Summer at Northgate

What’s better than the feeling of SUMMER, longer days, slower schedules, fruits & veggies, and school’s out!

Looking for a break from the heat, a new activity or just something to keep the kids busy? Northgate’s got plenty of entertainment fun, special camps and activities for all ages. Check out our list of ‘what to do at Northgate’ this summer for fun, educational, fitness activities for the kids and maybe some for the adults too!

Northgate Stadium 10 Theaters – bring the kids for a great line up of movies during the Kids’ Summer Movie Camps. Movies show on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30am and are FREE. Movie survival packs are available for purchase for only $6 and include kids sized drink, popcorn and candy. (no outside food/drinks permitted) Movie schedule listed here. 

Sky Zone Durham – Register for Sky Camp where ‘Fitness is Fun’! Sky Zone offers both weekly rates and daily rates for camps during the summer. Camps run Monday – Friday 9am-3pm and are open to kids rising 1st grade to age 13. Each camp week features a unique theme. Find out how to register here.

Durham Arts Council – Durham Arts Council Clay Studio at Northgate offers both year round class opportunities and Summer Art Clay Classes in Ceramics, Hand Building, Wheel and Parent/Child. Get Creative at the Clay Studio this summer! Class listings and how to register here.

Roots Farmers’ Market – the market at Northgate is open every Saturday through the fall 8am-12noon. Visit with local farmers and learn about their farming practices and enjoy local Durham farm fresh veggies, meats, eggs, flower and more. The market aims to offer a variety of products as well as local musicians and educational activities. Be sure to visit often. Roots Farmers’ Market.

Bull City Inflatables Birthday Parties – Be sure to mark your calendars for the first Tuesday of each month at 12noon when Bull City Inflatables Birthday Parties offers FREE Carousel themed story hour and one free carousel ride for story-time participants. Birthday party packages also available. Learn more about the FREE story hour and booking your next Birthday party here.

Bull City Inflatables Carousel – Purchase your summer 10 ticket book and save money $$. With a 10 ticket purchase and a visit to the monthly FREE story hour, your child can enjoy a weekly carousel ride for only $23. Top off the fun with a Hershey’s Ice Cream treat from Cinnamonster. Ticket prices and story hour information here.

Ho-B RC Park – Fun for the RC enthusiast and casual ‘driver’ alike! A visit to Ho-B RC Park offers kids and their parents the thrill of racing with others or testing out your drifting skills on their giant track located in the store. Are you a fan of slot car races? Ho-B RC Park offers slot car racing as well as parts for your RC cars, games, drones and more. Schedule your next race or a birthday party at Ho-B RC Park. 

the MakerLab – the MakerLab is an outreach of the Durham County Library – one of three DCL venues hosted at Northgate that offers workshops, classes, fun & educational activities for the community. Do you want to learn more about 3-D printing, or photography, how about knitting? Be sure to visit the MakerLab for information about upcoming classes and workshop, or visit their directory page with a link to ongoing events here.

Books Among Friends – Friends of the Durham Library hosts book sales in support of the Durham County Library on a regular basis in their Northgate location. Did you know that on Tuesdays they offer FREE books to customers. Browse the cart in front of their store on Tuesdays and learn more about upcoming book sales here.

Kiddie Rides – Fun kiddie rides and concessions are offered throughout Northgate. Let’s the kids enjoy a ride on fire truck or with a Panda while you grab a hot pretzel from Pretzel Twister or delicious iced coffee from Esmeralda’s Cafe! Kiddie ride locations

DCL NC Collection – Did you know the Durham County Library North Carolina Collection is housed at Northgate? You can find the collection outside on the Plaza near the DAC Clay Studio. Stop in with the kids and check out some North Carolina history! Also available are 7 day, non renewable new release books. North Carolina Collection at Northgate



Total Fitness – Total Fitness Studio offers ongoing classes for youth and their parents in a supportive studio. Additionally, nutrition counseling and partnerships with healthy options from Northgate Food Court merchants offer participants the whole fitness/nutrition package. Contact Total Fitness Studio for class days and times.

AB Fitness – Time to get some sweat on with Karate Kids, iRockKids and Junior Kick. AB Fitness offers kids classes in conjunction with adult classes Monday – Friday at 5:30pm and 7pm. All classes are drop in at a rate of $5 adult classes/$3 kid classes. ($1 Kid Care is offered as well) Schedule of AB Fitness classes here.

Planet Fitness – Looking for fitness options for your teenagers and older? Planet Fitness offers memberships beginning at age 13. Members age 13-15 must be accompanied by parent/guardian, members 16-17 must have signed parent/guardian waiver ages 18 and older are eligible for PF Black Card Membership. Become a Planet Fitness member today!


Shopping for kids at Northgate

  • Aeropostale
  • Camp’s Sports
  • Children’s Place
  • DTLR
  • Gamestop
  • Hibbett’s
  • Kids Foot Locker
  • LogoManics – monogrammed shirts/t-shirt/backpacks and more
  • Lynn’s Hallmark – selection of toys/books/games
  • Payless Shoes – selection of dance shoes
  • Pro-Image Sports
  • Rainbow
  • R&R Customs – team/personalized t-shirts and screen printing
  • Sears
  • Sweets ‘n News

Grab a bite to eat or a treat with the kids at one of our dining options!