A North Carolina Bucket List for Families


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If you were born and raised in North Carolina — or are perhaps raising your own kids here — you know the possibilities for family fun are endless.

“From the mountains to the woodlands to the coast, family experiences unfold on a variety of landscapes,” says Suzanne Brown, media relations specialist for VisitNC. “We are also a state with a full range of seasons, so there’s a variety of things to do all year.”

With so many options, finding the perfect destination for your next family vacation or day trip can be a difficult decision. So to help, here are our top picks of things to do in North Carolina before your kids are grown.


1. Watch the sunset on top of Jockeys Ridge.
Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com
Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Nags Head | jockeysridgestatepark.com

There are very few spots in North Carolina where you can watch the sun set into a large body of water, but Jockey’s Ridge State Park is one of them. Through its popular Sunset on the Ridge summer program, you can climb to the top of the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern U.S. and watch the sun descend into the Roanoke Sound with the Atlantic Ocean behind you. Don’t be surprised if there’s spontaneous applause once the sun disappears. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. Arrive early to fly a kite with the kids.
Cost: Free
Nearby attractions: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Jennette’s Pier



2. Admire the blue ghost fireflies in DuPont State Recreational Forest.
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Cedar Mountain | dupontforest.com

Chasing backyard fireflies at dusk is a favorite childhood activity, but you’ve probably never seen fireflies quite like these. Instead of a yellow intermittent glow, the blue ghost fireflies of Transylvania and Henderson counties emit a steady blue glow along the forest floor. The eerie light show is only about four weeks long starting in May and disappearing by mid-June. Check the Friends of DuPont State Forest website or call for information about occasional guided tours.
Cost: Free
Nearby attractions: The forest is home to several waterfalls and is an ideal location for hiking or mountain biking.



3. See the wild horses along North Carolina's coast.
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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Corolla, Shackleford Banks, Beaufort, Ocracoke | ncwildhorses.com

North Carolina’s coast is home to several groups of wild horses: Corolla’s Wild Spanish mustangs; Beaufort’s wild horses at the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve, which descended from Banker horses (often referred to as ponies) and Quarter horses; Shackleford Banks’ wild Banker horses; and Ocracoke’s Banker horses. In general, you can see the horses for free. For example, all you need to see the horses in Corolla is a four-wheel drive vehicle so you can drive on the beach. Don’t have one? Several businesses offer four-wheel-drive guided tours. Visit ncwildhorses.com for details.
Nearby attractions: While exploring North Carolina’s coast, be sure to visit one of the many lighthouses, including these that are climbable: Currituck, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke, Cape Lookout, Oak Island and Old Baldy.



4. See a bald eagle at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.
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Apex | ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/main.php
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area has the largest population of bald eagles in the eastern U.S., and the best time to see one is during the spring migration (April-June). Arrive early morning or near dusk to increase your chances of spotting our national bird and find a location that gives you a wide view of the lake. Don’t forget your binoculars.
Cost: Free
Nearby attractions: The park offers a variety of activities such as camping, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming and more.



5. Ride a vintage steam locomotive at Tweetsie Railroad.
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Photo courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad

Blowing Rock | tweetsie.com

This popular attraction has two historic steam engines: No. 12 Tweetsie and No. 190 Yukon Queen. Both are coal-fired narrow-gauge engines and will be a highlight for train enthusiasts of all ages. After your train ride around the park, enjoy a variety of rides, midway games, gem mining, the deer park and more. Be sure to check Tweetsie’s events schedule for special appearances such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Team UmiZoomi and Scooby-Doo.
Cost: $27-$41
Nearby attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, Julian Price Memorial Park, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park



6. Take a plunge down Sliding Rock.
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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Brevard |
ncwaterfalls.com/sliding_rock1.htm
Beat the heat this summer in North Carolina’s cool mountain water. Sliding Rock is 60-foot natural waterfall/rock slide. At the base, there’s a 6-foot-deep pool for a refreshing splash at the end of your exhilarating slide. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Cost: $2
Nearby attractions: Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Brevard Music Center



