Understanding 0bsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children


Published:

Most of us are familiar with obsessive compulsive disorder in adults, yet OCD is one of the most common disorders in children and adolescents, with estimates ranging from 1-2 percent of children in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is characterized by intrusive thoughts known as obsessions and repetitive behaviors known as compulsions, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. They define obsessions as “recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses or images that are unwanted and cause marked anxiety or distress.”

Because of the time, attention and energy children expend on the disorder, their daily life is negatively affected, says Rebecca R. Jackson, executive director of Brain Balance Achievement Centers in Cary and Chapel Hill. They’re late for school and often experience struggles there, and may miss important play opportunities with friends. Lengthy rituals and intrusive thoughts keep them from sleeping well. Their obsessive thoughts dominate everything, to the point they aren’t able to think or talk about anything else.

“If they don’t act, they’re sure the results may be catastrophic,” Jackson says. Children and their parents end up stressed out, frustrated and upset.

An OCD diagnosis is made when the obsessions and compulsions cause significant stress and anxiety, as well as interfere with a child’s daily life, social activities, academics or relationships, says Kevin L. Gyoerkoe, psychologist and director of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center in Charlotte.

Child-Onset OCD

One-third of adults with OCD developed their symptoms when they were children, according to the International OCD Foundation. OCD symptoms manifest in much the same way for both children and adults.

In children, however, the specific thoughts and actions are typically age-appropriate. A child might have intrusive, anxiety-provoking thoughts about harm befalling his parents or siblings, Gyoerkoe says. She might feel intense anxiety if all of his or her toys aren’t lined up in one direction. Children often report needing to do things a certain way because everything must be “just right” or they feel anxious and stressed.

“One of the most significant differences between OCD in adults versus children is the level of self-awareness,” Jackson says. ”A child will have a hard time recognizing that the worry or action is beyond what’s acceptable. They simply have something on their mind that won’t go away.”

“The age of the child doesn’t affect the prognosis or hinder treatment,” Gyoerkoe says. However, the type of OCD — the specific thoughts and compulsions — will likely change as the child grows and matures. Research suggests child-onset OCD is also sensitive to environmental factors, with symptoms increasing during stressful events, according to a 2011 review published in the Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience Journal.

Common Obsessions and Compulsions

The incessant thoughts children struggle with may include excessive concern over germs, diseases and illness. One child has irrational fears that he may accidentally or purposefully hurt others, such as causing a car crash. Another is convinced he didn’t do a chore correctly or finish his homework, even though he did.

To cope with this anxiety, a child develops rituals — activities or behaviors she must repeat over and over. She has to wash her hands until they’re chapped and reddened. She brushes her teeth until her gums bleed. She may check that the doors are locked numerous times or need to have her socks at the exact same height. She needs to redo a task or chore repeatedly until it “feels right.”

According to the International OCD Foundation, other common compulsions include erasing and rewriting, asking the same question over and over, confessing or apologizing, checking and rechecking, tapping, counting, ordering, arranging and hoarding.

Cause and Effect

The causes of OCD aren’t known; however, a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that OCD has a genetic component. Another 2014 study, published in the Psychiatric Clinics of North America Journal, found that if a close family member has OCD, the genetic risk that a child will inherit the disorder is 20-25 percent.

However, genetics only explain part of the story, Gyoerkoe says. OCD can be triggered by environmental factors, such as a strep infection or stressful life event.

Jackson concurs that environmental considerations are now being factored into the equation. “OCD, like many things, can be a combination of our genetics as well as how the environment and our development impacts those genetics,” she explains. “Researchers have only recently shifted their focus to epigenetics, which looks at how our environment impacts the expression of our genes.”

Treatment

Child-onset OCD can be managed successfully with treatment. “Medication, behavior strategies and addressing the underlying area of concern in the brain are all treatment options,” Jackson says.

“The gold standard of treatment for OCD in children is cognitive-behavioral therapy, focusing on exposure and response prevention,” Gyoerkoe says. CBT is supported by numerous scientific studies and recommended by the Mayo Clinic, the National Institutes of Health, Harvard University Medical School and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

CBT therapy works to “retrain” the brain. The child learns behavior strategies to address and minimize their thoughts and compulsions. An experienced therapist works with the child and his or her family to develop a diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan. In addition, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recommends medications such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors to help manage symptoms if therapy alone isn’t enough.

What Parents Can Do

If you’re worried your child might have OCD, schedule a consultation with a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of OCD, preferably one who is experienced with children. Gyoerkoe recommends that parents search for specialists in their area through the International OCD Foundation at iocdf.org or the Anxiety and Depression Association of America at adaa.org.

“While you may be able to control your thoughts and actions, your OCD child cannot,” Jackson says. “Know that this is outside of their control, and love them through it all.”

