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While you may first think of outdoor exploration during a family vacation to Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will be surprised at the number of indoor activities and things to do with the kids. This is especially important on those rainy or wintry days. Find plenty of places that provide children with the stimulation, exercise and free play they need. Plus, they often give parents a much needed break. (Feature photo: Asheville Museum of Science)

From hands-on, interactive STEM exhibits, art workshops, and children’s museums to trampoline parks, arcades, games and more - below you’ll find a wide variety of indoor activities for kids in Asheville and nearby towns in western North Carolina. Also see our guide for Hands-On Learning & Children's Museums.

Indoor Things for Kids to Do

Lazoom Kids Comedy Tour, Asheville

All aboard the big purple bus for this kid-centric comedy tour featuring a blend of Asheville’s history and humor. Geared for kids 5–12, the tour includes magic, jokes, and more with outlandish… read more

KidsSenses, Rutherfordton

This large, interactive space in Rutherfordton offers fun indoor and outdoor exhibits where kids can learn and stimulate imagination through hands-on playing. There are 14 different interactive… read more

Mineral & Lapidary Museum, Hendersonville

Featuring many diverse underground treasures like raw minerals, meteorites, gemstones, and fossils the museum is a great place to take kids to see the many exhibits and especially highlights like… read more

Hands On! Children's Museum, Hendersonville

This children's museum in historic Downtown Hendersonville has interactive exhibits with focus on science, nature, engineering, motor skills, and more. Exhibits include pet vet hospital, grocery… read more

Aquarium & Shark Lab, Hendersonville

This inland aquarium is home to 275 fish, invertebrates, reptiles, and salamanders with 2 dozen exhibits, including a shark study tank. With focuses on education, enrichment and exploration, there… read more

Asheville Pinball Museum

This downtown Asheville treasure trove for pinball and classic video games is a great rainy day activity with over 80 games. Play a flat rate admission, no tokens or coins necessary. Admission for… read more

Asheville Art Museum

Designed for young visitors, the Art PLAYce is a creative space for everyone to play and learn together in a sensory-rich environment with free exploration of colors, shapes, textures, and… read more

Smoky Mountain Sk8way, Waynesville

This large skating rink offers open skate sessions, bounce houses, obstacle course, arcade games, snack bar a more with various themed events. Find a variety of skate rental options, including… read more

Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS)

This fully interactive science museum in downtown Asheville is a must visit for the whole family! Exhibits include elements of forestry, minerals, planetary exploration, dinosaurs and more. Check… read more

WNC Air Museum, Hendersonville

Celebrating flight, this air museum has an impressive collection of historic airplanes, flight manuals, engines, historic photographs of airplanes and pilots, and more. See and touch airplanes… read more

SkyZone, Asheville

This indoor jump park offers wall-to-wall trampolines, obstacle courses, climbing wall, foam pits, toddler courses and more! Jump passes range from 30-120 minutes. Join fun events like GLOW, an… read more

Retrocade, West Asheville

With a large selection of classic and modern video games, pinball machines, air hockey, skee-ball and more, this family-friendly business welcomes people of all ages. It’s a great place to do… read more

Waynesville Recreation Center Indoor Pool

This indoor pool and water park is open daily throughout the year, making it a great way for kids to be active on rainy day or snow day. They also do pool parties!  A family day pass is $20, and… read more

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian shares the history and culture of the Cherokee people and sets the scene for the Cherokee Heritage Trails. See impressive exhibits that take you from 11,000 years… read more

Sky Lanes, West Asheville

Make it a family date at this West Asheville bowling alley, open daily with lots of options for kid-friendly bowling, including bumpers and assist ramp. In-house Bar & Grill menu has a wide… read more

Mountain Play Lodge, Asheville

This large indoor play space, ideal for kids 10 and younger, offers two age-appropriate play floors with a variety of soft play equipment including a miniature village, toddler slides, and a large… read more

Fox-N-Otter Adventure Puzzle Rooms, Asheville

This locally owned, family friendly business creates brain-twisting puzzles where participants try to escape perplexing scenarios. Younger children are welcome, puzzles are geared towards kids… read more

RAD Skatepark, Asheville

This large, indoor skate park in the River Arts District offers a safe, supervised environment for skaters and riders of all ages. Kids may bring skateboards, bikes, or scooters to ride. Parents… read more

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