Bring your child to a library in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Indoor Activities for Children in Northeast Pennsylvania

by Ann Daniels

Inclement weather doesn't have to prevent your family from having fun. See a live production at the Children's Theater or spend a relaxing afternoon reading a book at your local library. Keep your kids active by taking them bowling or ice skating. An assortment of venues in northeast Pennsylvania are open throughout the year that offer kid-friendly indoor activities.

1. Bowling

Take the kids to one of the bowling alleys in northeast Pennsylvania. Chacko’s Family Bowling Center is a 40-lane bowling alley in Wilkes-Barre. The venue offers bumpers for young bowlers, glow bowling on the weekends and a snack bar with family-friendly fare such as pizza and chicken wings. Idle Hours Lanes -- a bowling alley in Scranton -- is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The venue has bumper bowling, a full restaurant and special rates for kids.

2. Museums

Provide your child with a fun learning experience or enjoy a magic show at one of the museums in northeast Pennsylvania. The Children’s Museum, located in Bloomsburg, is an educational experience for kids, with hands-on activities. While visiting the museum, children learn about subjects such as healthy eating, history and wildlife. The Houdini Museum offers kids a magical experience. The museum provides magic shows and a tour of the museum which exhibits some of Houdini’s personal belongings and memorabilia.

3. Libraries

Encourage your child to pick up a book and cultivate a love of reading. The Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre is home to the Ken L. Pollock Children’s Wing for your kids to explore. Pick out books to read to your children while at the library or check the books out to enjoy at home. The library has regular events for children, such as story time. Scranton Library also caters to kids with a wide variety of books for youth, special events and kid-centered programs.

4. Other Activities

The Dietrich Children’s Theater is a venue that hosts live performances in Tunkhannock. The theater puts on productions throughout the year such as The Mouse’s Marriage, Peter and the Wolf or The Gingerbread Man. Keep your kids active by visiting the Ice Rink at Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre. The ice skating rink provides open-skate hours and also hosts camps and clinics for kids to improve their skills in hockey and figure skating.

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