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Written by:  Janice Lewwin
Date: April 1, 2012

Find fun events ranging from story times, crafts, puppetry and magic to parent support groups and exercise classes happening in April 2012. These listings are based on information provided to Carolina Parent. Please call ahead to verify times and days since activities may change, especially during the  summer and on holidays. Mondays

Baby Storytime. Books, rhymes, movement and music. Pre-walkers. 10-10:20am. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Breastfeeding Café. Discuss breastfeeding questions with accredited La Leche League leader and meet other mothers. Infants welcome. 1-2pm. The Red Hen, University Mall, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-942-4420. www.theredhen.com.

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages, 12:30-2:30pm and 3:30-5:30pm. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

BounceU Preschool Playdate. Ages 7 and under, 10am-noon. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

Chapel Hill Public Library Storytime. Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3-6. 10:30-11am. Chapel Hill Public Library, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-968-2778. http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.

Homework Buddies and Reading Buddies. Teen volunteers help kids with homework and reading. 3:30-5:30pm. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Jumpin' Beans Craft Day. Free with paid admission. 10am-2pm. Jumpin' Beans, 1839 S. Main St., Wake Forest. 919-521-4445. www.jumpinbeanswf.com.

Kids Yoga. Ages 6-12. 6-6:45pm. $. Wake Forest Yoga, 900 S. Franklin St., Wake Forest. 919-614-5945. www.wakeforestyoga.com.

Lynne Sue's free face painting and balloon art. Three Mondays a month. Call ahead to confirm dates. 6-8pm. Fat Daddy's, Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-233-1598. www.lynnesueparties.com.

Moms and Tots Yoga. Crawlers to walkers. 10:30-11:30am. $. Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts, 1812 Beckett's Ridge Dr., Hillsborough. 919-732-3051. www.hillsboroughyoga.com.

Music with Mar Class. Ages 6 months-kindergarten. 10:30-11:15am and 4:30-5:15pm. $. St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 Hwy. 751, Durham. 919-641-2456. www.musicwithmar.com.

Play and Stay. Gross motor skill development, music, dance and movement for kids and moms. $. 9:30-11:30am. 6021 Poyner Village Pkwy., Ste. 103, Raleigh. 919-876-8207. http://kidzinaminute.com.

Pop-in Play at Pump It Up. One-hour drop-in play. Bring socks. No reservations required. Ages 7 and under. 10am-noon. $. Pump It Up Inflatables Party Zone, 10700 World Trade Blvd., Raleigh (Brier Creek area). 919-828-3344. www.pumpitupparty.com.

Postnatal Yoga. Yoga for new mothers and babies ages 3 weeks to crawling. 11am. $. 930 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Durham. 919-933-9642. www.triangleyoga.com.

Preschool Art Class. Two art projects, music, dancing, puppetry, acting and more. Preregistration required. Ages 3-5. 1-2:30pm. $. Time to Shine Preschool, 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary. 919-291-3802. www.timetoshinepreschool.com.

Preschool Playcraft. Creative arts for ages 2-5. 11am-noon. $. Bull City Craft, 2501 University Dr., Durham. 919-419-0800. www.bullcitycraft.com.

Storytime. Ages 3-5. 10am. Quail Ridge Books and Music, Raleigh. 919-828-1588. www.quailridgebooks.com.

Yoga for Older Children. Ages 6-12. 3:30-4:30pm. $. Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts, 1812 Beckett's Ridge Dr., Hillsborough. 919-732-3051. www.hillsboroughyoga.com.

Tuesdays

Balloon Man Mike. Free balloon creations. 6:30-7:30pm. Moe's Southwest Grill, 6807 Fayetteville Rd., Durham. 919-544-6637.

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages, 12:30-2:30pm, 3:30-5:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

BounceU Preschool Playdate. See Monday for details.

Carolina Puppet Theater. First and third Tuesday of the month. A 50-minute show includes puppets, storytelling, movement and audience participation. 10am. $. Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs. 919-567-4000. www.carolinapuppets.com.

Chapel Hill Public Library Storytime. See Monday for details. 3:30-4pm.

Children's Storytime. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, 5959 Triangle Town Blvd., Raleigh. 919-792-2140. www.bn.com.

Family Night. Kids make a craft. 5-7pm. Chick-fil-A, 6612 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-571-8480.

Family Night. 5:30-7:30pm. Chick-fil-A, 411 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-816-8222.

Jumpin' Beans Craft Day. See Monday for details.

