If you are visiting the Outer Banks with young children and are looking for things to do with kids on Outer Banks, you will love one of the OBX newest attractions for kids – Outer Banks Kids Museum “Children at Play.” The museum was founded a couple years ago and began as a collection of cardboard boxes and pretend play toys turned into pretend play exhibits. Alyssa, a creative young woman with a vision of bringing a fun place for learning and play to the Outer Banks, and a group of volunteers worked hard arranging for temporary exhibit locations at Outer Banks churches, YMCA, and other places that offered to host the museum start-up for a few days. In 2010, Outer Banks Kids Museum ”Children at Play” opened up at a storefront in a shopping center in Kitty Hawk. In 2012, flooding from Hurricane Sandy destroyed most of the exhibits donated by local businesses or built by the museum founders from scratch. In a way, Sandy was a curse and a blessing. The damaged caused by the flooding was devastating. But in early 2013, the museum reopened at a new location (almost directly across the street from the old location) in a larger space at Buccaneer’s Walk Shopping Center in Kitty Hawk, at Milepost 4.5. Here’s the link to more information about the location, fees, and hours of operation for Outer Banks Kids Museum “Children at Play.” For Outer Banks locals, it’s been amazing to watch the Children’s Museum transform from temporarily exhibits into a small storefront operation and then into this great place for kids to engage in creative play and put imagination to work. A visit to “Children at Play” is a great rainy day activity. The museum’s popular exhibits, including “OBX Wellness Center”, “Open Air Market Exhibit”, “Gone Fishing”, and “Wonder Wall”, will keep a toddler or a preschooler busy for hours. If you visit the museum on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, be sure to check the museum’s calendar for activities scheduled for Art Wednesdays and Science Thursdays. And if you are up for watching a movie outdoors on the sound, ”Children at Play” offers the family-friendly activity off-site, in Nags Head, at a very affordable cost: Movies on the Sound. “Children at Play” is a member of the Association of Children’s Museums, so if you are already a member of the association, your will be eligible for discounted admission. You can view the details of the ACM Reciprocal Program here: Family Reciprocal Membership. Need more ideas for things to do on the Outer Banks with kids? Visit Outer Banks Aquarium, the Island Farm in Manteo, Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills NC, or Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park. Go strawberry picking in April and May or take a hay ride to a pumpkin patch in late September and October. Enjoy your OBX visit and please feel free to comment on the post if you have any questions or would like to leave feedback. Your comments are greatly appreciated.
Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park is a fun place to visit while on your Outer Banks vacation. It boasts two brand new pirate-themed miniature golf courses (18 holes), Fast Electric Go-Karts, Spin-Zone Bumper Cars, plus fun Arcade, Snack Bar, and Ice-Cream. Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park is located at Milepost 5.5 on the Bypass in Kill Devil Hills (on the main highway), right between Dunkin Donuts and Henry’s Restaurant. In 2011, the owners of the Family fun park added bumper cars and go-karts right next to the existing golf course, and in 2012, the mini-golf course was completely re-built and a giant pirate ship was added to the golf course – a hit with kids and a great place to take pictures too! The most recent addition to Outer Banks Paradise Fun park in 2013 is a kids bungee jumping - a popular attraction for children.
Take a look at this boy go karting at Paradise Fun park. How fun!
One thing we would suggest is to save the golf course visit for later in the day, when it’s not so hot, although arriving at the Park before 5pm does have some advantages – the park is less crowded and you can use Paradise Fun Park Coupons and save some $ on your visit. Make sure to add the Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park to your “must do” list – for hours of fun and entertainment for kids and adults alike!