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Playful Parenting Speaker Series

Playful Parenting Speaker Series


Playful Parenting Speaker Series

WakeMed Children’s and Marbles Kids Museum are joining forces to bring families a community speaker series sure to inspire a playful approach to childhood challenges and everyday moments that matter. The series will feature a variety of speakers and interactive programs, most for grown-ups only.

Find out how to create more joy, connection, and growth in your family.


Join us throughout 2020
for these upcoming events:

Playful Parenting Chat:
Making the Most of Everyday Moments

Evening Session - 6:30 - 8 pm

Thursday, April 23
Featuring Dana Winters, PhD
Fred Rogers Center for
Early Learning & Children’s Media

Location: Marbles Kids Museum & IMAX Theatre
201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh

$10 registration

Join Dana Winters, an expert in early childhood development, for a special session that will help inspire a playful approach to childhood challenges. Parenting is about seizing everyday moments and turning them into opportunities for connection. Dana Winters shares what you can do to help your kids thrive.

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Inside Out Strong: Mother/Daughter Workshop
Saturday, May 9
Led by Sarah Schall, local health coach & creator of Inside Out Strong

$10 per mother/daughter pair
Advanced registration required

Location: WakeMed Raleigh Campus – Andrews Conference Center

Choose from one of two sessions: 9 am – noon & 1 – 4 pm

A health workshop for mothers and their daughters (age 10+) to connect in heart, mind, body and health. Plus, connect with other local strong moms and girls in the community. Featuring inspiring “work-in” sessions and “work-out” sessions featuring Zumba, yoga, interval training & identity, mindset and body image.

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Coming Late Summer/Early Fall

Back to School Event: Growth Mindset & Grit

Featuring Alissa Marquess, Author of Bounceback Parenting: A Field Guide for Creating Connection, Not Perfection

Morning Session - 10 - 11 am
Playful Parenting Chat

Thursday, September 24

Free with advance registration

Join us for a casual chat and gain insight on why growth mindset is just as important for grown-ups as it is for kids. Ask questions and connect with other parents over coffee and conversation.

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Evening Session - 6:30 - 8 pm
Cultivating Capability and Connection
Thursday, September 24

$10 advance registration required

Find out how to bring a growth mindset to parenting and raise kids with grit.  Discover why connection, not perfection wins the day and how you can be a work in progress and still be a fantastic parent.

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Evening Session - 6:30 - 8 pm
Screen-time Savvy
Thursday, November 5

Location: Marbles Kids Museum – IMAX Theatre
201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh

Learn how to create tech balance for your family. Find out about setting appropriate limits, equipping kids to be safe online, and prioritizing face-to-face family engagement and fun. Presented by Diana Graber, author of Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology and founder of Cyberwise and Cyber Civics

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About Dr. Winters

Dana Winters, PHD


As the Director of Simple Interactions and Faculty Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Dana Winters supports professionals across many diverse settings, including child care, early education, school systems, community programs, residential care, and children’s hospitals. She deliver keynotes and workshops, particularly across early childhood education systems to communicate and reflect what is simple and deep about work in service of children and their families.

Dr. Winters directs the Fred Rogers Center’s research lab, Incubator 143, which partners with educators, trainers, advocates, and researchers to focus on identifying and amplifying the simple active ingredient that universally helps serve children—the power of human connection. She served as co-principal investigator and evaluator for consecutive NSF-funded early childhood research and intervention projects in the areas of early literacy, social emotional development, and early mathematical learning, as well as numerous foundation and government project grants.

Dr. Winters holds a PhD in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in sociology from Saint Vincent College.

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