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editor’s note

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Lucy Daniels Center Celebrates 5k and Teaching Garden Lucy Daniels Center’s first Inside Out 5k Run/Walk was held May 10 in celebration of National Children’s Health Month. More than 200 people participated in the event, which raised $30,000 for the center’s mental health programs.

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Social Savvy

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AGES 0-4

Social Cues

Newborns spend most of their time eating and sleeping, but they’re also developing important social skills, says Randi S. Rubenstein, executive director of Education for Successful Parenting in Raleigh. “Right from birth, parents are cultivating their infant’s social skills. Are the parents responsive? Gentle? Calm? This is a baby’s first introduction to their social world.” As a baby’s first models, parents help shape a child’s beliefs and expectations about social interactions, even set the tone for how a child will navigate future relationships, she notes. Treating young children as people deserving of respect helps pave the way for respectful social relationships in the future. This means giving children space to express their feelings, responding to their cues and allowing them to make choices. Parents can help expand a toddler’s or preschooler’s primitive social skills through participation in group activities such as community programs, library storytimes, and Mommy and Me groups. Joint participation is key, Rubenstein says.


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AGES 5-12

Club Connection

Elementary school brings more social opportunities than ever before with sports, afterschool activities and clubs beckoning. School-age children expand their social skill set along with their social circle, and they’re often ready for an organized club or activity, says Kathleen Rotella, principal of St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “In these types of settings, children learn a number of social lessons quickly: Taking turns, sharing, patience, respect, listening, talking positively about others and friendliness.” During the elementary years, children can explore group activities like scouting, music, dance, theater, chess club and faith-based groups, Rubenstein says. “These types of clubs and activities are rich in life lessons about team participation and group dynamics, and can be a springboard for cultivating new friendships. Parents can support social growth by arranging playdates, modeling good manners and sportsmanship, and helping children reflect on what went wrong when things go awry.

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AGES 13-18

Text Hex

Teens are notoriously social, but these days, they’re more likely to be glued to a screen than to a best pal’s side. According to researchers at the University of Arizona, teens send an average of 114 text messages per day. That’s troubling, because face-to-face relationships provide lessons in trust and empathy that can’t be replicated electronically. “During the teen years, the ability to develop healthy peer relationships becomes vitally important to a teen’s self-esteem and well-being,” Rubenstein says. Opening your home to your children’s friends after school, planning movie nights and sleepovers, and inviting friends to dinner with the family offers opportunities to build face-toface relationships and polish social skills. Parents can observe interactions and offer guidance. “Parents should listen and offer support without criticism,” Rubenstein says. “Although teens are exploring new freedoms, these mature discussions with parents can serve as their touchstone as they learn how to navigate socially in the world.”

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Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing on the Rise


By Kendall K. Morgan

hen I was pregnant with my son and second child at age 36, the health of my baby weighed heavily on me. My first

child was healthy, but the risk of Down syndrome shoots upward at age 35, and by age 40 it climbs to 1 in 100. Standard screening tests — a combination of blood tests and an ultrasound to measure fluid at the back of the neck — might have set my mind at ease. On the other hand, a low-risk result wouldn’t mean my baby was free of Down syndrome, and a high-risk result more than likely wouldn’t mean he wasn’t.

Down syndrome isn’t the only or most severe condition that might worry parents-to-be — only the most common. If I really needed to know all I could with greater certainty, it would mean amniocentesis or chorionic villi sampling (CVS), in which finger-like growths from the placenta are removed to determine chromosomal or genetic disorders in the fetus. But those invasive procedures come with a risk of miscarriage. Low as that risk may be, it wasn’t something I wanted to consider. I opted out for fear, in my case, that they could only increase my anxiety. That wouldn’t be the right choice for everyone, of course, but it was for me. Expectant moms now have a new option: non-invasive prenatal testing, or NIPT. It’s based on cell-free fetal DNA — genetic material derived from the placenta that circulates in a pregnant mother’s blood stream. With a simple blood draw, that DNA can be isolated and analyzed for common genetic abnormalities by one of four U.S. companies: Sequenom Laboratories, Natera, Verinata Health and Ariosa Diagnostics. Dr. Neeta Vora, a physician and assistant professor in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as director of the Maternal Serum Screen Laboratory, says NIPT has a better detection rate and lower incidence of false positives than standard screening tests do. Studies suggest it is very good in detecting Down syndrome (also known as trisomy 21), along with trisomies 13 and 18, which

