Vacation Ideas: 17 Places to See With Kids in North Carolina


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If you were born and raised in North Carolina — or are perhaps raising your own kids here — you know the possibilities for family fun are endless.

“From the mountains to the woodlands to the coast, family experiences unfold on a variety of landscapes,” says Suzanne Brown, media relations specialist for VisitNC. “We are also a state with a full range of seasons, so there’s a variety of things to do all year.”

With so many options, finding the perfect destination for your next family vacation or day trip can be a difficult decision. So to help, here are our top picks of things to do in North Carolina before your kids are grown. 

 

1. Watch the sunset on top of Jockeys Ridge.

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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Nags Head | jockeysridgestatepark.com

There are very few spots in North Carolina where you can watch the sun set into a large body of water, but Jockey’s Ridge State Park is one of them. Through its popular Sunset on the Ridge summer program, you can climb to the top of the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern U.S. and watch the sun descend into the Roanoke Sound with the Atlantic Ocean behind you. Don’t be surprised if there’s spontaneous applause once the sun disappears. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. Arrive early to fly a kite with the kids.

Cost: Free

Nearby attractions: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Jennette’s Pier

 

2. Admire the blue ghost fireflies in DuPont State Recreational Forest.

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Cedar Mountain | dupontforest.com

Chasing backyard fireflies at dusk is a favorite childhood activity, but you’ve probably never seen fireflies quite like these. Instead of a yellow intermittent glow, the blue ghost fireflies of Transylvania and Henderson counties emit a steady blue glow along the forest floor. The eerie light show is only about four weeks long starting in May and disappearing by mid-June. Check the Friends of DuPont State Forest website or call for information about occasional guided tours.

Cost: Free

Nearby attractions: The forest is home to several waterfalls and is an ideal location for hiking or mountain biking.

 

3. See the wild horses along North Carolinas coast.

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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Corolla, Beaufort, Shackleford Banks, Ocracoke | ncwildhorses.com

North Carolina’s coast is home to several groups of wild horses: Corolla’s wild Spanish mustangs; Beaufort’s wild horses at the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve, which descended from Banker horses (often referred to as ponies) and Quarter horses; Shackleford Banks’ wild Banker horses; and Ocracoke’s Banker horses. In general, you can see the horses for free. For example, all you need to see the horses in Corolla is a four-wheel drive vehicle so you can drive on the beach. Don’t have one? Several businesses offer four-wheel-drive guided tours. Visit ncwildhorses.com for details.

Cost: Free with four-wheel drive vehicle

Nearby attractions: While exploring North Carolina’s coast, be sure to visit one of the many lighthouses, including these that are climbable: Currituck, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke, Cape Lookout, Oak Island and Old Baldy.

 

4. See a bald eagle at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

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Apex | ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/main.php

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area has the largest population of bald eagles in the eastern U.S., and the best time to see one is during the spring migration (April-June). Arrive early morning or near dusk to increase your chances of spotting our national bird and to find a location that gives you a wide view of the lake. Don’t forget your binoculars.

Cost: Free

Nearby attractions: The park offers a variety of activities such as camping, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming and more.

 

5. Ride a vintage steam locomotive at Tweetsie Railroad.

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Photo courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad

Blowing Rock | tweetsie.com

This popular attraction has two historic steam engines: No. 12 Tweetsie and No. 190 Yukon Queen. Both are coal-fired, narrow-gauge engines and will be a highlight for train enthusiasts of all ages. After your train ride around the park, enjoy a variety of rides, midway games, gem mining, the deer park and more. Be sure to check Tweetsie’s events schedule for special appearances such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Team UmiZoomi and Scooby-Doo.

Cost: $27-$41

Nearby attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, Julian Price Memorial Park, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park

 

6. Take a plunge down Sliding Rock.

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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Brevard | ncwaterfalls.com/sliding_rock1.htm

Beat the heat this summer in North Carolina’s cool mountain water. Sliding Rock is a 60-foot natural waterfall/rock slide. At the base, there’s a 6-foot-deep pool for a refreshing splash at the end of your exhilarating slide. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Cost: $2

Nearby attractions: Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Brevard Music Center

 

7. Climb to the top of Hatteras Lighthouse.

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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Buxton | nps.gov/caha

It’s a strenuous climb with 257 steps, but you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views from the top of the tallest brick lighthouse in North America. You’ll also have a great view of the lighthouse’s previous site before it was relocated in 1999. The self-guided climb is not recommended for young children because of narrow stairs and only one handrail on one side.

