Penn Holderness on Family Life, Parenting, YouTube and Health

Get to know the family behind the videos and podcasts


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The Holderness family prioritizes health and fitness. Penn enjoys CrossFit workouts (photographed here at CrossFit Sua Sponte in Raleigh with Kim, Lola and Penn Charles). All photograpy are courtesy of Morton Photography.

Courtesy of Morton Photography

Spend a few hours with the Holderness family of Raleigh and you’ll learn what we did: What you see is … well, pretty much what you get. Penn, a former sports anchor; wife Kim, a former news and entertainment anchor; and children, Lola and Penn Charles, have achieved international fame via YouTube videos they have created over the last five years that parody parenting and family life. They recently started producing podcasts on marriage as well. It all started with their “Christmas Jammies” YouTube video in 2013. Since then, the family has created hundreds more. And we, their fans, have collectively laughed over their musical ruminations on going back to school, New Year’s resolutions, snow days and more. Watch any of their YouTube videos and you will undeniably conclude one thing: This family has a lot of fun together. 

During our interview with Penn we learned — and found refreshing — that he and Kim celebrate the importance of humor within their family. They take pride in their ability to laugh at themselves. When it comes to parenting and health, however, they take that very seriously. 

How did you meet Kim?
We met in 2002 … 2003 — somewhere around there — in Orlando. She was a news reporter who had just moved to Orlando. I was a sports reporter for a different TV station in Orlando. When you work in local news you get off at 11:30, and there’s really no one else to hang around with except for other people who work in local news. Everyone else is asleep!

What brought you to Raleigh, and where did you come here from?
Kim and I were actually working for network television in New York (City). We had already gotten married at that point. So, we met in Orlando, got engaged, she moved up to New York and took a job for “Inside Edition,” which is an entertainment TV show, and I took a job at ESPN. But neither of us really liked those jobs as much as we thought we were going to like them. So those both lasted about three years. And then we had a kid, and we lived in Tribeca, which is a great neighborhood in New York, but it was very expensive. We went to a preschool to try to apply, and we got so much anxiety from the pressure it took to try to apply to a preschool in New York that we were like, “Let’s get the hell out of here!” And so we did. My family’s from Durham so we said, “Let’s get closer to home.” And so, yeah, we moved here.”

Courtesy of Morton Photography

“Penn Charles is constantly moving,” Penn says. “He plays soccer, basketball, tennis. He played flag  football but that's done. He’s such a little runner. He runs everywhere he goes.”

What inspired the “Christmas Jammies” video that started your family’s YouTube fame, and do you consider that to be the video that “started it all”? 
Yeah, that was definitely it. That was kind of a game changer for us. There was a two-fold inspiration. I used to write these Christmas letters to my family and we would mail them out. Instead of a picture and a card it would be like a “here’s what we’ve been doing” thing. I enjoyed doing them. So one year, I made a musical Christmas card. It got several thousand [YouTube] views! We were like, “Wow! What’s this YouTube thing?” People saw it who weren’t even my friends! And so, in another part of our lives we had decided that I was going to get out of the local news business because we wanted to start producing our own videos and our own content and doing it for other people. So I put in my notice that I was going to start doing this. We had real estate clients and that was kind of the brunt of our clientele. We were going to go and help them make videos to promote their companies and try to get them on YouTube and eventually make them work well. So we were like, “Let’s do another family Christmas card. Let’s work a little harder on it. Let’s make it really fun so we can feel comfortable that this is what we’re going to do, but also make it about our family like it normally is.” So that’s exactly what we did and, you know, it just kind of exploded! Not only could we still make videos for other companies, but we kind of accidentally created another brand here, and we sort of learned that after several years of wondering what we were going to do, we thought, “We can make a living doing this!” So we said, “Guess we’re going to make more YouTube videos.” There have been about five years of them now. 

