Rainy Day Family Friendly Fun

Rainy day? Not a problem! With so many indoor things to do and places to go in Durham, kids of all ages won’t lack for entertainment and enrichment.

  • From downtown, take W Chapel Hill St./University Dr. to Towerview Rd., then take a left onto Science Dr.; Whiford Dr. is on the left (10 min.)

Duke Basketball Museum & Sports Hall of Fame

306 Towerview Rd, Durham, NC 27708, Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center, Duke West Campus (919) 613-7500 | www.goduke.com

Escape the elements with a visit to the Duke Basketball Museum & Sports Hall of Fame. Located alongside the fabled Cameron Indoor Stadium, home of the four-time national champion Duke Blue Devils, the museum features decades of Duke University athletic achievements showcased with visual and audio exhibits, a theater, and national championship trophies. Open M-F, 8am-5pm. Monday through Friday. (Allow one hour.)

  • From Duke take 147 S to I-40 and merge onto I-40 E. Take exit 282. Continue straight at the light onto Emperor Blvd. Travel approximately one mile and Defy Gravity will be on the left


4300 Emperor Blvd, Ste 250 | 919-825-1010 | www.defygravity.us

Jump around at DefyGravity, a trampoline sports arena where entertainment and trampolines meet. DefyGravity is a 13,000-square-foot facility with 7,000 square feet of connected wall-to-wall steal frame trampolines, including angled wall trampolines. There is also a foam pit and one of the largest trampoline dodgeball cages in America. DefyGravity hosts social outings, birthday parties, workouts, competitive team sports, corporate team building, and creative fundraisers. Some time periods are age restricted. Reservations recommended in advance. Must sign a waiver to jump and to observe. Open M-Th 9am-9pm, Fri-Sa 9am11pm and Su 1pm-5pm. (Allow one to two hours.)

  • Travel back to I-40 W, via Emperor Blvd. and Page Rd., following the signs. Take exit 270 and go right onto DurhamChapel Hill Blvd. AMF will be on the left, and you can use the cut-through in the median in front of it to get across.

Bowling at AMF Durham Lanes

4508 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707 (919) 489-9154 | www.amf.com/durhamlanes

AMF Durham Lanes is a family favorite with its 32 bowling lanes, video games, billiards, and air hockey. Open M-T 4pm-11pm, W-Th 12pm-12am F 1pm-1am, S 9am-2am, Su 12pm-1am. (Allow one to two hours.)

Musuem of Life + Science

433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704 | (919) 220-5429 | www.ncmls.org

The Museum of Life + Science is the highlight of most any kid’s visit to Durham. As one of the top four family-friendly museums in the Southeast, this state-of-the-art science and technology center features engaging traveling and permanent exhibitions. Don’t miss the museum’s permanent exhibitions, which include the Magic Wings butterfly house, which houses many rare and colorful species of butterflies from around the world, and Explore the Wild, which features black bears, red wolves, and lemurs in their natural habitats. Open M-Sa, 10am-5pm; Su, 12-5pm. (Allow 2+ hours.)

The Scrap Exchange

2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707 | (919) 682- 2751 | www.scrapexchange.org

Scrap Exchange is an ideal place to foster young, creative minds. Children and adults alike are invited to turn clean, reusable industrial discards into upcycled works of art in the Make-and-Take room. Additionally, there are craft classes throughout the year and The Green Gallery showcases artists using reusable materials or concepts in their work. Open M-F 11am-5pm, Thurs 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Su 12am-5pm. (Allow 1-2 hours.)