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Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities in the Triangle


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Looking for a way to give back to the community and help others? We've compiled a list of volunteer and community service opportunities for Triangle families, teens and older youth. Some are have opportunities specifically tied to a particular holiday (i.e., Thanksgiving or Christmas) while others are year-round operations. For those with young children, volunteering as a family is a fun and easy way to start. Older children can often volunteer on their own. Find one that fits your interests and availability!

AUG. 12, 2016, UPDATE: Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) is looking for volunteers to assist at its inaugural Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge  from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24,  at Rock Quarry Park, located at 701 Stadium Drive. The free, family friendly event will include a soccer tournament, food trucks, a family fun zone, information on community resources and more. The rain date is Oct. 8 at the same time and location. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, snacks throughout the day and community service hours. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult to participate. Volunteers must register. Register at this link.

JULY 22, 2016, UPDATE: Paperhand Puppet Intervention, an award-winning puppet Triangle-based puppet troupe, is looking for volunteers to help with its 2016 production, "The Beautiful Beast." These time slots are open: Aug. 21, 26, 27, 28 (evening shows only) and Sept. 2, 3, 4, 5 (evening shows) and Sept. 4 (also a matinee show). Volunteers are needed to help at the entrance of the theater (email Sue Zimmerman at susan.zimmerman620@gmail.com for details) and with performances (browse this link for details).  

Veterans Day/Military Support

A Million Thanks
PO Box 17853, Santiago Blvd. #107-355, Villa Park, CA 92861
www.amillionthanks.org
-Send a letter to a deployed soldier, sending them good wishes and thanks.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Mail letters to address listed above.

Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road, Encino, CA 91436
1-262-674-7281
www.operationgratitude.com
-Write letters to the troops or ship wish list donations to the Holiday Drive.
-For all ages.
-Donated items accepted only from Sept. 15 – Dec. 5. Letters accepted year-round.
-Ship all wish list items to address listed above, with a donation form that is available online.

Operation Gratitude Recycling Program
16444 Refugio Road, Encino, CA 91436
1-262-674-7281
www.grcrecycling.com or www.operationgratitude.com
-Collect cell phones, ship them for free to GRC Recycling, and receive one hour of community service for every five phones collected.
-For students of all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Students can enroll at www.grcrecycling.com/earnhours or email info@grcrecycling.com with any questions.

United States Veterans Corps
PO Box 5693, Cary, NC 27512
919-771-4264
www.myusvc.com
-Past projects have included hurricane clean up, Toys for Lil Troops toy drive and care package drives.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Sign up online for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Thanksgiving

Annual Chatham Hunger Walk
Chatham OutReach Alliance, Inc. (CORA)
PO Box 1326, Pittsboro, NC 27312
919-542-5020 or 919-545-3030
www.corafoodpantry.org
-Early November
-The Hunger Walk raises money for CORA's mission to provide emergency food assistance in Chatham County.
-For all ages.
-For information on how to put together a team, email hungerwalk@corafoodpantry.org.

Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Durham Rescue Mission, Men's Division
1201 E. Main St., Durham, NC
919-688-9641
www.durhamrescuemission.org
-Thanksgiving Day.
-Help set up the event, cook and serve meals, run the game booths and more.
-For all ages.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Gobbles to Go Delivery
Raleigh Rescue Mission
www.raleighrescue.org
314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
919-828-9014
-Thanksgiving Day.
-Spend time on Thanksgiving delivering meals and briefly visiting with recipients.
-For all ages.
-Contact Holly Cook at hollyc@raleighrescue.org or the main office number.

Helping Hand Mission
623 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
919-829-8048
www.helpinghandmission.org
-Register to donate a basket, volunteer with basket distribution or help at holiday dinners.
-For all ages.
-Call 919-829-8048 the first week in November to get involved.

Thanksgiving Dinners Program
Durham Social Services, 700 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27702
919-613-5105
www.thevolunteercenter.org
-Get matched with a family in need to provide them with a meal for Thanksgiving.
-For all ages.
-Sign up mid-October to mid-November.
-Call 919-613-5101 to sponsor a family.

