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Our top picks for lesser-known attractions that serve family fun in the Triangle.
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A Week of Stories for Families

Enjoy stories told on stage, under the stars and even in a fruit orchard this week — including Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, July 21-23

This weekend, enjoy music and playtime, a family game night, a stroll in nature, fun with science and a free introduction to the sport of fencing.

New 'Titanic' Movie Fashion Exhibition Coming to Biltmore

“Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie" will be at Biltmore Feb. 9-May 13, 2018.

KidsFest Returns to Carowinds July 15-16

Popular celebration includes performances from Choo Choo Soul and the PEANUTS Gang.

Pullen Park’s Holiday Express Tickets Go on Sale July 25

Tickets for the popular Holiday Express event at Pullen Park in December go on sale July 25, 2017.

Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, July 14-16

Enjoy an ecology class, farm ramble and several musical performances this weekend.

Tickets on Sale Now for Day Out With Thomas in Spencer

Day Out With Thomas will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

Giant Puppet Show Returning to Triangle

Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents "Of Wings and Feet" with gigantic puppets, elaborate masks, stilt walkers, music and more.

Exploring the Secret Neuse River Sunflower Fields in Raleigh

These sunflowers do more than just brighten the trail. Come harvest time, they’ll become biodiesel for the City of Raleigh’s diesel trucks.

Enter to Win a Set of Roblox Toys and Game Codes

This contest is exclusively for subscribers to Carolina Parent's Weekend Family Fun Planner e-newsletter

Boredom Busters for July 10-13

Keep boredom at bay with a parent-child art class, storytimes and fun with robots.

New Elevate Fitness Course Opening at Apex Community Park

Designed for ages 12-19, the Town of Apex will use Elevate to create wellness programs for all ages.

Red Wolf Pups Getting Their Paws Under Them at Museum Exhibit

Museum of Life and Science pups get settled into their new home in Durham

Five Reasons Why the North Carolina Zoo Draws Record Crowds

Thanks to new attractions and additions, attendance has soared to a 20-year high.

Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, July 7-9

This weekend’s outdoor fun includes movies under the stars, a twilight nature walk, fort-building and a celebration of tomatoes at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.

Summer Planning is Easy With These Recurring Events

Avoid summer boredom with these fun recurring events around the Triangle.

North Carolina Museum of History Offers Free Admission to Military Families During Summer

Museum announces launch of Blue Star Museums.

Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, June 30-July 2

Get a head start on your holiday weekend with mountain music, a sci-fi movie, hockey fun, and all things reptile at the State Fairgrounds. The Festival for the Eno kicks off July 1 as well.

Fourth of July Celebrations, Parades, Fireworks

Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding towns are gearing up to celebrate Independence with patriotic performances, parades and fireworks.

Banner Elk, Beech Mountain Hosting Mile High Fourth of July

Five-day celebration planned with live music, parade and fireworks.

Entertaining Exhibits in Raleigh and Chapel Hill

Head to Triangle-area museums to learn about North Carolina's governors and view winning photographs from the 12th Annual "Wildlife in North Carolina" magazine photo competition, as well as clothing and mementos from the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant.

What You Need to Know About This Summer’s Solar Eclipse

A compilation of events and viewing parties occurring within the path of totality.

All Red Wolf Pups at the Museum of Life and Science Reunited With Parents in Habitat Enclosure

The puppies' departure was discovered Monday morning during a routine vet inspection.

Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, June 23-25

Ride a train, touch a truck, watch a movie under the stars or get back to nature with a blueberry festival or tour of the Burt’s Bees' founder’s rustic cabin.

Things for Kids to do at the Biltmore

Bonus: Kids get in free with paying adult all summer long at Biltmore Estate.

Indian Trail Park Playground is Now Complete

Residents can enjoy the new playground designed for them, by them.

Watch Now: Preview Our Summer Issue!

Discover how to host a party to reveal your baby's gender, take our healthy maternity quiz and find 25 ways to have summer fun for $5 or less.

June-July 2017: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings

Three don't-miss Triangle events in June and July.

Outdoor Summer Fun

Our top picks for outdoor seasonal activities in the Triangle.

Kids in Parks Program Encourages Nature Explorations and Play

Program partners with parks to identify kid-friendly trails underutilized by the local community and transforms them into TRACK Trails.
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July 2017

Kids can enjoy a free cookie with any purchase, and enjoy kid's books, chess, tic tac toe, and card games. 

Cost: Free

Where:
41 North Coffee Company
41 N. Main St.
Wendell, NC  27591
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Sponsor: 41 North Coffee Co
Telephone: 919-995-0680
Contact Name: Dana
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Children make treasured memories while increasing their knowledge of plants and animals. Ages 7-10. Register online.

