Things to do in Pennsylvania with kids
Pennsylvania is FILLED with fascinating history and culture. After all - it is the state where the country became the United States! Pretty amazing!
So…get the kids immersed in the history! Independence National Historical Park is the perfect place to start. They can go back to the 1700s with Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, or become a coal miner with Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine!
Of course there is also the Gettysburg National Military Park. An eye opening experience.
It’s also the state of rich culture. The Amish Village is a fascinating look into a traditional way of life, as is A is for Amish Buggy Rides.
Attractions that are fun as well as educational? Look no further! There are so many museums that let kids get hands-on experiences…like Hands-On House, the Johnstown Children’s Museum and the aptly named Please Touch Museum! We love that!
Stunning state parks filled with activities, adventure sports for those active kids, steam engine rides, farms, camping and so much snow fun are waiting to be explored in this state overflowing with fun things to do with kids. And we hold these truths to be self-evident!
A family friendly theme and water park with roller coasters too! Best bit? It's FREE to enter! Just pay and ride.
Family theme park AND water park fun with over 30 rides, as well as a mini golf course and amazing food!
Classic wooden coasters, water rides and adrenaline pumping rides in this free-admission Pennsylvania theme park in the heart of a forest. Kiddie rides too!
Lakemont Park has over 30 rides & attractions, as well as go-karts, golf course water park, & the WORLD's oldest roller coaster!
Experience Sesame Street coming to life, with water fun, rides, and amazing shows just for kids! Kids fun in Pennsylvania all day long!
Theme park fun in Pennsylvania for the whole family with traditional roller coasters, as well as thrill rides and water rides! Cool!
Two parks for the price of one with this Pennsylvania theme and water park! Thrills AND spills for all ages!
Traditional fairground in with a wonderful family vibe, boasting roller coasters through pony rides, located on the largest natural glacier lake in Pennsylvania!
48 acres of fun family amusement park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with rides for every age AND shows!
Theme and water park fun with Idlewild Park - with seven themed areas. Family fun in the third oldest theme park in the entire country!
Get up close and personal with the famous namesake miniature horses and their farm friends with shows and animal fun!
It's all about the reptiles at this specialized zoo, with pythons, cobras, mambas, and lots of gentle giants!
Come face to face with animals from all over the world, enjoy interactive experiences, witness feedings, and talks at one of the best Zoos in the US!
Over 3,000 animals in this stunning Pennsylvania animal park, representing 50 different species. Kids can enjoy unique animal interactions, including holding and feeding them!
Amazing wildlife encounters in Halifax, with a safari tour and zoo, across 150 acres of Pennsylvania countryside!
Over 100 species call this Pennsylvania zoo home, with some on the endangered species list. Kids can enjoy Treetop Adventures too!
Erie Zoo offers 11 beautifully themed gardens, plus nearly 400 animals with self guided or ranger led tours. Carousel and train ride also available!
Get close to exotic animals from around the world at this fun animal experience in the Pocono Mountains, from lions to cougars, sloths, foxes and more!
Part of an incredible 1,100 acre nature preserve, this zoo is home to over 275 animals from all around the world. They even have wagon rides and paddle boats!
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is home to thousands of amazing animals representing more than four hundred species, including 22 threatened or endangered species.
The National Aviary houses a diverse collection of over 600 birds from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.
The ultimate farm fun for kids! They can take a hayride through the lush fields and orchards, or climb aboard the “The Playland Express” train. With farm animals, pony rides, fishing and lakes - a beautiful country family day out in Pennsylvania!
Home to over 200 exotic, wild, and domestic animals in Pennsylvania! Enjoy 12 acres of exhibits such as exotic cats, monkeys, kangaroos, and many others.
Explore over 100,000 sq ft of fun at Pennsylvania's LARGEST indoor water park, with slides, ropes courses, wave pools, lazer tag, and much more - ALL YEAR ROUND!
Montage Mountain has something for the whole family to enjoy, featuring a giant wave pool, lazy river, rides and slides!
Over 30 Waterslides along the natural terrain of the Camelback Mountain!
An indoor family water park at Split Rock Resort - H20ooooohh! has a host of water attractions to enjoy, including slides, wave pools and play structures!
Great water fun on AND under the water at this Pennsylvania water attraction, with water park fun and scuba diving!
Water fun in Pennsylvania with this family friendly outdoor waterpark, with slides, waves, and kiddie attractions
A family friendly park with a 200,000-gallon pool, diving board and diving pool, as well as sports courts and a roller rink.
Pool and park fun with a 300,000-gallon pool, a diving board and diving pool, slides, ball fields and play areas.
