Whether one lives in the Poconos, is visiting or is deciding whether or not this is the right area to start a home – the Poconos has tons for the kids to do. If you are constantly trying to find something fun and exciting to keep your little one- or not so little one- entertained, this list will help in that process. Here is a list of some sure to be loved activities by the kids, and maybe even the parents!
Come visit Claws N Paws wild animal park and get close to the animals! Open 7 days a week from May 1 to Mid October 10am-6pm. Kids and adults will both love this experience. There are over 120 exotic species to see as you walk through a “zoo in the woods.” Each day you can find a schedule of activities, animal shows, a petting zoo, a dinosaur outpost, turtle town (where you can pet the tortoises!) and Lory Parrot feeding.
1475 Ledgedale Road Lake Ariel, PA 18436
Phone: (570) 698-6194
Take the kids (or even adults!) to the Casino Theatre for dinner, ice cream and a movie! This theater may be small but it is very charming with a classic atmosphere! Their website lists movies that are now playing -they even have 3-D movies- and tickets can be purchased online. Check out their dinner and a movie specials as well as their Thursday all day $5 movies. Don’t forget to check out the arcade room or miniature golf while you enjoy your ice cream! Did I mention they have more than 60 flavors of Hershey ice cream to choose from?
1403 Pocono Boulevard, Route 611, Mount Pocono, PA 18344
Phone: (570) 839-7831
Walk in anytime to paint during open studio hours and register on their website for classes, which can be found on their calendar. They offer pottery painting, mosaics, glass fusing, canvas painting and clay hand-building. They have hundreds of bisque pieces to choose from that can be painted in your own style. The final product takes 7 days to finish, but the good news is, they can ship your item to you if needed! Children’s classes and Mommy and Me classes are offered Wednesday’s! Go check them out as every artist level is welcomed.
3400 PA-611 Bartonsville, PA 18321
Phone: (570) 688-0044
This is a perfect “starter zoo” for little ones who want to bottle feed the deer, goats and pot bellied pigs, or feed the monkeys and pet rabbits. While here you can see bear, deer, bobcats, monkeys, lemurs, sloths, chinchillas, raccoon, macaws, alligators and huge snapping turtles. Some of the reptiles include a King Cobra, African Puff Adder, rattlesnakes, a 23-foot Reticulated Python and a 150 year old-150 pound Alligator Snapping Turtle. Before leaving, check out the gift shop and take home something to remember your time by!
424 Seven Bridges Road East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Phone: (570) 223-8653
Travel back in time and experience the sounds, smells, taste and feel of life on a traditional 1800’s farm homestead. Costumed guides, using first-person interpretation, portray the lives and demonstrate the skills needed on a farm. Explore how the farm changed throughout the 1800’s with the advent of new technology. Experience life in the past through hands-on demonstrations and activities that are fun for the whole family. While here you can see rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, a mule and Clydesdale draft horses live on the homestead. This would be a great experience for kids to see life before technology today! Check out the website for changing and upcoming events.
347 Quiet Valley Road Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Phone: (570) 992-6161
Come let the kids jump on the inflatable bounce houses as they burn off their energy! Check out their website for open bounce times and special events. They also offer Nerf War Bounce Challenges as well as birthday party packages.
1712 PA-940 Pocono Pines, PA 18350
Phone: (570) 646-9663
Stop by 940 Golf and Fun (and stay awhile) as there is a ton to do here! Enjoy a game of miniature golf, the driving range, bumper cars, paintball, the “trampoline thing”, batting cages, the arcade, and of course, ice cream. No admission fee, free parking and open 7 days a week! Also, check out the Fun Package for $20 which includes 2 rounds of miniature golf, 100 shots of paintball, 2 rides on the bumper cars, 50 ball bucket with a club and 1 small ice cream cone or cup w/ sprinkles.
951 PA-940 Pocono Lake, PA 18347
Phone: (570) 646-0700
Split Rock offers a variety of activities that are open to the public. Kids can enjoy a variety of arcade games in a safe and wholesome environment. Load up the gaming card and start playing! Tickets can be redeemed for great prizes! Split Rock also offers miniature golf, bowling and a movie theater which the public can enjoy! Check the website for prices and hours.
428 Moseywood Road Lake Harmony, PA 18624
Phone: (570) 722-9111
There is always something fun to do at the Country Junction! Come visit the petting zoo which features animals from right here in Pennsylvania! Animals include: alpacas, goats, turkeys, pigs, ducks, rabbits and chickens! The kids will love being able to feed them as well! The little ones will have a blast playing on all of the ride on toys and play sets located near the animals. After they are done visiting the animals and playing, take them for a bite to eat and then ice cream! Then check out the store where you can follow the yellow brick road, you never know what treasure you may find here. Before leaving, do not forget to stop by to pick up some fudge or other chocolate covered treat! The Country Junction also has changing events all year long, be sure to check their website!
6565 Interchange Road Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: (610) 377-5050