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What’s your favorite N.C. or S.C. beach and why is it your favorite?
Anna’s Angels, a Down syndrome nonprofit, held its annual gala at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary on March 22. The event, which
I love Kiawah Island in S.C. It is very private and family-friendly. I love all the
raised $115,000 to fund Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital,
nature and bike trails.
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Wrightsville Beach. Family-friendly and we park our car when we arrive and walk everywhere. Great restaurants like South Beach and Tower 7 … And of course Wings. My daughter loves going
Since its inception in 2003, the Anna’s Angels Foundation has raised more than $1 million dollars and has continued to break barriers in the Down syndrome community. Learn more at annas-angels.org.
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there at least four times a day! — Keith Palma
Preschool Students Participate in Cuts for the Cure Students at Bright Horizons in Apex participated in Cuts for the Cure on Feb. 24. Local hair stylists Becky Lawrence and Whitney Chavez gave children $5 hair cuts at the center. Cuts for the Cure donated the proceeds to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that funds research to find cures for childhood cancers. Learn more at child-care-preschool. brighthorizons.com/nc/apex/apex/photos/ cutsforacure.
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To find out what children truly want from a hotel, Residence Inn hosted the first-ever Kids Round Table on travel last summer in Manhattan, consisting of 10 participants ranging in age from 8 to 12 years old. Key findings, below, conveyed the need for hotels to focus on personalization and customization for young guests. According to the round table, kids want: n Customized experiences with
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hoever said “Getting there is half the fun,” never flew cross-country with a needy newborn, boisterous toddler or moody tween. Not to mention a purse full of wrinkled air-
line tickets and coloring books, snacks for every member of the family and a caravan of luggage. At best, airplane travel with children can be educational and exciting. At worst, it’s an all-out nightmare. Here’s how to plan for a memorable (in a good way) trip that starts before you land.
Air travel with tots in tow takes planning, patience and more planning. Celebrity travel expert and mom Amy Graff recommends using a packing list (you can find one online at babycenter.com). “You might not find the right kind of diapers or that exact baby food your little one loves at your destination,” she says. “This is the time when you don’t want to forget anything.” Prep for a smooth takeoff and landing by planning to feed baby — by breast or bottle — during the plane’s ascent and descent; the sucking motion helps equalize pressure inside their tiny ears to minimize painful popping (and the resulting screams). Remember to pack a few more diapers than you think you’ll need on flight and a change of clothes — or several. And don’t forget to pack extra clothes in your carry-on for a toddler or preschooler. On a long flight from California to North Carolina, Raleigh native Christen Pope remembered to pack plenty of clothes for 7-month-old Sydney but forgot a change for her newly potty-trained 3-year-old, Jaden. Guess who needed fresh pants shortly after takeoff? She can bet she’ll never forget again.
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Elementary-age children usually love plane travel, but can be notoriously slow to get through airports. Yelling “Let’s GO!” at the top of your lungs may turn some heads, but it won’t make your poky preteen move any faster. Instead, make the most of kids’ prevacation excitement by treating the airport like a fun destination. Start by turning the dreaded security screen into a race; have kids try to get their shoes off and unload their luggage onto the conveyer belt as fast as they possibly can, Graff says. “It’s a game of speed and it can be a lot of fun,” she adds. School-age kids respond well to delegation, so assign each child a responsibility pre-takeoff and inflight, like carrying the family’s flight snacks or marshaling carry-ons as they come through the security conveyor. Grade-schoolers are also old enough to take responsibility for their personal belongings, both in the airport and in-flight. Before boarding and deplaning, gently remind your child to gather her things — but don’t do it for her (you undoubtedly will have your own hands full).
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with bickering teen siblings is a recipe for vacation disaster. Quell squabbles by allowing each sibling to take charge of a family decision (one can pick a lunch locale at the airport, while another selects dinner fare at the destination). Bring a deck of cards, teenfriendly snacks and an extra set of batteries and AC adapters to keep electronics charged up while you wait. On the trip, avoid “teen tune-out” during travel by creating a connection to your destination before you leave. Did your family’s ancestors hail from the region? Do you have any childhood stories about the area? Any major historical happenings? Young teens may get a kick out of an on-flight scavenger hunt with landmarks to watch for during takeoff and landing. Appointing a teen “trip historian” with responsibility for journaling and documenting the trip with photos ensures that you’ll have plenty of memorabilia — and gives you a chance to view the trip through your teen’s eyes.
Malia Jacobson is a nationally published health journalist and mom of three.
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Assume your child is under pressure. In its annual survey of substance use, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University reported that 45 percent of teens have seen social media pictures showing other teens getting drunk, passed out or using drugs. The same report found that 47 percent of teens who had seen such photos were convinced the participants were having a terrific time.
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Managing Anxiety In its simplest form, anxiety is a general word for an emotion a child experiences when something feels uncomfortable or unsafe. For young children, safety comes in many forms, including the safety they feel from their parentsâ€™ comfort and the predictability of their daily routine. Some children feel less safe when they are faced with unknown or unpredictable situations. Feelings of anxiety can even occur in the most loving and supportive families, as anxiety is often a state of mind and, as such, a complex interplay between the environment (reality) and the childâ€™s mind (fantasy).
Here are some examples: n Five-year-old Sallyâ€™s family has been preparing for a trip to
visit her grandparents. As they have been counting down the days, Sally has started to act like she did when she was much younger. She carries her blanket around, rarely leaves her motherâ€™s side and is generally clingier, especially at bedtime.
Sally’s mother can’t figure out what has caused this regression. Understandably, she hasn’t considered the idea that it is the upcoming trip, since Sally is quite fond of her grandparents and has even said she cannot wait to see them. n Five-year-old Mary’s family is preparing for a trip to a theme park. Mary, who usually talks excitedly about the trip, has had trouble paying attention in school. Mary’s mother has wondered if she’s just overly excited, but other behaviors cast some doubt. At home, Mary has called her mother names and has been especially defiant and wound up around bedtime. In such moments, she says the theme park will be boring and stupid. Mary’s parents have tried everything they can think of to discourage these behaviors, but they only seem to make Mary act out more.
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Cyber Safety for Teens The Mayo Clinic offers these suggestions for parents of teens who are concerned about their adolescent’s cyber safety: Get to know the technology your teen is using and the websites he or she visits. Keep the computer in a common area in your home. Encourage your teen to talk to a parent or trusted adult if an interaction or message makes him or her uncomfortable. Remind your teen to practice these basic safety rules: • Don’t share personal informa-
As we celebrate mothers this month on Mother’s Day and during Women’s Health Week that follows, remember that good health contributes to the ability to be a good mom. If you or the mothers in your life are due for a checkup, May is a great month to schedule one. Here are some suggestions to help keep good health in mind all year long: 1 Eat healthy. 2 Be active. (Join our Fit Family Challenge at carolinaparent.com/ fitfamilychallenge.) 3 Manage stress. 4 Get regular checkups.
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tion online. • Don’t share passwords. • Don’t get together with someone you meet online. • Don’t use texts or other tools to gossip, bully or damage someone’s reputation. • Don’t text or chat on the phone while driving.
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every interest and desire. Step back in time to relive a famous event in American history, go skydiving without a plane, splash through cooling Olympic park waters or tour the most famous residence in the U.S. We’ve got the scoop on these memorable activities and more in this roundup of nine family-friendly U.S. destinations.
