Mauch Chunk Museum

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41 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA, United States

Jim Thorpe, PA, formerly Mauch Chunk, is a small picturesque Pennsylvania town with a fascinating history. Established in a wilderness on the banks of the Lehigh River in 1818, Mauch Chunk became a bustling coal transportation center, tourist Mecca, and the esteemed seat of Carbon County by the middle of the 19th century.

Riding the wave of prosperity along river, canal, Switchback Gravity Railroad and overland railroads as ‘black diamonds’ (anthracite coal) were transported by increasingly efficient means, famous as the “Switzerland of America” to 19th century rail excursionists, the town declined economically in the 20th century when petroleum replaced coal in home and industry and rail excursion tourism was replaced by the automobile.

Family Trips

Discover how the industrial outpost of Mauch Chunk became a prosperous coal shipping town and 19th century tourist Mecca, second to Niagara Falls in popularity. Relive the town’s glory days when coal was King and tourism Queen. Learn of its economic demise and bizarre resurrection as Mauch Chunk traded its name for the name and body of 1912 Olympic hero, Jim Thorpe. Discover the feats and demons of Jim Thorpe,”The Greatest Athlete in the World.”

Commencing with an overview and tour of the Mauch Chunk Museum, courses follow the historical continuum:

  • Industrial Outpost in a Wilderness
  • The Lehigh Canal:Lifeline of the American Industrial Revolution
  • Mauch Chunk’s Amazing Rollercoaster: The Switchback Gravity Railroad
  • Mauch Chunk’s Millionaires & The Social Scene
  • The Tourist Influx
  • Economic Decline
  • Mauch Chunk Trades Its Name for a Body
  • Jim Thorpe: All American
  • Revitalization
  • Arts/Crafts courses

Field Trips

  • Lansford #9 Anthracite Mining Museum
  • Asa Packer Mansion
  • Old Jail (site of the Mollie Maguire hangings in Carbon County)
  • Mauch Chunk Lake Park
  • Carbon County Environmental Education Center
  • Bus Tour of Jim Thorpe area

The story of Mauch Chunk is brought to life by video, images, artifacts, and four working models:

  • A water filled, working model of Josiah White’s Bear Trap Lock, a collapsible water powered lock which permitted trains of coal arks to travel down the Lehigh River.

  • standard lock on the Lehigh Canal

  • An operable miter lock and drop gate lock on the Lehigh Canal.

  • A 30 ft replica of Mauch Chunk’s famous Switchback Gravity Railroad which progressed from a coal carrier to a passenger carrier of such magnitude that Mauch Chunk, “The Switzerland of America,” became second to Niagara Falls as a 19th century tourist destination.

Recreational Activities

Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, boating, swimming,  fishing, cross-country & downhill skiing.

Tickets and Admission

Hours

Open all year, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., every day, except Monday. Groups by appointment.

Admission

Adults: $5.00, Children (under eight): $2.00

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8181 Route 309, New Tripoli, PA, United States 10.74 mi

Families and group outings all are welcome to Bear Rock Junction. Our course at Bear Rock Junction was built to be a destination for groups of all ages and sizes.

We have two 18 hole courses for a total of 36 holes. Each course is different in layout and both are very challenging. Both have a par rating of 48 with the highest par per hole being 4. Landscaping and elevation changes on the course are not to be found any where else in the area. It takes about 45 min to an hour to play each course.

In addition to the mini golf we have a coal fired steam train, a paint ball shooting gallery and a kiddie hand car ride where children can crank their own little train
around the track.

We have two large pavilions for group picnics or outings and parties, a full service dairy bar with 30 flavors of Leiby’s Ice cream. Every one should try our “Train Wreck Sundae,” 32 ounces of 5 flavors of ice cream and all the toppings in a huge bowl!

We also have pizza and an outdoor BBQ grill that offers fire-grilled hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, fries and a host of other homemade, picnic style foods.

Family Trips 

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Things to do for your Family

Go-Karts

 Black Bear Speedway

A road course with real banked turns and speeds up to 20 miles per hour!!!!!

Singles and Doubles

Prices:

Driver (56″) $10.50 plus tax

Rider (36″) $4.00 plus tax

MINI GOLF

We’re not putt putt Mini Golf. . . Our Mini Golf ROCKS!!!

The Two Most Challenging Mini Golf Courses in the Lehigh Valley BAR NONE!!!!!

