Children at Play Inc. was founded as a non-profit charitable organization in 2008.  The Outer Bank’s only Children’s Museum was founded by a local group of parents that felt that their young children needed an indoor space to learn and grow, especially in the winter months.  The museum also entertained visitors and their young children all year round.  The museum has boasted many programs over the years such as free memberships to low income families, programs working with adults with special needs, children with special needs and other underserved populations.  The museum also hosted programs such as Science Thursdays, Halloween Spooktacular, Santa and the Train, Mardi Gras Gala, Sensory Santa, Movies on the Sound, Music Mondays, NC Science Festival – Egg Drop and other great events.  The museum was a tremendous asset to the Outer Banks Community and its presence will be missed.

This year will be the last year the museum is open for business.  With heavy hearts, the organizations founder and the board of directors have come to the decision to dissolve the children’s museum.  This decision was not made easily or lightly, however the board of directors feels it was time for the museum to close.

Historical information will be kept on the children’s museum in hopes that if any community member hoped to open a children’s museum in the future, the board would be willing and excited to pass information along.

Children at Play Inc. would like to thank the Outer Banks Community for the outpouring of support over the past decade and thank each and every business, individual and member that has helped over the years.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children, play is serious learning.”  – Fred Rogers

Admission & Hours

Summer Hours:

May 28, 2018 – September 29, 2018                  Open Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

(Closed Sundays, except for Birthday Parties)

Off-Season Hours:

October, 2017 – May 26, 2018 Open Tuesdays through Saturdays  10:00 am – 5:00 pm

(Closed Sundays & Mondays, except for Birthday Parties on Sundays)

Admission Prices

Non-Local Adults: $6.00
Non-Local Children: $8.00
*Local Adults: $5.00,*Local Children: $7.00
Infants: Free (zero months through 12 months)

Local=Residents of Currituck or Dare Counties

Weekly Passes:  good for unlimited visits for 7 days for the whole family!

Family of three: $40.00
Family of four:  $50.00

(add $5.00 per additional child, no charge per additional adult)


Military (active and retired):  Admission $3.00

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Why do adults pay admission prices?

Children at Play is a 501©(3) non – profit organization. Admission costs keep the children’s museum open to the public. Every person using the facility must pay to enter the museum.

Can I drop my children off?

No, Children at Play is a facility for children and their families to use together, we do not provide childcare services.

What ages enjoy the Museum the best?

The facility was developed for children ages 1 – 9.

Do you sell concessions/food there?

No, however Captain Franks is located across the parking lot with kid friendly food and Big Bucks is right down the walkway with ice cream and drinks.

Do you give discounted or free memberships?

Yes, through our PNC Grow Up Great program. Please contact us for more information.

What is STEAM?

Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics. A push for an increase in science in our children’s education.