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Cruise Out of Charleston for a Family Vacation

Carnival cruises out of Charleston, South Carolina, offer North Carolina families drivable access to an affordable Caribbean vacation.
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A Tale of Two Stone Mountains

Despite sharing a name, both Stone Mountains offer unique delights for families to enjoy.

15 Must-Visit Small Towns in North Carolina

If you love the small-town vibe, pack a suitcase to discover the irresistible charm of these North Carolina road-trip worthy destinations.

North Carolina State Parks Set 2016 Visitation Record

North Carolina State Parks reported record visitation of 18.8 million in 2016.

10 Secrets for Flying With Children

Stress-free strategies for flying with kids.

Tweetsie Railroad Announces Event Schedule for 60th Anniversary Season

Tweetsie Railroad's 2017 season will feature a variety of events such as Day Out With Thomas, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Backyardigans.

Polar Bears Reunited at the North Carolina Zoo

Zoo officials hope that this year's breeding season will result in a cub for its two polar bears, Nikita and Anana.

Plan a Tour of the Duke Lemur Center

Lemurs Live! is a general tour that introduces guests to an average of 10 species at the center.

Mermaid Convention Coming to Greensboro Aquatic Center

Event will include special swimming and story time with a Mermaid.

North Carolina Snow Tube Parks Offer Fun Winter Family Getaways

Make it a snow-filled day of downhill fun at one of these snow-tube parks.

Top 15 New — and Updated — Carolina Parent Articles of 2016

The stories you loved to read, and re-read, this year! Plus, find listicles of our fall, winter and Easter holiday roundups.

Explore Ski Resorts in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia

Plan a family fun getaway within driving distance to ski, snowboard and tube.

Ghost Train Adventure Evokes Inner Child

Whether you make it a day trip or stay overnight in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this Halloween adventure is a worthy family excursion your kids — and inner child — will love.

Family Travel Tips and Ideas From WhereTraveler.com

Read the latest articles and tips on family travel from Carolina Parent's partner website, WhereTraveler.com.

Eastern Triangle Farm Tour Fun for Kids and Grownups

Tickets are on sale for the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour, Sept. 17-18. See baby barn animals, tour organic produce farms, enjoy farm-fresh foods and take home goods.

What's Up on WhereTraveler.com

Read the latest features published on our partner website, WhereTraveler.com/Raleigh-Durham

Family Vacation: Bicycling the Virginia Creeper Trail

Take a weekend to explore the Virginia Creeper Trail and surrounding areas. The trail can be ridden all in one day and is kid-friendly.

NC By Train and Amtrak Offer Summer $5 Kids Ride Deal

Through an agreement with Amtrak, NC By Train is offering a summer 2016 deal where kids ages 2-12 can ride for $5 to any destination in North Carolina on certain days.

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.

Celebrating 70 Years With the Museum of Life and Science

Explore the museum's evolution since its birth in 1946 and learn about upcoming birthday celebrations for all to enjoy.

Take an Animal Adventure at the Western North Carolina Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is open year-round, and there’s no bad time to visit.

Take a History Tour of the Triangle

Travel back in time with a visit to one of the area's local historic sites, where docents, re-enactors and historians offer an authentic look into the past.

Win a Beach Weekend Away at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Enter to win a two-night stay Aug. 12-14 — plus a $50 Buoy Bar credit — at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.

Something for Everyone at Hanging Rock State Park

Families can spend the day swimming, fishing, paddling, canoeing, hiking, biking, rock climbing and exploring beautiful waterfalls.

Explore Carolina Beaches to Find the Best Fit for Your Family

Find the right Carolina beach with the perfect mix of activities, sightseeing and relaxing for your family.

Kid-Friendly Music Festivals in the Carolinas

Regional music festivals offer fun for the whole family.

Explore the Virginia Aquarium & Marine and Science Center

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine and Science Center is a must-visit attraction if you are vacationing in Virginia Beach this summer.

Triangle Treasures: 8 Places for Fun

Explore these eight sweet spots in and around the Triangle for fun, exercise and learning with your kids.

Catch Free and Inexpensive Summer Fun in the Triangle

Explore these free and low-cost ways to get more out of your summer and make it memorable for your whole family.

Traveling With Young Children

Does your child become more sensitive — or unruly — in new situations, such as when you're traveling? Parents can help their children better understand and explore their feelings.

Enter to Win a Travel Fun Pack

Our May issue focuses on family travel, so we're giving away kid-pleasing travel accessories and books.
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February 2017

Take a magical journey through China's divine culture. Classical dance, music and storytelling highlight this live show. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70-$150

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC
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Enjoy a nature-themed fairy tale and build a fairy home. Ages 2-10. Register online. Choose course #200057.

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Chase away the winter blues with a hike through the winter garden. After the walk, warm up inside with a book and winter craft. Meet at the visitor center. Ages 3-12. Register online.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Hear the old-time folk band based in Raleigh that plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and other instruments, including the saw. Free tickets for the concert are distributed while they last beginning at...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Ages 3-5 enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Teens in grades 6-10 read, create and take on challenges.  March is the month of movie release parties, including "Logan" and "The Beauty and the Beast." Build circuits and...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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You will be looking out your window when something wonderful comes your way. You will want to keep him. You and your alien will strike up a fabulous friendship and all will go well. Until bedtime....

