Things to Do for the Family in December
It's December and the kids just got out of school for Christmas. Maybe you are new to the area and you are wondering what you're going to do with all this free time that's just opened up for the whole family (or maybe you are too busy holiday prepping to even think about it). Whatever it is, Wilmington has plenty of events happening in the area and options for things to do (besides just going to the beach for the day) so that you and your kid(s) can have the chance to do something different rather than feeling stuck in the house every day.
If you're dealing with any of the stress that these moms are, then maybe it's time to have a family outing--even if just for a few hours.
Here is a list of some spots that you may or may not have heard about that are located right here in the Wilmington area. These spots are kid-friendly and are perfect for a family outing or even just for one parent and the kids.
1. The Serpentarium
20 Orange Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
The Serpentarium is a self-guided tour through an exotic reptile facility that features some insane exhibits, including some of the world's rarest and deadliest snacks, crocodiles, alligator snapping turtles, dragons, lizards, and more. The exhibits also have information about them, so not only do you get to view these rare animals, you also get to learn more about them. This location is perfect for the curious reptile lover.
Hours: 11 am to 5 pm Wednesday-Sunday (the last admission is one hour to closing time)
Price: $9 for the general public; $8 for seniors, educators, and dependents; FREE for active military and children 4 years and under
2. The Wilmington Railroad Museum
505 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Does your kid love to play with trains? If so, look no further. Dedicated to preserving the history of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and railroading in the United States in general, this museum has a collection of displays, which would prove to be educational for adults and children alike. Once you're done perusing through the displays, there's also a Thomas the Tank Train play area, a life-size caboose, boxcar, 100-year-old steam locomotive, and more.
The Wilmington Railroad museum not only offers just a general tour through the museum, but they also host other museum activities, like story time on the first and third Mondays of the month.
During the holiday season, the Wilmington Railroad Museum is also offering:
The Christmas Train & Light Spectacular
This event will feature twinkling lights, trains running through a winter wonderland, model train exhibits, a visit from Santa, and cider and cookies.
Time: December 22, 2017, to December 23, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Annual Reading of the Polar Express
This reading will be accompanied by hot chocolate and a visit from Santa, but act quickly because reservations are required:
Time: December 23
4:30 pm and 5:30 pm
Price: $5 a person; under 2 free
3. Battlehouse Tactical Laser Tag
1817 Hall Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
Nothing says fun like laser tag and Battlehouse offers a facility that's perfect for a game of strategy and for, of course, fun. Take laser tag to the next level and play at their 10,000 square foot facility designed to provide you with a unique experience. Be advised: this is more for the older kids. Only certain times are allowed for kids age 7-9.
Time: Hours vary; closed on Mondays
$36 - Standard ticket for 1.5 hours of game time
$32.40 - Military/First Responder discounted rate
$26 - Thursdays only student discount rate
4. Crossfire Indoor Paintball Park
1413 Castle Hayne Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
The cool thing about this particular facility is that it's the only indoor paintball park in North Carolina, which makes it perfect for a day when the weather is not so nice outside or if it's too humid to even think about playing outside (Wilmington weather is known for being super humid during the summer months after all). Other benefits of this facility include air-conditioning, clean restrooms, stain-free paintballs, and a snack bar.
Hours vary; visit their website for more details by clicking here.
$24.99 for an all-inclusive package; party packages available
5. Defy Gravity
6431 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28405
Defy Gravity is a trampoline sports park and has all that you can ask for in terms of entertainment in one 23,000 square foot facility. Offering different kinds of specialized nights to cater to certain demographics, Defy Gravity makes it easy for you to figure out what day is best to go and even offers discounts for some nights. For example, KidJump is on Monday-Wednesday and Fridays from 9-10am and is reserved exclusively for kids ages six and under. And guess what? The accompanying adult jumps for free during that time! Other nights are also offered for this particular event facility, so check out their website here for more details.
Time: Hours vary
Price: Prices vary
6. Wilmington Ice House
7201 Ogden Business Lane
Wilmington, NC 28411
We recently did a blog about The Ice House in Wilmington, click here to read it. Not many people know that Wilmington has its own ice skating rink, having a variety of options for both kids and adults for fun. From figure skating lessons to hockey lessons to public skating times, there are options for whatever preference you have.
Time: Hours vary depending on daily schedule
Public skating price - $7 ages 6 and over, $5 ages 5 and under; skate rental is $3
Visit www.wilmingtonice.com for more information!
7. The Children Museum
116 Orange St.
Wilmington, NC 24801
Explore your inner child or be a part of your child's experience when you visit the Children's Museum of Wilmington. From art and science to cooking and conservation, this museum focuses on all things education and all things interactive for childrens ages 1-8 and their adult company. This museum is also a playful, hands-on experience for all of its visitors.
Time: Tuesday-Saturday from 9a-5pm and Sundays from 1pm-5pm
Visit www.playwilmington.org for more information!
8. Cape Fear Games
4107 Oleander Dr
Wilmington, NC 24803
We recently did a blog about Cape Fear Games, click here to read it. This is a fun place for game lovers of all ages. Step away from the Monopoly game and check out some great new options here. Cape Fear Games has piles of games and tables you can play at. So stop in, grab a game, and play.
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