DuBois is a tiny little town in the central portion of Pennsylvania. If you're the mom of a little one visiting or living in the area, you are likely on the lookout for ways to keep your kiddo entertained so he doesn't drive you batty. DuBois might be small but there are still plenty of activities for kids in the area.
When the weather isn't cooperating for outdoor play, don't worry. You and your little guy can head to one of the area libraries where you can snuggle up with him in your lap and share some silly or exciting stories. The DuBois Public Library (duboispubliclibrary.org) has a puppet show theatre where you and your cutie can put on your own show and a train table and wood play house where he can play for hours without getting bored. Make the short 15-minute drive to the Mengle Memorial Library (menglelibrary.org) in Brockway where your munchkin can play in the preschool playroom or attend a special event for preschoolers 3 to 6 years old called Stop Snoring Bernard! Head over to the Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library, 22-minutes away in Brookville where you can sign your little guy up for the summer reading program or attend the Tiny Tots or Preschool Story Hour.
Pick a nice, sunny day and get out to enjoy some fresh air with your wild child. Let her run, climb and play to use up some of that energy. You can play on the playground together at the DuBois City Memorial Park (duboispa.gov/information/park) or take a swim in the city pool during the summer. Just 20-minutes away, near Penfield, you can check out the S.B. Elliot State Park (dcnr.state.pa.us) where you'll feel like you're taking a step back to the old times with the park's historic cabins. There is plenty of wide open space for your kiddo to explore. Just a little farther from Penfield, about 25-minutes away from DuBois, you'll find Parker Dam State Park. Bring a picnic along for you and your sweetie to enjoy after you take a hike on some of the trails through the forest and along the streams. Make a game out of it and see who can spot the most wildlife, like squirrels, birds and maybe even an elk or two!
Another great place for indoor activities is the DuBois Mall (duboismallpa.com). Catch a kid-friendly flick at the movie theatre with your preschooler. Make it extra special with popcorn or candy as a treat. Grab some lunch at the food court or attend some of the special events held throughout the year. Milk & Cookies with Santa is held around the holidays and gives your sweetie the opportunity to meet the big guy in the red suit and share a snack with him. Is your little guy a Pirates baseball fan? If so, be sure to take him to meet some players and get autographs at the Pirate Caravan when it stops by the DuBois Mall.
Sign your kiddo up for one of the fantastic programs offered at the DuBois Area YMCA (duboisymca.org). Swim lessons are a great way to introduce your little fish to the water and teach her about water safety and swimming techniques. Lessons start for preschoolers 3 years and up. You can also attend special events planned at the YMCA just for kids like the annual Halloween party with games, prizes, costume contests and delicious treats. Child care is also available for your toddler or preschooler if you need to drop her off so you can have a little break and enjoy some well deserved you time. It will give her time to socialize with other kids and learn about sharing and taking turns. The Child Development Center provides exciting activities like crafts, music and art as well as outdoor trips to the park.