Christmas/Holidays

Christmas Toy Give-A-Way
Durham Rescue Mission, Men's Division
1201 E. Main St., Durham, NC
919-688-9641
www.durhamrescuemission.org
-Help serve a traditional Christmas meal, give away toys and groceries, or help with games and activities.
-For all ages.
-Email volunteer@DurhamRescueMission.com to get involved.

Genesis Home Gift Wrapping
300 N. Queen St., PO Box 25426, Durham, NC 27702
919-683-5878
www.genesishome.org
-Usually early December.
-Help wrap gifts to raise awareness and support for Genesis Home, a non-profit dedicated to helping families overcome homelessness.
-For all ages.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Helping Hand Mission
623 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
919-829-8048
www.helpinghandmission.org
-Donate a gift, help wrap gifts, or serve at the Christmas feast.
-For all ages.
-Call 919-829-8048 to get involved.

Holiday Groceries to Go
Raleigh Rescue Missions
314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
919-828-9014
www.raleighrescue.org
-Provide families with groceries to share with their loved ones over the holiday weekend.
-Deliver filled grocery bags.
-For all ages.
-Contact Holly Cook at hollyc@raleighrescue.org or call the main phone number to get involved.

HUGs for the Holidays
Ronald McDonald House-Durham
506 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705
919-281-1064
www.ronaldhousedurham.org
-Late November to late December; weekends, flexible shifts.
-Ages 14+, younger may volunteer with parent.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online or contact Lindsey Hege at Lindsay@ronaldhousedurham.org.

Light-A-Luminary Community Lighting
101 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919-913-2040
www.rmh-chapelhill.org
-Sat., Dec. 8, 2012.
-Get your neighborhood involved in lighting luminaries to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
-For all ages.
-Contact Elizabeth Hullender at elizabeth.hullender@rmh-chapelhill.org to get involved.

Meals on Wheels Senior Santa Program
2522 Ross Road, Durham, NC 27703
919-667-9424; volunteer hotline 919-667-9426
www.mowdurham.org
-Donate items or help wrap gifts.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities are also available.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Raleigh Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Saint Mary's School, 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27603
919-250-0433
www.jinglebellrunraleigh.kintera.org
-Dec. 1, 2012.
-Get in the holiday spirit and join thousands of runners and walkers to support the Arthritis Foundation.
-For all ages.
-Register online.

Share Your Christmas
Durham Social Services, 700 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27702
919-613-5105
www.thevolunteercenter.org
-November-December
-Sponsor a family or donate gifts to disadvantaged Durham residents.
-For all ages.
-Parents can call 919-613-5101 to find out more information on family involvement.

Animal Shelters and Zoo Programs

North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC 27205
336.879.7712
http://nczoo.org/volunteer
Youth may volunteer independently at age 16 with parental consent and at age 12 with a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of 90 hours between April and October although some positions are year round. One-day service projects also are available for groups that are looking for episodic opportunities. Email Volunteer Coordinator Toy Lambeth at Toy.Lambeth@NCZoo.org for more information.

Orange County Animal Services
1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-942-7387
www.co.orange.nc.us/animalservices
-Volunteer positions include kennel assistants, dog walkers, cat socializers and more.
-Ages 13+ (13-15 with adult supervision).
-Year-round opportunities.
-Print volunteer applications online or contact Sarah Fallin at 919-942-7387.

Paw Prints Animal Rescue
PO Box 1472, Garner, NC 27529
919-772-9107
www.pawprintsrescue.org
-Assist with animal care in foster homes or in adoptions of animals at local retail stores operated by PetSmart, Inc.
-Ages 14+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Find a volunteer release form online.

SAFE Haven for Cats (SHFC)
8471-101 Garvey Dr., Raleigh, NC 27616
919-872-7233
www.safehavenforcats.org
-Offer tender, loving care at this no-kill shelter for cats.
-Ages 16+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can fill out a volunteer application online.

