At Marbles, we believe strongly in our responsibility to make our unique museum experience available and accessible to ALL children. Marbles Full Circle Access programs are designed to ensure that every child has the opportunity to imagine, discover and learn at Marbles. Each year, Marbles Full Circle Access reaches more than 50,000 children and families with hands-on, joyful play experiences.
Full Circle Access Programs
Full Circle Access provides free museum access through field trips, group visits, admission passes and events for marginalized communities and the organizations that serve them. Groups interested in participating in the program may contact Janine Eash at 919-857-1021 or fill out a Full Circle program form here. Participating organizations and classrooms must schedule their group visits in advance.
With support from
Ready Set School - School readiness programs
Ready Set School is a series of programs that supports school readiness for Wake County preschoolers. With support from the United Way of the Greater Triangle and the Barnhill Family Foundation, and in partnership with the Wake County Public School System, Wake County Public Libraries, Wake County Smart Start and Wake Up and Read, Marbles provides play-based school readiness experiences for preschool-aged children and families who have not attended a formal preschool or daycare program. Programs take place at Marbles and in library branches in families’ neighborhoods throughout Wake County.
Ready Set School Family Playdates at Marbles
Apply to participate in a FREE four-week family class to help prepare your child for success in school. Explore language, math, science, art and early learning activities that spark curiosity and build knowledge and skills through play.
When? Playdates are held Thursday evenings from 5-7pm, September-November and January-May. Applications are ongoing.
Where? Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Who? This program is for children ages 3-5 who have not participated in a preschool program, have not yet attended Kindergarten and who are likely to attend one of the following WCPSS schools: Aversboro, Barwell Road, Beaverdam, Brentwood, Bugg, Creech Road, East Garner, Fox Road, Green, Hodge Road, Lincoln Heights, Lynn Road, Millbrook, Poe, Powell, Rogers Lane, Smith, Southeast Raleigh, Wakelon, Walnut Creek, Wendell, Wilburn and Zebulon.
- 45-minute Ready, Set, School Family Class
- Healthy dinner
- Museum play
- Families who participate in all four classes will receive a family pass for FREE admission to Marbles Kids Museum for one year.
Click here for Ready, Set, School Family Playdate Application (English) | Haga clic aquí para obtener la aplicación de En sus marcas, Listos, Escuela- Cita de juego en familia
Questions? Contact email@example.com or 919.857.1004
- Sensory Friendly Playtime provides a free, exclusive museum access for kids with disabilities and their families. Each month, participants experience a calm, quiet museum environment with specialized programming and partner resources.
- Marbles awards camp scholarships to local children who wish to attend summer camp at Marbles but do not have the financial means to do so. Scholarship applications are open through March 31, 2023, or when all scholarships have been awarded.
Note: Scholarship awards are limited to one week per camper each summer.
Ready Set School Community Playdates
Join Marbles Kids Museum at the library for family play to help kids ages 3-5 get ready for school.
March 4: Green Road Community Library • 10:30
March 4: Southeast Regional Library • 2:00
March 11: Richard B. Harrison Community Library • 10:30
March 11: Duraleigh Road Community Library • 2:00
March 18: East Regional Library • 10:30
March 18: Zebulon Community Library • 2:00
March 25: Southgate Community Library • 10:30
March 25: Wendell Community Library • 2:00
April 1: Green Road Community Library • 10:30
April 1: Southeast Regional Library • 2:00
April 15: East Regional Library • 10:30
April 15: Zebulon Community Library • 2:00
April 22: Southgate Community Library • 10:30
April 22: Wendell Community Library • 2:00
April 29: Richard B. Harrison Community Library • 10:30
April 29: Duraleigh Road Community Library • 2:00
May 6: Green Road Community Library • 10:30
May 6: Southeast Regional Library • 2:00
May 13: Richard B. Harrison Community Library • 10:30
May 13: Duraleigh Road Community Library • 2:00
May 20: East Regional Library • 10:30
May 20: Zebulon Community Library • 2:00