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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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Enjoy an educational and interactive program designed to teach young children how peaches are grown. Read a story, take an orchard hayride, go peach picking, enjoy slushies, and eat...

Cost: $9/child

Where:
Millstone Creek Orchards
506 Parks Crossroad Church Rd.
Ramseur, NC  27316
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Telephone: 336-824-5263
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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Buy tickets for the 10th anniversary of Holiday Express at Pullen Park. Children and adults alike will enjoy this Triangle area tradition as Pullen Park is festively decorated with...

Cost: $11.29/person

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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Join a nature instructor to read a nature-themed storybook and head out onto the trail to look for elements of the story within the preserve. Ages 2-6. Children must be accompanied by an...

Cost: $1/child

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: Durant Nature Preserve
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Enjoy a drop-in creative workshop for kids ages 5-10.

Cost: Free

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy an educational and interactive program designed to teach young children how peaches are grown. Read a story, take an orchard hayride, go peach picking, enjoy slushies, and...

Cost: $9/child

Where:
Millstone Creek Orchards
506 Parks Crossroad Church Rd.
Ramseur, NC  27316
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Telephone: 336-824-5263
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Mix up a wheelbarrow full of giant bubble-making-liquid and create bubble wands from natural materials. Ages 8-12. Register online. Choose course #203572. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Ages 5-12 learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, kitchen and food safety, and enjoy a healthy snack. Meet in the bakery side of the cafe. Email sherry.thrasher@wholefoods.com to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods North Raleigh
8710 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Telephone: 919-354-0350
Contact Name: Sherry Thrasher

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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Ages 3-6 enjoy fun games and drills. Call to RSVP.  

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Fitness4Life
6701 Glenwood Ave.
Suite 103
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Fitness4Life
Telephone: 919-787-2250
Contact Name: George Whitten
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Hear a story about dragonflies, meet some baby dragonflies and take a walk to see them over the pasture and pond. Wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet or muddy. Ages 3-5 with accompanying...

Cost: $5

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 Nature Preserve
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Meet a staff member at the information desk to visit one of the museum galleries. Have a look around and listen to a history-related story. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Listen to nature-themed books and enjoy hands-on explorations in the garden. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Register online.

Cost: $3/child

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolia Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3370
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Raleigh's first cupcake bakery is having a 10th birthday party and invites friends to enjoy free mini cupcakes in house, T-shirt giveaways and 4-for- $10 deals.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Cupcake Shoppe
104 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: The Cupcake Shoppe
Telephone: 919-821-4223
Contact Name: Sara Fitzpatrick
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Ages 6-8 years investigate the life cycles of creatures that call the streams and pond of the nature preserve “home.”  Dress for outdoor fun.  Register online. Choose...

Cost: $5

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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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Enjoy an evening of storytelling and community-building in the spirit of forest protection and community justice. The night will feature 10 live, true and personal stories. Standing forests are...

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Where:
MotorCo Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Ave.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Dogwood Alliance
Telephone: 864-525-2767
Contact Name: Joseph Herbst
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Ages 10 and older with parent make a variety of crepes. Register online. Choose course #104241.

Cost: $50/resident, $65/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Parent and child explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Ages 3-5. Program begins at the Bobby G. Wilder...

Cost: $5/nonmembers. Free for members

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Raleigh's first cupcake bakery is having a 10th birthday party and invites friends to enjoy free mini cupcakes in house, T-shirt giveaways and 4-for- $10 deals.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Cupcake Shoppe
104 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: The Cupcake Shoppe
Telephone: 919-821-4223
Contact Name: Sara Fitzpatrick
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Sample new products with free giveaways, door prizes, presentations and more. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Alywillow Showroom
5301 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: Alywillow
Telephone: 919-446-4826
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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy team-building games, Bible adventures, songs and creative crafts. Preschool-middle school. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Nature Park
2600 Evans Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Jordan Lutheran Church
Telephone: 919-303-1613
Contact Name: Mike Merker
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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/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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Explore what life was like for kids growing up in the past and play popular children's games from over 100 years ago. Drop-in program; registration is not required. Adults must stay...

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: DPR
Telephone: 919.560.1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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Raleigh's first cupcake bakery is having a 10th birthday party and invites friends to enjoy free mini cupcakes in house, T-shirt giveaways and 4-for- $10 deals.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Cupcake Shoppe
104 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: The Cupcake Shoppe
Telephone: 919-821-4223
Contact Name: Sara Fitzpatrick
Website »

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Families enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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See Disney's beloved tale on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including "Be Our Guest." All ages. 

Cost: Starting at $25

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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