We have been pretty lucky this year with temperatures above average, but now that our favorite groundhog has seen its shadow we’re looking at six more weeks of winter. What kind of weather does that mean? My family already has cabin fever.
If you have children, you know that watching movies and ordering pizza is getting old.
Finding activities to do as a family in the winter months is hard, but here are some fun ideas to jumpstart a to do list.
Spirited Art Scranton offers family painting parties with a minimum of 12 painters, so grab some friends and make plans for family paint night. Cost is $20 per painter, no setup fee, plus you can can bring your own food and beverages.
The Everhart Museum will feature Here I Come to Save the Day! The Science, Culture & Art of Superheroes (through July 17). Exclusive to the Everhart, this exhibition will explore the animal powers of comic book superheroes and supervillains. The show will highlight the museum’s natural science collection and incorporate contemporary art pieces and historical artifacts. Tickets are $7, children $3 for 5 and younger and members are free.
How about a magical family day out at the Houdini Museum. The magician, Houdini, is the focus at Houdini Museum where visitors can see memorabilia, artifacts, mannequins and films. The museum also has live shows where several of Houdini’s most famous tricks are performed. The museum will be open every weekend with a show starting at 1 p.m. Advance tickets are only $17.95 and $14.95 for children 11 and younger. Regular price at the door is $20 per person. Call (570) 383-1821.
Bounce on into the Greater Scranton YMCA and try out its Wibit inflatable obstacle course. The Wibit is set up in the pool and is open to ages 8 and older who pass a swim test. Tackle the Wibit as a family on the weekends and also check the website for family swim time. Fees for guest passes are $10 per visit or you can swim for free with a family membership that costs $59 a month.
The Greater Carbondale YMCA offers flick and float nights that are held once a month on a Saturday night from 6-8:30 p.m. Children in grades K through grade four are invited to attend. Activities include one hour in the pool, followed by a movie in the lobby. Popcorn and drinks will be provided during the movie. Cost is $7 per person, 6-8:30 p.m.
The Jewish Community Center also offers family swim on the weekends. Fees for guest passes are $15 and $8 for kids or you can swim for free with a family membership of $55 a month.
All aboard. Bring the family to the Steamtown National Historic Site to learn about the history of steam railroad transportation. Steamtown NHS is an industrial heritage site dedicated to the role of steam railroad transportation. Admission is $7.
Across the way, check out The Electric City Trolley Station & Museum which features antique trolley cars, exhibits, a children’s gallery, restoration shop and trolley rides. The 2017 trolley excursions will start on Thursday, April 27 and leave at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday from the Steamtown platform. Museum admission starts at $4, trolley rides $6, combination of museum and trolly $8 and children 3 and younger are free.
Take an education trip down below at the Lackawanna County Coal Mine. Explore 300 feet beneath the earth through an anthracite coal mine originally opened in 1860. Accompany a miner in the winding underground gangways and rock tunnel past three different veins of hard coal, past the mule boy and the nipper, past the monkey vein and the dead chute. Listen as he explains the fascinating methods used and the heroic efforts involved in deep mining’s history. Admission is $10, $7.50 for kids, children younger than 3, free.
Bee’s Backyard, located in the Marketplace at Steamtown, offers fun for kids ages 0-17. Bee’s Backyard is where imagination comes to play in a clean and safe area filled with play-yard, inflatables and other attractions. Weekday prices start at $8 and weekends $10.
The local bowling lanes offer daily specials and weekend specials. There is a great family deal that includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental for up to six people, a tray of pizza and a pitcher of soda just $75.95 (reg. $120.00). Cosmic Bowling has glow in the dark lanes, LED lights and you can listen to all your favorite hits. Cosmic bowling can get very busy, so call ahead to reserve a lane. Three local bowling lanes are South Side Bowl, Idle Hour Lanes and Valley Bowling Lanes.
For the competitive family, Dickson City Laser Tag offers a high-tech, live action game played in a 4,300-square-foot arena. The game is played under black-lights and fog where special effects, laser beams, pulse-pumping music and other players create an exciting and entertaining adventure. Players score points by tagging the opposing team with their laser. Laser tag promotes team building, leadership and strategy development. The best part is it’s a lot of fun for the whole family ages 7 years and older. One game is $7, two games are $12. Open Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Pittston, is one stop for families to play, gather and compete with prices starting at $13. Sky Zone now offers Glow with lasers, music and black light that transforms the whole park into a crazy jumping dance club. Offered on Friday and Saturday nights, 8-10 p.m., the cost is $30 per person.
Lace up the roller skates and get moving at SkateAway Wilkes Barre. Not only will you have fun with the family, you will also get in some exercise for the kids. SkateAway is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission starts at $4 and skate rental is $2.
The Rink at Racqueteers also offers public roller skating Friday, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, 3-6 p.m. or 7-10 p.m. Admission fee is $7 per skate session, plus $1 for a skate rental.
Not so sure how you will do on wheels? Why not try the ice. Toyota Sports Complex offers public ice skating. Regular admission is $7 per person; children 4 and younger; seniors 62 and up and active-duty military are $5 per person. Rental skates are available for just $3 per pair.
Don’t feel defeated by Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction. When the days aren’t cold, get the family up and out of the house to visit some of these neat Scranton attractions. Also search best places in Scranton online at local.thetimes-tribune.com/