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Austin, Texas Flight time from the Triangle: About 5 hours* Known as the live music capital of the world, Austin boasts 100-plus live music venues, beautiful art and outdoor spaces. The Colorado River runs through downtown, but residents call it Lady Bird Lake. Spend a day at Zilker Metropolitan Park, a 350-acre oasis beloved by locals and ideal for families. Take a ride on the Zilker Zephyr, an open-top miniature train for a 25-minute tour alongside Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake. Austin Nature & Science Center, also located in the park, features exhibits of live animals
that have been injured or orphaned. Kids can go on an archeological dig by uncovering castings of actual dinosaur bones that have been found in Texas. Before you leave the park, cool off at Barton Springs Pool, a 3-acre natural limestone pool fed by underground springs. All activities are wallet-friendly since many are free and others cost just a few dollars per person. Head over to iFly Austin Indoor Skydiving to experience skydiving without a plane. A wind tunnel and powerful fans create a true free fall effect during which
participants are completely disconnected and don’t even need a parachute. Participants from ages 3 to 103 have flown here. Take another adrenaline-pumping adventure by flying across breathtaking canyons and Lake Travis on the longest and fastest zip line in Texas at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. After your high-flying ride, relax on the half-mile beach. Lounge in a hammock, play a game of horseshoes or cool off in the lake. Loaded picnic baskets are recommended. Get your fill of brisket at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q and shop for cowboy boots at Cavender’s. End your day in Austin with a spectacular view of 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that live beneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and take flight in a mass exodus each night at dusk. It’s free, but courage is required. Visit austintexas.org to learn more.
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Bobcat in the Construction Zone or scale a three-story structure made of curved platforms at New Balance Climb. Kids can also dance on a lighted dance floor and play a gigantic chess game at The Common. Situated alongside the Charles River, the Museum of Science houses hundreds of interactive exhibits, the Charles Hayden Planetarium and IMAX Mugar Omni Theater. Budding architects and engineers can design, build and test a prototype, and young biologists will enjoy The Hall of Human Life. Share Eileen Ogintz’s The Kids’ Guide to Boston with younger travelers on the way there. For more ideas, visit bostonusa.com.
Flight time from the Triangle: Less than 2 hours* One of the oldest cities in America, Boston is awash in historical significance and claims many firsts — the first lighthouse, subway, library, university and public school in America, for example. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call from his Boston machine shop. You can explore these and many other well-preserved historic sites in Boston. Join actors in period costumes to relive the Boston Tea Party by dumping tea overboard one of the authentically restored tea ships at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Lace up your sneakers and walk The Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile red path that leads to 16 American Revolution sites, including the Paul Revere House, USS Constitution and Bunker Hill Monument. Follow costumed guides representing the 18th Century on a 90-minute tour or venture out on your own. Download The Freedom Trail Official App for more guidance. Boston Children’s Museum features high-tech, hands-on art, culture and science experiences. Kids can ride a
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made in front of The Bean, an outdoor sculpture resembling an enormous metal bean. In the summer, kids can splash around in Crown Fountain, an interactive work of public art. Take Chicago’s First Lady Cruise to learn about 50 famous Chicago buildings. You can also choose from other cruise outings such as fireworks cruises, nighttime tours and dinner cruises. Lincoln Park Zoo, the country’s oldest public zoo, is also one of the world’s last free admission zoos — and it’s open every day of the year. A slice of deep-dish pizza is a musthave when visiting Chicago. Try three legendary pizzerias: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Giordano’s Pizza and Gino’s East of Chicago. Learn more at choosechicago.com. Photo courtesy of Choose Chicago
The third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is known for its beautiful downtown, 26 miles of lakefront and friendly Midwestern vibe that attracts over 40 million visitors each year. Experience the iconic Navy Pier, a landmark extending nearly 1 mile into Lake Michigan, where visitors can ride on a 150-foot Ferris wheel and enjoy restaurants, shops and fireworks extravaganzas. Adjacent to the Navy Pier, explore the Chicago Children’s Museum. Build a skyscraper, tinker with real tools or climb on a rope-suspended schooner. Visit Museum Campus to explore The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. Enjoy incredible views of the city at Skydeck Chicago where you can step onto The Ledge, a glass balcony extending 4 feet outside the 103rd floor, if you dare. Take in a 360-degree view of four states at the John Hancock Observatory. Be sure to stop by Millennium Park, a gathering spot in the heart of downtown Chicago. Have your photograph carolinaparent.com | MAY 2014
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Atlanta Amtrak travel time from the Triangle: Just over 6 hours* Famous for peaches, peanuts, the Atlanta Braves and President Jimmy Carter, Atlanta bustles with activities for the entire family. Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, offers plenty of outdoor space for walking and playing. Kids can cool off at the Fountain of Rings on hot summer days.
Right next door, Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest, offers 9½ acres and 8 million gallons of undersea exhibits. Don’t miss the beluga whales, whale sharks and manta rays. Quench your thirst at World of CocaCola, a museum and interactive experience in one. Learn about the legend of the secret Coca-Cola formula and try over 100 Coke flavors from around the world. Watch a short film titled Moments of Happiness in the Coca-Cola 4-D theater and view the world’s largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. Be sure to stop by the Coca-Cola Store for a souvenir. Purchase an Atlanta CityPASS at worldofcoca-cola.com to access the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tour, Fairbank Museum of Natural History or High Museum of Art, and Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House. Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to learn about the life and legacy of this iconic civil rights leader. You’ll see his birth home, the church where he preached and the memorial site where he is buried. Admission and parking are free. Photos courtesy of World of Coca-Cola (left) and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
For heart-pounding thrills, Six Flags Over Georgia features high-action family fun. The largest theme park in the Southeast offers rides for guests of all ages. Bring your swimsuit so you can enjoy waterpark rides to beat the heat on hot days. Explore 3,200 acres of preserved land at Stone Mountain Park. Take the Summit Skyride to the top of this 825-foot granite wonder for an up-close look at the mountain’s Confederate Memorial carving. Ride a train or take a paddlewheel riverboat cruise for a 360-degree view of the mountain. No trip to Atlanta is complete without a meal at the largest drive-in fast-food restaurant in the world, The Varsity, famous for its chili cheese dog and fried pie. For more ideas, visit atlanta.net.
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apart, you can blast into America’s past and enjoy the waves. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the U.S. This beautifully restored 18th-century town features costumed actors who recreate the American Revolution time period. Tickets are required to enter and provide access to historic sites, museums and programs. Visit the Jamestown Settlement to experience America’s 17th-century Colonial beginnings and board replicas of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia. Interact with costumed Native Americans in the Powhatan Village through live demonstrations of cooking and toolmaking. In James Fort, watch tradespeople show off their skills. Take a Tavern Ghost Walk to learn about ghosts who still haunt Colonial Williamsburg’s taverns and historic buildings. This early-evening activity is suitable for all ages.
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Washington, D.C. Amtrak travel time from the Triangle: Just over 6 hours* Touring The White House, strolling along the National Mall and gazing at national treasures will leave a lasting impression on children and adults. This budget-friendly destination offers more than 100 free attractions. The most famous address in the U.S. is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., where the U.S. president resides. White House tours take visitors through the East Wing; State Dining Room; and Red, Blue and Green Rooms. Visit whitehouse.gov to find out how to book a tour. Watch millions of dollars being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as you overlook the production floor during this free, 40-minute tour. The National Mall is a 2-mile green space spanning the banks of the Potomac River, from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. View the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial while walking along this pedestrian-friendly boulevard. Often called America’s treasure chest, the Smithsonian consists of 17 separate museums. The most popular museum in the world, based on attendance numbers, is the Air and Space Museum. Other popular Smithsonian museums include the American History Museum, the Museum of Natural Sciences and the National Zoo, where baby panda Bao Bao and her parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, are the zoo’s most popular attractions. Admission is free. Take the Metro rail system to reach locations around the city quickly and provide some fun for the kids. Rent a paddleboat on the Tidal Basin for a great view of the Jefferson Memorial when you need a break from touring. For more ideas, visit washington.org.
