Triangle Dads Tell Their Favorite Outings With Kids


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One of the great things about being a dad in the Triangle is that there are many ways to share special time with your kids. A trio of Triangle dads share their favorite places, spaces and activities with Carolina Parent's readers


FREE, FABULOUS DOWNTOWN FUN

By Stephen Raburn

The cool thing about living in downtown Durham is that there is a ton of fun stuff to do with kids and most of it is free.

Bull City Connector

My daughters and I like to hop on the Bull City Connector and hop off when anything interesting catches our eye. The buses are new, clean and free and run every 15 minutes or so. They make stops every couple blocks from Golden Belt to Duke's campus near the hospital, mostly running along Main Street. The last stop before it loops back around toward downtown drops you off just a short walk to Duke Gardens, which is definitely one of our favorite destinations.

Never mind the acres of roses, we come for the awesome hills perfect for rolling down, the appearing-out-of-nowhere catfish that steal the crumbs you thought you were tossing to the ducks in the lake, and the groves of bamboo on the edge of the gardens where my girls make secret forts.

On the other end of the route, Golden Belt is always a fun stop, too. There are usually a handful of artists hard at work in their studios willing to take a break and chat with inquisitive protégées.

Bull City Connector
From Duke to Golden Belt, including Ninth Street and Downtown Durham
www.bullcityconnector.org

Golden Belt Artists Studio
807 East Main St., Durham
919-967-7700
www.goldenbeltarts.com

Dolly's, Major and an ice cream cone
Along the way, there's the obligatory stop at Dolly's, the place in Durham for all things mod, which just recently relocated from Brightleaf Square to its current Main Street location. Dolly's is always a fun spot to try on fab wigs and groovy sunglasses.

Across the street from Dolly's is CCB Plaza, which I don't think we've ever passed without visiting Major, Durham's very large and very anatomically correct iconic bronze bull statue, if for no other reason than to just say, "Hi." We'll pop into Blue Coffee Café for a hot dog or ice cream cone if tummies start to growl.

Dolly's Vintage
905 W. Main St., Durham
919-682-1471
www.dollysvintage.com

CCB Plaza
Corcoran & W. Main streets, Durham

Blue Coffee Café
202 N. Corcoran St., Durham
919-688-2233
www.bluecoffeecafe.net

"Look Dad, there's our house"

If we're stumped for something to do, we head to the top of the big blue building on Morgan Street for sweeping views of Durham and well beyond through the Chamber of Commerce's 14th floor office windows, a bird's-eye perch to find landmarks on a clear day.

Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Durham Centre Building
300 W. Morgan St., Ste. 1400
919-328-8700
www.durhamchamber.org

Friday Nights Rock
Friday nights in downtown Durham rock. The city is abuzz with free live outdoor music. It's not uncommon for Parker and Otis, the restaurant and specialty food store; CCB Plaza; Brightleaf Square; and American Tobacco to all have bands playing during the early evening. We've been known to hit all four, but we always end up at Amelia's for gelato as a nightcap. We usually make it home by bedtime. A good night's rest and we're ready to hit the Durham Farmers' Market first thing Saturday morning.

Parker and Otis
112 S. Duke St., Durham
919-683-3200
www.parkerandotis.com

American Tobacco Historic District
318 Blackwell St., Durham
919-433-1566
www.americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com

Amelia's Café
Brightleaf Square, 905 W. Main St., Durham
919-683-5600
www.ameliacafe.us

Durham Farmers' Market
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St., Durham
919-667-3099
www.durhamfarmersmarket.com

Stephen Raburn is the author of "WonderDads: The Best Dad and Child Activities in the Triangle." His daughters, Xia and Anika, are 8 and 5.


PLAYFUL ART, FRIENDLY GOATS, WATERFALL MAGIC

By Sean Drummond

North Carolina Museum of Art

We frequently visit the NCMA because there are so many things the kids enjoy seeing. There's the African gallery with its Kente cloth apparel and tribal masks, and the Egyptian area with sarcophagi and animal effigies that my preschooler loves. In the Dutch and Italian Renaissance Galleries, we make a game out of identifying animals in the paintings. But the hands-down favorite part of the museum has to be the tree. Projected on the wall of the lobby, the tree twists and turns in the wind and changes its leaves with the season, a fantastic combination of art and technology.

