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Fun Things To Do With Kids In Wilmington

With the cooling temperatures and the changing colors of the leaves, there is no double that Fall is in full swing.  If you are excited to get out and enjoy the season, there are lots of fun things to do with kids this Fall in Wilmington, N.C.

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

  • Maze Craze – Hallsboro, NC – You and your family will have fun venturing through the 13-acre corn maze as well as the numerous other activities, including hay rides, rubber duck races and the critter corral.
  • The Pumpking Patch at Wesley – Wilmington, NC – It’s a tradition for many Wilmington residents to choose their pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch at Wesley.
  • Mike’s Farm – Beulaville, NC – This year-round farm offers hayrides and in October you can stop by the pumpkin patch. Your family will also like visiting the farm animals.

Wilmington Riverfest

  • Typically held the first full weekend in October, the Wilmington Riverfest draws in nearly a quarter-million people. With the street fair, arts and crafts and live music, you will surely have a great time!  This year, Riverfest will be held Nov. 19-20 due to Hurricane Matthew.

Cucalorus Film Festival

  • The 22nd Annual Cucalorus Film Festival celebrates independent and international films in Historic Downtown Wilmington from Nov. 9-13. Most of the daytime films are family-friendly, but you can ask the staff to be sure.

Cape Fear Kite Festival

  • What’s better than flying a kite at the beach with the family? Well, if you’re near Kure Beach on Nov. 5 or Nov. 6, you may want to stop and see as the sky is painted with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes. This event can be effected by the weather and the wind, but be assured, something will fly.

Riverfront Farmers’ Market

  • Your Saturday mornings just got a whole lot more exciting. Located in Historic Downtown Wilmington, this farmers market features local farmers, producers, artists and crafters.  You’ll assuredly find fresh produce, tasty treats and unique gifts.

Halloween Ghost Trolley and Haunted Barn

  • Your children will love riding in a horse-drawn trolley while listening to ghost stories, tailored for young children. They will also get to experience the haunted barn.  Your children will also be delighted by the free treats along the way.

No matter what your interests, there is something fun happening this Fall in Wilmington, NC.

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Fun Things To Do This Fall In Raleigh

Fall has finally arrived and it’s time to get out and enjoy some of your favorite Fall activities. If you’re looking for fun things to do this Fall in Raleigh, you may want to check these out.

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

  • Upchurch Farm – Cary, NC – There’s a lot to do at Upchurch Farm. Visit the friendly barnyard animals, wander through the corn maze, climb the haystack mountain, play in the corn crib, pick a pumpkin from the patch and so much more.
  • Ken’s Korny Corn Maze – Garner, NC – Your family is sure to enjoy Ken’s Korny Corn Maze. From a corn maze to hay jumping, a straw maze to a hayride and a pirate ship to a pumpkin patch, you won’t run out of things to do.
  • The Family Farm on Avent Ferry – Holly Springs, NC – If you haven’t been out to The Family Farm, you should definitely go. You can bring your family to this working farm for your pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and hay bales.

North Carolina State Fair

  • If you’re in the area Oct. 13-23, you should check out the annual North Carolina State Fair. There are tons of activities to enjoy, from a tractor pull to live music, rides and games to delicious fair food as well as various competitions. Your family will surely enjoy the excitement and entertainment.

Umstead State Park

  • If you’re an outdoorsy person, you should check out Umstead State Park. Whether you’re a hiker, trail runner, bicyclist or equestrian, you’ll enjoy the Fall weather with all the hiking and multiuse trails.

State Farmers Market

  • You won’t want to miss a trip to the State Farmer’s Market this Fall. You’ll find locally grown produce, plants and other specialty items in this 75-acre indoor/outdoor farmer’s market. There are also a couple of restaurants to sample while you are there.

Sporting Events

No matter your tastes, Raleigh has fun things to do this Fall for you and your family to enjoy.

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Fun Things To Do This Fall In Fayetteville

Fayetteville Pumpkin Patch

Fall is finally here! There are so many things many of us look forward to when Fall arrives: the leaves changing colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, a steamy beverage on a brisk day, football, Halloween and the list goes one. If you’re looking for things to do in Fayetteville this Fall, you might check out these activities.

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

  • Gross Farms – Sanford, NC – Not only do they have a pumpkin patch, they also have three mazes in a 12-acre cornfield. They also offer a play area for kids, hayrides and music.
  • Hubb’s Farm – Clinton, NC – They have activities for all ages, from the pumpkin patch to hay rides and three corn mazes to human football. Be sure to bring lace up shoes, as sandals might be a mistake.
  • Gillis Hill Farm – Fayetteville, NC – They have pumpkins, produce, homemade ice cream and more. They also offer a self-guided walking tour of the working farm with an ice cream purchase for each person.

Dogwood Fall Festival

  • If you’re in town Oct. 27-29, be sure to check out the Dogwood Fall Festival held at Festival Park in Downtown Fayetteville. You can go on a guided walking tour in the dark through Cross Creek Cemetery (section II) or find yourself in an outdoor haunted maze. There will also be hayrides, live music and food trucks.

Downtown Farmers Market

  • On Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, you can enjoy local produce and artisan booths at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. After you’re done at the Farmer’s Market, you can check out the local shops and restaurants in Downtown Fayetteville.

