Triangle Summer Movie Deals for Families


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From Cary to Carrboro, your family can enjoy free or discounted films — many of which are shown under the summer night sky.

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APEX

Apex Music & Movies in the Park Series 
2600 Evans Road
919-249-1120
Free outdoor concert and movie series at Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre. All movies begin at dusk. Bring your own chair or blanket and picnic dinner, but leave pets and alcohol at home. 

Free Wednesday Night Movies 
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
Bring your date, your teenager or your friends for a free movie just for teenagers and adults. The first Wednesday of every month at Halle Cultural Arts Center.  

Pizza and a Movie
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
Spend a fun-filled evening viewing a film in the Halle Cultural Arts Center's cozy theater. Tables and chairs are set up to accommodate 80 for this special event. Enjoy a slice or two of pizza while watching the movie. Bottled water, fruit and a dessert is included. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. 2017 dates: April 20, May 18, June 22, July 20 and Aug. 17. Tickets are $2-$5.

Summer Movie Express 2017
Regal Beaver Creek Stadium 12
1441 Beaver Creek Commons
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 13.  

Summer Week-Long Free Morning Movies
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
A whole week worth of family-friendly movies at Halle Cultural Arts Center. Bring your own snacks. Held between June and August. Call for movie title.

BENSON

Movie Night in the Grove
400 E. Main St. 
919-894-5117
The Town of Benson offers a free movie night on the first and third Friday of every month. Beginning in May, movies are held outdoors at the Downtown Singing Grove, weather permitting, and begin at sunset. 

CARRBORO

Free Friday Night Flicks
100 N. Greensboro St.
919-918-7385
A family movie will be shown at the Century Center on select Fridays. Doors open at 6 p.m. Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian present to be admitted. All ages are admitted; no registration is required. 

CARY

Movies by Moonlight
8003 Regency Pwky
919-462-2025
Outdoor movies at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre are shown on select Thursdays and Fridays, June 2 - Aug. 10. Free for children 12 and younger and $5 for general admission. Bring picnics as well as blankets or chairs. Movies start at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) and the gates open at 7 p.m. A portion of the profits benefit WakeMed Children's Hospital. Purchase tickets at the amphitheater box office.  

The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
919-462-2051
The Cary Downtown Theater offers independent, documentary, and classic films. All movie tickets are $3 to $5. See the website for showings and ratings. 

Summer Movie Express 2017
Regal Crossroads Stadium 20 & IMAX
501 Caitboo Ave.
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 13. 

CHAPEL HILL

Movies Under the Stars
150 E. Rosemary St.
Outdoor movies are shown on top of the Wallace Parking Deck on select Thursdays from June 15 until Aug. 17. Free admission and free popcorn. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Movies start at 8:30 p.m., or sundown. Featuring sports-themed movies this season.   

Movies by Moonlight
​The Green, 15-501 South
919-969-8049
Movies start at dusk and are $5 per person. Screenings are at Southern Village on Saturdays, May 27 – Sept. 9. No glass bottles or pets allowed on the Green. 

Summer Kids Series
620 Market St.
919-969-8049
PG-rated movies are shown every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 20 to Aug. 9 at The Lumina. Purchase an 8-movie season pass for $10. Parents/chaperones are admitted free but must be accompanied by a child. 

Varsity Theater
123 E. Franklin St.
919-967-8665
$4 movies year round. Visit the Varsity's online schedule to view what is currently playing.

DURHAM

Rock the Park
502 Foster St. 
919-560-4355
This free movie series takes place from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on June 24, July 22 and Aug. 19 at Durham Central Park. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food vendors will be on site. No alcohol allowed. 

2017 Free Summer Kids Movie Series
1058 W. Club Blvd. 
919-286-1001
Free movies for 10 weeks in the summer at Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall. Shows start at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Check website for dates.

GARNER

Friday Family Flick and Camping
921 Buffaloe Road
919-661-6982
Free movies screened on select Fridays at 8:30 p.m. at Lake Benson Park. There is also an overnight camping option ($12/family for town residents; $16/family for nonresidents). Registration for camping is required; no registration necessary for the movie. 

