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30 Days of Giveaways: Day 26

Enter to win a Wine & Design private party for 10.

Carolina Parent Announces the 2018 Readers' Favorites Award Winners

Here they are ... Carolina Parent's Readers' Favorite, recognizing the places Triangle families love to visit, explore, dine and do business.

Carolina Parent 2018 Readers' Favorites: Parties

Here are your favorite party entertainers, facilities and bakeries in the Triangle.

Health and Safety Tips for Parties

Expert tips to keep party guests healthy and happy.

Who’s Coming to Your Child’s Birthday Party?

If given the opportunity, what you would differently about your kids' birthday parties?

Three Tiers for Tea

How to host a modern-day tea party.

Chivalry and Modern Manners

Find out how to navigate etiquette guidelines in a progressive society.

Enter to Win a PDQ 50-Piece Chicken Tender Platter for Your Super Bowl Party

PDQ is also offering BOGO tender platter special this weekend.

Enter to Win a Birthday Party Package From the Museum of Life and Science

The winner receives a 30-minute animal program plus use of the party room and all-day museum admission for party guests.

14 Ways Wegmans Could Make Your Life Better

Wegmans announces plans for a fifth grocery store in the Triangle.

Popcorn Chipwiches Make a Yummy Party Treat

A sweet popcorn mixture and ice cream make these "sandwiches" a delicious dessert for all ages.

Carolina Parent 2017 Readers' Favorites: Parties

Here are the entertainers, facilities and bakeries Triangle families turn to for parties and celebrations.

Kid-Friendly Party Favors

Memorable ideas for any occasion

Birthday Party Games Kids Will Love

5 fun games to keep young party guests entertained

10-Step Countdown for Birthday Party Planning Perfection

A week-by-week guide to making party planning a piece of cake.

Carolina Parent 2016 Readers' Favorites: Parties

Here are the party entertainers, facilities and treats Triangle families favor for a variety of celebrations.

Party Planning Resources

Search hundreds of party places, entertainers and suppliers.

A Fun and Easy Peanut Party!

How should you celebrate National Peanut Month? With a Peanut Party, of course, and these delicious recipes will make your guests happy.

Super Bowl 50 Pinterest Panther Party Picks

Plan a Panther-themed Super Bowl 50 party the neighbors will be talking about until Super Bowl 100 with these Pinterest party picks!

Celebrate Valentine's at Daddy-Daughter, Mother-Son Dances

Step out to a dance with your daughter or son in honor of Valentine's Day in and around the Triangle. Register now as tickets fill up fast.

Win Tickets to Marbles' Kooky Spooky Halloween Party

Carolina Parent is a proud sponsor of Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party Oct. 24. Here's your chance to win tickets to the almost-sold-out event!

Win $100 Toward a Charlotte's Closet Dress

Charlotte's Closet is a website that offers teenagers the opportunity to rent designer dresses for up to 75 percent off the original price.

Sports-Themed Parties Score Big

For his eighth birthday, my son wanted a football cake — a Carolina Panthers cake.

2015 Family Favorites: Party Entertainment

Browse our readers' choices for party entertainer, party facility, birthday cakes or treats.

Plan the Best Birthday Party for Tots, Tweens or Teens

Here are some ways you can keep the "happy" in your child's birthday, from the first party all the way through the teen years.

Bringing Fun Home: Inexpensive Home Party Ideas

Birthday party planning shouldn't cost a fortune. These ideas are fresh, fun and won't raid your wallet.

Money-Saving Party Tips

Try these ideas to save big on your child's next birthday party.

Get Creative with Holiday Party Hostess Gifts

Show your appreciation with these delightful gifts for the gracious host that will make an impact without breaking the bank.

2014 Family Favorites: Party Entertainment

Here in the Triangle, families don't have to look far to find great places to eat, explore, play, learn, shop or plan parties. We asked you, our readers, to tell us your favorite spots and resources. Here are your top places for planning parties!

Birthday Party Inspiration for Ages 1-14

Try these 11 inspiring ideas for planning a fun party.

