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Baseball & TBall   

Martial Arts
Basketball Music
Bowling Parks and Playgrounds
Camps Recreation Organizations
Clubs Science and Nature
Dance & Yoga Skiing (Winter)
Kids' Football & Cheer Soccer
Frisbee Disc Golf Swimming
Golf Tennis
Gymnastics & Cheerleading Theatre
Horseback Riding  
Ice Skating & Roller Skating  

(For spectator sports entertainment please see the CHillKids Guide to Local Sports Events.)

 
 Baseball
BASE HITS INDOOR BATTING CAGE
Off 15-501 north of Pittsboro. (Located at 2985 15/501 North, just past the traffic signal near Northwood High School
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Indoor batting and pitching cages, with accommodations for individual or team practice sessions.  Four batting cages and six pitching machines for softball and baseball, and two hitting stations in back; professional-grade Astro-turf.  Hours Mon. - Fri.: 3:30 - 8 pm , Sat.: 10am-6pm. (Call for updated hours/days.)
(919) 545-BAT1.

YOUTH BASKETBALL PROGRAM - Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department 
For ages 6-15 (as of Jan. 1, 2006).  Open registration will take place on Sept. 6 or Orange County residents; non-Orange County residents can register beginning Monday, September 12.  The Program fee is $48 for Orange County residents and $84 for non-Orange County residents.
(919) 918-7364.


SOUTH DURHAM LITTLE LEAGUE (Durham/Chapel Hill)
South Durham Little League offers youth baseball to children ages 7-16.
(919) 971-8121.

CHAPEL HILL - CARRBORO YMCA T-BALL
TBall & Baseball for Ages 3-4 (co-ed); Ages 5-6 (co-ed); Ages 7-8 (co-ed)(
919) 942-5156.

GRAND SLAM USA
Western Blvd., Raleigh
Indoor sport center features batting cages, basketball, arcade, food and pro shop.  Open daily (rain or shine) from 10am-10pm.
(919) 233-7522.

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 Basketball
 

i9 Sports YOUTH BASKETBALL Program

i9 Sports' Basketball Program will be played on Saturday Mornings (Fall 2012 & Winter/Spring 2013) on the 2001 NCAA Final 4 Floor at the Emily K Center in downtown Durham, NC.

Tentative Dates** for Fall & Winter 2013:

Fall 2012: Saturday mornings from October 20th-December 15th on the 2001 NCAA Final 4 floor at the Emily K Center in downtown Durham.

Winter/Spring 2013: Saturday mornings from February 2nd-March 23rd** on the 2001 NCAA Final 4 floor at the Emily K Center in downtown Durham.

** Visit the i9 Website for Info & Registration

More about i9 Sports: i9 Sports programs do not require tryouts, all players get equal playing time regardless of skill level, and i9 Sports always has a staff member at the facility. There is only a one day a week time commitment (practice and games on the same day), and all coaches are background checked. The i9 Sports programs are designed to allow you to have more family time, by meeting only one day a week. i9 Sports also focuses on good sportsmanship for all! Each week the children are taught a sportsmanship lesson and have the opportunity to win a sportsmanship medal. Visit the i9 Sports Chapel Hill & Durham website for more information about i9 Youth Sports in Chapel Hill, Durham and RTP.

(919) 425-2105.


CHAPEL HILL - CARRBORO YMCA BASKETBALL
(
919) 942-5156.

YOUTH BASKETBALL SUMMER LEAGUES - CHAPEL HILL PARKS & RECREATION 
(919) 968-2784.


Private Basketball Training with Durham Panthers Basketball Coaches
Private coaching/training in shooting, dribbling, defending, mental & physical toughness and character building.  They will come to you if you have a goal; otherwise they will supply the location.  Twice a week, based on your schedule.  Ages 7 to 17 years.
"Our purpose is to help kids who have been cut from their middle/high school team make the team the following year and kids who haven't started middle school to NEVER get cut."
For more info:  (919) 824-1046 - ask for Coach Smith
Email:  burnunit@nc.rr.com

 

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 Bowling

AMF Durham Lanes
4508 Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham
(919) 489-9154.


Mardi Gras Bowling
6118 Farrington Road Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 489-1230.

Village Lanes Durham
330 N Hardee St, Durham, NC 27703
(919) 682-9145.

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 Camps
 CHillKids Guide to Camps.

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 Clubs
Orange County 4-H
Four-H works towards helping kids acquire the knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society. The central theme of 4-H education is "learn by doing." Participants are ages 5 to 19.
306-E Revere Rd., PO Box 8181, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
www.ces.ncsu.edu/orange/
(919) 245-2050

Durham County 4-H
www.ces.ncsu.edu/durham/youthdevelopment/4h/index.html


BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Occoneechee Council 421
3231 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh, NC 27629-1229
www.campdurant.com/
(919) 872-4884

JOHN AVERY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Since 1939, the John Avery Boys & Girls Club teaches and serves "to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens."  The Club concentrates on children from disadvantaged circumstances, offering a sense of belonging and the tools to make positive choices to each child that comes to the club.
511 Grant Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701.  Click here for locations.
www.johnavery.org
(919) 687-4517.

