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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: August 7, 2012

On a rainy day, why stay cooped up in the house with the kids? The Triangle offers lots of indoor activities for every age, and if you're looking for parent recommendations, see our readers' choices for 2012 Family Favorites places.

Among the favorites for Children's Activities, our readers voted Barnes and Noble and various library branches tops for story times. For a Hands-On Activity Place, Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh, was the winner. Marbles Kids Museum was also voted Best Rainy Day Outing under the category Best Family Places to Visit

The Museum of Life and Science, in Durham, came in as the favored Area Museum. With indoor and outdoor exhibits, the museum features live animals, an insectarium, a butterfly house (see photo above) and wetlands, and other special areas. It's a great destination for learning and entertainment. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the new outdoor exhibit, Into the Mist, which offers insight into mist, landforms and water.

For Best Family Place to Visit that's free, The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, in downtown Raleigh, claimed our readers' votes. The museum has four floors of exhibits featuring different parts of North Carolina and a new Nature Research Center, which offers hands-on learning and a unique look into ongoing scientific research. Learn more in our roundup of new Triangle attractions

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