Kids' Craft and Movie Night. 5-7pm. Golden Corral, 5006 Apex Hwy. 55, Durham. 919-544-2275.

Kids Dance Fitness. Fun, fitness and international music and dance. Ages 6-11. 6:15-7pm. Begins April 10. $. World In Motion Dance, Movement & Music Center, 10235-500 Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville. 919-465-4440. www.worldinmotiondance.com.

Kids' Night. Kids craft or activity. 5-7pm. Chick-fil-A, 104 Residence Inn Dr., Durham. 919-484-7778.

Kids' Night. Kids make a craft and meet Mr. Cow. 5-8pm. Chick-fil-A at Renaissance Village. 7836 Leonardo Dr., Durham. 919-206-4330.

Kids' Night. Kids make a craft and meet Mr. Cow. 5-7:30pm. Chick-fil-A at Garner Towne Square. 2720 Timber Dr., Garner. Also at Chick-fil-A at White Oak Crossing, 220 Shenstone Ln., Garner. 919-662-7200. www.chickenspace.com.

Magic and Laughter with Happy Dan the Magic Man. Fun, magic and balloons. Kids eat free. 6-8pm. Champps, 3741 Sumner Blvd., Triangle Town Center, Raleigh. 919-792-0330. www.champps.com.

Mimi the Clown. Mimi entertains with balloon art and face painting at local Chick-fil-As. Call 919-639-9328 for details. www.themelodymaker.net.

Music Together. Parent and caregiver enjoy movement, instrument play-alongs and singing. 5:30pm. $. Preregistration required. SweetBottoms Baby Boutique. 2855 Jones Franklin Rd., Raleigh. 919-438-1722. www.sweetbottomsbaby.com.

New Moms Group. For moms and babies 18 months and younger. Noon. Preregistration required. The Diapering Doula. 4109 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville. 919-651-9802. www.trianglediapercompany.com.

Paint Savvy. Face painting. 6:30-8pm. Golden Corral, 4055 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. 919-699-2820. www.paintsavvy.com.

Pop-in Play at Pump It Up. All ages. 3-5pm. See Monday for details.

Preschool Art Class. Two art projects, music, dancing, puppetry, acting and more. Preregistration required. Ages 3-5. 1-2:30pm. $. Time to Shine Preschool, 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary. 919-291-3802. www.timetoshinepreschool.com.

Preschool Playcraft. See Monday for details.

Preschool Storytime. Books, rhymes, music and more. Ages 3-5. 11-11:30am. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Preschool Storytime. 10am. Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham. 919-489-3012. www.bn.com.

Toddler Storytime. Books, rhymes, music and more. Ages 1-2. 10-10:20am. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Toddler Storytime. Ages 1-3. 10am. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. www.bn.com.

Tot Time. Stories, singing and kid-friendly activities. 10-11am. FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Café, 8711-102 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-844-7445.

Wednesdays

Baby Storytime. Cameron Village Regional Library. See Monday for details. 1:30-1:50pm.

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages, 12:30-2:30pm and 3:30-5:30pm. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

BounceU Preschool Playdate. See Monday for details.

Fit Mamas. Mothers run or walk 1-3 miles with other moms. All abilities welcome. Children must ride in a stroller. 9am. Ridgewood Shopping Center, 3546 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 919-832-8275. www.fleetfeetraleigh.com.

Kazoom Preschool Show. Stage show with music and puppets. 10am and 11:10am. $. 431 Peace St., Raleigh. 919-365-0555. www.carolinapuppets.com/kazoom.

KidsWork Wednesdays. Creative projects for all skill levels. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5-12. 2-5pm. $. Ornamentea, 509 N. West St., Raleigh. 919-834-6260. www.ornamentea.com.

Mommy and Baby Yoga. Learn yoga through social interaction and play. Ages 6 weeks-18 months. 11am. $. Itsy Bitsy Baby Spa, 1055 Darrington Dr., Cary. 919-467-8801. www.itsybitsybabyspa.com.

Postnatal Yoga. 11am. See Monday for details.

Preschool Playcraft. See Monday for details.

Preschool Art Class. Two art projects, music, dancing, puppetry, acting and more. Preregistration required. Ages 3-5. 1-2:30pm. $. Time to Shine Preschool, 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary. 919-291-3802. www.timetoshinepreschool.com.

Preschool Storytime. Cameron Village Library. See Tuesday for details.

Storytime and Craft Activity. Ages 2-8. 10:30-11:30am. The Children's Store, 243 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-8027. www.thechildrensstoreinc.com.