GIRL SCOUTS
Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, Inc
Raleigh, North Carolina 27613-4538
Local Girl Scouts: www.pinesofcarolina.org
National Girl Scouts: www.girlscouts.org
(919) 782-3021.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT
Local arm of national organization dedicated to developing youth leadership and knowledge of business.
402 E Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601-1542
(919) 821-2100.

MICHAEL'S ARTS AND CRAFTS
National chain offers craft supplies, classes, craft parties, and a weekly crafting club for kids on Saturday mornings.
See the Michael's Kids Club schedule for more information.  Located at New Hope Commons Shopping Center, 5422 New Hope Commons Drive, Durham 27707 (off 15-501).
www.Michaels.com
(919) 490-4945.

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 Dance & Yoga
 
BALLET SCHOOL OF CHAPEL HILL
Dance classes for girls, boys and adults (ballet, jazz, rhythm tap, modern dance); fencing; annual spring performances; summer camps; 3 studios with sprung floors, parent observation areas.
1603 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 27514.

www.balletschoolofchapelhill.com
(919) 942-1339.

CARRBORO YOGA COMPANY
Yoga classes for beginners and pros, including classes for children ages 3-8 and Mommy and Baby Post-Natal Yoga.  Also now offering Youth Tai Chi classes for children ages 8-12 and 13-17.  Click link for the class schedule and more information.
Carr Mill, 200 N. Greensboro St., Suite D1.
www.mycyco.com 
(919) 933-2921


DANCENTRE
In its sixteenth year, Dancentre provides quality dance classes which encourage students to pursue dance as a lifelong activity. Dancentre offers classes in creative movement, ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance.
1714 Legion Road, P.O. Box 16364, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
www.dancentre.net/
(919) 967-4100.


ENCORE ACADEMY OF DANCE
Dance classes (classical ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, tumbling, birthday parties, summer camps.
Loehmann's Plaza, 1821 Hillandale Rd., Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-5048.


HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL OF DANCE
Dance classes for children and adults (tap, ballet, acrobatics, jazz).  Home of the Children's Ballet Co. of Hillsborough & HSD Dance Ensemble.
Located off New Hwy 86, 2818 Beckett's Ridge Dr. Hillsborough, NC.
(919) 732-6085. 


INIS CAIRDE SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE (further afield in Raleigh; now also offers classes in Chapel Hill)
Offering Irish dance classes in Raleigh since 1999; classes also offered in Chapel Hill & Durham.
www.iniscairde.com
(919) 844-8002.


Triangle Youth Ballet
Ballet classes for children and youths; annual
Nutcracker Ballet performancesBallet classes for children and youths; annual Nutcracker Ballet performances Ballet classes for children and youths; annual Nutcracker Ballet performances.
1708 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill 27514
www.triangleyouthballet.org
(919) 932-2676.


THE LITTLE GYM of DURHAM/CHAPEL HILL
Dance, gymnastics, martial arts, summer camps, and tumbling for children as young as a few months old on through the grade school years. Instruction provided by trained and experienced staff. Private birthday parties by appointment.
2501 University Dr., Suite 8, Durham, NC 27707.
www.tlgdurham-chapelhillnc.com/
(919) 403-5437.

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Football & Cheer Programs

i9 Sports Flag Football and Cheer Programs

Chapel Hill: i9 Sports CHAPEL HILL Flag Football and Cheer Programs locations include Saturday mornings at East Chapel Hill High School; check the i9 website for updated info/locations/times.

Durham: i9 Sports DURHAM Flag Football, Soccer and Cheer Programs ; check the i9 website for updated info/locations/times.

More about i9 Sports: i9 Sports programs do not require tryouts, all players get equal playing time regardless of skill level, and i9 Sports always has a staff member at the facility. There is only a one day a week time commitment (practice and games on the same day), and all coaches are background checked. The i9 Sports programs are designed to allow you to have more family time, by meeting only one day a week. i9 Sports also focuses on good sportsmanship for all! Each week the children are taught a sportsmanship lesson and have the opportunity to win a sportsmanship medal. Visit the i9 Sports Chapel Hill & Durham website for more information about i9 Youth Sports in Chapel Hill, Durham and RTP.

(919) 425-2105.


Orange County Pop Warner Football Program for Ages 5-16 (Convenient to Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough)

Orange County Pop Warner Football & Cheer Programs for ages 5-16

First come, first served. Strict age & weight matrix. Background checks and certifications for all coaches. OCPW issues all equipment and uniforms (except footwear).

Season begins on August 1st; all practices held at Cane Creek Baptist Activities Center Field.

Visit www.orangecountypopwarner.com for registration info.

More about Pop Warner from the website:

"The Nation's Largest & Oldest Youth Football and Cheer & Dance Organization Since 1929!

NO TRYOUTS! ? Pop Warner programs have no tryouts or cutting of rosters!

Programs in 42 States & 7 Countries ? Pop Warner has active programs in 42 states and 7 different countries.

More than just athletes! ? Pop Warner is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play.

Little Scholars Program ? Pop Warner is the only national youth sports organization in America that rewards its members for their outstanding performance in the classroom.

Stability ? Pop Warner is the oldest national youth football and cheerleading organization in the world. Founded in 1929 by Joe Tomlin and named after Glenn Scobie ?Pop? Warner, we now have over 140 leagues and over 425,000 members."

