Things for Kids to Do

in the Sandhills

Fun for the Kids

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area is a very wholesome, safe and family-friendly destination. Aside from the obvious activity for kids at our dozens of golf courses, there are a multitude of kid-friendly options throughout Moore County to enjoy.

While there are plenty of free options for kids to explore with their parents, be sure to inquire about any activities that require a sign-up, or paid experiences to ensure they have room to accommodate you.

Aloha Safari Zoo

At Aloha Safari Park you will see a variety of different animals including, tigers, zebras, monkeys, lemurs and more! We are a non-government funded zoo that is home to hundreds of animals.

Aloha Zoo
Rec Room Bar + Arcade

Why we started Rec Room

We are raising our families here and LOVE everything about Moore County.  We wanted a place where families can be together in a fun filled, easy going environment.

What you can expect at Rec Room

Kid Friendly, and dog friendly environment.  Relaxed vibe with comfortable seating, great drinks, and the best outdoor patio you can imagine.  21+ after 10pm.

Arcade Fun
Red's Corner

A food truck rodeo right in downtown Southern Pines. If you have picky eaters, this is the place for you. Let the kids run around the green area and pick their meal from a variety of tasty choices. The food trucks rotate so their is always fresh new choices. Parents need a break? A great selection of cocktails, beer and wine to compliment delicious treats. Relax under the beautiful Carolina sky. Red’s Corner is Open year round.

Foodie Variety
Dunrovin Country Store & Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Dunrovin Country Store has been identified as Moore County’s largest and oldest country store located right on U.S. Hwy 1 in Vass, NC.

Dunrovin Country Store carries a wide variety of products such as homemade fudge, Amish food, baked goods, coffee, ice cream, old fashioned candies, homemade soaps, Wilma’s Snake Oil, organic and natural foods, loose teas, garden décor, year-round Christmas decorations and much more!

The goal was to bring a more vibrant shopping adventure by filling the store with unique, unusual, and exciting items that would not only appeal to the community, but would also retain the traditional look and feel of old fashioned country stores.

It was decided to build a park behind the store for people to go sit and chat, enjoy an ice cream, and enjoy the sounds of tropical birds.

Dunrovin’s Exotic Animal Sanctuary, the only 501c(3) non-profit exotic sanctuary in Moore County, NC, started with about 10 rescues and is now up to over 200!

Dunrovin More than a Cool Store
The Little Toy Shop

The Little Toy Shop offers a military discount, complimentary gift wrapping, and lots of fun times for all. Santa Claus visits every year during the two days after Thanksgiving, bring a camera along with your beautiful smile!!! We offer a wide range of selections to help with all of your gift giving needs and we proudly boast having the cleanest bathrooms in all of Moore County!! Please come visit us to browse, shop, or just to play on one of our many activity tables. 230 SW Broad St, Southern Pines

Who doesn't love a Toy Shop?
U.S. Kids Golf Academy
Longleaf Golf & Family Club: Bottlebrush

Bottlebrush is a six-hole par 3 course located on the grounds of Longleaf Golf & Family Club (Host and Home to the US Kids and Teen’s World Championship). One of the first such “short courses” in the region, the holes range from 50 to 100 yards in length (about 450 yards total; see scorecard) and offers a wide variety of well-contoured and picturesque holes to challenge any player, and also be enjoyable and playable for all.

The Bill Bergin designed layout keeps in place a white furlong fence that was once part of the horse track and farm that encompassed the property. The nod to history is part of the charm, but so is the commitment to the future, as you’ll often find families and young players enjoying time together improving their skills, in fun competition, and mostly, just loving taking part in the game.

Video about Bottlebrush
NC Zoo Asheboro

The largest walk-through zoo in the world with over 250 species of animals. The NC Zoo is popular with children. It is located about 45 minutes from Pinehurst but worth the drive!

NC Zoo Fun
Paraclete XP


In a word, indoor skydiving is flying! If you’ve ever dreamed of experiencing the freedom that skydivers have had for decades, then indoor skydiving is absolutely for you!

