Enter Our 2017 12 Days of Giveaways Contest for Chances to Win Daily

You could win toys, coding games, dolls, performance tickets and more
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Enter Carolina Parent’s 2017 12 Days of Giveaways holiday contest Dec. 1-12 for a chance to win prizes ranging from educational toys and coding games dolls and theatrical performance tickets. Check back each day at 9 a.m. to see a new prize and to find out who our randomly chosen winner is for the previous day’s prize. All entries will be in the running for our 13th day BONUS prize: 4 tickets to Carowinds Winterfest and an assortment of other fun prizes. Click on the numbers below each daily prize to see the previous days' prizes.

Please note: Participants can enter to win daily, but they must have entered on the day a prize was posted in order to win that particular prize. Also, all winners must be local to the Triangle and be able to respond to emails confirming that they are able to accept their prize in order to win it. Two attempts will be made to contact winners before a new winner will be selected. Winners must also be able to pick up their winnings at our office:

5716 Fayetteville Rd.
Durham, NC 27713

This contest has ended! Congratulations to our winners!
Day 1: Jessica Dixon of Cary
Day 2: La'Shonda Alston of Raleigh
Day 3: Amy Wolz of Raleigh
Day 4: Jordan Kohman of Durham
Day 5: Trish Halsey of Chapel Hill
Day 6: Christy Reuss of Morrisville
​Day 7: Maaran Durham of Raleigh
Day 8: Rebecca Allen of Apex
Day 9: Tori Jones of Garner
Day 10: Katrin Patergin of Raleigh
Day 11: Vicki Baker of Holly Springs
Day 12: Henry Zumbrun of Cary
Bonus Prize: Erin Nicholson of Raleigh

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the prizes you can win:

Day 12 (plus our day 13 bonus prize is also below!)

See Two Illusionists Shows at DPAC

Dec. 12, 2017

The Illusionists Present Adam Trent’ at DPAC Feb. 15 and ‘The Illusionists Witness the Impossible’ May 11-12

Showcasing his “futuristic” brand of magic, illusionist Adam Trent has mesmerized live audiences around the globe, in person and as a featured guest on “America’s Got Talent,” “The Today Show,” “Ellen,” the Travel Channel and the Disney Channel among countless other TV appearances. The 31-year-old also stars in his own recently launched 10-episode TV series called “The Road Trick” on Red Bull TV. Win a pair of tickets to see the show on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at DPAC. You can also purchase tickets here.

And if Adam Trent isn’t enough to amaze you, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to DPAC for three performances of "The Illusionists: Live From Broadway – Witness the Impossible" May 11-12 as part of The Greatest Hits of Broadway series. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. Win a pair of tickets to one of these shows as well (winner will be able to select the show of their choice). You can order tickets here.

Value = $130

Dec. 13 update: Congratulations to our winner, Henry Zumbrun of Cary. Thanks to all who participated! 

Day 13 Bonus Prize

EVERYONE who has entered our 12 Days of Giveaways contest is eligible to win this 13th day BONUS prize pack. It includes:

4 Tickets to Carowinds Winterfest

Enter to win 4 tickets to this Charlotte-area, 398-acre theme park and water park offers more than 50 state-of-the-art rides, attractions and shows. Now through Dec. 30, explore the park's Winterfest holiday celebration.

Value = $140

Meet the Sugarplum Fairy at Carowinds' Winterfest event. 

Photo courtesy of Carowinds

Magic: The Gathering Card Game

This magical card game consists of decks of cards and dice that employ the use of strategy involving magical creatures, spells, combat and more, with a goal of reducing your opponents' life total(s) to zero. This game provides a fun way to spend time with family during the holidays.

Value = $19.99 

True Made Foods Sauces

True Made, a veteran-owned company has reinvented classic American staples like Ketchup, barbecue sauce and Sriracha, making them healthier and more delicious in the process. True Made Foods makes their sauces without corn syrup and 50 percent less sugar by adding real vegetables like spinach, carrots and butternut squash instead, turning these these once empty calorie foods into paleo, nutrient-dense super foods.

Value = $30

Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer 

The Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer app-connected toy using augmented reality technology offers endless creativity, moments of learning, and lots of fun. Users design and color the flashcards however they like, then scan them with a smartphone or tablet and watch their creations come to life.

Value = $40

2 Calendars and a Matching Game

Kick 2017 off with the "Kids Awesome Activity Calendar" and "A Year of Tiny Pleasures 2018 Calendar" from Workman Publishing — plus "A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game" by Wee Society. 

Value = $46

Total bonus prize value = $276

Dec. 13 update: Congratulations to our winner, Erin Nicholson of Raleigh! Thanks to everyone who participated!