How many YouTube videos have you created and, of those, which is your favorite and why? 
We’ve made well over 300 videos and, of those, we’ve made around 120 music videos. I think it’s about eight more than Madonna! I’m pretty excited about that. The “Christmas Jammies” video was great because any time you involve the whole family it’s fun, but there’s another one we did at kind of a similar time when the kids got out of school because it was snowing. We did this video called “Snow Day,” and it’s about what it’s like to have a snow day. And the kids really liked making it because we were outside in the snow. We’ve done several of them, but the first one, I guess, was my favorite because it wasn’t a parody, it was an original song. We ended up being interviewed by Fox and it validated that, “Oh, we can make more than one video. It’s not just going to be one video and we’re done.” But it was a true family effort so that was my favorite one.

Do you recall which one of your videos has the highest number of views?
Yeah, it was actually last year — an original spin on Dean Martin’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” We wrote a P.C. version of it, put it out in early December and it got over 75 million views. That was our biggest hit that we’ve ever had. 

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Penn says Lola is no longer a child, so her role in their videos “needs to reflect that of a young woman and not of a baby, or child, or something that demeans her.” 

How has this YouTube fame and video-making process affected your kids? 
We don’t make them do the videos. Even if we’re working with a brand, we say, “If they don’t want to do this and they’re not feeling it, then look, they’re kids” — so I think because we have it that way, they actually really enjoy making the videos. We minimize the amount of work that they have to do substantially. They don’t do any of the writing, they don’t do any editing. They kind of pop in for a cameo. They are aware of their relative celebrity status, and that’s probably something that a lot of kids don’t have. That’s a different type of normal than you have as a child. We do the best that we can to manage it. There have been times when people have come up to them and asked for pictures when we haven’t been around, but they’ve been very mature about it. 

Kim and I always get asked, “Are you worried that you’re going to mess up your kids?” And my answer is, “Yeah!” And my next question is, “Are you?” and they’re like, “Hell,yeah!” I think that’s a healthy emotion to have. I think if you’re not worried about messing up your kids, you’re probably going to mess up your kids! It has been a lot easier to talk to people about this because I think they all feel the same way. Also, they go to a school and they live there in a social environment where the kids and teachers don’t see them as celebrities, they see them as children, and that has been very rewarding and very cool to see. They have a healthy number of friends. Not too many, not too few, and we’re lucky to live in a community that gets it.

Has the video-making process changed as your kids have grown older? 
We have to write to our children as they are, and not what they used to be like. My daughter’s a teenager now, so her role in these videos should reflect that of a young woman and not of a baby, or a child, or something that demeans her. My son’s not a toddler anymore. He’s a fully grown, crazy 9-year-old. We need to reflect that. They need to be able to be themselves. And if we have them acting, it needs to be a role that they are challenged by. Most of what we do is kind of reality-based, so that’s not too difficult. The other thing is that they want to make their own videos and have their own channels. And I say, “Do that! Go for it!” That’s where the work comes in. That’s where they’re going to need to learn how to do some of the stuff that I’m doing. I tell them, “Come up anytime you want to, watch me edit. I’ll show you how to work the camera and you can do that.” Lola has started producing TikTok videos and they’re actually really good. 

How do you all come up with ideas for the videos?
It varies, but normally we just kind of look at what’s going on in our lives. And a lot of times Kim is the one who says, “You know what? Lola is getting really addicted to slime.” Or, “This Fortnight game is driving a lot of parents crazy,” even though our kids don’t really play it. Or, “Oh my gosh, do we have to do a science project again?” And that’s all it really takes. I just kind of go upstairs and I look for the hook, which sometimes is original music and, you know, I’ve been a songwriter for 20 years now. For a long time I was a bad songwriter, and I’ve had to get a little better at it! But sometimes it’s just a song that’s out there waiting —  that’s how parodies work. So, what will fit Lola and her slime obsession, for example? Kim and I will start talking. “My Tupperware’s gone, she stole my saline solution, her bathroom looks like a meth lab …” and I’m like, “Oh, this is great stuff! It’s all true, so let’s just make fun of ourselves about this.” So the next key is finding the song that goes with it … A lot of times I’ll start by looking at songs from the ’80s and ’90s because that’s what Kim and I grew up with. So, I start thinking about something like Cyndi Lauper and, you know, “Time After Time” and “Slime After Slime” — there couldn’t be a better fit. So that’s your hook. An hour later the song is written, a day later the song is shot, and it doesn’t take very much longer after it has been shot because the material is usually pretty good — and we put it out when you wake up in the morning.

