‘I Think I Can’


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Hearing your child mutter, "Why bother? I won't make the team," or "It doesn't matter. I can't get an A," can be frustrating for a parent. Children today face enormous academic and social pressure, but an attitude of passive resignation isn't healthy.

Dr. Martin Seligman, lead researcher for the Pennsylvania Resiliency Project and author of Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, describes three benefits of optimism for a child: better health, greater academic and extracurricular performance, and the motivation to keep trying when times are tough.

Optimists experience less physical distress in challenging situations than pessimists and have stronger immune systems, according to 25 years of research conducted by Dr. Michael Scheier and his colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University. Optimists live longer and happier lives. In addition, optimists are achievers. Studies show optimistic youth get higher grades and perform better in athletic competition than pessimists, even when they are led to believe their earlier performance was not very good. These benefits are fueled by optimists' tendency to give extra effort in challenging situations. Optimists believe hard work pays off.

While genetics play some role in determining kids' attitudes, parents can help kids look on the bright side more often. Seligman calls this "psychological immunization" against depression. Here are some strategies to help your child think and act optimistically in today's pessimistic culture.

Practice thought-watching. Learn to spot your child's negative self-talk. Kids often express negative thoughts aloud: "My hair looks ugly" or "I don't have any friends." Help your child reject unfavorable thoughts. Discuss internal dialogue and encourage your child to be his own negative thought cop.

Model optimistic self-talk. Talk with your child in the morning about what might happen that day. Perhaps you have an important meeting or are going to a play date together. Share your excitement. Say, "I'll have a chance to present my ideas" or "I might make a new friend." When talking about coming events that concern you, focus on potential joys rather than fears of the unknown.

Make a mantra. In the story The Little Engine That Could, the engine puffed faster and harder saying "I-think-I-can, I-think-I-can" until he succeeded. What phrase motivates your family in challenging times? Inject some humor and say your slogan together when times are tough (you're climbing a big hill or stuck in slow traffic). You'll end up laughing and show your child you're in the situation together. Social support boosts optimism.

Take action. Try new things, even scary ones. Go someplace new. Cook and eat a new food. Discuss with your child the benefits of being open to new experiences. If the new food tastes icky or the new park is less fun than the old one, focus on what you learned. Perhaps say, "Now we know how much we like the slide at our park" or "Wow, that tasted yucky! But it will make us strong and healthy."

Change your child's explanations for adversity. Even for optimists, things don't always turn out well. What matters is how kids make sense of undesirable outcomes. Move from global, personal evaluations to more specific, situational ones. For instance, "I failed the test because I'm dumb and I'll never be good at math" is pessimistic, but "I failed because I didn't understand the problems and need more practice" allows active coping. To help your child make the switch, ask guiding questions such as, "What other explanations can you think of?" and "What can you do differently next time?"

Focus on improvement. Optimists know getting better is a process. Encourage your child to adopt this approach by commenting on his improvement, not just the outcome. Say, "You really improved your sprint from the starting line" or "Your spelling has really improved since the rough draft" rather than focusing on her place in the contest or grade on the report. Follow progress visually using a simple chart. Then when challenges arise, you can point out how far she's come and encourage persistence.

Be a skill-builder. Kids' skills develop incrementally. Read a book or watch a video together that teaches a skill your child wants to develop. Encourage him to ask an expert for advice. Practice the skill in a simple way, then move on to bigger challenges. Reinforce the idea that your child can learn to do just about anything.

Recognize good when it happens. Some emotion researchers believe people are programmed genetically to pay more attention to bad news than good. Learning from bad news helps us survive dangerous situations. But focusing on what's wrong diminishes what is going right.

Before bed, play the "three good things" game. Both you and your child list three good things that happened that day and describe how you felt about them. You may be inspired to list three good things you anticipate tomorrow, too.

An optimistic attitude encourages positive action. By encouraging an upbeat approach, you give your child the key to a healthier, happier, more productive life. Optimists' dedicated, persistent action can change the world for the better.

Heidi Smith Luedtke is a psychologist and freelance writer. You can find her blog on parenting as a leadership experience at www.LeadingMama.com.

 

Bright Side Books for Kids

Preschool

"When Pigs Fly" by Valerie Coulman (Lobster Press, 2003). Ralph, a determined cow who wants a bicycle triumphs over naysayers.

"The Little Engine that Could" by Watty Piper (Grosset & Dunlap, 1978). A little blue train climbs a towering mountain others won't attempt to deliver toys to good children.

Ages 4-8

"Little Liam Eagle" by Nancy McGrath (BookSurge Publishing, 2008). A young eagle bravely soars past his fears with his parents' encouragement.

"Stitches" by Kevin Morrison (Ambassador Books, 2003). Stitches, a baseball, dreams of the big leagues – but a stitching defect sends him down another path to his dreams.

Ages 9-12

"Because of Winn Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, 2000). Ten-year-old Opal overcomes sadness and makes new and unusual friends because of a big, ugly dog named Winn Dixie.

"Dare to Dream! 25 Extraordinary Lives" by Sandra McLeod Humphreys (Prometheus Books, 2005). Biographical sketches of famous artists, athletes, thinkers and inventors inspire kids to persist in the face of adversity.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00-1:30pm (EST) Join me for Social-Emotional Storytime! We’ll sing, read a book, and draw together. Bring any drawing materials you like (i.e. pencil, markers, crayons) and paper. For this...

Cost: $0 or $5 suggested

Where:
Zoom
, NC


Sponsor: Natalia Torres del Valle
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

The chess class will teach students how to form a basic chess strategy and how to win a game of chess. Students should know basic piece movement. Chess Katz Co-Founders Ben and Alanna have a...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
Durham, NC  27701
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come learn how to draw with CD. You will learn different pencil strokes to create an awesome drawing. All you will need is paper, any type, pencils and an eraser! There will be a different drawing...

Cost: 0

Where:
-
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


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

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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

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

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

The Wake County Second Saturday divorce workshop is here to equip you with the tools, resources and information you need during this difficult time. We have put together a team of specialized...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online Workshop
3600 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27612
View map »


Telephone: 919-539-5468
Contact Name: Robert Watral
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

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

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