are less common but more severe conditions. In a study of more than 200 pregnant women that Vora published in Genetics in Medicine, the official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, the test didn’t perform quite as well in clinical practice as the bigger industry-sponsored studies show. Still, it is less likely, compared to standard serum testing, to suggest a problem where one doesn’t exist. Vora has seen more and more women opting for NIPT every month and fewer undergoing amniocentesis as a result. So far, NIPT is only recommended for women considered “high-risk” based on advanced maternal age, ultrasound findings or family history of a trisomy. NIPT can also be used following a positive first- or second-trimester screening. It’s important to note that any positive NIPT result should still be confirmed by amniocentesis or CVS. Experts say eventually NIPT may be offered to all women, perhaps allowing the new test to replace other early screening tests entirely. It’s likely that companies will add to the results they offer, too. In fact, two companies already offer an optional panel of rare microdeletions (tiny pieces from a chromosome that are too small to be readily seen through a microscope). Because those tests aren’t well validated yet, Vora recommends exercising caution for now. As with any genetic test, it’s always a good idea to talk with a genetic counselor first. And remember, these decisions will always be personal, just as mine was for me. “It’s important that couples understand the sensitivity, false positive rate and what kind of information they’ll get,” Vora said. “Every couple is different in terms of what they want to know.” Kendall K. Morgan, Ph.D., is a science writer and grateful mother of two healthy children. She lives in Durham with her family, dog, two cats, four hermit crabs and flock of chickens. | JULY 2014



That Inspire Language Development FOR AGES 6 MONTHS-3 YEARS By Jennifer Lacey


child’s first three years of life are filled with intensive periods of speech and language growth and development. Early

language toys can furnish families with an array of educational opportunities that will help set the stage for their child’s language play in meaningful context.

“The best toys for development are those that can foster shared attention to an activity with a child and someone else, keeping a child’s interest, as well as allowing for creative interaction in a manner of different ways — toys that inspire children not only to just memorize words, but show them how to use those words in a wide variety of ways,” explains Dr. Christian Nechyba, a pediatrician with Carolina Kids Pediatric Associates in Raleigh. Published research reveals that young children who have strong oral language skills go on to develop strong reading and writing skills. The repetition of simple words and short phrases through exploratory play during the first three years of life will not only help them discover that words have meaning, but foster further cognitive development.

Stages of Language Development As babies grow into toddlers, their vocabulary skills are limited at first. Around 18 months of age, their vocabulary

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undergoes a steady growth spurt as their speech becomes more discernable. They are learning to understand the meanings behind words and small phrases, and their speech becomes more intelligible, especially when they begin to recognize all of the objects and people in their environment. They love to try to mimic those who are around them during this stage. As preschoolers leave their toddler years behind, their command of speech and increased vocabulary is reflected through longer sentences and simple words they are now attempting to spell. Most importantly, they are learning new sounds and words that will help guide them down the road to becoming beginning readers.

How Toys — and Parents — Can Help “Although language development can be attributed to both genetic and environmental factors, a languagerich environment is crucial to support strong language development,” says Jennifer Kern, a pediatric speech language pathologist at Duke University Medical Center. In addition to providing them with appropriate learning toys, parents can support their children’s language development, Kern says, by talking about what is going on around them, connecting new concepts to things the child already knows and engaging in back-and-forth social conversation.

