If you can’t make it to Disney World this holiday season, then let Disney come to you! Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream, a brand-new ice spectacular featuring scenes from your favorite Disney princess tales, including Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella.
Some of your family’s most beloved fairytales will come to life on ice at Raleigh’s RBC Center from Dec. 7th to 11th. Get ready for laughs, as Rapunzel embarks on her hilarious journey, break out some dance moves to the upbeat boogie music with Princess Tianna and Prince Naveen, and find the inspiration for dreams with Cinderella’s story of a glass slipper fit for a fantasy come true.
This is a wonderful family event that will make you feel as if you’re within the enchanted walls of Disney, without having to travel the distance. Your kids will love the beauty, sparkle and spirit of the princesses as they come to life on the ice, and let’s be honest, you probably will too.
Tickets for this fanciful event range from $16 to $77 and can be purchased online. Most of the shows start after 6:30 p.m., but there is a 1:30 p.m. performance on the 11th that is perfect for taking your younger children to. Find more information here.
What if you could find enough fun in one place to last all day long? What if this place was just as fun for adults as it was for children? This ideal exists in Frankie’s Fun Park of Raleigh.
While classic fun activities such as mini golf, batting cages and arcade games are usually at different locations, Frankie’s has combined and upgraded them to form a fun park you simply can’t resist. There are three mini golf courses and tons of great arcade games to choose from at Frankie’s. And the batting cages are designed for batters of all ages and skill levels.
If you’ve got adrenaline in your veins and a need for speed, you’ll have your pick of three tracks to race go-karts on. For friendly combat, you can hop in a bumper boat fully equipped with wildly fun squirt guns. Once you’ve competed with your friends in a bumper boat battle, continue the war with a cool game of laser tag.
Even after enjoying all of these attractions, you still can’t forget about the dynamite drop zone ride for adults or the fun zone and spider web areas designed especially for kids. Frankie’s sounds like a miniature amusement park but doesn’t have amusement park prices. Entry to Frankie’s is free, so you can pick and choose the attractions you want, without paying for those you don’t want.
Birthdays are big deals, especially for kids. So why not make your kid’s next birthday something to really remember? Whether you live in Greater Raleigh or you’re close enough to make a day trip to the area, it will definitely be a great experience if you choose one of the area’s awesome venues for parties.
What’s the best way to keep your birthday boy/girl and friends happy? Keep them active and entertained. If you want to keep them busy and also be able to keep an eye out on them, then roller skating is the perfect activity! Jellybeans Super Skate Center in Raleigh has the best in-line and roller skating, not to mention awesome sound and light shows. The kids can also enjoy exciting video games, prizes and Jellybeans’ special birthday party festivities.
Another great place that is especially good at keeping kids having fun, jumping, sliding and playing is Monkey Joe’s in Cary and Raleigh. This indoor playground is all about keeping kids healthy and turning exercise into something fun. If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to get your kid hooked on something besides his video games, then bring him and his friends to this awesome playground for his next birthday, and let the fun begin!
With convenient locations in Wake Forest, Garner and Cary, Polar Ice House is another awesome place to host a birthday party. There are several birthday packages available that offer everything from goody bags and decorations to a personal party hostess! Let the kids ice skate until their hearts’ are content then fill them up with delicious sheet cake or cupcakes in a personal party room.
Do you have some shopping to do but can never find the right time to load up the kids and drag them around the mall? Are you looking for something fun for the whole family to enjoy? Whether you’re an avid shopper with kids to entertain or a simply a seeker of fun, Triangle Town Center’s new Kids Fest series is a great opportunity to make a mall trip with the added bonus of fun and festivities for the whole family.
On Sept. 12th and 26th, from 2 to 5 p.m., come out to Triangle Town Center and enjoy entertainment for kids of all ages, including performances by Flow Circus and Sam the Magic Man, kids karaoke, inflatable slides, trackless train rides, face painting, games, prizes and much more! With all of these fun activities, Kids Fest is the best time your kids could have at the mall.
Come on out with your kids and get your Christmas shopping done early, or go in search of that perfect pair of shoes you’ve been searching for. Your young ones will be so entertained they’ll completely forget they’re on another shopping trip.
The town of Garner is a growing community that attracts visitors from all over by hosting many family-friendly events. July and August are packed full of great activities that you can enjoy, along with your kids!
During the entire month of July you can discover the creative work of peripatetic artist Kathryn Casper at the Garner Historic Auditorium. She combines her eight years spent in Tokyo and Singapore with American influence to create unique and spiritual artwork.
