(The Triangle Trend) — If there’s one thing parents nationwide can agree on about the current pandemic, it’s that they’ve had to get real creative keeping their kids occupied. With so many schools, daycares, and summer camps closed, parents have been spending nearly every waking moment with their children close by. Most kids aren’t used to spending so much time at home, and most aren’t attempting to keep their boredom hidden. Running around the house, begging to go outside, and playing with siblings is enough to keep them entertained for a little while, but at some point their minds are going to roam to fun outside their neighborhood. And that’s when you’ll need to pull out this list.
3311 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604
Friday & Saturday: Noon-8pm
Attractions Available: Mini Golf, Go-Karts, and Batting Cages. Laser Tag and Arcade are CLOSED. You must be 56″ tall to drive a kart alone. You may ride in the double karts as long as a licensed driver is handling the kart for you. The height requirement for the passenger of a double kart is 36″ tall and at least 3 years-of-age. Batters must be at least 6 years-of-age.
10700 World Trade Blvd #112, Raleigh, NC 27617
Unlike other places, Pump It Up offers 100% private parties and playdates. Pump It Up provides a clean, safe and fun environment for you to enjoy spending time with family and friends. When you plan an event at Pump It Up the attendees are your VIP invite-only friends and family. Their current Private Playdate offering allows you to invite your small social circle for 1.5 hours of playtime in their brand-new huge arenas. The cost is $100 for up to 8 children.
6210 Plantation Center Dr, Raleigh, NC 27616
Romp n’ Roll’s Summer Camps allow you to drop your preschooler off to enjoy 3 hours of fun, gym time, small group play, and imaginative thinking. Their proprietary curriculum rotates weekly and is designed specifically for little ones ages 3 months through 5 years, targeting developmental milestones through art, music, and physical activity. View their full class schedule here.
8801 Lead Mine Rd #117, Raleigh, NC 27615
STEAM Learn and Play is designed to help families with children home from school. They engage kids with structured activities in the gym such as relays, games, gymnastics, obstacles and more. In addition, the kids will rotate into the lobby to work on school work with the device brought from home as well as participate in lessons, experiments and crafts prepared by the instructors.
520 Ashe Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606
Pullen Park is the first public park in North Carolina, the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. and 16th oldest in the world. At Pullen Park you can rent a pedal boat, ride a carousel, take a swim, sign up for an art class, see a play, play your favorite sport, and more.
7713 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615
The first recreation center in Raleigh with an indoor playground and rock climbing wall. Their hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours are subject to change. The playground is subject to being closed after 5 p.m. on weekdays and after 12 p.m. on Saturdays for rentals. Please call ahead to confirm.
7713 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615
Visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the state, including gathering with no more than 25 people and maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from any other person. The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least August 15: Playgrounds and park centers are closed, Park programs and events are canceled, and Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.
8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614
Durant Nature Preserve is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy viewing a variety of butterflies, caterpillars, and other insects in their garden located directly in front of the Training Lodge. Extensive native plants, a sand feature, rock garden, fairy home building, toad houses, ponds, and much more provide a sensory and natural play experience fun for everyone.