Continuing with our Outer Banks Adventure Series, we’re pleased to present Outer Banks Kids Adventures. Each adventure on this list has been carefully chosen to provide the most fun for kids. Whether your kids are into art, animals, history, or pirates, there’s an adventure on this list for them. So let’s get started and have some fun!
Faire Days in Duck at Scarborough Faire, Is 1/2 day of events, 2 to 6 every Wednesday in season. Kids of all ages will find something fun to do. Activities include craft tables, product demos, tastings, games, face painting and glitter tattoos. Entertainment ranges from live music, a clown/magician, jugglers and marionette shows just to name a few. And don’t forget the shopping. All the stores are open, so the adults and older siblings can also enjoy themselves. This event is held rain or shine.
Paint Your Own Pottery
If your kids enjoy being creative, take them to â??Glazin’ And Go Nutsâ??, the Outer Banks is own â??creation station’. An assortment of ready to paint pottery is waiting for a creative touch. After the piece is fired, youâ??ll have a souvenir that will last for years to come. Located in the popular Front Porch CafÃ© , adults can enjoy a cup of coffee and pastries while the kids paint. Or, you can be creative along with them Glazin’ And Go Nuts has also recently added a new fused glass studio.
Deja New is a store unlike any other on the outer banks. One part furniture store, it’s also one part art school. They feature adult and kid painting/journaling sessions and a wide assortment of other crafts, such as milk paint and refinishing furniture. And if you like to shop, you can also buy one of the upcycled pieces.
Jeannette’s Pier Day Camps
You already know you can have great fishing fun at Jeannette’s Pier. But that’s just the beginning. Jeannette’s Pier also offers a variety of day camps for children, including an intro to fishing, standup paddle boarding, hiking, exploring the ocean, science day camp and more. They also feature special day camps for very young children, along with an overnight camp, so the grown-ups can have some fun knowing the kids are safe and entertained.
Breakfast With The Rays
Stingrays glide through the water with their large wings as if they are flying. Children are entranced by these harmless creatures, which is why the aquarium lets you pet them. However if your child is really into rays, they can do more than pet them. Breakfast With The Rays enables your child to learn about rays, feed them, and enjoy a light breakfast along with other children interested in sting rays. It’s an experience not to be missed.
North Carolina Marionette Theatre
The marionette theatre is an unusual experience to say the least. Your kids can watch a live show featuring marionettes telling Outer Banks folk tales and meet the cast afterward. These marionettes are so life-like, you’ll swear they’re alive. Scarf marionette classes are available in some locations. These classes teach kids to make their own cloth marionettes to take home and enjoy.
Festival Park started out with the Elizabeth II, a replica of a 16th century sailing vessel from England. This ship represents one of the ships that brought over the early settlers of 1585. Near the ship, you’ll find an English settlement, a Native American Village, and a museum. The museum features Outer Banks history from the fifteen hundred’s all the way up to the 1920s. Costumed historic interpreters and non-costumed guides lead you through all parts of this interactive world helping your kids to get a real feel for history. This is a fully interactive museum where just about everything can be touched and played with. This makes it a kid’s favorite museum.
If you love being immersed in history, you’ll love the Island Farm, a working historic replica of a 19th century farm. Costumed characters show the children around the real farm, where they can enjoy interacting with animals, watch cooking demonstrations, and help collect fresh eggs. They’ll see how people lived, dressed, and even ate and did laundry back in the 19th century. And don’t forget to take the ox cart ride. It’s one of the last yoke trained oxen in the country.
What little boy or girl hasn’t dreamed of being a pirate? Now you can make their pirating dreams come true with Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks. Upon your arrival, your child is transformed into a pirate through face painting and costumes. Then they board the Sea Gypsy, an actual boat in Manteo, and head out to the center of the cove for a treasure hunt on the water. When the rival pirate shows up, and he will, the young buccaneers get to shoot him with a water cannon. Once the treasure’s been found, everyone gets to bring home some of the booty.
Though easy to miss because of its painted black windows, Destination Fun is an experience like no other. It features over 60 arcade games, a bounce house play area, laser tag, and a black light 3D indoor mini golf course. It’s the perfect destination for fun especially on a rainy day. And because it offers so many activities, kids of all ages will enjoy it. Little ones can play in the bounce house, while more adventurous ones can play laser tag, mini golf or arcade games. It’s easy to spend a whole day in here.
The Outer Banks is known for its miles of unspoiled beaches and unique wildlife. However, when you’ve ‘had enough beach’ there are still incredible things for you and your kids to do. No matter what the age, there is an adventure your child will love. So check it out. You’ll be glad you did.