In the old museum building, there are still plenty of exhibits that fascinate my children, including the taxidermy specimens that accompany Audubon's bird prints in one gallery.

My kids had the most fun in the outdoor Museum Park talking into the "Whisper Bench."

North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
919-839-NCMA (6262)
www.ncartmuseum.org

Historic Oak View Park
When the weather is nice but time is short, Oak View is a favorite for us. The park opens early, 8:30 a.m., and is super kid-friendly. The entire park is stroller-accessible, and the kids' play kitchen in the visitor center can keep my kids occupied for hours.

A recent renovation spruced up the historic farmhouse that houses several exhibits. Very friendly goats inside a paddock stick their heads through the fence for petting. Visitors can see cotton growing and learn about cotton production through hands-on exhibits in the adjacent barn. If the goats don't give you enough of an animal fix, there's a friendly kitty wandering around the barn.

For a parent, the best part of Oak View Park is watching your kids play while you enjoy the day, strolling or resting in the gentle landscape of the pecan grove.

Historic Oak View Park
4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh
919-250-1013
www.wavegov.com/parks/oakview

Little River Park
Little River Park is small at 47 acres, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in scenery. Located just off Route 97 near Zebulon in eastern Wake County, this is one of the most picturesque parks I've been to in the Triangle. There is a large waterfall where the river has breached an old dam and several smaller waterfalls as the water makes its way down a 10-foot embankment. Concrete ruins bear witness to the site's past as a mill and ice house.

My kids, especially my preschooler, enjoy the swings, sandbox, and the tallest playground slide I've ever seen. Even though it's a bit of a drive for families on the western end of the Triangle, Little River is worth checking out. The sound of falling water is soothing, the view down the river is appealing, and the slide and swings will keep your kids busy as you enjoy the peace of your surroundings.

Little River Park
Off Route 97, Town of Zebulon
919-269-7455
www.townofzebulon.org

As a freelance writer and stay-at-home dad of a toddler and preschooler, Sean Drummond is always looking for places in the Triangle to take his kids and ways to keep them busy. He blogs about his adventures with his kids at http://besteducateddad.blogspot.com.


TADPOLES, HUNDREDS OF CATS, POETIC SURPRISES

By Chris Vitiello

Pond Adventures, Duke Gardens and the Eno River

Is there anything better in the summer than a pond? My daughters and I say no. We love to catch tadpoles, so we keep a pond kit in the car at all times: A couple of nets, some well-washed spaghetti sauce jars and a pond field guide. Sometimes we also take a cheap microscope and slide-making supplies so we can scrutinize algae or look for tiny organisms in the water.

Our favorite spot is the shade pond at Duke Gardens because the gazebo offers a clean edge for my preschooler to perch upon. But a better spot is any sunny, slow-moving section of the Eno River in the West Point section of the park. You can't tramp around the perimeter of the Duke Gardens pond like you can along the Eno. But you can easily catch tadpoles with nets at both places.

Catch and release, after photographing or drawing, is always the best practice. But if you must take tadpoles home, choose a couple of small, lively ones for your aquarium - along with enough water from their pond - to watch them metamorphose through a few life cycle stages toward frogdom. Then release them back into the wild at the exact spot from which you caught them.

Tadpoles are easy to care for. To feed them, boil a lettuce leaf for 10 minutes and chop into tiny pieces. Feed the tadpoles just a little and keep the leftovers in the freezer. Keep their water fresh and clean. The day you bring tadpoles home, set out an uncovered container of tap water on a sunny windowsill. After five days, the chlorine will be evaporated enough to be safe for tadpoles.

Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St., Durham
919-684-3698
www.hr.duke.edu/dukegardens/

West Point on the Eno
City of Durham Park
5101 North Roxboro Rd., Durham
919-471-1623
www.enoriver.org/eno/parks/WestPoint/westpoint.html

Goathouse Cat Refuge
I'd say there's a 50 percent chance that one or both of my daughters will grow up to have a houseful of cats. Every cat they see, they beg to bring home. If this sounds familiar, then take your children to the Goathouse Cat Refuge just north of Pittsboro off Route 87.