7. Climb to the top of Hatteras Lighthouse.
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Buxton | nps.gov/caha

It’s a strenuous climb with 257 steps, but you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views from the top of the tallest brick lighthouse in North America. You’ll also have a great view of the lighthouse’s previous home before it was relocated in 1999. The self-guided climb is not recommended for young children because of narrow stairs and only one handrail on one side.
Cost: $4-$8
Nearby Attractions: Buxton Woods Reserve, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry



8. See "Unto These Hills" in Cherokee.
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Cherokee | cherokeehistorical.org/theatre.html

The historical outdoor drama is performed nightly (except Sundays) from late May until mid-August at the Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee. The play tells the story of the Cherokee tribe’s highest point of power, the Trail of Tears and present day. The first version of the play opened in July 1950, making the production one of the longest-running outdoor historical dramas in the U.S.
Cost: Call 866-554-4557.
Nearby attractions: Oconaluftee Indian Village, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Great Smoky Mountains National Park



9. Climb to the top of Chimney Rock.
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Photo courtesy of Chimney Rock Park

Chimney Rock | chimneyrockpark.com

Take an elevator or make the strenuous climb up 26 stories of stairs to reach the iconic monolith, which is 535 million years old. From the top, enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. While exploring the park, kids will love the discovery stations on the Great Woodland Adventure, an easy .6-mile hike to discover the lives of frogs, owls, chipmunks and more. Also, don’t miss Grady’s Animal Discovery Den with live animals, and make sure the kids visit Hickory Nut Falls, the second-highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
Cost: $7-$15; free for ages 4 and younger
Nearby attractions: Lake Lure, Broad River Gems and Mining Co.



10. See "The Lost Colony" in Manteo.
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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Manteo | thelostcolony.org
This classic musical and outdoor drama tells the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, one of the first settlements in the New World and where the first English child (Virginia Dare) was born in North America. It is the second-longest-running historical outdoor drama in the U.S. The play is performed in two one-hour acts.
Cost: $10-$30; free for ages 5 and younger
Nearby attractions: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Island Farm, North Carolina Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens



11. Take a guided horseback ride on the grounds of Biltmore Estate.
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Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estate

Asheville | Biltmore.com

Explore trails and woodlands on the grounds of this magnificent French Renaissance chateau on horseback during a one-hour guided tour. Carriage, wagon rides and private tours are also available.
Cost: Guided horseback, $55+; wagon rides, $6-$12; carriage rides, $30.
Nearby attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Arboretum, Pisgah National Forest



12. Cross the Mile-High Swinging Bridge.
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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Grandfather Mountain | grandfather.com

Crossing a 228-foot suspension bridge is not for the faint-hearted. Name for its elevation, the Mile-High Swinging Bridge spans an 80-foot chasm. Originally built in 1952, the bridge was rebuilt in 1999 using galvanized steel for the cables, rails and floor boards. While there, visit the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, 11 hiking trails and seven wildlife habitats to see deer, bald eagles, bears and more.
Cost: $9-$20; free for children age 3 and younger
Nearby attractions: Linn Cove Visitor Center, Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway



13. Visit the site of the first U.S. gold rush.
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Midland | nchistoricsites.org/reed/reed.htm

When you think of a gold rush, California immediately comes to mind, but you might be surprised to learn that the first gold rush in the U.S. occurred right here in North Carolina. Our state also led in gold production until 1848. Reed Gold Mine is now a historic site open for tours.
Cost: Mine tours are free; $3 for gold panning
Nearby attractions: Midland, a 20-minute drive from Charlotte



14. Follow the Yellow Brick Road at Autumn at Oz.
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Beech Mountain | autumnatoz.com
The first weekend in October during the Autumn at Oz festival, visitors can explore the Land of Oz, which used to be a thriving theme park that opened in 1970 and closed in 1980. See Dorothy’s farm home, experience the tornado, arrive at Oz and see the beloved cast of characters.
Cost: $35; free for children 2 and younger
Nearby attractions: Beech Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain Resort, Roan Mountain State Park, Blue Ridge Parkway



