Fun Things for Kids to do in Greensboro Nc

Greensboro is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and easy going lifestyle. Whether you are visiting the Gate City for the weekend or finding something for your kids to do on a free day, Greensboro has some great activities to keep kids busy.

Greensboro Children’s Museum (200 N Church St Greensboro, NC 27401 (336) 574-2898) Greensboro’s Children’s Museum has space for kids to play in an imaginative way with creativity, pretend play, and role playing. Children can imagine themselves as doctors, house builders, performers, or police officers, among others. There is a life sized play house complete with a kitchen and a front porch. There are also art centers, fitness centers, and a bubble center, where kids can engulf themselves in a giant soap bubble. Greensboro Children’s Museum is also available for birthday parties, and there are special events throughout the year. Their website is http://www.gcmuseum.com/about/index.html

ArtQuest (in The Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art 200 N. Davie St. Greenbsoro NC 27401) ArtQuest is billed as an “interactive art gallery for kids and families,” but it is also an art studio, allowing children to create works of art using paint, collage materials, clay, or yarn and textiles. The interactive exhibits are varied, including a puppet stage, a larger-than-life loom where children can make contributions to a continuous piece of fabric, and a velcro “house” that children can plan, placing their own windows and doors wherever their imagination leads them. ArtQuest has facilities to host birthday parties or other special events. Their website is http://www.greenhillcenter.org/artquest/about_artquest/about.html

Greensboro Public Library (Main Branch, 219 N. Church Street Greensboro, NC 27401) Sure, everyone says that libraries are good for kids, but sometimes families are frightened to take little kids before they have mastered the art of the “inside voice”. The Greensboro Public Library understands that kids are active, curious, and not always silent. Some specific branches to keep in mind for kids are the Main Branch (right across the street from the Children’s museum), The Hemphill Branch (which has a mini ArtQuest exhibit), and the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch, which has a play house, a reading porch, and a butterfly garden right next door. Its website is http://www.greensborolibrary.org

Greensboro Historical Museum (130 Summit Ave. Greensboro, NC 27401) Housed in an old church building downtown is the Greensboro Historical Museum. Though the entire museum is a great educational experience, there are two specific places kids don’t want to miss: the Gate City exhibit and the McNairy House. The third floor of the museum houses the Gate City exhibit, which is a fully interactive exhibit showing children what life was like in Greensboro at the turn of the twentieth century. Families can pretend to be telephone switchboard operators (eavesdropping on the conversations), see silent movies in the “Crystal Theater”, check out the Hotel Clegg, or explore the drug store or the school room. The McNairy House, housed in the garden behind the museum, was owned by a community leader who lived near the epicenter of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The museum’s website is http://www.greensborohistory.org/

Lindley Park/Greensboro Arboretum (near the intersection of W Market Street and West Wendover Ave)- Greensboro’s Lindley Park was originally an amusement park. Now it is a neighborhood with a huge park and playground that serves as a gateway to Greensboro’s arboretum. Located near the intersection of West Market Street and West Wendover Avenue,. The arboretum has separate garden “rooms” with special themes such as butterfly gardens and wildflower trails. Paved trails through the garden make it an ideal place for wheelchair access or bicycles. The Greensboro Arboretum’s website is http://greensborobeautiful.org/Arboretum.htm

Center City Park (Block of E Friendly Ave between N Elm and N Davie) This park is the heart of downtown. It has green space for playing ball or tag, great fountains (some kids bring their bathing suits in the summer), and there are concerts, exercise classes, and outdoor performances of all kinds. Most events in the park are free. Center City Park is one of the few public parks that is smoke free, making it even more family friendly. Their website is http://www.centercitypark.org/.

Country Park (3905 Nathanael Greene Dr, Greensboro NC 27455, just off Lawndale Dr.) Country Park backs up to the Natural Science Center of Greensboro and the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, making a great place for families to spend the day doing all kinds of great activities. There are a couple of great playgrounds, a small lake, and picnic shelters you can reserve. Country Park also houses Greensboro’s Bark Park (an off-leash dog park) and the Guilford County Veteran’s Memorial. There are walking trails around the lake and a path to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Their website is http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/departments/Parks/facilities/regionalparks/country/

Natural Science Center of Greensboro (4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27455). The Natural Science Center uses technology, math, puzzles, and animals to engage minds of all ages in learning about science. A large outdoor exhibit, Animal Discovery, serves as a small zoo with views of tigers, meerkats, and wallabies, among others. There are petting areas for some species, and other areas have trained volunteers to explain about animals and answer questions. Inside the museum there are hands-on exhibits about weather, nutrition, logic, and two play spaces specifically for children under five. The newly renovated planetarium has special shows seasonally. The Natural Science Center rents facilities for parties and hosts traveling exhibits and other special events throughout the year. Their website is http://www.natsci.org/.

Grab the kids and get moving! There are activities in Greensboro for every season, and every kind of kid.