Outdoor Classroom
Programs + Events

Little Explorers: Firefly Frenzy

Preschoolers will have fun learning about animals and nature at the park. Stories, games, songs, and live creatures bring this program to life for little learners!

Event Details

Children will have great fun learning all about lightning bugs, the amazing lights of summer! Songs, games and a glowing craft are sure to delight our little learners.

This program is for children ages 2-6 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive a few minutes before 11:00 am. We know that sometimes late arrivals can't be helped, but arriving late can disrupt the attention of the group.

This program is free to the public thanks to Raleigh Parks Nature Programs.

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Outdoor Classroom at the Stone Houses Visitor Center 800 Umstead, Raleigh, NC, 27603

Registration: While free to attend, space is limited. Registration is required. Please register each child, adults do not need to register.

Registration opens 2 weeks in advance at 12:00 pm. 


Know Before You Go

  • This program takes place outdoors on the grass.

  • Please dress for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.

  • Restrooms and water fountain are available inside the Chapel.

Directions and Parking

  • Via Western Boulevard: Enter at S. Boylan Avenue
  • Via Lake Wheeler Road: Enter at Umstead Drive
  • Follow Signs towards The Stone Houses Visitor Center
  • Parking is located in the Dwire Drive Lot. ADA parking is available.
  • Click on the image below for an enlarged parking map.


The Stone Houses Parking Map


Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Currently, portions of Dix Park, including some areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces and are not fully accessible. Accessibility is a primary focus for early park improvements and all future planning and development.

Parking: ADA parking spaces for the Stone Houses are located behind the buildings off Tate Dr.

Restrooms: Accessible restrooms are available at the Superintendents House public restroom facility and in the Visitor Center.

Building Entrances: Ramps are located at the rear of the buildings. 

Programs and Events: Raleigh Parks Inclusion Services works with community members to support participation. To request a program modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please complete and submit the Accommodation Request Form or contact Inclusion Services staff at 919-996-2147 or


Contact Dix Park Staff at 919-996-3255 or