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Asheville, N.C. Travel time from the Triangle: Just under 4 hours* Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this lively mountain city offers an active outdoor community and a bustling art and music scene. Thanks to Art Deco skyscrapers, buzzing cafes and eclectic bistros, Asheville has been dubbed “Paris of the South.” Not only does it possess a cosmopolitan flair, it also reflects a laidback mountain vibe that lures visitors from far and wide. A must-see is America’s largest home: Biltmore Estate, a French Renaissancestyle mansion with 250 rooms. Marvel at the two-story library, gilded elevator, indoor swimming pool and bowling alley.
Children can pet baby animals in the estate’s farmyard or drive across obstacles on the Land Rover Kid’s Adventure Course. Go Bellyaking, a new way to travel down a river that was created in Asheville, by paddling while on your stomach using webbed gloves. This provides a great way for beginners to explore the French Broad River. Riders advance to their knees, then feet. Experience an aerial obstacle course at Asheville Treetops Adventure Park. Kayaking through the trees or snowboarding on open air are just two of the 50 unique challenges offered, which range from beginner to advanced skill levels. Kids as young as age 7 have taken the challenges. In Pisgah National Forest, take a slide down Sliding Rock. This 60-foot rock waterslide has delighted young and old for years and offers a great way to cool off on a hot summer afternoon. There is a nominal $1 parking fee. Animals and plants native to the Southern Appalachian region can be seen at Western North Carolina Nature
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Center. Find 60 species of animals including river otters, bobcats, cougars and wolves. Children can also snuggle up to farm animals and hop on a red tractor. Visit exploreasheville.com to learn more.
Charleston, S.C. Travel time from the Triangle: Just over 4 hours* For many years, Charleston has maintained a high ranking on many travel surveys as a top U.S. destination. This Southern city’s rich history, elegant architecture and coastal landscapes draw nearly 5 million visitors each year, according to Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Clippity-clop down cobblestone streets atop a carriage ride offered by one of the many carriage tour businesses in Charleston to learn about the city’s history and culture. You’ll pass breathtaking antebellum mansions, historic churches and enchanting side streets. Explore the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, where George Washington was entertained and American patriots and pirates were imprisoned. A period costumed guide leads small
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groups on a tour through the dungeon. Visit the South Carolina Aquarium on historic Charleston Harbor, home to loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, great blue herons, jellyfish and sharks. The aquarium’s largest exhibit, “The Great Ocean Tank,” extends from the first to the third floor. Stroll through Historic Charleston City Market, where individual vendors sell products in open-air buildings. Browse art, clothing, food products and sweet grass creations. Grab a swing and enjoy the view from Waterfront Park. Walk to the end of the pier to take in the shores of the Cooper River. On hot days, kids can play under the streaming water at Splash Fountain. Just a few blocks south of Waterfront Park you’ll find Hazel Parker Playground, which offers a fenced-in area for little ones and an open area for older kids. Go on a treetop adventure at Wild Blue Ropes, Charleston’s first open-air ropes course, where families can challenge their athletic abilities, enjoy the outdoors and have fun. Visit charlestoncvb.com to learn more.
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Travel time from the Triangle: About 3 hours*
The Crystal Coast stretches from Emerald Isle to Beaufort and Cape Lookout. Pristine beaches, laid-back towns and a welcoming atmosphere make this stretch of beach a favorite summertime destination for families. Due to countless shipwrecks along the shore, including a World War II German U-boat sunk by the Coast Guard in 1942, the region has garnered the nickname, “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” See wild horses and go shelling with Port City Tour Company. After a 15minute ferry ride to Shackleford Banks on the Cape Lookout National Seashore, visitors are guided to see wild horses, then given an opportunity to go shelling on one of the state’s best shelling beaches. Located on Bogue Banks, Fort Macon is home to a pentagon-shaped Civil War fort. Surrounded on three sides by water — the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Sound — Fort Macon is free and offers nature trails, opportunities for surf fishing and a protected swim area.
Climb to the top of the 150-year-old Cape Lookout Lighthouse to enjoy the endless ocean views. Nicknamed “The Diamond Lady,” it’s one of North Carolina’s most iconic lighthouses. The infamous pirate Blackbeard lost his flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, when it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet. View artifacts from the ship and experience interactive exhibits to learn about Blackbeard at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Get up close and personal with marine life at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. While you’re there, check out the 300,000-gallon tank featuring a replica of a sunken World War II German U-boat and a variety of sea life. No seaside vacation is complete without getting out onto the water. Experience a variety of sailing and fishing excursions available throughout the area such as dolphin cruises, sunset sails and sport-fishing daytrips. Visit crystalcoastnc.org to learn more. Sara Kendall is a freelance writer who loves to travel with her husband and two daughters.
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NOT-SO-PLAIN PLANE TRAVEL WITH KIDS By Katherine Kopp Planning a plane trip in the next few months? Traveling with children can be exhilarating and exhausting. Here are tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help make your family’s travel safe and stress-free. Allow extra time to get through security. Have children wear shoes and outer clothing that are easy to remove for screening. (Children younger than age 12 are no longer required to remove their shoes for routine screenings.) Bring strollers through security to be gate-checked before boarding. Talk to your children about the security screening process in advance. Let them know backpacks and stuffed toys must go through the X-ray machine, but will be returned. Bring along your own car seat or arrange for one at your destination. Airlines may allow families to bring a car seat as extra luggage at no additional charge. Children under 40 pounds are best protected when properly restrained in a Federal Aviation
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AGES 1-5: Set Imaginations Free Toddlers live somewhere between the real and imagined. They will appreciate a party during which they can set their imagination free. Host a Make a Mess party featuring spray-paint T-shirts, spaghetti-fling painting, play dough-making, nylon stockings filled with flour for “flour balls” and as much shaving cream, silly string and water as possible. End with cupcake decorating. Too stressful? Try Diggin’ for Dinos. There’s nothing a 3-yearold likes better than spouting off scientific names of dinosaurs you never knew existed. Andalgalornis, anyone? Decorate dinosaur flags and host a roaring parade. Bury plastic dinosaurs and let those young archaeologists go to work. Fill dinosaur eggs with dinosaur stickers and hide them around your garden. Draw dinosaur footprints with chalk and ask kids to follow the footprints to a treasure. Serve a Cretaceous cake covered with green frosting and decorated with rock candy, plastic dinos and plastic trees. Get the kids out of your house with a North Carolina Zoo party. Parents will enjoy walking from Africa to the Arctic, and toddlers will love the giraffes, elephants and new “BUGS, an Epic Adventure!” exhibit. Paths are paved for strollers, and parents can rent trams and strollers. The zoo offers group rates, picnic areas, a la carte goodie bags and “animal encounters.”