Cost: $4-$8

Nearby Attractions: Buxton Woods Reserve, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry

 

8. See Unto These Hills in Cherokee.
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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Cherokee | cherokeehistorical.org/theatre.html

The historical outdoor drama is performed nightly (except Sundays) from late May until mid-August at the Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee. The play tells the story of the Cherokee tribe’s highest point of power, the Trail of Tears and present day. The first version of the play opened in July 1950, making the production one of the longest-running outdoor historical dramas in the U.S.

Cost: Call 866-554-4557.

Nearby attractions: Oconaluftee Indian Village, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

9. Climb to the top of Chimney Rock.

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Photo courtesy of Chimney Rock Park

Chimney Rock | chimneyrockpark.com

Take an elevator or make the strenuous climb up 26 stories of stairs to reach the iconic monolith, which is 535 million years old. From the top, enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. While exploring the park, kids will love the discovery stations on the Great Woodland Adventure, an easy .6-mile hike to discover the lives of frogs, owls, chipmunks and more. Also, don’t miss Grady’s Animal Discovery Den with live animals, and make sure the kids visit Hickory Nut Falls, the second-highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

Cost: $7-$15; free for ages 4 and younger

Nearby attractions: Lake Lure, Broad River Gems and Mining Co.

 

10. See The Lost Colony in Manteo.

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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Manteo | thelostcolony.org

This classic musical and outdoor drama tells the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, one of the first settlements in the New World and where the first English child (Virginia Dare) was born in North America. It is the second-longest-running historical outdoor drama in the U.S. The play is performed in two one-hour acts.

Cost: $10-$30; free for ages 5 and younger

Nearby attractions: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Island Farm, North Carolina Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens

 

11. Take a guided horseback ride on the grounds of Biltmore Estate.
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Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estate

Asheville | biltmore.com

Explore trails and woodlands on the grounds of this magnificent French Renaissance chateau on horseback during a one-hour guided tour. Carriage, wagon rides and private tours are also available.

Cost: Guided horseback, $55+; wagon rides, $6-$12; carriage rides, $30.

Nearby attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Arboretum, Pisgah National Forest

 

12. Cross the Mile-High Swinging Bridge.

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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Grandfather Mountain | grandfather.com

Crossing a 228-foot suspension bridge (pictured above courtesy of VisitNC.com) is not for the faint-hearted. Name for its elevation, the Mile-High Swinging Bridge spans an 80-foot chasm. Originally built in 1952, the bridge was rebuilt in 1999 using galvanized steel for the cables, rails and floorboards. While there, visit the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, 11 hiking trails and seven wildlife habitats to see deer, bald eagles, bears and more.

Cost: $9-$20; free for children ages 3 and younger

Nearby attractions: Linn Cove Visitor Center, Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway

 

13. Visit the site of the first U.S. gold rush.

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Midland | nchistoricsites.org/reed/reed.htm

When you think of a gold rush, California immediately comes to mind, but you might be surprised to learn that the first gold rush in the U.S. occurred right here in North Carolina. Our state also led in gold production until 1848. Reed Gold Mine is now a historic site open for tours.

Cost: Mine tours are free; $3 for gold panning

Nearby attractions: Downtown Midland, a 20-minute drive from Charlotte

 

14. Follow the Yellow Brick Road at Autumn at Oz.

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Photo courtesy of autumnatoz.com

Beech Mountain | autumnatoz.com

The first weekend in October during the Autumn at Oz festival, visitors can explore the Land of Oz, which used to be a thriving theme park that opened in 1970 and closed in 1980. See Dorothy’s farm home, experience the tornado, arrive at Oz and see the beloved cast of characters. 

May 2016 update: The Land of Oz is opening every Friday in June for its Journey With Dorothy special event in celebration of Beech Mountain's Annual Family Fun month.

