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Old 04-20-2011, 09:14 PM
 
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Looking for fun things to do with my family. I have a young son (soon to have another baby!). Can you guys suggest things that you do with your families or yearly events you do together that are fun? Also looking to make some new family traditions while we're at it!

Thanks!
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:25 PM
 
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Some NEPA yearly events we make a point of going to...

the Northeast and Wayne County fairs

Home
Welcome to the Wayne County Fair

Railfest in Scranton
Steamtown National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

Patchtown Days and Living History Weekend at Eckley Miners Village
Home - Eckley Miners' Village

The Rotary Club 4th of July Fireworks celebration in Abington Heights.

The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival.
http://www.countryjunction.com/

Since my kids were born, my wife always took them and went with her dad to the Masons Easter egg hunt. They have a breakfast with the bunny and basket raffle. Although I'm not sure if it is open to the public. It's this Saturday.

There are two church bazaars we go to in Kingston every year as well.....mmmm, I can almost taste those delicious potato pancakes.

We do have one thing that my wife and I have vowed to take the kids to every year until they are at least teenagers, Koziar's Christmas Village, outside Reading.
http://www.koziarschristmasvillage.com

We go to other fairs/carnivals and events on a yearly basis, but they are outside of NEPA.

As far as family things to do, it helps to know where you are. I don't want to suggest the Bloomsburg Children's Museum if you live in Milford.

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Old 04-23-2011, 11:20 AM
 
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nobody else have any family activities they attend?
i'd be interested to see what other families do.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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You may want to check out the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton, they should be starting up the 2011 excursions any day now. The ride lasts about an hour, is inexpensive, and very kid friendly.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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The trolley rides start again on April 30, and run only on Thursdays through Sundays. The fare is $8.00.
Steamtown also had short rides partway across Scranton for $5 behind a steam locomotive (as well as longer excursions periodically).
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:42 PM
 
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I don't know if the in-the-yard Steamtown runs are really worth it, I think they only ran the steamer on Fridays last year. Otherwise you're stuck with the diesel until the Baldwin gets on it's drivers again, hopefully later this season. But I would recommend either taking the Moscow excursion, or simply going up to the station to meet the train on it's arrival. There is a fundraising group that opens the station and sells candy/soda/hotdogs. Inexpensive, fun, and you can leave whenever you feel like, which is good when it comes to young children.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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McDade Park (Coal mine tour and museum, GREAT boundless playground, pool, pavillions ect....)

Nay Aug Park (Everhart museum and MANY fun family activities throughout the summer, large pool WITH water slides, great play grounds, outdoor summer family friendly movie series)

Multiple trips to Knoebels are pretty much manditory

Bloomsburg Fair is another almost maditory yearly outing...wear your walking shoes.

The Childrens library in Scranton has a lot of activities scheduled.

Scranton Cultural center has a very good children's series that is reasonably priced.

You can take a family of 4 to the SWB Yankees games for $30-$40 with a voucher to the local Wendy's included for a pre-game meal.

Clarks Summit winter ice festival

South Abington Park (nice young childrens soft splash area, play area, and walking trail)

There are all kinds of local festivals, church picnics and fairs in the area.

There really are a ton of things for families to do in our area...you just need to look around a little. Pickup a copy of Electric City and look through the section with all of the activities listed...we have found numerous things to do in there.

I agree with one of the above posters in asking WHERE in NEPA you are located...that makes a big difference. If your in the Northern/Eastern end of the Poconos then things in Wilkes-Barre and Bloomsburg are not exactly around the corner

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Old 05-04-2011, 08:00 AM
 
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We go to

West End Fair - Larger than Bloomsburg Fair, but we like both
Pocono 500 Race
to the North West, there is Dorney Park (water and land)
There are also smaller fairs through out summer/autumn in the Pocono if you do not mind driving.

Waynes County Fair - 8/5-13/2011
Carbon County Fair 8/10-14
West End Fair is usually end of August
Bloomsburg fair is usually in end of September-early October

Take a look at this site: Poconos Attractions
also in Shawne, there are always something going on, but it is a bit too commercial for our taste since most people from NY would go there as a day trip due to the drivable distance for a quick day trip. Not to mention it is on the $$$$$ side. $40 for a family of 4 plus food and drink, vs most fair charges $10 for family of 4 (kids are free)

also make sure you grab a copy of THIS WEEK IN POCONO in one of your local supermarket: This Week In The Poconos - Your Guide for Where to Go, What to Do and What to See in the Pocono Mountains Since 1932!

Pocono is so much fun there is no such thing as nothing to do.
Worst come to worst, sit by the fire place, sip a hot chocolate and watch a movie as a family as the snow fall outside.

It is sweet.

Pocono girl.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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We go to

West End Fair - Larger than Bloomsburg Fair, but we like both
Is the West End Fair really bigger than Bloomsburg? Is West End Cheaper?

We like going to the Bloomsburg fair, but the ride passes are getting ridiculous in pricing. It's almost as much as Knoebels.

In NEPA, we really like the Wayne County fair. It's like $8.00 to get in and includes a ton of rides.
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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We like going to the Bloomsburg fair, but the ride passes are getting ridiculous in pricing. It's almost as much as Knoebels.
Knoebels is a great place everyone though, if you're not riding the rides and bring a picnic/grill you really don't have to spend anything on yourself.

They have a pay one price offer:

Knoebels Amusement Resort
Pay-One-Price
http://www.knoebels.com/images/10-site/white-line.gif (broken link) Available:
May 27, June 3 ... 10 am - 9 pm, June 13, 14 August 29-Sept 1 ...11 am - 8:30 pm
Monday thru Friday June 15 - Aug 26 ... 11am-10 pm
Plus May 28, June 4, 10, Sept. 2, 3... 11am - 10 pm

Basically looks like just the weekends you can't get one price? Under 48" is $20 or $25 with the coasters.

They have cheaper evening passes too.
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