Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities in the Triangle


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Volunteers help children with crafts at Durham Park and Recreation's Holiday Fun Fest

Photo courtesy of Durham, Parks and Recreation

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!

DEC. 1 UPDATE: Durham Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help with the following events:

  • The Holiday Fun Fest, Saturday, Dec. 3, noon-4 pm. at Durham County Stadium Practice Field, located at 750 Stadium Drive.
  • The Holiday Parade, which starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, on Main Street, in downtown Durham. 
  • Senior Senior Holiday Party 4:30-7:30 p.m.Tuesday, Dec.13 at Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd.

DPR accepts volunteers ages 14 and up.  Volunteers ages 14-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers 16 and older can volunteer without adult supervision. For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit DPRPlayMore.org or call 919 560-4355.

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NOV. 16 UPDATE:  Wake County is looking for individuals, businesses and organizations who can help brighten the holiday season for children and seniors in need. Wake County’s Holiday Cheer program matches families with community sponsors who provide them Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or gifts. The program gives the sponsors a unique opportunity to build personal relationships with their Holiday Cheer families. Wake County will match families with community sponsors Nov. 7-Dec. 9. Holiday Cheer is in particular need of sponsors who speak Spanish or who will sponsor families in rural Wake County. Learn more about Holiday Cheer and apply online to become a sponsor at wakegov.com.

OCT. 5 UPDATE:  Durham Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers for Durham’s Holiday Parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Volunteers under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit www.DPRPlayMore.orgm or call 919-560-4355. A volunteer coordinator will be available to sign for teens' community service hours.

SEPT. 20, UPDATE:  Some Wake County Libraries invite teens to apply to Teen Leadership Corps (TLC),  a leadership, learning and service program for library members in grades 6-10. TLC offers teens the opportunity to cultivate leadership skills, explore and develop a variety of interests and talents, contribute to the community and get to know other teens with similar interests. TLC opportunities vary by location, with some libraries having more capacity to accept new TLC applications than others. Teens can community service hours for their TLC volunteer work. For more information, visit http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/tlc.aspx.

SEPT. 5 UPDATE: Do you like to work outdoors? The Town of Cary is seeking volunteers to help at its newly opened Carpenter Park at 4420 Louis Stephens Road. Volunteers will be needed to help construct 20 plots at the park's second community garden this fall. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but those under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Town of Cary will certify volunteer hours for students or others who need validation of community service hours. For more information, email sarah.justice@townofcary.org.

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
104 Woodwinds Industrial Ct., Cary, NC 27511
919-818-9609
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 of the Triangle
1415 W. Highway 54, Ste. 211, Durham, NC 27707
919-401-6307
gotrtriangle.org
Facebook & Twitter: @gotrtriangle
Instagram: gotr_triangle
- Volunteer coaching opportunities, special events, including fall and spring 5K and general office volunteer work
- For all ages.
- Year-round opportunities.
- Contact Kathy Therber at kathy@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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Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Take the fast track to nature in this hands-on study of ecology. Ages 8-12. Advance registration required online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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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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Teens in grades 6-10 read, create and take on challenges.  March is the month of movie release parties, including "Logan" and "The Beauty and the Beast." Build circuits and...

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Experience a music and movement class. Explore Orff and percussion instruments and do a little jumping and jamming. Call to RSVP.

Cost: Free

Where:
Millbrook Baptist Preschool
1519 E. Millbrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Millbrook Baptist Preschool
Telephone: 919-876-4030
Contact Name: Suzanne Holleman
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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Experience a music and movement class. Explore Orff and percussion instruments and do a little jumping and jamming. Call to RSVP.

Cost: Free

Where:
Millbrook Baptist Preschool
1519 E. Millbrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Millbrook Baptist Preschool
Telephone: 919-876-4030
Contact Name: Suzanne Holleman
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Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Parent and child enjoy stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects that explore the gardens. Ages 3-5. Register online.