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AGES 6-10: Game Faces and Hands-on Fun This is prime birthday party age. The kids are old enough to make advanced crafts and enjoy conceptual games. For the sporty competitor, try an Olympics party. Have each child choose a country and decorate an Olympic uniform (T-shirt) with that country’s flag or colors. Competitions include a 100-yard dash, Javelin throw (use a broom), discus throw (use a Frisbee), archery (use a Nerf bow and arrow) and long jump. Play Olympic-themed music and award gold and silver medals for the medal ceremony. Serve Gatorade and a sheet cake with white frosting and colored M&Ms forming the five Olympic rings. For the wannabe movie star, try hosting a Make-a-Movie party. 10:03:58 AM Write a script based on a fairy tale or alien invasion, or find suitable scripts online. Provide costumes. Film kids in short bursts, so they only have to remember a couple of lines at a time. Edit the movie using iMovie or another user-friendly movie-making program, then add titles, music and credits. Serve popcorn while the kids watch the movie. Make a red-carpet red velvet cake covered with white frosting and edible gold or silver glitter. Sit back and enjoy a Zumba party. Let Susana Ramsey, a native Latin American and certified Zumba instructor offering classes in Durham and Chapel Hill, get your party started with her Zumba Kids dance party. Kids enjoy 45 minutes of dancing and instruction to a combination of current pop hits and international music. “I always mix in a little world music, things they don’t generally hear,” Ramsey says. “Latin rhythms and Bollywood beats are made for dancing.” For more information, visit susanaramsey. zumba.com. Your child isn’t a dancer? Try Mad Science, with locations in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The basic Mad Science package includes a 45-minute show and a 15-minute hands-on activity. Kids make slime, jelly worms or other scientific items. “The show has a serious ‘wow’ factor, with fire and chemical reactions and rockets,” says owner Stephenie Price. “Kids think ‘oh my gosh, that was magic.’” For more information, visit triangle.madscience.org.
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AGES 11-14: Sophisticated Soirees Birthdays are different when your child passes the age of 10. Tweens and teens want sophistication. Party themes may go by the wayside — although a couple of fun crafts can make a sleepover special. Often, a single activity becomes a theme. For example, you could: Make lip balm. Just heat almond or coconut oil with beeswax. Stir the mixture until it’s smooth and pour it into small tins. Add color using powdered blush and scent using peppermint, almond, sweet orange, vanilla or lavender oil.
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î — Set up a photo booth. Cut out cardboard props. Find templates online or create your own cardboard hats, comic strip-style â€œbubbleâ€? conversations, hairdos and mustaches. Take photos with a cellphone or camera and borrow or buy a photo printer. Buy inexpensive frames and let each guest take home his or her photo. î — Go geocaching. This â€œreal world treasure huntâ€? utilizes GPS coordinates to search for hidden caches (each team needs a handheld GPS or smartphone with a geocaching app). Go to geocaching.com to find caches in your area, or hide your own birthday-related treasures and give clues for deciphering coordinates. Have the final clue lead back to your kitchen for cake. î — Host an Iron Chef party by giving each group a basket of ingredients. Challenge them to come up with a meal item (e.g., quesadillas), then invite the parents to judge at the end of the party (donâ€™t tell who cooked what dish). You can also hire someone else do the work at Lilâ€™ Chef Kids Cooking Studios in Raleigh or Classy Kids Cook in Cary to lead a cooking class. A Classy Kids â€œCake Decorating Party,â€? for example, teaches kids to color, roll and shape fondant, to properly ice a cake and pipe on different decorative borders. â€œKids will turn to me at the end and say, â€˜We made this?â€™â€? says Manager Lauren Poulsen. Learn more at lilchefraleigh.com and classykidscook.com. Check our online party guide at carolinaparent.com/directories/ party/index.php for more great ideas. Youâ€™ll find resources categorized by entertainment, places and supplies. You can also find unique ideas on our â€œPerfect Partiesâ€? Pinterest board at pinterest.com/ carolinaparent/ perfect-parties.
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he Hudsons and the Armstrongs are off and running — or at least walking. And maybe eating a few more fruits and veggies.
Robin and Nadia Hudson work with Maria Kennedy on ways to create healthier meals. Photos courtesy of Melissa Hayes Photography
Carolina Parent is following both families as they take part in our first Fit Family Challenge, sponsored by CocaCola. For the Hudsons and Armstrongs, the idea is simple: improve overall health with the assistance of a dietitian, personal trainer and motivational coach. Robin Hudson is a single mom raising 13-year-old Nadia. She has worked as a high school teacher and paralegal, and is now a full-time graduate student. The Hudsons’ busy lives sometimes push them toward fast food and sugary snacks. And while Nadia stays active with cheerleading and dancing, Mom can’t always make time to exercise, aside from walking their dogs. The Armstrongs are a family of five. Parents Kim and David are looking for the right balance for their three kids, who are home-schooled. The lack of structured, physical education time isn’t ideal, and like most kids, George (14), William (12) and Naomi (10) have varying interests in healthy food groups. Both families are committed to discovering a healthier lifestyle, so Carolina Parent has provided them with some assistance.
Nutrition: Make Big-Impact Changes First Let’s face it, when it comes to getting fit, most of us have a hard time giving up our favorite foods. Whether we make choices for convenience, comfort or just because something is delicious, there’s always a reason we go back for more. But something has to give if you’re counting calories. Fortunately, Maria Kennedy, a registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist working with the Hudsons and Armstrongs, won’t try to make them give up everything. “I’ll try to pick the most important things for them to change and work on those things first — whatever will make the biggest impact,” Kennedy says. “In general, it’s hard to fix everything at one time. I might give them a goal a week since we don’t have a really long time to work with.” For dinner, Kennedy has advised the Hudsons and Armstrongs to keep cooking. “If you buy frozen Lean Cuisines or Healthy Choice dinners, there’s very little in them,” she says. “You could buy a box of whole grain pasta and boil it at the beginning of the week. You could add your own veggies and meat, and you’ll spend about the same if you bought five or six individual items.” continued on page 42 carolinaparent.com | MAY 2014
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Meet the Dietician Maria Kennedy, a registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist, acknowledges that families have established eating habits, so she won’t necessarily throw out our spotlight families’ daily menus. “We’ll figure out what their needs are for their lifestyle,” Kennedy says. “If you give them unrealistic goals, then it doesn’t ever work.” Both families expressed concern about making time to prepare healthy meals. Kennedy thinks a little advanced planning will help. “I’m good at helping them with ways to make things at home,” she says. “Make meals in advance so you can spread it out over the week and not just grab something that’s quick or convenient.” Learn more about Kennedy at mariakennedyrd.com.
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Meet the Personal Trainer Ryan Fahey is a member of the Certified Personal Trainer’s Network of Canada, and a canfitpro personal training specialist and fitness instructor. He is also the program manager for Be Active Kids, an interactive health program created by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina for N.C. children up to age 5 that offers tips, ideas and suggestions for young kids to develop healthy physical activity and nutrition habits. Outdoor activity is great, he says, but you can get kids moving indoors, too. “Be sure to plan ahead and be prepared with indoor activities such as hide-and-seek, cup stacking, garage ball hockey or indoor fort-building,” Fahey says. “These games are fun when kids can’t play outdoors. Remember that even though the kids are indoors, there are still plenty of ways they can be active.” Fahey blogs at wellnessnetworkblog.blogspot.com.
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Meet the Motivational Coach Cindy Goulding, a licensed professional counselor, health and wellness coach and certified personal trainer, works with both families to achieve success by setting goals. “I always like them to envision a long-term goal,” Goulding says. “Without one, they don’t know what the short-term goals are to get them there.” In her book Healthy Weight: It’s a Family Affair, she discusses barriers to good health, such as stress and busy schedules. She intends to keep both families looking ahead. “Each time we talk, we will talk about their successes and their challenges and move forward from there,” she says.
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With more mouths to feed, the Armstrongs have the challenge of serving a meal that all three kids will eat. Kennedy takes a no-nonsense approach toward handling that dilemma. “You have to be the parent. You can’t let them dictate everything,” she insists. “If Kim makes salad, chicken and rice, and they want something else, they should be responsible to get a replacement on their own. If they won’t eat the vegetable, they need to get another vegetable or a fruit. They can’t go get chips instead. It has to be nutritionally equivalent.” Kennedy understands the reality that kids won’t always embrace everything on their plate. She says it’s pointless to make kids eat something they don’t like — within reason. “But if they hate all vegetables,” she says, “then it’s time to start sampling again and re-train your palate.”
