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Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

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#3 of 23 in Childrens Museums in North Carolina
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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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  • My daughter enjoyed it very much! There are too many undisciplined kids. I truly feel sorry for the cleaning crew. It's as though parents bring their children there and just let their kid do as they p...  more »
  • We took two sets of great-grandchildren on different occasion and both had a great time. There are hands-on activities everywhere. Also, there are dress up areas where they can act like firemen, actor...  more »
  • Excellent selection of kid activities from games to crafts and play areas. We spent 6 hours and did not see everything.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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