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Toys to Try Age-appropriate educational language toys, like the ones listed below, are designed to teach little ones key developmental basics — early letter recognition and speech and reading skills — all while they are having fun!

a Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair. This smiling chair

contains a light-up remote control and flip book conveniently attached to the chair’s arms; a cushion that, when lifted up, teaches your little one all about letters, numbers and shapes; and technology that gives parents the ability to adjust learning levels manually or automatically to match their child’s age and maturity. The chair offers three levels of play with songs, sounds and phrases that promote language and phonemic skills. The seat can also sense when a child sits or stands. Ages 6-36 months. $39.99,

a The Learning Journey Early Learning ABC-123 Penguin Pal. Your

toddler will love this adorable penguin with a friendly voice who flaunts flashing colors, numbers and shape buttons appropriate for little fingers to press, and pre-programmed melodies that play classic nursery rhymes. He offers two play modes, shuts off automatically and fits comfortably in an overnight or diaper bag. Ages 18 months-3 years. $15.99,

a B.Toys Alphaberry. Does your heart skip a beat every time your toddler takes hold of your iPhone? Now, thanks to B.Toys, your sweet pea can have her very own electronic device that promotes letter recognition and sound repetition, and teaches the ABCs. When your child pushes any button, the center circle shines brightly, then displays and broadcasts an uppercase letter. The circle changes color when you turn the wheel on the side. Press the green button to hear the familiar “ABC” alphabet song play in four musical styles while each letter is displayed. Ages 18 months-5 years. $21.95,

a Briarpatch Thomas ABC Game. Your little engineer can practice his

ABCs with favorite train characters from the Island of Sodor while playing this puzzle game. Players match letters to pictures, and only correct matches fit together. This game develops reading, matching and memory skills, and helps further your child’s social skills as he learns the importance of taking turns, following rules, sharing and respecting others. Ages 3 and older. $21.99,

a Learning Resources ABC Cookies. Your preschooler will enjoy a

delicious introduction to letters through this game for 2-4 players. She can sort through 42 pretend ABC cookies shaped as colorful lowercase letters that inspire creative cognitive, phonemic and letter recognition play. Four options reinforce alphabet skills, beginning sounds and vocabulary development. Each set also includes 45 double-sided cards, two spinners and an activity guide. Ages 3 and older. $19.99,

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Summer Fun Abounds at Tweetsie Multiple dates in July Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West theme park in Blowing Rock, offers a variety of special events for families this month. Enjoy a Fireworks Extravaganza July 4 at 9 p.m. and Cool Summer Nights July 5, 12, 19 and 26, when the park is open until 9 p.m. and features train show rides at dusk. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy perform on stage July 11-13, and K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs dazzle audiences July 19-27. Tweetsie Railroad hosts other fun events through Nov. 2. Visit for a full schedule and to purchase tickets at $39 for adults and $26 for ages 3-12. The Ghost Train Halloween Festival is $31 for adults and children, and free for ages 2 and younger. Photo courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad


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Go Around the World with the von Trapps July 12 The Sound of Music is a beloved American musical. Captain and Maria von Trapp’s great-grandchildren — August, Amanda, Melanie and Sofia — have performed all over the world for more than a decade carrying on the family tradition while beginning their own. Hear the von Trapps perform music from around the globe July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Booth Amphitheatre. Reserved table seating is $40 and general admission lawn tickets are $37. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free on the lawn. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. This performance is part of the North Carolina Symphony’s Summerfest Series. (The symphony will not be performing at this concert.) Photo courtesy of Chris Hornbecker

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All Aboard for Train and Ice Cream Fun July 27 New Hope Valley Railway in New Hill offers families a historic railroad experience in open-air passenger cars pulled by steam and diesel locomotives. The railway hosts its first ice cream social July 27 with train rides at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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Tickets are $14 for ages 13 and older, and $12 for ages 2-12. Each ticketed guest will receive two scoops of ice cream and nonticketed toddlers get a free scoop. Train rides also operate on select Fridays and Saturdays through October. Visit triangletrain. com to purchase tickets, $7-$12.

