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DINING OUT? Do’s and Don’ts FARM to TABLE MEALS Make Them Work for You



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features 28 Conquer the Breakfast Challenge Make Quick and Healthy Morning Meals

31 Dining Out (Again)? Restaurant Etiquette for a Peaceful Meal 35 Community Supported Agriculture Making It Work for Your Family 39 Fit Family Challenge: Game On! Get Fit, Earn Points, Win Prizes 48 Triangle Egg Hunts and Bunny Sightings

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8 Editor’s Note

11 Family FYI

Community 11 Craft 12 Education 15 Tips and Picks 17

19 Your Style 2 0 Growing Up


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27 Healthly Families 50 Calendar

DINING OUT? Do’s and Don’ts

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FARM to TABLE MEALS Make Them Work for You

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Our Picks 50 Festivals 52 Fit Family Challenge Events 53 Daily 53

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Food, Fitness and Family Priorities


he first time my husband and I dined out with our infant son, Ben, we joined a couple we had met during a childbirth class at WakeMed Hospital. Our sons, born 2 weeks apart, were around 2 months old at the time. Our destination: a casual and family-friendly restaurant in Cary. Surely our infant would sleep soundly in his infant carrier so we could enjoy a peaceful night out. One of the infants did sleep — but not ours. Ben was wide awake. Chris and I took turns holding him so the other could eat, watching our friends enviously as they relaxed over margaritas. When Ben finally got bored and started crying, we looked at each other as if to say, “What now?” Chris reacted by getting up and walking Ben around the restaurant. I think the people sitting next to us appreciated his quick response. What would you have done? In a family-friendly restaurant, etiquette protocols can be nebulous. We spoke to a few experts for advice. Turn to page 31 for tips you consider the next time your family dines out — and your infant son is wide awake! Breakfast — the most important meal of the day — is also the most hurried for many families. Find tips and recipes beginning on page 28 for making quick, healthy meals that will start your kids off right each day. If you’re lucky enough to have vegetable-loving children, a Community Supported Agriculture program may work


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Brenda Larson for your family. There are many here in the Triangle, and on page 35, we present ideas EDITOR Beth Shugg for how to make the most of a CSA share so those fresh veggies don’t go to waste. ASSOCIATE EDITOR Janice Lewine While you’re taking a family approach CALENDAR/DIRECTORIES to meals, throw family fitness into the mix WEB EDITOR Odile Fredericks by joining Carolina Parent’s Fit Family Challenge, sponsored by Coca-Cola, which kicks off April 15 and lasts through DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST Lauren Isaacs June 9. We’ll follow two spotlight families through the Challenge to share their ART DIRECTOR Cheri Vigna stories and experiences with you. Meet them on page 39. ADVERTISING DESIGNER Mia Prior Here’s how you can join our Fit Family

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community | craft | education | tips & picks Do you clean up after your family at a restaurant, or leave it to the wait staff? We try to keep it clean, stack plates, pick up major crumbs, etc. — Denise McEntee

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I always clean up and make it as easy as possible for them to get the table ready for the next guest. I was a waitress for years and make sure that my children appreciate that waiters, waitresses, bussers, etc., are people, too. — Heidi Mulligan Walker

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I stack all plates and silverware, put all napkins on top and move all drink glasses next to the stack. I pick up anything that was dropped on the floor by my children and I wipe down the table. I’m a tad OCD, but I have four kiddos so I feel like I should not leave a disaster for the waiter/waitress. My kids all help with the cleaning. — Christina Beatrice Minnish

Unless we are leaving because of a meltdown we try to clean up. Thankfully we have finally passed the throwing food on the floor stage ... With having our three in three years it seemed like poor daddy spent at least 5 minutes crawling around under the table every time we went out!

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I always clean up and stack the plates. I sometimes try not to but I can’t help it! Also, it shows common courtesy and speeds things up for the next person waiting for a table. Besides, that way I can also make sure I did not leave anything behind! — Veronika Garcia

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Pushing Back Against Peer Pressure


eer-pressure, once thought of as a high school hallmark, is showing up as early as elementary school. Recent research from the University of Maryland found that children

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Zombies, Run! is perfect for teens who want to stay fit but may need some motivation. Users map the course they plan to run, then the program devises a story about finding supplies for a community besieged by the undead. Periodically, the app announces that zombies are in the vicinity and their noisy breathing urges runners to pick up the pace. The app includes 33 missions and users can also incorporate their favorite music. $3.99; available from the App Store and Google Play.


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NFL Play 60 encourages children to get 60 minutes of activity by running, turning and jumping over virtual obstacles. Control the game character by holding a phone or tablet that detects movement, and collect hearts from the American Heart Association that make your character invincible and coins that buy virtual gear from the NFL. Free; available from the App Store and Google Play.


Iron Kids was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to minimize the risk of injuries in young athletes. The 45-minute workout emphasizes the correct way to build strength, balance and endurance, so it’s ideal for kids who want to be in good shape for team tryouts. $3.99; available from the App Store.

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Use Smaller Bowls to Help Curb Obesity A new Cornell University study published in the November 2013

Healthier Happy Meals Help Cut Calories for Kids

Journal of Pediatrics suggests that children not only ask for

A Cornell University study of

more food to fill larger bowls — they also eat more.

McDonald’s Happy Meal that was

Researchers randomly served 8-ounce or 16-ounce bowls

published in the Dec. 13, 2013

to 69 preschoolers and found that the children with larger

issue of Obesity Journal shows

bowls requested 87 percent more cereal and milk, regard-

that changes made to the meal

less of their age, gender or body mass index.

in 2012 to improve its nutritional

content may have resulted in a

Researchers also worked with 18 elementary-aged

students. Children with larger bowls requested 69 percent

reduction in calories for children

more cereal and milk, and ate 52 percent more.

who eat them. The study was

partially funded by a grant from the

“The quickest way parents can help kids eat less

might be to grab them a smaller bowl,” says Brian

McDonald’s Corporation.

Wansink, professor of behavioral economics and the lead

author. “Make it 12 ounces rather than the 20 ounces

ers analyzed more than 30,000

we use.”

transactions from 30 representative

Cornell University research-

McDonald’s restaurants to document whether the change in the

A Gallup poll published in August 2013 states that 8 out of 10 families reported that they eat fast food monthly, with almost half saying they eat fast food weekly.

Happy Meal’s content led to more healthful meal selections.

Historically, the Happy Meal has

included one of three entrée options, a side item and a beverage. By April 2012, the Happy Meal included

Introduction of Solids Linked to Food Allergies in Infants A study reported in the November 18, 2013 issue of Pediatrics found that infants who were diagnosed with a food allergy by the time they were 2 years old were introduced to solids earlier (at 16 weeks of age or sooner).

Study authors concluded that the findings support the

American Academy of Pediatrics’ current allergy prevention recommendations, as well as that of the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition’s recommendation to not introduce solids before


4 to 6 months of age.

a “kid fry,” which had 56 percent fewer calories than the previous Happy Meal fries, and a packet of apples. The changes resulted in a reduction of 104 fewer calories per Happy Meal.