15. Visit one of Blackbeards favorite islands.
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Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Ocracoke | ocracokevillage.com
While on the island of Ocracoke, visit Teach’s Hole, a channel named for Edward Teach, the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard. Ocracoke was one of his favorite spots to drop anchor, and it’s also where he lost his life in a fierce battle. Young pirate fans will enjoy the Teach’s Hole “Blackbeard” exhibit and Pirate Specialty Shop.
Cost: Free to visit the island; small admission fee for the exhibit
Nearby attractions: Ocracoke Lighthouse, Springer’s Point Nature Preserve, Portsmouth Island, Ocracoke Ponies, Ocracoke Preservation Museum



16. Take a carriage ride through historic Wilmington.
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Wilmington | horsedrawntours.com
From April through October, horse-drawn carriage rides depart daily every 30 minutes from Market Street in historic downtown. Your adventure begins near the waterfront, and from there you’ll pass Old Wilmington’s beautiful mansions and learn about the city’s history. See the website for a November-through-March schedule.
Cost: $5-$12
Nearby attractions: USS North Carolina, Airlie Gardens, Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington Railroad Museum, Henrietta III



17. Take a rail excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
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Photo courtesy of Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Bryson City, Dillsboro | gsmr.com
Enjoy a scenic train ride with the kids! Choose from day-trip excursion packages and a variety of ticket options to explore the Nantahala Gorge and Tuckasegee River. The Nantahala excursion includes a one-hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center while the Tuckasegree trip offers a layover for shopping in Dillsboro. Be sure to check out the railroad’s special events calendar for dates that include the Dinosaur Train (based on the popular PBS “Dinosaur Train” series), Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express, The Polar Express and more.
Cost: $20-$94
Nearby attractions: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park



Myra Wright is the publisher/editor of Piedmont Parent, a sister publication of Carolina Parent and Charlotte Parent. She loves exploring the state with her husband and three kids.

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390 S. Liberty St.
W-S, NC  27101
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Greensboro, NC  27401
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Cost: Free

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2010 Coliseum Blvd.
GSO, NC
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Cost: Free

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1533 S Main St
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Cost: $16.01-$42.70

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
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Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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Cost: $25 per family for the six-week session.

Where:
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston Salem, NC  27106
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Cost: $25 per family for the six-week session.

Where:
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road
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Telephone: 336-758-5599
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Cost: Free

Where:
Kernersville Branch Library
130 E. Mountain St.
Kernersville, NC  27284
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Sponsor: Kernersville Branch Library
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Cost: Free

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201 Worth St.
Asheboro, NC  27203
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Telephone: 3336-318-6804
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Stories, songs, finger plays and coloring for toddlers and caregivers. Ages 1-3. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewisville Branch Library
6490 Shallowford Road
Lewisville, NC
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Telephone: 336-703-2940
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Join us to enjoy board games, card games and puzzles.  

Cost: Free

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Vance H. Chavis Branch
900 S. Benbow Rd
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Stories, crafts and games for school-age children focusing on the popular children's book series, The Magic Tree House. No registration required.

Cost: Free

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High Point Public Library Children's Storyroom
901 N. Main St
High Point, NC  27262
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Cost: Free

Where:
GreenHill
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Greensboro, NC  27401
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Cost: Free

Where:
Greenhill
200 N. Davie St.
GSO, NC  27401
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Cost: Free

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Walkertown Branch Library
2969 Main St.
Walkertown, NC  27051
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Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time for 60 years....

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Starr Theatre
Community Theatre of Greensboro
520 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27406
View map »


Website »

More information

Join the quest! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest® delivers important conservation...

Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
400 W. Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
View map »


Website »

More information

A frank, heartwarming and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the “Trail of Tears” to truly understand...

Cost: $16.01-$42.70

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
View map »


Website »

