If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Raleigh and Durham.
TreeRunner Adventure Park
Outdoor, obstacle course adventuring at its finest! TreeRunner Adventure Park offers zip lines and obstacle and ropes courses through the trees. There are five different difficulty levels to choose from as well as seven different courses. They even have a Junior Park for ages 4 to 7 with five different trails and special themed nights (including Harry Potter Night, Rock & Roll, and Beach Bash). Stopping at TreeRunner Adventure Park is a great way for the family to enjoy nature while also experiencing some fun thrills! Make sure to book tickets in advance for the best experience.
Defy Gravity is a fun-filled, adrenaline rush – a large-scale trampoline park that is the perfect place to take the kids when everyone’s filled with a ton of energy. You can go bounce crazy on the open jump trampolines, climb the Warped Wall, or learn incredible aerial skills. They even have a ninja obstacle course, foam pits, battle beams, and trapeze. No matter which activity you choose (maybe all of them?), you and the kids are sure to leave smiling.
Frankie’s Fun Park
A family entertainment center perfect for those families that don’t mind a little friendly competition. Inside the Fun Park, they have mini golf, bumper cars, go-karts, batting cages, and virtual reality. You can also take a ride on the Sidewinder (a swinging pendulum ride), play in the Bumper Boats, or climb the Sky Trail (an obstacle course high in the sky where you’re hooked into a harness for safety). With so much to do, Frankie’s Fun Park is aptly named, and it is a fantastic place to go play with the kids.
Marbles Kids Museum
Located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, right across from Moore Square, is the Marbles Kids Museum. The Museum offers dozens of interactive exhibits and special programs designed to help children grow and learn while having a wonderful time. Some of the popular exhibits are “Our Town” (a kid-size town based on the community of Raleigh), “Treetunes” (a musical laboratory inspired by the great outdoors), and “Splash” (where you can take an adventure aboard a pirate ship or an underwater submarine). There is something for everyone at Marbles Kids Museum and it is an especially great place for anyone with toddlers or younger kids.
Three Bears Acres
A 50-acre recreational farm that offers several activities for children and adults. Three Bears Acres is an outdoor recreational world that combines popular activities like obstacle courses and climbing a treehouse with toboggan slides and a mud kitchen (where being messy is a requirement). They also have a pond where the family can go for boat rides, slingshots, and an arena set up for “water wars” with water guns. Family day on the weekend is the best time to visit when the concession stand is open, and the entire family can play together.
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