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Babies enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Camp S.W.A.G. (Students With Ambitions & Goals) will be hosting a series of free Girls' Group Mentoring Seminars open to all middle and high school girls 13-19 years of age. Register...

Cost: Free

Where:
West Regional Library
4000 Louis Stephens Dr.
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: Camp S.W.A.G. (Students With Ambitions & Goals)
Telephone: 919-443-5866
Contact Name: Sherry Pulcher
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Celebrate Mardi Gras with a parade at 7 p.m., followed by live entertainment at area venues. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
CCB Plaza
201 Corcoran St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham Mardi Gras
Contact Name: Kathy Violette
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Explore colonial life for kids and their families during the Revolutionary War. Ages 6-9. 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: 919-807-7988
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Join others for an easy paced hike around the greenway. Ages 3 and younger; older siblings, strollers and leashed pets welcome. Register online. Choose course #199060.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
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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Babies enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Discover nature with a story, followed by outdoor, hands-on nature exploration and a craft. Meet at the Beech Shelter. Ages 2–5. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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The library's Teen Leadership Corps hosts an opportunity for kids of all ages to come build something special with Lego and Duplo bricks, and play games to improve reading and math skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Create a barrel necklace. Ages 12 and older. Registration required.

Cost: $22.50 plus $8 materials fee

Where:
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St.
Durham , NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
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Adam Savage, co-host of the hit TV show "Mythbusters," and Michael Stevens, creator of award-winning YouTube Channel “Vsauce,” can’t wait to unleash their collective...

Cost: $39.50 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Learn what choices folks made in North Carolina before and during the Revolutionary War. Ages 10-13. Register online.

Cost: $1/member, $3/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Join others on an easy-paced hike around the park to explore what's happening in nature. Ages 5 and younger. Register online. Choose course #200087

Cost: Free

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy a craft, activity and a guided walk along the greenway. Ages 2-6.  Register online. Choose course #199101.

Cost: $3

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
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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Preschoolers 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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Enjoy auditioned choral students from Durham Public Schools performing a wide variety of music. The show includes both choral and choreographed numbers. This is the 37th year of this musical...

Cost: $12-$35

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durha, NC  27701
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Dig In to community, healthy food access and learning. The 8th Annual Dig In informs adults about how to start and maintain community, school and child care gardens, along with local trends in...

Cost: $15 early bird registration; $25 regular rate

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC
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Sponsor: Advocates for Health in Action (AHA)
Telephone: 919-210-0310
Contact Name: Michele McKinley
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Join bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats.​ Meet at the Waterwise Garden.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Kids learn how to make a beaded wind chime  Best suited for ages 3 and older  (though some of the little ones might need a little more parental assistance). Register online. This class...

Cost: free

Where:
Garden Supply Company
1421 Old Apex Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Garden Supply Company
Telephone: 919-460-7747
Contact Name: Gretchen
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Enjoy demonstrations, youth safety preparedness activities, solar cooking and more. Register online.  

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Paul AME Church
402 W. Edenton St
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Youth Exploration Services, PreparednessMojo Media & Triangle Tribune
Telephone: 919-832-2709
Contact Name: Flo Avery
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Make your own candle.

Cost: Free. Suggested donation of $1/person.

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy
Durham, NC  27712
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Sponsor: Historic Stagville
Telephone: 919-620-0120
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Families enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Explore the history of pigs in North Carolina and cast your vote for what you think is the best kind of pork barbecue. All ages with adult. Registration required.

Cost: $5/family

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy the story about hardworking trucks that get ready to say goodnight.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Durham Bulls fans can take batting practice on the field, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the DBAP and photo opportunities with Wool E. Bull, purchase single-game tickets at the ballpark and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
409 Blackwell St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Learn about what lives in a vernal pool. Peek into the ponds with dip nets, meet live critters, and learn about the wonders and mysteries of life in this environment. Ages 6 and older with adult....

Cost: $8/member, $10/nonmember

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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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park Community Center
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Take part in a fun family-friendly scavenger hunt to look for things found around the preserve in winter. Warm up inside after the hunt with a cup of hot cocoa and a craft. Ages 5 and older with...

Cost: $6/child

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Learn about the interesting life cycle of these elusive amphibians, see some up close, then head out to search the temporary wetlands along the trail for eggs, larvae and adults.  Register...

Cost: $1/person

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
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Seven delightful stories come to life in a music revue performed by Theatreworks USA. Books featured in the show include "Teacher from the Black Lagoon," "Dogzilla,"...

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Stewart Theatre
2610 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27695
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Sponsor: NC State LIVE
Telephone: 919-515-1100
Contact Name: Mark Tulbert
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Annual Guides

GPS [Go. Play. See]

GPS, soon to be replaced by The Triangle Go-To Guide, connects you to all the Triangle has to offer, from museum expansions to new parks and schools to youth sports and family fun. Plus, discover our 2016 Readers' Favorites.

Education Guide

The 2016-17 Education Guide offers 643 education resources in the Triangle, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools and academic resources.

The Triangle Go-To Guide

The Triangle Go-To Guide will replace the GPS in 2017 and continue to connect you to family fun resources across the Triangle. Plus, find out who our 2017 Readers' Favorites are.
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