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6 Fun Family Outings This Weekend

Head out to events that feature local art and crafts, live music and food. Join a walk to help a great cause. Explore your home town at events that connect you with your Triangle neighbors.
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6 Fun Family Outings This Weekend

Head out to events that feature local art and crafts, live music and food. Join a walk to help a great cause. Explore your home town at events that connect you with your Triangle neighbors.

Win Tickets to the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

Win tickets to the 2016 Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, which takes place May 5-8 in Pittsboro.

Win 4 Tickets to See "Octonauts Live!" at DPAC in November

See this popular British children's TV program at the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 11, 2016.

Where to Pick Strawberries in the Triangle

Find a farm close to home where you can pick your own strawberries.

Register for NC Museum of Art’s Family Campout and Movie

The North Carolina Museum of Art is hosting its “Family Campout and Movie” at its Museum Park May 21-22, and registration is now open.

May 2016 Performances in Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill

Triangle stages feature shows for kids of every age, fFrom "Lyle the Crocodile" in Cary to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Raleigh and "Playing for Peace" in Chapel Hill.

May 2016 Health and Fitness Events in Raleigh, Durham

Get active for great causes at these six races in Raleigh, Cary, Clayton, Cary and Chapel Hill taking place May 2016

3 Fun Family Events in Cary, Raleigh, Durham

An exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of History, a field day for Fido and a celebration of West Cary’s rural roots round out our editor's picks for May 2016 fun.

May 2016: Arts and Crafts Programs for Children

Garden shops, pottery studios, parks, gardens and cultural venues are welcoming children to arts and crafts programs that celebrate spring.

20 May Festivals In and Around Raleigh, Durham

Head out for art, crafts, live music, food and kids entertainment at these May festivals in and around Raleigh, Durham.

8 Family-Friendly Hikes in NC

From the mountains to the sea, these trails are perfect for the entire family.

Fit Family Challenge 2016 Classes

Participate in free fitness classes as part of Carolina Parent's 2016 Fit Family Challenge for 100 bonus points!

Join Us for a Fit Family Challenge Launch Party at CVS April 30

Participate in fun games and earn 100 bonus points at Carolina Parent's 2016 Fit Family Challenge kickoff event at CVS in Cary.

Get Ready for Carolina Parent's 2016 Fit Family Challenge

Find out who are 2016 spotlight families are, and connect with inspiring expert advice, free fitness classes, healthy recipes and a chance to win awesome prizes.

Wake County Greenway to Add New Trails in Wake Forest and Apex

New trails are coming soon to the greenway network in Apex and Wake Forest. On Monday, Wake County Board of Commissioners approved investing $1.2 million in three local greenway projects.

See Historic Characters Come to Life For Free at Shakespeare Marathon

The “Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in 5 Days" kicks off noon, Saturday, April 23, at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Admission is free.

Volunteers Needed for Spring Big Sweep and Lupus Walk

Are you or your kids looking to volunteer for worthwhile community projects? Two upcoming volunteering opportunities in Wake County may be of interest.

17 Places to See With Kids in North Carolina

Here's a North Carolina bucket list of things to do in the Old North State before your kids are grown.

10 Playgrounds Worth a Drive

When your kids — and you — are itching to get outside for active playtime, check out one of the Triangle's top playgrounds.

North Carolina Museum of Art to Host Free Creative Event for Teens

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s ArtScene, a free event for teens Saturday, April 30, 1-4 p.m., offers live music, dance, improv performances and art-making activities.

Take Kids to See Disappearing Frogs Project at Triangle Museums

Frogs are hopping to center stage at Triangle museums, compliments of the Disappearing Frogs Project, a grassroots environmental art effort to focus attention on environmental threats to amphibians worldwide.

Win a Mother's Day Getaway to the Omni Hilton Head

Enjoy a spacious studio suite, sparkling pools and fun in the ocean for Mother's Day at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.

Entertaining Exhibits in Raleigh and Chapel Hill

Triangle-area exhibits feature one-of-a-kind documents from the State Archives of North Carolina, a century of UNC-Chapel Hill fashion and the history of the Jets of Siler City.

Earth Day Festivals in Raleigh, Durham and Cary

Celebrate Mother Earth at April events that feature environmental workshops, kids’ activities, live performances and more.

Weekend Fun: 10 Things to Do With Kids

Step out this weekend to enjoy lots of family fun, from free festivals and Earth Day events to the Southern Women’s Show. Go on the Piedmont Farm Tour. Watch the “Shakespeare Marathon.

Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities in the Triangle

Thinking of volunteering? See these places where Triangle families and teens can get involved year-round or seasonally.