Despite that reduction, children

did not compensate by choosing a higher calorie entrée. Purchases of regular soda also decreased by 11 percent after the Happy Meal change, while 22 percent more children chose white or chocolate milk. Researchers concluded

The percentage of children and teens in the U.S. who consume caffeine on a given day. Source: March 2014 Pediatrics

that the meal changes may help reinforce healthier food choices, such as consumption of fruit as a regular part of a meal.

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By Tammy Holoman e’ve all been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when you’re rushing to work or

school in the mornings, it’s easier to grab something quick to eat

an opportunity for older children to customize their entrees. Also consider presenting a few combinations and asking them to help prepare that item.

on your way out the door.

Take a Family Approach

Planning and preparing breakfast and other meals together whenever possible is a great way to help your family implement a healthier lifestyle. Garfield had family in mind when she founded The Handstand Kids Cookbook Company, which she created after looking for cookbooks to give to her younger cousins during her travels. The company’s books feature recipes from different countries, along with cultural information and alternative suggestions that make the recipes easily adaptable from toddlers to teens. “You don’t want to create a huge project for yourself when you’re preparing a meal — morning or evening — but allowing a child to have a hand in planning the menu, shopping, preparation or even cooking ahead of time can remove what I call the ‘icky factor’ of certain foods and open up a new world,” Garfield says.

Unfortunately, packaged “convenience” foods are not always

the best choice, and preparing a nutritious homemade breakfast in a world of to-go toaster pastries and sugary cereals can feel like yet another early morning challenge.

“It really doesn’t have to be,” says Yvette Garfield, founder of

The Handstand Kids Cookbook Company. Even when they have to be eaten on the go, healthy breakfasts can be simple and delicious.

Make Educated Choices

Talk to younger kids about breakfast foods they like. Take them along to the grocery store or farmers market to see where fruits, vegetables and other foods come from. “We’ve become what’s called a ‘mac n cheese’ society, where Read the Label kids won’t eat anything unless it’s covered in cheese,” Garfield Sara Erickson, a pediatric dietitian in says. “Kids need to know that a chicken doesn’t really look like a nugget. When we learn at an early age, we ask the right questions, and we eventually make better choices as adults.” Ingredients Gardening is another way to 6 ounces of silken tofu, drained; or 2/3 cup of plain yogurt teach them about different kinds 1 medium banana, peeled and cut in half of foods and seasonings. 1 mango “It’s like magic for a child 1 cup of milk (your preference) to plant a seed and see what it 1 handful of spinach becomes,” Garfield says. 1 handful of ice cubes Tweens and teens, whose Optional: squeeze of honey to sweeten smoothie tastes typically change as they grow, are usually forthcoming Instructions 1. Cut the mango by resting one flat side on the cutting board. Slice it lengthwise along the flat side next to with any breakfast requests. Ask the seed. Turn the mango over and repeat on the other side. You will have two halves of the mango with pulp for their input. If you plan to make inside. Carefully cut lengthwise through the mango pulp down to the skin, being careful not to cut through an omelet, fruit salad or makethe skin. Turn the mango sideways and cut lengthwise again until you have a cross-hatch pattern. Turn the ahead breakfast sandwich (see mango inside out using your thumbs to press the pulp outward. Carefully slice out the diced pulp by cutting accompanying recipe), use this as

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between the cubed mango pulp and the skin. Discard the skin and seeds. 2. Place the banana, mango, tofu, milk and spinach into the blender. Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds. 3. Add ice cubes and blend again until smooth.

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Charlotte, says reading food labels is Prepare these the night before important — particularly where preand heat them before school. packaged breakfast foods and ingredients Ingredients are concerned. Si x 8- or 10-inch whole-wheat to rtillas “When foods are highly processed, 1 large apple 1 cu p of applesauce they are not whole foods anymore,” ¼ cup of vegeta Erickson says. “So they can be highble oil 1 teaspoon of ci nnamon calorie and have low nutritional value as well. Yogurt, cereals and oatmeal with Instruction s fruit and granola can be good choices, 1. Preheat the oven to 350 de grees. 2. Dice the appl provided that they’re not loaded with e on a cutting bo ard. Mix the di ci nnamon in a m sugar.” ced apple with edium bowl usin the applesauce g a wooden spoo 3. Use the past and n. ry brush to lig When reading labels in the grocery htly coat both 4. Place 1 heap si de s of in th g ta e blespoon of the tortillas with ve store, Erickson says she uses the 5 and the tortillas to apple mix ture getable oil. make a flute sh in the center of 20 percent rule. ape, then place each tortilla. Ro 5. Bake the tort th em ll illas for 20 min on the baking sh utes or until th eet. them from the “When you’re looking at the e tortillas beco heat and let th me crispy. Then em cool. 6. Sprink le a lit remove sodium and fat levels on a label, tle cinnamon on to p of each warm Alternative: Ad you should aim for just 5 percent taquito. d ½ cup of rais ins to the apple mix ture. of the daily value,” she says. “When it comes to fiber, vitamins, iron and calcium, you want to see 20 percent or better. That’s one simple way to tell whether a food is a healthy choice.” Try these recipes to make breakfast simpler — and healthier — in your house. Tammy Holoman is a freelance writer from Winston-Salem.

Breakfas t Paninis Ingredients 3 Italian bread rolls (pane) Slices of your favorite cheese (mozzarella, parmigiano or fontina) 6 eggs Favorite veggies (basil, tomatoes) ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil Instructions 1. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a skillet. On medium heat, scramble the eggs. 2. Slice the pane in half and assemble the sandwich in layers with the bread on the top and bottom. Use the pastry brush to apply the olive oil to the top and bottom of the pane roll. Add scrambled eggs last. 3. Heat both the small- and medium-sized sauce pans on medium heat and pour 1 tablespoon of the olive oil into the medium-sized saucepan. 4. Wearing oven mitts, place the sandwich in the medium-sized saucepan and then place the bottom of the smaller pan on the top of the roll to heat the bread and squish it down. Keep the smaller pan on top of the sandwich for 2 minutes and then use tongs to turn the sandwich over. Reapply the small sauce pan to the roll for 2 minutes. 5. Using the tongs, place the sandwich onto a plate. Alternative: Make your panini heartier by adding turkey or veggie bacon.

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ating out more frequently has become part of what we do as Americans, says Patrick Whalen, operating partner at Nan

and Byron’s restaurant in Charlotte. “I don’t know if it’s good or bad, it just is,” he says.

But as routine as restaurant dining has become, it still

serves as a special occasion for families. Parents can use eating out as an opportunity to act as role models and teach children how to socialize and behave in a restaurant environment. Here are suggestions for how you can work on restaurant manners with your child for your family’s next dinner out.

