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Outer Banks Kids Museum

Outer Banks kids museumIf 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. Outdoor movies kids museum “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.

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