(919) 967-7912


Frisbee Disc Golf

Local Chapel Hill Durham Raleigh Disc Golf /Frisbee Golf Courses:

Carolina Adventures Frisbee Disc Golf Course (Course Home Page) (UNC Outdoor Education Center at the former Chapel Hill Country Club) - combination of woods and open spaces for long throws in the open; hills and a pond to navigate.  Directions: I-40 to NC 54 to Chapel Hill, straight past the 15-501 overpass, uphill toward UNC Campus, left at 1st light on Country Club Rd., 3rd right into Center, 1st tee at top of hill.  (919) 962-4179.

Valley Springs Park, Durham, NC  Directions: I-85 west of Durham to Cole Mill Rd. exit, north to a right on Rose of Sharon, then 0.5 miles to a left on Valley Springs Rd., 0.25 mile to park on left. 1st tee by ball fields.  (919) 419-4430.

Cornwallis Road ParkDirections: I-85 to 15-501 Bypass, south to Cornwallis Rd., left 0.5 mile to Wade Rd., right to park.  Website: www.itsco.com/dbeckwith/discgolf.html (919) 419-4430.

Harris Lake (Buckhorn at Harris Lake County Park)  Directions: From Raleigh take US 1 south to the New Hill exit (#89). Turn left on New Hill-Holleman Rd. toward power plant, 2.5 miles south to entrance on right. Course is midway into park with gravel parking lot on the right.  Websites: www.wakegov.com/county/parks/default.htm and 
www.radl.biz/Courses/BUCKHORN/main.htm 
(919) 812-0340.

Kentwood  Directions:  440 Beltline to Western Blvd., NCSU Exit, right on Kent then right on Kaplan, course on left.  Website:  www.radl.biz  (919) 303-5328

Cedar Hills Rotary Park  Directions: 440 Beltline to Six Forks Rd., north 2.5 miles to right on Millbrook. 1 mile to left on Sweetbriar, dead ends into course parking lot. 1st tee near picnic shelter.  Website info.  (919) 301-6340.

Disc Golf Links:
Durham and Orange County Recreational Disc Association
Raleigh Area Disc League
www.pdga.com (Professional Disc Golf Association Web site)

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 Golf
 

GOVERNOR'S CLUB
27 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus.  The golf course follows the contours of Edwards Mountain, winding around lakes and woodlands and through the Governors Club neighborhoods.
www.governorsclub.com/
Governors Club Pro Shop: (919) 918-7214


OCCONEECHEE GOLF CLUB
1500 Lawrence Road, Hillsborough, NC (Located near I-85 and the interchange with U.S. 70).
The Occoneechee Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole course located near the historic town of Hillsborough, minutes from Chapel Hill.
www.occoneechee.com/
(919) 732-3435.


THE PRESERVE AT JORDAN LAKE GOLF CLUB
The Preserve at Jordan Lake golf course is adjacent to Jordan Lake.  Designed by PGA Tour Champion Davis Love III, the course integrates the natural terrain to create a beautiful setting for golf players of many skill levels.
www.thepreserve.ws/golf.html
(919) 545-8811.


PUTT-PUTT GOLF FUN CENTER
4020 Tryon Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.  
Mini-golf for all ages.  Hours: Mon.?Thurs. 10 am - 10 pm; Fri.?Sat. 10 am - Midnight; Sun. 11 am ? 10 pm
(919) 832-2222.

SOUTHWICK (PUBLIC) GOLF COURSE
3136 Southwick Drive Graham, NC 27253.
So
uthwick Golf Course is an 18 hole public golf course sited on the banks of the Haw River, boasting beautiful views and a challenging game.  Southwick also offers two, week-long junior golf camps twice a year for boy and girls, ages 8 to 17, regardless of skill level. Each student receives 20 hours of supervised instruction by veteran PGA Professionals Mark Hopkins and Scott Perry, among others.  Click here for more information. 
www.southwickgolf.com/
Pro Shop: (336) 227-2582 


UNC's FINLEY GOLF COURSE
UNC Finley is an enjoyable course for all levels of skill.  For more information, visit www.tarheelblue.collegesports.com/finley/unc-finley.html

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 Gymnastics and Cheerleading
Durham and Hillsborough: 
BULL CITY GYMNASTICS
4324 S. Alston Ave. #103, Durham, NC
New 14,000-square-foot gymnastics facility in Durham offers recreational classes for boys and girls ages 18 months and up.  (Competitive Team levels 4 through elite).
(919) 544-6021.

Faulkner's Dance & Gymnastics, Inc. - NEW LOCATION May 2009
205 Millstone Drive, Hillsborough, NC
Dance, gymnastics in Olympic-quality facilities - brand new building and facilities!

 


THE LITTLE GYM of DURHAM/CHAPEL HILL
2501 University Dr., Suite 8, Durham, NC 27707.
Dance, gymnastics, martial arts, summer camps, and tumbling for children as young as a few months old on through the grade school years. Instruction provided by trained and experienced staff. Private birthday parties by appointment.
www.tlgdurham-chapelhillnc.com/
(919) 403-5437.

TRIANGLE SPORTSPLEX
1 Dan Kidd Dr
(US70A) Meadowlands Business Park, Hillsborough 27278
Ice rink, swimming pool and aerobics classes.
(919) 644-8222.