21 April Festivals in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

Head out to festivals that celebrate art, flowers, strawberries, frogs, gardening, science, trucks, LEGOs, birds and more.

NC Science Festival: Free Fun and Learning for Kids

The North Carolina Science Festival, a free celebration of science, technology, engineering and math, offers kids hands-on learning April 8-24.

Free Theater Workshop to Offers Kids a Circus Escape

Bread and Puppet Theater will host a free circus workshop May 1 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, one stop on its national tour.
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May 2016

Bread & Puppet Theater hosts a free Circus Workshop. Run away with the circus for a few hours as Bread and Puppet Theater will work with participants to make a variety of circus acts featuring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Designed to Unite, with a theme of “All is One”, this festival helps support community, businesses, healers and artists. Enjoy workshops, holistic and intuitive healing experts, craft...

Cost: $5/person per day. Free for ages 11 and younger

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-247-3002
Contact Name: Dulce Levitz
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The 6th Annual Pub Head-Shaving event and Balder Dash 5K involves more than 100 volunteers who will run and shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money for lifesaving...

Cost: See website

Where:
West 94th St Pub
4711 Hope Valley Rd. Ste. 6C
Durham, NC
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Designed to Unite, with a theme of “All is One”, this festival helps support community, businesses, healers and artists. Enjoy workshops, holistic and intuitive healing experts, craft...

Cost: $5/person per day. Free for ages 11 and younger

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-247-3002
Contact Name: Dulce Levitz
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The Spring Market invites art lovers for a weekend full of art and sunshine including: dazzling examples of local artistic talent, ongoing live music, world-class restaurants, great shopping, food...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Durham
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC  27701
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The 11th Annual Run Baby Run 5K & 10K Races and Walk for Life raises funds for the Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers to provide free, confidential services to those experiencing unplanned...

Cost: $30

Where:
WakeMed Soccer Park
201 Soccer Park Dr.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers
Telephone: 919-210-2278
Contact Name: Carey Koenig
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Take steps against lupus at the 8th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Raleigh. Funds raised support national research and local support services to help the estimated 5,200 people in the Triangle area...

Cost: Each walker is encouraged to raise or donate $100 or more

Where:
North Carolina State University – Centennial Campu
851 Main Campus Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: Lupus Foundations of America, NC Chapter
Telephone: 877-849-8271
Contact Name: LFANC
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Celebrate the unique qualities that make Carrboro special. Enjoy stories and photos, poetry readings, music and dancing, interactive field games, crafts, family activities and more.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Town Commons
301 W. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" is one of the Shakespeare’s best-known dramatic plays. This new ballet about the lust for power gone awry is choreographed to an original score by J....

Cost: $30-$68

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Parent and child get creative by making ceramic artwork together. Ages 2-14. Registration required.

Cost: $15-$18

Where:
Durham Arts Council Clay Studio
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27701
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Learn how baseball began, and hear about some of North Carolina’s legendary players. Then play a short game of rounders, a colonial version of baseball. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online.

Cost: $1/member, $3/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-807-7979
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Cary
100 Endeavor Way
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-677-7114
Contact Name: Cynthia De Amat
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Parent and child get creative by making ceramic artwork together. Ages 2-14. Registration required.

Cost: $15-$18

Where:
Durham Arts Council Clay Studio
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27701
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Take time out to spend with your little one as you crawl, explore and bounce in a safe environment exclusively for children ages 12 mos-3 yrs. Parents play free; admission is $5 per child....

Cost: $5/child

Where:
BounceU of Apex
3419 Apex Peakway
Apex, NC  27502
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Raleigh
8000 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-881-1160
Contact Name: Carol Marin
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Local crafts, delicious food, children's activities, storytelling, healing arts practitioners, dancing and music workshops, environmental sustainability forums, overnight camping and more...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Shakori Hills
1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Enjoy songs, stories and fun in Spanish. Infants-preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Spanish for fun! Wake Forest
222 Capcom Ave
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Spanish for fun!
Telephone: 919-883-2061
Contact Name: Karina Martinez
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Enjoy storytime and a stuffed animal giveaway (one per child). Each family will be entered to into the weekly drawing among attendees for a gift bag. Event capped at 20 families to ensure a safe...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thrift 2 Gift
1402 E. Williams St.
Apex , NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-651-0482
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Explore the sky for lightning bugs, the amazing lights of summer. A game and craft complete the fun. Ages 3 and older. Register online.

