How to Make the Most of Your Kids’ Outdoor Time

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Want to raise healthier, happier, more successful kids? Send them outdoors to play. Research shows that outdoor play benefits children’s physical, emotional, and cognitive development and improves focus, attention, and academic performance. In addition to helping children stay physically fit, outdoor play and exposure to sunlight helps children get enough vitamin D, regulates their sleep cycles, and boosts immune health.

To reap these benefits, experts recommend that kids spend 3 to 6 hours immersed in nature each day. That’s a big leap, considering today’s kids get around 4 to 7 minutes of unstructured outdoor play daily, per the Child Mind Institute. If spending half the day outdoors isn’t possible, don’t worry. Whether your child spends minutes or hours outdoors, there are some ways to make the most of your child’s time in nature. 

 

Early Years // 0-5: Independence Day

Outdoor play facilitates learning in ways indoor environments can’t match, from simple lessons in cause and effect (what will happen if I drop a rock in this stream?) to lessons about physics, kinesiology, and risk-taking. For the littlest children, caregivers can support learning and growth by simply stepping back and intervening less often, says Anna Sharratt, founder and executive director of Free Forest School, a national nonprofit that facilitates outdoor play and nature immersion outings for children and families.

“We recommend choosing ‘yes’ places to play—places, where you can say ‘yes’ to almost everything your child chooses to do,” she says. “It's better to avoid outdoor areas with significant objective hazards such as cliffs, fast-moving water, or roadsides. Kids that are allowed to take ‘reasonable risks,’ or risks with outcomes that parents and caregivers can stomach, will learn valuable lessons related to cause and effect, risk assessment, and decision-making.”

 

Elementary Years // 6-12: Wilderness 101

If your child is interested in more structured outdoor activities like rock climbing, hiking, or fishing, consider enrolling them in a beginner’s wilderness course at your local outdoor gear retailer, the American Red Cross, or through a scouting organization. Investing in basic wilderness training helps kids take a more active role in planning and preparation for outdoor activities, builds safety skills, and helps grow confidence and accountability.  

They’ll also learn how to stay safe while helping to preserve natural environments by using the seven principles of Leave No Trace, a framework that helps minimize negative impacts on outdoor spaces. “Training and planning are incredibly important concepts and tools for maintaining safety and personal responsibility, and for learning basic outdoor ethics,” says Dave Sperry, director of the Venture Outdoor Leadership Program at the UNC Charlotte. “Wilderness first aid courses include not only basic first aid skills, but how to prevent wilderness-related injuries, manage evacuations, and get extra help if needed.”

 

Teen Years // 13-18: Pause and Reflect

Building in time for reflection, either during or after your teenager’s outdoor pursuits, increases the learning value exponentially, Sperry says. “Reflection is the biggest piece of the puzzle if your desire is to move from simply having an adventure to learning from an adventure.” Reflection can begin by simply slowing down and being fully present in an outdoor environment—ask your teen to put down their phone and notice the sights, sounds, and smells they’re experiencing. To take the reflection further, pose questions like “How does what I'm doing right now impact what's around me?," “Am I making others' experience more or less enjoyable?,” and “Am I having a positive or negative impact on the environment?”

“At Venture we use a common question sequence of What? So What? Now What? at the end of almost every experience,” Sperry explains. “‘What’ grabbed your attention today or what are you feeling as you think back through the experience? ‘So What,’ or why is that important? And ‘Now What,’ or what are you going to do with your new knowledge or insight?” Asking teens thoughtful questions can encourage the type on introspection that turns an afternoon hike into a meaningful, memorable learning opportunity.

 

MALIA JACOBSON is a health and family journalist.

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https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately? Has...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Raleigh
9207 Baileywick Rd.
Suite 203
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th-17th, 9-10am Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. This camp is design specifically for 5-6 year olds. They will learn...

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or Kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would he/she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately?...

Cost: 496

Where:
Wynns Family Psychology
130 Preston Executive Dr #202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Wynns Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Lauren Bowman
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 9am-12pm Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Campers will learn about the country of Burundi while exploring...

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Animal Park (AP) Artists will be centered around getting kids immersed in art and expression!    Each day students will learn a specific style of art, have lunch, and then spend the afternoon...

Cost: $200

Where:
The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
View map »


Sponsor: The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Elise Gammon
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

The Justice Theater Project announces its 2020 Summer Camp Production of "Seussical, Jr."! Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps...

Cost: $245.00 per week

Where:
Umstead Park United Church of Christ
8208 Brownleigh Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27613-8555
View map »


Sponsor: The Justice Theater Project
Telephone: 919-215-0889
Contact Name: Melissa Reilly
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

Have a child that misses seeing peers? Hard to keep him/her motivated and learning at home? If your child likes art, join our LIVE art workshop. Students will learn some fun techniques while...