Practice at Home Alice Cunningham, owner of Alice’s Place, a teahouse in Winston-Salem, says restaurants provide parents with an extended environment in which to model the good manners they should already be practicing at home. “Good etiquette is good etiquette,” Cunningham says. “You don’t separate restaurant behavior from day-to-day behavior. It’s not like a dress you can take on and off.” At home, Cunningham advises turning off the TV to fully enjoy a family meal and focus on good behavior and conversation. “If it’s done day-to-day, it’s not as traumatic when you go out in public,” she says. “What you do at home, you automatically do ‘out there.’” Susan Caldwell, founder of Lil’ Chef Kids Cooking Studios in Raleigh, says “Etiquette is a spin-off of what we do every day. … Kids feed off praise and recognition.”

Set Expectations Before going to a restaurant, parents should prepare children for how they’re expected to act. Cunningham encourages parents to tell their children to be mindful of others, to stay in control of their behavior and to think twice about misbehaving, which will not be tolerated. “When you set clear boundaries at any age, they know from your voice that you mean what you’re saying,” she says. continued on page 32 | APRIL 2014



need to clean up messes made by a baby or toddler when dining out because, “the whole point of going to a restaurant is to be taken care of,” he says. Caldwell, who has an 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old Caldwell, however, suggests parents attempt to clean up, inson, recommends role-playing at home to prepare your child for dining out. She even prints out a placemat to teach children how cluding taking baby containers home rather than leaving them to set the table. (Try this one: on the table. Caldwell says if she can’t clean up the mess, she compensates by leaving a larger tip. life/children-and-teens/426-printable-placemat-for-learningWhalen says a bigger tip is not necessary. “Families may how-to-set-the-table.) not be in a position to pay more,” he says. “So don’t add to it by Plan Ahead increasing the tip.” “Advanced preparation is key,” Caldwell says. She suggests (Check out our sidebar on page 11 to see how some of our bringing a backpack of items that will keep the child occupied: Facebook fans handle this situation.) toys, paper, pen, crayons and books, for example. “I try to be prepared for whatever’s thrown my way,” she says. Order Independently? Whalen, who has a 3-year-old son and 4-month-old daughChildren’s readiness to order their own food depends on ter, encourages parents to “be their personality, age and engaged with what your kids are developmental stage. Whalen TABLE MANNERS doing — it’s part of the social proadvises that parents take over Alice Cunningham, owner of Alice’s Place in Winstoncess. You can’t just hand them an when their child is hesitant or Salem, and Susan Caldwell, founder of Lil’ Chef Kids iPhone and have them disengage. takes longer than 10-20 seconds. Cooking Studios in Raleigh, teach the following table It’s good to learn how to deal with “It’s not quantifiable,” he says, manners to their students: impatience or not getting exactly but can occur “when the child n Always put your napkin in your lap. what they want to eat. They need to feels comfortable to speak n Chew with your mouth closed. learn the rules of the restaurant.” publically without infringing on n Don’t slurp your drink. the server’s ability to do their job.” n Cut your food into small pieces. Step Away Good restaurant etiquette not n Eat small bits of food with a fork. If your baby begins screaming, only reflects favorably on your n Don’t bang utensils or other items on the table. take her out of the situation, child and the job you have done n Start from the outside in when using utensils. Cunningham advises. Likewise, as a parent; it also builds selfn Hold the chair for ladies. if an older child causes a esteem, encourages self-confin Cross your legs at your ankles. commotion, talk quietly and dence and sends your child into firmly to him or her at first. the world with life skills he will ETIQUETTE RESOURCES “If the behavior continues, then use over and over again. ONLINE remove the child from the restau“Children learn to respect n Emily Post Institute: rant,” she says. themselves and others, and n Cookbook author Linda Stradley: whatscookingamerica. Whalen recommends that parit helps with making good net/Menu/DiningEtiquetteGuide.htm ents take the child outside, weather choices at home, school and permitting, to calm her down. in play,” Cunningham says. “A BOOKS “People are more willing to be n Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition by Peggy Post, good foundation gives them forgiving if the parent is involved Anna Post, Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning the opportunity to learn and in the socialization of the children n Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior practice leadership skills, and it and [is] correcting behavior, than (Freshly Updated) by Judith Martin, illustrated by makes them more likable. … We if you’re disengaged and playing Gloria Kamen all need manners if we’re going n Etiquette for Dummies by Sue Fox Angry Birds,” he says. to move forward in life.” continued from page 31


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Our household first joined a CSA in spring 2012 in order to add more locally grown produce to our diets. Since our family consists only of me, my husband and our young daughter, I was concerned we might find ourselves overwhelmed with produce. I envisioned bushels of cabbage and kohlrabi languishing on the kitchen counter while we ate salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner in an effort to avoid wasting food. Fortunately, we loved our weekly CSA boxes and even signed up again in 2013. Over the past two seasons, we have learned a lot about making their contents work for our small family. Hopefully these tips will help your family do the same! n

Share a share. For a small family, it may be difficult to use a full-sized CSA share each week. We split the cost and contents of our first year’s share with a family friend, which left each of us with just the right amount of produce for several amazing vegetable-based meals each week. Some CSAs also offer singles and small families the option of purchasing a smaller share. n Develop a flexible meal plan. Depending on your CSA

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Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s Spring Celebration, which features live entertainment at 9:30 a.m. and egg hunts for ages 2-10 at 10:30 a.m., takes place at Homestead Park. The rain date is April 6, 2-4 p.m., for the hunt only.; 919-968-2823. More than 5,000 eggs will be hidden, including several golden eggs filled with a special prize, at Wake Forest’s E. Carroll Joyner Park. Hunts are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. for different age groups. In the event of rain, the hunt will be held at the Flaherty Park Community Center.; 919-435-9560.

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Kids in Apex can scour the Town Campus for candy-filled eggs at 10 a.m.; 919-249-3402. Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Kiwanis Shelter in Cary’s Bond Park at 8:30 a.m., followed by the town’s egg hunts at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for children ages 10 and younger. The day also features cotton candy, hot dogs, inflatables and a magician at Sertoma Amphitheatre. Tickets are required for the breakfast. In the event of rain, the breakfast will be held in the Senior Center Ballroom.; 919-469-4100.


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Easter festivities at Crossroads Plaza in Cary include egg hunts for ages 1-3 at 10:30 a.m., ages 4-7 at 11 a.m. and ages 8 and older at 11:30 a.m., as well as face painting, balloon art, games, a moonwalk, a 22-foot slide, a whirley bird ride and a visit from a very special bunny.; 919-233-8087. Durham’s egg hunts at Irwin R. Holmes Recreation Center and West Point on the Eno Park for ages 1-12 start at 10:30 a.m.; 919-560-4355. Peter Cottontail hides thousands of candyfilled eggs at Fuquay-Varina’s South Park for hunts that begin at 10 a.m. for ages 10 and younger. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., participate in a candy hop for families. fuquay-varina. org and; 919-552-1400 and 919-552-0848. Lake Benson Park in Garner hosts the town’s Spring Eggstravaganza at 10 a.m., which includes an egg hunt, live entertainment, inflatables and more.; 919-773-4442. Holly Springs’ Spring Fling features games, music and inflatables in Womble Park, 10 a.m.-noon. An egg hunt for kids ages 8 and younger begins at noon on the baseball fields.; 919-557-9603.