Mini Golf Prices:

  • Adults: $7.25
  • Children (4-12): $5.20
  • Seniors: 10% off
  • Groups of 10 or more: 10% off

Outdoor Grill

Open  Saturdays and Sundays (Memorial Day Weekend-The End of October)

  • French Fries
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs & Award Winning Chili Dogs
  • Chicken Sandwiches  and Chicken Strips

Leiby’s Ice Cream

Hand Dipped Ice Cream

  • Signature Sundaes
  • Banana Splits
  • Waffle Sundaes
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Milkshakes

Corn Maze

 Come to Pennsylvania’s best corn maze and have the time of your life.

OPEN Friday 5-9, Saturday and Sunday 12-9

Families and friends will enjoy navigating over 4 Miles of Corn Maze, Launching Apples, bouncing around the Marshmallow Maze, racing Super Trikes relaxing on a Hayride and searching for prizes in the “Needle-in-a-Haystack” and “Scavenger Hunt” games. There’s something for everyone at Bear Rock Junction.

After conquering the corn maze, indulge in a snack or chow down on lunch or dinner at our Snack Bar. Warm-up by the fire or Roast Marshmallows from our s’more kits. Shop in our Farmer’s Market for fresh pumpkins, cornstalks, hay and country crafts.

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1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA, United States 20.36 mi

Hawk Mountain is the ideal outdoor destination. The 2,600-acre Sanctuary offers superb hiking in every season, the chance to see large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons each autumn, and in spring, the chance to enjoy comfortable weather, Mountain Laurel blooms, and returning songbirds. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world`s first refuge for birds of prey, and a leader in the study and protection of our magnificent hawks, eagles and falcons.

At Hawk Mountain, we know first hand how moved people are to see a hawk soar across the sky. That`s why raptors, or “birds of prey” make such a compelling focus for learning. Here, we study birds of prey, monitor their annual, amazing migrations, and use our findings to train young conservationists and educate the public.

To help connect more people with nature and, in particular, birds of prey, Hawk Mountain operates a 2,600-acre Sanctuary open to the public year-round. But whether the birds fly or not, Hawk Mountain still boasts an incredible view, 8 miles of trails and its rich conservation legacy. Some highlights:

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Learn more by watching our introductory video. When you visit Hawk Mountain, you can enjoy:

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30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, United States 30.38 mi

At The Crayola Experience™ visitors enter a world of discovery as they experience more than a dozen hands-on activities as well as learn how Crayola Crayons® and Markers are made. This is not the real manufacturing plant. It’s a colorful and interesting visitor center that allows children of all ages to unleash their creative spirit. Themes and projects change periodically to give visitors a variety of projects to create throughout the year.

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Birthdays

Let the Crayola Experience plan your child’s next birthday party. You choose the food & the guests and we will do the rest.

Let your family & friends play in our 60,000 square foot, 4 story building filled with exciting hands-on attractions. Whether it’s designing a custom Crayola marker from scratch or burning off some energy climbing through our Color Playground, everyone is sure to have a good time.

Overview

  • Base price $214.85 (plus sales tax) includes:
    • ALL DAY Admission for up to 15 guests (guests include children & adults)
      • Additional guests are $12.99 plus sales tax ($4 off regular admission)
    • Unlimited access to all 4 Floors of hands-on experiences
    • Free party room for 1 hour
    • Free party supplies
      • Plates, cups, napkins, and utensils
    • Free secure area for gifts while you enjoy the facility
  • Add-Ons
    • Crayola character appearance – $20
    • Lunch options (inquire with sales rep for pricing)
      • Choice of: Pizza, hot dogs, and beverages
      • No outside food or beverages permitted – Birthday cakes are allowed
    • Party bags – $5.00 each
  • Booking
    • 2 week advance booking
    • Time slots
      • 10:00AM – 11:00AM
      • 11:30AM – 12:30PM
      • 1:00PM – 2:00PM
      • 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Policy

  • Payment
    • 25% deposit required to hold date and time
    • Balance due 24hrs in advance
    • The Crayola Experience accepts cash and major credit cards
      • No personal checks accepted as payment
  • Upon Arrival
    • Arrive ½ hour prior to party start time
      • To ensure you have a full hour in the party room, please ask your party guests to arrive 15 minutes prior to the party’s start time
    • Check-in at Front Desk to verify number of guests
    • Meet with party host to review details

For more information, please call 610-515-8000 ext. 4

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5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473, United States 44.62 mi

Serene country estate landscaped by Thomas Meehan & Sons to highlight the Colonial Revival mansion and surrounding farmland of 170 acres. Originally constructed about 1720, the mansion was redesigned and enlarged by architect Arthur Brockie in 1901 to enhance a country gentleman’s lifestyle. Fully furnished with antiques collected by former Pennsylvania Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker reflecting his interests in early Pennsylvania history, German and Dutch settlers, native Americans, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The collection also includes Governor Pennypacker’s political (1903 – 1907), genealogical and personal papers. Research by appointment.  Scope of Collections

Activities throughout the year include exhibits, nature walks, workshops, and special events.  Picnic facilities available. Large group and school tours are requested to call in advance to schedule visits. First floor of mansion and restrooms are handicap accessible.

