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May 23, 2024

Summer Fun: Kid & Family Friendly Guide for the Twin Counties


Schools will be out for summer break soon, and there is so much to do in the Twin Counties! Local summer camps offer many chances for kids to learn new skills and pursue a variety of interests. The summer months also bring great opportunities for family bonding time throughout the Twin Counties. These are some of our recommendations for family-friendly events and activities to explore.

Downtown Live! starts today in Rocky Mount on the Imperial Centre lawn, and there is a great schedule of upcoming concerts to attend. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6.

  • May 23: The Band of Oz

  • June 6 : Trial by Fire

  • June 20: Jim Quick and the Coastline Band

  • July 11: The Legacy Motown Revue

  • July 25: Chairmen of the Board

  • August 8: Love Tribe

  • August 22: The Embers featuring Craig Woolard

The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences just opened a new exhibit: “The Robot Zoo,” which will be open through Sept. 1.

  • Experience how nature works as the master engineer.

  • Tuesday–Saturday:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

  • Tickets $6

The Tarboro River Bandits will open their summer season on June 1. These Summer Collegiate League baseball games are great for the whole family. See their full schedule and their promotional events. Tickets: $8 for adults; $6 for children 6–12.

Game Day at The Rocky Mount Event Center has something for all ages, including a state-of-the-art video arcade, wall climbing, sky trail aerial ropes course, and a ballocity soft play arena for the little ones!

The Braswell Memorial Bookmobile will host Storytime Fun at Miracle Park throughout the summer at 10 a.m. Dates are: June 3, June 17, July 8, and July 22.

Nash Community College is hosting Nighthawk Young Reader Storytime each Tuesday and Friday, June 4 through July 30 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in NCC Library Building A.

The Happy Place at The Rocky Mount Mills offers a play and social community for littles and their grown-ups! There are classes for children ages birth-kindergarten all five Saturdays in June.

On the Move offers a sensory gym for kids of all abilities. They are located at 802 B E Washington Street in Nashville, and open Wednesday-Saturday. On the Move can support ages crawling-13 years old. Special needs friends are welcomed from ages 14-18!

Lawn Chair Theatre kicked off on May 3 with The Super Mario Bros. Movie at the Booker T. Theatre in downtown Rocky Mount. They have a great schedule of upcoming movies you’ll want to check out. All showings begin at 6 p.m.

  • June 7: The Little Mermaid

  • July 5: Kung Fu Panda 4

  • August 2: Elemental

  • September 6: Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie

Sky-Vue Skateland is the place to be on Thursdays starting June 13.

  • Learn to skate | 1:30–3:30 p.m. | Admission $9 | Skate rental $4

  • Pizza Night | 6–8:30 p.m. | Admission $9 | Skate rental $4 | Unlimited pizza w/ admission

Tarboro’s Splashpad (1401 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Tarboro) is now open! It will be open 12–7 p.m. on Saturdays and 1–6 p.m. on Sundays now through the second weekend in June. Then it will switch to summer hours: 12–7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1–6 p.m. on Sundays. Summer hours conclude the second weekend of August. Entry is $3 per person. Summer passes are also available.

Ripe for Revival will host Beyond the Book Storytime throughout the summer at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Rocky Mount Mills starting June 5th through August 14th. Free and open to the public.

Sunset Park has several great amenities, but one big highlight during the summer is the Amusement Center with its spray play park, carousel, and more!

  • Admission is $5 per person and includes unlimited access to the spray park, train, carousel, and bug ride. Children 4 and under get in free! All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  • The Amusement Center opens for the first time this season on Saturday. Hours will be 1–7 on Saturday and Memorial Day, and 1–5 on Sunday. It will be open on the weekend until the Nash County school year ends, and then the hours will change to Monday–Saturday 1–7 p.m. and Sunday 1–5 p.m. through Labor Day.

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