With a little delay, Welcome to our 7th Gift Guide, FUN, to do or gift yourself or others!

We hope you learn about some businesses and products you weren’t aware of and can try them out! Some of these gems are perfect for gifting to others, while others are fantastic treats for YOU! Each listing will direct you to the website via the title or image—making it easier for you to dive in and explore firsthand!

We are doing 8 days of posts with 8 different categories. Each post/ category will also feature a giveaway from one or more of the highlighted businesses. To enter each one, you can comment on the blog post, or share our linked post on Facebook or Instagram! We will do the drawings for ALL posts on 12/13/23 in the evening.

***There will be one grand prize pack drawing. Those who comment on all 8 posts in the series will be entered for that!



Experience the magic of Peak Performing Arts! Immerse yourself in a world of creativity, talent, and inspiration. Their talent performances bring stories to life through creative dance, mesmerizing music, and captivating theater. Join today for an unforgettable journey where passion meets the stage. Whether you’re an enjoy the arts or looking for a night of entertainment, Peak Performing Arts promises an unforgettable experience for all. Come stop by and join the fun today!



Welcome to NC Nature + Nurture, where children flourish through a unique connection with the natural world. NC Nature + Nurture believes in the transformative power of nature. From sunrise to sunset, they immerse children in outdoor exploration. Through hands-on experiences, they explore habitats, investigate life cycles, study insects, and establish a deep appreciation for nature’s unmatched beauty. Join in cultivating a lifelong love for the natural world and empowering children to thrive through outdoor experiences at NC Nature + Nurture.



Step into a world of fitness and community at Flying Feet Run Club! Lace up your sneakers and join them for exhilarating runs that cater to all levels of experience. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or taking your first stride, there are a variety of supportive groups and environments to help you reach your running goals. They provide expert coaching, motivating group sessions, and a network of like-minded individuals passionate about running. Together, conquer miles, break boundaries, and soar to new heights with Flying Feet Run Club!



Unleash your inner artist at Mad Splatter! Dive into a world of creativity and color as you create your masterpiece on canvas. Each studio offers a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere perfect for unleashing your artistic side. Whether you’re a seasoned painter or a beginner, their experienced instructors will guide you through the process step-by-step. Bring your friends, family, or come solo for a fun and memorable painting experience. Let your imagination run wild at Mad Splatter and leave with a one-of-a-kind work of art!



Unlock your creative potential at Sawdust & Clay! Join in their classes that blend the artistry of woodworking and pottery. Their studio provides a welcoming space for beginners and seasoned artisans alike to learn, create, and express themselves through hands-on craftsmanship. Whether you’re shaping clay or crafting wood, their experienced instructors will guide you through techniques and help bring your artistic visions to life. Explore your passion, gain new skills, and create beautiful, tangible art at Sawdust & Clay. Come on in and let your creativity thrive!



Make sure to stop by Right Meow Cat Cafe, where coffee meets cuddles in the purr-fect setting! Join for a unforgettable experience where beverages and adorable feline friends come together. Their cozy cafe offers a relaxing atmosphere where you can unwind, sip on your favorite brew, and spend quality time with our friendly resident cats. Whether you’re a cat enthusiast or just looking for a calming place to enjoy your coffee, their furry companions will steal your heart. Come visit Right Meow Cat Cafe for a dose of relaxation, smiles, and unforgettable moments with all the lovable cats!



Have you ever done an escape room? Did you we have a wonderful escape room center right here in Apex, NC? Whole Brain Escape has four different and original rooms with unique themes. It’s a perfect activity for a group of family, friends, coworkers, or even a date night. Grab a gift certificate on their site for the person in your life who loves games and puzzles.



When most think of Wine & Design, they think of painting on canvas. While that is a large part of what they offer at workshops in their studio, there are so many other options as well!  They have so many different crafts like what is mentioned here as well as chunky blankets or pillows, pour painting, cheese boards, ceramic painting, and more! Check out their calendar, and take a friend to a night out at a workshop. Or grab a gift card. They even have Elf on the Shelf painting kits, so your elf can get artsy as well.



Many of the places on this list are places where you can have creative fun making something. Board & Brush in Apex, NC, is more about projects with rustic charm. They are known for their wooden based projects like signs and trays, but also have classes to do doormats, cornhole sets, and more. This is a great place to take out some aggression, as you have to distress your wood before painting it. It’s fun to beat up on some wood! Be sure to wear your earplugs. Grab a gift card for someone and take a workshop together in 2024!


Treat your child to swim lessons or the swim team at Goldfish in Cary, NC, for year-round swimming and pool fun! Or have a birthday party at their indoor facility and pool. Or book a family swim time. It’s especially great to do in the Winter when all pools are closed in neighborhoods etc. Not only is swimming an important life skill, but it’s fun!



Did you know that the NC Zoo is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo? It’s super awesome, and not too far away from the Triangle area. Located in Asheboro, NC, it is the perfect day trip. Put on your walking shoes for one epic visit, or better yet, gift your family a membership so you can go often and really savor each part. Animal lovers rejoice!




Two craft centered businesses in the area stand out to me for fun. Adventures in Bloom in Downtown Apex, NC, always has metal stamping available which is a super cool craft for jewelry and more. They also host special craft workshops of all kinds! Crafts Made by You in Downtown Cary, NC, is also a cool shop and crafting place combined. They have vinyl and craft supplies, and can do custom items as well. They also offer regular craft workshops of all kinds. Check out upcoming calendars for both shops, and see if there is something that is a must-do for you. Gift cards for each would be a great gift for a crafter as well.


There you have it- my top picks with local businesses for FUN. 

This GIVEAWAY includes: a Whole Brain Escape gift certificate, toy from Apex 3D Prints, and a coloring book!

Comment on this post or share our linked post on the Positively Apex Facebook or Instagram pages to be entered!


The next list (the last one) will be the GIVING category!