Cost: $7/member, $10/nonmember

Where:
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Telephone: 919-668-1707
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Join others for an easy paced hike around the greenway. Ages 3 and younger; older siblings, strollers and leashed pets welcome. Register online. Choose course #200601.

Cost: Free

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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Babies enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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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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Toddlers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Babies enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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The library's Teen Leadership Corps hosts an opportunity for kids of all ages to come build something special with Lego and Duplo bricks, and play games to improve reading and math skills.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Enjoy games, crafts and food. 

Cost: Free admission; $2.50 for meal

Where:
Greystone Baptist Church (Lead Mine parking lot)
7509 Lead Mine Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Greystone Baptist Church
Telephone: (919) 847-1333
Contact Name: April Alston
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Blast off to Mars on the Project Eagle. View the life-size habitat on Mars that Immaculata Middle School students have been working all year to create.

Cost: Free

Where:
Emily K Center
721 Burch Ave.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Immaculata Catholic School
Contact Name: Cara Ragusa
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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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Preschoolers enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Volunteer your time with the park's monitoring and citizen science projects. Tasks may include: cleaning or repairing habitat boxes or installing new ones; monitoring our current boxes, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Children with any kind of disability/special need enjoy a special playtime featuring hands-on exhibit spaces without the extra stimulation found during the museum's busy open hours. Siblings...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kidzu Children's Museum
201 Estes Drive University Place
Chapel Hill, NC
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Sponsor: Adapted Recreation & Inclusion program: Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 919 968-2813
Contact Name: Marian Kaslovsky
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Try on some colonial clothes, explore a historic costume collection and play a game. Ages 8 and older. Advance registration required online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Learn how to help yourself and children build connections that lead to more cooperation in your classroom, in your home and in your life. Register online.

Cost: $10/person

Where:
​Hayes Barton United Methodist Church
2209 Fairview Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27608
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Sponsor: Project Enlightenment Foundation
Telephone: 919-335-6647
Contact Name: Michelle Major
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Green Hope Fine Arts presents the Orchestra Spring Concert headlining Mozart Symphony 25. Purchase tickets online or at the door.

Cost: $5/advance tickets, $7 at the door

Where:
Green Hope HS Auditorium
2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd.
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: Green Hope Fine Arts
Telephone: 919-380-3700
Contact Name: David Wilson/Kristie Ramsey
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When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach. The peach launches James on a journey of enormous...

Cost: $17/adult, $11 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Discover the many living things, from woodpeckers to beetles to mushrooms, that call a tree home with stories, craft, and a hands-on walk in the woods. Ages 3-5 with adult. 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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This spring, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Parks continue Hike NC, a series of more than 60 free guided hikes in North Carolina’s state parks and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Eno River State Park
6101 Cole Mill Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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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 an inflatable obstacle course, a bounce house, dunk tank, food trucks and more. Games, prizes, a talent show, silent auction and more round out the fun. Admission is free and includes access...

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Elementary School
940 Reedy Creek Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Reedy Creek Elementary School
Contact Name: Jack Mewborne

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Kids learn about butterflies and moths of spring. Enjoy a butterfly-themed picnic, tiptoe through the gardens to search for fluttering wings, play butterfly games and see all the stages of a...

Cost: $30/child

Where:
Doris Duke Center
420 Anderson St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Telephone: 919-668-1707
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When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach. The peach launches James on a journey of enormous...

Cost: $17/adult, $11 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Stroll around the pond in search of nighttime critters. Play fun games and and try to catch some nocturnal animals. Take a flashlight. All ages with adult. Advance registration required online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Run, walk, skip or dance your way through a rainbow of fun. Be blitzed with non-toxic color by volunteers and enjoy food trucks and giveaways. All ages and skills welcome. Register online.

Cost: $38/adult, $18/ages 5-10. Free for ages 4 and younger with paying adult.

Where:
Course begins at Glenwood Elementary School
2 Prestwick Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: SKJAJA
Telephone: 919.636.1553
Contact Name: Charlotte White
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Take part in a National Nanny Training Day conference for the Research Triangle Park will be held at Brooks Avenue Church in Raleigh. This year’s keynote speaker will be Kelli...