What types of workouts do you, Kim and the kids enjoy doing to stay in shape? 
When I need an actual workout — and want to throw up afterwards — CrossFit is the majority of what I do. There are days I can’t get out of the house, or the timing’s not great, so I’ll do a CrossFit-similar thing at home — body motions like burpees, squats, and sprinting up and down the street. And it’s funny — a lot of times Penn Charles will join me, when it’s not too difficult. I probably play tennis two or three times a week as well. That’s a sport I picked up about four years ago that I really like. The kids also like it. Lola’s team qualified for the state championship tournament not too long ago. Kim is a crazy a la carte fitness person. She’ll go for a run one day, then she’ll do Orange Theory the next day. She’ll do something called “metabolic” another day. … She doesn’t have full-time memberships to any of these places, she has a la carte memberships to all these places. Penn Charles is constantly moving, so he plays soccer, basketball, tennis. He played flag football, but that’s done. He’s such a little runner. He runs everywhere he goes.

What do you suggest for new dads, or dads who feel stuck in an exercise rut, who want to get back into shape?
I used to be them. I was about 20 pounds heavier when I lived in Orlando. The humidity was awful and why would I ever want to go outside? You want to die after 5 seconds. Over the last 15 or 20 years, I think I just start and don’t stop. It’s two things: It’s making a commitment to some type of exercise every day. The other commitment is diet. You can work out all you want, but if you eat like crap, it’s not going to change anything. Find some discipline in those parts of your life — and it doesn’t have to be all-day discipline — but it has to be enough that you can feel good about yourself when you go to sleep.

COURTESY OF MORTON PHOTOGRAPHY

Lola and Kim have a playful relationship. Penn describes Kim as “a crazy a la carte fitness person. She’ll go for a run one day, then she’ll do Orange Theory the next day. She’ll do something called ‘metabolic’ another day.”

What dietary habits do you feel are important for maintaining your family’s good health?
As a family, a lot of it is centered around the meals we cook for them, and finding ways to get away from the beige. Kids can process food better than adults can. Start incorporating some of your dietary decisions in your children’s food, and don’t let them off the hook just because they would rather have a hot dog, or macaroni and cheese. Stay true to that and make a little more of an effort to cook those healthy meals, because they will find something they like. We spend a little extra time cooking — and a lot more time cleaning because it takes all these dishes! But we try to make dinners with zero-processed food, which is challenging, because that’s bread, cheese, sugar, pasta and all that other stuff. So we’ll do rice and fish and greens — and maybe put some ranch dressing on it, which is processed, but those are little things. I give a lot of credit to Kim for this because she cooks without processed foods all the time, and it’s delicious. It takes a little more work, but it puts flavor in things. Kim and I both do intermittent fasting as well. I do it without realizing it — I don’t eat until noon. I wake up and I’m not hungry, so I’ll wait till noon to eat. She does the same thing. So then you just kind of have a six-hour period when you eat all your food, then the rest of the time you don’t. It’s not for everybody, but for us it works really well. 

What’s next for the Holderness family?
Kim is working with a doctor on a meal plan that may also have some fitness aspect to it. It’s more of a meal plan than a cookbook — a digital plan that will come out once a week. We’re going to keep making those videos. We’re looking at a proposal that we’ve been working on for about a year now since we started doing the podcasts. We realized that we have this audience of people who enjoy our videos. They also, just like us, want to be good at being married and good at being parents. So we’re working on a book proposal about how to get along as a married couple and navigate careers, all of that, based on what we’ve learned as people who not only live together, but work together and have some tips on that. It’s being co-written with our pastor from Raleigh, who has a license in marriage counseling. That proposal will drop in the next couple of months and the book will come out hopefully sometime in the next year. 

There's much more to learn about the Holderness family! Check out their podcasts and videos at theholdernessfamily.com.


