Triangle Places for Family Fun in Winter


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North Carolina Museum of History lobby

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Winter may seem like a tough time to find play escapes with your kids, but not in the Triangle. Here are suggestions for fun outings with kids during the colder weather months.

Play and Learn at a Museum

Photo of the Museum of Life and Science's Hideaway Woods exhibit courtesy of the Museum of Life and Science


Many museums in the Triangle are designed to inspire children's imagination and learning with hands-on exploration. See our readers'Family Favorites Places to Visitfor details on some of our readers' picks for places to go.  Here's a look at some current exhibits at a few local museums.

The Museum of Life and Science, in Durham, has indoor and outdoor exhibits that bring science to life for kids. Head to the insectarium, where an "insect-cam" lets you watch and hear as caterpillar eats food. Climb to the top of a treehouse at Hideway Woods, a 2-acre, forested escape featuring eight interconnected treehouses. Venture into the tropical paradise of the Butterfly House, where 1,000 butterflies flit among exotic plants. Explore the wild to see black bears, red wolves and exotic lemurs up close. Step back in time millions of years ago with your little ones for a walk along the Dinosaur Trail

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh has four floors of exhibits featuring different parts of North Carolina (free admission) and special traveling exhibits (for a fee). Through April 28, you can see aspecial exhibit about the Titanic. The Nature Research Center, an 80,000-square-foot free-admission wing, makes scientific research accessible with hands-on activities. Visit the center's SECU Daily Planet, a three-story multimedia space that links virtual to real nature and offers live programming on breaking science news. The center houses a 40 x 40 foot-high definition screen, where scientists present their work, offering impressive views of the universe.

In downtown Raleigh, Marbles Kids Museum's exhibits encourage imaginative play and creativity. In Around Town, children have a chance to slip into the lives of grown-ups, from bus drivers to firefighters and farmers. They can shop at a grocery store, be a chef or act on Broadway, all in pretend settings. Other areas of the museum include Splash! offering hands-on experiences with water, and IdeaWorks, where children can design, create and build structures, vehicles, simple machines and everyday products. Learn about more exhibits here. The museum's Marbles also offers an IMAX theater.

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh offers special programming for children, from crafts to tours, and a museum park that covers 160 acres of fields, woodlands, and creeks, with trails that feature outdoor art on a grand scale. Admission to the Museum's permanent collection of art from around the world and access to the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park is free. There is a charge for some special exhibitions and programs, such as concerts, films, classes, and performances.

Kidzu Children's Museum in Chapel Hill offers creative play for children in its current "KidZoom: The Power of Creativity" exhibit, where they're invited to engage in real-life activities, from gardening and construction to painting and puppetry. Visit Kidzu's website.


Attend Free Carolina Hurricanes Practices

Are your children hockey fans? Catch a Carolina Hurricanes practice session at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Check the schedule to see when public practices are in session.


Splash in a Public Swimming Pool!

What better way to escape on a cold and dark day than to jump into a sparkling light-filled pool? If your family likes to swim, head to a pool for inexpensive exercise. Some facilities offer special equipment for kids. In 2012, The Buffalo Road Aquatic Center opened with a three-story waterslide, lazy river, water vortex, water basketball, water volleyball, and three lap lanes. The zero-depth entry has a tot-size play area including water tumble buckets, a water curtain, and tot-size slide.

Find a public pool that's open year-round near your home:

* City of Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities

* Durham Parks & Recreation Aquatics

* Town of Chapel Hill Aquatics


Venture Out on a Nature Hike or Bike Ride

Photo of American Tobacco Trail courtesy of Carolina Parent staff


Outdoor activities offer a way to get moving if it's not too cold or rainy out. Check out one of these nearby hiking trails kids will enjoy you can see things you normally can't because many of the trees are bare. Visit our Daily Calendar for special nature outings geared for children any day of the week  and browse our Readers' Favorites for the Best Family Places to Get Moving and Be Active for more ideas.

If you like to go on outdoor excursions with just your family, check out the growing Capital Area Greenway Trail in the Triangle. Winding through the woods, the Capital Area Greenway Trail offers a network of public open spaces and recreational trails, where any day you'll find families walking, jogging, skating, hiking, bird watching, studying nature and fishing. Take a picnic for more outdoor fun. The trails connect many of Raleigh's parks.


