Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC

This place is amazing! Located at 201 East Hargett Street in Raleigh, NC, it’s a fantastic place to spend a day with your kids (or grandkids). My mom had my children for a week over the summer and she had taken them there and told me what a great time they had. She sent me a few pictures too and it sure looked like fun!
We came down to see my parents for New Years, and while my mom was at work, I was looking around on the internet for different things to do. I don’t really have a problem spending vacation with family doing nothing, but mom doesn’t want us to be bored! I knew we only had mom’s two days off to plan prolonged activities, and luckily one of them was New Year’s Eve. I stumbled across the Marbles Kids Museum website, http://www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/, knowing they had been there before, and they had this event going on called the “Noon” Year’s Eve Celebration. It is a celebration of the new year, but it’s aimed at kids, so instead of midnight, they “ring in the new year” at noon.
We decided to go, thinking that even if the even was a dud, the kids would still have fun doing the regular stuff. It was very crowded, but we all still had a great time. They had a great time making their own hats for the party out of provided supplies. They turned out quite cute too!
Chiara's Hat
Arthur's Hat
Arthur was a bit impatient to get back to playing, so we didn’t put a lot of flair on his! Chiara on the other hand wanted all the flair we could give her!
As it got closer to noon, we gathered by the upstairs railing, looking over the main event area, similar idea to Times Square. The friendly staff was handing out little buckets of confetti made from streamers for us to throw. They had laid bubble wrap all over the floor on the main floor for the kids to stomp on, simulating fireworks. They also handed out signs to people to show the numbers during the countdown. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 HAPPY NOON YEAR!!
We threw our confetti and the kids had so much fun with it!
After the event, we spent another three hours looking around and playing on the different stations available. We had fun on the pirate ship setup, the kids jumping off the “plank” and climbing up to the bow.
Pirate Ship Playland
They have a ton of different stations on the first floor for kids to pretend to be any number of different things. A veterinarian, an EMT, a newscaster, a farmer or regular setups like a grocery store.
Veterinarian Station
Upstairs is more of science center setup. They have giant Legos for kids to test their engineering skills, an area dedicated to building things like you would in shop class, and the marble setup that gives the museum its name.
Josh's inverted pyramid
Arthur's Tiny Toolchest
I could probably post about twenty more pictures, but I’ll restrain myself! This is such a great time if you are in the Raleigh area. I would strongly recommend this stop for your family. You and your kids will take away some great memories for only $5 a piece! Such a great deal!

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