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.


Read more about the benefits of play...

How You Can Help


  • Make a gift of any size TODAY

  • Make a gift of $250+ to join a Marbles Giving Circle and receive special recognition and benefits, including a Marbles membership

  • Become a Marbles PlayMaker with a monthly donation (click here to sign on)

  • Purchase tickets to Imagination Ball - the most playful gala in town - on April 27, 2019! Can't come to the event? Bid on auction items from afar or make a donation to the Forward Fund.

  • Encourage friends and family to support Marbles by using #marblesforwardfund and @marblesraleigh

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



​Make a gift for PLAY today!

The Marbles Forward Fund fuels the design and installation of innovative new ideas, exhibits and programs – and also keeps familiar favorites fresh and ready for play every day.

Your donation to the Marbles Forward Fund propels us forward by supporting...

  • PLAY FOR ALL. Museum admission fees cover less than 30% of the actual cost of providing a visit to Marbles. Donations also support Marbles access programs, bringing purposeful play to more than 50,000 vulnerable children and families each year.
  • PLAY EVERY DAY. Open 7 days a week to serve our growing community, Marbles works around the clock to deliver award-winning exhibits and programs that spark joy in learning.
  • PLAY TOMORROW. Marbles is growing and changing alongside the children we serve! Donations support new exhibits, like River Playway, as well as familiar favorites, like the Pirate Ship in Splash! and the Pizzeria in Moneypalooza.

Make your gift today and invest in enriching play experiences for ALL children.