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Marvel’s biggest superheroes band together to defeat Loki and other adversaries in a quest for the Cosmic Cube July 18-20 at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Special 3-D effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and more than 25 Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Hulk, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, entertain audiences in an epic spectacular between good and evil. Performances are 7 p.m. July 18; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 19; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 20. Tickets are $40-$90.

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Cedars in the Pines. This exhibit features

Kids Summer Series. Learn how to make

Free. 6:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 8431

nature, culture and history. Enjoy live

the history of Lebanese immigrants

Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-

performances, kids’ activities, tradi-

who have made North Carolina their


tional and international fare, artisans,

home since the 1880s. Free. 9 a.m.-

Time for Tots: Look at Lighthouses.

workshops and more. All ages. $20

Learn about North Carolina’s light-

adults, $10 ages 13-17. Free for ages 12

balloon animals and play carnival-style games. Ages 4 and older. Free. 6:30 p.m.

Barnes & Noble, 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-9903.

5 p.m. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E.

Little Historians: A Teddy Bear Picnic.

Edenton St., Raleigh.

houses and make your own beacon

and younger. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. West Point

Take a lunch and your teddy bear for a

of light to take home. Ages 3-5.

on the Eno Durham City Park, Roxboro

picnic in the park. Explore the history

Registration required. $1. 10-10:45 a.m.

N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton

Rd., Durham. Free Fishing Day. Enjoy a day of catch-


Parent and Child Clay Workshop:

of the teddy bear and play some games. Ages 5-7. Registration required.

and-release fishing without a required

Thrown From the Wheel! Learn to

$4/child . Noon-1 p.m. Historic Yates

license. Poles and basic instruction

throw from the wheel and complete

Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler


provided. Meet at the fishing platform.

a clay piece that will be dipped in glaze

All ages. Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lake Crab-

and fired. Ages 2-12. Registration

History Corner: Beat the Heat. Learn

tree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy.,

required. $18/child. 10-11:30 a.m., noon- Park It at Your Library: Water Power.

Morrisville. 919-460-2723.

1:30 p.m. Durham Arts Council, North-

Collect clues, solve puzzles and bring

St., Raleigh. 919-807-7992.

how people kept cool before air condi-

Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675.

tioners and swimming pools. Discover

gate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham.

the thieves of a burglary to justice.

old-fashioned ways to beat the heat.

Red, White and Blue for YOU! Celebrate


Learn how real historians solve

Ages 6-9 with adult. Registration

July Fourth with water relays, fizzing

mysteries using science, art,

fireworks, sparkler hats and more.


required. $1. 10-11 a.m. N.C. Museum

archaeology and interviews with

Wear red, white and blue. All ages.

Hockey Fun with the Carolina

historical people. Ages 8-12. Registra-

$5 ages 1-adult. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marbles

Hurricanes. Enjoy hockey fun with

of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7992.

History Hunters: Hot Enough for

Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St.,

Ya? Learn what porches, wells and

Raleigh. 919-834-4040.


staff members from the Carolina

Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620

Hurricanes. Play in the Canes’ inflatable

Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-8566675.

swimming holes have in common.

slap shot booth and practice in the

Investigate southern summers before

July 4th events.

skills and drills zone full of sticks, pucks

electricity. 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. Toddler-Preschool Storytime. Toddlers

Visit seasonal for more July 4th events.

and goals. $5 ages 1-11. 1-3 p.m.


Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett

American Girl Book Club. Discuss Kit and

St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040.

enjoy an activity. Ages 6-12. Free. 7 p.m.

Barnes & Noble, 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy.,


Art Adventures. Enjoy art in the galleries

Parent and Child Clay Workshop:

and preschoolers enjoy stories about

newly learned art-making techniques.

the Fourth of July. Free. 10:30 a.m.

Ages 6-9. Register online. Free for

Barnes & Noble, 8431 Brier Creek

members, $5 nonmembers. 1-2:30 p.m.

Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-9903.

Ackland Art Museum, 101 S Columbia St., Chapel Hill. 919-962-3342.


Curious Creatures: Searching the

Raleigh. 919-484-9903.