Second Chance Pet Adoptions
6003 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 133, Raleigh, NC 27607
919-851-8404
www.secondchanenc.org
-All types of volunteer positions available for animal lovers.
-Ages 16+; 12- to 15-year-olds permitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County
200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603
919-772-2326
www.spcawake.org
-Kids can volunteer with the teen program (ages 15-17), on adult/youth teams (ages 7-17), or by creating their own community service project to support SPCA of Wake County.
-Ages 7+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation online.

Wake County Animal Center
820 Beacon Lake Dr., Raleigh, NC 27610
919-212-7387
http://www.wakegov.com/pets/volunteer/Pages/default.aspx
-Volunteers must commit to a minimum of six hours per month, for a minimum of six months.
-Ages 16+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Complete a volunteer application online.

Hospitals

Durham Regional Hospital
3643 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, NC 27704
919-470-4150
www.durhamregional.org
-Opportunities for students to interact with health care professionals and learn in a medical environment.
-Ages 14-18.
-Summer programs only.
-Junior volunteer applications for the summer can be found online and are accepted beginning April 1 each year and due in early May.

Rex Healthcare
4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607
919-784-3165
www.rexhealth.com
-The VolunTEEN program gives teens the opportunity to work in many positions that contribute to the care of patients and guests
-Ages 14+
-After-school and summer programs available (no longer accepting applications for 2011-2012 school year).
-Contact a volunteer coordinator at volunteer.services@rexhealth.com. Deadline to apply to the 2012 Summer Program is Feb. 27, 2012.

UNC Healthcare
101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-966-4793
www.unchealthcare.org
-Volunteer opportunities available at the gift shop, information desk, or with flower and mail delivery.
-Ages 14+
-After-school and summer programs available (no longer accepting applications for 2011-2012 school year).
-Find the application process online or contact Jodie Skoff at 919-966-4793. Summer 2012 applicants can apply starting in January 2012.

WakeMed
3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh, NC 27610; 919-350-8293 (Raleigh Campus)
1900 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27518; 919-350-2363 (Cary Hospital)
www.wakemed.org
-Junior Volunteer Programs available at the Raleigh Campus or Cary Hospital.
-Ages 14-18.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Find an application form online; students can apply anytime during the year.

National Organizations with Local Opportunities

4-H
Wake County Extension Office, 512 Brick Haven Dr., Suite 220, Raleigh, NC 27695 (main office)
919-250-1100
www.nc4h.org
-Join the largest youth organization in the United States, by joining a group in your county. 4-H is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
-Ages 5-19.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Find local groups and enrollment forms online.

Girls on the Run
1415 W. Highway 54, Suite 211, Durham, NC 27707
919-401-6307
www.gotrtriangle.org
-Help at special events, including 5K races and local events.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Contact Danielle Irwin at danielle@gotrtriangle.org to get involved.

Habitat for Humanity – Chapel Hill
88 Vilcom Center Dr. #L110, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-932-7077
www.orangehabitat.org
-Help out at construction shifts on Fridays and Saturdays.
-Ages 16+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Habitat for Humanity – Durham
215 N. Church St., Durham, NC 27701
919-682-0516
www.durhamhabitat.org
-Special off-site activities available for children younger than 14.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Contact Alice at ajacoby@durhamhabitat.org to find the best opportunities to volunteer with children.

Habitat for Humanity – Raleigh
2420 Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
919-833-1999
www.habitatwake.org
-Work on construction or deconstruction sites.
-Ages 16+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Raleigh Rescue Mission
314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
919-828-9014
www.raleighrescue.org
-Get a group together to pack lunches-to-go or Sunday sack lunches.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online beginning in January for general volunteer opportunities. Click here to find out how.

Ronald McDonald House – Chapel Hill
101 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919-913-2040
www.rmh-chapelhill.org
-For students interested in earning service-learning hours.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Ronald McDonald House – Durham
506 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705
919-286-9305
www.ronaldhousedurham.org
-Group and Individual opportunities
-Year-round opportunities
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Small Hands Big Hearts United
www.smallhandsbigheartsunited.com
anita@smallhandsbigheartsunited.com
stephanie@smallhandsbigheartsunited.com
facebook.com/smallhandsbigheartsunited
- Age appropriate charitable activities referred to as "Compassion Missions" for children of all ages
- Involved in a wide range of charitable events including an ongoing Philippine Disaster fundraiser, quarterly food drives, Christmas caroling to local senior citizens, writing letters to children who are ill and to wounded soldiers and much more.