Cost: $15/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC  27604


Sponsor: KidzArt North Raleigh
Telephone: 919-710-4403
Contact Name: CHEN JIANG
Website »

More information

On Sunday, July 12, PDQs in the Triangle are grand “re-opening” to give back to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Raleigh
6305 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »

More information

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

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


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

This summer, do you want your child to learn how to make and keep new friends? Would you like her to enhance her selfconfidence? Would you like him to learn to handle conflicts peacefully? Discover...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Cary
130 Preston Executive Dr.
Suite 202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 1:30 to 3:30pm Have you always wanted to write your own song? Now you have your chance! In this intensive for all levels, you will learn how to...

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Do your Kids love Coding? The purpose of this FREE Coding and Minecraft class is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. We have different classes every...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
North Carolina, NC  20079
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: community@activityhe
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

Do you LOVE Yoga? We are offering free yoga classes. Kids and families can join our classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about yoga and kids can ask questions online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
, NC  27099
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

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HEY YOU GUYS ITS THAT TIME AGAIN NLDC IS READY TO HAVE AN AWESOME SUMMER WITH YOU COME REGISTER FOR SOMETHING FUN, LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND REASONABLE IN PRICE...... HEY DON'T FORGET THIS INCLUDES...

Cost: $30 (Reg)-$120(weekly)

Where:
No Limitz Dance Company Studio
3326 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Suite C-130
Durham , NC  27707
View map »


Telephone: 919-391-0022
Contact Name: Ms. Mo Lee
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or Kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would he/she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately?...

Cost: 496

Where:
Wynns Family Psychology
130 Preston Executive Dr #202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Wynns Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Lauren Bowman
Website »

More information

Sign your children up for a WILD adventure! North Carolina Zoo is excited to offer Online Summer Camps as a way for kids to learn about animals and their natural environment while staying socially...

Cost: $30 - $80

Where:
VIRTUAL
, NC


Sponsor: North Carolina Zoo
Telephone: 336-879-7700
Contact Name: North Carolina Zoo
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately? Has...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Raleigh
9207 Baileywick Rd.
Suite 203
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Website »

More information

Animal Park (AP) Artists will be centered around getting kids immersed in art and expression!    Each day students will learn a specific style of art, have lunch, and then spend the afternoon...

Cost: $200

Where:
The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
View map »


Sponsor: The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Elise Gammon
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th-17th, 9-10am Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. This camp is design specifically for 5-6 year olds. They will learn...

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 9am-12pm Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Campers will learn about the country of Burundi while exploring...

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

The Justice Theater Project announces its 2020 Summer Camp Production of "Seussical, Jr."! Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps...

Cost: $245.00 per week

Where:
Umstead Park United Church of Christ
8208 Brownleigh Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27613-8555
View map »


Sponsor: The Justice Theater Project
Telephone: 919-215-0889
Contact Name: Melissa Reilly
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

The purpose of this FREE Scavenger Hunt activity is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. See the full schedule and detailed descriptions of kids online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
-
North Carolina, NC  27009
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

On Sunday, July 12, PDQs in the Triangle are grand “re-opening” to give back to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Raleigh
6305 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

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


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
Website »

More information

This summer, do you want your child to learn how to make and keep new friends? Would you like her to enhance her selfconfidence? Would you like him to learn to handle conflicts peacefully? Discover...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Cary
130 Preston Executive Dr.
Suite 202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 1:30 to 3:30pm Have you always wanted to write your own song? Now you have your chance! In this intensive for all levels, you will learn how to...

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

In each class we'll read a book, observe a work of art, explore a new art technique, and create our own work of art! These classes are focused on the process of art-making and exploration of new...

Cost: $80/6-weeks, $15/per class

Where:
Zoom
, NC


Contact Name: Natalia Torres del Valle
Website »

More information

Do your Kids love Coding? The purpose of this FREE Coding and Minecraft class is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. We have different classes every...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
North Carolina, NC  20079
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: community@activityhe
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

Do you LOVE Yoga? We are offering free yoga classes. Kids and families can join our classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about yoga and kids can ask questions online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
, NC  27099
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

Have a child that misses seeing peers? Hard to keep him/her motivated and learning at home? If your child likes art, join our LIVE art class. Use any supplies available at home, and follow our...

Cost: 12/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC


Sponsor: KidzArt North Raleigh
Telephone: 919-271-0710
Contact Name: Chen Jiang
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

Thursday evenings are for music and outdoor adventure at the USNWC, and the River Jam Run is a great way to enjoy both. Kick off the evening with 1.5 mile, 3 mile, or 6 mile group run through our...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Race Director
Website »

More information

River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
Website »

More information

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HEY YOU GUYS ITS THAT TIME AGAIN NLDC IS READY TO HAVE AN AWESOME SUMMER WITH YOU COME REGISTER FOR SOMETHING FUN, LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND REASONABLE IN PRICE...... HEY DON'T FORGET THIS INCLUDES...

Cost: $30 (Reg)-$120(weekly)

Where:
No Limitz Dance Company Studio
3326 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Suite C-130
Durham , NC  27707
View map »


Telephone: 919-391-0022
Contact Name: Ms. Mo Lee
Website »

More information

Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or Kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would he/she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately?...

