By Joan Richter and D’Andra Bennett
Summer is here and that means finding something for the kids to do other than texting and playing video games. Whether your child likes sports, animals, music, technology, nature, reading or academics — or has other interests — there are plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Fayetteville!
- Fayetteville has several parks, trails and recreational facilities. Check out Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation for current information on programs and activities.
- Cape Fear Botanical Garden has 80 acres of forest and meticulously preserved nature areas of the region’s indigenous plants, trees and wildlife. Many garden areas, including a Children’s Garden and Butterfly Stroll, provide unique educational experiences for young and old alike.
- Carter Blueberry Farm is the largest pick-your-own blueberry farm in Fayetteville. Grab your kids and some baskets and get ready to enjoy an afternoon picking some of the freshest blueberries in the area!
Arcades / Paintball / Laser Tag / Miniature Golf
- Fun Fun Fun Arcade & Laser Tag is a great family entertainment spot with over 100 games and rides, laser tag, miniature golf and batting cages.
- Putt-Putt Fun Center provides fun for the entire family, including Putt-Putt golf, go karts, bumper cars, bumper boats, batting cages and arcade games. They also offer group pricing, party packages and daily specials.
- Black Ops Paintball, started by combat veterans, is a safe, unique and exciting experience for people of all ages and skill levels. Play a variety of the most popular paintball game types on many different playing fields, as well as enjoy birthday parties or group outings. Minimum age is 10 for paintball and six for laser tag.
- Black River Paintball offers an exciting playing and training experience on a variety of fields, many of which are developed around movies and video games. They also offer packages for birthday parties or other private groups.
- Fantasy Lake Water Park has something for the entire family, including tarzan swings, slides, pedal boats, jump tower, diving board, swings, water volleyball and basketball courts, and an area specifically for kids three to 11. Out of the water there’s a basketball court, picnic areas, pool tables, horseshoes and a sandwich shop.
- Lake Waldo’s Beach has a lake, swimming pools, lazy river, water slides and rope swings, in addition to picnic and camping areas and an RV park.
Athletic / Sports
- ZipQuest Waterfall & Treetop Adventure is one of USA Today’s top 10 zip lines, right here in Fayetteville! Children 10 and over can zip through the woods while learning about the flora and fauna of Carver’s Falls. (Children 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult.)
- There is also a variety of bowling lanes and martial arts schools in the area.
- The Fayetteville SwampDogs are a summer collegiate baseball team with plenty of kids’ activities both on and off the field, including Kid’s Camp for children ages five to 13, Field of Dreams for Little League teams, and Fun-Go’s Homerun Haven with bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals and a prize wheel. And between innings kids can participate in the many on-field promotions.
- There are many summer camps in Fayetteville and the Cape Fear region that provide a learning experience as well as fun activities for a variety of interests, including acting, reading, gymnastics, music, martial arts, academics, athletics, art, baking and more, as well as those that are faith based. Here are two sources that include an assortment of local summer camps:
Fayetteville Observer 2015 Guide to Summer Camps
Kidsville News Summer Camp Guide (pages 20-23)
There are many activities in Fayetteville to keep your child busy and satisfied, you just have to look around the corner!
Additional source of things to do with your kids in Fayetteville: http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/forkids/index.html