Thrown From the Wheel! See July 7.

and create a take-home treasure using

tion required. $154. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

American Girl Club. Discuss Molly and enjoy an activity. Free. 7 p.m. Barnes

4-5:30 p.m. Time for Tots: Look at Lighthouses.

& Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866.

See July 1.

Forest Friends: Reptiles Rock. Meet


reptiles up close and make a turtle

Summer Drop-in Studio. Kids make art.

craft. Ages 1-3 and adult meet 10:30-


Free. Noon-3 p.m. N.C. Museum of Art,

11 a.m.; ages 3-5 with adult meet

Creek. Discover wildlife through

Festival for the Eno. See July 4.

2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet at the

hikes, activities and crafts. Ages 5-8.

Night Ride Tri. Take part in a swim, bike


Loblolly Shelter. Registration required.

Toddler-Preschool Storytime. Toddler

Registration required. $12 resident, $16

and running event featuring differ-

nonresident. 10 a.m.-noon. Stevens

ent course options. See website for

and preschoolers enjoy Go, Go, Go, Stop!

Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr.,

Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616

fees. Register online. 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Free. 10:30 a.m. Barnes & Noble,

New Hill. 919-387-4342.

Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980.

Registration begins at 9 p.m. Triangle

8431 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh.

Aquatic Center, 275 Convention Dr.,


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Garden Storytime. Enjoy stories, songs,

Paint Along Art Class. Parent and child

crafts and more. Ages 3-5. Take a

paint together with guidance from

blanket. Register by emailing

an art instructor. Materials provided.

How I Became a Pirate July 11-20 – Young Jeremy Jacob is digging in the sand when he is greeted by Captain Braid Beard and his mates, and is recruited to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure. The captain introduces the boy to his pirate crewmembers, who share with him the ins and outs of a pirate’s life at sea. In turn, Jeremy shares with them what a typical kid’s day is like and describes the game of soccer. All ages. Purchase tickets online. $14-$37. 6:30 p.m. July 11; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. July 12-13; 6:30 p.m. July 18; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. July 19-20. Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919-996-8700.

10 a.m.-noon. Kidz Celebrate,

Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh.

6801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh.



used to make them. Materials provid-

July 29-Aug. 3 – Based on the classic Disney animated feature, this North Carolina Theatre musical features a beautiful young mermaid who longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. $34-94. 7:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 1; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3; Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

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pie competition, local arts and crafts

Free for members, $5 nonmembers.

Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Duke Homestead,

10:30 a.m.-noon. Ackland Art Museum,

2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham.

Family Rhythm Jam. Drumming and

919-477-5498. Project Dance with American Dance Festival. Dance with guest star

stories for ages 3 and older with

Ronald West. No dance experience

parent. Drums to loan. $10/family.

necessary. $5 ages 1 and older. 1-2

10-11 a.m. Music Explorium, 5314 Hwy.

p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E.

55, Ste. 107, Durham. 919-219-2371.

Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040.

Full Moon Hike. Look for creatures of

Saturday for Kids. Enjoy The Numberlys,

the night. Wear walking shoes. All

activities and refreshments. Ages 4-8.

ages. Meet at the White Oak Parking

Free. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E.

Area. Registration required. $5/family.

Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866.

8:30-10 p.m. American Tobacco Trail,

The Little Mermaid

with a barbecue cook-off, juried vendors and cooking demonstrations.


Children’s Matinee Series: Paul Taylor Dance Company

July 25-Aug. 3 – Young performers present this musical set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, which follows a father as he tries to uphold tradition in a changing political and social landscape. Purchase tickets online. $11. 7:30 p.m. July 25; 3 and 7:30 p.m. July 26-27; 7:30 p.m. July 31-Aug 1; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3. Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh.

history and heritage take center stage

ed. Ages 10-13. Registration required.

101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. 919-


Fiddler on the Roof

North Carolina. North Carolina’s food

works and identify skills that the artist

July 13 – The finalists from season 13 of American Idol perform. Purchase tickets online. $53-$92. 7:30 p.m. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham.

