Marbles Kids Museum

Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh: Address, Phone Number, Marbles Kids Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Marbles Kids Museum
4.5
Science Museums • Children's Museums • History Museums
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Marbles Kids Museum is a hands-on, interactive destination that inspires children to be creative thinkers, active learners and confident individuals in today's world. With five galleries and two outdoor escapes, there is no shortage of activity for kids birth to 12 and their families. The campus also features the Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum. This 267-seat giant-screen experience is the only 3D capable IMAX theatre in North Carolina.
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Sarah C
1 contribution
Best Kids Museum Hands Down!
Jul 2020 • Family
This is THE coolest museum there is!!! My kids absolutely loved it! 13, 11 and 7, yes even my 13 yr. old daughter loved it, it depends on the kid! I played with them too and loved it and can't wait to take them back some time!
Written June 18, 2021
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Andy
Cary, NC1 contribution
Not for older kids
Jun 2021 • Friends
Not a place for older kids, 10 and up. Based on activities for younger kids. It was basically a zoo, littler kids everywhere.
Written June 15, 2021
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Annette
1 contribution
Very Disappointing
Apr 2021
The staff was very rude. Witnessed race-bating from the staff. They state they clean regularly but it was extremely dirty and un-kept. Wouldn't go back if someone paid me.
Written April 18, 2021
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Stephanie S
Fayetteville, NC116 contributions
Great for small children
Nov 2019
My 5-year old loved visiting marbles. This was a great activity for her to burn off a wealth of energy. The only downside is the building was PACKED and it was easy for a small child to run off and get lost in a huge crowd. This was prior-to COVID 19, but it was also concerning that there were few workers walking around to engage kids, keep a little order (help put things back) and/or periodically clean.
Written October 4, 2020
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Tizzer11
Raleigh, NC30 contributions
Love Marbles
Aug 2019 • Family
This is one of the best kids museums in the country. They have all sorts of neat things to play with. My family is always engage and excited when we go. And it is huge! The first time we went we only made it to most of the stuff on the first floor. The 2nd time we concentrated on the 2nd floor. And then other times we've finally seen all areas, but even then they change stuff up and there are new exhibits. My absolutely favorite is the mo eypalooza. There's only one way in and out so it's easier to keep track of your kids. And it's got a mini skiball game and a game where you launch the plastic balls and watchit roll through the track. The giant pig breaks open every so often too. It's so much fun. The hockey rink on the 2nd floor is pretty fun too or even the exercise section! We were going once a month before the pandemic. I highly suggest getting a membership. It pays for itself if you have a family of 4 and go just quarterly. It's so worth it. The staff is always super friendly and they'll walk around and talk with the kids about what they're doing or help them. I havent3eaten at the new cafe, but I hear it's supposed to be an upgrade from the previous one and the previous one was already really good and affordable. If you're a member, you get a discount at the cafe.

The only downside to Marbles is that it needs more space. I know they use the building next to it for bday parties so maybe they'll expand into there as well, but then they need more room for bday parties.

We have been to Kidzu in Chapel Hill, NC (this is good for under 5 and is a lot smaller more intimate than Marbles, but sometimes they'll play the guitar or do yoga with the kids and they have a craft bar where some items you pay extra for), the Madison, WI kids museum (eh, not a lot for little kids, but sometimes they have UW students come and show you actual parts of the body), the Sioux City kids museum (this is a good one too and I'd recommend it), the Magic House in St. Louis (this is a great one too, huge), City Museum in St. Louis (highly recommend, adults and older kids will love this), and the Betty Brin Children's Museum in Milwaukee, WI ( this one is better than Madison's, and comparable to Sioux, but I feel like a lot of stuff was broken.). Marbles is in our top three. It's got a lot of stuff that under 5 can do. I think Magic House might be better for older kids. I know they have a small area for 18mo or under 24 to crawl and I've been there several times, but I don't think I've seen it all. City Museum is better for older kids, teens, and adults. I think they might have a floor or two for under 5, but I'm not positive.) And then Marbles is wonderful and has a lot for 5 and under. Older kids will get enjoyment too, but I've heard that older kids that have gone since they were little have gotten bored with the exhibits.
Written July 25, 2020
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GustavoSantos
Valinhos, SP231 contributions
Kids love it
Oct 2019 • Family
It has many activities for children. Spaces related to traffic, transportation, under the sea, city, craft
Written February 1, 2020
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Candace
Raleigh, NC4 contributions
Great Fun
Feb 2019 • Family
Marbles is a great place to take children ages 3 to 10 yrs old.Perfect place to spend those rainy days. They have wonderful learning stations for every age group.
Don't miss out on the spooky Halloween costume party.The Christmas party is magical for the whole family. Great place for grandparents to take their grandchildren. Be sure to look into the family pass....great deal.
Written January 8, 2020
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REMillz
Raleigh, NC23 contributions
Amazing kids museum. A staple for ages 2-8ish
Jun 2019
We love Marbles! Super affordable and a great place for frazzled moms to go park it and let toddlers run wild for a bit. Everything is educational while being super fun to play with. There is something for every age group and every personality. We love the money exhibit with the balls and the piggy bank that drops them on you, we loved around town - great enclose area for younger kids with awesome train table, dress up, tons of play areas. The newer electricity exhibit is fun. Parking is super easy in the garage across the street. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Marbles. The Pogo cafe by the IMAX is great food with lots of healthy kid options. Better than Durham's Life and Science museum IMHO and lots cheaper too. Get a membership. It's a no-brainer.
Written January 6, 2020
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Briana P
Silver Spring, MD11 contributions
Such a fun place!
Jan 2020 • Family
Luckily ended up staying overnight in Raleigh on the first Friday of January 2020, since there is a ‘first Friday’ special in which the museum is open until 7pm and only costs $3 per person after 3pm. My 8 year old son had a blast, we were here for 1.5 hours and only left when it closed! I’d say this is about the upper age limit that kids might enjoy this place, as it seems more targeted to toddlers and preschoolers, but there were still lots of fun things for him to interact with.
Written January 4, 2020
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amy613
Winston Salem NC23 contributions
Fun morning
Dec 2019
We loved our morning at Marbles. Lots to do for toddlers, but it was SUPER crowded, even right after opening at 9am. We especially loved the art area upstairs, as well as the basketball court! Will definitely visit on future trips to the area.
Written December 30, 2019
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