Would you like for your teen to get out into the community, have fun with his peers, and further develop his social skills all at the same time? Wynns Family Psychology is pleased to offer an...

Cost: 496

Where:
Wynns Family Psychology
130 Preston Executive Dr #202
Wilmington, NC  28412
View map »


Sponsor: Wynns Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns

More information

Class Description Daily camp from 9-10am, August 3rd-7th. Prior registration and payment required. Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. This camp is design...

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

The countdown is on for the Wake Pre-K Curbside Application Event. Apply for Pre-K without leaving your car! Will your child be four by August 31st? Well get them into a year of life-changing...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wake County Smart Start
4901 Waters Edge Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: Wake County Smart Start
Telephone: 919-723-9282
Contact Name: Elizabeth Weichel
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Class Description Prior registration and payment required. Daily camp from 9am-12pm, August 3rd-7th. Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Campers will learn about...

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
Durham, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
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

This summer, do you want your middle schooler to learn how to make and keep new friends? Would you like to enhance her selfconfidence? Do you want him to learn how to handle conflicts peacefully?...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Cary
130 Preston Executive Dr.
Suite 202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns
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

With the responsibility of social distancing, many parents are scrambling to find safe ways to keep their children occupied this summer. To meet this need, Pet Helpers is announcing their...

Cost: $75

Where:
Virtual
, NC


Sponsor: Pet Helpers
Telephone: 843-795-1110
Contact Name: Will Howell

More information

For parents worried about their children and returning to school amidst COVID-19 concerns, join us on Thursday, August 6th at 11 am for our virtual presentation Back to School: COVID-19 and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Zoom Virtual Webinar
, NC


Sponsor: Rosen Law Firm
Telephone: 919-256-1552
Contact Name: Charles MacCall
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

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
Website »

More information

Free manners lessons hosted by the founder of The Swann School of Protocol Elaine Swann. In this course your child will learn the 3 Core Values. They will identify when to use them at home, at...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
Durham, NC  27713
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

In each class we'll read a book, observe a work of art, explore a new art technique, and create our own work of art! These classes are focused on the process of art-making and exploration of new...

Cost: $80/6-weeks, $15/per class

Where:
Zoom
, NC


Contact Name: Natalia Torres del Valle
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

Thursday evenings are for music and outdoor adventure at the USNWC, and the River Jam Run is a great way to enjoy both. Kick off the evening with 1.5 mile, 3 mile, or 6 mile group run through our...

Cost: $6

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


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Race Director
Website »

More information

River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

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


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
Website »

More information

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HEY YOU GUYS ITS THAT TIME AGAIN NLDC IS READY TO HAVE AN AWESOME SUMMER WITH YOU COME REGISTER FOR SOMETHING FUN, LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND REASONABLE IN PRICE...... HEY DON'T FORGET THIS INCLUDES...

Cost: $30 (Reg)-$120(weekly)

Where:
No Limitz Dance Company Studio
3326 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Suite C-130
Durham , NC  27707
View map »


Telephone: 919-391-0022
Contact Name: Ms. Mo Lee
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

Join the Raleigh Boychoir Today! Raleigh Boychoir is accepting new online placements now for the 2020-2021 season. We aim to help all boys to Sing, Transform, and Lead! For more info and to...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Virtual
1329 Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC  27609
View map »


Sponsor: Raleigh Boychoir
Telephone: 919-881-9259
Contact Name: Jeremy Tucker
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

Would you like for your teen to get out into the community, have fun with his peers, and further develop his social skills all at the same time? Wynns Family Psychology is pleased to offer an...

Cost: 496

Where:
Wynns Family Psychology
130 Preston Executive Dr #202
Wilmington, NC  28412
View map »


Sponsor: Wynns Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns

More information

Class Description Daily camp from 9-10am, August 3rd-7th. Prior registration and payment required. Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. This camp is design...

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

This summer, do you want your middle schooler to learn how to make and keep new friends? Would you like to enhance her selfconfidence? Do you want him to learn how to handle conflicts peacefully?...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Cary
130 Preston Executive Dr.
Suite 202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns
Website »

More information

Animal Park (AP) Enrichment week teaches students about how here at the Animal Park we work to keep our animal residents stimulated, active, and happy.  Each day students will explore ways that...

Cost: $200

Where:
The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
View map »


Sponsor: The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Elise Gammon
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Class Description Prior registration and payment required. Daily camp from 9am-12pm, August 3rd-7th. Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Campers will learn about...

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
Durham, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

With the responsibility of social distancing, many parents are scrambling to find safe ways to keep their children occupied this summer. To meet this need, Pet Helpers is announcing their...

Cost: $75

Where:
Virtual
, NC


Sponsor: Pet Helpers
Telephone: 843-795-1110
Contact Name: Will Howell

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

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
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

Free manners lessons hosted by the founder of The Swann School of Protocol Elaine Swann. In this course your child will learn the 3 Core Values. They will identify when to use them at home, at...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
Durham, NC  27713
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

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


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
Website »

More information

Show More...
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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
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

More information

Join the Raleigh Boychoir Today! Raleigh Boychoir is accepting new online placements now for the 2020-2021 season. We aim to help all boys to Sing, Transform, and Lead! For more info and to...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Virtual
1329 Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC  27609
View map »


Sponsor: Raleigh Boychoir
Telephone: 919-881-9259
Contact Name: Jeremy Tucker
Website »

More information

Farmers markets are essential to the livelihood of farmers and food producers and are exempt from the Governor's Stay at Home Order (page 6). Farmers markets offer an efficient way for residents to...

Cost: free

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Farmers Market Coordinator
Telephone: 919-567-4010
Website »

More information

PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Parents, bring your child to class with you. Children 10 years...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Must register in advance. Space is limited. Parents, bring your...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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

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

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

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
Website »

More information

Free manners lessons hosted by the founder of The Swann School of Protocol Elaine Swann. In this course your child will learn the 3 Core Values. They will identify when to use them at home, at...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
Durham, NC  27713
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

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


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
Website »

More information

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