Stay and Play

Stay and Play in the Peak! Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources is committed to providing you with valuable ways to recreate, whether in person or at home. Take part in our programs, participate in a fun family-oriented event, or check out the Stay and Play Videos below.

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Apex scarecrow row Apex Scarecrow Row

We are excited to hold our first Scarecrow Row right here in Apex!

Thursday, Oct 21: We will be hosting a free scarecrow decoration event at Apex Community Park. Our supplies are limited, so this event is limited to the first 20 families who registered. We will be providing frames and stuffing for the scarecrows, and you will bring the clothes, props, decorations, etc to make your own unique scarecrow! We will have some orange "pumpkin heads" that you can paint a face on, or feel free to bring your own item to use for the head if you would like. 

*UPDATE: Registration for the scarecrow decorating event is full. Please email us if you want to be added to the waitlist. 

Monday, Oct 25 - Sunday, Oct 31: We will be placing the homemade scarecrows along a "haunted" nature trail, which will be open to everyone to take a spooky walk the week of October 25 - October 31. After the 31st, families who made scarecrows will be able to pick theirs up and bring it home if desired. 

StoryWalk® at the Parkstorywalk small sign

We are excited to introduce StoryWalk® to Apex! You can read a provided children's book as you walk along a short trail. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

CURRENT LOCATIONS (as of 9/24/21):  Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Rd entrance, around the small pond by the dog park

CURRENT BOOK:  S'mores Indoors by Eric Robertson and Lynda Sing

Questions? Call 919-249-3402, message us on Facebook or send an email.

If you have already done one of our Storywalks®, we would love for you to share your feedback here. We typically keep our books up for about a month at each location. We will update the webpage here as soon as changes are made. 

 Kids in Parks TRACK Trailkids in park

We re excited to partner with Kids in Parks to bring a TRACK Trail to the path around Lake Pine in Apex Community Park.

When you visit the park, you will find this new kiosk at the trailhead next to the shelters. Drive in from the Laura Duncan entrance (2200 Laura Duncan Rd) all the way back to the end of the parking lot. 

To learn more about this exciting new adventure for kids, click here.

Copy of nature scavenger hunt (1) Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt

We have an updated version of our nature scavenger hunt up now at Salem Pond Park!

Add a little bit of adventure to your walk by participating in our scavenger hunt! Salem Pond Park includes a paved path around the pond and a train themed playground. You can participate in the scavenger hunt anywhere in the park!

All you need to do is check the list in this form and submit what items you find! 

Questions? Call 919-249-3402, message us on Facebook or send an email.

Stay and Play Videos

This video series highlights ways that you and your family can engage creatively and actively at home or on the go with us. From nature education and crafts to sports and recreation, we will have you covered. Stay tuned as more videos will be posted soon!

If you have any fun videos or photos of ways you are recreating in the Peak, please share with us! You can email us at If you want to share something on social media, tag us @ApexParks and #StayandPlay