Indoor skydiving involves a vertical chamber (imagine a massive silo with windows) that has the most powerful fans you’ve ever seen, blowing lots of air into the tunnel from below. All you have to do is lean into the airflow and take flight! If you’re interested in the SkyVenture technology behind this engineering marvel, read more about how our wind tunnel works.


This is the best part… nearly anyone! When jumping from an airplane, individuals must be at least 18 years of age. This isn’t the case with indoor skydiving. We routinely host entire families starting at age 3 through 93 and beyond! Participants need to be in generally good health with a reasonable fitness level to experience indoor skydiving.

Indoor Skydiving
Pollywogs Play Pad

Open Play

Parents stay to play with the littles.  General admission is $10 for the day. We are here for open play Monday, Friday and Saturday from 9-1.

Date Night drop-off

Ready for a night out? We’ve got you covered.  Every Saturday night from 5-8 pm. $40/child includes pizza! $25/per additional sibling 🙂  Free play with new friends–pick them up sleepy and ready for bed.


Conveniently located behind popular Red’s Corner Food Truck Rodeo eatery.

Child Care Drop off
Power House Indoor Batting & Training Center

Something for Everyone

PowerHouse is a faith-based, family-owned indoor batting cage and training facility that specializes in baseball and fastpitch softball.  We are passionate about giving players of all ages and skill-levels an opportunity to learn the game of baseball or softball in an encouraging and safe environment without compromising exceptional quality, affordable prices and outstanding customer service.

Power Hit
Sandhills Bowling Center Aberdeen
Sandhills Bowling Center

Everyone loves to bowl!

Cosmic bowling is offered on Friday and Saturday nights at 6pm.

Bowling Fun
Carriage ride through the Village of Pinehurst
Carriage Tours of Pinehurst Village, Inc.

You must call for an appointment for this special treat 910-690-4580.

Private Carriage Rides
Carolina Cinemas

Locally owned and operated and look forward to serving the greater Sandhills region for many years to come. We look forward to getting to know our community while participating in a significant way.  With over 100 combined years of cinema experience, our ownership group is committed to providing a clean, safe, friendly and fun environment for all.

Let's Go to the Movies
Sunrise Theatre

The Sunrise Theater is a 503(c)(3) nonprofit organization! Our mission is to entertain, educate, and engage the community through film and performing arts, while preserving an historic Southern Pines landmark!

We show new and classic films, host live concerts and events, and much more!

Movies, Concerts & More
9th of September Paint your own Pottery
A paint-your-own pottery studio No Experience Necessary! Conveniently located in Southern Pines with easy access to the traffic circle and US-1 off Midland Road. Our friendly studio offers an awesome, fun environment for any individual, party or get-together. Great for all ages! Pick up a delicious meal from Midland Bistro next door and come on in. Make yourself right at home and de-stress while painting and listening to some great tunes. Walk-ins welcome!
Paint your own Pottery
Discovery Place Kids - Rockingham
Discovery Place KIDS - Rockingham

For the kids who wonder why about everything. They can imagine all kinds of fun at the Discovery place located in Rockingham about 30 minutes south of Aberdeen.

Discovery Place
Thistle Dhu at Pinehurst Resort

Fun for Everyone!

Calling to mind the legendary Himalayas Course at The Old Course in St. Andrews, Thistle Dhu features 18 holes of mind-bending journeys designed to entertain everyone in the family, from the golfing beginner to the scratch player and everyone in between. Play is free to resort guests, just bring your ball and putter and enjoy the fun.

Golf Fun
Zip Quest

Zipquest Waterfall & Treetop Adventure Park is the premier zipline adventure facility in North Carolina, and one of the best zip-line parks in America according to USA Today. On our property is a massive waterfall that allows incredible views from our zip-lines and treetop adventure park. We also have great facilities and play areas, and our facilities are perfect for large groups like church outings and corporate events. Whether you are planning a 150 person corporate retreat or are looking for something fun to do around Fayetteville, NC with your family Zipquest has something for all ages.

Zip Line
Biking/Hiking/Walking & Equestrain Trails

Kids enjoy the great outdoors? We have many options for them to explore all over our beautiful county. Check out the comprehensive list.

