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Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh NCBy Kristy Stevenson

There’s no “Shhhh,” or “Don’t touch,” at this museum! Delivering purposeful play in a big way, Marbles Kids Museum is an interactive experience in downtown Raleigh with themed exhibits for kids ages 10 and under. The setup allows children to imagine, discover and learn through daily educational programs, special events and giant-screen IMAX films. Through core initiatives and rotating exhibits, the museum is never the same place twice! Kids are excited to learn through play, and there’s something for the whole family. Here are the nine exhibits your little ones can explore:

Kid Grid
Powerful play at work; this is an energy exhibit where kids are in charge. So energize your electricity smarts and take charge to power a bright future.

Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh NCAround Town
Exploring a pint-size version of a community–bringing a child’s world down to size–where kids take charge with opportunities to imagine and explore how people work, live and play together. Includes Speed Zone; Let’s Fight Fire; Get Well; Peek-a-boo Bay; On The Farm; My Market; Let’s Eat; Act I; All Aboard!; Pet Vet; Exploration Station; Backstage Studio; Ready, Set, School; and News Around Town.

Check out Around Town’s new fire truck coming Feb. 28th. Visitors may remember that the current truck is one of the last remaining pieces from the museum’s merger with Playspace. Marbles is excited to unveil the new vehicle.

Splash!
Discovering the power and fun of water, both indoors and out, this is overflowing with hands-on experiences and experiments. Includes The Lighthouse; Hideaway Grove; Under the Waves; Science Submarine; The Blue Marble; Castaway Cove Kids Garden; and Power Flower.

The popular Kids Garden will be undergoing a transformation; look for new fruits and vegetables soon.

Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh NCIdeaWorks
Dream, Design, Do! Your child’s imagination takes center stage as kids design, create and build structures, vehicles, simple machines and everyday products. Includes Go Zone; Super Structures; Work Bench; Studio Style; and Toddler Tools.

Art Loft
Encouraging free expression and creativity through painting, drawing, sculpting and exploring different types of artwork. Includes Exploring Fine Art Techniques; and Displaying Your Work.

Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh NCBB&T Toddlers Hollow
A special place where little ones under the age of three are invited to discover the magic of the woods and explore at their own pace. A great place to practice crawling, walking and balancing on the meandering bridge; uncovering a pixie hideaway; or dressing up as a favorite forest critter.

Moneypalooza
Bringing to life the importance of establishing healthy money habits through innovative and high-energy activities. Kids play with smart ways to spend and save while having a wealth of fun learning to earn. Includes Pay Day; Banker Ben & Betty’s Money Movers; and Freddie Frugal’s Spending Smarts.

Power2Play
Providing play environments that promote physical activity and healthy choices for kids and families. Includes Center Ice; Workout Zone; Little Leaguers; Healthy Kitchen; Tumble ‘n Twirl; and Center Court.

STEMosphere
Hands-on play with colorful learning about science, technology, engineering and math. Includes brain teasers, science challenges, puzzles, math games and more.

Family fun (it’s our go-to spot on particularly hot or inclement weather days), and makes a great field trip or birthday party!

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The World's Largest Dinosaurs exhibition in Raleigh NCBy Leigh Hines

There’s something BIG in town, and you don’t want to miss it. I took the kids to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences recently to see The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a new exhibition about the super-sized sauropods, the most colossal animals to walk the earth.

I’m not well-educated on dinosaurs at all. In fact, most of my knowledge comes from the public television show, Dinosaur Train. I knew dinosaurs were big, but man, that sauropod is BIG. Some sauropods reached lengths of 130 feet. This is a fun, educational exhibit that the whole family can enjoy. It’s not scary for little children at all, but I do think elementary-aged children would enjoy this exhibit the most. I have a five-year-old daughter, and she almost wanted to run through the exhibit quickly, however, the museum does an excellent job of keeping younger children engaged through interactive play areas. It’s fun to see if you can fit in the gigantic dinosaur footprint.

I personally got a big kick out of seeing how many greens the sauropods ate daily.

They weren’t kidding when they said BIG. Talk about an enormous salad bar.

The BIG highlight of the exhibition is the detailed model of a 60-foot-long Mamenchisaurus. You actually see this fellow breathe and watch him digest food. The World’s Largest Dinosaurs takes visitors beyond the bones and into the bodies of these titans, shedding light on how heart rate, respiration, metabolism and reproduction are linked to size.