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2014 Civil War Reunion

Saturday, May 31, 2014 ~ 10 am to 5 pm

& Sunday, June 1, 2014 ~ 10 am to 4 pm

With cannons blasting and soldiers marching, the Civil War arrives in Montgomery County!

Don’t miss this outstanding two-day event with hundreds of infantry, artillery, and living historians. The event is great for all ages. Especially for kids, come to the Be a Soldier program.

The event and parking are free. Refreshments will be able for purchase.

Please call 610-287-9349 or email

PennypackerMills@MontcoPA.org for more information.

Pennypacker Mills Mansion and Tents

Ongoing Demonstrations, Activities and Shopping Opportunites

Civilian Street
Experience bread  baking, hair fashion, children’s  dolls, phrenology, children’s clothing, & cooking. Also, visit the
military engineers  and learn about map making & surveying.

Military Camps
Visitors are welcome to visit  both Confederate & Union camps where they can inspect the camps, food preparation, meet soldiers & learn about life in the Infantry.

Musicians
Saturday, see  Matthew Dodd throughout the  day on the Mansion Porch. Later in the day, stay after the battle for a early evening concert with the Irish Band of the PA 69th!

Artillery
Stop by both Artillery camps to learn about the cannons, roles of the crew, and ammunition. It’s a blast!
Sutlers
Our merchants sell a wide variety of Civil War Era merchandise from fabric & sewing needs, military & civilian clothing, and wooden toys & furniture.

Mansion Tours
Throughout the weekend tour the decorated mansion of Samuel Pennypacker and his family & visit the new exhibit
in the Galleries.

Museum Shop
Purchase old fashioned toys, period inspired gifts, and books. Buy your copy of Six Weeks in Uniform, Governor Pennypacker’s account of his experience in the Pennsylvania militia .

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101 Hunter Road, Titusville, Hopewell Township, NJ, United States 57.15 mi

Howell Living History Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 – a time when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley, and when farms were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange trees.

You were a farmer, then…the kind that could drive a team of horses and plow a furrow with a walking plow. You could build a barn, or deliver a lamb, or bake a loaf of bread from wheat that you grew yourself. And you may have been remembered for the time you canned 200 quarts of tomatoes in a day, or the May Day you went to town in a one-horse sleigh.

Today, if it is time to harvest corn, you can ride up into a field in a horse drawn wagon, help us shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. We invite you to help us plant, cultivate and harvest our crops, to care for our animals, to sweep our barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future. (The future looks good, by the way. There are rumors of “combines”, horseless buggies and automatic ice cream makers.)

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Howell Farm’s “Living History” enriches the present through reenactment of the past. But the past holds more than cultural riches. It holds tangible wealth for present and future generations. As you, the visitor, explore history by walking back in time, you will discover that millions of farmers in Asia, Africa and India are using similar animal-powered technology to feed growing populations and to eliminate the drudgery of hand labor. Howell Farm’s Internship Program provides training for small-farm extension agents who will work overseas teaching others how to introduce or upgrade animal-powered farming systems. It will offer you new insights into the relativity – and utility – of history.

Howell Farm is a place where generations meet and share that gift we call heritage. Join us. It is heritage with a future.

Farm Funjoining in farm crafts, games and play; snack time. Each week, FarmHands will participate in the Farm’s scheduled craft program, and in a special activity such as a wagon ride, nature walk, game or storytelling.

This year session in the program meet for 7 Saturdays with the exception of the 2nd Fall session, which is only 6 Saturdays. 

Application: Parents wishing to enroll in the FarmHands program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date unless they have previous been in the program. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only. Meeting and Session Dates.

Applications cannot be made by mail.

FarmHands is a program for children 6-9 years old or 10-12 years old. It introduces older children to farm chores, crafts, and games and to seasonal activities which are part of the Farm’s actual operation.

The program is staffed by a FarmHands teacher, who is assisted by one or two FarmHands parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.

