(2024) 49+ Kid-Friendly Things To Do In Knightdale NC

Looking for kid-friendly things to do in Knightdale NC? Discover 49+ exciting activities that will keep your little ones entertained.
Harper Park playset with plenty of things to do in Knightdale NC
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Knightdale, NC, is our charming new(ish) hometown in Wake County, North Carolina, that offers plenty of fun and exciting activities for kids and families. As a mom to two little ones, I always search for new adventures for our family. Knightdale has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, arts and culture, food and drinks, or festivals and events. Here are some things to do in Knightdale with kids in 2024 that will entertain your kiddos and make for some great family time!

Things To Do In Knightdale With Kids: Outdoor Adventures

If you and your kids love nature and getting active outside, Knightdale has some amazing options for you to explore and play. Here are some of the outdoor things to do in Knightdale, NC:

Knightdale Station Park and Splash Pad

Visit Knightdale Station Park, a 76-acre park with an AMAZING train and farm-themed playground, a splash pad, a dog park, walking trails, an outdoor amphitheater, and a veterans memorial. The park also hosts many family-friendly events throughout the year, such as the 4th of July celebration, the Fall on First festival, and the Christmas tree lighting.

Knightdale Station Park playground with red barn and silo structure and accessible ramp

Knightdale Station Park splash pad

Knightdale Environmental Park

Check out Knightdale Environmental Park, a 12-acre park that feels like a little wooded, natural oasis in the heart of Knightdale. The park has a boardwalk, a pond where you can feed the turtles, picnic shelters, public art, and cornhole boards. Our favorite is when the East Wake Education Foundation holds its Popsicles in the Park event here in the summer and the Moonlight Walk put on here every Fall by Wake County’s East Regional Library. * note- there are no restrooms in the park, but the library is steps away*

Moonlight walk in Knightdale by East Regional Library
Moonlight Walk Around Knightdale’s Environmental Park Fall 2023

Mingo Creek Park

Bike along Mingo Creek Greenway, a 3.5-mile+ paved trail (soon to be extended all the way to Knightdale Station Park) that connects the town of Knightdale all the way to Anderson Point Park in East Raleigh and provides access to 30+ miles of the Neuse River Greenway trail. Enjoy the scenic views of the creek and the woods, and stop by the Mingo Creek Park playground for fun.

Harper Park

Visit the Inclusive Playground at Harper Park, a new playground for children of all abilities and ages. The playground features a zero-entry merry-go-round, inclusive swings, sensory play equipment, and other structures children can enjoy. Harper Park also has tennis and pickleball courts, family restrooms, vending machines, and plenty of covered seating!

Harper Park tot area playground and mature trees in Knightdale NC

Knightdale Community Pool

Swim at the Knightdale Community Pool, the Town-owned seasonal outdoor pool that offers a variety of programs and activities for all ages and skill levels. 

YMCA at Knightdale Station Pool

Join the YMCA at Knightdale Station, an outdoor pool facility with an awesome pool slide that provides a range of services for the community. You can also enroll your kids in Camp YMCA, a track-out camp that offers arts, crafts, games, sports, and field trips.

YMCA at Knightdale Station pool

Haven Farm

Explore Haven Farm, a family-owned farm and event venue that offers educational and recreational opportunities for kids and adults. You can see and interact with the animals, such as baby goats. You can also learn about farming, gardening, and sustainability.  Haven Farm hosts so many amazing, family-friendly activities open to the community, such as festivals, story and craft time, and a mom walk club. It is also a sweet venue for children’s birthday parties!

goats at Haven Farm

NC Nature School

Join the NC Nature School, a program that offers farm and nature classes for all ages. Your kids can learn about mushroom foraging, farm animals, gardening, nature art, survival skills, and more. You can also book a class online and find your tribe at the NC Nature School website.

Grasshopper Farms

Visit Grasshopper Farms, a seasonal attraction that features a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a playground, and an ice cream shop in the fall. You can pick your own pumpkins, navigate the maze, enjoy the slides and swings, and treat yourself to some delicious ice cream. During the springtime, you can pick strawberries, enjoy the playground, let the kids play in their giant sandbox, and browse up and down the aisles of the beautiful plants just waiting to be planted for your spring garden.  Don’t forget to swing by in the winter to check out their fresh Christmas tree selection!

Things to do in Knightdale NC Grasshopper Farms hay bale maze

Pope’s Strawberry Farm

Pick strawberries at Pope’s Strawberry Farm, a local farm that grows fresh and juicy strawberries. You can fill your baskets with sweet and red berries and get ready when you get home to make some strawberry pie or shortcake (because, let’s be real, it’s hard to tell your kids that just one bucket is enough)!