Zombie Walk

  • Do you like zombies and/or dressing up like one? Then we know of an event for you! On Oct. 28, Downtown Fayetteville turns into the epicenter of the zombie apocalypse. Dress up in your best zombie costume and join your fellow zombie enthusiasts at the Library for a pre-party and costume contest, then walk downtown for all to see.

Music and Theater

  • Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra – Do you have a passion for music? If so, check out two concerts this Fall performed by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Come dressed in your Halloween costumes for the Fall Spooktacular on Oct. 15 or enjoy Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 on Nov. 19.
  • Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Maybe theater is more to your liking? Cape Fear Regional Theatre will be performing two shows this Fall. The musical “Million Dollar Quartet” will be playing until Oct. 2. Then on Oct. 27, Shakespeare’s drama “Henry V” will begin.

No matter your preference, there are many fun things to do this Fall in Fayetteville, NC.

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Things to Do with Kids in Fayetteville – Part Two: Indoor Activities

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 NC! These activities are great for those days you are trying to beat the heat.

Athletic / Sports

  • The Climbing Place is the largest indoor rock climbing facility in North Carolina. You and your kids can literally climb the walls with over 70,000 climbing holds, 60 top ropes, a massive overhang area, a 300-ft. gym traverse and thousands of square feet of bouldering surface as well as a top-out boulder.
  • Triangle Rock Club is one of Fayetteville’s premier indoor climbing gyms with bouldering and belaying available for all skill levels. The youth programs encourage kids to set and accomplish goals, conquer fears and venture out and try new things, whether your child is an adventure seeker or merely looking to try out the ropes of a new activity.
  • Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving is the closest thing to true human flight as you soar on a column of air inside a vertical wind tunnel. The Youth League teaches kids the aspects of bodyflight while learning in a team environment. For ages two and up.
  • Round-A-Bout Skating Centers feature roller skating, in-line skating and video arcades at two locations in Fayetteville. The 71st Place location also offers Round-A-Golf miniature golf.
  • The Hit’n Mill is a 10,000 sq.ft. indoor baseball and softball training center that also provides instruction and guidance in the principles of teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance and commitment.

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Arcades / Laser Tag / Miniature Golf

  • Omni Family Amusement Center is the largest fun center in Cumberland County, offering over 100 games for the entire family. You can also play miniature golf at Mountasia Golf & Games next door and indoor golf at Pirate Black Light Golf.
  • 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.
  • Chuck E Cheese’s is a great place to take the kids for everyday fun or for special occasions. It features games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that children of all ages will love.

Museums

  • Fascinate-U Children’s Museum is a hands-on children’s museum in downtown Fayetteville where children can explore and learn through sight, sound, touch, role playing and interaction with each other and their environment.
  • Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum is the hub for history in downtown Fayetteville. Located in the beautifully restored 1890 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad Depot, the museum has two floors of engaging exhibits from pre-history through the early 20th There is a model train room, steamboat interactive and re-created station agent’s office. The Museum Annex next door continues Fayetteville’s story with automobiles and airplanes, including vintage cars and a re-created 1920s gas station.
  • Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex is Fayetteville’s premier historical facility, including a museum with exhibits of North Carolina’s rich history; the 1897 Poe House, a late-Victorian house museum; and Arsenal Park, the remains of an ordnance factory that served both the Federal and Confederate governments.
  • Airborne & Special Operations Museum preserves the extraordinary feats by airborne troops and special operations forces with artifacts, life-size dioramas, AV displays and a new motion simulator.
  • Airborne Division Museum presents the history of the 82nd Airborne Division from World War I with artifacts, military aircraft and war memorials.

Spectator Sports

  • The Rogue Roller Girls are Fayetteville’s premier women’s flat track roller derby league. Bouts are held May through October in a family-friendly environment.
    Crown Arena, 1960 Coliseum Dr, Fayetteville, NC

Misc.

  • Fayetteville has nine different public library branches with ongoing events and activities for kids and teens. Go to Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center for more information.
  • The Little Gym offers a diverse selection of summer programs filled with movement, music, learning and laughter for every stage of your child’s development from four months to 12 years.
  • Megaplay Play Center & Party Venue is a new indoor children’s playground and party facility in Spring Lake. A two-level play structure has a variety of activities such as a four-person wave slide, bridges, obstacles and spinning plates, as well as an area with soft play rides and inflatables and a space just for toddlers.
  • Monkey Joe’s is an indoor bounce house facility that offers bouncing, sliding and jumping fun for kids 12 and under. The Mini Monkey Zone offers age-appropriate activities for toddlers.
  • Play Date is a convenient hourly drop-in childcare facility that provides various activities addressing the cognitive, social and physical development of children 12 months to 12 years.
  • Greg’s Art Pottery & Gifts is a paint-your-own-pottery studio in downtown Fayetteville where your children can paint their own pottery or take a pottery class. Starting this summer there will be Children’s Punch, Paint & Party events – drop off your kids while they paint a canvas painting.
  • Just Claying Around gives your kids a creative outlet where they can paint their own pottery masterpiece. Come as a family or drop the kids off for Kid’s Night so you can have some well-deserved time to yourself.

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 in Fayetteville NC with your kids:
http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/forkids/index.html

 

Things to do with Kids in Fayetteville – Part One: Outdoor Activities and Summer Camps

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!

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Outdoor Activities

  • 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.

Water Parks

  • 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.

Spectator Sports

  • 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.

Summer Camps

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