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Enjoy delicious carnival food, rides and more. Held in the Greensboro Coliseum parking lot, the Central Carolina Festival will feature an action-packed midway with thrill rides, games of skill and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Greensboro Coliseum
1921 W. Gate City Blvd.
Greensboro, NC  27403
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Join us for singing, dancing and stories! For ages 2 and under.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kernersville Branch Library
130 E. Mountain St.
Kernersville, NC  27284
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Sponsor: Kernersville Branch Library
Telephone: 336-703-2930
Contact Name: Stefanie Kellum
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Connect with other parents and caregivers of young children. Meet a museum educator for a kick-off activity, and then go exploring, playing, and learning in the museum together. Caregivers are...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
GSO, NC  27401
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Fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder, join us to make kindness crafts including friendship bracelets, thank you notes, and a decorated picture frame with your favorite precept.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Glenn McNairy Branch Library
4860 Lake Jeanette Road
Greensboro, NC
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Guatemalan Worry Dolls. Try this traditional Mayan craft. Use colorful yarn and clothespins to create a tiny doll. This event is for school-age children.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hemphill Branch Library
2301 West Vandalia Road
Greensboro, NC  27407
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Kids of all ages can come in and make a take home craft. Parents and teachers are also invited to learn to make easy crafts for their kids or classrooms. Call 336-703-2910 for more details.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carver School Road Branch Library
4915 Lansing Drive
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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We're going to drop two Pokemon Go lures and pull a #TBT with LEGOs. Build your favorite Pokemon while trying to catch 'em! For teens in grades 6-12.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reynolda Manor Branch Library
2839 Fairlawn Drive
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
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For adults only (21+). The Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children’s Museum is teaming up with the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, PorterHouse Burger Truck and Preyer Brewing...

Cost: Free admission. Beer, food and plants available for purchase.

Where:
The Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children's Museum
220 North Church Street
Greensboro, NC  27401
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The whole family can have fun. Bring your imagination. We'll have the Legos and ideas--if you need them.

Cost: Free

Where:
Vance H. Chavis Branch
900 S. Benbow Rd
Greensboro, NC  27406
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The contributions of jazz drummer and North Carolina native Max Lemuel Roach are the focus of a talk by Douglas Jackson, a performer and music professor. Jackson will present a multimedia...

Cost: Free

Where:
201 Worth Street
Asheboro, NC  27203


Sponsor: NC Huamnities Council and the Friends of the Library
Telephone: 336-318-6808
Contact Name: Meghan Carter
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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents a program of Bartók, Shostakovich and Mozart. CMSLC musicians include David Shifrin, clarinet; Gloria Chien, piano; Bella Hristova and...

Cost: $25 Regular/$20 Student with valid ID

Where:
Waston Hall - UNCSA
1533 S Main St
Winston Salem, NC  27127
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Sponsor: UNC School of the Arts
Telephone: 133-672-11945
Contact Name: Box Office
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Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time for 60 years....

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Starr Theatre
Community Theatre of Greensboro
520 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27406
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A frank, heartwarming and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the “Trail of Tears” to truly understand...

Cost: $16.01-$42.70

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Enjoy delicious carnival food, rides and more. Held in the Greensboro Coliseum parking lot, the Central Carolina Festival will feature an action-packed midway with thrill rides, games of skill and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Greensboro Coliseum
1921 W. Gate City Blvd.
Greensboro, NC  27403
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Join the quest! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest® delivers important conservation...

Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
400 W. Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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The Drama Center of City Arts presents “More Fun than Bowling,” a philosophical comedy by Steven Dietz. April 21-22, 27-29 at 8 p.m. and April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. In “More...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Stephen D. Hyers Theatre
200 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC
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Telephone: 336-335-6426
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Babies from birth to toddlers are welcome with their parents/caregivers. We sing songs, repeat chants and rhymes, and have a great time! Please join us. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Reynolda Manor Branch Library
2839 Fairlawn Drive NW
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
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Story time especially for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carver School Road Branch Library
4915 Lansing Drive
W-S, NC  27105
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A monthly art program for kids ages 8-12. We will study different artists and art styles and then create our own masterpieces. No registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Children's Storyroom - High Point Public Library
901 N. Main St
High Point, NC  27262
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Come on out and build with Legos. All children are welcome. Duplo Legos provided for small children. Space is limited, so large groups are asked to call ahead 336-703-2910.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carver School Road Branch Library
4915 Lansing Drive
W-S, NC  27105
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Sample foods from countries around the world. To register, call 336-703-2930. For ages 11 and under. Rm. 1.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kernersville Branch Library
130 E Mountain St
Kernersville, NC  27284
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Learn more about the agencies at Southside! Bring the entire family for an afternoon of education, entertainment, food and games.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southside Recreation Center
401 Taylor Avenue
High Point, NC  27260
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Enjoy $4 admission per person after 5 p.m.

