Family Resources and Activities
Your family is part of The Pack too! There is an abundance of opportunities for our Wolfpack families on and around campus.
On Campus Access
Spouses are eligible to join the gym for $20/month. The employee will need to bring their spouse to Member Services to have them added on to their membership. For more information, visit the Wellness and Recreation’s website
Members can bring their dependant children, 17 years and younger to participate during Family Recreation at no additional charge. For more information, visit Wellness and Recreation’s website.
Spouses and Families can utilize open spaces, enjoy events, exhibits, and workshops at the Libraries. For more information check out NC State Libraries website.
Need to submit an application for a passport for you or someone in your family?
NC State’s Passport Services office is an official passport acceptance facility open to students, employees, and the public.
Take advantage of discounted pricing on event tickets and classes.
The Crafts Center’s mission is to provide hands-on, immersive, life-long learning skills to NC State students, faculty and staff, affiliates, alumni and the general public to support research, enhance critical thinking through creativity, and strengthen personal
and professional development.
Spend some time with the family at the Gregg Museum.
A free collecting and exhibiting museum with more than 35,000 objects in the permanent collection, the Gregg Museum makes the art in the museum collection easily accessible to the NC State community and public.
Spend a day on the links with your friends and family with discounted rates.
Lonnie Poole Golf Course is the only collegiate golf course in the world designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. It is a public golf course on Centennial campus that also serves as a venue for the men’s and women’s varsity golf teams.
Consider yourself a foodie or love a great view? Enjoy a great meal with incredible views of the course and the downtown Raleigh skyline with your family at the Terrace Dining Room in the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse. If you are signed up for the Incredible Savings Club, you receive 10% off the meal when using your Campus One Card.
The Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum is a unique agritourism experience for children and adults to learn how wholesome milk gets from the farm to the table. And of course while you are there, you can enjoy some Howling Cow ice cream! Howling Cow dairy products are made right on campus. Sales of the milk and ice cream support research and provide funding for the education of tomorrow’s dairy leaders.
Guided tours are available.
Key Haven is a large wooded site on a peninsula at Kerr Lake. It is available for camping, picnicking, boating, enjoying nature and privacy. It is leased from the Army Corps of Engineers by NC State University to be used by its faculty, staff, graduate students, retirees, legacy key holders and their guests.
Want a key for Key Haven?
If you are a member of Carmichael Complex (campus gym), you can rent various camping equipment.
Breaking Bread is a unique meal hosting program that creates an opportunity for international students to spend time inside an American home and interact with Americans on a cultural level. Community and campus volunteers are matched with our interested international students to share a meal at a time and date convenient for everyone.
You and your family can sign up to be a local host. This is a one time commitment and meals occur all year long, so it is never too late to apply.
Festivals and Activities
Who doesn’t want to share a day full of 2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, and 5 miles, with their family and friends. The mantra of the Krispy Kreme Challenge epitomizes the test of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude. What started as a challenge among ten friends has transformed into a nationally publicized charity race for the NC Children’s Hospital, and the number one tradition on campus.
Participants begin the Challenge at the Memorial Belltower on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Runners then travel 2.5 miles through historic downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme located at the intersection of Peace and Person Streets, where they attempt to consume one dozen original glazed doughnuts. The hardest part of the Challenge awaits them as they run 2.5 miles back to the Memorial Belltower.
Don’t want to run or eat the doughnuts? You and your family can get involved by donating or volunteering.
Enjoy the great NC fall weather at The North Carolina State Fair is an annual fair and agricultural exposition held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and organized by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The fair typically runs the second and third weeks in October.