Further afield:
CHAMPION CHEER & DANCE  (further afield) Raleigh, NC
Offers All-star competition teams (K-12), cheerleading classes (K-12), private lessons, tumbling classes, squad choreography and more.  Participants are ages 5 to 19.
www.championcheer.com
(919) 851-5436.


GYMCAROLINA GYMNASTICS ACADEMY 
(further afield) 9321 Leesville Rd., Raleigh,  NC  27613
Gymnastics classes for children 12 months - teens, Summer Camps, Tumble & Cheer Camps, Birthday Parties
www.gymcarolina.com
(919) 848-7988.


IMPACT ATHLETICS
(further afield) 280 Towerview Court, Cary, NC  27513
("Largest cheer & gymnastics training center on the East Coast," indoor pool, swim team, classes, parent & tot; two state-of-the-art fitness rooms, Bear Rock Cafe, free fitness classes for 8 - 12 year old 5 days a week)
website:  www.impactathleticsnc.com
(919) 467-2281.

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 Horseback Riding
 

Blue Skies of Mapleview Horsemanship Classes & Summer Camp 3609 Pasture Rd., Hillsborough, NC  27278
Located near the original Mapleview Ice Cream (from Chapel Hill Homestead Rd./MLK Historic Airport Rd. intersection go straight on Homestead all the way to Mapleview Ice Cream; Blue Skies of Mapleview is only a few minutes away from Mapleview Ice Cream.)

In addition to riding classes throughout the year, and Women's Intuitive riding classes, Blue Skies of Mapleview offers week-long Summer Day Camps where campers learn about horsemanship, go on trail rides, play games, work on horse-theme crafts projects, swim in the pool, and have a wonderful time!

 

 

 

 

 

Why We LOVE Blue Skies of Mapleview Camp
 

Read our blog about Blue SKies of Mapleview Horse Camp

www.BlueskiesMapleview.us
(919) 933-1444


HARMONY FARM STABLES, 8112 Old Highway 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Mon-Sat, 9am- 6pm
Harmony Farm, Inc. is a full-service stable conveniently located just minutes from Chapel Hill, Durham, and RTP.  Harmony Farm offers riding lessons (ages 6 though adult), beginner through advanced, Summer day camps, Boarding, Training, Sales, Showing.
www.harmonyfarmstable.citysearch.com/
(919) 929-6436

 


OM RANCH STABLES, 2425 Emerson Cook Rd, Pittsboro, NC
Horse Back Riding lessons; dressage, therapeutic riding.
www.omranchstables.com
(919) 656-1156.

Cedar Hill Farms (further afield, in Moncure, NC - past Pittsboro)
5763 NC 87 South, Moncure, NC  27559
Offers year-round riding lessons for all levels; hunter, jumper, dressage; school horses available. 
(919) 545-2229.

J&H STABLES (further afield, adjacent to the William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh)
Offers year-round lessons (ages 7 and up), camps (kids 8 and up), trail rides for all ages, birthday parties, horse sales, training, boarding, trailer sales and rentals.  Over 100 horses and over 100 acres and extensive riding trails.
www.jhstables.citysearch.com
(919) 782-9830.

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 Martial Arts
 
KOTOX Taekwondo America
KOTOX offers classes
in the Korean Martial Art of Taekwondo for children and adults, Teacher Work Day Camps, Summer Camps, Birthday Parties and Private Lessons.

KOTOX Tae Kwon Do Classes:
TINY TOX - Pre-Tae Kwon Do for little ones! Fun body movements, jumping, kicking, punching and rolling to the music.
KIDS - Flexibility, Respect, Responsibility, Positive Attitude, Self Motivation
FAMILY - Families who kick together, bond together!
ADULT - Increase flexibility, reduce stress, improve reflexes and coordination.

Kotox Taekwondo Teacher Work Day Camps:

HAPKIDO classes coming soon!

Editor's Note: We have seen Kotox Tae Kwon Do in action when they have performed at local school events, and both the kids in the classes and the kids and adults in the audience have a great time! It is impressive to see the children concentrating and focused on their Tae Kwon Do moves.

602 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, NC 27510
www.kotoxtkd.com

(919) 240-5532

Click here for More Kids Martial Arts Classes

CARRBORO YOGA COMPANY
Youth Tai Chi classes for children and yoga classes for beginners and pros, including Yoga classes for children ages and Mommy and Baby Post-Natal Yoga.  Click link for the class schedule and more information.
Carr Mill, 200 N. Greensboro St., Suite D1.
www.mycyco.com 
(919) 933-2921


TAE KWON DO AMERICA (further afield in Cary and North Raleigh)
Martial arts for family fitness.
North Raleigh, 8111 Creedmoor Rd. (919) 846-6578 and Cary (919) 427-2091

THE LITTLE GYM of DURHAM/CHAPEL HILL
Dance, gymnastics, martial arts, summer camps, and tumbling for children as young as a few months old on through the grade school years. Instruction provided by trained and experienced staff. Private birthday parties by appointment.
2501 University Dr., Suite 8, Durham, NC 27707.
www.tlgdurham-chapelhillnc.com/
(919) 403-5437.

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 Music
 
See the CHillKids Guide to Kids' Classes & Activities for music lesson listings.

