Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are neighboring towns in Northeast Pennsylvania that are surrounded by mountains, valleys and rivers. So if the kids are climbing the walls, take them out to play. Whether you’re looking for some indoor fun on a dreary day, or want to enjoy the sunshine in warmer weather, you’ll surely find something to keep the kids entertained for the day in Scranton or Wilkes-Barre.
1. Timmy's Town Center
What’s more fun to a kid than having free reign to run around and play in a huge building filled with toys and activities? Probably nothing. At Timmy’s Town Center (timmystowncenter.org ) in Scranton, kids can play dress-up, put on a puppet show, play musical instruments and even shop at the child-sized Farmer’s Market. Timmy’s Town Center is an interactive, hands-on place for kids to learn and express their creativity through imaginative play. With so much to do and see at Timmy’s Town Center, you might want to have that extra shot of espresso in the morning so you can keep up with the little ones.
It’s no big secret that kids love parks -- and in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, you’ll find plenty of them. In Wilkes-Barre (wilkes-barre.pa.us), Charles Street Park, Dillon Street Park, Eyerman Park, Huber Street Park and O. Karma Terrace Playground all have play areas for children. Many of these parks also have other amenities like nature trails. In Scranton (scrantonpa.gov), check out Connors Park, Fellows Park, Grace Street Playground or Minooka Playground to show the kids a good time. Nay Aug Park (scrantonpa.gov) is another fun park in Scranton where, in addition to two expansive playgrounds, you’ll find a pool, a bridge, a waterfall and a cool tree house in which kids can play.
3. That Bounce Place
That Bounce Place (thatbounceplace.com) is the ideal spot to take your tots when it’s cold outside, hot outside, or you just want your little balls of energy to have a good time. There are a total of eight bouncers at That Bounce Place -- and two of them are specifically for kids ages 5 and younger. While your little ones are bouncing their way to a good night’s sleep, chill out in one of the massage chairs, grab a cup of coffee, or catch up on emails with their free Wi-Fi.
4. Kistler Pool
Grab the water wings and goggles and cool down on a hot day at Kistler Pool (wilkes-barre.pa.us) in Wilkes-Barre. The pool is open from June through August (specific dates vary by year) with trained lifeguards on duty. The facility features a full-sized swimming pool with diving area and deep and shallow end, as well as a toddler pool area for smaller children.