Children’s museums are fun and hands-on museums built specifically to cater to a child’s learning style. In the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) children have a few children’s museums to choose from, depending on what they want to learn. These museums are fun, interactive and challenge your child to learn more while they have fun!
Marbles Kids Museum
201 East Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Marbles Kids Museum Website
According to Marbles, the museum strives to teach five initiatives to children:
“Create. Innovate. We give kids tools and resources to imagine, invent, experiment and solve.
Be Healthy.Be Active. We provide play environments that promote physical activity and healthy choices.
Build Your Brain. We deliver playful experiences that help kids develop skills for success in learning and life.
Go Global. We invite kids to explore similarities and differences of people and places around the world.
Grow Up Green. We call kids into action to help care for the earth and preserve its resources.”
Marbles has seven different permanent exhibits for kids to learn through play. These include “Around Town”, a small-scale version of the area where kids can pretend and play; “Splash”, a fun-filled, hands-on water exhibit; “IdeaWorks”, where kids can build and innovate; “Art Loft” for creating masterpieces; “BB&T Storybook Forest”, a place for kids to read books and act them out; “Moneypalooza”, a fun and colorful exhibit teaching healthy money habits; “Power2Play”, a fun sport adventure.
Besides daily admissions prices, Marbles also has membership options for patrons who plan on visiting regularly. Check their calendar for low-cost days and for special needs events as well.
Museum of Life and Science
433 Murray Avenue
Durham, NC 27704
Museum of Life and Science Website
The mission of the Museum of Life and Science is “to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.”
The Museum of Life and Science has a variety of exhibits, both inside and out, for children.
You can either pay a daily admission fee or join the Museum of Life and Science through a membership.
Kidzu Children’s Museum
105 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Kidzu Children’s Museum Website
According to Kidzu’s website, “Kidzu Children’s Museum is an interactive museum for young children and families located in downtown Chapel Hill, NC. Our mission is to inspire children and the adults in their lives to learn through play. We offer weekly programs for young children (0-8 years) and feature an original exhibit, “KidZoom: The Power of Creativity,” celebrating our community’s creativity.”
Kidzu offers daily admission prices as well as membership programs.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Website
“Featuring an array of permanent and special exhibits, live programs and educational films that appeal to audiences of all ages, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences encourages visitors to explore the natural world and their connections to it.”
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has no required admission fee, but they do accept donations. You can also sign up for a membership to help support the museum and get special members-only benefits.