A Raleigh Mom’s Guide to April 2019

There’s always something to do in around Raleigh! We’ve worked to help you keep your sanity by bringing these April activities all together in one easy guide so you don’t miss a thing! We’ll update with new additions as they come. 

A special thanks to our partners at Wake County Public Libraries for making this guide possible. Visit their website to check out the amazing monthly family programming from storytimes, workshops, events and more. Visit a location near you today!

Featured April Event: WCPL’s Storybook Ball A Raleigh Mom's Guide to April 2019 - Wake County Public Libraries' Storybook Ball

Wake County Public Libraries’ Storybook Ball 

All Storybook Balls are held on these designated Saturdays below from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Eva Perry Regional Library: April 6
  • West Regional Library: April 6
  • Northeast Regional Library: April 6
  • North Regional Library: April 6
  • Southeast Regional Library: April 13
  • East Regional Library: April 13
  • Cameron Village Regional Library: April 27

Seven regional libraries are bringing the Storybook Ball to families this month! Libraries will be opening their doors after hours for an enchanting evening of Storybook fun. Families can come dressed as their favorite storybook character or don their royal best and enjoy dancing, crafts, storytimes, classic games and much more. This is a free event for kids ages 3 years and their families. Registration is required. Click HERE to find a Storybook Ball at your nearest Wake County Public Library. Visit Wake County Public Libraries’ Storybook Ball Facebook Event Page to stay up to date on all the fun!

A Raleigh Mom's Guide to April 2019 - Bloom: An Event for New & Expecting Moms

Bloom: An Event for New & Expecting Moms | April 27th | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  | WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital

Here at Raleigh Moms Blog, we’re thrilled to be bringing our Bloom event back for the 4th year with our sponsors WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital and Davis Family Chiropractic. Whether you’re expecting for the first or third time, have a newborn at home or are working your way through the toddler years and thinking of expanding your family in the future, this event is for you. Bloom is a morning of learning, fun, and pampering! Moms will get to listen and ask questions of our expert panel, interact with local mom-focused businesses, enter to win fun giveaways, take part in a Strength and Stretch session, have their photo taken by a professional photographer at our Styled Baby Bump Photo Shoot Corner, enjoy a delicious cravings station, and so much more! It’s your one-stop-shop for all things mom!

Get your Bloom tickets HERE today. This event always sells out quickly and we don’t want you to miss out!

Here is a list of April events happening in and around the Raleigh area. Know of an event that we forgot? Leave it in the comments and we will be sure to add it to the list.

*Events are subject to change. Be sure to click on the event link to verify date and time.

North Carolina Science Festival  |  April 1st – 30th

North Carolina’s biggest celebration of science is back for the 9th year! Families can enjoy a full month of exciting hands-on activities and events exploring science, technology, engineering, mathematics and more. Special events are planned all across the state including right here in the Triangle for all ages. Visit their website to learn more. 

Sensory-Friendly Screening: Fly Me to the Moon (2008)   |  April 5th |  NC Museum of History, Raleigh

Families can enjoy a sensory-friendly screening of Fly Me to the Moon (2008).  Guests are free to move and engage with the film at any time of the screening. This program will feature auditorium lights up and the movie’s sound down.  A limited supply of Cool Down Kits, featuring sensory-friendly toys will be available at the Front Desk. Free event; registration is required.

20th Annual Frog Fest  |  April 6th  |  Crowder County Park, Apex

Participate in some froggy family fun at this year’s Frog Fest event! Learn about frogs and the clean water we all need. Enjoy crafts, games, live music, and tasty food from local food trucks. Meet and greet with live frogs and reptiles. Free event for all ages. Registration is not required. 

Raulston Blooms! : A Garden Festival for All Ages  | April 6th  |  JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh

Families will enjoy a day packed with garden and nature activities, shopping, and outdoor fun.

Southern Women’s Show  | April 12th – 14th |  NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Grab your besties and head out to the Southern Women’s Show at the NC State Fairgrounds for a weekend of boutique shopping, fashions shows, workshops, celebrity meet & greets, gourmet food sampling, health & beauty trends and more.

Make sure you’re following us on Instagram for a ticket giveaway to the Southern Women’s Show!