Head to a Story Time

Local public libraries and bookstores feature lots of story times each week, some with crafts, music and discussion. Story times help children make new friends, and provide a chance for parents to meet each other. They're usually free! Search "storytime" in our Daily Calendar to pull up a slew of options.


Step Back in Time at a North Carolina Historic Site

Visit the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources website to learn more about state historic sites that host activities and living history events for kids. In Durham, you'll find these three fascinating places:

* Bennett Place in Durham, which is home to a simple farmhouse that was the site of the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War.

* Duke Homestead in Durham, where you can see the early home, factories, and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco. (Pictured at right, photo courtesy of N.C. Department of Cultural Resources)

* Historic Stagville in Durham, where you'll find the late 18th-century Bennehan House, four rare slave houses, a pre-Revolutionary War farmer's house, a huge timber framed barn, and the Bennehan Family cemetery.


Get Out of Town

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Photo courtesy of North Carolina Zoo


Visit the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro offers 500 acres of exhibits with more than 1,100 different animals from North America and Africa. Asheboro; nczoo.org. The zoo is home to one of the largest chimpanzee troops in U.S. zoos, and has recently added four new chimps.( Pictured: One-year-old chimpanzees Genie (left) and Gigi (right) press their faces to the glass in the N.C. Zoo's chimp exhibit during their first day on exhibit Thursday. N.C. Zoo Photo by Tom Gillespie.) 

Where to Ski, Tube and Snowboard

One of the best things about living in the Triangle is our proximity to the mountains. In less than five hours, snow lovers can find skiing, snowboarding and snow-tubing fun. Browse this roundup of different ski and/or tubing resorts in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia within a six-hour drive of the Triangle.

Updated Jan. 9, 2017

 

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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Pottery and glass pumpkin patch pottery demonstrations, kiln openings, raku firings, glass blowing demos, word turning demos, a fire truck, live music and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cedar Creek Gallery
1150 Fleming Rd.
Creedmoor, NC  27522
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Sponsor: Cedar Creek Gallery
Telephone: 919-528-1041
Contact Name: Jennifer Dolan
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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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Join a textile artist and long-time sewing instructor for this class designed for brand new beginners and re-entry sewers. The session covers tools and sewing concepts, machine threading and...

Cost: $30

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: The Scrap Exchange
Telephone: 191-921-31278
Contact Name: Anna Graves
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Design and build a parachute and engineer an action figure's safe landing off the big blue bridge. In partnership with NC State Engineering Ambassadors + Marbles STEM Play Corps.

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take the family for arts and crafts vendors, train rides, a car show, corn hole tournament, food trucks, inflatables and more. Live music continues until 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Explore the world of squirmy animals and learn their roles in their habitat. All ages with parent. Registration required. 

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Watch a brief slideshow and explore the inner workings of the mill itself. Witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery. Tours take place from 2-3 and 3-4 p.m....

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. 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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Carolina Ballet presents a night of haunted stories and bewitching tales.

Cost: $32 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy Flamenco dance performers. All ages.

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year. Duke Chapel has hosted a Blessing of Animals since 1989, a worship tradition made notable by the camels and other circus...

Cost: Free. $5 parking fee at Bryan Center garage

Where:
Duke Chapel Quad
Duke University
Durham, NC
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The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year. Duke Chapel has hosted a Blessing of Animals since 1989, a worship tradition made notable by the camels and other circus...

Cost: Free. $5 parking fee at Bryan Center garage

Where:
Duke Chapel Quad
Duke University
Durham, NC
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The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year. Duke Chapel has hosted a Blessing of Animals since 1989, a worship tradition made notable by the camels and other circus...

Cost: Free. $5 parking fee at Bryan Center garage

Where:
Duke Chapel Quad
Duke University
Durham, NC
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TABLE's Annual Empty Bowls event features live music, pottery demonstrations and delicious soups, bread, sandwiches and desserts from area restaurants and chefs.  Attendees will also...

Cost: $15-$60

Where:
Weaver Street Market
101 E. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Enjoy live music and receive a meal of hearty soup, sandwich and a dessert, as well as a locally-made pottery bowl. Hear live music from local Americana and Bluegrass musicians. All ages....

