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Best ways to occupy holiday houseguests

Posted December 16, 2013
Updated December 18, 2013

Some of the games at Dave and Buster’s Cary.

We love family and friends visiting for the holidays, but at some point you just run out of stuff to do. There can only be so much eggnog and board games at the house before you need something else to do. And depending on how long your guests are staying, you need to find a way to entertain them. 

Dave and Buster's (Cary) - We admit, we are planning a holiday party at the sports bar/restaurant/arcade at the Cary Towne Center because we are hooked on the games and the drinks. Everyone is a kid at heart when they enter the arcade. And if you aren't into that scene, just hang at the bar and watch some games. 

Hard Knocks (Raleigh) - This north Raleigh laser tag spot is much more exciting than the traditional arcade-like versions of the 90s. First off, you use laser guns that are modified off of real weapons and you and your team participate in challenges in a variety of on-site locations. No black-lights or "space themes" here, it is designed to be more of a "military-style" battle. Something fun for children and adults. We checked it out and it really brings out your competitive spirit. 

Ice Skating - No matter where you are in the Triangle, there is likely an ice rink nearby. We have a list of the rinks to help you find the nearest one.

Movies - My mom used to always take us to the movies on Christmas Eve. It was a great way to help the children pass the day before Santa arrives. Some great options this holiday season include "Frozen" and "Anchorman 2". 

Museums - Whether you are into science, history or art, the Triangle has a museum to suit you. In Raleigh, visit the Contemporary Art Museum, N.C. Museum of History, N.C. Museum of Art (which is hosting the Porsche by Design exhibit) and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Also, for the children there is the Marbles Kids Museum. In Durham, visit the Museum of Life and Science. Make sure to check the hours before you go! 

Any other suggestions?

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