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 Parks & Playgrounds
 Please see the CHillKids Guide to Parks & Playgrounds.
Indoor Play
From September through Spring, Toddler Play Indoor Playtime is available at the following locations/times in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  (A great idea especially when the weather is cold or rainy!):

Chapel Hill Community Center Parent-Tot Morning Extravaganza (in the Community Center gymnasium)
Monday - Friday, 10am - Noon through April 21; Free.
Toys are available for toddlers to play with, and you can also bring your own toys that won't scratch the floor.
(919) 968-2716

Carrboro Century Center Toddler Preschool Playtime (for children 5 years old and younger) in the Century Hall.
Tuesdays, 10am - 11:30am through May 16 (no playtime on March 7); $2 per child
Tumbling mat, toys, and music provided; also some directed activities.

 

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 Recreation Organizations

CARRBORO RECREATION & PARKS DEPT.
Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., 27510.  Office hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm, closed on major holidays.
www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/departments/rp
(919) 918-7364.

CHAPEL HILL PARKS & RECREATION DEPT.
200 Plant Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514.  Office hours: 8:30am-5pm, Mon. - Fri., closed holidays.
www.chapelhillparks.org
(919) 968-2784.

ORANGE COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION
Central Recreation Center, 300 West Tryon St, P.O. Box 8181, Hillsborough NC, 27278.
Office hours: Mon.- Fri, 8am - 5pm.
www.co.orange.nc.us/RecParks/
(919) 245-2660.

DURHAM PARKS & RECREATION & RECREATION
www.ci.durham.nc.us/departments/parks/rec_centers.cfm

CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO YMCA
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA offers several children's programs including half-day preschool, YMCA children's center, after-school day care, Y-Guides and Y-Princesses, and summer day camps.
980 Airport Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
www.chcymca.org


YMCA OF THE TRIANGLE AREA - Downtown Durham
Hours: M-Th 5:30am - 10pm; Fri. 5:30am - 9pm; Sat. 8:00am - 5pm; Sun. 1:00pm - 5pm.
215 Morgan St., Durham, NC
www.ymcatriangle.org/Downtown_Durham.aspx
(919) 667-9622.
YMCA OF THE TRIANGLE AREA - Lakewood YMCA
The Lakewood YMCA offers several children's programs including gymnastics and tumbling classes for babies with their parents and children, and Allstar Cheerleading.  (Visit www.ymcatriangle.org/Lakewood/Programs/Youth/Sports_%26_Fitness.aspx for more information about youth sports programs at the Lakewood YMCA.)  Lakewood YMCA also offers after school clubs and summer day camps including the "Camper in Leadership Training" program, and Kindercamp, a half-day Summer Preschool camp.
Hours:

2119 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707.
www.ymcatriangle.org/Lakewood.aspx
(919) 493-4502.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS CHAPEL HILL/ORANGE COUNTY
Special Olympics Chapel Hill/Orange County provides year-round athletic training and competition to persons of all ages and abilities with developmental disabilities; volunteers provide coaching instruction.
www.chapelhillparks.org/olympics.php
(919) 968-2787, ext. 204.

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 Science and Nature
Morehead Planetarium at UNC
The Morehead Planetarium in downtown Chapel Hill offers numerous planetarium shows and exhibits for children and adults.  The Planetarium's "Magic Tree House? Space Mission" show is great for kids 5-12 and their families, and the Planetarium offers many other fantastic shows for every age group! Morehead Planetarium is a leader in creating amazing, innovative planetarium shows that will take your breath away! The Planetarium also has a great gift shop offering distinctive educational gifts, space and science books and other unique merchandise.  (For more gift shop info call 919-843-7997).

250 E. Franklin St., Downtown Chapel Hill.
www.moreheadplanetarium.org
Info hotline: (919) 549-6863
Main office and reservations: (919) 962-1236

 


Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27704.  www.ncmls.org
(919) 220-5429.

Click for map and directions.
The Museum of Life and Science in Durham is a wonderful place for children and families.  The Museum features both outdoor and indoor fun, including a large playground area (Loblolly Park), train ride (Elerby Creek Railway), farmyard animals, Carolina wildlife nature park,  aerospace, geology, discovery rooms, small science, and the Magic Wings Butterfly House, a glass-enclosed tropical garden with butterflies from Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.  The Museum also features traveling exhibits throughout the year; including "Building Fun: The World of KAPLA," described on the Museum's website as "an innovative exhibit of Dutch-created, French-made building blocks that use just one plank shape, meaning you can create and build without sorting or planning. Families can create beautiful, fun and innovative structures -- bridges, castles, domes, houses, roofs, bugs and animals. The sky's the limit! "

Visit the website for Admission price & membership info; reduced admission for military personnel with military ID; Train rides are an additional (per person).

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC  27601-1029. 

Come and see the STUNNING new additions to the Museum of Natural Sciences (we will need to devote an entire page to describing the amazing new science exhibits at the Museum in 2012/2013), as well as beloved favorites including Willo, "the world's only dinosaur with a fossilized heart"; the "Terror of the South,"the only Acrocanthosaurus skeleton displayed anywhere in the world; "Mountains to the Sea," an exhibit re-creating five North Carolina habitats, complete with live animals and a 20-foot high waterfall; great whale skeletons; and numerous special exhibits throughout the year.  On the first Friday of each month the Museum hosts a "First Friday" event, including a free "Natural Horror Picture Show," along with exhibits, shopping, and food from 5 - 9 pm.  (Movie starts at 7 pm).  Visit the Museum's calendar of special events for children for more family fun.

www.naturalsciences.org
(919) 733-7450 or toll-free (877) 4NATSCI

 

 Ice Skating and Roller Skating


Triangle SportsPlex

Offers skating classes for children and adults.  Facilities include ice rink, swimming pool, and aerobics classrooms.  (The Triangle SportsPlex offers an NHL-size ice skating rink, 3 indoor pools, personal trainnig, health club nursery, cafe, birthday party packages, group exercise, after school program, aqua fitness, summer camp.)
One Dan Kidd Drive (US70A) Meadowlands Business Park, Hillsborough, NC  27278.
www.trianglesportsplex.com
(919) 644-0339.


