8 Unique Ways to Have Family Fun in the Triangle
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Looking for something fun and a little out of the ordinary for your kids to enjoy? From stargazing to bouncing around in a bubble, the Triangle offers a variety of unique, family-friendly adventures you can all embark on together.
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If you like soccer and sumo wrestling, BubbleBall is perfect because it combines both. Players are equipped with protective bubbles (approximately 5 feet across), and can then bounce, roll and flip their way through hours of fun. Players should be at least 12 years old, 57 inches and 80 pounds. Triangle BubbleBall is available weekends at D1 Sports Training in Raleigh (633 Mount Herman Rd.), but employees are also able to bring the equipment and referee to the location of your choice (inside or outside, but the space must be at least 100 feet by 60 feet — the size of a basketball court).
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Tag – You’re It!
Xtreme Park Adventures
7460 Hwy. 98/Wake Forest Rd., Durham
The options are endless when you enter Xtreme Park Adventures, a 50-acre field that offers extreme adventures. Try a game of paintball or laser tag, or soar through the air on a 3,000-foot-long zip line.
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Hide and Seek
If your kids like treasure hunting, they will think they hit the jackpot with geocaching. Using a GPS-enabled device, participants search for containers of “treasures.” Sign up for a free membership at geocaching.com and the site will direct you to geocaches across North Carolina (and the world) — from Lake Lynn in Raleigh and Eno River State Park in Durham to Jordan Lake in Apex. Be sure to take other “treasures” to leave in the containers for the next group to find.
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Wish Upon a Star
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
250 E. Franklin. St., Chapel Hill
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center offers several programs that will have you gazing at the stars in a new light. Go on an informal, family-friendly stargazing adventure outdoors, where you will use telescopes and be guided through celestial objects. Skywatching sessions are held monthly, usually at the Ebenezer Church Recreation Area at Jordan Lake in Apex. For a more formal program, the Star Families series, designed for children ages 7-12 and their families, explores a different theme each month at the planetarium. See a schedule of events at moreheadplanetarium.org.
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Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille
1140 Parkside Main St., Cary
Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille combines two favorite pastimes — bowling and movies — to create a perfect destination for the entire family. Watch movies in style with reserved luxury seating and reclining chairs, and work on your bowling game using boutique-style bowling lanes. You’ll have access to full-service dining while enjoying both activities.
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Cinebistro at Waverly
525 New Waverly Place, Cary
Want to sit back, enjoy a delicious meal and watch Hollywood’s latest release? Reserve your seat now at Cinebistro at Waverly Place. You’ll experience the comforts of home with leather recliners and reserved seating, and be able to order kid-friendly foods as well as specialties like shrimp macaroni-and-cheese or beef filet.
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Hop, Skip and Jump
6421 Hilburn Drive, Raleigh
Kids will jump, bounce, dunk and flip for a visit to the Launching Pad. In addition to the trampolines, kids can play dodge ball and basketball, jump into the foam pit or check out the brand-new Launch Tower. When they need a break, they can head to the arcade, motion simulator or snack bar.
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Go Ape in the Trees
Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh
If you want to take tree-climbing the next level, head over to the Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure Course at Blue Jay Point County Park. The two- to three-hour adventure will have you flying down five zip lines, swinging on two Tarzan swings, and climbing over numerous obstacles. Participants must be at least 10 years old and 55 inches tall.
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Michele Jonczak is a freelance writer from Raleigh and mom to Holden, Hayes, and Emery.