Summer family fun with a competition size pool, kiddie leisure pool and fun water activities such as slides and a lazy river.
A fun community pool with a 25m main pool, 2 diving boards and a small slide. Also offer a toddler and baby wading pool with sand toys.
A family amusement park in Pennsylvania offering water slides, bumper boats, go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages, kiddie karts, a game room and lots more!
Kids can learn about natural history, science and art in this fascinating and educational museum.
Kids can go back in time with exhibits and artifacts of railroad history, particularly that of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
The National Museum of American Jewish History, on Independence Mall, offers experiences that preserve, explore, & celebrate the history of Jews in America
Castle Halloween Museum— where it is Halloween every day of the year! Halloween eye candy and social history for the entire family as you tour 250 years of memorabilia
A fascinating look into the history of time! Clocks from all over the world fill this museum of timekeeping in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
A fun and unique small boutique museum filled with colorful and fascinating cartoon art and comics!
The largest history museum in Pennsylvania, as well as a fascinating sports museum, the Heinz History Center introduces kids to 250 years of Pittsburgh history!
Fun, exploration and discovery are waiting for kids and the whole family at this fascinating Harrisburg museum. From dinosaurs, mammals, and history covering topics from Native Americans and Civil Wars, there is so much to experience.
A fascinating and historic experience for the family in Pennsylvania with the National Civil War Museum, with over 24,000 items telling the story of that infamous part of USA history.
Lewisburg Children's Museum is a fun 9000 sq ft museum JUST for kids with 15 exhibits and 9 rooms for kids under 12 years
Explore & More is a hands-on children's museum dedicated to fun, with developmentally appropriate activities for kids 3 to 8 years!
The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nations premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. We collect, restore and display historic aircraft and chronicle the origin and development of rotary wing aircraft.
Learn about the Battle of Gettysburg from the soldiers & civilians at this Heritage Center, with a movie & museum, it's a great way to start your tour!
Hundreds of toy trains in a modern toy train museum built like a historic train station for kids of all ages in Pennsylvania!
Come explore over 55 hands-on exhibits in a "please touch" environment that teaches children and adults the natural sciences, social studies, arts, and life experiences. A balance between education and entertainment is programmed to develop a sense ....
A children's museum dedicated to helping kids ages 2 to 10 learn and making sure they have lots of fun in the process! Discover, play, and have fun on the interactive exhibits!
Offering a wide range of multi-media and interactive exhibits coupled with interpretive programs, vividly illustrating Niagara's history and the region's rich maritime heritage.
Dinosaurs are just the beginning at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where scientific discovery comes alive! Free hands-on and family activities available each weekend and weekdays during the summer - amazing!
A fun children's museum in Bloomsburg where kids can enjoy hands-on learning across nature, science, the world, plus dedicated preschoolers areas too!
The museum is devoted entirely to the world's greatest magician, Harry Houdini. Fabulous guided exhibit and fantastic fun magic show with live magician and animals.
Take a nostalgic walk through small town America at the dawn of the 20th century. Museum exhibits include a barber shop, woodworking shop, tea parlor, print shop, millinery, toy store, blacksmith shop, tobacco shop, apothecary, wheelwright shop, and ....
Overlooking one of the nation's most culturally vibrant cities, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes nearly a million visitors each year, encouraging them to embark upon a walk through time that extends across two millennia and six continents.
Take a seat for your choice of seafaring lesson and join us on an exciting voyage through our region's rich maritime history.
1,700 square foot train features over 150 hand-built animated figures and vehicles and 22 operating trains - one of the many fun places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Pennsylvania
A fun children's museum that allows kids to learn through play! With exhibits and activities on geography, history, creative arts, and storytelling.
Science made fun in Pittsburgh with hands-on exhibits connecting science and tech to daily life. Great interactive fun for kids!
23,000 sq ft of cars, racing vehicles, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles in a series of changing exhibits and events - great for motor loving kids!
Fun play experiences for those under 7 years in this interactive museum, with a number of exhibit zones, and a special toddler area too!
Gettysburg Museum of History is one of the most extensive private collections from American Civil War, WWI & II, Presidencies & more!
Shriver House Museum is an award winning Gettysburg museum presenting story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of the locals
Explore the history of the American Rail Road, as well as exhibits on Lincoln, Civil War, the Wild West, Americana & so much more in this Gettysburg museum!
Open play and parties for active kids under 8 years, with moon bounces, sensory toys, gym mats, climbing, and lots of ways to use the imagination!
Explore the jungle in this indoor play center, perfect for kids from 18 months to 10 years, with soft play, slides, obstacles, bounce houses, and lots of jungle themed fun!