Your future paleontologists (your kids!) will enjoy digging in the exhibition’s fossil pit before heading into the gift store where they can take home their own baby dinosaur (the soft and cuddly kind).

This is a ticketed-admission exhibition in the museum. Get $4 off adult tickets here! Tickets are free for museum members.

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs will run through Apr. 12. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum is holding a special lecture series through Mar.

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Wake Forest Historical Museum in Wake Forest NCBy Kristy Stevenson

The Wake Forest Historical Museum, on North Main St. in Greater Raleigh’s Wake Forest, is adjacent to the Calvin Jones House and provides an innovative look at the history of a quaint town, its college and subsequent university.

Calvin Jones was a physician, founder of the N.C. Medical Society and mayor of Raleigh who moved to northern Wake County around 1820, purchasing the farmhouse on 615 acres of land and calling what had previously been known as the Forest District: Wake Forest. The two-story Greek Revival house is the birthplace of Wake Forest College (now Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.) and the town’s oldest dwelling. Here he saw patients, performed surgeries and even established the area’s first post office. Dr. Jones was the first to use “Wake Forest” as an address on a letter sent through the U.S. mail.

Wake Forest Historical Museum in Wake Forest NCThe property was sold in 1832 to the N.C. Baptist Convention, which was seeking a suitable location to educate young ministers by way of a manual labor institute. By 1834, students as young as 12 could work the land in exchange for a religious education. Under the guidance of first president Samuel Wait, the college began to develop a flourishing student body (eliminating the farm chores), advanced curriculum including Schools of Law and Medicine and a new brick campus. The college even transitioned to co-ed during the war.

Wake Forest was born as a college town populated with shops, pharmacies, restaurants, department stores, pool halls and movie theaters. For more than a century, the town and the college grew up together. It acquired new residents, businesses and even a railroad.

Wake Forest Historical Museum in Wake Forest NCThe Wake Forest Historical Museum depicts it as “five towns in one” back then: the Business District, the college area/North Main St., Mill Village, East End and the Harricane.

The Wake Forest College Birthplace Society, the museum operators, have spent more than half a century working to keep the story of Old Wake Forest alive, collecting more than 15,000 pages of documents, 5,000 photographs, 1,000 books and hundreds of artifacts.

Today, the Calvin Jones House is part of a four-acre campus that includes gardens, pathways, an old well and a museum annex. The house is furnished to reflect the period of its various residents and the museum’s extensive exhibits depict the history of the college and town.

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If you want to expose your children to modern art, and you need a subject area that may interest them, I highly suggest to put Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh) on your list of places to visit this summer.

CAM Raleigh Now through Aug. 31, 2014, the museum shares the thrill of baseball in an exhibition called Bull City Summer. Inspired by the 25th anniversary of the movie Bull Durham, this art exhibition documents the 2013 season at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of one of the most popular and legendary minor league baseball team in America.

Ten nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists—photographers Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Hiroshi Watanabe, Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Kate Joyce, Elizabeth Matheson, Leah Sobsey and Jeff Whetstone and video artist Ivan Weiss—converged on the stadium for all 72 home games.

The end result is a fascinating exhibition about America’s favorite pastime. Project director Sam Stephenson describes Bull City Summer as “a portrait of the art and craft and grit of baseball and the community that revolves around it.”

Photo by Frank Hunter is part of the Bull City Exhibition.

Photo by Frank Hunter is part of the Bull City Summer exhibition.

The exhibition will probably appeal more to children ages five and up, but the CAM Raleigh’s Family Sundae event would be a great way for all ages to experience the art of baseball as well as the other art exhibits on display.

In honor of Father’s Day, the museum will host a creation station for hands-on art activities and an interactive ice cream sundae bar for all ages. Family Sundae will be held from noon to 3pm on Sun. June 15.

CAM Raleigh also hosts a weekly guided tour at 2pm each Sun. The Weekly Guided Tour is included with museum admission. General admission to CAM Raleigh is $5 for adults, children over age 10 and seniors. Admission is free for CAM Raleigh members and children under the age of 10.

CaM RAleigh_Bull City Summer3CAM Raleigh is located at 409 W. Martin Street in downtown Raleigh. The museum is also open until 10pm on the First Friday of each month.

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