Time for Toddlers. Stories, songs and movement activities. First three Wednesdays of the month. Ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. 10:15-10:35am and 11-11:20am. Chapel Hill Public Library, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-968-2778. http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.

Toddler Storytime. Cameron Village Regional Library. See Tuesday for details.

Tot Time. Open gym featuring balls, mats and toys for ages 5 and under. 9:30-11:30am. Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Rd., Raleigh. 919-870-2911. http://parks.raleighnc.gov.

Thursdays

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages, 12:30-2:30pm, 3:30-5:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

BounceU Preschool Playdate. See Monday for details.

Children's Storytelling. Kids make a craft and enjoy sing-alongs. 9:30am. Chick-fil-A, 1110 Beaver Creek Commons Dr., Apex. 919-303-2377.

Crafternoon. Crafts for ages 4-6, 3:30-4:30pm; ages 7-11, 4:30-5:30pm. $. Bull City Craft, 2501 University Dr., Durham. 919-419-0800. www.bullcitycraft.com.

Kazoom Preschool Show. See Wednesday for details.

Knit and Nurse. Knit or nurse and enjoy the company of other moms. Bring yarn and needles. 2pm. Preregistration required. The Diapering Doula. 4109 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville. 919-651-9802. www.trianglediapercompany.com.

Knit Night. For seasoned and new knitters. 7pm. SweetBottoms Baby Boutique. 2855 Jones Franklin Rd., Raleigh. 919-438-1722. www.sweetbottomsbaby.com.

La Leche League RTP Breastfeeding Cafe. Noon. Preregistration required. The Diapering Doula. 4109 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville. 919-651-9802. www.trianglediapercompany.com.

Mommy and Me Belly Dance. Learn belly dance through social interaction and play. Ages 6 weeks-18 months. 11am. $. Itsy Bitsy Baby Spa, 1055 Darrington Dr., Cary. 919-467-8801. www.itsybitsybabyspa.com.

Mommy and Baby Yoga. 10am. See Wednesday for details.

Moms and Tots Yoga. Babies to crawlers. 10:30-11:45am. $. Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts, 1812 Beckett's Ridge Dr., Hillsborough. 919-732-3051. www.hillsboroughyoga.com.

Music Together. Begins April 12. Songs, rhymes, movement and instrument play. Ages birth-5 yrs. 9-9:45am. $. World In Motion Dance, Movement & Music Center, 10235-500 Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville. 919-465-4440. http://littlebirdsmusictogether.com/classes.htm.

Pop-in Play at Pump It Up. All ages. 3-5pm. See Monday for details.

Preschool Art Class. Two art projects, music, dancing, puppetry, acting and more. Preregistration required. Ages 3-5. 1-2:30pm. $. Time to Shine Preschool, 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary. 919-291-3802. www.timetoshinepreschool.com.

Preschool Playcraft. See Monday for details.

Preschool Storytime. Cameron Village Library. See Tuesday for details.

Preschool Storytime. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-782-0030. www.bn.com.

Storytime. 10:30am. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-7373. www.flyleafbooks.com.

Storytime. 10:30am. Market Street Books and Maps, 610 Market St., Southern Village, Chapel Hill. 919-933-5111.

Storytime and More. Books, music and activity. Ages 2-5. 1:30-2:30pm. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Time for Toddlers. First three Thursdays of the month, Chapel Hill Public Library. See Wednesday for details.

Toddler and Preschool Storytime. 10am. Chick-fil-A, Renaissance Village, 7836 Leonardo Dr., Durham. 919-206-4330.

Toddler Storytime. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy. See Wednesday for details.

Toddler Storytime. Cameron Village Regional Library. See Tuesday for details. 10-10:20am, 11-11:20am.

Fridays

Alphabet Soup Storytime. 10am. Alphabet Soup Educational Supplies & More, 145 E. Wait Ave., Wake Forest. 919-554-3035.

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages, 12:30-2:30pm and 3:30-5:30pm. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

BounceU Preschool Playdate. See Monday for details.

Breakfast and Beads. Children enjoy art projects and books while parents socialize and make a craft project. Breakfast treats and coffee served. 8:30-10am. Fee for adult craft project. Ornamentea, 509 N. West St., Raleigh. 919-834-6260. www.ornamentea.com.

Children's Storytime. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, 5959 Triangle Town Blvd., Raleigh. 792-2140. www.bn.com.