Treasure Castle is an Indoor Children's Playground with many activities for children ages 1-12! Fun themed parties too!
Kids can spend the day with a great range of Pay and Play options under one roof, from Bumper Cars and indoor play to laser tag, bounce house and an arcade!
Let’s Pretend is an indoor interactive family play center, focusing on using creativity, pretending, and the arts. It's fun to pretend in Pennsylvania!
An awesome fully computerized hi-tech and hi-energy Birthday Party Center that specialize in dance and game birthday parties for kids!
25,000 sq ft of indoor play space with Jungle Wonder, with jungle gym, bowling, lazer tag, mini golf and more!
Indoor soft play for kids up to 11 yrs, as well as gymnastics, cheer tumbling, summer camps and parties!
One of the largest indoor Fun Centers in the United States - we're not kidding!!
Bouncetown is a fun indoor play center for kids with bounce houses, inflatable slides, birthday parties & more!
A fun and colorful indoor play and party centre for kids up to 10 years. Climb and play in the tree house, navigate the tunnels and tubes, bounce in the bounce area, and slide the four big slides!
Bowling fun in Limerick, PA with birthday parties, leagues, tournaments, and it's very own Sports Bar & Grill!
Pocono Whitewater offers mild to wild rafting and kayaking trips, family trips, scenic relaxed rail– trail biking, and hiking excursions to suit everyone’s needs!
Go-karting, miniature golfing, batting cages, bumper boats, laser tag....the ultimate adventure for active kids!
Fun activities for the whole family in Pennsylvania, with go-karts, batting cages, mini golf and bumper boats!
Get active at Lehigh Valley's LARGEST indoor trampoline park, with bouncing fun for the whole family!
STRIKE! Bowling fun at this Pennsylvania family bowling center, with bumper bowling, birthday parties and leagues!
A great way for active kids aged 2 - 12 to stay active, Kidmazium within the Paramount Sports Complex features a multi-level climbing and play structure for children including bouncy house, plus trampolines, cheerleading, a pre school gym and even bi....
Fun and games in Pennsylvania with go-karts, batting cages, amusement rides, bowling, and lots of family fun!
Laser Quest is a classic game of hide-and-seek meets tag with a high tech twist. Great for those active kids in Pennsylvania!
Spacious climbing centre welcoming families for indoor and outdoor experiences, bouldering, high rope, after school club, summer camp and more.
Around 500 seasonal activity programs ranged for all ages and abilities, including kayaking, fly fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and geocaching trips. Plenty suitable for small folk, including scavenger hunts, tyke hikes and beginner paddl....
Active kids can swing through the trees at Pennsylvania's FIRST treetop adventure course, with bridges, swings, zip lines and more!
Fun paint your own pottery studio for all ages, with over 600 pieces to choose from! Get creative in Bethlehem!
A paint your own pottery studio for all ages, with pre-made pieces to paint, so all you have to do is be creative! Creative fun in Pennsylvania.
Incredible nature in Pennsylvania, with amazing views, swimming dam, and fishing!
Boating & fishing on the lake within Pymatuning State Park, plus beaches for swimming in summer & activities for winter!
A fun day in the Pennsylvania nature with gardens, events, colors, and lots of learning fun for kids!
A 1302 acre state park in Pennsylvania, with a 75 acre lake for fishing, skating and boating. Outdoor adventure for the whole family!
Take the Falls Trail and explore the Glens, with wild, free-flowing waterfalls in the ancient hillside. A classic family hike with a fairytale edge in Pennsylvania!
Opportunities here for kayaking and fishing, biking, hiking, nature trails and twitching, plus winter activities include ice boating, ice and wind skating or cross country skiing.
Take time to explore our Discovery Rooms, tour the Raptor Center, walk the network of trails and boardwalk over the wetlands at the inflow of Lake Perez, and visit our gardens and bird feeder areas.
Outdoor adventure, wildlife, nature, trails, and picnics all tucked away in the hills of Central Pennsylvania! On the edge of Harrisburg, Wildwood park is fresh air, great times and lots of family fun!
Raymond B Winter State Park is 695 acres of Pennsylvania adventure, with swimming, fishing, adventure play plus hiking trails. Winter activities too!
Huge array of interactive exhibits at this Pennsylvania environmental center with hands on learning, Big Screen theatre & more!
Blue Falls Grove is outdoor fun, with an olympic size swimming pool, a kiddie pool, waterslides, camping, and seasonal activities!
History awaits to take you back in time at this traditionally Amish experience in Pennsylvania. Buggy rides through the Amish farms and gardens for you!
