It's raining buckets here in Spruce Pine N.C. What fun inside things are around for two kids and two grandparents?
June 20, 2011 6:35 AM   Subscribe

Help me find fun activities near Spruce Pine N.C. for two kids (6 & 4) and their grandparents when it's pouring down rain.

We're visiting Spruce Pine, NC and had planned a fun day of outdoor activities with our boys and my parents. Now it's pouring down rain and has been for the last 5 hours so I'm looking for fun indoor activities that we could all participate in.

I can't bear the idea of coming all this way and having the boys play their Leapsters while the adults sit and talk adult stuff. The boys don't see their grandparents that often and I want it to be memorable.

We have cars, funding and LOTS of time over the next few days so we're willing to travel up to an hour or so for super fun stuff
posted by victoriab to Travel & Transportation around Spruce Pine, NC (4 answers total)
Boone's within reach, but the activities northwards towards there and Grandfather Mountain tend to be very outdoorsy, though that includes the Tweetsie Railroad from Blowing Rock to Boone, if hokey Wild West theme parks are your thing.

Southwards: Linville Caverns, perhaps? Rooting for gemstones at the Lucky Strike mine south of Marion? Not indoors, but covered.
posted by holgate at 7:30 AM on June 20, 2011

The internet has tons of kid-friendly things for when you're desperate. You can search YouTube for "crazy frog"; that's always worked for me. Google is also good at finding colouring pages of any animal you want. Just print them out, and voila.

Not sure about the grandparents though. Once people hit puberty they become so much tougher to entertain.
posted by Net Prophet at 7:38 AM on June 20, 2011

VisitNC is the official tourism site for the state.
The NC State Historic Sites show that the Vance Birthplace and Thomas Woolfe house might be options for you.
Here's a list of towns' websites, some of which will include links to Things To Do Near Us.
posted by ES Mom at 7:59 AM on June 20, 2011

Make piƱatas or sculpture together with flour-paste & newspaper over balloons

Hike in the rain with proper gear (make/take walking poles/sticks if there's anyone unsteady on their feet).

Ask the grandparents to tell stories of when they were younger - how did they play? There are books to help spark these trips down memory lane.
posted by Heart_on_Sleeve at 9:53 AM on June 20, 2011

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