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 STEMosphereMarbles is an ideal setting for learning, growing and connecting. 


Make your gift today and invest in learning through play. 

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 STEMosphereMarbles is an ideal setting for learning, growing and connecting. 


Make your gift today and invest in learning through play. 

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.

Read more about the benefits of play...  


Make your gift today and invest in learning through play. 




How You Can Help




As you know, the closure is hitting businesses and nonprofits hard all across the country, and Marbles is no exceptionBecause a large portion of our operating and outreach funds come from admission and program fees, we have been forced to make major cuts. 
We invite you to consider donating today to help Marbles get back up and running strong when we reopenYour gift supports:

LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS. Virtually and physically, Marbles is growing and changing alongside the children we serve! Donations during our temporary closure support online Daily Doses of Play and detailed maintenance of your favorite exhibits like River Playway, the Blue Marbles Pirate Ship and Moneypalooza.

PLAY ACCESS. Donations also support the continuation of Marbles access programs, including  camp scholarships that provide hundreds of children access to high-quality learning all summer long.

Make your gift today and support the continuation of play!