July 19 – The dance company performs with poignant, powerful and breathtaking explorations into life’s most complex issues. All ages. After the performance, enjoy a free kids party in the lobby featuring live music, activities, snacks and more. $16. 1 p.m. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 919-684-6402.

Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of

Drawing for Tweens. Explore selected

July 12 – Hear the music of two of America’s most distinctive singersongwriters. Purchase tickets online. $24 adults, $12 ages 7-18. Free for ages 6 and younger. 8 p.m. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-715-5923.

July 16-20 – Enjoy the classic musical performed by students in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Summer Youth Conservatory. Purchase tickets online. $15 adults, $10 ages 18 and younger. 7:30 p.m. July 16-19; 2 p.m. July 20. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-7529.

Registration required. $25/child.

$5/child. 10:30 a.m. J.C. Raulston


Loudon Wainwright III and Iris DeMent

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1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 919-387-2117. Make It, Take It: Sew a Stitch. Watch Toddler-Preschool Storytime. Toddler and preschoolers enjoy The Numberlys. Free. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 8431

Andy Sterlen create historic costumes

Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-

and learn to stitch a patch or sew on


a button. Drop-in program. Free.

Train Rides at New Hope Valley

Noon-3 p.m. N.C. Museum of History,

Railway. Enjoy a train ride through

5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-

the summer woods. Purchase tickets


online. $7-$12. 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m.,

Nature Nuts: Crickets and Katydids. Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the

1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. New Hope Valley Railway, 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill. Wipe Out! Take the family for beach

joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent.

music, water games, a water slide,

Registration required. $11 resident,

treats and more. Kids may wear

$14 nonresident. 10-11 a.m. Stevens

swimsuits; adults may wear a favorite

Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616

Hawaiian shirt or beach party gear.

Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980.

Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Logan Trading Co.

707 Semart Dr., Raleigh. 919-828-5337.


13 SUNDAY Family Feature: Wonderful Wetlands. Build a wetland in a hands-on science experiment and explore the important role that wetlands play in an ecosystem. All ages. Registration required. $5/family. 2-3 p.m. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. Green Energy Workshop: Wild About Water. Explore the properties of water, create a water wheel and build hydroelectric snap circuits. $5 ages 1-adult. 1-3 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. Pottery Workshop for Kids. Create stoneware pottery. Ages 9 and older. Register online. $20. 2-4 p.m.

Lynne Fischer Art Studio, 107 Spring Hollow Ln., Cary. 919-233-1598.

Wetlands for Waterfowl. Learn about waterfowl impoundment. Take binoculars for bird and wildlife viewing. Ages 8 and older. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area. Registration required. $5/family.

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. American Tobacco Trail,

1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 919-387-2117.

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15 TUESDAY Nature Families: Turtles and Tortoises. Discover



which turtles and tortoises call the park home. Play turtle tag, discover the shells and eggs of these reptiles and observe a few species up close. All ages. Registration required. $5/family. 11 a.m.-noon. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. Teen Event. Discuss Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Free. 6:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-9903.


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reptile friends. Ages 6-9 meet 11 a.m.

noon; ages 3-5 meet 1-2 p.m. Registration required. $4/child. 11 a.m.-noon.

19 SATURDAY Artist Visits. Comic artist Chrystin Garland discusses her artwork in such books

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as Amulet 5, Explorer 2 and Adventure

Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850.

and preschoolers enjoy The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Free. 10:30 a.m.

Chiropractic Partners hosts a field day

Barnes & Noble, 8431 Brier Creek

to benefit the Food Bank of Central and

Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-9903.

Eastern N.C. Enjoy a healthy breakfast,


hula hoop contests, kickball, prizes

designs you can wear all summer. Ages

Noble, 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-9903.


