My friends with kids have found visits to the Pinball Museum, the game room at Asheville Brewing and Pizza on Merrimon Ave., and a hike around the NC Arboretum enough to keep the kids happy.
Catch a festival weekend with plenty of live music and dancing and the kids will be easily distracted.
In season, a tubing trip on the French Broad River offers plenty of safe adventure.
The Botanical Gardens at the UNCA campus offers a free place to stroll, play in the creek and walk to a dog-trot cabin. It’s also fun to take kids to the N.C. Arboretum where there’s a Kids TRACK Trail — you can find all the TRACK trails in the Asheville area at KidsinParks.com — track a trail and win prizes. Other great places for kids — Asheville Pizza and Brewing on Merrimon Avenue with a huge game room on one side and a theatre showing three buck movies on the other side.