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Just as our eating habits are entrenched, so are peoples’ lifestyles. Ryan Fahey’s job is to get everyone moving. Since he is a member of the Certified Personal Trainer’s Network of Canada and a canfitpro personal training specialist and fitness instructor, he knows just how to do that. For Robin Hudson, he will encourage her to make time for herself and use it wisely. “She has such a busy schedule that she is neglecting that self time for her to engage in the outdoor environment,” he says. “I have her getting out and walking 30 minutes every day.” Eventually, Fahey wants Hudson to jog for one minute, then walk for two. Soon, she will be able to add more activity. “I would like to see some dynamic stretches that allow her to be a little
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The quintessential maxi dress. Every woman should own one, two or even three maxi dresses. They are comfortable, forgiving and can be dressed down or up. Wear them with wedges or flipflops for a casual look, or add heels and dangly earrings for a night out on the town.
Black-and-white prints. This year, fashion runways and trade shows overflowed with black-and-white combinations for spring, summer and fall. A little black dress is still a fashion necessity, but more women are choosing dresses with blackand-white prints or patterns. It’s all the rage and presents a kaleidoscope effect for the eye while offering a figureflattering look.
A colorful scarf. Brighten up drab mornings or take the pressure off dark under-eye circles with a colorful scarf. Scarves with bright prints brilliantly dress up jeans and a T-shirt or a simple white or gray sheath dress. Further simplify your look by pulling your hair back and applying bright pink or coral lipstick.
Statement jewelry. Busy moms are lucky to get a few undisturbed minutes to change and put on makeup, let alone select matching jewelry. Simplify the selection process by purchasing a few pieces of statement jewelry in basic black, white and brown. Mix in brighter colors, too. When you wear a statement necklace, don’t pair large earrings with it — and vice versa. Let only one item be the focus of attention. Statement jewelry matches any outfit and is easy to grab and put on when you are dressing in a rush.
A pair of high heels. Yes, you read that right! Every woman, including busy moms, should own a couple of pairs of high heels. Find some that are comfortable so you’ll enjoy wearing them for a night out. You’ll feel taller, leaner and sexier. Zankhna Parekh is a Triangle-based fashion designer of haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces. See her collection at zankhna.com. Photos courtesy of Zankhna Parekh and Marie Killen Photography
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Jessie’s summers have been enriched by all kinds of camps during her early years. Of course, these have not been the kinds of camps where older children go to spend a week or more away from their parents. Mattie and I couldn’t handle that yet. Instead, they are three-hour sessions over four or five consecutive days during the summer. There has been Kindermusik Camp, Kindergarten Camp, Cheer Camp for Girls, Fancy Nancy Camp, Reading Adventure Camp, Math Camp, Math and Science Camp, Soccer Camp and Basketball Camp. Wow, I wish I could have plugged into these camps as a boy. (OK, not Cheer Camp for Girls or Fancy Nancy Camp.) Her summers also include Vacation Bible School and a trip to visit our out-of-state family and friends. Not only do we have lots of pictures and video footage to capture this summer fun, we also have a box or two of the creations Jessie makes during these experiences. One day when Jessie is older or we are out of storage room, we will look through the boxes of her masterful artwork and remember the fun times she had making them. Although Jessie loves to attend camps with her friends, I hold fond memories of summer camps held right here at home. Water Camp involved squirt gun battles and watching Jessie run through the sprinklers in her bathing suit. Hey, the lawn needs watering and the girl needs a bath, so why not multitask? I’ve learned that there are major advantages to maintaining control of the hose, but sometimes she takes over and I end up soaked, instead of just mildly saturated. I’ve found that Picnic Camp can be held in a variety of settings as long as snacks are involved. We’ve held picnic camps on the garage floor, in the back of the family van with all the seats and windows down and in the bed of our pickup truck. A few coloring books, a box of crayons, paper and good books provide lots of entertainment. We’ve also hosted numerous Learning Camps inside Jessie’s tent. This is not always the easiest setting for a 6’5” man to squeeze into, but I wouldn’t miss it. It’s amazing how much
more fun math and writing are in a tent instead of at a table. I’ve found that the blood always flows back into my legs within a few minutes of the camp’s conclusion. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to convince Jessie that Nap Camp would be awesome. I’m not even going to tell our new puppy, Sadie, all the fun that’s in store for her this summer. I know Dress-up Camp (for dogs) is already scheduled. Since Sadie has previously modeled in several fashion shows and posed in all sorts of buckets, boxes and bags, it seems kinder not to let her know what she’s in for. Sadie will probably be glad when Jessie goes to some of her other camps. In the blink of an eye, summer will be over and I’ll be holding Jessie’s hand as I walk my third grader to her classroom. Of course, I’ll be toting my camera and camcorder, ready to capture memories of another first day of school. And who knows, when I get home after dropping Jessie off, I might just attend Nap Camp. I have a sneaking suspicion that Sadie will join me. Patrick Hempfing had a 20-year professional career in banking, accounting and auditing before he became a father in 2004 at age 44. He is now a full-time husband, stay-at-home dad and writer. carolinaparent.com | | MAY MAY 2014 2014 carolinaparent.com
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Festivals Serve Up a Berry Sweet Time May 3 & 17 Celebrate nature’s gift of fresh, local strawberries at two festivals this month. Central Park School for Children in Durham hosts its annual Strawberry Festival May 3, noon4 p.m., at Old North Durham Park. The event includes strawberry treats, face painting, seed planting, obstacle courses and more. Admission is free, but some activities require a ticket. Strawberry Shortcake visits the Cary Downtown Farmers Market’s Strawberry Festival May 17, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., where berry lovers can sample treats and purchase buckets of the juicy fruit. shindigsnc.com/ strawberry and caryfarmersmarket.com.
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All Aboard for National Train Day May 10 Train enthusiasts around the nation celebrate National Train Day annually at hundreds of locations across the country. This year’s event takes place May 10. Families can visit the Amtrak Cary Station from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; the New Hope Valley Railroad and North Carolina Rail Museum in New Hill from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer City from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Amtrak Selma Station from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to discover why trains matter to our towns and communities. Train rides, kids’ activities, games, food and a chance to win tickets on Amtrak round out the fun. Admission is free. nationaltrainday.com.
Cemetery Tour Highlights Residents From Generations Past May 10 Learn about the lives of former Wake Forest residents at the self-guided Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour on May 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Costumed docents will be stationed at family plots throughout the cemetery to share interesting stories about specific gravesites. Kids can pick up a search sheet to find the answers to 10 questions found on designated markers. Men in Confederate uniforms will talk about soldiers who served in the Civil War and representatives of the Wake Forest Junior ROTC will appear as color guard members in the opening ceremony. Admission is free. The rain date is May 17. wakeforestnc.gov/cemeterytour.aspx.
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Summerfest Heats Up Cary May 24 Pack a picnic and join the North Carolina Symphony for summer evenings filled with live music, instrument zoos and games at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Summerfest kicks off May 24 with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. On June 6, enjoy John Williams’ mesmerizing themes to Harry Potter, Star Wars and Superman. Acrobatic feats of wonder are set to classical masterpieces on June 14. Captain and Maria von Trapp’s great-grandchildren deliver their world-famous music on July 12 (the North Carolina Symphony will not be performing at this concert). All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Visit ncsymphony.org for details on all nine Summerfest shows and to purchase tickets. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free on the lawn.
