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Out & About in the Triangle

Spring has sprung and there are many fun events planned in next few weeks in and around Raleigh.  So, if you have some free time and are looking for great family friendly events, here are a few worth checking into.

Dig In! A Free Event about Community Gardens – Saturday, April 17
On Saturday, April 17 at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh from 9 am to 12:30 pm.  A free event (museum admission is separate) sponsored by Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) to teach the community about the benefits of community gardens. Includes workshops, expert advice and education. Click here to learn more.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day – Saturday, April 17
At the Kerr YMCA (2500 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh) and the Kraft YMCA (8921 Holly Springs Road, Apex) from 9 am to noon. A fun-filled day of activities to promote healthy kids and families; celebrate making fitness fun; and introduce kids to an array of YMCA and WakeMed programs that teach healthy behaviors. No registration required. For more information click here. 

Cool Kidz Expo 2010 – Saturday & Sunday, April 17 & 18
At the Raleigh Convention Center. A family event featuring fun activities and cool new products.  WakeMed is the hand sanitizer sponsor and will have a booth at the event. Visit for details and ticket information.

World Vision Experience – April 25 – May 2 and May 9 – May 16
The Durham and Cary YMCAs are hosting the World Vision experience, a 3,600 square-foot exhibit resembling an African village. Visitors wear headphones and walk in the steps of a child affected by AIDS. The exhibit will be at the Durham YMCA from April 25 to May 2 and the Cary YMCA May 9 to May 16. Learn more here.

Bowties for Bandaids Benefit Gala – May 1
On Saturday, May 1 from 7 to 11 pm at Magnolia Glen in Raleigh (5301 Creedmoor Road). Sponsored by Kisco Senior Living. Proceeds benefit the WakeMed Children’s Hospital. An evening of entertainment, fine dining, beer and wine tasting, and a silent auction. To purchase tickets, visit .

Apex Peak Fest – May 1
The annual WakeMed Peak Fest that celebrates the “Peak of Good Living” will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010. This festival has grown from a small community day in a school parking lot to an event which draws hundreds of vendors and over 25,000 people to the streets of downtown Apex. Every year, the Apex Festival Commission plans a bigger and more exciting day. Click here to learn more.

Meet in the Street -May 1
On Saturday, May 1 from 10 am – 4 pm on South White Street, Downtown Wake Forest, the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Meet in the Street festival. More than 80 vendors from all over the Southeast proudly show off their handiwork at Meet In The Street.  You can find beautiful paintings, jewelry and home décor, as well as many unique handcrafted items that make this annual event a celebration of local art and artisans. Be sure to stop by the Children’s Village and come with an appetite. The entire family will be entertained by local dancers, singers and musicians on two performance stages.