Lansdale, located within Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was first incorporated in 1872 and was named after a surveyor for the North Penn Railroad, Phillip Lansdale Fox. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, around 16,000 people call Lansdale home. Residents and visitors will find a wide array of activities and attractions in and around Lansdale, including the Kugel ball in Railroad Plaza, a 1,000-pound granite sphere that rotates in a small layer of water that is pumped from under its base.
Your kids can enjoy an assortment of activities at the Elmwood Park Zoo, 20 minutes away in Norristown. Covering around 16 acres, this zoo is home to around 300 animals, including mammals, reptiles, fish, birds and amphibians. In addition to viewing these animals, your kids can feed a giraffe, goat or sheep, take a pony ride, get their faces painted and play on the interactive Thomas Kimmel Conservation Kingdom playground. Alternatively, you and your children can plan a visit to the Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve, 15 minutes away in Ambler. The 279-acre preserve has woodlands, wetlands and meadows that are home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including the red fox and flying squirrel. You can walk the nature trails and try to spot some of the wildlife and plants.
If you're looking for something to do on a rainy day, you and your family can head over to Jumpin Jacks Inflatable Playland and Party Center, five minutes away in Hatfield. This facility covers 16,500 square feet of giant inflatables and activities. During open play times, your kids can bounce, slide and climb on the inflatables and make their way through obstacle courses. You could instead make the 15-minute drive to East Norriton and visit Facenda Whitaker Lanes for some family fun. Drop by any time to bowl with your family or sign your kids up for one of the youth bowling leagues.
Parks and Recreation
The Lansdale Parks and Recreation Department offers an array of kids' activities and maintains more than 20 parks. Youth programs include camps, swimming lessons, sporting activities and theater classes. At the Stony Creek Park, you can take your kids ice skating in the winter, and at Fourth Street Park, your family can go for a swim in the summer. White's Road Park covers 33 acres and features a playground, tot lot, tennis courts, open play areas and a swimming pool. The Lansdale Public Library also offers a variety of kids' activities, including story times, magician's club and craft times.
You can make plans to attend some of the area events with your kids. In March, the Maple Sugar Festival takes place at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 20 minutes away in Phoenixville, and includes a free pancake breakfast and free hands-on family activities that teach how maple syrup is made. The Festival of the Arts is held each August in Lansdale and includes music, delicious treats, handmade crafts, works of art and family activities. In November, you can go to the Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Lansdale, and in December, your family can enjoy a Tree Lighting, visit the Santa House and attend the Festival of Trees in Lansdale, with a walk through a winter wonderland that is all lit up by local businesses.