Things to do in Raleigh, North Carolina with your kids or the whole family.

Raleigh, North Carolina is full of entertaining places and events. Being one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, the possibilities are endless!

Theme Parks/Arcades

  • Frankie’s Fun Park – Loaded with all sorts of rides and games. Complete with a huge arcade, Frankie’s also offers mini golf, go-kart racing, drop zones, batting cages, laser tag, and an actual restaurant (with some quality food!) inside the building.
  • Adventure Landing – Definitely one of my best childhood memories was going to a birthday party at this place. They’ve got arcade games, laser-tag, mini golf, go-karts, and batting cages. Very similar to Frankie’s, but slightly cheaper. (Also pirate themed, which is pretty much the main reason I continue to go here.)
  • Go Bananaz – An awesome indoor playground with tons of inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, and slides. Also equipped with bumper cars, a pirate ship, and a mechanical bull. Very fun and provides great exercise!
  • Monkey Joes – Similar to Go Bananaz, but more for the younger kids. Has inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses for kids to play on while parents can relax in the “adult area” with comfy chairs, TVs, and Wi-Fi.



  • Marbles Kid’s Museum – A great combination of learning and fun. This museum covers several aspects of the world, including everything from art to animals to exercise. Children will absolutely love this place.You can also stop by and watch a movie at the IMAX theater that’s in the building!
  • North Carolina Museum of Art – An amazing museum filled with the wonders of the science of life. Well-known for the “dinosaur room” which includes several life-size dinosaurs, and a huge skeleton of a T-Rex! The museum has also recently opened a new wing of the building that promises to be very exciting and interesting.

Note: There are several other museums to visit in Raleigh, but these two are more likely to keep your kids happy and entertained. I doubt many children will want to visit the NC Museum of History. But hey, if that’s what your kid enjoys, go for it!



  • Blue Jay Point – This 236-acre park includes environmental exhibits and educational classes as well as picnic spots, hiking trails, fields, and a playground. A very popular and very scenic location.
  • William B. Umstead State Park – This picturesque park provides a way to escape the busy city life of Raleigh with amenities including picnic areas, 22 miles of hiking trails, and a peaceful lake with available canoe rentals.
  • Pullen Park - As one of the most renowned parks in Raleigh, this park has many features that the entire family can enjoy. Picnic areas, concession stands, a carousel, and a train that circles around the park. Pedal boats are also available during certain parts of the year. Also has an indoor pool and a theater/arts area for public use.

Note: There are hundreds of small playgrounds in the neighborhoods of Raleigh, so these are only the top public ones.


Being a Raleighite for over 10 years, these areas are what I highly recommend for a fun day in the city. Thank you for reading, and have fun!

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