During the 3-hour long program from 10:00-1:00 for 10-12 year olds and 1:30-4:30pm for 6-9 year olds, FarmHands spend their time on three different types of activities:

Daily Choresfeeding and watering animals, mixing animal feeds, collecting eggs, etc.
Seasonal Work: helping with actual operations, such as:
Spring — planting potatoes, bottle feeding lambs, digging the garden
Summer — gathering honey, watering the orchard, weighing the pigs
Fall — digging potatoes, husking corn, picking pumpkins, making cider
Winter — collecting sap for maple syrup, gathering firewood, setting
up lambing pens
The Hatchery is a weekday morning program for children 3-5 years old. It is designed as a “first-time” farm experience for children, introducing them to animals, crops and farm living through hands-on activities that are safe, fun and educational.
The program is staffed by a Hatchery teacher, who is assisted by one or two Hatchery parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.
During the 3 hour program, Hatchery children spend their time on several types of activities:
Chores: Through daily chore routines, children learn about the needs and products of farm animals. Routines involve some or all of the following: collecting eggs, pumping water for work horses, shelling corn for geese, putting hay in sheep manger, putting straw in calf pen.
Seasonal Activities: In the spring, children visit baby animals, plant a garden, and see a sheep being shorn. In the fall, children pick and decorate pumpkins, dig potatoes, husk Indian corn and make a wallow for the pigs.
Crafts: Children make crafts using materials from the farm: corncobs, egg shells, wool, feathers, etc. Sometimes a cooking or baking project is done instead of a craft.
Storytelling and Singing: Farm related themes are used to reinforce what children have learned about animals, crops and nature.
Outdoor FunChildren explore the farm and its seasons through walks, games and play. Towards the end of the 12 week session, each child will have a chance to ride a horse or pony, and to take a hayride.
Application:
Parents wishing to enroll in The Hatchery program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only. Call the farm at 609-737-3299 for meeting dates and fees.

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3883 New York 97, Barryville, NY, United States 59.07 mi

For 38 years, Indian Head Canoes and Rafts has been a leader on the Delaware River, providing all you need to make your visit comfortable.

Located in Barryville, NY and Matamoras, PA, we are nestled between the lush forest mountains of the Poconos and Catskills. The Delaware River is a National “Scenic and Recreational River”, spectacular in it’s pristine beauty and perfect for whitewater river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. It’s a river adventure vacation that is close to home, yet feel a world away.

Here at Indian Head canoes get ready for an adventure to remember at Indian Head Canoes & Rafts! Delaware River rafting, canoeing, and kayaking is fun and exciting for everyone. Unique to the Delaware River, we also offer a variety of overnight lodging…deluxe cabins, riverside log cabins, group bunkhouse and campgrounds.

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All Youth Groups (Age 11 and Up)

Schools,  Summer Camps and Scouts 

Indian Head Canoes and Rafts make it easy for your School or Youth Group to enjoy a day of rafting on the Delaware river. We promise to deliver and incredible lasting end to the school year for your students. We can plan a great filled adventure with canoeing, Kayaking, and so much more on the Delaware river.

Give your Students a trip that will forever cherish and remember. Group Discounts available. Bring your cooler, put on your swimsuit and get ready for a whitewater river adventure. We’ll go white water river rafting, canoeing, kayaking and even tubing! We make it easy! No experience is necessary and it’s fun and exciting for everyone. You’ll be gliding in your canoe quietly enough to see all that nature offers.

Watch closely, while on the Delaware River, and you might see eagles, deer, ducks and much more. Leave your tents at home as we’ll be staying in deluxe cabins and luxurious bunkhouses allowing us to camp Creative Escapes style. Boats, paddles and lifejackets will be provided, along with our healthy energizing signature menu. Located in Barryville, NY and Matamoras, PA, we are nestled between the lush forest mountains of the Poconos and Catskills.

The Delaware River is a National “Scenic and Recreational River” spectacular in its pristine beauty and perfect for whitewater river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. It’s a river adventure vacation that is close to home, yet feels a world away. See you on the river!

Activities available for Schools, Camps, Scouts and Families

Delaware River Rafting

Indian Head Canoes and Rafts make it easy for family and friends to enjoy a day of rafting on the Delaware river. Bring your cooler, put on your swimsuit and get ready for a whitewater river adventure.

  • No experience necessary
  • Children as small as 30 lbs can raft!
  • Rafts carry up to 6 people.
  • Kids go free! – see details below
  • Save 50% on 2nd day river trips!

Delaware River Canoeing at Indian Head

You’ll be gliding in your canoe quietly enough to see all that nature offers. Watch closely while on the Delaware River and you might see eagles, deer, ducks and much more. The canoes at Indian Head are very maneuverable,good for 2 or 3 people and ideal for families with children above 50 pounds. No experience necessary in calm water, some experience in white water.