Sculptor Siglinda Scarpa has devoted a chunk of her studio property to housing unwanted cats.  Volunteers care for more than a hundred cats that run free in a few acres of woods. You can visit and play with the cats, or even adopt one if you want.

The refuge has a very informal feel, despite the fact that it's the only no-kill animal shelter/humane society in Chatham County licensed by the Veterinary Division of the State Department of Agriculture. Combined with a zip into downtown Pittsboro to grab a bite at The General Store Café or Virlie's Grill, a Goathouse cat visit makes for a terrific Saturday every time.

Goathouse Cat Refuge
680 Alton Alston Rd., Pittsboro
919-542-6815
http://www.goathouserefuge.org

Windshield Poems
You might not realize it, but tweets and Facebook posts fall into a thousands-of-years-old tradition of aphorisms and proverbs - small nuggets of written wisdom. My daughters and I like to continue this tradition by writing tiny poems and leaving them under the windshield wipers of cars.

We get a bunch of small pieces of colorful paper and write evocative single sentences. The task is to give someone a pleasant or surprising moment. Describe a tree or a cloud. Write a pleasant sentence beginning with "You" so the reader feels like the sentence is about him or her. Whatever makes us smile, we write a line about it.

We like to imagine people see the paper on their windshield and get a little start, thinking it's a parking ticket. But, when they open it, they find a short uplifting poem or expression.

Most commercial and business lots and decks forbid solicitation via windshield billet, and though these poems are different, it's best to avoid trouble. Stick to street parking, or even your own neighborhood. We always put our first names beneath the poem, so we're not totally anonymous.

Car Windshields
Public street parking, The Triangle

Chris Vitiello is a Durham-based freelance writer who likes to share a life of poetry, museums and hockey with his two daughters.

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August 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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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

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Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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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

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Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Slither your way up to Walnut Creek Wetland Park to celebrate snakes with us. Learn about snake habitat, the differences between venomous and nonvenomous snakes, and meet some of our friendly snake...

Cost: $5 per family

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Make a tree with your best friends' names. Ages 2-6 with caregiver. Register online. Choose course #125008.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park Community Center
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Ages 11-17 make spicy foods inspired by the South. Register online. Choose course #124744.

Cost: $44/resident, $57/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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All great inventions start out as merely ideas and some even happen by accident. Hear invention stories, including the story of Oliver Evans, who invented the automated milling system used at Yates...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

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Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Peek into buckets of pond water to see the critters living in our pond. Who are they and what do they turn into? Enjoy a story and hands-on activities. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. For ages 1-6...

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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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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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!
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Stop in during one of our Back to School Open Houses!  Meet our instructors, tune your instrument, learn a quick song and more!. Aug 12th 7-8:30 Brass & Woodwinds Aug 17th 12:30-2:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School
9587 US 64
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Bach To Rock Music School
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster
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Enjoy storytime with Amy Godfrey. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Locopops Dessert Cafe
2618 Hillsborough St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Bring your budding naturalist to the park to learn about our scaly reptile friends, snakes! A craft, engaging activity or story and a guided greenway walk (weather permitting) through the wetland...

Cost: $2 per child

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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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!
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Did you know that most of the world’s data is stored in something called a database? This includes your school grades, Yelp’s list of local pizza shops and music downloads on your...