Special Olympics Project UNIFY
2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Ste. 201, Morrisville, NC 27560
919-719-7662
www.sonc.net
-A youth leadership program that get students involved in fostering respect for people with disabilities by using programs of Special Olympics.
-Middle and high school students.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Contact Keith Fishburne at 919-719-7622 ext. 102.

Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE), Inc.
Raleigh, NC
www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org
-Donate gently-used or new stuffed animals that will go directly to children in need. Animals must be from a smoke free home, between 6-18 inches, have no rips, tears or stains, and not be battery operated or holiday related.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Email Brandi Byers at brandi_byers@yahoo.com to schedule a drop off time and location.

YMCA of the Triangle
801 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27607
919-719-9622
www.ymcatriangle.org
-Volunteer at one of the multiple Triangle YMCA locations in areas including aquatics, wellness, family programs and special events.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can find an application online.

Locally Founded Programs

Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute
Lincoln Center, 750 Merritt Mill Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-918-2170
www2.chccs.k12.nc.us/yli
-Offers various services projects and information on school service clubs to teens.
-Directed to Chapel-Hill Carrboro city school high school students.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Contact Lorie Clark at yli@chccs.k12.nc.us.

Cary Teen Council
919-460-4965
www.caryteencouncil.com
-Participating teens get involved in events that focus in community awareness, educational leadership, fundraising, and more.
-Applications are accepted in June of each year.
-Contact Cindi at cindi.king@townofcary.org for more information.

Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina
3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609
919-875-0707
www.foodbankcenc.org
-Teens ages 12-17 can volunteer with a parent or guardian during normal volunteer hours; Tues-Sat., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m., and Wed. 6-8 p.m..
-Kids 5-11 years of age can volunteer during Kids Day programs only; every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 2-4 p.m.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Email RalVolCoord@foodbankcenc.org to get involved.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
1001 Blair Drive, PO Box 14638, Raleigh, NC 27620
919-250-0043
www.foodshuttle.org
-Assist at community gardens, teaching farms, and other programs.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Kramden Institute
4915 Prospectus Dr., Suite J, Durham, NC 27713
919-293-1239
www.kramden.org
-Be a part of collecting and refurbishing computers to give to less-advantaged students.
-Ages 12+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-962-0522
www.ncbg.unc.edu
-Community service opportunities for high school students interested in horticulture and conservation.
-Ages 14-17.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can find an application online.

Student Action Board
Durham Social Services, 700 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27702
919-613-5105
www.thevolunteercenter.org
-Teens from the Triangle area who are dedicated to volunteer work.
-Ages 12-18.
-Applications are available in late summer and early fall.
-Call 919-684-9690 to find out more about the application process.

Sign up as a volunteer on the following sites, and search for more opportunities!

Volunteer Center of Durham
www.thevolunteercenter.org

Activate Good
www.activategood.org

The Volunteer Family
www.thevolunteerfamily.org

Volunteer Match
www.volunteermatch.org

This listing was originally published in Oct. 25, 2011; updated on May 14, 2012, with summer volunteer positions and Oct. 31, 2012, with Thanksgiving updates.

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August 2016

Enjoy water slides, bounce houses, water gun fights and food. All ages. Service will begin at 9:30 a.m. with festivities immediately following.

Cost: Free

Where:
Driven Church
5511 Avent Ferry Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: Driven Church
Telephone: 919-307-9801
Contact Name: Christopher Murray

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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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Kids ages 5-11 and their adult companions enjoy a 30-minute tour. Meet at the West Building Information Desk.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-839-6262
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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
122 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca QuiƱones
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Enjoy the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. This rousing tale is about fighting for what’s...

Cost: $35-$80

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures as Paperhand...

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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Enjoy the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. This rousing tale is about fighting for what’s...