Raleigh. 919-787-8883. Eco-Explorers: Better Birders. Children learn about local plants and animals. Ages 7-10. Registration required. $12

Kids Fun-Days: Bat Fun Facts. Children

residents, $16 nonresidents. 10 a.m.-

hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Registranonresident. 10 a.m.-noon. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616

Enjoy watermelon plant-a-pot, water-

Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. Rock Painting. Paint two rocks. Ages 10 and older. Register online. Registration required. $15 plus $5 supply fee. 2-4 p.m. Lynne Fischer Art Studio, 107 Spring Hollow Ln., Cary. 919-233-1598. Up, Up and Away Astronomy: Stories in the Sky. Make a sky chart and learn about the constellations. Discover some sky-related myths and write your own. Ages 8 and older. Registration required. $5/family. 7-8 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675.

melon salad and more. $5 ages 1-11.

10 a.m.-noon. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.

parents enjoy a night out. Registration

6801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919645-9799.

20 SUNDAY Family Programs: Nature Explorers. Explore the summer woodlands and search for snakes, lizards and bugs. All ages. Registration required. $16 resident, $20 nonresident. 2-3:30 p.m.


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24 THURSDAY Eco-Express: Turtle Tracking. Take the fast track to nature in hands-on studies of nature and ecology. Ages 8-12.

needs and their families experience the

Registration required. $12 resident, $16

museum in a calmer, quieter environ-

nonresident. 10 a.m.-noon. Stevens

ment. Visit with a guest veterinarian

Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616

and therapy dog. Free. 5:30-8 p.m.

Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980.

Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett

Take a lunch. Ages 6-12. Meet at the

a craft and healthy snack while

members. 6-10 p.m. Kidz Celebrate,

Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-9903.

Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler

the unsung heroes of the ecosystem.

slumber party, the movie Madagascar,

required. $25 members, $30 non-

child. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Historic Yates

the park’s log garden and learn about

Kidz Night Out. Kids enjoy a pajama

11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 8431 Brier

Nature Lab: Life Under a Log. Search

Day. Toddler and preschoolers enjoy a up as a favorite Batman character. Free.

St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040.

467-3866. Toddler-Preschool Storytime: Batman

6 and older. Registration required. $4/

Family Fun Night. Kids with special

Garden Sprouts with Produce Box.

Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-

enter it in the Mill Pond Regatta. Ages



activities from 5-8 p.m. Barnes &

story and create a Batman mask. Dress

Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675.

Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary.

Boats. Make your own simple boat and

noon. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock

tion required. $12 resident, $16

Free. 11 a.m. All ages enjoy more

Home School Day: Messing About in

8-11 a.m. North Hills Park Picnic Shelter

Batman with a story and activity. Dress as your favorite character. Ages 5-8.


and Baseball Field, 100 Chowan Circle,

4 and older. Free. 6:30 p.m. Barnes &

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of

Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040.

919-787-8883. $10 donation.

ages 1-adult. 1-3 p.m. Marbles Kids

Pottery Workshop for Kids. See July 13.

and more. All ages. RSVP by calling

Kids Summer Series. Take a rainbow loom and bands to learn how to make

and learn about healthy eating. $5

Cary. 919-467-3866. Back in Action! Community Field Day.

Special Storytime: Batman Celebration.

Play around with the science of food

Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd.,

Toddler-Preschool Storytime. Toddler

Raleigh. 919-856-6675.


ing tips. Ages 8 and older. Free. 2 p.m.

Summer Drop-in Studio. See July 9.

County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.,

2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387Guest Star Scientist: Food Masters.

Time: Pixel Princesses and offers draw-

Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs,

Kids Summer Series. Make tents and share campfire-style ghost stories. Ages 4 and older. Free. 6:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-9903. Trail Treks: You ‘Otter’ Know. Discover

Cypress Shelter. Registration required.

otters with a story, games and a craft.

$8. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Harris Lake

All ages. Meet at the New Hill Parking

County Park, 2112 County Park Dr.,

Area. Registration required. $5/family.

New Hill. 919-387-4342.

2-3 p.m. American Tobacco Trail, 1309

New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 919-



Little Sprouts: Helping Our Animal Friends. Enjoy a story and take a

25 FRIDAY Author Visits. Author Ursula Vernon

nature walk to see the ways the park

signs her new paperback releases of

helps wild animal friends. Ages 3-5

the DragonBreath series, Curse of the

with adult. Registration required. $4/

Werewiener and The Lair of Batmonster

child. 11 a.m.-noon. Historic Yates Mill

and discusses how she creates her

series. Free. 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary.

