2012 Go Ask Mom Holiday Central
Go Ask Mom will be all over the holidays over the next couple of months. And each time we have a holiday-related post, we'll put it here.
In addition to holiday events information and our Made by Mom Gift Guide, you'll also eventually find recipes, crafts and other ways to celebrate the holidays with your kids in the Triangle. So check back often!
Looking for unique last-minute gifts? The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences has some suggestions from its gift shop.
I checked back in with MaryBeth Winstead of Healthy Moms. She'll be sharing some fitness tips over the next couple of weeks.
Searching for gifts for a pirate-loving kid? Looking for old-time games that grandma and grandpa played as a child? The N.C. Museum of History has suggestions for you.
The kids and I are in full Christmas craft mode at our house and having a blast! Our latest project, a lighted Christmas tree crafted from paper, is easy to make and will get your windows spruced up for the holidays.
This recipe turns out soft, chewy, sweet and spicy cookies.
If you're looking to get out of the house once the excitement of Christmas is over, here are some ideas.
Durham's Scrap Exchange will host a sleepover for kids ages 8 to 12 on Dec. 31.
These very sweet and extremely kid-friendly cookies come from a recipe passed down by my husband's grandmother.
We have a few community events to mark Kwanzaa, the annual celebration held to appreciate the African American culture and to explain this heritage to the community.
This year, my husband and I decided to do something totally different for Christmas. Very soon after my mother died, we decided that we would spend the holiday away from home. The goal wasn't to break our traditions, but to take a break from them for one year.
This will be the first time in my adult life that I will be happy to say goodbye to the previous year.
Sure, being a single parent is hard work. I don't think anyone would argue with that. I cook all the dinners, while checking all the homework, cleaning all the rooms, driving to and from two different schools and a plethora of activities. I get all the moments too.
The zoo is offering its children's admission price of $8 to adults and seniors who contribute two cans of non-perishable food per person through Dec. 31.
Historic sites across the state plan holiday events with little ones in mind.
Beverly Kain, a Cary mom of two and order of House-N-Order, shares some holiday decorating tips.
Christmas isn't just one day, it's a month. Especially if you have children, you know what I'm talking about.
Does your annual holiday tradition include eating first and feeling guilty later? Don't let your fork, or your psyche, do all that heavy lifting.
Skate for free in downtown Raleigh with the donation of canned goods or winter clothing next Monday.
Get 20 percent off select performances of the classic Christmas ballet.
What are you giving your kids teachers for the holidays?
Budding cook Jasmine and Susan Caldwell, founder of Lil' Chef studios in North Hills, share how to make Stained Glass Cookies and Mini Bacon Quiche as part of your holiday culinary fare.
How do you fill your kids' Christmas stockings?
Bring your lil' chef into the kitchen and let them whip up gorgeous treats, cakes, party food and edible decorations for the Christmas season! Here's a great, super easy recipe for your upcoming holiday party!
Now that the wrapping paper is cleaned up and the cookies are nearly gone, it's time to think about breaking it all down and stashing to for next year. Beverly Kain of House-N-Order offers some tips.
The only bells and whistles on board the New Hope Valley Railway's Santa Train are the ones on the actual trains. But this fun activity is a low-key way to mark the holiday.
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, runs from Saturday to Dec. 16.
Calling all artists! Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center, the nationally ranked pediatric academic medical center in Durham, invites children to submit artwork for the 2013 Duke Children's card program.
All 8,500 tickets have sold. That's 2,500 more than last year for the event that features holiday lights, train and carousel rides and visits with Santa.
A Go Ask Mom reader wants to help her daughters outfit their American Girl dolls, but she doesn't want to shell out the big bucks to do it. Can you help her?
Admission to this massive museum, with both indoor and expansive outdoor exhibits, is usually $14 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 to 12, so this is as great savings.
The series features holiday music and crafts for kids of all ages and their adults. It starts Saturday.
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year! We've just started unpacking all of our decorations, and I couldn't help but smile when I came across the handprint Christmas tree keepsake I made with the kids last year.
Christmas is the perfect time to get the kids into the kitchen. Make edible Christmas decorations and easy Christmas cakes for the day itself (and for Santa) and save money by making Christmas food gifts like cookies and cupcakes.
When I was cleaning out my mother's house after her death, I found a box of Christmas ornaments. And here's the really unbelievable part: The ornaments were all lambs.
Sandbox, the local band for kids and families, will play a special concert at Garner Performing Arts Center, which features Santa, lunch and more.
Tickets remain for only one night of this popular five-day event.
With the holiday season upon us, I can't help but reminisce about my childhood and all the favorites of the Christmas season.
The sale at University Mall in Chapel Hill will offer deals on clothes, toys, gear and much more.
The Triangle United Way recommends some great ways for young kids to give back to their community. Check back tomorrow for ideas for tweens and teens.
The United Way of the Triangle recommends ways teens can help out the community during the holidays.
Here's a quick and easy recipe, which kids can help make, for breakfast, an afterschool snack or dessert.
Find out when your favorite holiday movies and classic Christmas shows will be on TV.
Budding cooks Abby and Emily and Susan Caldwell, founder of Lil' Chef studios in North Hills, share how to make an edible Turkey Gobbler for the Thanksgiving dinner table and delicious Apple Dumplings for dessert.
Downtown Raleigh's ice rink will return for the season on Dec. 1 with an opening celebration that includes everything from sledding ramps and bounce houses to a Ferris wheel, carousel and screenings of "The Polar Express."
The children's staff at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh offers some great gift ideas for young readers.
From magnetic building tiles to crafts for teens, The Children's Store in Chapel Hill offers six great gift ideas.
Stuck with turkey leftovers? Try this simple recipe.
Erin Whiteley, center director at the Raleigh LearningRx location, recommends games that can help kids build their brain skills.
The annual family fundraiser includes a family-style dinner, party music, elves and wintertime crafts and activities.
Share your favorite Triangle holiday traditions, events and venues!
The event includes a parade, clowns and jugglers, a real snow sliding slope, live music and photos with Santa. Bring your own camera!
The region's major light shows start opening up this weekend. Here's where to find them!
The competition features categories for family, teen and adult. Registration forms are due by Nov. 21.
North Carolina is the second largest U.S. producer of Christmas trees. And many farms offer cut-your-own weekend packages that have turned into a family tradition for many.
Want to cut your own Christmas tree, but don't want to head to the mountains? Check out these farms in the Triangle.
It's Halloween. And it's also time to start making plans if you want to hop aboard one of the many Santa trains in North Carolina.
The parade, which runs through downtown Raleigh, lasts about 2.5 hours.
The 2nd Look Boutique's first Christmas sale starts Friday. Santa will make a visit on Saturday.
The family show, featuring a cast full of local and very talented kids and teens, is a lot of fun.
Take advantage of the fall apple bounty with this recipe for savory muffins.
This easy recipe turns out moist, corny corn muffins.
These airy, but eggy puffs of goodness are great for the holidays or just your average weekday meal.
Check our holiday events calendar, plus get recipes and decorating and gift ideas. And send us your holiday photos.
First up in our Made by Mom Gift Guide is Kelli Clough, owner of My Lullabug, a line of T-shirts and growth stickers for young children. She's offering Go Ask Mom readers a great deal!
Michelle Stees, owner of Monster Cookies & Cakes, can't just make great cookies and cakes, they have to be giant.
As I launch this year's Made by Mom Gift Guide, here's a little update on a mom who was part of last year's guide.