Cost: $35-$80

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures as Paperhand...

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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Explore the wonders of the great outdoors and create fun, nature-inspired crafts. Take a lunch, snack and water bottle. Ages 6-11. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: $20/person

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Meet other moms at the Durham Mothers Club open playdate. New and prospective members learn more about the DMC and make new friends. Meeting take place in the nursery; young kids play with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pilgrim United Church of Christ - Nursery
3011 Academy Road
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Mothers Club
Contact Name: Jennifer Johnson
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Take the fast track to nature in this hands-on study of ecology. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

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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Learn how people made flour and cornmeal long ago and try out a variety of ancient-style hand mills. Survey milling history and learn about equipment that has been used around the world to grind...

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Local community heroes from the Chapel Hill Police Department show that they are also “Reading Role Models” by reading a story or two with kids and answering questions about the work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chapel Hill Public Library, Programming Room
100 Library Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Chapel Hill Public Library
Telephone: 919-969-2036
Contact Name: Daniel Siler
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Hunt for clues and investigate the mystery of milling with real historical artifacts inside Wake County's only remaining water-powered gristmill. Ages 7–14. Registration required.

Cost: $4/child

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 part in the KaBOOM! Playground Build at Crest Street Park in Durham. Durham Parks and Recreation, Keep Durham Beautiful, the Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership, the Crest Street Community...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crest Street Park
2503 Crest Street
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Keep Durham Beautiful
Telephone: 919-560-4197 x21269
Contact Name: Monica Ospina
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Take time out to spend with your little one as you crawl, explore and bounce in a safe environment exclusively for children ages 12 mos-3 yrs. Parents play free; admission is $5 per child....

Cost: $5/child

Where:
BounceU of Apex
3419 Apex Peakway
Apex, NC  27502
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Tinkergarten is an early childhood education experience in the best classroom you could ask for: Nature! Tinkergarten offers play-based learning for children ages 18 mos-5 yrs, and is all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Park
2200 Laura Duncan Road
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Tinkergarten
Contact Name: Kelci Mukherjee
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Local community heroes from the Chapel Hill Police Department show that they are also “Reading Role Models” by reading a story or two with kids and answering questions about the work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chapel Hill Public Library, Programming Room
100 Library Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Chapel Hill Public Library
Telephone: 919-969-2036
Contact Name: Daniel Siler
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Meet a staff member at the information desk to visit one of the museum galleries. Have a look around and listen to a history-related story. Ages 3 and older with adult.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Explore animals in art. Learn about animals in the museum and enjoy activities. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. First come, first served. Sessions take place at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Cost: $3/member, $6/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-839-6262
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Local community heroes from the Chapel Hill Police Department show that they are also “Reading Role Models” by reading a story or two with kids and answering questions about the work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chapel Hill Public Library, Programming Room
100 Library Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Chapel Hill Public Library
Telephone: 919-969-2036
Contact Name: Daniel Siler
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Johanna leads preschoolers on a storytime adventure.

Cost: Free

Where:
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Flyleaf Books
Telephone: 919-942-7373
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Assist park staff with invasive species removal in the educational gardens. Learn about harmful invasive species and tackle the task of removing these plants. Take a water bottle and wear clothes...

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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Enjoy "Back to the Future" outdoors. Food trucks available. Take lawn chairs and blankets. Movies shown on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center; gates open at 7 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Garner Performing Arts Center - Back Lawn
742 W. Garner Rd
Garner, NC  27529
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Sponsor: Garner Revitalization Association
Telephone: 919-773-4402
Contact Name: Mari Howe
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Enjoy an energetic, musical storytime with Amy Godfrey, who was a Durham County librarian for six years. Babka and challah will be served as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levin JCC
1937 West Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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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. Registration required.

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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Enjoy a kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified and participatory music show. Children delight in active,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
"Pump it Up" Briercreek
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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Local community heroes from the Chapel Hill Police Department show that they are also “Reading Role Models” by reading a story or two with kids and answering questions about the work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chapel Hill Public Library, Programming Room
100 Library Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Chapel Hill Public Library
Telephone: 919-969-2036
Contact Name: Daniel Siler
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Spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Ages 3-5 with adult. Dress for the weather as this program is held outdoors. Activities are moved...