Take the family for a fun and educational day at the 10th Annual Raleigh Tour D’Coop May 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about keeping hens and chickens and enjoy photo opportunities with the animals. A coop carnival features food trucks, live music, games and more. Proceeds benefit Urban Ministries’ mission of helping the community with hunger, health care and homelessness. Visit tourdcoop.com for a listing of coops in Raleigh and Cary. An online donation of $10 for individuals and $20 for families serves as an admission ticket to the coops.
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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. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Wake Forest along White, South Taylor and South Brooks streets. wakeforestnc.gov/meet-in-the-street.aspx.
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Fit Families in the Garden. Learn about composting and planting, and discover the benefits of working in a garden. Get fit with jump rope experts from Tri-Force of Morrisville. This is a Carolina Parent Fit Family Challenge registration and participation event. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. McDonald’s, 1830 Walnut St., Cary. carolinaparent.com/fitfamilychallenge.
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Kids Fun-Days: Dynamic Dinosaurs. Children hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. 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. townofcary.org. Little Historians: Legend of the Indian Corn. Enjoy the story of a girl who makes an amazing discovery. Make a craft. Ages 5-7. Registration required. $4/child. 1-2 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/ parks/yatesmill/pages/programs.aspx. Nearly New Kids Clothes and More Consignment Sale. Shop for clothing, shoes, toys, games, homeschool materials and baby equipment. Free. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. High House Crossing, 2791 Hwy. 55, Cary. 919-656-8124. nearlynewkidsclothes.com.
American Girl Club. Enjoy a discussion of Josefina and related activities. Free. 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. bn.com. Nature Tots: Find a Frog (or Toad). Meet amphibians and take home a fun craft. Ages 1-3 with caregiver meet 10-11 a.m. Ages 3-5 with caregiver meet 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. 919-3874342. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake/ pages/programs.aspx. Massive Saturn, Speedy Mercury. Learn about Saturn and Mercury. Take binoculars to view them. Ages 6 and older. Registration required. $5/family. 7:45-8:45 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/ parks/yatesmill/pages/programs.aspx. Nearly New Kids Clothes and More Consignment Sale. See May 1. Shabbat Together. Celebrate Shabbat with songs, creative movement,
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Afternoon Canoes. Canoe with park staff and look for signs of wildlife. Rent a park canoe or take a canoe/kayak. Ages 8 and older. Meet at the Restroom Pavilion. Registration required. $10/ canoe. 1-3 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com/parks/ harrislake/pages/programs.aspx. Art Adventures. Enjoy art in the galleries and create a take-home treasure using newly learned 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. Color the Hill 4k and Fun Run. Walk or run through a 4k course to encounter five color stations where volunteers blitz runners with a nontoxic colored powder. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. All ages. Register online. $35 ages 11 and older, $15 ages 5-10. Free for ages 4 and younger. 10 a.m. UNC Cross Country Course. Free campus shuttle available at Finley Fields, Old Mason Farm Rd. Chapel Hill. colorthehill.com. Curiosity Club: Terrific Turtles. Children satisfy their curiosity about the natural world. Ages 5-8. Registration required. $12 resident, $16 nonresident. 2-4 p.m. Stevens Nature Center/ Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. townofcary.org. Family Wildlife Series: Leaves of Three. Make a poison ivy bandana and learn the tricks for avoiding this plantâ€™s dreaded itches. All ages. Registration required. $5/family. 2-3:30 p.m. Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 919-870-
4330. wakegov.com/parks/bluejay. Natural Explorations: A May Flower Folly. Search for wildflowers in bloom and listen to flowery poems along the way. All ages. Registration required. Free. 10-11 a.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/ parks/yatesmill/ages/programs.aspx. Nearly New Kids Clothes and More Consignment Sale. See May 1. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Purple Cloth 5k and Kids Dash. Take part in a 5k or kids dash to benefit Dorcas Ministries, which assists families in crisis. Register online. $25 for the 5k, $5 for the kids dash. Kids dash begins at 8 a.m., 5k begins at 8:15 a.m. Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. sportoften.com. Thanksgiving in Spring. Celebrate Thanksgiving in spring with the longest dinner table, a bike parade, a lantern parade and an ice cream social to promote diversity, innovation and culture. All ages. Donations accepted. Free. 2-10 p.m. Downtown Durham and Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. thanksinspring.com.
Eco-Explorers: Aquatic Life. 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. townofcary.org. Guest Star Scientist: Pond Critters. Jackie Trickel from Wake County Parks discusses the critters that call ponds their home. Learn how important ponds are to the food chain. $5 ages 1-adult. 1-3 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-8344040. marbleskidsmuseum.org. Hillandale Community Fun Run-Walk and Silent Auction. Enjoy inflatables, games, food and a silent auction from 3-6 p.m., a 3k race at 4 p.m. and a 1-mile run/walk at 4:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hillandale Elementary. Register online. All ages. $10 advance race
registration, $15 onsite registration. $5 games/inflatables wristband. 3-6 p.m. Hillandale Elementary School, 2730 Hillandale Rd., Durham. 919-560-3924. hillandalepta.org.
Homeschool Day: Milling Around. Explore the mill with fun history and science activities. Ages 8-11. Registration required. $8/child. 10 a.m.-noon. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-8566675. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/ ages/programs.aspx.
Gardening from Seeds. Spend an afternoon starting seeds for the parkâ€™s native garden and take home seeds for your own garden or potted planting area. Ages 8-12. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required. $8/child. 1-3 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-3874342. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake/ pages/programs.aspx. Nature Families: Beetle Mania. Learn the life cycle of beetles and compare them to different insects. Go on a bug hunt to find beetles, use a magnifying glass to look at them and make a beetle craft. All ages. Registration required. $5/family. 11 a.m.-noon. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. wakegov.com/parks/ crowder. 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 eventsWAG@gmail.com 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. waverlyartistsgroup.com.
Nature Friends: Ladybeetles and Bugs. Learn the parts of a beetle and make a ladybug racer to discover how these tiny bugs stay in flight. Go
calendar on a bug hunt to try and spot critters munching on their favorite leaves. Ages 6-9. Registration required. $4/child. 11 a.m.-noon. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. wakegov.com/parks/crowder. Nature Watchers: Billions of Beetles. Listen to a beetle story and make your own flipping beetle. Go on a bug hunt to find beetles and bugs. Ages 3-5. Registration required. $4/child. 1-2 p.m. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. wakegov.com/ parks/crowder. Storytime for Tots: A Slug’s Life. Discover nature with a story and 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. wakegov.com/parks/ lakecrabtree/pages/default.aspx.
Eco-Express: Wetland Explorers. Take the fast track to nature in hands-on studies of nature and ecology. Ages 8-12. Registration required. $12 resident, $16 nonresident. 1-3 p.m. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. townofcary.org. Kids Fun-Days: H20 Away We Go! See May 1. Vermicomposting Workshop. Learn about vermicomposting and build a worm bin to take home. Ages 8-12. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required. $8/child. 1-3 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com/ parks/harrislake/Pages/programs.aspx.
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. mochamoms.org.
Night Out in Nature. Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, campstyle 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. townofcary.org.
