12 Things to Do During Spring Break

Here are some fun things to do with the kids while they're on spring break.
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Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art
Be sure to bring paper and crayons if you visit the North Carolina Museum of Art's Museum Park. You can make rubbings from etchings of native plants and animals by Tim Purus.

You don’t have to go on a big trip to make memories and have fun over spring break. The Triangle boasts lots of cultural resources you might not have visited in a while. Check out this list of ideas and events happening while your kids have a well-deserved break from school.


Help kids learn financial literacy with a new pretend pet care exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. Thanks to a 75,000 donation from the Capital Bank Foundation that funded the transformation of the popular “Aunt Polly’s Pet Sitting” play area in "Moneypalooza" into “Polly’s Pet Care,” children can now explore the concepts of entrepreneurship, teamwork, and earning and saving money. 

Photo courtesy of Marbles Kids Museum


Raleigh has been called the “Smithsonian of the South,” partly because of the variety and quality of our museums. Quite a few have free admission, too. Here are a few spots to visit: the Cary Heritage Museum; the City of Raleigh Museum; the Fuquay-Varina Museums Complex; the North Carolina Museum of Art and its recently expanded Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park; the North Carolina Museum of History; the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; the North Carolina Railway Museum; and the Wake Forest Historical Museum.


Raleigh Farmers Market

Sample new-to-you, locally grown fruits and vegetables, get great deals on fresh produce, peruse the selection of spring plants and have a delicious breakfast or lunch at the State Farmers Market Restaurant. Shop at the enclosed Market Shoppes for locally made soaps, cheeses, meats, crafts, bakery items and more.

photo courtesy gwynneth larussa

Sassafras All Children’s Playground FREE

Your kids can around til their heart's content at this gigantic, inclusive playground at Laurel Hills Park in Raleigh. Kids of all abilities will find something fun to do. 

photo courtesy jennifer breva

Strawberry Picking

Show kids where strawberries really come from (for a while, mine thought they came from the grocery store) at many area farms. Pick your own or buy pre-picked berries from their source. Some of the local farms on our list are already open. You'll find farms here in the Triangle, as well as farms a short drive away.


Wake County Parks FREE

There are events happening almost every day in area parks, and most of them are absolutely free with preregistration. Check out what’s happening this week here.

photo courtesy of historic yates mill county park

Wake County Public Libraries FREE

Area libraries are always a safe bet. Even if one of the wide variety of planned activities and movies doesn’t fit your schedule, it’s always fun to go check out a new stack of books. Search here for programs to see what’s available near you. 

photo courtesy of tonya palumbo

Monday Morning Movies FREE

Watch “Flushed Away” April 15 at 10 a.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

photo courtesy of chantal stanyer

Happy Dan the Magic Man

You’re in for a treat April 17 at 11 a.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind magic and comedy show geared toward families. Tickets are $5 per person and and are available here or at the door.

photo courtesy of happy dan the magic man

Lakeside Movies FREE

Come out to Bond Park Boathouse in Cary April 18 to see the 1995 movie “Jumanji.” The boathouse will be open for you to take a boat out on the lake while you wait for sunset, when the movie starts. 

image courtesy of the withers family

Raleigh Sports Card, Memorabilia & Comic Book Show

On April 20, 9 a.m..-5 p.m., find that baseball card to complete your collection or discover a new series of comics at the Kerr Scott Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. You’ll see modern and vintage cards and autographs and comics from all eras. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, and free for kids 12 and under.

photo courtesy of bec wilson

Children’s Day Festival FREE

This fun event focuses on the importance of children, with the intent of helping them develop an appreciation for the colorful mosaic of cultures in our area. On April 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Cary’s Fred G. Bond Metro Park, enjoy magic performances, face painting, international tasting zone, balloon animals, make-and-take crafts and performances by many groups representing various cultures. Check out the schedule of events here

photo courtesy of the town of cary


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