Cost: $4

Where:
Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Sponsor: Greensboro Children's Museum
Telephone: 336-574-2898
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The Open Arms Ministry will hold a Parent’s Night Out for all foster and adoptive families. Age-appropriate activities and snacks will be provided. Volunteers are Basic Life Support (BLS)...

Cost: Free

Where:
First Christian Church Ministries
1130 N. Main St
Kernersville, NC  27284
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Sponsor: First Christian Church Ministries
Telephone: 336-996-7388
Contact Name: Carla Decoskey
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The Drama Center of City Arts presents “More Fun than Bowling,” a philosophical comedy by Steven Dietz. April 21-22, 27-29 at 8 p.m. and April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. In “More...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Stephen D. Hyers Theatre
200 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC
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Telephone: 336-335-6426
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On $4 Fun Fridays starting at 5, the usual $8 per person admission fee is cut in half. Come enjoy the museum at this amazing discounted cost 5-8 p.m. 

Where:
Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
GSO, NC
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Telephone: 336-574-2898
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Join the quest! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest® delivers important conservation...

Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
400 W. Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
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Website »

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Enjoy delicious carnival food, rides and more. Held in the Greensboro Coliseum parking lot, the Central Carolina Festival will feature an action-packed midway with thrill rides, games of skill and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Greensboro Coliseum
1921 W. Gate City Blvd.
Greensboro, NC  27403
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Website »

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A frank, heartwarming and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the “Trail of Tears” to truly understand...

Cost: $16.01-$42.70

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Website »

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Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time for 60 years....

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Starr Theatre
Community Theatre of Greensboro
520 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27406
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Have you collected a pile of stuff while spring cleaning that you want to get rid of? Sign up for a space at our yard sale fundraiser and sell your things that may become someone else’s...

Where:
First Christian Church
1130 N. Main St
Kernersville, NC  27284
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Sponsor: First Christian Church
Telephone: 336-996-7388
Contact Name: Pete Ramsey
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An event for the whole family.  Lots of food, arts, crafts and pony rides in a beautiful setting in front of Spring Arbor Assisted Living. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Spring Arbor Assisted Living
5125 Michaux Road
Greensboro, NC  27410
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Sponsor: The Original Made by Hand in the Triad
Telephone: 133-688-03060
Contact Name: Mary Thompson Jordahl
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In conjunction with Autism Unbound's 5K run at the McNairy Library, join us for Exceptional Construction (9:30 a.m.) and Sensory Storytime (10:30 a.m.), and stop by for ideas on how library...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glenn McNairy Branch Library
4860 Lake Jeanette Road
Greensboro, NC
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For Ages 5+. Get involved in your community and help make our park and city beautiful. This is a trash pick-up project at several sites throughout the city and parks around the community.

Cost: Free

Where:
Washington Terrace Park
101 Gordon Street
High Point, NC  27260
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Kids Club members receive free admission to Kaleideum Downtown on the day of the event. Stop by the Kids Club Welcome Table to pick up stickers and take-home activity sheets. Say hello to...

Cost: Free for Kids Club members

Where:
Kaleideum Downtown
390 S Liberty St
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Bring your K-5th grade children to this exciting day of fun, food and games.  EOGs are right around the corner, and we want our students to know their community supports them in their...

Cost: Free

Where:
Windsor Recreation Center
1601 E. Gate City Blvd
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Sponsor: BCDI-G
Telephone: 336-230-2138
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Come out to the Triad's biggest pregnancy, baby and parenting expo, Pregnant In The Piedmont!  Over 50 vendors focused on all things pregnancy, baby, and parenting.  Free activities...

Cost: Free

Where:
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Ctr. Conference Ctr.
3333 Silas Creek Pkway
Winston-Salem, NC  27103
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Sponsor: Piedmont Doulas
Telephone: 336-448-4114
Contact Name: Becky Hale
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High Point Friends School’s Art Committee is currently establishing its first annual art show called Art-A-PaloozA. With the help of students and staff, we aim to showcase our students’...