Cost: $35; free for children ages 2 and younger

Nearby attractions: Beech Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain Resort, Roan Mountain State Park, Blue Ridge Parkway

 

15. Visit one of Blackbeards favorite islands.

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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Ocracoke | ocracokevillage.com

While on the island of Ocracoke, visit Teach’s Hole, a channel named for Edward Teach, the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard. Ocracoke was one of his favorite spots to drop anchor, and it’s also where he lost his life in a fierce battle. Young pirate fans will enjoy the Teach’s Hole “Blackbeard” exhibit and Pirate Specialty Shop. Pictured at right, an aerial view of the Village of Ocracoke. Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Cost: Free to visit the island; small admission fee for the exhibit

Nearby attractions: Ocracoke Lighthouse, Springer’s Point Nature Preserve, Portsmouth Island, Ocracoke ponies, Ocracoke Preservation Museum

 

16. Take a carriage ride through historic Wilmington.

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Photo courtesy of Wilmington and Beaches CVB

Wilmington | horsedrawntours.com

From April through October, horse-drawn carriage rides depart daily every 30 minutes from Market Street in historic downtown. Your adventure begins near the waterfront, and from there you’ll pass Old Wilmington’s beautiful mansions and learn about the city’s history. See the website for a November-through-March schedule.

Cost: $5-$12

Nearby attractions: USS North Carolina, Airlie Gardens, Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington Railroad Museum, Henrietta III

 

17. Take a rail excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

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Bryson City, Dillsboro | gsmr.com

Enjoy a scenic train ride with the kids! Choose from day-trip excursion packages and a variety of ticket options to explore the Nantahala Gorge and Tuckasegee River. The Nantahala excursion includes a one-hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center while the Tuckasegree trip offers a layover for shopping in Dillsboro. Be sure to check out the railroad’s special events calendar for dates that include the Dinosaur Train (based on the popular PBS “Dinosaur Train” series), Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express, The Polar Express and more.

Cost: $20-$94

Nearby attractions: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

Myra Wright is the publisher/editor of Piedmont Parent, a sister publication of Carolina Parent and Charlotte Parent. She loves exploring the state with her husband and three kids.
 

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SEE ALSO: 8 Family-Friendly Hikes in NC and 10 Playgrounds Worth a Drive and NC By Train and Amtrak Offer Summer $5 Kids Ride Deal

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Step back in time with a 19th-century costumed interpreter and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Registration encouraged online. Tickets available at the mill. ...

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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Headlining the air show will be The Blue Angels, the US Navy’s premier aerial demonstration team, performing a myriad of precise formations and maneuvers in six distinctive blue and yellow...

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Martin St.
Goldsboro, NC  27531
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Take part in a kids' triathlon that financially supports families fighting childhood cancer in the Triangle area at Duke Children’s and UNC Children’s hospitals. Ages 6-16. All...

Cost: $50/person

Where:
Chapel Hill Country Club
103 Lancaster Drive
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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The Triangle's annual agricultural festival showcases animals, home grown food, family entertainment, music, antique farm equipment, carnival rides and more. Gate admission and parking are...

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Create a beautiful work of art on an iPad. Learn to use two apps, one to create art and another one to fuse art and photography. Take an iPad so you can take your art home with...

Cost: $50

Where:
theCoderSchool
201 Davis Grove Circle
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: theCoderSchool Cary
Telephone: 919-234-5193
Contact Name: Brandon Wright
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It's the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. Ryder summons Marshall,...

Cost: $21 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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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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Celebrate Artsplosure's 37th anniversary with exhibitors, large-scale visual art installations, live performances, a student art exhibition and much more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
, NC  27601


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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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Use clues and observational skills to discover for yourself what object of the past is being displayed and what the artifact must have been used for historically.  All ages. Drop-in...

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 Haven House's 2nd Annual Battle of the Bags cornhole tournament fundraiser. Registration begins at noon and matches start promptly at 1 p.m. The event features a band,...

Cost: $50/team

Where:
Trophy Brewing and Taproom
656 Maywood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Haven House Services
Telephone: 919-833-3312
Contact Name: Shannon Walters
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Get in the driver's seat with a hands-on experience with vehicles of all kinds. Meet with local representatives and their vehicles from emergency, construction, landscaping, military,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Park
2200 Laura Duncan Rd.
Apex, NC
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Sponsor: Town of Apex
Telephone: 919-249-3507
Contact Name: Allie Prelaske
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Enjoy finger-picking, toe-tapping bluegrass music for young musicians. Get an up-close look at instruments and make a scrap-instrument to take home.

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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See a ballet production performed by Raleigh Dance Theatre with the Triangle Youth Phiharmonic. The performance also features "A Lesson in...

Cost: $15 advance tickets, $18 at the door

Where:
Meredith College, Jones Auditorium
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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It's the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. Ryder summons Marshall,...