Things To Do In Knightdale With Kids: Arts and Culture

If you and your kids are interested in arts and culture, Knightdale has many options for you to learn, cultivate, and create. Here are some of the cultural things to do in Knightdale, NC:

Arts and Education Festival

Attend the Knightdale Arts and Education Festival, also known as K-Fest, an annual event held in August that celebrates the arts and education in Knightdale. You can watch performances by local acts, browse the art display, slide down huge inflatable slides, participate in workshops and activities, and enjoy the food trucks and the DJ.

Knightdale festival with large inflatable slide and event staff
Inflatables at Knightdale Station Park

African American Festival

Attend the Knightdale African American Festival, a family-centered festival that celebrates African American culture with live music, arts and crafts, vendors, community resources, and ethnic foods. It will provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the African American community’s unique traditions, customs, and beliefs. The festival is held in June at Knightdale Station Park in partnership with Choice FM and the Knightdale – Wake Forest Education Foundation.

Latin American Festival

Join the Knightdale Latin American Festival, a festive event that showcases the rich and diverse culture of Latin America with live music, food, and fun. You can enjoy the performances by local and regional acts, sample the delicious cuisine, and participate in activities and games. The festival is held in April at Knightdale Station Park in partnership with La Grande NC Radio.

Jar of Horchata being sold at the Knightdale Latin American Festival
La Brisa’s horchata

Visit the Local Library

Visit the East Regional Library, a branch of the Wake County Public Library System that offers a variety of resources and services for the community. You can borrow books, movies, music, and more and join the programs and events for kids and adults. They have AMAZING, FREE activities like story time, themed events, reading challenges, and all sorts of kid-friendly craft activities.  Plus, the staff here are so kind and helpful. This is one of our favorite places to go on a rainy day!

East Regional Library Youth section with colorful hand decorations around info desk

Cooking Classes

Take cooking classes at the Knightdale Recreation Center by Essie’s Delights, a locally-owned small business baking company that offers delicious baked goods.  

Art Classes 

Enroll in Artfully Creative Education classes, a program that teaches kids 5+ and adults how to draw, paint, and sculpt. The kids can unleash their inner artists and create their own masterpieces. Summer camps are also available!

Lowe’s Kid-Friendly Workshops

Do you have a kiddo who loves to watch you with any DIY project?  Then, you can attend a local kid-friendly Lowe’s event, a series of free workshops and activities.  The kids can learn new skills and build sweet things like bird feeders, a butterfly biome, etc. You can also join the DIY-U by Lowe’s program, which rewards you with badges for attending workshops with your kid. These programs are designed for ages 4-11, but all ages are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.

Michael’s Kid’s Club Arts and Crafts Events

Join the local Michael’s Kids Club events, a program that offers free or low-cost craft classes for kids aged 4+. You can choose from different projects, such as ornaments, frames, terrariums, etc. 

Story Walk

Do a Story Walk for Creek Week, a project that combines reading about keeping our waterways clean and safe and walking along the Knightdale Environmental Park trail. You can follow the signs that display the pages of a children’s book and enjoy the story and the scenery. Scheduled 3/11/24- 4/22/24

Knightdale Downtown Caboose

Walk by the red caboose and check out the train tracks, a historic landmark representing Knightdale’s railroad heritage. You can see the old train car, and if your kiddo is a train aficionado, then just being able to see and touch the caboose is pretty awesome (side note- the caboose doors do not open, so no exploring the inside of it, although we’re hopeful that this will change in the future!).  Located across from Rewind Retro Bar and La Mexicanita on First Avenue.

Knightdale NC red caboose in downtown surrounded by trees

Movies in the Park

When the weather warms up, enjoy watching movies under the night sky at Knightdale Station Park, where the Movies in the Park series is held (the next movie coming up is Migration on April 12, 2024!)

Things To Do In Knightdale With Kids: Building Community

In Knightdale, there are plenty of ways to be involved in the community.  This is one of the things we love most about living here. Even though we have access to city amenities, we also have our close-knit town here. Here are some ideas for finding your tribe.

Tour the Fire Station

Tour the brand new Knightdale Fire Station starting March 2nd off Hodge Road. This state-of-the-art facility serves the community and educates the public about fire safety and prevention. You can see the fire trucks, equipment, and uniforms and meet the firefighters who protect Knightdale.  Our local fire department is active, warm, and welcoming in our community, and they love showing kids and families around!

Knightdale, NC firemen and ladder truck

Camp P.R.I.D.E.

Sign your kids up for the Knightdale Police Department’s FREE Camp P.R.I.D.E, a free summer day camp for ages 9-12. The camp provides an exciting and educational experience for young campers, who can engage and interact with the dedicated officers of the Knightdale Police Department. The campers will learn and explore various topics, such as perseverance, respect, integrity, determination, and excellence. The camp also offers various activities and speakers, such as sports, games, crafts, MADD, D.A.R.E., and Dan the Animal Man. The camp is limited to the first 40 applicants and will include a 10-person waitlist.