Cost: 496

Where:
Wynns Family Psychology
130 Preston Executive Dr #202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Wynns Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Lauren Bowman
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th-17th, 9-10am Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. This camp is design specifically for 5-6 year olds. They will learn...

Cost: $35

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 9am-12pm Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Campers will learn about the country of Burundi while exploring...

Cost: $80

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

The Justice Theater Project announces its 2020 Summer Camp Production of "Seussical, Jr."! Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps...

Cost: $245.00 per week

Where:
Umstead Park United Church of Christ
8208 Brownleigh Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27613-8555
View map »


Sponsor: The Justice Theater Project
Telephone: 919-215-0889
Contact Name: Melissa Reilly
Website »

More information

Animal Park (AP) Artists will be centered around getting kids immersed in art and expression!    Each day students will learn a specific style of art, have lunch, and then spend the afternoon...

Cost: $200

Where:
The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
View map »


Sponsor: The Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Elise Gammon
Website »

More information

Does your preschooler or kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would she benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately? Has...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Raleigh
9207 Baileywick Rd.
Suite 203
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

Have a child that misses seeing peers? Hard to keep him/her motivated and learning at home? If your child likes art, join our LIVE art workshop. Students will learn some fun techniques while...

Cost: $15/class

Where:
Zoom Online
RALEIGH, NC  27604


Sponsor: KidzArt North Raleigh
Telephone: 919-710-4403
Contact Name: CHEN JIANG
Website »

More information

Live online art classes for kids - FREE! Kids and families can join our art classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about art and kids can ask questions online and show...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
Durham, NC  27713
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

On Sunday, July 12, PDQs in the Triangle are grand “re-opening” to give back to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Raleigh
6305 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

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


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
Website »

More information

This summer, do you want your child to learn how to make and keep new friends? Would you like her to enhance her selfconfidence? Would you like him to learn to handle conflicts peacefully? Discover...

Cost: $450 ($250 non refundable deposit)

Where:
Cary
130 Preston Executive Dr.
Suite 202
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Kristen Wynns

More information

Class Description Daily class from July 13th to 17th, 1:30 to 3:30pm Have you always wanted to write your own song? Now you have your chance! In this intensive for all levels, you will learn how to...

Cost: $85

Where:
Online
N/A
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
Website »

More information

Do your Kids love Coding? The purpose of this FREE Coding and Minecraft class is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. We have different classes every...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
North Carolina, NC  20079
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: community@activityhe
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

Do you LOVE Yoga? We are offering free yoga classes. Kids and families can join our classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about yoga and kids can ask questions online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
-
, NC  27099
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

Sit down for an informal and compelling chat with Winston-Salem-based NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander as the award-winning playwright-director talks about the history of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boone, NC  28608


Sponsor: An Appalachian Summer Festival
Telephone: 828-262-4046
Contact Name: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Website »

More information

River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

More information

Farmers markets are essential to the livelihood of farmers and food producers and are exempt from the Governor's Stay at Home Order (page 6). Farmers markets offer an efficient way for residents to...

Cost: free

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Farmers Market Coordinator
Telephone: 919-567-4010
Website »

More information

https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
Website »

More information

The Justice Theater Project announces its 2020 Summer Camp Production of "Seussical, Jr."! Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps...

Cost: $245.00 per week

Where:
Umstead Park United Church of Christ
8208 Brownleigh Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27613-8555
View map »


Sponsor: The Justice Theater Project
Telephone: 919-215-0889
Contact Name: Melissa Reilly
Website »

More information

PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Parents, bring your child to class with you. Children 10 years...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
View map »


Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Must register in advance. Space is limited. Parents, bring your...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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https://superkidscience.com/programs-and-class/enrichment-with-finn/ A fun summer enrichment program for rising 6th graders.

Cost: 150

Where:
140 Sudano Court
140 Sudano Court
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Super Kid Science
Telephone: 919-995-3477
Contact Name: Marilyn Jesrani
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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On Sunday, July 12, PDQs in the Triangle are grand “re-opening” to give back to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Raleigh
6305 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Get your family together and go on a scavenger hunt you can do from the comfort of your car.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC


Sponsor: Search in the City
Contact Name: Christine
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Do your Kids love Coding? The purpose of this FREE Coding and Minecraft class is to help kids develop awesome social skills during this time of social distancing. We have different classes every...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
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North Carolina, NC  20079
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Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: community@activityhe
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
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Do you LOVE Yoga? We are offering free yoga classes. Kids and families can join our classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about yoga and kids can ask questions online...

Cost: 0

Where:
Online at your Home
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, NC  27099
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Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle Lim
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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® and Obie Award-winning performer and writer known for her multi-character, one-person shows (Broadway hit Bridge &...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boone, NC  28608


Sponsor: An Appalachian Summer Festival
Telephone: 828-262-4046
Contact Name: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
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