Creative by Nature: The Art of Flowers. Learn how flowers are a source of colorful and artistic expression. Ages 7-10. Registration required. $12 resident, $16 nonresident. 10 a.m.-noon. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-3875980. townofcary.org. Drawing for Tweens. Explore selected works and identify skills that 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. 919-9623342. ackland.org. 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. musicexplorium.com. Reasons To Run 5k Run/Walk. Take part in a 5k to benefit 7 Billion Reasons, a global non-profit organization working to benefit impoverished children in Busia, Uganda. Enjoy food, entertainment, a bounce house and a 1-mile fun run for ages 10 and younger. Register online. All ages. $25. 8:30 a.m. Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 7billionreasons.org. WakeMed Teddy Bear Clinic. Explore the world of health care featuring fun, interactive play. Bring teddy bears or treat those at the museum. From BandAids and splints to X-rays and hugs, help cuddly friends get on the road to recovery. All ages. $5 ages 1 and older. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-8344040. events.wakemed.org.
MOTHER’S DAY Mother’s Day Tea Party May 3 – Kids and their moms enjoy a fun painting party, healthy lunch and more. Registration required. $20 members, $25 nonmembers. Additional children cost extra. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kidz Celebrate, 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-645-9799. kidzcelebrate.com.
Mother-Son Beach Party May 9 – Mothers and sons enjoy a surf simulator, refreshments, a photo book, music and activities. Register at Knightdale Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Ct., Knightdale. $25/couple, $5 additional child. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Knightdale Recreation Center, 102 Lawson Ridge Rd., Knightdale. 919-217-2232. knightdalenc.gov.
Mother’s Day Cards With Chelline Cards May 9 – Make Mother’s Day cards with paper and scissors. Ages 5 and older. Registration required. $12. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Bull City Craft, 2501 University Dr., Durham. 919-419-0800. bullcitycraft.com.
Let’s Make Brunch May 10 – Prepare a tasty brunch to enjoy or to surprise mom on Mother’s Day. Ages 7-12. Register online. $49. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Waverly Place, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Mother’s Day at Cary Downtown Farmers Market May 10 – Come to the information table and receive a flower to give to Mom. Make a special Mother’s Day card at the table sponsored by the Cary Gallery of Artists. Free. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cary Downtown Farmers Market, 135 W. Chatham St., Cary. caryfarmersmarket.com.
Saturday for Kids May 10 – Enjoy an activity and the story Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do to celebrate Mother’s Day. Free. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. bn.com.
Family Feature: Tea-riffic Moms! May 11 – Enjoy an afternoon tea party to celebrate Mother’s Day. Snack on lemonade and cookies and learn which animals make the best moms. Play outdoor games as a family and make a fun craft for your favorite mom. All ages. Registration required. $5/family. 2-3 p.m. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. wakegov.com/parks/crowder.
Mama Birds May 11 – Spend Mother’s Day learning about the parenthood of birds. Discuss the roles of male and female birds and investigate on-site nest boxes. Registration required. Free. 1-3 p.m. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3355. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/pages/default.aspx.
Moms Rock! May 11-12 – Get tips and tricks for making breakfast in bed for Mom. Create Mother’s Day presents and have fun making Mom feel like a star on her special day. $5 ages 1 and older. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org. carolinaparent.com | MAY 2014
FESTIVALS Apex Peakfest May 3 – Enjoy live music, food trucks and kids’ activities at this Salem Street festival. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Downtown Apex. apexpeakfest.com.
Ham & Yam Festival May 3 – Take the family for a day of food, live music, barbeque cookoffs, kids activities and more. Free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Smithfield. 919-934-0887. hamandyam.com.
Carrboro Day May 4 – Celebrate what makes Carrboro unique. Enjoy live music, art, games, poetry, food and more. Free. 1-6 p.m. Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-918-7364. carrboroday.com.
Ritmo Latino Music, Art and Dance Festival May 10 – Take the family for a showcase of Latino culture featuring live performances, vendors, artists, Latin foods and activities for children. Free. Noon- 5 p.m. Downtown Cary. 919-460-4963. diamanteinc.org.
Got to Be NC Festival May 16-18 – Celebrate North Carolina’s culture, music and cuisine along with a carnival. Activities include a tractor parade, racing pigs, heritage crafts, live animals and children’s activities in the Kidz Zone. Free admission; fee for some activities and areas. Noon-10 p.m. May 16; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. May 17; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. May 18. Gate hours vary and are available on the website. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. gottobencfestival.com.
Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival May 17-18 – Raleigh’s celebration of the arts includes live performances, crafts, an art market, food vendors and works from visual artists. Free. See website for times. Moore Square and Raleigh City Market, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-832-8699. raleighartsfestival.com.
Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival May 17 – Celebrate African and African-American history, culture, art and traditions. Enjoy national and local talent, ethnic food, arts and crafts, a kid’s area and community resources. Free. Noon-8 p.m. Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. durhamnc.gov.
East Meets West Festival May 17 – Morrisville’s diverse cultures come together in a celebration that features food, music, kids activities and performances. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Hall Dr., downtown Morrisville. eastmeetswestmorrisville.org.
Wheels on Academy Car Show May 17 – Cars of yesteryear and modern hotrods rule the roads in downtown Cary. Take the family to enjoy live entertainment, food and more. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 919-469-4061. townofcary.org.
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Young Ecologists: Swift Creek Adventure. Search for aquatic critters. Ages 10-13. Registration required. $12 resident, $16 nonresident. 2-4 p.m. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-3875980. townofcary.org.
Dirt Don’t Hurt. 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. wakegov.com/parks/ lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.
Music and Movement Class. Enjoy music and movement. Explore Orff and percussion instruments and do a little jumping and jamming. Ages 1-5. Registration required. Free. 10:45-11:15 a.m. Millbrook Baptist Preschool, 1519 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh. 919-876-4030. millbrookbaptistpreschool.org. Preschool Explorers: Buggin’ Out. Parent and child enjoy a family-style insect adventure. Hunt for worms, beetles and other crawlers. Take a snack. Ages 3-5. Register online. $6. 10-11:15 a.m. Schoolhouse of Wonder, West Point on the Eno, 5101-B N. Roxboro St., Durham. 919-477-2116. schoolhouseofwonder.org. Youth Painting Miles. See May 6.
Outdoor Fairy Garden. Make a whimsical fairy garden. Registration required. $25 adults, $10 child. 10 a.m. Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-239-8078. atlanticavenuegarden.com. Wee Walkers: Hoppy and Happy. Children 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. townofcary.org.
Sing! Dance! Play! Join Jammin’ Baby for musical fun and exploration. Ages birth-5. $5 ages 1-adult. 10-10:30 a.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org. Wee Walkers: Hoppy and Happy. See May 14.
Nature Nuts: Ladybugs. Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of 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. townofcary.org. What Does the Fox Say? Take an in-depth look at foxes. Enjoy songs and stories about foxes, see a fox mount and hear their calls. All ages. Registration required. $5/family. 7-8 p.m. American Tobacco Trail, 1305 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 919-3874342. wakegov.com/parks/att/pages/ programs.aspx.
Box Turtle Bonanza. Learn what you can do to be a friend to box turtles and meet some up close. All ages. Registration required. $5/family. 2-3 p.m. American Tobacco Trail, 1305 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 919-3874342. wakegov.com/parks/att/Pages/ programs.aspx. Curiosity Club: Crazy for Crayfish. See May 3. 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. townofcary.org. Junior Naturalist: Seeking Snakes and Lizards. Participants develop
calendar their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Registration required. $8 resident, $10 nonresident. 11 a.m.-noon. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. townofcary.org. Kids Get Crafty: Festive Flowers. Create flowers using recyclable materials and make a flower press using a real flower. All ages. Registration required. $4/person. 11 a.m.-noon. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. wakegovcom/parks/ crowder. Kidz Night Out. Kids enjoy a pajama slumber party, the movie Mirror Mirror, 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. 919-6459799. kidzcelebrate.com. Nature Nuts: Ladybugs. See May 16. Opera in the Pines. Enjoy a familyfriendly opera performance that features Hailey Clark, Kate Farrar and Noah Stewart. Ages 14 and younger admitted free. $37 reserved seating, $25 general admission. 7 p.m. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. ncopera.org Outdoor Fairy Garden. See May 14. 1 p.m. 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. kidzcelebrate.com. Rock Painting. Paint two rocks. Ages 10 and older. Register online. $15 plus $5 supply fee. 2-3:30 p.m. Southern Charm Gift Boutique, Cary Town Center, 1105 Walnut St., Cary. 919-233-1598. etsy.com/shop/southerncharmgifts2. Saturday for Kids. Enjoy the Dr. Seuss story Oh, the Places You’ll Go and an activity. Free. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-4673866. bn.com.
