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You might wonder where this children's museum got its name, and the answer is two-fold. One, because the museum founders encourage kids to "use their marbles" (or brains) while they play. And two, because a wall that surrounds the museum is filled with more than 1 million marbles that light up at night. Other than marbles, the museum features exhibits that range from an "Art Loft," where kids can do crafts, paint and sculpt, to a "Power 2 Play" exhibit where children can play with kid-size athletic equipment. There's also a cafe and an IMAX theater.
Visitors to Raleigh with children in tow highly recommend this museum, citing the bottom floor's age-specific diversions as particularly engaging for youngsters. Others advise leaving plenty of time to enjoy the museum's diverse exhibits, and potentially even splitting up a visit here across two different days, noting the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming for the younger set.
The Marbles Kids Museum is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays to 7 p.m. On the first Friday of every month, it's also open until 7 p.m. The museum charges $5 for admission. You'll find the museum downtown on East Hargett Street, just a two blocks south of the North Carolina Museum of History. For more information on additional exhibits and special events, visit the museum's website.
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