Summer Movie Express 2017
Regal White Oak Stadium 14
1205 Timber Drive East
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 13. 

KNIGHTDALE

Outdoor Movie Night Series
810 North First Avenue 
Free and open to the public. Make sure to bring a blanket and/or chairs. The series will be at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater June 23, June 30, July 7 and July 14. Movies begin at dusk. Groups from local schools will be running the concession stand. All proceeds will directly support the associated school.

MORRISVILLE

Morrisville Movies
1520 Morrisville Parkway 
Free movies will be shown at Field #1 at Morrisville Community Park. Come early to get a good spot and enjoy dinner from local food trucks (bring cash!). Movies are family-friendly and begin at dark. Enjoy bounce houses and music at 5:30 p.m. before the movie begins. Movies begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Check website for dates. 

Poppy's Summer Movie Magic
3400 Village Market Place 
919-653-0122
The summer schedule includes kid-friendly movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 13-Aug. 17 at Park West 14. All shows start at 10 a.m. and admission is $1. Adult admission is free! Doors open at 9 a.m., plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m.

RALEIGH

North Carolina Museum of Art Summer Films 
2110 Blue Ridge Road
919-839-6262
Enjoy an outdoor movie series on the lawn in HD format. Picnics are welcome. Parents please note: many screenings are family-friendly, but there are a few R-rated titles each season. Prices vary for music/movie combos. Check website for dates.

AMC Classic Blueridge 14
600 Blue Ridge Road
919-828-8007
Tickets are $2.40 year round. Check website for movie times. 

Movies in the Garden
301 Pogue St. 
Free outdoor movies in the Stephenson Amphitheatre next to the Raleigh Rose Garden on Thursdays July 20 – Aug. 10. Gates open and pre-show activity begins at 8:00 p.m. and movies starts at 9:00 p.m. Food and concessions available. 

N.C. State Campus
Corner of Cates Avenue and Dan Allen Drive
919-515-5168
Movies are shown at the campus cinema in the Witherspoon Student Center. (Not all movies are family-friendly.) Most summer films are free but some may cost $3 for general admission. No cards accepted, cash only. Concessions are available for purchase with cash. 

Mission Valley Theatre Summer Kid Show Movies
2109-124 Avent Ferry Road
919-834-2233
Movies each Tuesday and Wednesday, June 20-Aug. 9. Admission is $2.25. Season tickets available for $9 for eight movies. Parent/chaperone admitted free! Doors open at 9:30 a.m., show starts at 10 a.m. $2.50 popcorn and drink special available. 

Raleigh City Farms' Movies on the Farm
800 N. Blount St.
919-322-9596
Free family-friendly movie showings on the final Fridays of June, July and August. The farm opens at 7:30 p.m. and movies start at 8:30 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, as well as well-behaved (leashed) four-legged friends. Concessions will be sold.

Raleighwood Cinema Grill
6609 Falls of Neuse Road
919-847-0326
​Family matinee shows for $6 before 6 p.m. Purchase tickets with cash only. Arrive 30 minutes prior to show time.

Six Forks Station Summer Kid Show Movies
9500 Forum Drive
919-846-3904
Movies each Tuesday and Wednesday, June 20-Aug. 9. Admission is $9 for eight movies or $2.50 each. Parent/chaperone admitted free! Doors open at 9:30 a.m., show starts at 10 a.m. $2.50 popcorn and drink special available. Season tickets may be purchased at the Six Forks box office. 

PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series
400 Fayetteville St.
Free outdoor movies begin at sundown (about 8:15 p.m.). Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m., movies begin at dusk. Check website for dates. 

Summer Movie Express 2017
Regal North Hills Stadium 14
4150 Main at North Hills St. 
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 13. 

ROXBORO

Summer Film Fest Movie Series
5050 Durham Road
336-598-5050 
See kid-friendly movies every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Palace Pointe. $5 admission includes the movie, popcorn and a soda. Buy a season pass for all 10 dates for $25. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. 2017 dates: June 14-Aug. 16.

SMITHFIELD

Smithfield Cinemas 2017 Summer Kid Shows
175 S. Equity Drive 
919-934-2198
Enjoy G- and PG-rated movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. June 13-Aug. 17 for $2.50 admission, which includes the movie, a drink and popcorn.  