A culturally fascinating look at life in an authentic Amish lifestyle. Great tours for families where kids can learn all about this unique way of life.
The Philly Duck Tour the best way for families to tour Philadelphia, because they combine fun and music with history and sights. Adults and seniors will have just as much fun as kids, as the Captains lead you through Philly's historic streets and a s....
A great, fun, old fashioned way to see the beautiful city of Philadelphia and learn about its famous sights and attractions
Welcome to America's first pretzel bakery! Step up to our twisting table and learn how to twist a pretzel with your own piece of dough; see the ovens that produced the first hard pretzels in America; and learn about the unique history of pretzels in ....
FREE behind the scenes tours of the famous Herr's snack factory, with free tasters to keep kids interested!
Attractions in addition to tour include a simulation ride, the opportunity to create your own candy bar, a 4D cinematic experience, tasting sessions and more besides.
Take a charming trip through the factory and see the transition from ice block to centrepiece, often sculpted with chainsaws! Plus Natural Ice Harvest Museum.
Trains galore at this sweet model train display in Pennsylvania, with six different settings - great for kids of all ages!
Experience Pennsylvania's most scenic excursion railroad, spot wildlife from the open car and enjoy dinner tours on diesel electric locomotives!
The larger-than-life coal-burning steam train is just the beginning. Ride the Cagney Steam Train, a miniature version; operate a hand-powered Pump Car or watch the little ones "steer" the pint-sized Cranky Car. Browse the Thomas Toy Store. Discover a....
Family fun on wheels...and in a castle! Rollerskating fun for kids of all ages, with the best and latest music!
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, beginner friendly with solid green and blue runs. Lift serviced snow tubing and an exciting 7 terrain parks also offered.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 3 years, offering 30% green runs, plus tubing, terrain park and a fantastic range of summer activities.
Montage is back! This Northeast PA family friendly ski resort features 26 trails, 7 lifts, and 10 lanes of snowtubing! Check out the newly remodeled lodge and bar and grille in December 2013.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 and 17% green runs, plus terrain park with half pipe and weekend tubing hill.
Skiing and snowboarding across several peaks with lessons from age 4, snow tubing with vertical drop. Additional snow sports include snowshoeing, tobogganing, dogsledding and horseback riding.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from age 4 years; 5 green runs and 9 blue available. Snow tubing, Nastar Racing and other activities also available.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 and 35% green runs, plus tubing, terrain park and air bag.
Skiing and snowboarding with play lessons from 3 and proper ones from 6. 39% green runs, terrain park, snow tubing and air bag.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 3 years, offering 6 green runs, 10 blue and 2 terrain parks.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 3 years, offering 3 green runs and 4 blue, plus lift serviced snow tubing hill.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years and 25% green runs, plus lift serviced snow tubing and 2 terrain training parks.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, offering 3 green runs and another 5 blue, plus lift serviced tubing and an expert terrain park.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 3, with one third territory for each level of ability. Plus two lift serviced tubing hills including a toddler one, and terrain park.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4, offering 7 green runs, plus 2 lift serviced tubing hills and 3 terrain parks.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 6 years, offering 30% green runs. Plus lift serviced tubing hill and terrain training park.
Skiing and snowboarding for beginners and experts, with lift serviced snow tubing hill and two terrain training parks.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 3 years, offering 9 green runs and 14 blue, plus lift serviced tubing hill and three terrain training parks for varying abilities.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons available, best suited to intermediate level and improvers with only 1 green run but 7 blues. Lift serviced snow tubing hill plus terrain training park.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, offering 9 green runs, plus tubing and 2 terrain training parks.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 3 years, but only 2 green runs. Plus covered lift serviced snow tubing hill, 2 terrain training parks and summer activities.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from around 6 years, with 3 green runs and 4 blue, plus terrain training park and weekend tubing.
The Windber Coal Heritage Center describes not only the life of the miner below ground but also above ground. Learn how the miners worked 12 hours underground and pick up mining equipment
A fascinating and historical experience in Pennsylvania with Fort Necessity National Battlefield, with tours, demonstrations and history to be learnt!
The birthplace of America! Venture to Independence National Historical Park and witness Independence Hall, the infamous Liberty Bell, and Franklin Court!
Explore the birthplace of the American flag at the Betsy Ross House, full of amazing history to learn through interactive experiences!
Explore daily life circa 1850s through over 40,000 objects, plus guided tours of a castle in Pennsylvania!
Kids can take a step back in time with this immersive historical experience understanding a life as a coal miner.
Lots of hands on fun things to do with plenty of events and special exhibitions throughout the year. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Pennsylvania
A fascinating living history museum depicting Pennsylvania farm life in the late 1700s. History comes back to life in this historical day out!
