Live near Kittanning, Pennsylvania? Tired of hearing your kids whine, “I’m booorrrreed?” Looking for fun activities that the whole family will enjoy? You’re in luck. To some, it may seem like there isn’t much happening in this historic, rural, river town, which sits northeast of Pittsburgh and is also Armstrong County’s seat. However, visitors and residents can take advantage of a plethora of activities in or near Kittanning that kids of all ages are sure to enjoy.
1. Armstrong Community Theater Children’s Theater
Do you have a mini Shakespeare living in your midst? If so, he will enjoy visiting -- or, if he's reached his 5th birthday, even acting in -- the Armstrong Community Theater, a non-profit theater organization that was founded in 2002. Children of all ages will enjoy the theater’s summer productions, which in the past have included “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper" and "Fables.” The theater, which is less than 15 minutes from Kittanning, performs a children’s productions in June of each year.
2. Crooked Creek Environmentalist Learning Center
Ah, nature. If your tot loves the outdoors or is fascinated with flora and fauna, he may be interested in touring the Crooked Creek Environmentalist Learning Center. The center, which provides tours and field trips to children of all ages, is open year round and provides access to 2,600 acres of Crooked Creek Park. Children who are preschool age or older may enjoy the park’s nature walks, animal mounts and treasure-hunting games.
3. Ford City Area Heritage Days
What kid doesn’t love a good festival, which typically features carnival rides, batter-fried everything, and enough sugar-laden treats to make Willy Wonka’s head spin? Each summer during the July 4th weekend, Ford City -- which is only a 10-minute drive from Kittanning -- hosts its annual Heritage Days and features fun activities for the whole family, including children’s games, rides and activities, ethnic food and crafts. For Mom and Dad, there is live plenty of live entertainment and camaraderie to be had.
4. Kiski Junction Railroad
If your babe loves trains, he will absolutely adore the Kiski Junction Railroad. Yes, the train system has been hauling freight for more than 150 years, and that alone is enough to excite the young conductor in your family. However, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday from June through October, the railroad also offers hour-long scenic tour rides along the Kiski River. The railroad, which is a short 14 miles from Kittanning, also offers special event tours: Fall Foliage trips, a Halloween train (which runs in the dark and is recommended for children older than age 4), and the Christmas North Pole Express, which provides free hot chocolate and cookies for your kids and a letters-to-Santa mailbox. Parents are welcome to bring toddlers in strollers, and all of the railroad’s tours are tot friendly. Children -- and their parents -- are encouraged to ask questions during the ride.
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