Jellybeans Super Skate Center (Roller Skating), (two locations further afield) 1120 Buck Jones Road, Cary (across from Crossroads Ford), (919) 467-5283, and 10701 Common Oaks Dr. (Behind Kroger Center), Raleigh, NC.  Roller skating classes, camps, skate & Dance; in-line hockey, home school skate.
www.skatejellybeans.com
(919) 562-2326.

The Ice House Premier Ice Skating Facility (further afield in Cary and Garner)
www.icehouserinks.com
Cary: 1410 Buck Jones Rd., (919) 460-2756
Garner: 103 New Rand Rd., (919) 861-RINK (7465)

Raleigh / Cary Inline Hockey, (further afield) at Jellybeans Super Skate Center (see listing above).  
www.rcihl.com
(919) 465-7271.

Raleigh IcePlex, (further afield) 2601 Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh, NC  27604.
Hockey, ice skating classes
(3 years through adult) , birthday party packages, Friday nights - Live DJ Skate and techno lighting.  
www.iceplex.com
(919) 878-9002.

Skate Ranch, (further afield) 2901 Trawick Rd., Raleigh.
www.skateranchofraleigh.com.
(919) 790-3808.

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 Skiing


North Carolina Ski Resorts.  Find information about skiing in North Carolina, including a resort locator, snow reports, and more.
www.goskinc.com/

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 Soccer

Rainbow Soccer - Youth and adult recreational and competitive league soccer organization, soccer camps.  Celebrating more than 40 years!


Rainbow Soccer offers soccer programs at the recreational level for ages 3 through adult. Rainbow provides a fun, safe soccer environment, with a program suited for EVERY recreational player in the community, children and adults!

Rainbow Soccer is offering several NEW programs with lots of flexible schedule options for players of all ages, including ages 3-5,  5-9, 12-15, 14-17 (high school), adults, and women.

 

Rainbow Soccer programs include:

Youth (ages 3-9), with practice twice a week and play a game on Saturday. The Peeper (U5) division also offers a one-practice-per-week option, with games on Saturdays.

The Fridays Only program (for ages 3-5) meets for 1 hour on Friday evenings. Kids will enjoy a fun soccer activities and 3 v 3 and/or 4 v 4 games every Friday. Perfect for the beginning player, without the commitment of soccer 3 days a week.

U12/U15 (formerly known as the Teen Program) for ages 10-14 with twice-a-week practice and games on Saturday. U12 division teams can be coed or all-girls.

Chapel Hill United is an advanced recreational program for ages 5-9 years, designed for players looking to develop and move up the competitive ladder. U6 Coed, U8 Coed/Girls, and U10 Coed/Girls divisions.

NEW at Rainbow! High School program for ages 14-17. Games will be played in a small-sided format on Sunday evenings as well as "pick-up" on Fridays. A great program for players who want to continue playing without the demand of a competitive league.

Adult Divisions for ages 18 and up, including adult (Wiseley), over 40 division (Wisers), and Women Only division. (Finally a division for women! Soccer moms can also be SOCCER PLAYING MOMS!) Two practices a week and a game on Saturday. A great way to exercise, have fun, and meet new people.

www.rainbowsoccer.org
(919) 967-8797



Triangle United Soccer Association
Triangle United Soccer Association is the premier soccer organization for soccer in the Chapel Hill area, with programs for all levels, ages & skills: Micro (Recreation), Woodcroft (Recreation), YDA (Youth Development Academy), Challenge, and Classic.  Tryouts for the competitive programs take place each Spring (May-June) to form teams for the following school year (August-May). Players are placed on teams based on ability and age.
http://www.triangleunited.org
(919) 942-1995



i9 Sports Durham Soccer Program (Click for current Chapel Hill/Durham locations/times)

More about i9 Sports: i9 Sports programs do not require tryouts, all players get equal playing time regardless of skill level, and i9 Sports always has a staff member at the facility. There is only a one day a week time commitment (practice and games on the same day), and all coaches are background checked. The i9 Sports programs are designed to allow you to have more family time, by meeting only one day a week. i9 Sports also focuses on good sportsmanship for all! Each week the children are taught a sportsmanship lesson and have the opportunity to win a sportsmanship medal. Visit the i9 Sports Chapel Hill & Durham website for more information about i9 Youth Sports in Chapel Hill, Durham and RTP.

(919) 425-2105.


Orange County Soccer at the Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA

2011 Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA Soccer
Ages: 3 years ? 6th Grade
Spring Registration: January Season: April ? May
Fall Registration: July Season: September ? Early November


Chatham Soccer League
Chatham County residency not required.  Both recreational and competitive leagues available.
www.chathamsoccerleague.org
(919) 542-6544.

