Fun Things to Do in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania is one of the most historically significant states in our nation. As you raise your kids here, you will find plenty to educate and entertain within this historic state.

Free Fun

Pittsburgh residents enjoy the free Cinema in the Park at Schenley Park (http://www.pittsburghparks.org/schenley). This regular summer event allows families to watch family-friendly movies outdoors after the sun sets on warm summer nights. The Lancaster area has many free activities as well. You can learn more about the Amish way of life at the Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County (http://lancasterheritage.com/), which is free to individual families.

Educational Fun

Philadelphia is home to the Please Touch Museum (www.pleasetouchmuseum.org), a spot that allows and encourages children to touch everything they see. Exhibits focus on learning through play, rather than specific science concepts. Similarly, the Hands-on House Children’s Museum (www.handsonhouse.org) in Lancaster is designed for children ages 2 through 10 and features exhibits highlighting careers, science, and art. For older kids, plan a visit to the Franklin Institute (http://www2.fi.edu/) in Philadelphia, one of the state’s premier science museums. Pennsylvania is rich in historic significance. Help your kids learn about the founding of our country. Valley Forge National Historic Park (http://www.nps.gov/vafo/) is one of these must-see historic attractions.

Environmental Fun

Pennsylvania has 23 state parks and environmental education centers, making environmental fun convenient to most people. The Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education in Slippery Rock has several activities throughout the year for kids to interact with nature. If your kids enjoy playing in and around the water, consider a visit to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (http://www.nps.gov/dewa/) to float, swim, or fish. To get a taste of history and the environment, visit the Philadelphia Zoo (http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/), which was the first zoo in America and still stands for protecting the world’s most rare creatures while teaching others about steps they can take to protect the environment.

Seasonal Fun

For the ultimate in Christmas activities and fun, plan to spend some time in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (http://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/) from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Because of the city’s festive name, it hosts numerous Christmas-themed festivals and events during the holiday season. In the fall, take your kids for a drive through the mountains where the fall foliage is pristine and vibrate. The fall is also time for the Penn’s Colony Festival in Saxonburg.

Just for Mom Fun

When you are able to steal some time just for you, consider taking a scenic drive through the covered bridges of Lancaster County (http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/lanco/). Your kids may not appreciate the serenity of these locations, but you can have a chance to recollect your thoughts on a quiet drive. While you are in Amish country, take the time to shop at some of the antique stores and quilting stores.

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