Spring Fling & Adult Egg Hunt  |  April 13th  |  Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh

(This is a kid-free event!) Get ready for an epic egg hunt with 20,000 eggs, inflatables, and lawn games! Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy food trucks, ice cream, and local beer.  Tickets are free; registration is required. 


Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival  |  April 13th  |  Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

Join the largest NC wine festival in the Triangle. Over 200 wines from 22+ NC wineries, live music, festival eats, arts and crafts, gourmet items, a kids zone and more. This is a ticketed event. 

Spring EGGstravaganza  |  April 13th |  Lake Benson Park, Garner

Egg Hunts for all ages, Easter Bunny photo opportunities, food vendors, crafts, games, music and more! This is a free family event. 

Raleigh Parks Egg Hunts  |  April 13th  |  Raleigh Community Centers

Join local Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources for a morning of Egg Hunt fun and healthy treats. This is a free event for families. Registration is not required. Learn more HERE.

A Raleigh Mom's Guide to April 2019 - Marbles Kids Museum's River Playway Exhibit

River Playway at Marbles Kids Museum Photo Credit: Marbles Kids Museum

River Playway  |  Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

Have you seen Marbles newest exhibit – the River Playway?  This imaginative space allows museum-goers to immerse themselves in the Neuse River Basin by playing as River Rangers, dressing up as beavers and more. Kids will enjoy exploring the River Playway…spotting native species of plant and animals, “splashing” with fish along an interactive floor, building a beaver dam and climbing the lookout tower to overlook the wildlife habitat.

Triangle SciTech Expo 2019  |  April 13th  |  NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

Leaders in SciTech Fields are bringing engaging and hands-on activities and exhibits to actively spark interest in STEM fields. This expo is for all ages to build excitement for science and technology.

Little Explorers – EGGcellent Adventures  |  April 16th  |  Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh

What’s in an egg? Preschoolers can find out with this EGGcellent program featuring the many animals who begin life in an egg! Stories, songs, games, and crafts await your little learner. This program is for children ages 2-6 only. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

A Raleigh Mom's Guide to April 2019 - NC Museum of Art's Family Campout & Movie Event

NCMA’s Family Campout & Movie Photo Credit: NCMA

Family Campout & Movie |   April 27th  |  NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

Bring your tent, sleeping bags, and sense of adventure for a fun-filled evening under the stars. This year’s campout is bird-themed in honor of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America. Enjoy burgers and hot dogs, art-making activities, and a screening of Rio (PG). Wake up to doughnuts, coffee, and activities before packing out. Preregistration is required. Registration and waiver form, in addition to purchasing a ticket, are all required by April 19. 

Don’t forget to visit NCMA’s Weekend Family Friendly Tours: Adventures in Art and Family Fun Saturdays: Powder My Wig.

Letterland Day at Pullen Park  |  April 27th  |  Pullen Park, Raleigh

If you have a Wake County preschooler or early school age student you’ve probably heard them mention Firefighter Fred, Annie Apple or Clever Cat – all characters from the popular Letterland literacy program. Letterland brings letters to life by turning them into colorful characters, each with their own personality and stories that go along with their sounds.

Families will enjoy a free program where Pullen Park will be transformed into Letterland.  Children will be welcomed by Letterland characters, hunt for letters in their Letterland Passport Books, enjoy a Letterland parade, face painting and more. Registration is not required.

Brewgaloo  |  April 26th –  27th  |  Downtown Raleigh – City Plaza and Fayetteville Street

Grab your besties and enjoy Shop Local Raleigh’s annual Craft Beer Festival featuring samples of NC craft beers, food trucks, live music, local vendors and more. This is a ticketed event. Designated Drivers need not purchase tickets. 

Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival  |  April 27th  |  Bond Park, Cary

The Town of Cary’s annual arts and crafts festival features over 170 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food, and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. Spring Daze features the best of North Carolina’s diverse arts and crafts community.

Piedmont Farm Tour  |  April 27th – 28th  

Meet local farmers and tour over 40+ local farms across Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Guilford, Johnston, Orange, Person, and Wake Counties. Visitors can pet baby animals, smell the flowers, and devour delicious fruits, mushrooms, veggies, dairy, and meat produced in the Piedmont! A Farm Pass is needed to tour. Learn more HERE.

Earth Day Festival  |  April 28th  | Durham Central Park

Enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities, shopping with local vendors, a kids zone and more. 

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