Cost: $15-$50

Where:
Weaver Street Market
101 E. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: TABLE
Telephone: 919-636-4860
Contact Name: Suzanne Tormollen
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy a 45-minute class designed to strengthen and stretch the entire body, balance the nervous system, improve body awareness and more. Yoga classes for children incorporate breathing, music,...

Cost: $12/child; $10 for siblings

Where:
Yoga Garden PBO
184 E. Street
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Sponsor: Kids Yoga with Emily
Telephone: 919-780-3516
Contact Name: Emily Behr
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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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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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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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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Burns and Company performs storytelling, mime and ventriloquism for all ages.

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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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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Website »

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Watch a brief slideshow and explore the inner workings of the mill itself. Witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery. Tours take place from 2-3 and 3-4 p.m....

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

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

More information

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Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Parents learn more about ADHD, autism, OCD, anxiety, SPD, ODD, dyslexia and Tourette's. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Impact Family Chiropractic
5176 NC Highway 42 W, Ste. A
Ste. A
Garner, NC  27529
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Sponsor: Impact Family Chiropractic
Telephone: 919-977-5744
Contact Name: Impact Family Chiropractic
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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Parent and child explore what's happening in nature on an easy-paced hike around the preserve. Register online. Choose course #210344.

Cost: Free

Where:
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd.
Wake Forest, NC
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Head outdoors with a park educator and explore popular creepy critters in the park. Dress for exploring and wear closed-toe shoes. Ages 6-12.  Registration required.

Cost: $7/child

Where:
White Deer Park Nature Center
2400 Aversboro Rd.
Garner, NC  27529
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Sponsor: Town of Garner, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919.661.6982
Contact Name: Nature Center Front Desk
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Have your child's car seat checked for safety with Safe Kids of Durham County.

Cost: Free

Where:
buybuyBaby Durham
5430 New Hope Commons Dr
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: buybuyBaby and Safe Kids
Telephone: 919-593-3672
Contact Name: Jennifer Loomis

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Enjoy crafts, engaging activities and a guided walk through the park. Ages 2-6 with adult. Register online. Choose course #209272.

Cost: $3/person

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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Prepare a quesadilla recipe with a seasonal twist. Kids can be their own chefs as they follow the recipe for a delicious and healthy butternut squash quesadilla.

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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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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This annual celebration of multiculturalism brings together nearly 60 international groups who call the Triangle home. Explore the world through main stage performances, cultural exhibits, world...

Cost: $5-$15/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: International Focus
Telephone: 919-782-0552
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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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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 the Halloween season with a creepy crawly yoga class. Paint a pumpkin to take home. Supplies included. Grades K-5. Registration required.  

Cost: $40

Where:
Little Guru Kids Yoga and Creative Arts
215 Glenwood Avenue, Suite A
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Little Guru Kids Yoga
Telephone: 919-345-5873
Contact Name: Jen Bluestone
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/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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Design and decorate pumpkins to display at home, roast and eat pumpkin seeds and play pumpkin games. Registration required.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Kidzu Children's Museum
201 S. Estes Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-933-1455
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Meet superhero characters and enjoy music, activities and refreshments. Costumes optional. Ages 4-12. Register online. Choose course code #106338.

Cost: $39/parent and child; $17/additional child

Where:
Cary Senior Center Ballroom
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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Learn about bats and go on a night hike to look for them. All ages with adult. Advance registration required online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Take the family to view classic films. Games and activities will occur before the movie every Friday in October, 6-9 p.m. (The movie starts at dark.) Pullen Place Café will have...

Where:
Pullen Park and Pullen Place Café
408 Ashe Ave.
Raleigh, NC
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Enjoy a night of singing and dancing, fun activities for all ages and free carriage rides from 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
100 S. Third Street
, NC  27577
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Sponsor: Downtown Smithfield
Telephone: 919.934.0887
Contact Name: Sarah Edwards
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Enjoy a comic ballet with charming characters telling the story of this age-old fairytale. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $8/person

Where:
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-1120
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One day in class, Grace Campbell discovered that there has never been a female president. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be president and...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Raleigh Little Theater
301 Pogue Street
Raleigh, NC  27607
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

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
View map »


Website »

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Join artist Peter Marin and explore traditional Mexican folk art to create amazing sugar skulls and "papel picado," the art of paper cut into beautiful designs. All...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Artspace
201 E. Davie St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-821-2787
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This annual celebration of multiculturalism brings together nearly 60 international groups who call the Triangle home. Explore the world through main stage performances, cultural exhibits, world...

