Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

Known for hands-on exhibits, Marbles Kids Museum is geared toward children under ten. Your little ones will have fun and learn as they participate in activities like the Kid Grid, which teaches about electricity, and Ideaworks, where children build machines. Other exhibits offer lessons about saving money, living in a city, and making art. Don't miss the IMAX theater that screens major motion pictures. Purchase your IMAX ticket first, then add a museum ticket to save money on admission. Visit the website for a calendar of special events, such as classes and presentations. Add Marbles Kids Museum to your Raleigh travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Raleigh trip planner.
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  • October 2, 2017
    This is not your ordinary children's museum. It is a totally hands on experiential, learning environment with plenty of helpful staff hovering about to help keep the peace and explain how things work....  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Where can you go to ensure your child exerts lots of energy and will learn a bunch of things at the same time? Marbles, marbles, marbles... We recently went here for Marbles 10th birthday which was fi...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We took our two year old daughter here and she loved it. It was nice to go somewhere and just let her lead the way where she was free to touch and play with whatever she wanted. There are so many diff...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    Awesome museum. The downstairs is gears towards smaller children, while upstairs is more for elementary age kids. I had a blast even as an adult, and spent a while learning how to cross stitch next to the woodwork and fashion center. We were also allowed to keep what we created, my nephew some woodwork thing (not pictured) and my sub-par cross stitch.
  • July 5, 2017
    One of a kind place in the Raleigh area. The amount of kids friendly and educational activities is outstanding. They also cater for a wide age range making it perfect for a whole family fun day. We've been going there for the last 6 years and will probably keep going for several more.
  • June 18, 2017
    We originally thought this was an actual museum of marbles. Definitely not the case. This is the best place for little ones to go. There is all kinds of things that they can do. Everything is well thought out and safe. Our 15 month old had a blast and instantly fell asleep on the car ride home.
  • July 9, 2017
    Visited this place many times and it is always great! Kids loved it. A lot of fun for adults as well. They offer tons of hands on activities that kids (and adults) will enjoy. They also have an IMAX theater. 5/5, will visit again.
  • June 23, 2017
    The best children's museum we have ever visited. Two floors of activities to engage kids of all ages (including myself). The hidden gem is the musical keyboard staircase tucked away in the front left corner. My son loved going up and down those stairs while the lit up and played the corresponding note.

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Staying downtown provides the most convenient access to Raleigh's leading attractions. You'll find a couple of large, efficient hotels here--they feature a large volume of beds. The area around the North Campus of North Carolina State University lies just west of downtown and features a handful of additional hotels. A cluster of national chain hotels and motels lies in the midtown area north of downtown. There are a couple of bus lines that provide easy access to downtown from here, so this area serves as a suitable option if you cannot find accommodation in the city center. The intersection of I-440 and Route 70 to the northwest of downtown features numerous hotels and motels, but these largely cater to business travelers who require convenient access to both downtown and the airport.
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