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DPAC Offers Autism-Friendly Performance of 'Elf: The Musical'

“ELF The Musical” at DPAC, which runs Dec 4-9, includes an autism-friendly performance on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.
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DPAC Offers Autism-Friendly Performance of 'Elf: The Musical'

“ELF The Musical” at DPAC, which runs Dec 4-9, includes an autism-friendly performance on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.

Carolina Parent Receives the '2018 Media Award for Print' for Disabilities Coverage

The Raleigh Mayor's Committee for Persons With Disabilities presented the award at a banquet on Oct. 30.

An Autism Diagnosis Survival Guide

Read expert advice for families, from parents who have been there.

How to Approach an IEP Meeting

Read 10 tips from an experienced mom.

From Dream to Reality

Find out how one Triangle teen’s quest for employment turned into an entrepreneurial triumph.

Spotlight on Accessibility

Browse this guide to local theater access for guests with disabilities.

The Waterslide Less Traveled

Mom reflects on how far her son has come since being diagnosed with rare genetic syndrome in addition to having autism.

Autism Month Draws to a Close, But Let's Continue the Conversation

Here are two ways parents can have a positive impact on their autistic child and family.

6 Vacation Destinations for Special Needs Families

Vacation spots for families who are not only juggling kids with special needs, but also typically developing siblings.

NC Education Savings Accounts Assist Students With Special Needs

Each participating student is eligible for up to $9,000 in assistance.

Hopeful Adoptive Families Can Find Resources at Wake County’s Adoption Information Fair

The fair takes place Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Wake County Commons Building.

Local Re-Education Schools Help Struggling Kids Develop Life Skills

Two Durham schools offer hope to families.

9 Things Special Needs Families Want You to Know

Special needs families cope with isolation, loneliness and exhaustion.

Make Friends and Have Fun July 28-Aug. 3

This week offers teambuilding and fun for children with special needs, plus storytime for preschoolers, a puppet show, an outdoor movie and nature exploration.

Register Now for Carolina Parent's Education Guide

Be an important part of Carolina Parent’s 2017-18 Education Guide and in our online directories for education, preschool and child care resources.

Fun Things to Do The Weekend of March 31-April 2

Whether your kids love trains, animals, science, food trucks — or even flying space turtles — there’s a family-friendly event this weekend that fits the bill.

Understanding Sensory Sensitivity

Exploring the two primary reasons for how sensitivities develop.

Parents Gain Online Tools to Nurture Inclusive Friendships

The National Inclusion Project has just released “Power in Friendship” — online resource guides to help parents and children build inclusive friendships.

Raleigh Teen Author to Discuss Book on Dyslexia

A Raleigh teen will be discussing his new book about how he turned dyslexia on its head on Friday, Nov. 4, at So & So Books at 704 North Person St. in Raleigh.

Weekend Fun: Hands-on Birthday Party, Outdoor Movies, Kids Activities

Don't miss out on the fun this weekend at the Museum of Life and Science's Science at Sunset birthday party celebration. Enjoy outdoor movies, live theater and more.

Science Museum, DPAC Offer ‘Sensory-Friendly’ Events

Two Triangle venues are working to tailor their entertainment and educational offerings so they can be enjoyed by those who have special needs.

Weekend Fun: Storytelling Festival, Theater, Pokémon Hunting and More

Theater buffs, nature nuts, Pokémon fans and those who love story tales will find lots to love about this weekend's fun.

Keep Academic Skills Flowing Over Summer for Your Exceptional Child

Minimal summer schoolwork can lead to back-to-school success.

Parents get ready for the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests

Schools are preparing now for special education accommodations for the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.

Walk A Mile in My Shoes

This Apex mom of an adopted child shares the pain of raising a child who has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and explains why it's never OK to have a glass of wine when you're pregnant.

Push Play Sing! Offers Free Concert at UNC-Chapel Hill

Head out to Gardner Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, for a free concert, where all the musicians have developmental disabilities.

Clinical vs. Home Therapy: What is Best for My Child?

Tips to choose the best location for your child's success.

Special Needs Parenting and Your Role as Advocate

Trust your instincts and seek second opinions when needed

Summer Camps Fair for Kids With Special Needs Feb. 18

Watts St. Baptist Church at 800 Watts St. in Durham will host a Summer Camps and Programs Fair for families of children with special needs 4-7 p.m. Feb. 18.

Push Play Sing!

A Raleigh-based business works to empower kids with disabilities by hosting hands-on musical workshops throughout the Triangle.

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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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Annual Guides

Education Guide

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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