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Things to Do with Kids in Durham, NC

Durham is a family-friendly destination where you will find activities suitable for children of all ages. Places like the Museum of Life + Science provide fun and educational experiences through hands-on, engaging exhibits. Unique businesses like the trampoline sports arenas DefyGravity and Sky Zone give children a fun outlet for their energy, and parks like Rolling View State Recreation Area offer areas to explore the outdoors. No matter the age, areas of interest, or the budget, kids have a wealth of activities available in Durham.

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Museum of Life + Science

  • 433 W Murray Ave
  • I-85 Exit 176-B
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 220-5429
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life + Science are packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity in guests. Popular exhibits include one of the largest butterfly houses …

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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

  • 2001 Campus Dr, Duke University Central Campus
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 684-5135
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Duke University’s focal point for visual arts is the 65,000-sqare-foot, Rafael Viñoly-designed Nasher Museum of Art. The permanent collection includes Medieval art, pre-Columbian American works, …

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North Carolina Central University

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707-9363
  • (919) 530-6100
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Located in the historic Hayti neighborhood on the eastern side of Durham, NCCU is home to an art museum, biomanufacturing and biomedical research institutes, an award-winning marching band, and …

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Maplewood Park

  • 1507 Whitcomb St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes play grounds.

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Mardi Gras Bowling Center

  • 6118-A Farrington Rd
  • Falconbridge Shopping Center
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27517
  • (919) 489-1230
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

The Mardi Gras Bowling Center is a destination for family-friendly fun and entertainment. Their smoke-free and alcohol-free facility features 24 bowling lanes, a private party room, plush furniture, …

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Morreene Road Park & Recreation Center

  • 1102 Morreene Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes basketball courts, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.

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North Carolina Central University Eagles

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 530-7057
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

For schedules and ticket information, call 560-5170 or 560-6574.

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North Carolina Central University Eagles Basketball

  • McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium, Fayetteville St at Lawson St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 530-5170
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

1989 NCAA Division II National Champions. Alternate phone: (919) 560-5170.

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North Carolina Central University Eagles Football

  • O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, Fayetteville St at Lawson St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-5170
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

North Carolina Central University Eagles play at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium. 1990 NCAA quarter finalists.

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Northgate Park

  • 300 West Club Blvd
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes dog park, greenway access, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, large shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.

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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604