A modern museum and a fully reconstructed/restored fortification within the current property limits. Lots of family events throughout the year.
A fascinating way for kids to learn about the turning point in the Civil War, and the inspiration for Lincoln's Immortal "Gettysburg Address" - the battle site of Gettysburg.
Outdoor theatre facilities with a separate dedicated children's stage, offering a varying selection of classic and contempory adult, family and children's performances.
Saturday morning concerts with the world-class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra that will introduce your kids to the beautiful sounds of classical music!
Huge range of favourites including Go Karting, Bumper Boats, Rock Wall and High Ropes, adventure play structure with toddler village, ice tubing style slide, mini golf, inflatables, roller skating and more!
Landscaped miniature golf, indoor batting cages, mini-bowling (duckpins), an arcade and a restaurant / ice cream parlor with indoor and outdoor seating! Great fun for kids!
Family fun and Sherlock style adventure with these Pittsburgh escape rooms, where families solve puzzles and find clues in 60 minutes to escape!
Multi level state of the art play structure with ball cannons and fountains, trampolines, rock wall, laser tag, arcade and more. Plus a Discovery High Ropes course running above the lot!
Visit Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway for all kinds of family entertainment Every Sat April - October! Affordable Family Fun Great food Stock Cars Monster Trucks Sprint Cars FREE PARKING
Costa's Family Fun Park offers something for everyone. From Go Karts to Water slides, Miniature Golf , Bumper Boats, Batting Cages and Laser Tag, families can play for hours together. Don't forget to save room kid favorites at the snack bar and han....
offers a vast play area for children of all ages, including equipment ranging from the classic swings and slides to turretted towers and maze like tree houses plus a play space designed to teach children road safety.
offers 2 differing 18 Hole Mini Golf Courses, bounce houses and 2 exciting Go Kart Race Tracks.
Enjoy a farm themed adventure playground with slides, rope maze, and farm animals to feed, plus playhouse, climbing tractor and bouncy animals in the play barn.
A fascinating look at America through 8,000 square foot of fully landscaped displays and 300 miniature structures and 18 actual running trains!
Bumpers for the kids, bumper-less for the adults with 32 automatic bumper lanes at Thunderbird Bowling Center!
A fun, creative and imaginative space where kids aged 2 - 5 can enjoy exciting Pennsylvania themed hands-on exhibits - their own museum within a museum!
A creative and inspirational pottery painting experience for the kids!
Friendly farm animals to pet and feed year-round. Huge pick-your-own flower field in the summer months. Group tours and birthday parties. u-pick pumpkins, pumpkin chunkin' cannon, hayrides, maze, hay play with giant slide and covered fall fun fort....
Mini-Bowling, Arcade, Food, Indoor Playground, Miniature Golf: they've got something here for everyone at this Pennsylvania center of FUN for families!
Two multi level adventure climbing structures with toddler zone, laser tag, mini golf, arcade and land train.
Family fun in one of Philadelphia's five original squares! A great outdoor playground for kids of all ages. with mini golf, tasty foods and a carousel!
A fun 18 holes of Miniature Golf with fun water hazards, challenging sloping greens and pretty water falls! Great family fun in an incredibly scenic golf course perfect for all ages in Pennsylvania.
Family bowling fun at this 30 lane retro-themed bowling center - giving families fun since 1958!
An ALL INDOOR family entertainment center with 20,000 square feet of safe, clean fun for all with Ballocity Arena, Soft Playground, Rock Climbing Wall, Laser Maze and over 60 Arcade Games!
A great place for kids to learn and have fun, with theaters and regular screenings of educational films, as well as science programs!
Indoor and outdoor attractions for all ages with go-karts, bumper cars and boats, water wars, mini golf and more!
This fun filled Crayola Experience is Ideal for families with kids under 12, with colorful activities to keep you busy for hours!
Kiddies Rides, batting cages, bumper boats, go carts, mini golf - 50 acres of fun in Pennsylvania for the kids!
Go back in time and experience the American Revolution as it happened at this unique Lights of Liberty 3D show.
Enjoy farming fun with wagon rides, farm stands, corn maze and pedal karts!
Tent sites to pull thru sites available at this fun family campground in Pennsylvania, with movies, spray pool, themed weekends and heated swimming pool!
A fun packed high end campsite where you can enjoy the rides, go swimming, or even hang out with Yogi and his friends!
A family friendly camping experience on the beautiful Juniata River Valley in Central Pennsylvania. Some sites with direct river access! Great activities for kids, including carnivals!