Knightdale’s Easter festivities begin at 10 a.m. at Knightdale Station, and an egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. for ages 8 and younger.; 919-217-2236. Search for 60,000 eggs in downtown Raleigh’s Halifax Mall for Raleigh Easter, which features inflatables, games, prizes, free balloons and seven egg hunts every half hour from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources hosts egg hunts featuring healthy snack options and prizes for kids ages 10 and younger at a variety of community centers and parks throughout the city at 11 a.m. Visit CorNews/Articles/PRecEggHunts.html for a list of locations. Selma’s annual Great Egg Scramble begins at 10 a.m. at Selma Middle School. Children ages 3-10 can search for colorful eggs on three separate fields and meet a very special bunny.; 919-975-1411. Zebulon Municipal Complex hosts the town’s egg hunt at 10 a.m. townofzebulon. org; 919-823-0432.

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Kids ages 2-7 can collect candy-filled eggs and meet the Easter Bunny at Smithfield Community Park at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the most eggs found in each age group. Departments/Parks&Rec/Holiday.html.

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Kids with special needs ages 12 and younger can take part in an Easter Eggstravaganza at Cary’s Bond Park from 6-8 p.m. Activities include egg hunts, a visit with the Easter Bunny and live entertainment. Hunts are 6:30-7 p.m. for ages 7 and younger and 7-7:30 p.m. for ages 8-12. Registration is encouraged. townofcary. org; 919-469-4100.

Easter Fun Farther Afield Biltmore Estate Asheville, N.C. The Easter Rabbit makes his annual appearance on Biltmore’s front lawn April 20. Highlighting the day are the grand Easter egg hunts at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children ages 2-9 may attend for free when accompanied by an estate pass holder or a ticketed adult. 2014-calendar-of-events; 800-411-3812.

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The Easter Bunny arrives by fire truck prior to an egg hunt that begins at 10:30 a.m. at Clayton Community Park. More than 12,000 eggs will be hidden and prizes will be awarded to children ages 5 and younger.; 919-553-1550. Skilled hunters ages 2-10 are divided into four age groups to find thousands of eggs at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Morrisville Community Park. One golden egg awarding a special prize is hidden in each section of the hunt.; 919-463-7110.

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More than 3,000 eggs stuffed with candy and prizes will be hidden on three golf courses at Raleigh’s Adventure Landing. Ages 4 and younger can search the Miner’s Trail; ages 5-7 can scour the Adventure Trail; and ages 8-10 can search the Lagoon Trail. A $3 donation benefits the MakeA-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. Be sure to arrive early. Registration takes place from 8-8:45 a.m. and the hunts begin promptly at 9 a.m. Each child must have an Easter basket.; 919-872-1688.

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Old Salem Museums and Gardens Winston-Salem, N.C. Search for Easter eggs containing wrapped candy in Old Salem’s historic district April 19 at 10:30 a.m. The annual hunt is part of the all-day Easter Festival activities and is for children accompanied by an adult who has purchased an all-in-one admission ticket for both, which is required for a parent and child to participate in the hunt. Children under age 6 are admitted free. Purchase tickets online at annual-easter-egg-hunt.html; 336-721-7300.

Battleship North Carolina Wilmington, N.C. Hop down the Battleship trail April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., for an Easter Egg Hunt Carnival featuring games and egg hunts throughout the day. Admission is $5 per person and free for ages 2 and younger. Children who need a less stressful environment or who have special needs may enjoy a slowerpaced hunt area. The last tickets will be sold at 1 p.m. The event is weather dependent, so plan ahead before heading out.; 910-251-5797. | APRIL 2014


april our picks Embrace Your Inner Child at Two Children’s Festivals April 5 and 19

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Explore the Future of Reading at the N.C. Literacy Festival April 3-6 Take the family to interact with favorite writers and artists and explore how new technologies are improving ways to enjoy storytelling at the N.C. Literary Festival, April 3-6. The festival takes place at the James B. Hunt Library at N.C. State University and at venues throughout Raleigh. Hear from Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine, comic book writer Jeremy Whitley and other noted authors. Kids activities include STEM/reading connection projects, bookmaking and comics workshops, live performances and more. Admission is free.

Celebrate the Estampas de la Raza Exhibit Opening April 12 “Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection“ opens this month at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh and features 61 contemporary Mexican American and Latino prints. The exhibit highlights the prints’ place in the context of American art and the history of printmaking. Celebrate the exhibit’s opening with fun activities at Fiesta de la Familia April 12, 1-4 p.m. Create traditional Mexican folk arts, add swirls of color to a collaborative painted mural, play a scavenger hunt game in the galleries and more. The festival includes free admission to the exhibit.


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The Durham Arts Council and Northgate Mall are teaming up to offer families a day of live entertainment, food and vendors at the Children’s Festival April 5, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., in the mall’s center court. The Bouncing Bulldogs, Mad Science, Magician Jeff Jones and other groups will perform. The Children’s Day Festival of Cary, which celebrates kids and their diverse cultures, takes place April 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Bond Park. The day features dance and musical performances, games, face painting and crafts. Admission is free for both festivals. and


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Photo courtesy of N.C. Museum of Art


Hop Aboard New Hope Valley Railway April 12



Photo courtesy of Angela Bendorf Jamison, Communicopia

Run, Slosh and Crawl Through the Big Muddy Challenge April 26 Take part in — or watch — a muddy and memorable event at Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville April 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Parent-and-child teams bond together to navigate a muddy obstacle course that promotes fitness, sportsmanship and a sense of accomplishment. The first wave of participants departs at 9 a.m.; additional waves launch every 10 minutes until 4 p.m. Registration to run ends April 25 and is $65 for each parent-and-child team, $30 for an additional child and $35 for an additional adult. (This is also one of Carolina Parent’s Fit Family Challenge events. Learn more at

New Hope Valley Railway in New Hill is moving its public ride days from Sunday to the second Saturday of each month beginning April 12 through Nov. 8. Visitors can choose to ride in open-air passenger cars pulled by a steam engine at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., or a diesel locomotive at 12:15 p.m. or 3 p.m. for a one-hour, round-trip ride. Diesel train excursions are also offered on the fourth Friday of each month, April 25-Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. only. The diesel train ticket fare is $10 per adult and $7 for ages 2 to 12. The steam train ticket fare is $12 per adult and $8 for ages 2-12. Children ages 1 and younger ride at no charge.