OCD and Strep Throat

A 2012 study published in the Pediatrics & Therapeutics journal suggests that a certain type of OCD may be related to strep infections, known as PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus) or more recently, PANS (pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.

“Children with PANS OCD experience a sudden onset of severe OCD symptoms like separation anxiety, extreme irritability, and neurological symptoms such as difficulty writing or memory loss,” says Kevin L. Gyoerkoe, psychologist and director of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center in Charlotte.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, antibody formation may trigger an inflammatory reaction. Strep-triggered antibodies mistakenly attack specific brain circuitry, resulting in obsessional thoughts and compulsive behaviors.

“Increased inflammation has the potential to interfere with healthy function,” says Rebecca R. Jackson, executive director of Brain Balance Achievement Centers in Cary and Chapel Hill.

Kyla Steinkraus is the author of 25 children’s books. She loves reading, photography, and board games. Learn more about her at KylaSteinkraus.com.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Aug. 18-20

Squeeze in all the family time you can this weekend with a movie, storytime, art fun and a couple of back-to-school events, including Marbles’ annual Kickoff to Kindergarten.

Protect Your Eyes During Solar Eclipse

Follow these solar eclipse tips to ensure your family's vision safety.

5 Questions to Consider Before and After Delivery

Here are answers to five questions many parents consider before and after their baby’s birth.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

August 2017

Kids can enjoy a free cookie with any purchase, and enjoy kid's books, chess, tic tac toe, and card games. 

Cost: Free

Where:
41 North Coffee Company
41 N. Main St.
Wendell, NC  27591
View map »


Sponsor: 41 North Coffee Co
Telephone: 919-995-0680
Contact Name: Dana
Website »

More information

Unplug, slow down and have fun on the Triangle’s Train. At 12 miles per hour, families ride through natural beauty over a trestle and through scenic woods. All ages. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $10/adult, $7/child

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd.
New Hill, NC  27562
View map »


Website »

More information

Cost: $10/adults, $7/kids ages 2-12. Free for ages 1 and younger.

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3917 Bonsal Rd.
New Hill, NC  27562
View map »


Website »

More information

Clowns, daredevils, dance groups, contortionists and more highlight this lively circus act. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $19-$35

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Watch a brief slideshow and explore the inner workings of the mill itself. Witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery. Registration encouraged. Tickets available inside...

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Children make treasured memories while increasing their knowledge of plants and animals. Ages 7-10. Register online.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

More information

Learn about these fascinating critters and meet a live snake and turtle. All ages. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
View map »


Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
Website »

More information

Clowns, daredevils, dance groups, contortionists and more highlight this lively circus act. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $19-$35

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Clowns, daredevils, dance groups, contortionists and more highlight this lively circus act. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $19-$35

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy the spectacle of giant puppets, stilt dancers, shadow puppets and live music. All ages. A pre-show begins at 6:20 p.m.

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

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
View map »


Telephone: 919-962-0522
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Explore the five senses in nature. Make a smelly painting and splash in our sink/float bucket. Ages 18 mos-3 yrs with adult. Register online.

Cost: $2/child

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Learn about water. Playing a water cycle game and take part in a water recycling relay race. Ages 6–13. Meet at the Beech Shelter Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
View map »


Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
Website »

More information

Toddlers enjoy a story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
View map »


Website »

More information

Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Join others for an easy-paced walk along the greenway accompanied by a naturalist. Registration encouraged. Choose course #203546.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
View map »


Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
Website »

More information

Learn about their habitat, adaptations and life cycle through hands-on activities and games.  All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 919-354-0350
Contact Name: Sherry Thrasher

More information

Clowns, daredevils, dance groups, contortionists and more highlight this lively circus act. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $19-$35

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Ages 3-6 enjoy fun games and drills. Call to RSVP.  

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Fitness4Life
6701 Glenwood Ave.
Suite 103
Raleigh, NC  27612
View map »


Sponsor: Fitness4Life
Telephone: 919-787-2250
Contact Name: George Whitten
Website »

More information

Enjoy a story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble Cary
760 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
View map »


Telephone: 919-467-3866
Website »

More information

Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
View map »


Website »

More information

Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Clowns, daredevils, dance groups, contortionists and more highlight this lively circus act. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $19-$35

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Games and activities feature nature's essential element. Ages 2 and older with adult. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Dorothea Dix Park Big Field
Barbour Dr.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Website »

More information

Read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and discover caterpillars' favorite foods. Learn the life cycle of butterflies and make a caterpillar necklace. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online.

