by Amy Daniels
Ahh, summertime. A time when children rejoice and parents begin the countdown to the first day of school. While a family trip or summer trips may break up the 10+ weeks stretch of summer, it can be easy to fall into an activity rut with the kids. There are plenty of things to do with your kids right in your own backyard.
Air U Trampoline Park
5120 Corey Rd, Winterville, NC
Let the kids use up their energy jumping in an air conditioned indoor space. Kids can jump starting at age 2, and they even offer a Toddler Hour for kids ages 2-5.
Atomic Laser Dome
3525 S Memorial Dr, Greenville, NC
Older kids will appreciate the energy and environment. Offering laser tag, laser dodge ball and a laser maze.
Bricks for Kidz
650 E Fire Tower Rd, Winterville, NC
Perfect for young builders. Offers 5 day camps (half-days) all summer. Or, ask about special events like Kidz Night Out—drop the kids off for a 3 hour break and enjoy a date night or get some grocery shopping done.
Captain Jack’s Miniature Golf
2903 E 10th St, Greenville, NC
Indoor putt-putt for all ages. A fun pirate-themed course that offers players free popcorn after 18 holes. Bonus: They make killer pizzas and serve ice cream from Simply Natural Creamery
Carolina Ice Zone
104 Red Banks Rd, Greenville, NC 27858
When the heat of summer hits, where better to go than an ice rink? Public skate M-F 1:30-3:30pm and Sat 1-3 (while school is out)
Ctrl Shift Escape
4051 S Memorial Dr, Winterville, NC
Lock you teen in a room which requires them to solve a mystery to escape. Encourages problem solving and teamwork.
Emerge Art Gallery
404 Evans St, Greenville, NC
The City Arts Council at Emerge Gallery offers art classes of all varieties during the summer. Let your little ones create masterpieces while learning about art.
Greenville Museum of Art
802 Evans St, Greenville, NC
Check out the latest exhibit and the McCall Creation Workshop, a space for artists of all ages to explore their creativity.
Wherever there’s fun, there’s Kona.
If you miss the truck, send a Facebook or Instagram message to @KonaIceGreenvilleNC or Tweet at @KonaGreenville to request the trick return to your location. FYI: Kona offers a variety of stevia sweetened low-sugar flavors! Learn more at www.kona-ice.com
North Carolina Estuarium
223 E Water St, Washington, NC
Explore aquariums, view artwork, and check out their interactive displays. Learn about the local environment and ecology.
The Painted Peacock
631 Red Banks Rd, Greenville, NC
Let your young artist explore their creative side at the paint your pottery & creative studio. The first Tuesday of the month is Story Time for the little ones! Older kids would also enjoy creating custom board art!
Pitt County Arboretum
403 Government Cir, Greenville, NC
Check out the children’s garden, accessible by a pint-sized botanical archway. Learn about native plants and insects.
Regal Cinema’s Summer Movie Express
750 Greenville Blvd SW, Greenville, NC
Specially selected, family friendly movies for $1 per person in a dark, air conditioned space.
River Park North
1000 Mumford Rd, Greenville, NC
Fish the from the docks, rent a canoe, walk the trails, check out the aquarium and animal displays.
Register for Saturday Bug Hunts through the GreevilleNC.gov site.
1700 Chestnut St, Greenville, NC
Fun community splash park. Cool off.
Let the kids run and play.