Why Marbles?

Marbles Kids Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, sparks imagination, discovery and learning through play.

At Marbles, play matters. Marbles provides unique, innovative and FUNdamental play experiences to 700,000 children, families, school groups and community partners each year.
In a fast-paced world that prioritizes rigid structure and packed schedules, Marbles provides a safe and supportive environment where children have the freedom to experience exploratory, hands-on play.

No other organization in North Carolina is better known for developing child-led, unstructured, imaginative play than Marbles Kids Museum; and we prioritize welcoming families from all walks of life. From building innovative structures in IdeaWorks and exploring fresh vegetables in Sun Sprouts, to role-playing as a fire fighter in Around Town and solving playful brainteasers in STEMosphere, Marbles is an ideal setting for learning, growing and connecting.


Learn more about Marbles.

Marbles Kids Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, sparks imagination, discovery and learning through play.

At Marbles, play matters. Marbles provides unique, innovative and FUNdamental play experiences to 700,000 children, families, school groups and community partners each year.
In a fast-paced world that prioritizes rigid structure and packed schedules, Marbles provides a safe and supportive environment where children have the freedom to experience exploratory, hands-on play.

No other organization in North Carolina is better known for developing child-led, unstructured, imaginative play than Marbles Kids Museum; and we prioritize welcoming families from all walks of life. From building innovative structures in IdeaWorks and exploring fresh vegetables in Sun Sprouts, to role-playing as a fire fighter in Around Town and solving playful brainteasers in STEMosphere, Marbles is an ideal setting for learning, growing and connecting.


Learn more about Marbles.

Why Play?

Collaboration, negotiation, conflict resolution, self-advocacy,
decision-making, a sense of agency, creativity, ​leadership,
and increased physical activity are just some of the
skills and benefits children gain through play...

--(The Power of Play, The American Academy of Pediatrics)


Research increasingly proves that play is essential, with some pediatricians even writing a "prescription for play" for their youngest patients. Play is how children learn best. Through play, children discover who they are, how to solve problems, express feelings and share ideas. Play builds a foundation for academic success, physical development and emotional well-being, while developing critical thinking and communication skills necessary for a 21st Century workforce.


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How You Can Help



Questions? Contact the Marbles Development Team at DevelopmentTeam@MarblesKidsMuseum.org or 919.857.1064.


Marbles Kids Museum provides high-quality, hands-on learning experiences that are memorable and meaningful for families. Unfortunately, many families in our community face financial burdens that prevent them from visiting.

YOU can help! Support play for ALL by investing in high-quality learning experiences for children and families in need.

  • Your $125 donation provides a family membership and unlimited year-round museum access to young learners and their families.
  • Your $250 donation provides a scholarship to Camp Marbles, which includes a week-long themed camp experience plus healthy snacks and lunch for campers
  • Your $1,000 donation provides a subsidized field trip for a high-needs school, offering an enriching day of learning through play in our unique exhibits

Give the Gift of Play today and help us reach our goal of $50,000 before June 30!