Beth Shugg is the editor of Carolina Parent.

 

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Cost: Ticket prices start at $15

Where:
PlayMakers' Repertory Company
120 Country Club Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 919-962-7529

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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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Join us for the Kids Exchange Spring/Summer Consignment Sale in February!   This FREE ADMISSION event is the largest kids consignment sale in the nation and is held at the NC State Fairgrounds...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jim Graham Building
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC  27607
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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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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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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 other boxes clean throughout the park, create or place additional habitat boxes, or assist with other natural resource tasks. Come prepared to learn and...

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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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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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
Website »

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Triangle Restaurant Week (January 20-26, 2020) is a week-long celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants....

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Participating Restaurants
, NC


Sponsor: Triangle Blvd
Telephone: 919-673-5784
Website »

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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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The goal of the How To Talk So Kids Will Listen Group workshop is to help you communicate more effectively with children.   In each session of the workshop you'll be introduced to an...

Cost: $12.95 materials fee

Where:
Wildflower School at Belle Vie Farm
3100 Damascus Church Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Wildflower School at Belle Vie Farm
Telephone: 919-260-6859
Contact Name: Shelley Welch
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Hounded by Death, the character of Everybody desperately seeks out everyone and everything they know in hope of finding something meaningful to take to the grave. These 90 minutes of theatrical...

Cost: Ticket prices start at $15

Where:
PlayMakers' Repertory Company
120 Country Club Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
View map »


Telephone: 919-962-7529

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Rumpelstiltskin-A Tale of Gold Book by Ellie FaggionMusic and Lyrics written by Brian Shrager and Ellie FaggionProduced by special arrangement with the author.Directed by Beth Wilson...

Cost: varies

Where:
Spiritual Twist Productions
1250 Aversboro Road
Garner, NC  27529
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Sponsor: Spiritual Twist Productions
Telephone: 919-977-1976
Contact Name: Kathy MacDonald
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
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
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
View map »


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

More information

Join us for the Kids Exchange Spring/Summer Consignment Sale in February!   This FREE ADMISSION event is the largest kids consignment sale in the nation and is held at the NC State Fairgrounds...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jim Graham Building
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »

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

Just in time to keep up with those home improvement resolutions for 2020, the Downtown Raleigh Home Show returns to downtown’s Raleigh Convention Center January 24-26, 2020  with a jam-packed...

Cost: Tickets are $12 for adults and free for children under 12. Advance $9 tickets

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Marketplace Events
Telephone: 904-608-3823
Contact Name: Liz Morgan

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Chip, chip, hooray! The first Zambrero in the Southeast is opening on January 24 with zingy, zesty activities! Bodacious Burritos and Bowls: $5 burritos and bowls all day Delicious Drawing: A...

Cost: Free

Where:
1 Glenwood Ave
#105
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: (919) 863-2561
Website »

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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

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


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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

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

Triangle Restaurant Week (January 20-26, 2020) is a week-long celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants....

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Participating Restaurants
, NC


Sponsor: Triangle Blvd
Telephone: 919-673-5784
Website »

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Take a hike after dark and enjoy the sights and sounds of a quiet night along the American Tobacco Trail. We will walk to the Beaver Creek bridge and back (about one mile total). Free for ages 4...

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: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
Website »

More information

Hounded by Death, the character of Everybody desperately seeks out everyone and everything they know in hope of finding something meaningful to take to the grave. These 90 minutes of theatrical...

Cost: Ticket prices start at $15

Where:
PlayMakers' Repertory Company
120 Country Club Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
View map »


Telephone: 919-962-7529

More information

Rumpelstiltskin-A Tale of Gold Book by Ellie FaggionMusic and Lyrics written by Brian Shrager and Ellie FaggionProduced by special arrangement with the author.Directed by Beth Wilson...

Cost: varies

Where:
Spiritual Twist Productions
1250 Aversboro Road
Garner, NC  27529
View map »


Sponsor: Spiritual Twist Productions
Telephone: 919-977-1976
Contact Name: Kathy MacDonald
Website »

More information

David Burney, lead singer for the acclaimed Johnny Cash tribute band Johnny Folsom 4, brings his one-man show to The ArtsCenter for three shows, January 24-26, 2020.  In “Hello, I’m...