Cost: Free for members, $5/nonmembers

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC  27606-1446
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Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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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: $18/resident, $23/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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Families gather for an overnight experience complete with a naturalist-led night hike, a light Dutch oven dinner, s'mores for the kids, breakfast, and time for fishing and boating in the...

Cost: $20 adults, $15 youth

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-2871
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Take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures as Paperhand...

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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Roast marshmallows over the fire and go on a short night hike to see who is out and about. Marshmallows and roasting sticks provided. Take a camp chair and water bottle. All ages. Meet at the...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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After basic instruction, explore the pond's many features by canoe. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. Ages 6 and older with adult. Canoes fit 2 adults and 2 children. The first session...

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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The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary by expanding the one-day festival to two days. Enjoy arts and crafts from vendors from across the Southeast, festival foods,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town of Cary Town Hall Campus
316 N. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27513
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Mix, mold and decorate a stepping stone. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Logan's Garden Shp
707 Semart Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Ages 3-5 and caregiver celebrate  little ruby-throated hummingbirds with stories, craft, play and hands-on exploration in the summer blooming garden. Register online.

Cost: $8/member, $10/nonmember

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3770
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Kids ages 5-11 and their adult companions enjoy a 30-minute tour. Meet at the West Building Information Desk.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-839-6262
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Fish the old-fashioned way with a cane pole. Equipment, instruction and assistance with identifying fish species provided. Ages 5 and older 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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Explore moon lore as it relates to agriculture, the autumnal equinox and the harvest season. Head into the park to gaze at the full "Green Corn" or "Grain" moon. Ages 5 and...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Features food trucks, more than 20 local businesses, games for the entire family and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Fuquay-Varina
322 S. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC
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Families enjoy a free craft, workshop, giveaway, photo download and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shop
801 Bass Pro Lane
Cary, NC  27513
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Little ninjas learning how to kick, punch, yell, jump, and roll, and then put their skills to the test on a Ninja Warrior-inspired obstacle course, followed by board breaking time lead by a master...

Cost: $18/first child, $12/additional children

Where:
Original Strength Institute
101 S. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Telephone: 919-576-5526
Contact Name: Danae Canna
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Take a stroll in the creek to search for frogs, fish and more. Ages 10-13. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Learn how you can help conserve this valuable state symbol. Meet Lake Crabtree's adopted turtle, Shel Silverstein, and join park staff on a box turtle survey. Enjoy an opportunity to search for...

Cost: $1/person

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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Enjoy live music, fresh cooked seafood, barbecue and more. Healthy, locally sourced cuisine from participating chefs, food trucks and restaurants will be served throughout the day featuring fresh...

Cost: $8 advance tickets, $10 at the door. Ages 12 and younger admitted free.

Where:
Raleigh Beer Garden
614 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC
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Discover the American Tobacco Trail's new GeoArt project and learn the basics of the high-tech treasure hunt. Learn what geocaching is and search for some newly placed geocaches along the...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Families gather for an overnight experience complete with a naturalist-led night hike, a light Dutch oven dinner, s'mores for the kids, breakfast, and time for fishing and boating in the...

Cost: $20 adults, $15 youth

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-2871
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Kids ages 7-17 take part in a hands-on magic workshop. Learn the performance art of theatrical magic from local masters on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Details available at...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Magic Corner Magic Shop
3684 Capital Blvd.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Ring #199,The Int'l Brotherhood of Magicians
Telephone: 919-272-6465
Contact Name: Roger Way
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Enjoy an evening walk to learn about owls. Listen for owl calls and coyotes’ howls as we search by ear, as well as sight, for some of the night’s early risers. Turn logs and search for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
6001 Turkey Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Triangle Land Conservancy
Telephone: 919-908-0054
Contact Name: Barbara Goldentyer
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Take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures as Paperhand...

Cost: Suggested donations are $8 for kids, $15 for adults

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-962-0522
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