Outer Banks Vacation Rainy-Day Activities for Kids

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Even if it is raining, there are loads of fun activities that you and your kids will enjoy during your Outer Banks vacation. In this article you will read about of few of the most popular spots for kids' indoor activities.

Children at Play Museum

  • 3810 N Croatan Highway Suite K, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
  • (252) 261-0290

Your children will enjoy the Gone Fishing exhibit, where they can learn about fishing and boat building. In the Lighthouse Exhibit, the kids can explore the mini lighthouses and learn about the history of lifesaving stations and today's United States Coast Guard.

In addition, children can also enjoy the OBX Wellness Center, Wonder Wall, Tree Fort, and Open Air Market, a fun place for kids to play shop keeper, chef, or vacationer.

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

  • 374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954
  • (252) 473-3494 or (800) 832-3474 ext  4

The Aquarium offers a wide variety of indoor programs and activities throughout the year.

Daily Programs at the Aquarium

Free with admission:

  • Animal Feedings
  • Live Dives
  • Talks and Lectures
  • Films and videos
  • Animal Encounters
  • Aquatic-Themed Games

Special Activities

Participation in the following educator-led programs requires a small fee and includes before- and after-hours activities. Please contact the aquarium if you'd like to schedule a private program for your group of kids.

Indoor Programs

  • Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Aqua Tales for Tots
  • Breakfast with the Rays
  • Snack with the Sharks
  • Happy Otter Hour
  • Seafood Series
  • Craft Programs: Gyotaku, Nautical Wreaths, Build a Basket

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

  • 1160 Village Lane, Corolla, NC 27927
  • (252) 453-0221

Take your children to the Wildlife Education Center in Corolla to see exhibits such as a large decoy collection and an 8,000-gallon exhibit that mimics the conditions of the Currituck Sound. Everyone will enjoy the short film, which shows in the auditorium. Or you can register for the free programs and classes offered for both kids and adults. Visit their website to learn more.

Nags Head Bowling Center

  • 201 W Satterfield Landing Road, Nags Head, NC 27959
  • (252) 255-1187

Bowling and video arcade fun for the whole family!

Destination Fun

  • 1217 S Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
  • (252) 715-0949

Enjoy the latest Lazer Runner technology at Destination Fun laser tag. There is no age requirement but your children must be a certain size. Contact Destination Fun for details.

In addition to laser tag, check out their arcade, 3D mini golf, and bounce house!

Gearworks Laser Tag & Family Fun Center

  • 2420 S Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC 27959
  • (252) 480-8512

Gearworks offers Laser tag, air hockey, and a video arcade. Their Nexus Generation system vests allow non-participants to watch live scoreboards located throughout our building. Even when you are not playing, you'll be able to watch your child's play action on the plasma monitors or from the observation deck.

Theatre 10

  • 1803 N Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
  • Movie Line: (252) 441-5630

Catch a movie in this theatre that offers digital projection, wall-to-wall curved screens, stadium seating with high-back rocking chairs, digital sound by DOLBY, online ticketing, a game room, and daily matinees.

Pioneer Theatre

  • 109 Budleigh Street, Manteo, NC 27954
  • (252) 473-2216

Sit back and watch a film while you enjoy fresh popcorn in this small, family-operated theatre that was built in 1918. The Pioneer Theatre shows one movie at 8 pm, from Friday night through Thursday night. Please visit their Facebook page for details.

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