Everything from short brisk walks, to miles of hiking adventures you will be surprised at the many options for all levels.

We are lucky to have Weymouth Woods State Park in Southern Pines, home to the oldest living Longleaf Pine Tree!

Hiking Trails

Downtown Park
Southern Pines
Phone: 910-692-2463

Lawn & Tennis Club of NC*
Phone: 910-692-7270

Memorial Park
Southern Pines
Phone: 910-692-2463

Pinehurst Resort*
Phone: 910-295-8556

Seven Lakes Tennis Club*
Phone: 910-673-109



Memorial Park
Southern Pines
Phone: 910-692-2463

Pickleball Pinehurst Resort *

Pinehurst Resort



Downtown Park in Southern Pines, NC

Memorial Park 210 Memorial Park Ct, Southern Pines
Aberdeen Lake – 301 Lake Park Crossing (off US Hwy 1), Aberdeen
Camelot Park – 90 Woods Road (off NC 211), Pinehurst
Downtown Park – 145 SE Broad Street, Southern Pines

U.S. Kids Golf Academy

Instruction Programs & Camps Just For Kids!
Pine Needles’ Youth Summer Camps, ages 10-17. 800-747-7272
Pinehurst’s Golf Academy Junior Schools, ages 11-17. 800-795-4653
Pinewild Golf Academy’s Nike Junior Camps, ages 10-18. 800-645-3226
U.S. Kids Golf Academy at Longleaf Golf & Family Club. 910-692-6100 (ext 1)

Pinehurst Splash Pad
Splash Pads

Park Splash Pads- Open Seasonally

Carthage Splash Pad– 155 Hillcrest Park Lane, Carthage

Pinehurst Splash Pad– 10 Rassie Wicker Dr, Pinehurst

Wine & Design
Wine & Design Southern Pines

Tired of the same old entertainment? Unleash your inner artist in Southern Pines, NC in a fun and social environment. We provide everything needed to create a masterpiece, just sign up, show up, sip up and paint!

Kids are welcome!!!

Wine & Design Southern Pines

220 W Pennsylvania Ave.
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Get Creative!
Art Works Vass

Request your own private party or join one of the many diverse and creative classes going on at Art Works Vass, they will also come to you! Their classes rotate and fill up quickly.

129 Main Street, Vass, NC 28394

Unleash your inner creativity
My Gym

If you are visiting long term and looking for a place for the kids to run around and play in a more structured environment, My Gym is the place!

My Gym
Drop Zone Kids-Drop In Childcare

Drop Zone Kids is an hourly daycare center just minutes away from the hospital, downtown shopping, and tons of restaurants in the Sandhills area. We provide a safe and fun learning environment for children while offering parents a flexible childcare to fit their schedules and budgets. While parents are busy, we are here having fun; because that’s what being a kid is all about! Created by parents for parents, Drop Zone Kids provides a safe and engaging childcare solution for children ages 12 months to 12 years for up to 4 hours! Drop Zone Kids is great for:

  • Running errands
  • Doctor appointments
  • Date night and more!

285 Pinehurst Ave, Ste 3C, Southern Pines

Mama Needs a Break
Hammer & Stain

Hammer & Stain is a DIY studio where guests transform unfinished wood into wall worthy pieces. Our instructor guided classes make it fun and easy to create a piece you will love! All you have to do is bring yourself, your friends, and your favorite beverage! Reservations required.

Hammer it Up!
Taxeidermy Hall of Fame/Creation Museum

The Taxidermy Hall of Fame of N.C. Creation Museum is a  display of over 200 stuffed animals, antique tools, barbed wire, golf balls, can openers, and a variety of other oddities located in a Christian Bookstore in the heart of the Downtown Southern Pines.Small donation.

Creation Museum
Pizza & Arcade

Both options have arcade style games and pizza both locally owned and operated.

Bob’s Pizza- Cash only. 5700 US 1 Hwy Vass, NC 28394

Pinehurst Pizza- 15 McIntyre Road Pinehurst, NC 28374

Pizza Arcade