Howell Theater
141 South Third Street
919-938-1201
​The Howell Theater is a vintage theater (circa 1935) that offers $3 matinees all year long Monday through Friday before 6 p.m. Check website for summer specials. 

WAKEFIELD

Summer Movies 2017 at Wakefield Cinemas
10600 Common Oak Drive
919-453-2746
​A specially selected series of family films on 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Two movies to choose from each day with free admission. See website for details.  

WAKE FOREST

Flix4Kids
405 S. Brooks St. 
919-435-9428
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts G and PG movies on the second Monday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m. Movies are free and open to the public, and concessions are available for purchase. 

ZEBULON

Family Movie Night
301 S. Arendell Ave. 
919-823-0432
Second Friday (May 12, June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11) of each month at 7 p.m. at the Zebulon Community Center. Children must have a parent/guardian present. Free movie and popcorn for all ages! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

 

This article was originally written in 2014 and updated April 23, 2017 by Megan Finke.

 

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October 2017

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N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
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Cost: $18

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1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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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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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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Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
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Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Enjoy 14 food trucks, street music and artisans. Special crafts and games for kids provided by the Garner Police Athletics Activity League. Please note: Pets are not allowed at events sponsored by...

Cost: Free admission and parking

Where:
Main Street, downtown Garner
Garner, NC  27529


Sponsor: Garner Revitalization Association
Telephone: 919-773-4402
Contact Name: Mari Howe
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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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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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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. 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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Explore the science of sound and meet special guest musicians. Get an up close look at instruments, make a scrap-instrument to take home and enjoy the music. Everybody can get their...

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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A blue cat is on his way to stay with a new family and he’s excited, but Jimmy Biddle is nervous about how their houseguest is going to shake things up. When Jimmy draws a blank in art...

Cost: $12

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
2610 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27695
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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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Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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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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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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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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Children delight in discoveries of shapes, colors and textures in nature. Ages 1 and older with parent. Registration required.

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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Students in grades K-5 take part in hands-on activities and learn about leaves and other fun fall topics. Hands-on learning stations will be open from 10 a.m.-noon. Stop by the Visitor Center...

Cost: $5/student

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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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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Join others for an easy-paced hike around the greenway accompanied by a naturalist. Register online. Choose course #209281.

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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Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Children delight in discoveries of shapes, colors and textures in nature. Ages 1 and older with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Learn about gourds, make a craft and go on a pumpkin hunt. All ages with adult. Registration required.

Cost: $1/person

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 movies, trick-or-treating in the shopping district, a costume contest for kids and adults, free hayrides and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Village Market Place, corner of 54 and Cary Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Telephone: 919-467-8880
Contact Name: Meghan
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Enjoy games, a costume parade, bounce house, balloon animals, pumpkin painting and a food truck.

Cost: Free

Where:
Pinewoods Montessori
109 Millstone Dr.
Hillsborough, NC
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Get the entire family into costume and enjoy a haunted bus, trunk-or-treat and a costume contest. Take two bags of candy to share with everyone visiting the event. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham , NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham YMCAs
Telephone: 919-667-9622
Contact Name: Matthew McAulay
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Five characters from Johnston County’s past will be brought back to life October 26 during the Johnston County Heritage Center’s 13th annual Ghost Walk in Smithfield’s historic...

Cost: $3 for adults, $2 for students

Where:
100 E. Church St.
Smithfield, NC  27577
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Sponsor: Johnston County Heritage Center
Telephone: 919-934-2836
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Play spooky games and enjoy snacks. Costumes encouraged. Grades 6-10.

Cost: Free

Where:
Eva Perry Regional Library
2100 Shepherds Vineyard Dr.
Apex, NC  27502
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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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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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Wander the garden to see glowing pumpkins and follow a scavenger hunt. Make your own natural potions, meet live critters, design a candy catapult, and create leaf art. Enjoy treats and prizes. Take...

Cost: $5/person. Free for ages 3 and younger

Where:
NC Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: NC Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-249-8404
Contact Name: Andrew Torlage
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

Cost: $17/resident, $22/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy dinner, a costume contest, dance party and games and a haunted house. Ages 4-12. 

