Wilmington is located on the coast of North Carolina, and although the beaches and sand are endless, sometimes kids just want to play inside. If that's the case, there's good news for you if you’re visiting or live in Wilmington. Just like the outdoor fun is plentiful, so is the indoor fun. From jungle gyms to bounce houses, kids likely won’t get bored with all the indoor play areas that Wilmington has to offer.
Power of Play
Power of Play (powerofplaywilmington.com) is a unique, 14,000 square-foot indoor play place that has slides, ramps, climbing walls, jungle gyms, a tricycle track, seesaws and a huge soft play area. Power of Play also has awesome “stations” for imaginative play, like a dollhouse, grocery store, café, castle and camping site. You can watch your little one's eyes light up as he plays firefighter at the Fire Truck Station or digs for fossils at the Dinosaur Station.
If bouncing and jumping is right up your kiddo’s alley, take him to Monkey Joe’s (monkeyjoes.com) where there's wall-to-wall bouncing fun with inflatable obstacle courses, slides and jumps. Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to play on all the inflatables, but there’s a special area designated just for kids age 3 and under called the Mini Monkey Zone, which has games and puzzles in addition to pint-sized obstacles and soft landing areas. For parents, Monkey Joe’s provides free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, computer stations and comfy seating.
Fit for Fun Center
Operated by the City of Wilmington, Fit for Fun Center (wilmingtonnc.gov) is a parent/child facility for kids ages 5 and younger. Kids can enjoy playing on the slides, going through tunnels, driving toy cars, playing with bubbles at the water table and jumping into the ball pit. For the artsy little ones, Fit for Fun Center has an art area where kids paint, color and do a variety of crafts, as well as musical instruments for them to try.
Children's Museum of Wilmington
If you and your kiddo are feeling energetic, check out the Children’s Museum of Wilmington (playwilmington.org). There’s so much to see and do, you’ll likely be ready to crash by the end of your visit. The museum is a hands-on center featuring exhibits that allow kids to explore and get creative. Kids can go shopping in the pretend supermarket, climb and slide through the Forest Friends Toddler Treehouse, play chef in the diner and host the Imagination Circus. Other exhibits include the Secret Cove under the Sea, Magnetic Minds Science Research Center, Teddy Bear Hospital, Toothasaurus Dental Exhibit and the Make Merry Multi-Purpose Room.