Cost: $4/child, $2/adult

Where:
Laurel Hills Park
3808 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Local crafts, delicious food, children's activities, storytelling, healing arts practitioners, dancing and music workshops, environmental sustainability forums, overnight camping and more...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Shakori Hills
1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Enjoy an energetic, musical storytime with Amy Godfrey, who was a Durham County librarian for six years. Babka and challah will be served as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levin JCC
1937 West Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Enjoy all things strawberry at this annual festival. Proceeds benefit Central Park School for Children. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/cpscstrawberryfestival.

Cost: Free

Where:
Old North Durham Park
310 W. Geer St.
Durham, NC  27701
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The Town of Apex's signature event has brought families together for a day of fun, food and fellowship. Enjoy live music all day, artists of every kind, kids' entertainment, festival food...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Apex
Salem St.
, NC  27502
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Local crafts, delicious food, children's activities, storytelling, healing arts practitioners, dancing and music workshops, environmental sustainability forums, overnight camping and more...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Shakori Hills
1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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For children and youth with disabilities, their families, friends and care providers. Take your  bike or use one at the clinic. Volunteers will be on hand to help riders practice and help...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chapel Hill Fire Training Grounds at Station #4
103 Weaver Dairy Rd Extension
Chapel Hill, NC
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Sponsor: Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 919 968-2813
Contact Name: Marian Kaslovsky
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Enjoy arts, crafts. food, music, kids entertainment and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Apex
Apex, NC  27502


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Take part in a family-friendly, educational 5K walk/run to bring awareness to the disease that took the life of local Cary man, Jerry Minore. His family and friends have partnered with...

Cost: $30/person

Where:
WakeMed Soccer Park
201 Soccer Park Dr.
Cary , NC  27511
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Sponsor: bioMerieux & Sepsis Alliance
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The Ham & Yam Festival offers craft and food vendors, country ham and sweet potatoes, and local bands and dance groups performing on three stages. Also enjoy a barbecue cook-off, a rubber duck...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Smithfield
, NC  27577


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Don’t miss the 7th annual Herbfest featuring plant and craft booths, live butterfly releases, craft demos, kids activity, food trucks, bake sale and a silent auction. Tour an herb garden and...

Cost: Free. Food and drink available for purchase

Where:
The Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: The Friends of Page-Walker and The Town of Cary
Telephone: 919-460-4963
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This event features Heidi St. John as keynote speaker, as well as multiple workshops and vendor booths to aid homeschool parents and children.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson's Mills Baptist Church
652 Swift Creek Rd.
Smithfield, NC  27577
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Meet in the Street offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music and children’s activities. Enjoy dozens of artisans' booths featuring handcrafted arts and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Wake Forest
, NC  27587


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Enjoy all-day fun at the preserve featuring a critter stop, bird watching, crafts, nature scavenger hunt, dip netting, canoeing and fishing. Registration encouraged. Course #183771.

Cost: Free

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Take part in a fundraiser for the school featuring a dunking booth, bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course, photo booth, face painting, hair bling, homemade Mexican food, cotton candy and more.

Cost: Fees vary

Where:
Carrboro Elementary School
400 Shelton St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: Carrboro Elementary PTA
Telephone: 919-968-3652
Contact Name: Cindy Sellars
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Innovate Your Cool (IYC) celebrates the power of cool ideas and its impact on business and music. This year’s program packs inspiration, ideas, innovation and fun into one exciting day....

Cost: Free

Where:
American Underground @ Main
201 W Main Street
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Art of Cool Project
Telephone: 919-672-0060
Contact Name: Michael English
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Meet at camp to pick up a local food lunch and hop on a hayride to picnic amidst the flowers and trees. Enjoy crafts, games, bouquet-picking for Mom, as well as the gardens and animals to visit....

Cost: $10/person

Where:
4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road
2902 Mt. Willing Road
Efland, NC  27243
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Sponsor: Chestnut Ridge Camp & Retreat Center
Telephone: 919-304-2178
Contact Name: Erica Romkema
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CarolinaKinder hosts a monthly storytime in German for kids. Read a book and play a game or make a craft. All ages.

Cost: Free of charge

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4381-105 Lassiter at North Hills Ave
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: CarolinaKinder
Contact Name: Stephanie Vogel
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Celebrate spring at Lynn Road Elementary's spring carnival. The event featurs inflatables, games, climbing wall, photo booth, vendors, food trucks, a basket raffle and more.

Cost: $10/child. Free for adults

Where:
Lynn Road Elementary School
1601 Lynn Road
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Lynn Road PTA
Contact Name: Desaray Owen
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All ages enjoy imaginative play in a natural setting.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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