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Things To Do With Kids in Wake Forest

The historic town of Wake Forest offers a wide variety of kid-friendly entertainment ranging from city-centric activities to outdoor adventure. Customize your family trip with popular landmarks, group activities, educational experiences, and more! Founded in 1832, this beautiful small town will bring you back to simpler times with heavy focus on art and farm life. Scroll down to browse deals on things to do in Wake Forest with kids.

Some of the best kid-friendly things to do in Wake Forest include indoor play facilities, amusement centers, and interactive farms. Find deals on both popular attractions and activities the locals love. Some of the best things to do in Wake forest with kids:

  • Jumpin JoJo's, open bounce and party center
  • Galaxy Fun Park, trampoline park, laser tag, go-karts, and more in Raleigh
  • Winterpast Farm, family-owned petting zoo near Falls Lake
  • Falls Lake State Recreation Area, boating, fishing, swimming, and camping destination
  • Wake Forest Farmers Market, non-profit organization educating the community on local food systems

An afternoon spent in Wake Forest is unforgettable entertainment for the entire family. From minor league baseball games to restaurants more than a century old, this small town has dozens of culture-rich activities you won’t want to miss, including:

  • Grab hot dogs at the historic Shorty’s, serving Wake Forest for over 100 years
  • See a Carolina Mudcats game at the minor league baseball field
  • Spend an afternoon ice skating at Polar Ice House
  • Visit the Raleigh Flea Market, ranked one of the best flea markets in America by CNN boasting more than 600 vendors
  • Play 9 or 18 holes of golf at the Heritage Golf Club
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Wake Forest is full of free and affordable activities and restaurants for kids too. Score discounted menu options or at one of the restaurants in Wake Forest where kids eat free. Check out one of Wake Forest’s favorite landmarks:

  • Stop for a free ice cream cone if your kiddo is 40” or shorter at Bruster's Real Ice Cream
  • Score free dinner for the kids at Bella Italia Pizzeria on Mondays from 5 to 10p.m.
  • Take a trip to Morrisville’s RDU Observation Park and listen to pilot-tower communications, enjoy the play area, have a picnic or grab a meal at Crosswinds Café
  • Visit the charming and historic downtown Wake Forest for local shops and boutiques, coffee houses, restaurants, and art galleries
  • Fish at Falls Lake Dam along the Neuse River
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Wake Forest boasts more than 560 acres of parks, trails, open space, and natural land. This includes three soccer fields, five baseball fields, the pool, a dog park, six picnic areas, eight playgrounds, and eight tennis courts. If you want to start a Wake Forest vacation off right, try the following:

  • Take a stroll at Joyner Park and check out some old farm buildings
  • Sit back and let the kids blow off some steam at the playground in Forest Ridge Park
  • Sign up for the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club
  • Spend an afternoon swimming at Holding Park
  • Play basketball, tennis, or another team sport at Flaherty Park Community Center
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Book an afternoon of fun for the whole group at a family-owned interactive farm. Or join the town for a community event at one of the Wake Forest city parks. For family-friendly group activities in Wake Forest, try the following:

  • Ride horses with the family at Happy Trails Farm
  • Throw it back at this retro bowling alley, Brooks Street Bowl
  • Rent bikes and ride along the Greenway Trails, 8 miles developed so far and 50 miles planned
  • Skate at Jellybeans, the indoor skating arena in Raleigh
  • Catch family movie nights, bluegrass concerts, and classic car shows in the summer at Mill Bridge Nature Park

Between Wake Forest and Raleigh there are several kid-friendly museums you won’t want to miss. Check out ongoing and rotating exhibits showcasing history, art, natural sciences, and more:

  • Appreciate the rich history of Wake Forest at the Wake Forest Historical Museum
  • Learn about the great outdoors where environmental education is the mission at Blue Jay Point County Park
  • Take a trip to the North Carolina Museum of Art or the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh
  • Register the kids for Camp Invention in Youngsville just 15 minutes from downtown Wake Forest
  • Reserve a guided tour of the Wake Forest historic district

Ignite the creative side in your kiddos by registering them for Wake Forest dance, art, or music lesson. This small town has several other creative classes worth exploring — browse more options in the category below:

  • Sign up for music lessons at Music Academy South or the Progressive Music Center
  • Try your artistic side at Sunflower Studio or the Artful Mind
  • Register the kids for dance classes or summer camp at Destiny Dance Institute
  • Ignite an interest in coding from a young age in classes at Coding Ninjas
  • Catch a cultural performance or schedule an event at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre

Some days in Wake Forest are better spent indoors. Escape the weather in top-rated theaters, play centers, community libraries, or at the gym. Check out the following indoor activities options:

  • Catch the newest blockbuster while relaxing in a cool movie theater at the Marquee Cinemas Wakefield 12
  • Register for gymnastics classes or book a party at Young’s Gym
  • Browse book collections at the Wake Forest Community Library or the Wake County Library
  • Mini golf, go-kart, and play arcade games at Zooza’s Family Fun Center
  • Sign up for workout or defense classes at Family 1st Fitness and Defense