Downtown Garner’s Music on Main free concert series will have Spare Change making music on August 12th from 6 to 9 p.m. You can bring your lawn chairs and kick back outdoors with family and friends.
Also in August you can enjoy a Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. musical performed by Garner’s Theatre Camp students, family camping at Lake Benson Park complete with a fun family movie, and the 3rd annual White Deer Dash 5k and Family Fun Run, just to name a few. With such a wide range of fun family activities, how could you not make a trip out to this charming town? Visit Garner today!
Looking to do something special with your child? Need an activity that caters to children with unique needs? Come to Family Fun Night at the Marbles Museum in downtown Raleigh and expect a fun-filled bonding experience with your child!
On June 10th, Marbles Museum is opening its doors after-hours to children under 10 with special needs. From 5:30 until 8 p.m., children can experience all of the exhibits at their own pace as well as in a much more tranquil environment. Free and exclusively for children with special needs, you and your child can enjoy a wonderful night of learning, exploration, and play without worries or distractions. Your child will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with other unique children as they marvel in awe at the child-size town in the “Around Town” exhibit or take charge of a pirate ship in the “Splash” exhibit!
Whether you’re visiting from near or far, this experience cannot be missed. You and your child will create long-lasting memories and maybe even some long-lasting friends, so don’t hesitate to come out to this awesome night. Your family will enjoy every second you’re here.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to ride in a Raleigh sleigh! Don’t miss your chance to tour Raleigh in style as many popular areas offer sleigh rides this holiday season.
For a romantic holiday-inspired date, take your special someone to Brier Creek for a complimentary sleigh ride around the Brier Creek Commons area. A perfect ending to a romantic evening, this ride will be sure to woo your honey and be light on the wallet. If you’re more interested in the beautiful view downtown Raleigh has to offer, let Raleigh Rickshaw take you on their version of a sleigh ride. Rides begin at City Plaza and take you and your date around the city as you take in the sights and holiday cheer. Forget your blanket? Have no fear, Raleigh Rickshaw Company provides you with a blanket and soothing, romantic music to really set the mood for the evening.
If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, take the clan to Historic Oak View Country Park and engage yourself in a bit of holiday history. Sip warm cider as a horse-drawn carriage takes you through the luminary-lit Pecan Grove, listen to old Oak View holiday stories, or admire the displays and decorations set up. Santa will be there as well so don’t let the kids forget their wish lists!
Though snow is not always a guarantee, holiday fun in Raleigh is; so gather up a group or take out your significant other. Make it your goal to ride a sleigh this holiday season!!
The Holidays have brought a special performance to Raleigh this year that is sure to delight people of all ages. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourself for Cirque Dreams – Holidaze, a whimsical new holiday musical coming from the creators of the Broadway hit, Cirque Jungle Fantasy.
From Dec. 1 to Dec. 6, the stage at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts Memorial Auditorium will be filled with acrobats, singers, aerialists, dancers and musicians sporting more than 100 costumes and performing extravagant feats you’ve never imagined.
Experience the magic of the holidays through this amazing performance, which will include gingerbread men, toy soldiers, snowmen, reindeer and penguins galore. And, of course, we can’t forget about the 24 foot tall magical tree that that will serve as their centerpiece.
So come one, come all, to one of the most magical holiday experiences Raleigh will offer. Everyone from young children to seniors will be dazzled by what the Atlantic City Press has hailed as a “jaw dropping winter wonderland”.
So the days are getting colder and the kids are cooped up in the house with way too much energy to spare. What is a parent to do? Why not fill up the car and head on over to Adventure Landing in Raleigh, where you’ll have just as much fun as they do.
This action-packed facility has everything you’ll need to make the family happy. If you’re in the mood for an adrenaline rush, then buckle up in a single or double go-kart and race around the track. If you’d like something a little more paced, then grab your club and enjoy a few rounds of miniature golf.
Sports enthusiasts can whack away in the Adventure Landing batting cages and video game lovers can stock up on tokens for the wide array of arcade games. Then, of course, we can’t forget about laser tag!
With all of these energy expending activities at your fingertips, the family will surely work up a huge appetite. Take a break and enjoy some tasty snacks that will hit just the right spot. Hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, popcorn and so much more are offered as concessions.
Adventure Landing is also a great place to plan a birthday party or group outing, so keep it in mind the next time you’re planning an event! What are you waiting for? Grab the family, hop in the car and experience a fun-filled day you won’t forget!