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Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

(4.6/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Marbles Kids Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Raleigh itinerary planner.
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  • This is our second time coming to Marbles. It's located in the downtown Raleigh area but the parking garage located near by honestly makes me a little uncomfortable. There are quite a few undesirables...  more »
  • This is a very SAFE play-place for children of all ages. Little tykes can play dress-up, be actors on stage, ride in an ambulance, pretend you are a police office, nurse, train engineer, postal worker...  more »
  • Great place to take your small children, there is different activities for them to do on each floor. Definitely a place to get their imagination going!  more »
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  • Marbles is awesome! I wish there was one at the coast where I live, but my grandchildren are willing to ride in the car for 3 hours just to go to Marbles. There's something for almost any age and plenty of places for adults to sit and take a break. The staff are wonderful, there are lockers for anything you don't want to carry, and the cafe has good food. I just can't recommend Marbles enough!
  • Its a smaller theater space (small lobby, small concession stand). Nice clean bathrooms. Their ticket purchasing has limited options (I believe you cannot buy through outside sources, you have to buy through the website), but thats not much of a problem. The theater itself is nice.
  • I cannot speak for the IMAX but I hear it is excellent. Otherwise a great facility for the price. So reasonable I don't even ask about a veteran discount.The staff are friendly and capable and engaged with the children and can locate a lost little mutant fast and with a smile. Front desk staff are friendly and knowledgeable and quick with a smile. The facilities are too notch and clean despite all the little humans.. The exhibits and displays are well thought out but a bit dated. If you are a participatory parent a lot of what the "Museum" offers will be below your child's abilities. While make believe and pretend are essential aspects of a child's development I have to say that the exhibits such as the Wells Fargo Bank balls and the Duke Energy room accomplish nothing except overload ones child with stimulating lights and noises that do nothing but annoy parents and amp ones child up to previously unseen levels. Its Five Dollars per person to get in.. Go once.. Experience what they have to offer and then remember that there is no substitute for actual hands on discovery with REAL LIFE situations and objects..While I applaud all who work there and their efforts --I honestly have to say this place and ones like it only contribute to the dumbing down of our society
  • This is a great place to take your kids! There are so so so much things to do here. You can spend all day here. I Highly recommend it !
  • I loved this place so much for 5 year old. It is so interactive for the kids. They have all sorts of games and activities for all ages and sizes. They have from career like activities ( pretending to be firefighters, to news casters, veterinarian, EMT, etc) they have activities to help kids learn about money; the museum also offers fun science, to learn about electricity and other science in a fun way. They also have extracurricular activities that stimulate he body like basketball, hockey, and much much more. It's an amazing place I recommend for any parent to go.