Cotton's Early Years Jam Session. 10:15am. Babiology, 2012-A Fairview Rd., Five Points, Raleigh. 919-917-8987. www.cottontheclown.com.

Family Fun Night. Books, activities and discussion. Every Friday but the first Friday, which is American Girl Night. School ages. 7pm. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. www.bn.com.

Family Night. Unlimited mini-golf and laser tag and a large pizza. 6-10pm. $. Adventure Landing, 3311 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. 919-872-1688. www.adventurelanding.com/parks/raleigh.

Kids Climb Time. Second Friday of each month. Supervised by an AMGA climbing wall instructor. Reservations recommended. Ages 6-12. 5-7pm. $. Triangle Rock Club, 102 Pheasant Wood Ct., Morrisville. 919-463-7625. www.trianglerockclub.com.

Pop-in Play. All ages. 10-noon. See Monday for details.

Preschool Art Class. Two art projects, music, dancing, puppetry, acting and more. Preregistration required. Ages 3-5. 1-2:30pm. $. Time to Shine Preschool, 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary. 919-291-3802. www.timetoshinepreschool.com.

Preschool Playdates. Drop-off play and learning program features bouncing, craft time and structured lessons. Advanced reservations required. Children must be potty-trained. Ages 7 and under. 10am-noon. $. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

Preschool Storytime. Includes singing, finger plays and movement. Ages 3-6. 10:30am. Kidzu Children's Museum, 123 Suite B, W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-1455. www.kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.

Sports Night. Supervised drop-in activities include in-line skating, soccer, floor hockey and basketball. Ages 8-13. 6:30-10:30pm. $. Dreamsports Center, 1016 Investment Blvd., Apex. 919-387-2955. www.dreamsportscenter.com.

Storytime. Ages 1-preK. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, Streets at Southpoint, 8030 Renaissance Pkwy., Durham. 919-806-1930. www.bn.com.

Saturdays

Art With Evan. Drop-in open artist studio. 10am-4pm. $. 120 Old Durham Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-968-0642. www.artwithevan.com.

Babywearing Demo. Learn how to use wraps and slings. 1pm. Preregistration required. The Diapering Doula. 4109 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville. 919-651-9802. www.trianglediapercompany.com.

Baby Storytime. See Monday for details. 10:15-10:35am.

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages. 8:45-10am. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

Cloth Diapering 101. 2pm. Preregistration required. The Diapering Doula. 4109 Grace Park Dr., Morrisville. 919-651-9802. www.trianglediapercompany.com.

Community Talent Search. Sponsored by the Star Foundation for youth and adults. Food, fun and entertainment. 1-5pm. Barbecue Heaven Restaurant, 902 Fayetteville St., Durham. 919-638-0611. http://star-foundation.org.

Eno River Farmers Market. Make-and-take crafts for kids. 10am-noon. Historic downtown Hillsborough. www.enoriverfarmersmarket.com.

Family Storytime. Books, music and more. Ages birth-5 yrs. 11-11:30am. Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-856-6723. www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Family Yoga. Ages 2 and up with family. 9-10am. $. Children admitted free when accompanied by parent. Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts, 1812 Beckett's Ridge Dr., Hillsborough. 919-732-3051. www.hillsboroughyoga.com.

Mommy and Baby Yoga. Ages 6 weeks-18 months. 10am. See Wednesday for details.

Music Together. Begins April 14. See Thursday for details.

Preschool Storytime. 11am. Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham. 919-489-3012. www.bn.com.

Storytelling in the Galleries. Weekend family-friendly tours. Meet at East Building Information Desk. 10:30am. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262.

Storytime. 10:30am. Orange County Public Library, Carrboro Branch, 900 Old Fayetteville Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-969-3006. www.co.orange.nc.us/library.

Western Wake Farmers Market. Different programs offered each week in the Education Tent, plus live music and more than 30 farmers and artisans. 8am-noon. 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org.

Sundays

BounceU Open Bounce. All ages. 10:15-11:30am. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368. www.bounceu.com/apex.

Capital City BMX Race Day. Friendly atmosphere with focus on fun, sportsmanship and great racing. All ages. Registration between 1-2:30pm; race at 3pm. $. Lions Park and Community Center, 516 Dennis Ave., Raleigh. 919-834-4269. www.ccbmx.com.

Storytelling in the Galleries. Weekend family-friendly tours. Meet at East Building Information Desk. 10:30am. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262.

To update or change weekly listings for the upcoming month, please email calendar@carolinaparent.com or call 919-956-2430 before the 10th of the month.



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