As Triangle area towns continually develop, invest, and plan for more amenities to attract families, children, and multi-generational households, there is now more to do than ever before. So pack your car, get out of your comfort zone, try something new, and savor the moments with your family and loved ones this Summer.

Below are some fun local family-friendly experiences in the charming town of Wake Forest, located immediately to the north of Raleigh.

Renaissance Centre for the Arts

Situated in the heart of the town’s renaissance district, the Wake Forest Renaissance Center provides a variety of entertainment, theatre, arts and performance options for families, children, adults, and seniors. With its recent $1 million in renovations, this venue is a beauty and worthy of a visit.

Brooks Street Bowl

Looking for something a little nostalgic, but offers loads of laughter. Take the family fun inside to Brooks Street Bowl. This bowling destination offers a full bar, weekly food and drink specials, pricing discounts, birthday parties, and catered events.

And, guess what? Kids bowl FREE. Children under 13 can bowl two free games every day from April 15 – October 31.

Taylor Street Park Sprayground

Wake Forest’s first sprayground is a dynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area that provides endless hours of fun for the entire family. Designed to encourage social engagement, community, creativity, and imagination, the sprayground has 16 jet streams and combines the sensations of different water movements—flowing, misting, and jetting—with diverse features for a unique aquatic play adventure.

The sprayground is located in the vicinity of Taylor Street Park and the Alston-Massenburg Center. This experience is free and open to the public daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Family Movie Night Outdoors at Joyner Park

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is pleased to offer the following Family Movie Nights and special pre-show activities outdoors at the town’s flagship Park:

  • May 26 – Coco
  • June 30 – The Lion King
  • July 28 – Cars 3
  • Aug. 11 – Beauty & The Beast

Pre-show activities include the best DIY arts and crafts, music performances, plus partnerships with the Museum of Natural History and Carolina Tiger Rescue as well as Meet and Greets with Special Guest Princess Belle.

All these wonderful events are free and open to the public. Be sure to bring a blanket and/or chairs. What better way to spend a Saturday night with the entire family!

Visit The Factory – Eat, Shop & Play

Local family entertainment at it’s best. The Factory, conveniently located on Main Street in Wake Forest is dedicated to providing a place that the whole family can enjoy all day long, whether that includes mom shopping for gifts, dad enjoying lunch, or the kids having some incredible play time. At the Factory, there indeed is something for everyone. The factory is a sports and entertainment mall for parents and kids alike to eat, shop, and play.

The Factory is unlike any place you’ll find in the Triangle, combining so many different sports and recreational businesses, entertainment businesses, retail shops, and restaurants that you have to see it for yourself to believe it.

Ready, Set, Go!!

Delay no further, experience something different and timeless with your family in the awesome town of Wake Forest, located less than 30 mins drive from central parts of Raleigh. You can put off work, but you can’t always recreate memories with those you love. Visit Wake Forest and check out some of these incredible family-friendly experiences.

So what are some of your favorite family-friendly activities around Wake Forest? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Wake Forest Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Carla Williams for exclusive digital publication via TBN