Cost: $25/child

Where:
Master Choi's Olympic Taekwondo
105 W. NC 54, Ste. 269
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: Master Choi
Telephone: 919-544-2222
Contact Name: Master Oh
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

Cost: $17/resident, $22/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Wear a costume and show off your best dance moves at a free costume party for the Southeast Raleigh community hosted by Expressions in Rhythm Studio. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Expressions in Rhythm Studio
918 Rock Quarry Rd.
Suite 105
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Expressions in Rhythm Studio
Telephone: 919-615-3088
Contact Name: Expressions in Rhythm Studio
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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...

Where:
Pullen Park and Pullen Place Café
408 Ashe Ave.
Raleigh, NC
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Zombiepalooza features local filmmakers’ own zombie films, cosplay zombies and classic films, including "Dawn of the Dead."

Cost: Free

Where:
The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-462-2051
Contact Name: Town of Cary
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Navigate through the building to experience all of the thrills that the Cary Teen Council has created to get your adrenaline rushing. All ages welcome; parental discretion...

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Avenue
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department
Telephone: 919-469-4061
Contact Name: Town of Cary
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Teens enjoy a costume contest, dance contest and art projects. 

Cost: $25/person; additional guest is $20

Where:
Artopia
6109 Maddry Oaks Ct.
Raleigh, NC  27616
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Telephone: 919-307-8144
Contact Name: Debbie Hopper
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Get into the Halloween spirit as the Cary Town Band performs spooky music accompanied by dancers from Graceful Expressions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC
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Adults enjoy museum activities, food trucks, a costume contest, candy apple bar and more. An Escape Room Challenge is $5 extra. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

Cost: $18/person

Where:
Kidzu Children's Museum
201 S. Estes Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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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
View map »


Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

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Take the family and celebrate fall with hayrides, 19th-century carnival games, corn shucking contest, townball (old-fashioned baseball) and more. Learn about 19th-century farm life,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bentonville Battlefield
5466 Harper House Rd.
Four Oaks, NC  27524
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Explore all four levels of the mill and learn about its preserved machinery. Ages 10 and older. Registration required.

Cost: $10/adult, $6 ages 10-16

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Live entertainment, a kids' zone, cornhole competition, food trucks, and arts and crafts vendors highlight this annual festival in Holly Springs.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park
2401 Grigsby Ave.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Take part in fun, hands-on science experiments, which include chemistry, physics, materials and an engineering experiment. See website for ages and times. Register online. 

Cost: $55/child

Where:
SMILE Camp
6301 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: SMILE Camp
Telephone: 919-538-5278
Contact Name: Sheila Marsh
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Learn about fiber, knots and weaving on a loom made from household materials to make a woven skeleton for Halloween. Materials provided. Register online.

Cost: $27 plus 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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Join us in Downtown Smithfield on October 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the Junior Women's League of Smithfield's 2nd Annual Touch-A-Truck event! This is a unique...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Smithfield
Downtown Smithfield
Smithfield, NC  27577
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Sponsor: Junior Women's League of Smithfield
Contact Name: Dana Peterson
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Skateboard, BMX and scooter riders compete. Beginners start the day off at 10 a.m., moving on to the intermediate level at 1 p.m. The advanced level begins at 4 p.m., finishing up with the...

Cost: Free for spectators

Where:
Sk8 Cary
2040 N.W. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Town of Cary
Telephone: 919-380-2970
Contact Name: Veronica Thring
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Learn basic canoeing skills and explore the pond's features as only seen from the water. Sessions are 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Ages 5 and older with adult. Register online.

Cost: $10/boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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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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Take a 30-minute tour to view the main power drive and milling machinery. Tickets available inside the park's visitor center. Online registration encouraged.

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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The North Carolina Symphony and the Triangle Youth Ballet bring Prokofiev's timeless story of bravery to life on stage through playful music, colorful costumes, and beautiful dance. 

Cost: $13-$26

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Wear your costume and go trick-or-treating in a maze. Visit with farm animals and get a family photo with Silas and Sadie Scarecrow, Spookley, the Square Pumpkin and the Minions. Stroll...