A Side of History: The Park’s 8th Anniversary. Enjoy a display on the park’s beginnings and enjoy cookies and lemonade in celebration of the park’s anniversary. All ages. Free. 1-4 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/parks/ yatesmill/pages/programs.aspx. Lerner School 5k Race/Walk. Runners and walkers of all ages take part in the school’s annual event. Dogs welcome. Register online. $25 adults, $18 youth. 8 a.m. Lerner Jewish Community Day School, 1935 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham. 919-286-5517. lernerschool.org. Numerous Newts. Search for aquatic salamanders and make a salamander craft. All ages. Meet at the amphitheater. Registration required. $5/ family. 2-3:30 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com/parks/ harrislake/pages/programs.aspx.
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. 919-9424420. theredhen.com.
Storytime at Bedford. Ages 1-5 enjoy stories. Free. 11 a.m. Bedford School of Discovery, 2601 Saint Pauls Square, Raleigh. bedfordschoolnc.com.
Little Sprouts: Silly Squirrels. Learn about these friendly mammals, gather nuts in a fun game and make a squirrelly craft to take home. Ages 3-5 with adult. Registration required. $4/child. 1-2 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/parks/ yatesmill/Pages/programs.aspx.
Sweet Peas: Buzzy Bees. Parent and child enjoy a nature theme, stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts and puppets. Ages 3-4. Registration required. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. 10-11 a.m. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
Curious Creatures: Lizards. Discover fascinating 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. 919-387-598. townofcary.org. Trail Treks: Nature’s Candy. Learn about local fruits and how they grow. Take a delicious taste test to satisfy your sugar cravings. 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. wakegov. com/parks/att/pages/programs.aspx.
Durham Mocha Moms Support Group. See May 9.
Bloom Hunt. Take part in a bloom hunt to add flowers to the Natural Resources Inventory Database. All ages. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required. $5/family. 1-3 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com/ parks/harrislake/pages/programs.aspx. Family Fishing Fun. Learn to fish the old-fashioned 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. 919-8566675. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill. Family Wildlife Series: Slippery, Slimy Salamanders. Learn about amphibians and their adaptations. Registration required. $5/family. 2-3:30 p.m. Blue
Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 919-8704330. wakegov.com/parks/bluejay. Paddle the Pond: Canoe Float. Enjoy a morning canoe float. After basic instruction, explore the pond’s many features 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. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill. Saturday for Kids: Summer Reading Kick-off. Learn about the Barnes & Noble summer reading program. Kids in grades 1-6 read eight books during the summer to earn a free book. Free. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866. bn.com. Spider Sniffing. Take a flashlight for a hike around the Old Beech Nature Trail and discover the secret art of spider sniffing. Registration required. $5/ family. 8-10 p.m. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3355. wakegov.com/parks/ lakecrabtree/pages/programs.aspx.
Family Day at the Ackland Art Museum: Words and Art. Design pop-up books and create a collaborative picture story based on a work of art. Ages 4-8 with family. Free. 2-5 p.m. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0479. ackland.org. Paddle the Pond: Canoe Float. See March 24. 11 a.m.-noon. Turtle Talk. Learn about turtles and their adaptations. Registration required. $5/ family. 1-3 p.m. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3355. wakegov.com/parks/ lakecrabtree/pages/programs.aspx.
Stars, Stripes and Celebration! Have a blast welcoming summer and celebrating the USA with Memorial Day play. Enjoy fireworks painting, rocket science and more. $5 ages 1 and older.
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Curious Creatures: Dragonflies and Damselflies. See May 22.
Nature Stories: Plant a Seed. Enjoy garden tales, games, seed dissection and planting. Register online. $4/ child. 1-2 p.m. Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 919-870-4330. wakegov.com/ parks/bluejay.
Kids Fun-Days: Calls of the Wild. See May 1. Preschool Explorers: The Wild World Outside. Parent and child enjoy a naturalist adventure in the woods. Roll logs, taste plants, investigate animal tracks and enjoy stories and songs. Ages 3-5. Register online. $6. 10-11:15 a.m. Schoolhouse of Wonder, West Point on the Eno Park, 5101-B N. Roxboro St., Durham. 919-477-2116. schoolhouseofwonder.org.
Crowder by Night: Fantastic Frogs. Listen to the chorus of frogs and toads as the sun sets. Learn fun facts about frogs and toads, play froggy bingo and make a herp hotel. Walk to the pond to hear amphibians in action. All ages. Registration required. $5/family. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Crowder District Park,
4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. wakegov.com/parks/crowder. Relay for Life. Take part in a relay to raise funds and awareness to fight cancer. The event also features entertainment and activities. Register online. All ages. Registration required. Free. 6 p.m. Leesville Road High School, 8409 Leesville Rd., Raleigh. briercreekrelay.com.
Mom and Me Upcycle Basic Jewelry Design Class. Learn the basic techniques in making earrings and bracelets. Ages 9 and older. Register online. Registration required. $15 plus $5 supply fee. 2-3:30 p.m. Southern Charm Gift Boutique, Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St., Cary. 919-233-1598. etsy. com/shop/southerncharmgifts2. Nature Stories: Plant a Seed. See May 28. 10-11 a.m. Project Dance with American Dance Festival. Discover how movement is used for expression and storytelling. Get ready to hear the beat and move your feet. $5 ages 1 and older. 1-2 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org. Walk Like MADD. Take part in MADD’s signature fundraising event to create awareness about alcohol-related crashes. Register online. All ages. $25 adults, $20 youth. Opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m. Dorothea Dix Campus, 801 Ruggles Dr., Raleigh. 919-787-6599 ext. 3755. walklikemadd.org/raleigh.
CALENDAR POLICY The Carolina Parent calendar lists local and regional activities for children and families. To submit an event for consideration, email carolinaparent.com/thingstodo/calendar/calendarform.php by the 8th of the month for the next month’s issue. Readers, please call ahead to confirm dates and times. This calendar may include some events not intended for young children.
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9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-8344040. marbleskidsmuseum.org.
1 SUNDAY Pottery Workshop for Beginners. Learn basic hand building techniques to create animal sculptures, bells and more. Ages 8 and older. Registration required. $20. 2-4 p.m. Art Adventure Studio, 107 Spring Hollow Ln., Cary. 919-233-1598. etsy.com/shop/lynnesueart.
2 MONDAY Breastfeeding Café. See May 19.
3 TUESDAY Orienteering. Learn how to find your way using only a compass and map. Ages 6-12. Registration required. $8/child. 1-3 p.m. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-2723. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/pages/default.aspx.
4 WEDNESDAY Nature Stories: Turtle Tales. Learn about turtles. Register online. $4/child. 1-2 p.m. Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 919-870-4330. wakegov.com/parks/bluejay. Storytime for Tots: What Joe Saw. 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. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/pages/default.aspx.
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