 

More Chapel Hill Area Soccer Leagues

Smith Soccer Field
Located behind Chapel Hill High School; (A joint project of the Town of Carrboro, Orange County and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School system.).  Open Play for the Spring (through May 31st) is Friday 4:00 pm until Dark.  The field also may be reserved by groups.
(919) 918-7364.

UNC Soccer Camps for Boys and Girls
Residential and day summer soccer camps run by the UNC Soccer Coaches for boys (Carolina Soccer Camp) and girls (North Carolina Girls' Soccer Camp).
Web Sites: www.carolinasoccercamp.com (boys) and www.ncgsc.com (girls)

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 Swimming

Year-Round & Summer Swimming Lessons

Chapel Hill Community Center Pool:  Year-round lessons for all ages, and a class for infants 6 months to children 3 years old.  120 South Estes Drive, (across from the Main Post Office and University Mall; 1 1/2 miles NE of downtown Chapel Hill ).  www.chapelhillparks.org.  (919) 968-2790 or (919) 968-2784.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA:  Swimming lessons offered for all ages, in the Spring, Summer and Fall, and a class for infants 6 months to children 3 years old. 
980 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC.  www.chcymca.org
(919) 942-5156.

Chapel Hill Tennis Club - Tennis & Swimming!
Chapel Hill Tennis Club (CHTC) is one of the major tennis, swim, fitness and recreational facilities in North Carolina operating as a non-profit member owned organization. CHTC features a beautiful Clubhouse and expansive grounds, 29 Tennis Courts, 4 Indoor Tennis Courts, 2 Platform Tennis Courts, a Fitness Center, Fitness Programming, an Olympic Pool, Aquatics Programming, a Super-Loop Waterslide, Pool ? Clubhouse Slice Bar Caf? a full service Pro Shop and an awesome Calendar of Events / Programming. Chapel Hill Tennis Club has an exceptional and experienced staff of experts relentlessly dedicated to your family's year-round fun.
403 Westbrook Dr., Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 929-5248

Hollow Rock Racquet & Swim Club Year-round tennis & swimming; indoor and outdoor; fun family events!
5100 Erwin Rd. Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-1550

Meadowmont Swimming Pool - now run by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA
Visit
www.chcymca.org for more information.
301 Old Barn Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.


Triangle Sportsplex:  Year-round lessons for all ages, and a class for infants to children 2 1/2 years old.  1 Dan Kidd Drive (off U.S. 70 Business), Hillsborough, NC.  www.trianglesportsplex.com.  (919) 644-0339.

The Wellness Center at Meadowmont:  Year-round lessons for various ages and a class for infants 3 months to children 2 1/2 years old.  100 Sprunt St. (off N.C. 54), Chapel Hill, NC.  www.uncwellness.com
(919) 966-5500.

Chapel Hill Summer Swim League CHSSL

From the website: Chapel Hill Summer Swim League is a seasonal recreational league run by volunteers. The purpose of the Chapel Hill Summer Swim League is to sponsor organized age group swimming competition during the summer for teams comprised of swimmers from the league's member clubs. It is the philosophy of the CHSSL to allow maximum participation in swimming competition in an environment that encourages and teaches:
1. Improvement of swimming skills in an enjoyable atmosphere
2. Understanding that healthy competiton is fun and that good
sportsmanship is emphasized
3. Contact, team spirit, and friendship among swimmers of all skill levels

Click here to Contact CHSSL

CHSSL Member Clubs:

Chapel Hill Country Club/Ridgewood (CHCCR)

Chapel Hill Tennis Club (TCST)

Exchange/Sunset Creek (EXSC)

The Farm/Meadowmont (FSRA/Y)

Heratige Hills/Community Center (HHCC)

Hollow Rock/Stone Ridge/Sports Plex (HRHST)

Southern Village/Governor's Club (SVGC)

 

Recreational Swimming

Also see Water Fun listings in the CHillKids Year Round Fun guide for more recreational swimming.


Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Swimming

Chapel Hill Community Center Pool and the A.D. Clark Pool (at Hargraves Recreation Center) 
Leisure Swim swimming classes, Aqua Aerobics Classes, Summer Youth Swim Team, and more.
Chapel Hill Community Center Pool:
120 South Estes Drive, (across from the Main Post Office and University Mall; 1 1/2 miles NE of downtown Chapel Hill ) (919) 968-2790.
A.D. Clark Pool (at Hargraves Recreation Center): 216 Roberson St., Chapel Hill 27516 (2 blocks North of Rosemary St. between downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro.)  (919) 685-1535.

For the pool schedule and classes, check the website or call the Information Hotline (919-685-8316) or contact the Front Desk Attendant (919-968-2790).

Chapel Hill Tennis Club - Tennis & Swimming!
403 Westbrook Dr., Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 929-5248

Chapel Hill Tennis Club (CHTC) is one of the major tennis, swim, fitness and recreational facilities in North Carolina operating as a non-profit member owned organization. CHTC features a beautiful Clubhouse and expansive grounds, 29 Tennis Courts, 4 Indoor Tennis Courts, 2 Platform Tennis Courts, a Fitness Center, Fitness Programming, an Olympic Pool, Aquatics Programming, a Super-Loop Waterslide, Pool ? Clubhouse Slice Bar Caf? a full service Pro Shop and an awesome Calendar of Events / Programming. Chapel Hill Tennis Club has an exceptional and experienced staff of experts relentlessly dedicated to your family's year-round fun. Summer Memberships Available.


Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA
980 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Historic Airport Rd.), Chapel Hill, NC.
Swim team, free swim, and swimming lessons offered for all ages (classes for children and for adults), in the Spring, Summer and Fall, and a class for infants 6 months to children 3 years old.   Call for information about recreational swimming.
(919) 942-5156.


Hollow Rock Racquet & Swim Club Tennis & Swimming!
5100 Erwin Rd. Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-1550



Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523.
Lake swimming, hiking, picnicing, boating, camping, bald-eagle watching and more.  $5 fee per car, $3 for senior citizens ages 62 and older, and $10 per bus. Separate fees are charged for picnic shelter reservations and campsites.  Offers a C.A.S.T. learn to fish program (Catch a Sure Thing) for ages 6-12; pre-registration required.  Saturdays, 9:30am-11:30am.
(919) 362-0586.

Meadowmont Swim Club - The Meadowmont Pool now is part of the YMCA - great fun for everyone!
301 Old Barn Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.
Annual and seasonal memberships available; or swim for the day.  Either pay by the day, or you can buy an Admission Pass for multiple visits.  The Meadowmont swimming facilities offer activities for the whole family and include a regulation size lap pool; fun pool with a 98-foot water slide, raindrop and shoreline entry; band shell within the pool deck for entertaining; children's playground; park gazebo; sand volleyball court; basketball goal; a clubhouse with snack bar and kitchen for catered events, and more.  Year-round activities for various ages, including themed summer-camp programs.  Summer camps, birthday party options also available.
(919) 945-0640.

See also the Wellness Center at Meadowmont - Aquatics
100 Sprunt St. (off N.C. 54), Chapel Hill, NC.  The UNC membership-based Wellness Center at Meadowmont has two indoor pools (a 5-lane, 25-yard fitness pool and a warm water therapy pool) and offers swimming lessons year-round.
(919) 966-5500.


Stoneridge/Sedgefield Swim and Racquet Club
Swim team, swim lessons, diving boards, summer camp, tennis, croquet, snack bar, clubhouse, basketball.  (Paid membership required).
6901 Turkey Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
(919) 967-0915

Triangle SportsPlex
One Dan Kidd Drive (US70A) Meadowlands Business Park, (off U.S. 70 BUsiness) Hillsborough, NC  27278.
Offers swimming, ice skating, hockey classes for children and adults.  Facilities include ice rink, swimming pool, a gym and aerobics classrooms.  Also the home of "Kidsplex" summer day camps, after school camps, and holiday camps for kids.
(919) 644-0339.

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 Tennis
 

Chapel Hill Tennis Club - Tennis & Swimming!
403 Westbrook Dr., Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 929-5248

Chapel Hill Tennis Club (CHTC) is one of the major tennis, swim, fitness and recreational facilities in North Carolina operating as a non-profit member owned organization. CHTC consists of a beautiful Clubhouse and expansive grounds, 29 Tennis Courts, 4 Indoor Tennis Courts, 2 Platform Tennis Courts, a Fitness Center, Fitness Programming, an Olympic Pool, Aquatics Programming, a Super-Loop Waterslide, Pool ? Clubhouse Slice Bar Caf? a full service Pro Shop and an awesome Calendar of Events / Programming. Chapel Hill Tennis Club has an exceptional and experienced staff of experts relentlessly dedicated to your family's year-round fun. Summer Memberships Available.

Hollow Rock Racquet & Swim Club Tennis & Swimming!
5100 Erwin Rd. Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489-1550

Hollow Rock Tennis offers year-round tennis & swimming, as well as comprehensive spring camps & summer camps focused on improving the health and wellness of your child! By becoming more active and participating in activities such as tennis and swimming, your junior has the opportunity to improve their problem solving, positive-thinking, and decision-making skills. Tennis is also a total-body workout that burns more calories than inline skating, cycling, and aerobics. Hollow Rock Tennis lessons & camps are open to children ages 5 and above, and includes all levels of play; from beginners who have taken up an interest in tennis, to tournament level kids 18 and under. Take advantage of Hollow Rock's one-of-a-kind lessons & camps run by the McDonald Group at Hollow Rock that will get your child on the right path to success!


National Junior Tennis League of Chapel Hill  - Chapel Hill Recreation & Parks Recreational team tennis for boys and girls designed for beginner level players.  Lots of playing experience in weekly practices and league matches.  Teams are formed at three court sites; register for the court site nearest you. 
(919) 685-8277.

Youth and Adult Tennis Lessons - Chapel Hill Recreation & Parks 
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Lessons held at the Phillips and Ephesus tennis courts.  Dates and registration information. 
(919) 968-2784.

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 Theatre
Carrboro ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St., Carrboro.
(919) 929-2787.
In the Summer of 2013 (annual since 2005), the Missoula Children's Theatre comes to town with the opportunity for 60 local kids (from 1st through 12th grade) to perform in a musical production (theatre summer Youth Program with a performance at the end). Learn more at the ArtsCenter website.

The Carrboro ArtsCenter is looking for contributors to help establish a Children's Performing Arts Conservatory!  For more information, call (919) 929-2787, ext. 203.

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