Cost: $21 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy the story of a woman born to be free who captures the hearts and souls of the men who love her. The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle performs live music to accompany the ballet. Purchase...

Cost: $30-$89

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Carolina Ballet
Telephone: 919-719-0900
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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. Register online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/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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Triangle Jewish Chorale Concert  Leonard Bernstein: An American Original   The Triangle Jewish Chorale pays tribute to Leonard Bernstein, the preeminent conductor, composer and pianist,...

Cost: Free. Donations welcome.

Where:
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
1200 W. Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC
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Sponsor: Triangle Jewish Chorale
Telephone: 919 881 8520
Contact Name: Annie Lang
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See a ballet production performed by Raleigh Dance Theatre with the Triangle Youth Phiharmonic. The performance also features "A Lesson in...

Cost: $15 advance tickets, $18 at the door

Where:
Meredith College, Jones Auditorium
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Be Active Kids hosts the Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute. Experts from across the country discuss physical activity for young children. The event begins with an opening session of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Be Active Kids
Telephone: 919-287-7012
Contact Name: Evie Houtz
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Ages 3-5 enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Make a craft inspired by nature. Materials provided. Al ages with adult. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Learn how to help your baby excel in motor development. This class focuses on tummy time. Whether your infant needs help learning to enjoy tummy time or find his way to hands and knees for...

Cost: $15

Where:
Baby + Co
226 Ashville Ave.
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Read the story by Lois Ehlert and explore the world of squirrels. Ages 18 mos-3 yrs with adult. Register online. 

Cost: $2/child

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Learn about the different parts of trees and their purpose, why trees are an important resource, and how to identify some of the most common trees in North Carolina. Make tree "cookies,"...

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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Ages 5-12 learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, kitchen and food safety, and enjoy a healthy snack. Meet in the bakery side of the cafe. Email sherry.thrasher@wholefoods.com to...

Cost: Free

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

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Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
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See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
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Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Ages 3-5. Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story...

Cost: Free. Parking fees apply

Where:
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Telephone: 919-668-1707
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Ages 2-6 and adult enjoy a craft, games, songs, stories and a guided walk through the wetland. Register online. Choose course #203549.  

Cost: $3

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
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See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Parent and child explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Ages 3-5. Program begins at the Bobby G. Wilder...

Cost: $5/nonmembers. Free for members

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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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 a leisurely early evening stroll along the trail to the Beaver Creek Bridge. Observe the natural world and take in some amazing views of the wetland. Take binoculars and a water bottle. All...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Alden Early
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Enjoy May Arts Night, featuring new exhibits in the Allenton and Semans Gallery, a pop-up gallery of work from the current Durham Convention Center exhibit, crafts for kids and performances by...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2719
Contact Name: Susan Tierney
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Use recycled shoe boxes and nature magazines to create a one-of-kind keepsake box. Take an empty shoe or similar-sized box. Ages 6-12. Register online. Choose course #203568.

Cost: $1/child

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Local blues icon Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos with John Dee Holeman perform a free, family-friendly concert. Enjoy local eats and drinks from Baton Rouge Cuisine,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Northgate Mall
Telephone: 919-286-4407
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Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
Website »

More information

See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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This Memorial Day, honor those who have served our nation as Project Uplift USA hosts the annual WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. See 35 hot air balloons...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Hear some of "The Wind in the Willows" story while making a crafty model boat to test on the pond. Pose for pictures with the Mill Pond Regatta. Ages 6 and older...

Cost: $2/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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Take a 30-minute tour to view the main power drive and milling machinery. Tickets available inside the park's visitor center.

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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Take the family for a ride in an open train car and enjoy ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, kids' activities, music and more. Purchase tickets online. All visitors must purchase a train ticket to...

Cost: $12/adult, $10/child

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd.
New Hill, NC  27562
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See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
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Learn canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history. Ages 5 and older with adult. Advance registration required 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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Help kick off the NCBA World Series with a Fan Fest and Long Ball Challenge. Food, fun and representatives from the Carolina Hurricanes, Durham Bulls, NCFC, NC Courage and...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Main Athletic Complex
1151 N. Main St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, Town of Holly Springs, NCBA, Holly Springs Salamanders, GRSA, GMA Supply
Telephone: 919-567-1796
Contact Name: Karen Shore
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Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
Website »

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See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

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This Memorial Day, honor those who have served our nation as Project Uplift USA hosts the annual WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. See 35 hot...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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