5 Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Wilmington NC this Summer

Summer is here and if you’re like me, I’m sure you’re looking to enjoy the kids and find fun things to do in and around Wilmington. Well the good news is, there are plenty of fun activities in the area to check out!

Here are 5 kid-friendly things to do in Wilmington NC this summer!

Defy Gravity for when it gets too hot out and kids have a lot of energy

Check out DefyGravity, a fun trampoline park in Wilmington! This fun park features a variety of trampoline activities for the little ones. They’ll have a blast with activities like the ultimate ninja course, trampoline dodge ball and much more!

Girl Jumping in Defy Gravity in Wilmington, NC

Enjoy nature and wildlife on a paddleboat on Greenfield Lake

With over 250 acres of stunning park area, Greenfield Park is one of the best spots for outdoor activities. Take the kids to Greenfield Lake on a paddleboat this summer and enjoy the beautiful waters that wind through the area! What better way to enjoy the kids than a fun adventure on the water? Paddle your way through the park area and enjoy spotting the abundant wildlife that frequents the area.

Cool off with a $1 movie

Take advantage of a $1 movie at Regal this summer! The Movie Express program at Regal Movie theaters runs for 9 weeks during the summer and offers just $1 for admission each Tuesday and Wednesday. To top it off, while you’re enjoying your $1 movie with the kids, you’ll be happy to know that a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute!

Splash Pad at Hugh MacRae Park

Treat the kids to the Hugh MacRae Park playground and Splash Pad! There’s no better way to cool off this summer than making a splash at this summer hotspot. The park features 2,700 square feet of fun water activities and a nearby playground with tons of fun activities for the kids including a zip slide, rock n raft, and merry go all!

Enjoy a walk/hike at Abbey Nature Preserve

Get the kids outside this summer to enjoy some fresh air and mother nature! Abbey Nature Preserve is a perfect place to take the kids for a walk or hike. The park features easy trails that lead around the park and to a small pond and finishes where you started for a complete loop. The park is filled with beautiful deciduous forestry with a large variety of plants and trees. You can even turn this adventure into a fun learning experience by having the kids point out the different types of plants and trees!  Pro tip: Be sure to bring some bug spray!

a hike in the Abbey Trails Nature Preserve in Wilmington, NC

Have you ever considered hiring a photographer to capture a fun day with you and the kids? Contact me if you’d like to chat about photo options this summer!

I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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