Day Trip Activities for Families and Kids- Raleigh area

401 Par Golf- Mini Golf 5715 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC 27603 919-772-5261 http://401pargolf.com/?page_id=46 Adventure Landing 3311 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604 919-872-1688 http://www.adventurelanding.com/parks/raleigh/ Blue Jay Point County Park 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh, NC 27614 919-870-4330 http://www.wakegov.com/parks/bluejay/Pages/default.aspx BounceU of Apex 3419 Apex Peakway Apex, NC 27502 919-303-3368 apex.nc@bounceu.com Buffaloe Lanes 151 High House Rd.,Cary, NC 27511 919-468-8684 http://buffaloelanes.com/ Buffaloe Lanes 5900 Oak Forest Drive, Raleigh, NC  27616 919-876-5681 http://buffaloelanes.com/ Buffaloe Lanes 6701 Fayetteville Rd,

What’s the Scoop on Discovery Place Kids

Take a closer look: I CAN Wonder Why. If you have a curious little one who loves asking questions, experimenting and testing ideas, then you will love the I CAN Wonder Why theme area. This area sparks enthusiasm and encourages curiosity. To celebrate playful, open-ended discovery and the creative process, check

North Carolina Zoo

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North Carolina Zoo Asheboro, NC Website: nczoo.org The North Carolina Zoo is the nation’s largest walk-through, natural-habitat zoo. The zoo is divided into the North American and African regions and includes several areas where children can stop to play, eat and use the restrooms. New in 2008 is the Watani Grasslands Reserve. The

Seagrove Pottery Area

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Seagrove Pottery Area Seagrove, NC Website: visitrandolphcounty.com/pottery.php Seagrove is home to the North Carolina Pottery Center, which displays more than 800 artifacts dating to the prehistoric Native Americans. Nearly 100 shops and potteries dot the surrounding area, including Moore County. Seagrove also hosts an annual pottery festival the weekend before Thanksgiving each year.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Chapel Hill, NC Tel: (910) 962-1236 Website: moreheadplanetarium.org This attraction offers skywatching and shows at its planetarium and theater, interactive exhibits, camps and workshops. Special programs include StoryTime Science for toddlers, Sciventures for older kids and special theater adventures for families. Memberships are available and include reciprocal admission to

Museum of Life & Science

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Museum of Life & Science Durham, NC Tel: (919) 220-5429 Website: lifeandscience.org Indoor hands-on exhibits at this museum include a KidLab and many other galleries aimed at science lovers of all ages. The Outdoor Science Park includes the Ellerby Creek Railway (where you can take a ride on an old train), the Magic Wings

Natural Science Center

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Natural Science Center Greensboro, NC Tel: (336) 288-3769 Website: natsci.org This center includes a museum, zoo, planetarium, dome theater and solar observatory. Kids Alley will keep little ones under five busy and entertained. Summer camps, workshops and monthly events are offered for children of all ages. Memberships are available and include reciprocal admission to

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Raleigh, NC Tel: (919) 733-7450 Website: naturalsciences.org The Museum of Natural Sciences looks at the natural world through the distinct lens of North Carolina’s diverse geography, geology and plant and animal life. It is filled with four floors of exhibits, live animals and hands-on activities. The museum offers

North Carolina Museum of Art

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North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, NC Tel: (919) 839-6262 Website: ncartmuseum.org Tour-in-a-Tote bags engage children in games and activities while exploring the galleries. Park Backpacks engage families through a tree tour, getting to know North Carolina sculptors, playing Bird Bingo, reading by the pond and becoming a poet. Other activities include family fun

North Carolina Museum of History

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North Carolina Museum of History Raleigh, NC Tel: (919) 807-7900 Website: ncmuseumofhistory.org The Museum of History encourages visitors to discover the past, reflect on the present and preserve history for future generations. Exhibits range from several on North Carolina’s military heritage to a 1920s drugstore replica. The museum offers summer camps, programs and special

Union Station Museum

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Union Station Museum Aberdeen, NC Tel: (910) 944-1115 This Victorian-era railroad station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum displays artifacts from the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad and one of two inspection cars remaining in the country. Founded by John Blue in 1892, the railroad was the region’s first

Carthage Historical Museum

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Carthage Historical Museum Carthage, NC Tel: (910) 947-2331 The Carthage Historical Museum displays artifacts covering more than 200 years of history, including its past as home of a buggy factory. Carthage commemorates its history each May with the popular Buggy Festival. Open on Sundays, 2–5 pm or by appointment.

Kidzu Children’s Museum

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Kidzu Children’s Museum Chapel Hill, NC Tel: (919) 933-1455 Website: kidzuchildrensmuseum.org Kidzu is a non-profit museum founded to inspire children to learn through play. “KidZoom” features three zones: Green Thumb, where children learn about the lifecycle of produce; Build a Dream, where kids build communities; and Kidoodle Moodle, where they design works of art.

Greensboro Children’s Museum

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Greensboro Children’s Museum Greensboro, NC Tel: (336) 574-2898 Website: gcmuseum.com This museum is a non-profit, hands-on, educational play place for children up to age 10 and their families. Visitors learn while they explore more than 20 “Our Town” exhibits (including a learning garden, transportation gallery and Big Bubble Springs). Camps and special events are

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum

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Fascinate-U Children’s Museum Fayetteville, NC Tel: (910) 829-9171 Website: fascinate-u.com This museum is about learning through doing. Children can be judges, respond to 911 calls, bag groceries and build their way to a good time. The museum also offers more advanced programs on subjects such as health matters and scientific discovery with special events