Experience LEGO-palooza April 26-27 The North Carolina LEGO Users Group exhibits hundreds of original models and scenes crafted entirely from LEGO bricks at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center April 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, 1-4 p.m. View settlements in outer space to hometowns throughout America. Admission is free. The exhibit is recommended for ages 5 and older. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibit area due to space limitations. Photo courtesy of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

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FESTIVALS Cedar Creek Gallery Spring Pottery and Glass Festival April 4-6 and 12-13 – Enjoy pottery; glass blowing and fiber demonstrations; kiln and raku firings; live music and more. All ages. Free. 6-10 p.m. April 4; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 5-6, 12-13. Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Rd., Creedmoor. 919-528-1041.

15th Annual Frog Fest April 5 – This celebration in honor of frogs and water quality features crafts, games, live music, food trucks and live specimens. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850.

Celebrate frogs at the 15th Annual Frog Fest. Photo courtesy of Crowder District Park staff

Durham Art Walk April 13-14 – Enjoy the work of more than 200 artists, musical performances, food, activities and more. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Durham, 919-560-2787.

Live and Local on Hillsborough Street April 12 – Live music and artists showcase the eclectic personality of Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Free. Visit the website for a schedule.

Longleaf Festival April 12 – Learn about the history and importance of the Longleaf Pine through hikes, games, crafts and other activities. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.3 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342.

Spring Fling April 12 – Take the family to enjoy bounce houses, live music, concessions, kids activities, face painting and more. This is a Carolina Parent Fit Family Challenge registration event. Free. 2-8 p.m. Park West Village, Village Market Place, Morrisville.

Art of Cool Music Festival April 25-26 – Durham’s jazz festival features live music on two outdoor stages and six music venues. Purchase tickets online. All ages. $65-$120. Visit the website for a complete schedule. Downtown Durham.

Raulston Blooms: A Garden Festival April 5 – Enjoy gardening demonstrations, arts and craft vendors, face painting, a garden maze and local food trucks. View the birdhouse creations in the 14th Annual Birdhouse Competition. $10 family. 9 a.m.5 p.m. J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. jcraulstonarboretum.

Wake Forest Dirt Day April 5 – The town’s inaugural event features a giant sandbox, vendors, gardening educators, a beekeeping demonstration, traveling performers and more. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown Wake Forest. wfdirtday/info.

Bike Rodeo April 12 – Kids take a bike and helmet for a check and fitting and ride a manned course. Enjoy face painting, raffles and local fire and police departments. Free. 9 a.m.-noon. Forestville Road Elementary School, 100 Lawson Ridge Rd., Knightdale. 919-266-8487.

Bookmarked! 2013 April 12 – The annual celebration of reading features local celebrityhero readers, musicians, games and arts activities. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.noon. Cary Performance Green, downtown Cary.


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Dogwood Festival April 26 – Mebane heralds spring’s arrival with live music, entertainment, vendors and more. Free. 10 a.m-10 p.m. Downtown Mebane, 919-3043737.

Songbird Celebration April 26 – Enjoy a variety of bird-related activities in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 919-870-4330. wakegovcom/parks/bluejay.

Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival and Earth Day Celebration April 26 –Take the family to enjoy local artists, entertainment on four stages, games, a children’s village and more. Held in conjunction with Spring Daze, the Town of Cary’s Earth Day Celebration includes exhibits, hands-on activities and games that teach visitors how to preserve natural resources and protect the environment. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 919-469-4061.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Head Shaving Event April 26 – Volunteers shave their heads in solidarity with kids who have cancer as part of an effort to raise money for conquering childhood cancers. Families can enjoy live music, kids activities and local celebrities. Free. Noon-5 p.m. West 94th Street Pub, Durham.


12 MONDAY 12th Annual Quintiles Girls on the

Run Spring 5k. Cheer on 800-plus young girls who will cross a 5k finish line for the first time. Enjoy a post-race celebration with a kids zone, interactive playgrounds, food, music and more. This is a Carolina Parent Fit Family Challenge registration event. All ages. Race participation requires preregistration for $25-$35 but post-race events are free and open to the public. 9 a.m. American Tobacco Campus, downtown Durham. Spring Fling. (See page 52 for details.) This is a Carolina Parent Fit Family Challenge registration event.


MONDAY Big Muddy Challenge. (See page 51 for details.) This is a Carolina Parent Fit Family Challenge registration and participation event.

27 MONDAY Touch a Truck. Children touch, climb on and ask questions about vehicles of all

kinds in a safe, supervised environment. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 39. A Coca-Cola refreshment vehicle will also be onsite as part of Carolina Parent’s Fit Family Challenge. This is a Fit Family Challenge registration and participation event. $5/person or $20/family. Free for ages 1 and younger. Noon-4 p.m. Rain date May 3, noon-4 p.m. University Mall parking lot, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill.

3 MONDAY, MAY 34th Annual Meet in the Street Festival. Enjoy a day filled with food, live music,

artisan booths, local acts such as Cirque De Vol and Flow Circus and more. This is a Carolina Parent Fit Family Challenge registration and participation event. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Wake Forest along White, South Taylor and South Brooks streets.


Air Fair. Measure car air emissions and engage in hands-on activities. Enjoy air-themed crafts, bubbles and a storytime from 9-11:30 a.m. This event is part of the N.C. Science Festival. Free. 9 a.m. Durham County South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave., Durham. Curious Creatures: Creek Critters. Discover facts about wildlife, their habits and their habitats through hikes, activities and crafts. Ages 5-8. Registration required. $12 resident, $16 nonresident. 10 a.m.-noon. Stevens Nature Center/ Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. Kids Fun-Days: Reptile Round-up. Hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Registration required. $12 resident, $16 nonresident.

1-3 p.m. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. Natural Explorations: Nature’s April Fools. Enjoy a guided hike and learn about the plants and animals that look or act like something other than what they are. Registration required. Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. parks/yatesmill/ages/programs.aspx. Preschool Explorers: Trickster Tales. Celebrate April Fool’s Day by exploring some of nature’s tricksters through stories and woodland exploration. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Registration required. $6. 10-11:15 a.m. Schoolhouse of Wonder, West Point on the Eno Park, 5101-B N. Roxboro St., Durham. 919-477-2116.

Raleigh Rockin’ Walkin’ Tour. Explore the varied rocks and minerals that make up the buildings of downtown Raleigh, and find out how the rocks were made and why they are used for buildings. This event is part of the N.C. Science Festival. Free. 3-5 p.m. April 1 and April 4. Bicentennial Plaza, N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. raleigh-rockin-walkin-tour. Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet. Science comedian Brian Malow dispels science misconceptions and explores the science in everyday life and sci-fi films. This event is part of the N.C. Science Festival. Free. 7 p.m. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival. org/2014_event/irrational-planet. Youth Painting Miles. Ages 10 and older enjoy a painting session, teaching time on a painting topic and a discussion on either a historical or contemporary artist. Email to register. Registration required. $15 plus $5 supply fee. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Waverly Artists Group Studio and Gallery, 302 Colonades Way, Ste. 209, Cary.