Junior Naturalist: Who Flies Way Up High? Participants develop their


naturalist skills and understanding

Crowder by Night: Firefly Frenzy.

of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent.

Catch and release lightning bugs.

Registration required. $8 resident,

Explore what gives them a special

$10 nonresident. 1-2 p.m. Stevens

glow through hands-on discovery,

Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616

games and more. All ages. Registration

Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980.

required. $5/family. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten

Mom and Me Upcycle Basic Jewelry

Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. wakegov.

Design Class. Learn the basic tech-


niques in making earrings and brace-

Friday Ride Date at New Hope Valley

lets. Ages 9 and older. Register online.

Railway. Enjoy a diesel train ride

Registration required. $15 plus $5 sup-

through the summer woods. $10. 10

ply fee. 2-3:30 p.m. Southern Charm

a.m. New Hope Valley Railway, 3900

Gift Boutique, Cary Towne Center, 1105

Bonsal Rd., New Hill.

Walnut St., Cary. 919-233-1598. etsy.

Garden Storytime. See July 11. Nature Nuts: Hummingbirds. See July 12.

com/shop/southerncharmgifts2. Nature Lab: Shoreline Ramble. Explore the coves and hidden sights from the


lake’s edge. Take a lunch and enjoy a

Curiosity Club: Slip into the Stream.

ages. Meet at the restroom pavilion.

picnic at the park after the hike. All

Children embrace science and nature

Registration required. $5/family.

while developing skills and knowledge

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Harris Lake County

to satisfy their curiosity about the

Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill.

natural world. Ages 5-8. Registra-


tion required. $12 resident, $16

Paddle the Pond. Enjoy a canoe float.

Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616

After basic instruction, explore the

Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980.

pond’s many features as seen only

from the water. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. Subject to suit-

and enjoy relay races. $5 ages 1-adult.

able weather conditions. Ages 6 and

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum,

older. Registration required. $10/boat.

201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-

10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m. Historic Yates Mill


County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.,

Giant Silk Moths. Explore the secret lives of giant silk moths, their caterpillars

Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-9903.

Eco-Explorers: Finding Insects. See July 19.

6:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 8431 Brier

Toddler-Preschool Storytime. Toddler

Family Fishing Fun: Clean Water,

and preschoolers enjoy What Do You

Clean Fish. Learn ways to know if

Do With an Idea? Free. 11 a.m. Barnes &

fish are safe to eat. Fishing supplies

Noble, 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh.

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.


30 WEDNESDAY Toddler-Preschool Storytime. Toddler and preschoolers enjoy Ninja, Ninja,


Never Stop. Free. 10:30 a.m. Barnes &


Noble, 8431 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-484-9903.

Breastfeeding Cafe. See July 14.


29 TUESDAY Special Storytime. Read What Do You Do

Kids Summer Series. Learn about all things creepy and crawly with a special

With an Idea? and enjoy an activity and

guest entomologist. Ages 4 and older.

refreshments. Ages 4-8. Free. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. Teen Event. Discuss Four: A Divergent

Free. 6:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble,

8431 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919484-9903.

Collection by Veronica Roth. Free.


nonresident. 10 a.m.-noon. Stevens

Family Field Day. Get active, play games


Raleigh. 919-856-6675. parks/yatesmill.

and other creepy crawlies buzzing

Paint Along Art Class. See July 12.

around on warm summer nights. Ages

Pirates, Ahoy! Hear tales about Black-

6 and older with adult. Registration re-

beard and other seafarers and make

quired. $9 members, $10 nonmembers.

crafts. Challenge a real pirate to a

1-2:30 p.m. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100

sword fight. Age 5-8 with adult. Free.

Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-

10 a.m.-noon. N.C. Museum of History,


5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-8077992.

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