A few weekends ago we took Riker to the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, an interactive museum featuring just about every activity you can think of! We arrived shortly after they opened, thinking that by lunch our toddler would be so worn out he’d be ready to leave, but I think he would have stayed all day and night if we let him. We were only able to stay until lunch though, and in that time I don’t even think we made it through half the museum. It’s that massive. The admittance is only $5 per person so it’s a very reasonable family activity. As soon as you get past the ticket desk, there is fun waiting for you with a giant block play area.
Marbles is named Marbles because it’s a nickname for brain. Cute, right? There are several major exhibit/play areas that are all hands-on learning experiences, and there is also an IMAX Theater. The exhibits seek to deliver 5 core initiatives: create and innovate, be healthy and active, build your brain, connect and communicate, and grow up green. The exhibits are: Around Town, Splash!, IdeaWorks, Art Loft, BB&T Toddler’s Hollow, Moneypalooza, and Power2Play. We went to the following:
Around Town: Here, Riker got to be a veterinarian, a firefighter, a builder, and go to the toddler “gym”. There were tons more occupations and activities here as well.
Splash!: Riker loved this. There were indoor and outdoor activities. He could have benefited from being taller, haha, but we let him try out everything he wanted, knowing that not all the areas were toddler specific as the museum is for ages 10 and under. In Splash! Riker got to play with boats and all kinds of toy sea creatures in many different water areas.
BB&T Toddler’s Hollow: This was a really cute area, straight out of a child’s fantasy. There were magical mushroom, stuffed animal squirrels and acorns, little hidden openings in the wall, and a log you could crawl through. It was really crowded in this room and one little boy was pushing Riker. Don’t even get me started on that story. #mommyfury
To read about the rest of the exhibits and more info about Marbles check out their website.
They do birthday parties there too…how cool would that be?
We had a great time and hope to make it back again soon!