Curious Creatures: Ladybugs and Fireflies. See April 1. Exploring Energy and the Environment. Learn about nuclear energy, electricity transmission, radiation, environmental monitoring and more through instruction by Harris Nuclear Plant experts. Discover unique North Carolina habitats, plants and animals during a traveling presentation by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. This event is part of the N.C. Science Festival. Free. 10 a.m. Harris Energy and Environmental Center, 3932 New Hill Holleman Rd., New Hill. 2014_event/exploring-energy. History Corner: Hand-y History. Try out writing tools from the 1800s and see how people shared information in the days before the Internet. Ages 6-9 with adult. Registration required. $1. 10-11 a.m. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7992. History Hunters: Write Your Way. Learn how people communicated on paper in the 1800s and try your hand at the art of penmanship. Ages 10-13. Registration required. $1. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7992. Kids Fun-Days: Tree-mendous Treehouses. See April 1. Storytime for Tots: The Tiny Seed. Discover nature with a story, followed by hands-on nature exploration. Ages 2-5. Registration required. $4/child. 1-2 p.m. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-2723. Wee Walkers: Climbers and Crawlers. Discover the shapes, textures, sounds and smells of nature. Ages 1 and older with parent. Registration required. $8 resident, $10 nonresident. 10-11 a.m. Stevens Nature Center/ Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980.


Curious Creatures: Snakes. See April 1. 1-3 p.m. Kids Fun-Days: Animal Babies. See April 1. 10 a.m.-noon. Wee Walkers: Climbers and Crawlers. See April 2. What’s in the Box: Movement. Discover a new adventure in a box. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. First come, first served. $3 nonmembers, free for members. 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919664-6850.


American Girl Club. Enjoy a discussion of Julie and activities. Free. 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. Forest Friends: Dashing Deer. Learn about deer and make a deer track to take home. Ages 1-3 and caregiver meet at 10-11 a.m. Ages 3-5 and caregiver meet at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required. $4/child. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. Landfill Safari. Learn how landfills are built and managed to prevent pollution of air and groundwater. Enjoy a rare, guided tour of the closed landfill to glimpse water and gas wells, as well as the wildlife that call the landfill home. This event is part of the N.C. Science Festival. Free. 1 p.m. Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services Facility, 630 Beacon Lake Dr., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival. org/2014_event/taking-care.


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products and learn about private schools in the area that help individuals with autism and other neurological disorders. Features a play zone for kids and onsite childcare services. $10 advance tickets, $20 on event day. Free for ages 12 and younger. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. N.C. State Fairgrounds, Kerr Scott Building. 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 301-401-5775. Art Adventures. Enjoy art in the galleries and create a take-home treasure using art-making techniques. Ages 6-9. Register online. Free for members, $5 nonmembers. 1-2:30 p.m. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. 919-962-3342. ackland.web.unc. edu/family-programs/art-adventures. Big Sweep. Help clean up trash along the shore of the lake and its creeks. Supplies provided. Meet at the Boat Rental Tower. Registration required. Free. 9 a.m.-noon. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-2723. lakecrabtree/pages/default.aspx. Cary Road Race. Try a 5k, 10k and 1-mile fun run. Register online. $12-$15 advance registration, $15-$20 on race day. 8:30 a.m. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 919-4694062. Floating Hoot: An Owl Canoe Safari. Paddle canoes to search for owls. Instruction and life vests provided. Meet at the Big Lake Boathouse. Registration required. Free. 7:30 p.m. William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-571-4170. History Speaks. Howard Craft, a playwright, poet and author, will choose an object in the exhibit “The Story of North Carolina” that “speaks” to him and inspires him to write poetry. After hearing his work, write about an object that “speaks” to you. Ages 12 and older. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7992. Home Roam Tour. The Junior League of Durham and Orange counties presents nine unique homes in the Hope Valley neighborhood that feature a local restaurant offering samples of popular dishes. Proceeds benefit programs that help children develop to their fullest potential. Purchase tickets online. All ages. $25 advance tickets, $30 on event day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hope Valley Country Club, 3803 Dover Rd., Durham. Homeschool Used Curriculum Fair. Shop for books, workbooks, DVDs, educational toys and more. Sponsored


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by Dayspring Home Educators. All ages. $1/person. Free for kids. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. Make It, Take It: Carolina Critters. Stop by the “family farm” in “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit and create a paper critter to take home. Drop-in program. Free. 1-3 p.m. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919807-7992. Opening Day at Western Wake Farmers Market. The market opens with more than 50 vendors, live music, face painting and more. Free. 8 a.m.noon. Western Wake Farmers Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. Parent and Toddler Art Workshop. Explore painting, collage, clay, play dough and more. Ages 18 mos. 4 yrs. Registration required. $12/child. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2726. Saturday for Kids. Enjoy Mo Willems’ new book Pigeon Needs a Bath and activities. Free. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. Tasting Local: The Third Annual KidSCope Gala. Take part in a fundraiser for KidSCope, a program that provides mental health, developmental disability and family support services. Register online. All ages. $39.00/person. Free for teachers. 6-8:30 p.m. Extraordinary Ventures, 200 South Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill. Triangle SciTech Expo. Scientists, engineers, students and industry showcase the amazing advances in the fields of science, technology, engineering, biotechnology and mathematics. Enjoy interactive activities and talks in the museum and on the mall. This event is part of the N.C. Science Festival. Free. 9 a.m. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. triangle-expo.


All About Autism Expo. See April 5. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Parent and Child Clay Workshop: Spring Flowers. Create flowers out of clay. Use stamps to decorate your work. Ages 2-12. Registration required. $15/child. 10-11:30 a.m. Durham Arts Council,

Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-560-2726.


Nature Families: Super Senses. Discover fun facts about the senses through activities and a nature walk. Explore prickly versus tickle-y objects, take the taste bud test and make a smelly craft. All ages. Registration required. $5/family. 11 a.m.-noon. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. Parent and Child Clay Workshop: Spring Flowers. See April 7. 4-5:30 p.m. Time for Tots: Hats Off! Look at and try on hat styles from the past, then decorate a hat to take home. Ages 3-5 with adult. Registration required. $1. 10-10:45 a.m. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7992. ncmuseumof Youth Painting Miles. See April 1.


Nature Friends: The Nose Knows. Learn about the different smells of nature. Play a memory game, learn facts about animal noses and make a smelly craft. Ages 6-9. Registration required. $4/ child. 11 a.m.-noon. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-6622850. Nature Watchers: Hear Here. Discover the sounds of nature at the park through games and activities. Go on a scavenger hunt using just your ears and make a turtle tambourine. Ages 3-5. Registration required. $4/child. 1-2 p.m. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. crowder. Sweet Peas: Seed Surprise. Share a morning of discovery with your child. Each class will focus on a nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts and puppets. Ages 3-4 with adult. Registration required. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. 10-11 a.m. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522.