Cost: Free: registration required

Where:
, NC  27560


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Stop in during one of our Back to School Open Houses!  Meet our instructors, tune your instrument, learn a quick song and more!. Aug 12th 7-8:30 Brass & Woodwinds Aug 17th 12:30-2:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School
9587 US 64
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Bach To Rock Music School
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
View map »


Website »

More information

Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
View map »


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!
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Enjoy tea time for the whole family. Samples of hot tea, cold tea, and kombucha will be provided, along with games and family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
IngenuiTea Kombucha Coffee & Tea
514 E Williams St
APEX, NC  27502
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Sponsor: IngenuiTea Brews
Telephone: 919-438-3684
Contact Name: Mark Poole
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Stop in during one of our Back to School Open Houses!  Meet our instructors, tune your instrument, learn a quick song and more!. Aug 12th 7-8:30 Brass & Woodwinds Aug 17th 12:30-2:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School
9587 US 64
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Bach To Rock Music School
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Website »

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This program is designed to move at a toddler’s pace: Run. Stop. Pick dandelions. Run. Climb on a rock. Find an interesting leaf! Join others for an easy-paced hike around the greenway...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood

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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
View map »


Website »

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Parent and child ages 2-5 water plants in the native wildflower gardens. Register online. Choose course #124908.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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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
View map »


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

More information

Stop in during one of our Back to School Open Houses!  Meet our instructors, tune your instrument, learn a quick song and more!. Aug 12th 7-8:30 Brass & Woodwinds Aug 17th 12:30-2:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School
9587 US 64
Apex, NC  27523
View map »


Sponsor: Bach To Rock Music School
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster
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August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. Come to the Finley Center anytime during the day to share some jokes with the park community. A large board will be set up in the Exhibit Hall where...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
View map »


Website »

More information

Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
View map »


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

Stop in during one of our Back to School Open Houses!  Meet our instructors, tune your instrument, learn a quick song and more!. Aug 12th 7-8:30 Brass & Woodwinds Aug 17th 12:30-2:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School
9587 US 64
Apex, NC  27523
View map »


Sponsor: Bach To Rock Music School
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster
Website »

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Take a hike after dark and enjoy the sounds of the night along the American Tobacco Trail! We’ll let the light of an almost full moon guide us as we walk to the Beaver Creek bridge and back...

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
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See the blockbuster movie at Booth Amphitheatre. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $5 for ages 13 and older. Free for ages 12 and younger.

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27518
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Shop for local handmade arts and crafts from local vendors. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. Come to the Finley Center anytime during the day to share some jokes with the park community. A large board will be set up in the Exhibit Hall where...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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The Carolina Homeschool Conference 2019 welcomes all homeschoolers for a day of education, inspiration and connection. There will be six workshops, a keynote address and a Q&A panel featuring...

Cost: $32 before July 1, $40 after July 1

Where:
Hope Community Church
2080 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Carolina Homeschool Conference, LLC
Contact Name: Laina Yeisley
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Be the person in your neighborhood that can identify ALL the trees! Join an NC Forest Service Ranger for family-friendly tree ID that will teach you how to recognize common trees in our area...and...

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
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Kindergarten students entering the traditional school calendar practice a lunch line, get moving at recess, hop on a school bus and more.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Ages 1-5 and caregiver delight in the discoveries of nature. Register online. Choose course #124955.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

More information

Come learn all about how red wiggler worms can recycle your leftover food into soil. One lucky family will win a new worm bin (minus the worms). Resources for where to purchase or order worms will...

Cost: $5 per family

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
View map »


Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
Website »

More information

Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
View map »


Website »

More information

Learn more about pollinators during this family friendly event. Sample and buy local honey and honey-based products.

Cost: Free

Where:
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Website »

More information

Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
View map »


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!
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For almost 200 years, farmers brought their wheat and corn to what is now Yates Mill to have their grains ground into flour and meal. Today, you can stop by the Yates Mill visitor center to see a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Take the family to enjoy a Touch-A-Truck event and food trucks at 6 p.m. before the movie begins at 8 p.m. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Big Field at Dorothea Dix Park
101 Blair Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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East Cloud Kungfu hosts a Parent's Night Out event, featuring a safe environment for kids as they about the wide world of kungfu.   Check it out!...

Cost: $25 first child, $20 each additional child

Where:
East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
5655-A Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
Telephone: 252-646-7053
Contact Name: Imari Colon
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Stop in during one of our Back to School Open Houses!  Meet our instructors, tune your instrument, learn a quick song and more!. Aug 12th 7-8:30 Brass & Woodwinds Aug 17th 12:30-2:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School
9587 US 64
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Bach To Rock Music School
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster
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