I’m Bored. There’s Nothing To Do. What’s Going On? … Do you dislike hearing these words as much as I do? One reason they make me cringe is that “Nothing to do” is not true–at least for those of us fortunate enough to call the greater Raleigh and North Carolina Triangle area home.
One of my favorite parts of being the Raleigh Local Coordinator for InterExchange Au Pair USA is being a “Cultural Guide” to introduce au pairs and Host Families to activities and cultural opportunities in the greater Raleigh area. I do my best to take that role seriously, and am always on the lookout for new and exciting places and activities to explore. InterExchange Au Pair USA is a non-profit organization committed to Cultural Exchange and International Understanding. Au pairs come to live with Host Families in the Raleigh area, provide up to 45 hours a week of childcare, and make memories that last a lifetime. InterExchange creates opportunities for au pairs from about 40 countries around the world and Host Families in the greater Raleigh and Chapel Hill-Durham areas to experience life-changing international cultural exchange opportunities.
In order to help you find out what is going on in the NC Triangle and beyond, I thought it would be helpful to create a database of links. The sites listed below are ones I’ve discovered over the past few years. There are so many resources to learn about Raleigh area opportunities. What are your favorite resources for community activities? If you know of a resources I have neglected to mention, please let me know at SMiller@LC.InterExchange.org and I’ll add it to this list!
Children and Family Activities
Carolina Parent offers monthly free magazines, websites, emails, and more. They also publish the GPS: GO. Play. See. Annual event guide, Camp Directories, School Resources, and more. You can find their magazines and regional resource guides in the “Free Magazine Rack” near most grocery store entrances.
Little Go Peek offers a searchable list of activities, events, and opportunities like camps by topic and zipcode. They also offer a free weekly newsletter.
Macaroni Kid offers both a website and weekly email list for subscribers. We have two editions in this area: North Raleigh and South Raleigh/Cary/Apex/Holly Springs. Click on “Subscribe” in the Menu bar to receive the free emails with activities, events, and crafts.
Mom in Chapel Hill is a blog focused on activities in and around Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. They sent out a free monthly newsletter of events and activities.
Social Butterflies is a website and free monthly email with activities and events for the whole family.Click on “Subscribe” in the menu to sign up for the emails.
The Stir Crazy mom’s Guide to Durham explores life in the Bull City and reviews things to do, places to go, and restaurants to try.
I’m Suzanne Miller and I’m the InterExchange Au Pair USA Local Coordinator for the Raleigh area. I grew up in the Winston-Salem area and moved to Raleigh to attend Meredith College. I met my husband-to-be, Steven, in Pennsylvania during grad school, and we’ve lived in Raleigh since 2008. When I’m not chasing around my toddler, I love reading, blogging, or visiting museums. I’m also a big fan of U2, documentaries, and Settlers of Catan.