We know that the focus of most parents each summer is on keeping the kids happy (and busy.) Unfortunately the majority of the standard summer activities are not as fun for anyone 10 years an older. In light of this we came up with a little list of kid and parent approved ideas because everyone should enjoy the summer, right?
Art in the Park
Art museums are not typically kid friendly, but an outdoor art exhibit would allow them to run and jump all they need to while you enjoy a bit of culture. Check out the Art in the Wild Exhibit at Wildwood Park through October 31st. This family friendly outdoor art exhibit features art installations that are made with natural materials. Perhaps it will even inspire the kids to get creative. See some ideas here.
You Had Us at Pie
Spend a lazy day at Strites’ Orchard in their you-pick fields. See what is in season now and plan a little visit. Take your bounty home to whip up a delicious homemade pie. We highly recommend this cherry pie in a jar for easy picnic packing, or if you are not that ambitious pick up a fresh baked pie (among other farm delights) in their Farm Market.
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair is back and is jam packed with kid and adult friendly activities. Kids can enjoy the Children’s Discovery Area and Garden which incorporates an area into a Shire dedicated to celebrating its most imaginative and enthusiastic little visitors. They can check out Punch and Judy style puppet shows, be a part of the action with dress up activities, learn courtly manners with the queen and more. Adults can enjoy the savory 16th Century foods and delicious traditional favorites paired with the finest ales one could ask for. Stop by the artisan section to pick up some souvenirs for the kiddos and adults!
It runs August 1 through October 25, 2015 from 11AM – 8PM on Saturdays & Sundays.
Music on a Mountain
Kings Gap State Park is again presenting their popular Music on the Mountain concerts the first Sunday of each month, June through September. The music is family friendly and sure to please both kids and adults! The concerts are free, but they happily accept donations. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to the top of the mountain and settle in for an evening of music at its best. All concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Kings Gap is just a hop and a skip away in Carlisle. Click here for details.
Learn the Ropes
Roundtop Ski Resort, located close by in Lewisberry is not just for Winter fun. They have a bumper boat pond, mazes, OGO Balls, paintball, bridges, a tarzan rope swing and a number of climbing elements. That equals fun for everyone in our book. They are also a great place for birthday parties.
We hope you have some great end of summer adventures!
Got any of your own brilliant summer fun ideas? Let us know in the comments below!