Build-A-Boat. Build a boat using recyclables. Explore how boats float by building and testing them on the creek. Recyclables provided or take your own. This event is part of the N.C. Science Festival. Free. 4 p.m. William B. Umstead State Park, Large Picnic Shelter, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

2014_event/build-a-boat. Curious Creatures: Caterpillars. See April 1. Little Historians: The ABCs of Yates Mill. Explore the history and operations of Yates Mill one letter at a time. Ages 5-7. Registration required. $4/child. 1-2 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-8566675. pages/programs.aspx. On the Edge Hike. Take a short walk through two ecotones within the park and view wildlife. Meet at the Crabtree Creek Large Parking Lot. Registration required. Free. 6 p.m. William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-571-4170. Smart Choices, Great Fun. Kids enjoy a program and activities about financial education. Free. Three locations: 10:30 a.m. East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Ct., Knightdale, 919-217-5300; 1:30 p.m. Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh, 919-856-6710; and 4:30 p.m. Southeast Regional Library, 908 7th Ave., Garner, 919-662-2250;


Durham Mocha Moms Support Group. Take part in a support group for mothers of color and mothers raising children of color. Children welcome. Free. 10 a.m.noon. Grey Stone Church, 2601 Hillsborough Rd., Durham. Mars, The Red Planet. Learn about Mars and enjoy games and a craft, weather permitting. Ages 6 and older. Registration required. $5/family. 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. yatesmill/Pages/programs.aspx. Nature Nuts: Flowers. Children satisfy their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Registration required. $11 resident, $14 nonresident. 10-11 a.m. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. Smart Choices, Great Fun. See April 10. 10:30 a.m. Southeast Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Rd., Raleigh. 919-8704000. Spring Eggstravaganza. Paint and decorate paper-mache, wooden Easter eggs and spring baskets. Reservations suggested. $2-$15. 4-6 p.m. Bull City Craft, 2501 University Dr., Durham. 919-419-0800.



American Girl Doll Easter Tea Party. Girls and their favorite doll have a creative time together making Easter crafts and doll accessories. Ages 5-11. Register by emailing polkhouse2@bellsouth. net. $20. 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. Historic Polk House, 537 N. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-285-1537. Author Visits. Janet Bauer provides training based on her book, What’s Great About You, a guide to helping children recognize their natural strengths. Free. 3 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. Big Year Birdwalk. Wake Audubon Society leads a bird hike. Take binoculars. All ages. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 8:30 a.m. William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. Drawing for Tweens: Drawing from Nature. Explore works and identify skills the artist used to make them. Materials provided. Ages 10-13. Registration required. Free for members, $5 nonmembers. 10:30 a.m. noon. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. 919-962-3342. Easter Mini Camp for Kids. Kids ages 7-10 enjoy making bunny cakes, frittatas, a fruit arrangement and an art project. Register online. $49. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Waverly Place, Cary. 919-322-2458. Easter Party. Hunt for Easter eggs, dye and decorate eggs, enjoy a healthy lunch and visit with the Easter Bunny. Registration required. $20 members, $25 nonmembers. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kidz Celebrate , 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-645-9799. Family Rhythm Jam. Drumming and stories for ages 3 and older with parent. Drums to loan. $10/family. 10-11 a.m. Music Explorium, 5314 Hwy. 55, Ste. 107, Durham. 919-219-2371. Family Yoga in Nature. Combine nature and yoga. Ages 2 and older with parent. Registration required. $16 resident, $20 nonresident. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. Junior Naturalist: Creepy Crawlies. Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature.

Ages 5-8 with parent. Registration required. $8 resident, $10 nonresident. 2-3 p.m. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. Little Critter Visits. Meet Little Critter and enjoy storytime. Free. 2 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919467-3866. Nature Nuts: Flowers. See April 11. Navigating College Admissions. Learn tips on academic performance, extracurricular activity participation and college preparation. High school students and parents. Registration required. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Middle Creek Community Center, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Cary. 919-460-4965. Simple Machines Field Day. Learn about simple machines and enjoy challenges at self-paced stations. Dress to get messy. All ages. Registration required. Free. 10-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. Van Gogh Vases. Parent and child make paintings inspired by the old masters. Rising grades 3-5. Registration required. $35 members, $45 nonmembers. 1-3 p.m. Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-821-2787. Worm Compost Harvest Party. Learn about vermicomposting and how to send less garbage to a landfill. Bring a worm bin and a clean container to hold castings, such as a coffee can with lid or a zip-top plastic bag. Experienced vermicomposters will demonstrate three harvesting techniques. This event is part of the N.C. Science Festival. Free. 10 a.m. Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. ncscience


Camp Chestnut Ridge Open House. Enjoy pony rides, canoeing, archery, hiking, hayrides, s’mores, a zip line and more. Ages 6 and older. Food available for purchase; proceeds benefit summer camp scholarships. Free. 1-5 p.m. Camp Chestnut Ridge, 4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Rd., Efland. 919-304-2178. open-house/. Family Feature: Earth Day Extravaganza. Celebrate Earth Day early while learning fun facts, tips on recycling and how to reduce waste. Build a trash pizza, take the Earth Day pledge and make an eco-craft to take home. All ages. Registration required. $5/family.

2-3 p.m. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. Snake Superpowers. Investigate the unique powers of snakes. Meet a live snake and find out what a snake needs to survive. Grades K-6 with family. Wear shoes suitable for outdoor exploration. Registration required. Free. 1:30-3 p.m. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3355.


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

Durham. 919-477-2116. Wee Walkers: Wonderful Colorful. See April 2. What’s in the Box: Seasons. See April 3.


Cosmic Easter Bounce and Egg Hunt. All ages enjoy bouncing and a cosmic, glow-in-the-dark egg hunt with prizes. Easter snacks included. Take socks. Drop-off option available for an extra $5. Register online. $15/child. 7-9 p.m. BounceU, 3419 Apex Pkwy., Apex. 919303-3368.


Alien Invaders. Learn about species that have become a problem in North Carolina and what you can do to help. Ages 6-12. Registration required. $8/ child. 1-3 p.m. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-2723. lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx. Time for Tots: Hats Off! See April 8. Youth Painting Miles. See April 1.

Parent and Toddler Art Workshop. See April 5. Telling Trails. Learn to identify animal tracks and other signs they leave behind. Enjoy a hike and make an animal track to take home. Registration required. $5/ family. 2-4 p.m. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3355. lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx. Watching Warblers. Enjoy an identification presentation on warblers and hike to search for them. Meet at the Visitor Center. All ages. Free. 8:30-11 a.m. William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.




Easter Bounce and Egg Hunt. Preschoolers enjoy a new twist on the traditional egg hunt with bouncing and prizes. Easter snacks included. Ages 7 and younger. Register online. $10/child. 10 a.m.-noon. BounceU, 3419 Apex Pkwy., Apex. 919-303-3368. Smart Choices, Great Fun. See April 10. Two locations: 11 a.m. Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherds Vineyard Dr., Apex, 919-387-2100; and 7 p.m. West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Dr., Cary. 919-387-2100. Wee Walkers: Wonderful Colorful. See April 2.