Cost: $10/person; cash only

Where:
Lazy O Farm
3583 Packing Plant Road
Smithfield, NC  27577
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Sponsor: Lazy O Farm
Telephone: 919-934-1132
Contact Name: Tami Thompson
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Dress up in a favorite costume creation for a party that includes light refreshments, an art activity, dancing and costume awards.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Dept
Telephone: 919-469-4069
Contact Name: Town of Cary
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Take your four-legged friend to Crowder District Park for the fifth annual Canine Contests for dog tricks. Costumes optional. No registration required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Celebrate the season with a wagon ride out to the back areas of the park to search for a hidden pumpkin, then return to the Longleaf Shelter to carve a Halloween masterpiece with your family....

Cost: $2/person

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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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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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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Be challenged to designed a graphical animated game and add a Halloween surprise. Choose either the 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. session. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Coder School
201 Davis Grove Circle
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: The Coder School - Cary
Telephone: 919-234-5193
Contact Name: Nidhi Joshi
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The Heart of Cary Association hosts family-friendly activities including trick-or-treating at local businesses, a petting zoo, bounce house, local musicians, pumpkin carving, cookie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Cary
Academy and W. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Heart of Cary Association
Contact Name: Leah Campbell
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Stop by the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve at one of the carving stations or take your own. Pumpkins will be lit for display and judged in a variety of categories. Stay for...

Cost: Free; pumpkins cost extra

Where:
Cary Downtown Park
319 S. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Dept
Telephone: 919-469-4061
Contact Name: Town of Cary
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Enjoy lots of fun activities for children and families: bounce house, trunk or treat, games, crafts, and more. Non-scary costumes welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Epworth United Methodist Church
3002 Hope Valley Rd
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Epworth UMC
Telephone: 919-489-6557
Contact Name: Amanda Wilson
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The North Carolina Symphony and the Triangle Youth Ballet bring Prokofiev's timeless story of bravery to life on stage through playful music, colorful costumes, and beautiful dance. 

Cost: $13-$26

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Wear a costume and enjoy trick-or-treating along Salem Street in historic downtown Apex. Allergy free treats available at teal-colored pumpkin stations. Learn more at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Apex
Salem Street
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Apex Downtown Business Association
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Enjoy a fall festival with games, a cornhole tournament, barbecue, a haunted house and more.

Cost: Fees vary by activity

Where:
North Raleigh Swim Club
8105 Haymarket Ln
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Dress in your best Halloween costume and join us for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, storytelling, and a magic show.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Towne Center
1105 Walnut St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Dept
Telephone: 919-469-4061
Contact Name: Town of Cary
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Take part in a live theater experience by following pirates, pilots, and pioneers as they twist and turn throughout a lantern-lit tour of the exhibit "The Story of North...

Cost: $8/member, $10/nonmember

Where:
NC Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: NC Museum of History Associates (MOHA)
Telephone: 919-870-7853
Contact Name: Kara Meyer
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Enjoy trunk-or-treating from decorated car trunks, trunk decorating contest, food and beverages, free games with prizes, crafts, strolling performers and family-friendly music in a safe...

Cost: Free

Where:
New City Church
8015 Creedmoore Rd Suite 101
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: New City Church
Telephone: 919-434-1900
Contact Name: Dylan Dodson
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Discover what's happening in the forest as the sun sets, and listen to stories and enjoy s'mores around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/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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Enjoy a night of truck or treat. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
4301 Louisburg Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: New Hope Baptist Church
Telephone: 919-876-5250
Contact Name: Lori Welborn
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Families play spider games to learn about creepy crawly spider adaptations, make spider crafts, and carve a jack-o-lantern. Take a walk in the dark woods to look and listen for what goes...

Cost: $6/participant

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Spooky stories and ghostly legends are dramatized by Cary Players in a macabre walking tours of historic downtown Cary. Suitable for ages 10 and older. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15/person

Where:
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Dept
Telephone: 919-469-4061
Contact Name: Town of Cary
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Discover which animals are active in the wetland at night, and go for a night hike.  Ages 5 and older. Register online. Choose course #209316.

Cost: $2/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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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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