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

Learn to fish. Instruction and bait provided. Participants 16 and older must have a valid N.C. fishing license. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the boat rental dock. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
View map »


Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
Website »

More information

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Clowns, daredevils, dance groups, contortionists and more highlight this lively circus act. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $19-$35

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Explore the ways you can plan ahead for the heat and care for yourself while outdoors on hot days. Explore how wildlife deals with the heat. All ages. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Clowns, daredevils, dance groups, contortionists and more highlight this lively circus act. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $19-$35

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Make music with FIT4MOM Chapel Hill and Erica Berry, Director of Jammin Baby. Enjoy songs and rhymes, movement activities, and instrument play.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southern Village Green
400 Market St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
View map »


Website »

More information

Parent and child explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Ages 3-5. Program begins at the Bobby G. Wilder...

Cost: $5/nonmembers. Free for members

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
Website »

More information

Parent and child explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Ages 3-5. Program begins at the Bobby G. Wilder...

Cost: $5/nonmembers. Free for members

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Preschoolers enjoy a story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
8030 Renaissance Parkway, Ste. 855
Durham, NC  27713
View map »


Telephone: 919-806-1930
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
Website »

More information

Hear a few of tales about corn, learn corn facts, and make a corny craft to take home. All ages with adult. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
View map »


Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
Website »

More information

Preschoolers enjoy a story.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Raleigh, NC  27616
View map »


Telephone: 919-806-1930
Website »

More information

Discover wildlife, their habits and their habitats through hikes, activities and crafts. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

More information

Kids explore nature, play games and make a craft. Dress to get dirty. Ages 5-10. Register online. Choose course #203560.

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
View map »


Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
Website »

More information

Play super-sized classic favorites, become a mini golf master, build and drop parachutes off a treehouse, design your own gamepiece and more. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25/family

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


Sponsor: Kidzu Children's Museum
Telephone: 919-933-1455
Contact Name: Kidzu Marketing
Website »

More information

Enjoy the spectacle of giant puppets, stilt dancers, shadow puppets and live music. All ages. A pre-show begins at 6:20 p.m.

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

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
View map »


Telephone: 919-962-0522
Website »

More information

Play nature games, observe nocturnal animals, and roast s'mores around the campfire. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Kindergarten students entering the traditional school calendar practice a lunch line, get moving at recess, hop on a school bus and more.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Young entrepreneurs, ages 6 -14, have an opportunity to sell their products or services to the general public. Participants can keep any profits from sales they make at the fair and will earn cash...

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Village Market Place
Morrisville, NC  27560
View map »


Sponsor: Triangle Children's Business Fair
Website »

More information

Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

More information

Infants-age 6 enjoy storytime featuring books related to a particular social justice theme. Stories are paired with an activity and music. May: Differently Abled People; June: Women...

Cost: Free

Where:
302 West Main Street
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Sponsor: Social Justice Storytime
Telephone: 919-714-3377
Contact Name: Jessica Hulick
Website »

More information

Enjoy a fun-filled family day with interactive activities, train rides, DJ, face painting and giveaways

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Do you feel intimidated by sergers? Join us for this relaxed hands-on class and learn the basics of home overlock sewing machines (AKA sergers) including thread operation and what to do if the...

Cost: $30 (tuition + materials)

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
View map »


Sponsor: The Scrap Exchange
Telephone: 191-921-31278
Contact Name: Anna Graves
Website »

More information

Discover what's happening in the forest as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

More information

Explore how bees pollinate flowers and help gardens grow. Discover how bee hives works, exploring the ways that bee-keepers have historically housed and cared for their hives, and see what a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
View map »


Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
Website »

More information

Take part in an all-day block party and community festival on Hillsborough Street. The rain-or-shine event, features more than 325 booths and dozens of departments, student organizations and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hillsborough Street
2011 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Sponsor: Live it Up! Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation
Contact Name: Lara Bannister
Website »

More information

Find out more about the coderschool's programs and discounts. If you're ready to jump in, we'll be offering two free coding workshops for a Back-2-School event, so sign up below...

Cost: Free

Where:
thecoderschool - Cary
201 Davis Grove Circle
Cary, NC  27519
View map »


Sponsor: theCoderSchool - Cary
Telephone: 919-234-5193
Contact Name: Nidhi Joshi
Website »

More information

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy the spectacle of giant puppets, stilt dancers, shadow puppets and live music. All ages. A pre-show begins at 6:20 p.m.

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

Where:
Forest Theatre
123 S. Boundary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
View map »


Telephone: 919-962-0522
Website »

More information

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

See Raleigh native Tift Merrit and friends perform and enjoy food trucks, family play and more. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $29-$39. Free for ages 5 and younger; ticket required.

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit Module

Magazine

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Directories

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Annual Guides

Education Guide

The 2016-17 Education Guide offers 643 education resources in the Triangle, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools and academic resources.

The Triangle Go-To Guide

Our debut Triangle Go-To Guide connects you to family fun resources across the Triangle. Plus, find out who our 2017 Readers' Favorites are.