Cost: Free

Where:
High Point Friends School
800 A Quaker Lane
High Point, NC  27262
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This year, The Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children’s Museum is taking the plant sale across the street to LeBauer Park. We'll have a wide selection of veggie, herb and flower...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
LeBauer Park
208 N Davie St
Greensboro, NC  27401
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For Grades K-5. Lego Master Builders will be challenged to get creative, building a creation based on weekly themes. Only imagination is required to join the club

Cost: $2 per person per visit

Where:
Allen Jay Recreation Center
1073 E Springfield Road
High Point, NC  27263
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Parents, students and youth are welcome to attend weekly ‘Saturday Children’s Story Hour.’ Guests are invited to meet at the museum every Saturday at 11 a.m. to hear dynamic...

Cost: Free

Where:
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
134 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Sponsor: International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Telephone: (336) 274-9199
Contact Name: Nakia Hoskins
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The Hayes-Taylor YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active, especially during the summer. This year marks the 26th annual YMCA’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA
2630 East Florida St.
Greensboro , NC  27401
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Sponsor: Hayes-Taylor YMCA

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Join friends and neighbors for this free community festival evoking a spring afternoon in the parks of Paris. Visitors of all ages can see Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the...

Cost: Admission is free for people and poodles of all ages.

Where:
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
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Telephone: 336-758-5150
Contact Name: Reynolda House Museum of American Art
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Come out and meet your community members and first responders. There will be free food and gifts while supplies last. Join us for music, a bounce house, face painting, K9 demonstration, impaired...

Cost: Free

Where:
Creekside Park
214 Park Dr
Archdale, NC  27263
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Sponsor: Archdale Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 336-434-7314
Contact Name: Jocelyn Moon
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Parents, students and youth are welcomed to attend this weekly event. Guests are invited to hear dynamic leaders and educators from the community narrate stories and interact...

Cost: Free

Where:
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
134 S. Elm St.
GSO, NC  27401
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Sponsor: International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Telephone: 336-274-9199
Contact Name: Nakia Hoskins
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Join us in the park every Saturday for children's and family activities! Art classes, young yogi fitness classes, playtime, story time and weekly Saturday Kid's Klub events every...

Cost: Free

Where:
LeBauer Park
208 N Davie St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Bring your family and join your neighbors and friends for a movie under the stars. We will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Clemmons Food Pantry. All movies...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jerry Long YMCA
1150 S Peace Haven Road
Clemmons, NC  27012
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Sponsor: Village of Clemmons
Telephone: 336-766-7511
Contact Name: Shannon Ford
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The Piedmont Chamber Singers' spring concert will celebrate images of nature, and include texts by poets Sara Teasdale, Odell Shepard, Henry Vaughan, and others. Our feature work will be...

Cost: $5-$25

Where:
Ardmore Baptist Church
501 Miller St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27103
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Sponsor: Piedmont Chamber Singers
Telephone: 336-722-4022
Contact Name: Scott Schumpert
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Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time for 60 years....

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Starr Theatre
Community Theatre of Greensboro
520 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27406
View map »


Website »

More information

Join the quest! Learn about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how we use it and why it’s so important to use it wisely. Conservation Quest® delivers important conservation...

Cost: Included with museum admission

Where:
SciWorks
400 W. Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27105
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy delicious carnival food, rides and more. Held in the Greensboro Coliseum parking lot, the Central Carolina Festival will feature an action-packed midway with thrill rides, games of skill and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Greensboro Coliseum
1921 W. Gate City Blvd.
Greensboro, NC  27403
View map »


Website »

More information

A frank, heartwarming and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the “Trail of Tears” to truly understand...

Cost: $16.01-$42.70

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
View map »


Website »

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Follow the journey of two young siblings as they venture into an imagined world where all lost things go. Using a musical landscape and everyday objects, “Lost & Found” explores...

Cost: $7

Where:
Kaleideum Downtown
390 S Liberty Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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The Drama Center of City Arts presents “More Fun than Bowling,” a philosophical comedy by Steven Dietz. April 21-22, 27-29 at 8 p.m. and April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. In “More...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Stephen D. Hyers Theatre
200 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC
View map »


Telephone: 336-335-6426
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