Cost: $35/person

Where:
Brooks Avenue Church
700 Brooks Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: North Carolina Professional Association of Nannies
Telephone: 919-428-4393
Contact Name: Jasmine Berry
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Reel in the fun at a fishing derby for people of all ages with disabilities. Loaner rods and reels available or take your own. Bait provided. Event held rain or shine. Registration required online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Seagroves Park Pond
201 Parkfield Dr.
Apex, NC
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Spring Daze features more than 180 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. The Children's Village at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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The QuintilesIMS Girls on the Run 5k is a family-friendly event featuring a 5k course through downtown and the American Tobacco Trail, plus a family festival showcasing local vendors. Take the...

Cost: $25

Where:
American Tobacco Campus
300 Blackwell St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Girls on the Run of the Triangle
Telephone: 919-401-6307
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Celebrate the new Primrose School at Brier Creek. Local families and children are invited to attend the grand opening celebration. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. to officially...

Cost: Free

Where:
Primrose School at Brier Creek
11151 Salem Glen Lane
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Primrose School at Brier Creek
Telephone: 919-880-2416
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Local vendors, entertainment, food trucks, fun activities and dog contests benefit rescue animals from area shelters. Gates open at 9 a.m. Register online. 

Cost: $35/adult, $25/youth

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27518
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Enjoy interactive displays and games on childhood injury prevention and safety. See emergency vehicle tours and meet local businesses. All ages. Hosted by Safe Kids Wake County, along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Green Road Park
4201 Green Road
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Safe Kids Wake County
Telephone: 919-350-8364
Contact Name: Christina Carmichael
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Families enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Read the new book that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children - now and forever.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Durham County Library and Book Harvest celebrate Día de Los Niño’s (Children’s Day-Books Day). Bring gently used children and teen books and take home free ones. Kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 West Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham County Library and Book Harvest NC
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Experience the trains, museum and other attractions. Music, kids programs, games, contests and giveaways round out the fun. See more than 35 vintage pre-1928 automobiles on display...

Cost: $10-$12

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Celebrate the return of feathered friends with game booths, activities, crafts and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Flyleaf joins more than 400 stores nationally with a day of events and special merchandise in celebration of independent bookstores. Johanna Banana will read from favorite titles featured...

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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When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach. The peach launches James on a journey of enormous...

Cost: $17/adult, $11 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Parent and child create an an insect hotel for beneficial bugs.

Cost: $40 for one adult and one child, additional people $15

Where:
Rebus Works
301 S. Kinsey St.
Ste. 2
Raleigh, NC  27603
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A young girl, Coppelia, sits on her balcony all day reading, speaking to no one. A boy named Franz falls deeply in love with her and wants to marry her, even though he is already engaged to...

Cost: $12-$27

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Follow a stream channel in the park to find out how water moves and who lives there. Ages 6-8. Register online. Choose course code #198889.

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Meet pre-screened (interviewed, references checked, background checked, CPR and First Aid certified) babysitters and nannies who are available for part-time, full-time, or on demand as needed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Snickerdoodles Play Cafe
3721 Lynn Rd #112
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: Select Sitters
Telephone: 919-561-6233
Contact Name: Kara Varnell
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Buy native plants from the garden and local vendors. Enjoy food trucks, music, kids' activities and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach. The peach launches James on a journey of enormous...

Cost: $17/adult, $11 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Take a night hike with staff to search for nocturnal wildlife. 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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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Walk with a park naturalist to look and listen for wildlife in the woods and fields as daylight transitions to night. Ages 4 yrs and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register...

Cost: $2

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Enjoy a perfromance featuring original ballet, modern, jazz, swing and hip hop dances by  students as well as Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully - Choreographer.

Cost: Free

Where:
NCSSM Community Dance Concert
1219 Broad St.
Durham, NC  27705
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