Cost: $15 to $20

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St.
300-G East Main Street.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: The ArtsCenter
Telephone: 919-929-2787
Contact Name: Patrick Phelps-Mckeown
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
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
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

Join us for the Kids Exchange Spring/Summer Consignment Sale in February!   This FREE ADMISSION event is the largest kids consignment sale in the nation and is held at the NC State Fairgrounds...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jim Graham Building
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »

More information

Join the Museum and the Raleigh Astronomy Club to help you see the big picture — of the Universe! From comet crafts to solar observing, lectures to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages...

Cost: Free

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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

Family Wildlife Series: Tricky Tracks Saturday, January 25 10-11 a.m. Come dressed for the weather so you can roam the park learning the fine art of “tracking”.   Make a cast of an animal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
Website »

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RALEIGH (Jan. 16, 2020) – The North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools will host its first school fair during National School Choice Week on Saturday, Jan. 25. The fair will take...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: NC Association of Public Charter Schools
Telephone: 336-669-9996
Contact Name: Rhonda Dillingham
Website »

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Just in time to keep up with those home improvement resolutions for 2020, the Downtown Raleigh Home Show returns to downtown’s Raleigh Convention Center January 24-26, 2020  with a jam-packed...

Cost: Tickets are $12 for adults and free for children under 12. Advance $9 tickets

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Marketplace Events
Telephone: 904-608-3823
Contact Name: Liz Morgan

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

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

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


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

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


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Rumpelstiltskin-A Tale of Gold Book by Ellie FaggionMusic and Lyrics written by Brian Shrager and Ellie FaggionProduced by special arrangement with the author.Directed by Beth Wilson...

Cost: varies

Where:
Spiritual Twist Productions
1250 Aversboro Road
Garner, NC  27529
View map »


Sponsor: Spiritual Twist Productions
Telephone: 919-977-1976
Contact Name: Kathy MacDonald
Website »

More information

Winter days find many animals curled up in their dens. They sleep warmly, awakening in spring ready to enjoy the renewed Earth. Discover how animals deal with cold weather and which ones hibernate...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for all family members,& childre

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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Triangle Restaurant Week (January 20-26, 2020) is a week-long celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants....

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Participating Restaurants
, NC


Sponsor: Triangle Blvd
Telephone: 919-673-5784
Website »

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Join us in Arendelle for Frozen-inspired STEAM activities for the whole family! Included in the ticket cost is dinner and dessert for the whole family, make your own sock Olaf and Frozen bouncy...

Cost: $35 per family

Where:
Kidzu Children's Museum
201 S. Estes Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Kidzu Children's Museum
Telephone: 919-933-1455
Website »

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AML Wrestling presents our 5th Anniversary Celebration! WHEN: Saturday, January 25th, 2020WHERE: Winston-Salem Fairgrounds in theHome & Garden Building 408 27th Street NW/Gate #9 Winston-Salem, NC...

Cost: $5

Where:
Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
408 27th Street NW/Gate #9
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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Sponsor: AML Wrestling
Telephone: 336-831-0646
Contact Name: Tracy Myers
Website »

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Hounded by Death, the character of Everybody desperately seeks out everyone and everything they know in hope of finding something meaningful to take to the grave. These 90 minutes of theatrical...

Cost: Ticket prices start at $15

Where:
PlayMakers' Repertory Company
120 Country Club Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
View map »


Telephone: 919-962-7529

More information

David Burney, lead singer for the acclaimed Johnny Cash tribute band Johnny Folsom 4, brings his one-man show to The ArtsCenter for three shows, January 24-26, 2020.  In “Hello, I’m...

Cost: $15 to $20

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St.
300-G East Main Street.
Carrboro, NC  27510
View map »


Sponsor: The ArtsCenter
Telephone: 919-929-2787
Contact Name: Patrick Phelps-Mckeown
Website »

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