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Marbles Kids Museum

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Marbles Kids Museum
Description:Marbles Kids Museum is a hands-on, interactive museum that inspires children to be creative thinkers, active learners and confident individuals in today's world
A D D R E S S
Address 1:201 East Hargett Street
Address 2:
City:Raleigh
State/Province:NC
Zip Code:27601
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm
Monday closed (with some exceptions)
Admission:
Telephone:(919) 834-4040
Website:http://www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/
R E V I E W S
Sharon D., Co-op Member
As far as children's museums go... this one is by far one of our favorites. My kids, ages 5 & 8, especially love the area upstairs where you can use real carpentry tools to build anything you like. All materials are provided from screws and wood pieces to hand drills and foam. In the same area are other hands-on activities like building your own race car and testing it on a ramp, using magnetic pieces to build a vertical marble run, and using giant blocks to build a house you can actually enter. Downstairs there is a pirate ship complete with mops, buckets, and costumes for role playing as well as a walled and gated area for younger children with train tables, grocery store, ambulance, and more. We try to visit every time we're in the Raleigh area!
Charlotte D., Co-op Member
Marbles is a fantastic children's museum for several reasons. First, it is very large. Children with all sorts of interests will find something that appeals to them. The exhibits don't feel cramped even if there are a lot of children running around. Second, there is an IMAX theater on the property. They often offer educational films through the day and first-run movies (such as Avatar or Batman) on the evening and weekends. The cost for admission plus a film is only slightly more than the museum itself and offers a nice break part way through the day. Finally, the materials that make up the exhibits are high quality and offer a lot of hands-on opportunities for exploration.

They do offer discounts to groups of homeschoolers.

The only negative I can say is that the on-site food is overpriced and very slow, with very little seating. Leave your lunch in the car or visit one of the nearby restaurants.
I Palmer, Co-op Member
What a place to encourage kid's imaginations! My kids enjoyed this place so much while visiting their grandparents in Raleigh! There are other places like it in various states we've been to, but it is as good as any we've seen in the major cities.
Rebekah K., Co-op Member
Our family has enjoyed this museum several times over the years, whenever we go to the Raleigh area. We've been going since it was called "Exploris". My kids, who are now 10, 8, and 7, loved it when they were 2, 3, and 5. They still love it! They don't grow tired of it! We always go to the IMAX to see the new educational movie they have playing during the day. It's one of the greatest children's museums I've ever been to! Rivals those of any big city.
L Long, Co-op Member
My two boys and I made a field trip to the Marbles Kids Museum a few months ago and I have to say that they have something for all ages. There is a section that has a half wall all the way around it to help keep the younger ones close plus there is plenty for them to do and learn. There are large train tables, "Post Office" area, a bus, a boat, story time, and much more. They have a LARGE pirate ship the kids can play on and then a special exhibit that is ran for a few months.
You cant forget the IMAX theater showing educational show through out the day. I would surely recommend the Marble Museum for a field trip, I know we will be going back.
Nicole P, Co-op Member
Great museum for younger ones. Not for kids over 9 or 10 really. It can be difficult for homeschool families to visit because we usually have a variety of ages and it is geared for really young ones downstairs while the upstairs is for older. We love the Imax and have set up many field trips to watch their documentary films which are great! Do bring your own lunch.
Caroline C., Co-op Member
Terrific kids museum! My kids (9 & 6) both find lots of activities to keep them busy and engaged. The opening area is filled with role playing activities from a grocery store, a restaurant, fire fighters, etc. We can spend a looooong time in that part alone. But, beyond that there is so much more to the museum. Definitely worth a visit. Homeschoolers get a discount too. Bring your orange card.
Megan G, Co-op Member
Kids of a variety of ages love this. My son, age 10, especially loved the sports area. We went on a Sunday afternoon and it was very crowded. There are a lot of schools that take field trips here, so during the school day may be crowded too at times. There are special days with discounted admission when they are open late.
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