Think you are going to run out of things to do this summer, think again. Here are some of the things we love to do in the Triangle on family days:

Great play space incorporates music and play. Bring your socks! For adults and children. (Durham or Cary locations)

Jump Street
The Earthquake Area is only $5 for an all-day pass. Get there when they open so your little one can jump until they get all the wiggles out. Then grab a bite to eat, as there are plenty of options in this area. They will definitely go down for a nap. (Save yourself time: sign waiver, check pricing & schedule before you go!)

Marbles Museum
An interactive learning experience. Kids get to use their imaginations, learn, and play. Also, Marbles Cafe has excellent healthy options at a reasonable price if you want to have a quick lunch and go back in for more fun. My little guys favorite spot is MONEYPALOOZA (at home we call it the "Money Pit").

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
This museum is free, except for featured exhibitions. So drop a few dollars in the donation boxes. Nature, science, animals, and interactive experiences.

Toddler Storytime at the Library
Lots of families show up, and a lot of kids have a great time. My little one will not sit still, but I will not give up! We always go and pick out books to take home. (check WakeGov for more events for the kids)

North Carolina Museum of Art
Pack up the bikes, and go for a ride in The Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, the landscaping is beautiful. Great place for the kids to get exercise, take in the fresh air and break for art installations throughout the park. Just stay on the paved path if you are biking. If you are not in the mood to sweat, just head to the North Carolina Museum of Art, west or east buildings to take in the permanent collection and break for a tasty lunch in the west building.

Nasher Museum of Art At Duke University
Free Family Days are the best day to visit the Nasher with kids.
There are always activities/creative projects and art to explore. Make plans to check out Durham while you are there, it has a great vibe, art, and a wide selection of foods and breweries. Our favorite family-friendly brewery right now is Ponysaurus; make sure you bring a snack, small games, crayons, etc. to keep them occupied.

Museum of Life and Science
Rain or shine, this interactive science park is filled with fun for the entire family. We like to go on sunny days because it is hard to pull my kid away from hideaway woods and the dinosaur trail. We always pack a picnic lunch to have under the picnic dome across the street from the museum.

Pullen Park
If the weather is beautiful, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day at the park.
Great park for all ages. Don't forget to buy tickets for a train ride when you first get there. Shoot for an early arrival at the parking lot fills up fast. (Note: This area has so many parks, but we like this one for a day at the park.)

Don't forget splash parks, outdoor movies, concerts and festivals to keep the entire family busy. There is no reason for boredom or a long road trip to have an awesome family day in this area.
We had been on the west coast for 10 years and rediscovering the things we love about NC has been fun! I will add more as we continue to explore!

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