Cost: $5-$15/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: International Focus
Telephone: 919-782-0552
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Play with life-sized Jenga, jumbo Bananagrams, sidewalk tic-tac-toe, hoolah hoops and more. This event is organized by Communities in Schools.

Cost: Free

Where:
CCB Plaza
201 Corcoran St
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy a raffle, sensory activities, a bouncy house, trick-or-treating, a fire truck, police car and more. Open to children of all abilities. Costumes welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Aspen School
1050-A NW Maynard Rd
Cary, NC  27513
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Telephone: 919-981-6588
Contact Name: Lisa Wagner
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Infants-age 6 enjoy storytime featuring books related to a particular social justice theme. Stories are paired with an activity and music. May: Differently Abled People; June: Women...

Cost: Free

Where:
302 West Main Street
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Social Justice Storytime
Telephone: 919-714-3377
Contact Name: Jessica Hulick
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Enjoy a Halloween party featuring a costume parade, storytime, pumpkin crafts, games, family photo booth, trick-or-treating and more. Registration required online. 

Cost: Free. Suggested donation of either a new board book or $5

Where:
Triangle Presbyterian Church
5001 Tudor Place
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: Triangle Area Parenting Support
Telephone: 919-744-8876
Contact Name: Monica Richardson
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Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Carve a pumpkin alongside the steady hands of a WakeMed pediatric surgeon. All participants receive a free pumpkin while supplies last. 

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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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Website »

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Learn how to use mixed media techniques to create a dynamic self-portrait. In order for the instructor to prep for this workshop, students will need to provide the instructor with two items in...

Cost: $35

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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Enjoy a festival celebrating work, food and harvest. This event explores the season for all people on one of North Carolina's largest plantations, through games, music, food,...

Cost: $5/person, $15 family rate

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
Durham, NC  27712
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Telephone: 919-620-0120
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Join a costumed interpreter to learn 19th-century country dances. No registration required. Sessions are noon-12:45 p.m. and 4-4:45 p.m.

Cost: Free

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 a health fair, food, interactive exhibits, arts, crafts, games provided by Playworks NC, prizes face painting and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Poe Center for Health Education
224 Sunnybrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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One day in class, Grace Campbell discovered that there has never been a female president. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be president and...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Raleigh Little Theater
301 Pogue Street
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Learn about the trade of candy making, taste penny candy and take a trip around the globe to explore favorite treats. All ages. No registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Celebrate Halloween and nature with scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and fun games. Costumes optional. 

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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Carolina Ballet presents a night of haunted stories and bewitching tales.

Cost: $32 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Kelly Starling Lyons debuts her new chapter book series "Jada Jones" along with illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Richard B. Harrison Community Library
1313 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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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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Activities include large KidZone with fire engine, face-painting, reading corner, giant games, inflatable obstacle course, paint-a-pumpkin, bird-feeder craft and more. Adult activities include...

Cost: $10/adult, $5/child. Free for ages 5 and younger

Where:
Midtown Park @ North Hills
4011 Cardinal at North Hills Street
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Midtown Raleigh Alliance
Telephone: 919-606-6068
Contact Name: Tara Robbins
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Enjoy a comic ballet with charming characters telling the story of this age-old fairytale. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $8/person

Where:
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-1120
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One day in class, Grace Campbell discovered that there has never been a female president. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be president and...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Raleigh Little Theater
301 Pogue Street
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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All ages enjoy a barn dance hosted by the Sassafras Fork Farm with live music and barbecue.

Cost: $15-$50

Where:
Sassafras Fork Farm
639 U.S. 158
Rougemont, NC  27572
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Sponsor: The South Durham Farmers' Market
Contact Name: Jessie Kadolph
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Enjoy a comic ballet with charming characters telling the story of this age-old fairytale. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $8/person

Where:
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-1120
Website »

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Carolina Ballet presents a night of haunted stories and bewitching tales.

Cost: $32 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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