Northside Compassion Box

Have your kids help with the Northside Compassion Box, a project providing food and hygiene items for those in need. You can donate or collect items and place them in the box at the Northside Community Church.

Northside Compassion Box in Knightdale NC.  Large, white cabinet with pantry items like cans, boxed dry food along shelves

Boy Scouts + Cub Scouts

Join the Knightdale Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts, a youth organization that promotes character development, citizenship, and outdoor skills. You can participate in camping, hiking, fishing, and community service.

Volunteer

Volunteer for a variety of activities, such as the Creek Week Litter Sweep, or join the Knightdale Rotary Club and enjoy their family-friendly events.

Church-based Events

Attend the multiple local events put on the large variety of churches and places of worship, such as Easter egg hunts, trunk or treats, and more. You can celebrate the religious holidays and join the faith-based activities and community.

Knightdale Carnival

Attend the Knightdale Police Department’s Spring Carnival, a fun-filled event that supports Special Olympics North Carolina. You can enjoy the carnival rides, games, food, and entertainment and help raise funds and awareness for the athletes and programs of the Special Olympics. The carnival is held in March or April at Midtown Commons and is organized by the Knightdale Police Department (date TBD for 2024!).

Knightdale Rocks

Join the brand-new Knightdale Rocks movement, a group that is based on the Wendell Rocks Facebook group.  Kids can paint rocks in outdoor, environmentally safe paint, add the hashtag #KnightdaleRocks on the back, and then place them where others can safely find them. Bonus points if there is a positive message painted on the rock!  The purpose is to spread joy and positivity around the community, and remember to always be on the lookout for these little gems when you’re out and about around town!

Painted rocks with purple paint stating "You've got this!"

Things To Do In Knightdale With Kids: Sports, Fitness, and Movement

Are your kids always on the go like mine?  Let them work out some energy and exercise with a few of these community programs.

Soccer

Play soccer at Knightdale Station Park, where the Neuse River Futbol Alliance (NRFA) hosts youth leagues and tournaments. You can sign up your kids for the NRFA soccer program or kick a ball around with them on any of the four athletic fields when open.

Dance

Join Heather’s Dance, Inc., a dance studio that offers classes for young dancers to improve their strength, coordination, and grace through dance. You can choose from different styles, such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and more. You can also participate in recitals, competitions, and events.  Keep your eye out for their annual Daddy-Daughter dance that they hold in the Spring!

Heather's Dance, Inc. Knightdale NC
Heather’s Dance, Inc.

Gymnastics

Enroll in Knightdale Gymnastics, a gymnastics center that provides year-round programs for children from 12 months to 18 years. The kids can learn and practice gymnastics skills, such as tumbling, vaulting, bars, and beams. If you’re looking for something to do with kids, they have an open gym playtime during various days/times of the week.  They can also join the team program, enjoy summer camps, and host birthday parties here!

Youth Sports Leagues

Sign up for Knightdale Parks and Recreation sports leagues, a community-based athletic program that offers youth and adult sports, such as baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and kickball. You can register online and enjoy the games and tournaments at various locations, such as Knightdale Station Park, Harper Park, and Mingo Creek Park.

Tennis

Take tennis lessons at Harper Park, a public park with four tennis courts and two pickleball courts. You can learn the basics of tennis or improve your skills with professional instructors from Tennisbloc and Raleigh Tennis Association. You can also join the Try Tennis program, which includes a new racket, a towel, and six hours of group instruction for only $40.

Kid’s Yoga

Practice kid’s yoga at Haven Farm, taught by Taylor, a certified yoga instructor. The classes help kids develop self-care, self-awareness, breath, and yoga poses. 

Karate and Cheerleading

Join Champions in Motion, a program that offers cheerleading and karate classes for kids and teens of all levels. The kiddos can learn and practice cheerleading skills, such as jumps, stunts, and routines, or karate skills, such as strikes, kicks, and self-defense. They can also participate in optional tournaments and events.

Running

Do your kids love just to run, run, run?  Then let them try one of the running programs, such as Crazy Running for ages 3-14 (I can personally vouch for how AMAZING Coach Briana is- my daughter loved her program!) and Flying Feet Run Club for ages 8-13.  

Things To Do In Knightdale With Kids: Food and Drinks

If you and your kids are hungry and thirsty, Knightdale has many options for you to eat and drink. You can:

Prime BBQ

Eat at Prime BBQ; a restaurant praised not only by locals but all around the country and placed in Top BBQ lists in publications like Southern Living Magazine. Beyond the food being excellent, Prime BBQ is also extremely family-friendly.  They offer free Blue Bell ice cream to the kids after their meal, give out little GI Joes to honor veterans, have accessible sinks for washing sticky hands, and an awesome outdoor play area around the side of the building.  We’re thankful the Prieto family knows a thing or two about making kiddos happy!