Day 11

American Girl WellieWishers Doll and Cozy Up Cocoa Stand Plus Roblox Figures and Game Codes

Dec. 11, 2017

Meet the WellieWishers — Willa, Kendall, Ashlyn, Emerson and Camille — five fun-loving characters for children ages 5-7 from American Girl who are out to make the world a kinder, friendlier place. By playing with these dolls, girls discover the social and emotional skills they need to be a good friend. The winner gets to choose the WellieWisher doll of her choice. Each doll retails for $60.

American Girl’s Cozy Up Cocoa Stand is the WellieWishers’ favorite gathering spot after a fun-filled afternoon of ice skating. This set, also designed for ages 5-7, includes a stand on a snowy, faux-brick wall; bench for the dolls to sit on; winter wreath with a chalkboard in the center featuring the cocoa menu; colorful streamers to decorate the stand; two mugs of pretend cocoa with whipped cream; a pretend can of whipped cream; a cocoa canister; insulated container; four felt acorns; a cookie bag with a pretend cookie; and a carton of pretend milk. The Cozy Up Cocoa Stand retails for $48.

Technological toys are also part of today’s giveaway. Every month, 49 million players visit Roblox — one of the world's largest social gaming platforms — to create adventures, play games, roleplay and learn with friends. Calling itself an "imagination platform," Roblox is freely available on all modern smartphones, tablets, desktops, Xbox One, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Roblox is powered by a growing community of 1.7 million creators who produce their own 3D multiplayer experiences using Roblox Studio, a desktop design tool. Enter to win a set of Roblox figures and game codes as part of today’s giveaway.

Value = $160

Dec. 12, 2017: Congratulations to our winner, Vicki Baker of Holly Springs! Thanks to everyone who participated.

Photos courtesy of American Girl and Roblox


Day 10

Cuddle + Kind Dolls and Coding Games

Dec. 10, 2017

Cuddle + Kind is a family-owned company committed to helping feed children in need around the world through their beautiful, handcrafted children’s dolls. For every doll sold, Cuddle + Kind works with organizations such as the World Food Program USA, Children’s Hunger Fund, and Breakfast Club of Canada to give 10 meals to children in need. In addition, all dolls are handcrafted with natural, high-quality cotton by female artisans in Peru, who are consequently able to provide for their families with a sustainable, fair-trade income. 


If you have a coder in the family, he or she will enjoy ThinkFun’s //CODE Programming Game Series. In partnership with Target, these games make coding accessible and affordable to every family, since games cost just $14.99 each. Children ages 8 and older develop the foundational logic and problem-solving skills needed to master advanced programming skills. All three puzzle games ladder up from easy to expert, and provide a screen-free, unplugged play experience. 

Enter to win two Cuddle + Kind dolls below plus the ThinkFun game series below.

Value = $140

Dec. 11 update: Congratulations to our winner, Katrin Patergin of Raleigh! Thanks to everyone who participated.


Day 9

Passes to the Museum of Life and Science and Collection of Science Books

Dec. 9, 2017

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham offers 84 acres of fun. From an interactive science park and a tree house village to lemurs and one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast, your family can easily spend a full day there. Bring a picnic to enjoy in a special facility outside the park, or grab lunch at Sprout Café.

Enter to win four passes to the museum, a museum swag bag and a fun collection of science-themed books.

Value = $200

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Life and Science


Dec. 10 update: Congratulations to our winner, Tori Jones of Garner! Thanks to all who participated.


Day 8

4 Tickets to Moe's Southwest Grill's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Premiere Party and IMAX Showing

Dec. 8, 2017

Enter to win four tickets to Moe's Southwest Grill of the Triangle's premiere showing of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. Enjoy a delicious Moe's meal and fun and games at a private premiere party before the movie starts. 

In addition, Moe's patrons have a chance to win a four-pack of tickets to the premiere party and showing through Dec. 11 when they “make it a meal” at any Triangle-area Moe’s. Visit Moe's Triangle Facebook page for more details.

Estimated value = $100

Dec. 9 update: Congratulations to our winner, Rebecca Allen of Apex. Thanks to all who participated!


Day 7

Laura Ashley $100 Gift Card

Dec. 7, 2017

Laura and Bernard Ashley started printing fabric on their kitchen table in London in 1953, following a Women’s Institute exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum on traditional handicrafts. Inspired to make her own patchwork quilts, Laura couldn’t find suitable fabrics in the shops, so the young enterprising couple decided to produce their own. Today, Laura Ashley's girls’ dresses are chosen for a wide variety of special occasions. Enter to win a $100 Laura Ashley gift card to purchase a couple of sweet dresses for your little girl.

Dec. 7, 2017: Congratulations to our winner, Maaran Durham of Raleigh!

Photo courtesy of Laura Ashley USA


Day 6

4 Tickets to see ‘Shopkins Live!’ at DPAC + Plagro Music and Lights Comfy Car

Dec. 6, 2017

If you have Shopkins fans in your house, you’ll definitely want to enter today’s giveaway. This popular kids toy that launched in 2014 comes to life on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. when fans can see "Shopkins Live!" Enjoy an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights. See Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint and friends as they prepare for Shopville’s annual Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.

