Best Destinations for Kids to Enjoy This Spring Break in New Bern, NC


This year’s spring break in New Bern doesn’t feel like spring yet.

With rain washing away on Monday followed by seasonally low temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday, Craven County students who are on spring break are most likely cooped indoors with nothing to do.

Luckily for parents, the skies are opening up and the sun will be shining the rest of the week and on the weekends, allowing for some great family time with plenty of activities to choose from in New Bern.

Notoriously known as a retirement community, New Bern has few options for activities that young families and children can participate in, but was still a short drive from Greenville, Wilmington, Raleigh, Jacksonville, and local beaches. .

Slowly, entertainment options for the younger generation have been popping up in and around the city and are one of the main reasons New Bern is looking to increase the number of young families moving here.

This weekend, get out and enjoy the warm weather before the kids head back to school on Monday at one of these top New Bern destinations during spring break.


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New Bern Family Days Super Carnival

After last year’s Fall Carnival at Lawson Creek Park, Magic Midways and Craven County Jaycee’s are back with Spring-Fest In The Park.

The carnival is open through Sunday night at Lawson Creek Park with more rides and dining options than last time.

There is free entry, free parking and unlimited rides with the purchase of a wristband available daily.

The carnival is open Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Jumpin' Jive Battlefield is a children's entertainment center located at 2911 Brunswick Ave.  in New Bern.

Jumpin’ Jive Battlefield

In May 2018, Courts Plus closed its New Bern location which had opened in 1990.

Two years later, Tracy Brantley of Jumpin’ Jive, who owns the business with her husband Claude, took over the building, providing just about every activity a child’s mind can think of.

Located at 2911 Brunswick Avenue, available activities include billiards or snooker, laser tag, bazooka, arcade, video games, zip line, rock climbing, and bouncy houses.

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Recently, Brantley sat down with The Sun Journal to explain the couple’s plans to fill the pool and possibly build a 10-lane bowling ally in its place. New Bern’s last bowling alley was the Strike Zone on Martin Luther King Kr. Boulevard before it closed.

Jumpin’ Jive is open this Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. opening.

roller land

New Bern’s only skating rink has been open for generations and is located at 3502 Neuse Boulevard.

There’s something about Rollerland in New Bern that brings back a nostalgic feeling for those who grew up at the rink, had birthday parties, and participated in one of their skates all day.

This Friday, those who want to do a bit of skating can skate all day with Rollerlands from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lunch and snacks are included and

In addition to all-day skating for children, the rink is open Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Beary la Hachette

Recommended for ages 10 and up, exceptions can be made for younger ax throwing enthusiasts if they wish to take part in this fascinating activity.

If not, no worries. Beary the Hatchet Ax Throwing Co. in downtown New Bern has a game room that includes pool, air hockey and arcade games while parents throw axes.

Beary the Hatchet is also running a Spring Break special where you can get $5 off Ax Throwing if you mention their Facebook post. The position is valid until Sunday.

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Located at 504 South Front Street, Beary the Hatchet is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Downtown Street Cafes and Friday Game Night

During Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase 2 reopening plan during the pandemic in 2020, the City of New Bern created an ordinance allowing street food for its downtown restaurants.

The experience was an immediate success and continues this year with the addition of some family-friendly equipment.

Currently underway, street cafes in downtown New Bern will feature several outdoor games for families to participate in, including a corn hole at several different restaurants, as well as checkers and giant chess boards.

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Friday Street Cafes and Game Night is a recurring event every Friday from 5-10:30 p.m. in downtown New Bern.

Martin Marietta Park

Martin Marietta Park amenities.

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Martin Marietta Park, located at 700 South Glenburnie Road in New Bern, opened briefly ahead of the grand opening that celebrated the park’s Phase 1 facilities at the end of March.

Phase 1 brings the official opening of the children’s adventure playground, restrooms, picnic shelters, over 7 miles of trails, fishing opportunities, canoe and kayak access to the Neuse River and Grand Lac, wildlife viewing, StoryWalk and an ecoEXPLORE hotspot.

The park is now the largest park in New Bern.

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