More and more families are coming to Asheville and the Western North Carolina mountains for the wide variety of unique family-friendly vacations offered. In the age of screens, more parents are seeking out hands-on activities for their children with outdoor exploration, STEM-focused learning, arts, music and more. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, see a variety of things to do in Western NC that get kids engaged with hands-on (screens off!) experiences.
Why are hands-on activities so beneficial for kids? Hands-on learning (also called experiential learning) is the process of learning by doing. It fosters the brain’s ability to retain information through a combination of movement, exploration, touch, manipulation and engagement - often with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) based activities.
There are plenty of hands-on learning experiences for kids in and around Asheville. Places like children's museums, art museums, science museums, nature centers, and more offer a variety of activities in one place. So whether your little one wants to know what a cloud is made of or how to build a robot or what color red and yellow makes - there is something for everyone to get interested.
The great outdoors offers the best hands-on experiences for kids. Western North Carolina has no shortage of outdoor activities that combine movement, communication, listening, touch and more that excite multiple parts of a child’s brain. So get outdoors and let the learning begin! For many outdoor adventure ideas, see our guides for Waterfalls for Kids, Kid-Friendly Hikes, Kids in Parks and Summer Camps.
Hands-On Education & Children's Museums
See more pages from our Family Guide: Top 20 Family Vacations | Kid-Friendly Hikes | Waterfalls for Kids | Biltmore for Kids | Family-Friendly Hotels & Lodging | Top 20 Indoor Activities for Kids | Kids in Parks | Places for Kid's Birthday Parties| Overnight Summer Camps | Day & Half-Day Summer Camps