Keep Your Kids Entertained AND Stay Warm By Meghan Barrett

The temperatures are dwindling and so are your options of where to take the kids to stay entertained, play off some energy, and just plain get out of the house.

The Raleigh-Durham area has so many parks and outdoor activities, but this time of year has you looking for somewhere to stay warm. Don’t worry – we have lots of options for that too!

Marbles Children’s Museum (Raleigh) –

The ultimate when it comes to indoor play spaces for kids in the Triangle. There are many different themed exhibits for all ages starting at crawlers. They provide hands-on fun for play-based learning, daily programs and larger-than-life movies. The kids can be a news anchor one minute, a farmer the next, then a pirate, a builder, hockey player, pizza maker and so much more!

PlayFunParty (Fuquay-Varina) –

Small play area that packs so much fun. Also, probably the cleanest one around! Dress up, climb, jump, play music and more with the Waldorf and Montessori inspired toys. The best part is you can sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee and still be able to see your kids while they are playing.

Bumble Brews (Cary) –

Want to enjoy a nice coffee, wine or beer while your kids are having fun playing in a safe, enclosed space? Look no further! They are equipped with a range of activities from slides and a fireman’s pole to a grocery store, dolls and everything in between. Your kids will be having fun while you can relax a bit too – how awesome is that?

Museum of Life & Science (Durham) –

While the outdoor area is worth the trip, there is plenty to do indoors as well. There are play areas and hands on science the kids can get into. They have a play to learn area that includes baby and toddler exploration through climbing, crawling and other activities. Highly suggest getting to the outdoor area (even if you have to make a separate trip in the spring) – there is 84 acres of fun!

ParTee Shack (Raleigh) –

Not your typical mini golf! Three different 18 hole courses to choose from is fun for all ages. This course will have you batting your golf ball, riding a swing and even playing a little beer pong….don’t worry, no beer is actually involved (unless you want – they do serve alcohol too).

Notasium (Cary/Durham) –

Ready to jam out? Nostasium is an interactive, music-based play area. Get creative with the kids and make your own sounds and rhythms. They also have music-inspired play structures and equipment to helps kids experience the joy of music in a unique and new way.

Defy Trampoline Park (Raleigh/Apex) –

If the kids are literally jumping off the walls – take them somewhere they can do so safely without hurting themselves and everything in your house. After 1 hour of jumping here they will be sure to get at least some of that energy out.

*Most of these establishments do require reservations at this time so be sure to check out their website before going and reserve your spots where needed.

Meghan Barrett is an Accountability Coach & Podcaster. She helps moms create a life they love as “mom” AND an individual. Through the podcast, Mama’s Daily Dose, she provides actionable steps to take for mamas who want more.

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