Prime BBQ backyard play area in Knightdale, NC

Ice Cream

Get some ice cream or churros at Vida Dulce, a shop that offers Mexican-inspired desserts and drinks. You can choose from various flavors and toppings or get one of their unique popsicle flavors like Horchata or Blackberry Cream Cheese.

Bakeries

Ready to handle a sugar rush? Let the kids pick our their favorite treat! Cake Town Bakery is a locally-owned, small business bakery offering delicious and authentic desserts. Nothing lights up my kiddos’ eyes like being told that not only are we going to get a treat but that they get to choose!  

Try a unique and delicious type of pastry experience at La Mexicanita Bakery, where traditional Mexican baked goods are created that make a heavenly aroma that wafts through downtown Knightdale on windier days.  Once you step inside and your kids see the rows and rows of baked goods, it will be impossible to leave without at least one!  

La Mexicanita bakery case with rows of pastries and purple walls in the background

Rewind Retro Bar

Go to Rewind Retro Bar, a nostalgic bar with arcade games, pinball machines, board games, and karaoke. I know, I know…a bar?  But this place has a sweet, casual, family-friendly vibe during the daytime, and parents enjoy bringing their kids here to take a walk back in time.  Children are allowed in (with an accompanying adult) until 8 pm.  You can play your favorite games from the past, sing your heart out, and have a blast with your kids.  Bonus points- they have food trucks, retro car meetups, and non-alcoholic beverages, so your kids won’t feel left out!

Rewind Retro Bar arcade game

Oak City Brewing Company

Drink at Oak City Brewing Company, a local brewery in the heart of downtown Knightdale and next to the playground at Knightdale Station Park that produces craft beers and hosts live music and events. You can taste the different brews, listen to some tunes, and join the annual anniversary bonfire.  Food trucks are always here, and there is a huge grassy area with picnic tables, making this the best place for families to sit and relax while the kids play close by within easy sight of them.  *Note for safety- this is next to First Avenue and is fenced in by split-rail fencing, so little ones can still get around the fence!*

Things to do In Knightdale With Kids: Seasonal Festivals and Events

If you and your kids are looking for entertainment and excitement, Knightdale has plenty of options to celebrate and have fun. You can experience:

Independence Day

Attend the 4th of July Celebration in Knightdale Station Park, a patriotic event featuring live music, an awesome fireworks display that draws a pretty big crowd, and more. You can show your spirit and pride and enjoy the spectacular show.

Fall Festival

Participate in the Fall on First Avenue, the autumn festival showcasing Knightdale’s local businesses and organizations. Typical activities include inflatable games/slides, face painting, hay rides, and pumpkin painting. 

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Watch the Christmas Parade, a locally festive event that displays the holiday spirit and cheer along First Avenue in downtown Knightdale. You can see the floats, bands, dancers, and Santa Claus and join the merry crowd.  P.S. Get ready to catch candy!  Keep an eye on the town’s Christmas Tree lighting event, where local dancers perform, live music is played, and the Town counts down to illuminate the big Christmas tree in the park!

Knightdale Christmas parade with Shriners club small yellow cars and people waving.

5K Races

Join the Knightdale Parks and Recreation’s 5K’s, like the Turkey Leg 5K or the Cupid Run 5K, a family-friendly series of races in downtown Knightdale that promote health and wellness. You can run or walk the courses and challenge yourself and your kids.

Spring Festival

Celebrate the Spring Fling, a spring festival that welcomes the new season and the warmer weather. Enjoy the games, crafts, Easter egg hunt, food, and music, and have a blast with your kids.

Halloween

Dress up for the Kick or Treat, a Halloween event hosted by the NRFA. You can wear your costumes, play soccer, collect candy, and have a spooky and sporty time.

Conclusion

Knightdale is a wonderful town for families that offers a lot of fun and exciting activities for kids of all ages. We have been having a blast exploring the town with our children, and we hope we helped you find something new to do on this list, too!

What are your favorite things to do in Knightdale, NC?  Drop a comment below, or hit us up on our Facebook or Instagram page for more ideas, pictures, up-to-date event info, and just general day-to-day Eastern Wake fun!  <3

P.S. Are you looking for things to do outside of Eastern Wake? My mom-friend and local blogger friend, Amy from Raleigh Family Adventure, has an amazing list of 2024 Triangle family events here!

Taylor
Author: Taylor

Taylor, the founder of Eastern Wake Love and resident of Knightdale, NC, created the platform to celebrate Eastern Wake County’s community and lifestyle. Driven by the lack of substantial information about the Eastern Wake communities during her move to Knightdale, she wanted to create a resource for this beautiful area's potential and current residents and visitors. In her spare time, she’s chasing after her two young kiddos, getting involved in her community, and laughing with her husband about the chaos of parenthood.

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