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January 2019

Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Christ Episcopal Church of Downtown Raleigh is excited to announce its annual Run for Young 5K, a family-friendly race for the young and young at heart with a mission to raise awareness for teen...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Christ Episcopal Church
120 E Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Christ Episcopal Church
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Public bus transportation demystified! Find out how easy it is to map out a bus trip. Learn about door to door transportation and how to sign up for services. Uber and Lyft information will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Public Library
137 W Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 191-924-52539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Children make treasured memories while increasing their knowledge of plants and animals. Ages 7-10. Register online. Choose course #121612.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Build a snowman for the wildlife this winter. In their book, A Stranger in the Woods, C. Sams and J. Stoick create an exciting story for young children to discover the joy of winter wildlife. Dress...

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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Nature Peekers: Bone Bones Dinosaur Bones Tuesday, Jan 15, 10:30-11a.m. Enjoy some sensory stations that let us look at dinosaurs- inside and out! We’ll read Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Discover the magical world of healing herbs to make lip balms and healing salves. Ages 5-10. Register online with course #119559.

Cost: $16/resident, $20/nonresident

Where:
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27513
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Learn what wild animals do in winter as they hibernate, migrate and stay warm in the cold woods. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Enjoy a hike, make a craft and learn how to help...

Cost: $3; no fee for accompanying adult

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Ages 11 and older with special needs practice yoga and explore the many ways to do sun salutations. Register online. Choose course #121438.

Cost: $9/resident, $11/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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In honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day, come learn all about our familiar furry friends! NC is home to five different squirrels, we will have several mounts for viewing. Learn to pick out a...

Cost: Free

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail
Telephone: 919-387-2117
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Celebrate National Popcorn Day at Yates Mill! Learn about different varieties of corn and what gives popcorn that unique POP. Take part in a creative popcorn-themed craft and enjoy some...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Hoo-hoo, who’s that owl? Join us as we soar into the world of owls through our story, All About Owls by Jim Arnosky. We will learn some amazing facts about the owls that live in this part of...

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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Celebrate National Popcorn Day at Yates Mill! Learn about different varieties of corn and what gives popcorn that unique POP. Take part in a creative popcorn-themed craft and enjoy some...

Cost: Free

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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Ages 5 and older enjoy an indoor presentation, then go outdoors after sunset to view the moon, stars and more with the preserve's telescope, weather permitting. Register online....

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Enjoy fun, games, friendship and more every Friday.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sanderford Road Center
2623 Sanderford Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department
Telephone: 919-831-1898
Contact Name: Adam Sproles
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This class is a chance for adventurous women to get together for a fun-filled workshop where we explore the basics of aerial silks. No need for a background in aerial yoga, this is a workshop...

Cost: $25

Where:
Cary Hot Yoga
952 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Hot Yoga
Telephone: 188-858-79530
Contact Name: hoa bui
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Hear award-winning storyteller and author Willa Brigham as she shares stories about some of the key leaders of the Civil Rights movement and enjoy crafts. Ages 4-10.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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Learn what wild animals do in winter as they hibernate, migrate and stay warm in the cold woods. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Enjoy a hike, make a craft and learn how to help wildlife...

Cost: $3; no fee for accompanying adult

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Each year, the friendly folks at Cranberry Tree Farm donate their unsold trees to the Conservators Center, which are given to the animals as a special form of holiday enrichment. Take the family to...

Cost: $20-$26

Where:
Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd.
Burlington, NC  27217
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Telephone: 919-622-4915
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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Register online. Choose course #121673.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Kelly Starling Lyons speaks about her book, "Jada Jones: Sleepover Scientist" for ages 6 and older. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209 Lassister Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy a manicure and pedicure, face painting and more. Register online. Choose course #121078.

Cost: $11/resident, $15/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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Enjoy a family-friendly escape room, create LED wands, don Harry Potter-themed tattoos, decorate house cookies, make a prophecy ball, compete in catapult Quidditch and eat pizza from Alfredo's....

Cost: $25/family, member; $30/family, nonmember

Where:
Kidzu Children's Museum
201 S. Estes Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King as we carry his work forward. An evening of song and music featuring the Pleasant Grove Church Gospel Choir, harpist Winifred Garrett, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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The 2018-19 Education Guide offers 678 education resources in the Triangle, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools, academic resources and an Exceptional Child special section.

The Triangle Go-To Guide

Our Triangle Go-To Guide connects you to family fun resources across the Triangle. Plus, find out who our 2018 Readers' Favorites are.
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