Photo courtesy of Ah KOba entertainment

This prize package also includes the plush and playful Playgro Music and Lights Comfy Car (pink model). For ages 6 months and older, the car's musical features encourage motor skill development and imaginative play. Baby will love the sound of the horn beeping, the indicator clicking and the rattling balls spinning. 

Photo courtesy of PlayGro

​Value = $170

Dec. 7 update: Congratulations to our winner, Christy Reuss of Morrisville! Thanks to everyone who participated!


Day 5

$100 Gift Certificate to Learning Express and WONDERBOOM BlueTooth Speaker

Dec. 5, 2017

Knock a few gifts off your shopping list by winning this $100 gift card to Learning Express, a colorful toy store with five locations in the Triangle. Learning Express offers a wide selection of products for kids, from science-themed toys to arts-and-crafts kits.


Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM’s BlueTooth technology enables you to take 360-degree sound from picnics in the park to volleyball games on the beach. Enjoy 10 hours of non-stop music with immersive sound, and play, pause or skip songs right from this Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM speaker using the button on top of the speaker.

Photo courtesy of WONDERBOOM

Value = $200

Dec. 6 update: Congratulations to our winner, Trish Halsey of Chapel Hill! Thanks to all who participated.


4 Tickets to Tweetsie Railroad Christmas

Dec. 4, 2017

Enter to win four tickets to hop on a nighttime train ride to enjoy a display of twinkling lights, meet and take photos with Santa in his gingerbread house, experience a live Christmas show, walk through a glistening tunnel of lights, roast s’mores around a fire, ride a magical carousel and enjoy specialty holiday treats during Tweetsie Railroad Christmas, which runs Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 5-10 p.m. You can also select your Christmas tree, sing with carolers and take in the dazzling light displays and holiday decorations throughout the park.

Value = $152

Dec. 5 update: Congratulations to our winner, Jordan Kohman of Durham! Thanks to all who participated.


Day 3

TINKERTOY Wooden Building Set, Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer, Prismacolor Coloring Kit and All Things North Carolina Heritage Puzzle

Dec. 3, 2017

In 1913, inventor Charles Pajeau observed children playing with pencils and empty spools of thread. This gave him the idea to create TINKERTOY building sets. In 2012, licensed by Hasbro, K’NEX began manufacturing TINKERTOY sets out of plastic, but after hearing from lifelong fans of the product, K’NEX began manufacturing nostalgic 100-piece wooden TINKERTOY sets in time for the 2017 holiday season.

The winner of today's giveaway also gets Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer, an app connected toy using augmented reality technology offering endless creativity, moments of learning, and lots of fun. Users design and color the flashcards however they like, then scan them with a smartphone or tablet and watch their creations come to life.

Enter to win a TINKERTOY wooden building set, a Prismacolor 21-piece professional coloring kit and an All Things North Carolina Heritage puzzle by filling out the form below.

Value = $173

Dec. 4 update: Congratulations to our winner, Amy Wolz of Raleigh! Thanks to everyone who participated.


Day 2

2 Tickets to ‘98° at Christmas’ Dec. 5 and 2 Tickets to ‘Fantasia: Christmas After Midnight’ Concert Dec. 6

Dec. 2, 2017

Enter to win two pairs of tickets to two fantastic shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

First, hear the vocal quartet comprised of Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons perform holiday songs and all of their hits when they perform “98° at Christmas” Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. This group, renowned for signature R&B-tinged, four-part harmonies, released “Let It Snow,” their new Christmas album on Oct. 13, 2017 via UMe. It’s their first new album in 4 years and a follow-up 18 years in the making to the now classic and platinum certified album “This Christmas.” You can also purchase tickets to the show here.

Photo courtesy of DPAC

Then on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., catch Fantasia as she performs all of her hits during “Fantasia: Christmas After Midnight” with special guest Demetria McKinney. Fantasia will kick off the holidays with a soulful and spirited performance in support of her first holiday album, also titled "Christmas After Midnight." Tickets are going fast and can be purchased here

Photo courtesy of DPAC

Value = $170

Dec. 3 update: Congratulations to our winner, La'Shonda Alston of Raleigh! Thanks to everyone who participated.


Day 1

4 Tickets to See "Rudolph" Dec. 8 and a Collection of Christmas Books

Dec. 1, 2017

Broadway Series South presents the beloved TV classic “Rudolph” live on stage at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 24-Dec. 24. Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets to the Dec. 8 performance at 6:30 p.m. The winner of these tickets will be able to pick them up will call with show of an ID. You can also order tickets for one of the other shows here. This prize also includes a collection of exquisitely illustrated hardcover children’s Christmas books.

Value = $242

Dec. 2 update: Congratulations to our winner, Jessica Dixon of Cary! Thanks to everyone who participated.




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