As a mom, you know just how important it can be to have activities handy for when the kids hit you with "I'm bored!" or start getting themselves into mischief when they have too much time on their hands. Lake Harmony, a tiny village in Eastern Pennsylvania, has a variety of kids' activities for you to enjoy with your little ones.
1. H2OOOOhh! Indoor Waterpark
No matter what the weather is like outside, you can always have a splashing good time with the kids inside at the H2OOOOhh! Waterpark (splitrockresort.com/waterpark) at the Split Rock Resort & Golf Club in Lake Harmony. You can make a weekend of it and stay at the resort or just drop in anytime for a fun day in the water. Float with your little one down the lazy river on a water tube. Wade around in the shallow water or splash in the wave pool with your toddler or preschooler. Climb around the tree houses, go down a slide or enjoy the toddler play area in this 53,000-square-foot waterpark. Leave your worries at the door and soak up all of the excitement oozing from your little ones.
2. Hickory Run State Park
Pick a nice, sunny day and head out to Hickory Run State Park (dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/hickoryrun). This 15,990-acre park is situated in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. There are many miles of trails where you and your family can take a nature hike. Make a game out of it and see who can spot the most wildlife, like birds, squirrels or deer. Bring along a blanket and picnic basket to set up a picnic when you find the perfect spot. Explore Boulder Field, where you can hold your little one's hand and climb around the huge expanse of boulders that looks much like it did 20,000 years ago. Bring along some fishing equipment and let your preschooler try his luck at catching dinner. Help him cast out the line and see if anything bites.
3. Jack Frost Big Boulder
In the winter when the kids are begging to get outside and play in the snow, take them over to Jack Frost Big Boulder (jfbb.com) for snow tubing and skiing. Your preschooler will love racing down the tubing chutes and you'll love not having to drag the kids and tubes back up the hill. Just hop onto the conveyor carpet and get pulled back up to the top. Your little monsters will love learning to ski in the Snowmonsters program. Children 3 and up will learn everything they need to know to get started on the slopes. Be sure to check out events like Mighty Mite for kids 12 and under.
4. Big Wheel Skating
When you need something indoors to do on a dreary, rainy or snowy day, head on over to Big Wheel Skating (bigwheelskating.com/index.php) to burn off some of that energy. You'll find roller skating and exciting arcade games that all of your kids will enjoy. Stop by for open skating and play times or attend the Tiny Tots/Pre-School Program with your little ones on Wednesday mornings or Friday afternoons. This engaging social time is just for kids 6 and under. Your little tykes can run around in their shoes, roll around on skates or play with some of the little ride-on and push toys. They will love the special characters that make surprise appearances and the engaging games they play.
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