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10 Locally Owned Toy Stores in the Triangle

The Triangle is really lucky to have so many locally-owned toy stores around. When you shop from them, you frequently get convenient perks like gift registries and free wrapping, and always enjoy very personal shopping experiences that the big brick…

Best Bets: Mother's Day in the Triangle

Mother’s Day is closing in fast--it’s always the second Sunday in May, and this year that’s May 9. As a mom myself, I can say that mothers want to feel appreciated, loved and pampered, but we’re all different. As for…

'Golden Mummies of Egypt' Exhibit on Display

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) is now displaying the exhibit “Golden Mummies of Egypt” from the Manchester Museum in England. This is the exhibition’s first appearance at an American art museum. On view through July 11, 2021, it…

Backyard Flex Spaces to the Rescue

  So many of us are working and doing schoolwork from home because of COVID-19. And now a year later, it’s getting harder and harder to do all of these things in the same space. All of us can probably…

COVID-19 Vaccine Special Alert

People with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) are now explicitly included in prioritized populations for the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina, according to an announcement this week by Governor Roy Cooper. Any individuals with I/DD receiving 30 days or…

Best Bets: Independent Book Stores in the Triangle

Digital books are typically inexpensive, convenient and earth-friendly. But does anything ever fully replace the feeling of your fingers fanning through the pages of a book? Folding a corner to remind yourself where you left off? Jotting down a quick…

Raleigh Startup Aims to Help Breastfeeding Women

After giving birth, many breastfeeding moms experience postpartum problems. Around 70% of women experience difficulties breastfeeding and low milk supply. But having a new baby during a global pandemic adds a new layer of worry to most parents’ minds. Indeed,…

Best Bets: Independent Chocolatiers in the Triangle

The Triangle is absolutely replete with fine chocolatiers. We have options from Wendell to Raleigh to Durham and Hillsborough and everywhere in between. These artisans work on tiny, delicious canvases of rich chocolatey goodness and then offer their works of…

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which aims to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. It’s never too early to start strong with oral hygiene!  The Poe Center in Raleigh…

Best Bets: Florists in the Triangle

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and florists in the Triangle are ready. Whether your sweetheart prefers traditional roses in a vase or appreciates more modern and mixed arrangements, this list is a great place to start. But you…

New Display Debuts at the NC Museum of History

The North Carolina Museum of History has a new pop-up panel display opening this Jan. 28. Learn fascinating details about the Green Book, the annual travel guide that helped African Americans navigate Jim Crow segregation. Published from 1936 to 1966,…

GUIDE: North Carolina's Zoos and Aquariums

North Carolina has an impressive array of places to see and learn about animals. We have zoos, aquariums, animal sanctuaries, science centers and more, offering in-person experiences with animals from aardvarks to zebras. Whether you walk through, drive through or…

Nights of Lights at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park

Driving around to look at neighborhood holiday lights is a tradition among so many families--including mine. It’s always so much fun to see the variety of decorations. From classic white lights to a lawn full of inflatables to over-the-top displays…

Triangle 2020 Holiday Art and Craft Fairs

The winter holidays are full of family fun, foods and shopping for artisan-crafted treasures and unique gifts. This year is no different, except for the COVID-related safety precautions in place to keep shoppers and vendors safe. Check out this list…

fit RDU Offers Outdoor Exercise Classes

Many of us are really struggling to keep our mental health in check right now. Between the stress of virtual schooling, isolation and worry about jobs and the economy it’s not easy to stay upbeat. One great way to…

A Visit to the Kersey Valley Sunflower Extravaganza

  The pandemic-related cancellation of the 2020 summer sunflower field at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh disappointed so many Triangle residents. In just a few years, visiting the field had turned into a great tradition for area families--photo opportunities…

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Karen Shore lives in Holly Springs. Besides writing for Carolina Parent, she works as a marketing director and hosts the Holly Springs Deep Dive Podcast. She will blog about family fun in the Triangle — including freebies and news that matters to local parents. Check back here Mondays and Thursdays for her weekday and weekend fun blog posts.

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