Curious Creatures: Trees and Flowers. See April 1. Preschool Explorers: The Wild World Outside. Ages 3-5 and caregiver roll logs, taste plants, investigate animal tracks and enjoy stories and songs. Registration required. $6. 10-11:15 a.m. Schoolhouse of Wonder, West Point on the Eno Park, 5101-B North Roxboro St.,

Big Lake Boat-A-Bout. Enjoy a 90-minute guided canoe tour. Meet at the Big Lake Boathouse. Registration required. Free. 4 p.m. William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-5714170.


Kids Fun-Days: Earth Day is Today! See April 1. 10 a.m.-noon.


Earth Friendly Crafts. Make crafts from reusable and recyclable materials. Ages 6-10. Meet at the park office. Registration required. $8/child. 1-3 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. parks/harrislake. Homeschool Day: Mill Math. Calculate gear ratios, work out grainy puzzlers and make an abacus. Ages 8 and older. Registration required. $8/child. 10 a.m.-noon. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. yatesmill/ages/programs.aspx. | APRIL 2014


Understanding Children’s Temperament and How It Impacts Their Behavior. Parents learn strategies to nurture children’s individual temperament traits. For families with children ages 2-6 yrs. Register online. $15/ individual, $22/couple. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Project Enlightenment, 501 S. Boylan St., Raleigh. 919-856-8186.

Night Out in Nature. Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Registration required. $19 residents, $24 nonresidents. 6-9 p.m. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980.


Angels Among Us 5k and Family Fun Walk. Take part in a 5k run through campus, followed by a 3k family walk through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Enjoy a silent auction, refreshments and activities for children. Proceeds support the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. Register online. $25-$30. Free for ages 12 and younger participating in the walk. 8 a.m. Duke Medical Center Campus, corner of Erwin Rd. and Flowers Dr., Durham. Anime and Manga: Speed Sketching. Create and sketch characters and creatures to tell your own stories through comics. Ages 11-15. Registration required. $12/child plus $5 materials fee. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2726. Eco-Explorers: Reptiles. Children learn about local plants and animals. Ages 7-10. Registration required. $12 residents, $16 nonresidents. 2-4 p.m. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-3875980. Family Fishing Fun. Learn to fish the oldfashioned way. Supplies provided. Ages 5 and older with adult. Registration required. $5/family. 9-10 a.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. Family Fun Saturday: Print Me. Create a screen-printed self-portrait with bold lines and colorful shapes. Ages 5-11. Registration required. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. 10 a.m. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919715-5923. Kidz Night Out. Kids enjoy a pajama slumber party, the movie The Lorax, a craft and healthy snack while parents enjoy a night out. Registration required. $25 members, $30 nonmembers. 6-10 p.m. Kidz Celebrate, 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-645-9799. Migration Walk. Take a walk to see birds migrating north as well as colorful warblers, tanagers and vireos. Take a water bottle, walking shoes and

Curious Creatures: Millipedes and Mushrooms. See April 1. Junior Ranger Earth Day Party. Enjoy outdoor games, fruit s’mores, nature crafts, fishing and more at the park’s Camp Lapihio. Ages 6-12. Free. 3:30 6 p.m. William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-5714170. Little Sprouts: Egg-stravaganza. Explore egg-laying animals through stories and fun crafts. Ages 3-5 with adult. Registration required. $4/child. 12 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-8566675.


Special Storytime. Enjoy It’s An Orange Aardvark and an activity. Free. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. Trail Treks: Rascal-y Raccoons. Learn about raccoons and enjoy a popcorn snack. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area. All ages. Registration required. $5/ family. 2-3 p.m. American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 919-387-4342.


Crowder by Night: Night-Time Explorers. Play fun games and try to catch some nocturnal bugs on a guided hike of a new nature path. Take a flashlight. All ages. Registration required. $5/ family. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-6622850. Durham Mocha Moms Support Group. See April 11. Friday Frog Hike. Explore the park after dark and be serenaded by frog friends and other creatures. Take a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes. All ages. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required. $5/family. 8:3010 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342.


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binoculars. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter. Registration required. Free. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. Mom and Me Upcycle Basic Jewelry Design Class. Learn the basic techniques in making earrings and bracelets. Ages 9 and older. Register online. $15 plus $5 supply fee. 2-3:30 p.m. Southern Charm Gift Boutique, Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St., Cary. 919-233-1598. Paddle the Pond: Canoe Float. Enjoy a morning canoe float. After basic instruction, explore the pond’s many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. Subject to suitable weather conditions. Ages 6 and older. Registration required. $10/boat. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-8566675. Paint Along Art Class. Parent and child paint together with guidance from an art instructor. Materials provided. Registration required. $25/child. 10 a.m.-noon. Kidz Celebrate , 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-645-9799. Saturday for Kids. Enjoy a story and activity to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Very Hungry Caterpillar. Free. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. Teen Art Scene. Teens enjoy a dance ensemble, musicians, teen-inspired films, art activities and more. Free. Noon. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-664-6853. Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Take part in a 1.5-mile walk and kids activities to increase awareness about autism. Register online. Free. 8:30 a.m.-noon; walk begins at 10 a.m. Duke University, East Campus, Durham.


Family Day at the Ackland Art Museum: Exploring Sculpture. Be inspired by prints of American cities and landscapes from the 1930s and 1940s and create a collaged cityscape. Ages 4-8 with family. Free. 2-5 p.m. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. 919962-0479. Joel Lane Museum House Presents Lizzie Lane’s Colonial Tea. Mothers, daughters and grandmothers learn the etiquette of taking tea and cakes,

and enjoy early American games and crafts. Ages 5 and older. Advance ticket purchase required. Rain date is May 4, 3-5 p.m. $30 adults, $20 ages 12 and younger. 3-5 p.m. Joel Lane Museum House, 728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919833-3431. Nature Color Hunt. Take a hike on the trail to see what colors exist in nature. Meet at the Wimberly Parking Area. All ages. Registration required. $5/family. 2-4 p.m. American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New HillOlive Chapel Rd., Apex. 919-387-4342. Paddle the Pond: Canoe Float. See April 26. 11 a.m.-noon. Walk to End Lupus. Take part in a 5k or 1-mile fun run. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome. Register online. Suggested fundraising goal is $100/ person. 3 p.m. N.C. State University Centennial Campus, 851 Main Campus Dr., Raleigh. 877-849-8271. walk-to-end-lupus-now.


Breastfeeding Cafe. See April 14.


Pop-In Playtime Club. Drop-in inflatable play. Wear socks. $7/child, $5/sibling. Free for adults. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pump It Up of Raleigh, 10700 World Trade Blvd., Raleigh. 919-828-3344.


Open Bounce. Inflatable play. Wear socks. Registration required online. $8/child. Free for adults and ages 1 and younger. Noon-2 p.m., 2-4 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-303-3368.

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