Mommy’s Time Out: Indoor Fun for Kiddos

While enjoying a winter day in the snow every once in a while can be fun, having four (or more!) months of winter can leave your young ones feeling bored and restless. Here are some fantastic local, indoor activities to keep the kiddos’ minds moving and smiles bright.

In addition, if you are a Harrisburg-area mom, you can request to join the “Mom Play Group Harrisburg Area” Facebook page for posting about pop-events such as festivals, church events, shows, etc.

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Tumbletown (provided photo)

LARGE SCALE ATTRACTIONS

Tumbletown, Colonial Park Mall and York Galleria
Gym Equipment, mazes, slides, balls pits and more

Get Air, Harrisburg
Indoor trampoline park
Also features a weekly toddler time

Go ‘N Bananas, Lancaster
Indoor play space
“Ballocity,” arcade games, laser tag, spin zone and more

Hands on House, Lancaster
Touch-friendly exhibits such as a Little Valley Farm, a Corner Grocery, a Machine Shop and more

Let's Pretend (provided photo)
Let’s Pretend (provided photo)

Let’s Pretend, Middletown
Indoor role-playing park with a house, classroom, animal hospital and more

State Museum, Harrisburg
Permanent and rotating exhibits including the big mammal exhibit
Curiosity Connection is a special area for ages one to five with a Storytime reading series

Whitaker Center (provided photo)
Whitaker Center’s Kids Place (provided photo)

Whitaker Center, Harrisburg
Many kid-friendly activities including “Kids Place” with a cityscape theme and interactive play areas

 

BRING THE OUTDOORS, IN

Butterfly Atrium at Hershey Gardens
Remains open all year for an indoor, tropical adventure

Lancaster Environmental Center
Year-round and seasonally-geared workshops for youngsters

 

FOODIE FUN

The Turkey Hill Experience

The Hershey Story (provided photo)
The Hershey Story (provided photo)

Visit a test lab and create-your-own ice-cream flavors

Hershey Story
Hands-on exhibits, kids’ Chocolate Tastings experience, make your own candy bar

 

*FREE* FUN

Wildwood Park’s Indoor Nature Center, Harrisburg
Kids can tunnel through a sycamore tree and peer into a wildlife viewing area with bird feeders, Paxton Creek and Wildwood Lake

Wildwood Park Nature Center (provided photo)
Wildwood Park Nature Center (provided photo)

Harrisburg Mall
Indoor play space with climbing activities and slides

Bass Pro Shop at Harrisburg Mall
Gaze at the huge fish tank

Visit a pet supply store
See small animals, fish, lizards and even adoptable cats or dogs

The ride at Hershey’s Chocolate World
free and recently remodeled

Libraries
Not only do libraries offer tons of book, but also play groups, story times, sing-a-longs and more

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