Indian Head Canoeing rates are daily and include boats, paddles, life jackets, free transportation, safety & paddle instruction along with full use of our facilities. Sales Tax not included.

We open 8am weekends and 9am weekdays April thru October. Not all bases are open early spring and fall. Please call us toll free at 800-874-2628 for details.

Delaware River Kayaking 

Kayaking is the newest rage on the Delaware River. Indian Head offers both solo kayaks (1 person) and doubles. Our kayaks are designed for river touring, stable, easy to paddle, more maneuverable and quick in the water. Try one soon!

Indian Head Kayaking rates are daily and include boats, paddles, life jackets, free transportation, safety & paddle instruction along with full use of our facilities. Sales Tax not included.

Delaware River Tubing Rates

Enjoy a lazy float in the water and a hot summer’s retreat. Tube trips are about 3-5 hours long. Plan more time to swim. Must be over 65 lbs. to ride in a tube.

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30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ, United States 61.36 mi

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Mineralogy & Mining Education

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is dedicated to educating teachers and their students about natural resource issues, with particular reference to the State of New Jersey.

Our education programs explore such topics as the geology and mineralogy of New Jersey, our nonrenewable resources (metals, nonmetals, and fuels), how those resources have been extracted and used over time, and, in a global sense, how our present lives are shaped by the materials available to us. We work within the broad fields of the STEM core subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which we often explore not only in their current but also historical contexts.

All of our educational offerings are aligned with New Jersey core curriculum standards and are designed to be implemented by teachers within the context of their existing school curriculum.

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Individual & Family Mine Tours

Sterling Hill offers Public Mine Tours for individuals and families according to the schedule below. One should try to arrive 1/2 hour ahead of the tour time to relieve congestion.

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Public Tour Schedule

View our current Tour Schedule for dates and times.

In case of inclement weather it is best to call ahead 973-209-MINE (6463) to confirm that we are open.

Fossil Discovery Center

Select days, May – November. 

This is a $4.50 per person add-on option to the Mine Tour.

Rock Discovery Center

Saturdays & Sundays at 12:00 p.m. ONLY.

April – October. 

This is a $4.00 per person add-on option to the Mine Tour.

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Birthday Parties

Having your child’s next birthday party at Sterling Hill Mining Museum offers the combination of an educational experience, the thrill of touring a real underground mine and becomes a hands on educational experience when Rock or Fossil Discovery Centers are added.

Glowing Minerals!

Every kid loves and is amazed with our world famous “Fluorescent Rainbow Tunnel,” where everybody takes home a fluorescent mineral for free. We have available seating both indoor and outdoor depending on weather and are handicap accessible.

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Rock Discover Center for adults and kids

Take 6 samples home from the Rock Discovery Center.

Rock Discover Center for adults and kids

Find and take home many different fossils from our Fossil Discovery Center.

Package Ideas

What a Blast!

Include the Mine Tour on the day of your visit and the Birthday Child gets to press the button on the blasting demo inside the Mine!

Groups of 10 or more:

Birthday child receives a free miner’s cap with light.

Groups of 20 or more:

Birthday child goes free AND gets a free miner’s cap with light.

Mine Tour alone:

$8 each / $7 for groups of 10 or more

Mine Tour with the Rock Discovery Center$12 each / $11 for groups of 10 or more

Mine Tour with the Fossil Discovery Center*:

$12.50 each / $11.50 for groups of 10 or more

Fossil Discovery Center* & Rock Discovery Center$8.50 each

Major Miner Package:

$16.50 each / $15.50 groups 10 or more

The package includes the Mine TourRock Discovery Center and Fossil Discovery Center.*

* For the Fossil Discovery Center you must book your date on a date when the Fossil Discovery Center is open. See our Calendar for a full schedule.

Above prices are for children under 12, adults are extra.

The Museum offers a fully stocked Miner’s Pick  Museum Store, the Miner’s Lunchbox an air- conditioned indoor snack bar seating area as well as a covered outdoor picnic area and modern restroom facilities.

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2420 Brunswick Ave, Lawrence Township, NJ, United States 67.84 mi

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Colonial Bowling and Indoor Entertainment Center is the premier complex in New Jersey for Fasmilies. We can accommodate anyone and everyone of All ages. At our New Jersey complex we offer Laser Tag arena which is child and teen-friendly multi-tier/multi-dimensional,  24 black-lit luxury bowling lanes, an amusement and redemption arcade, a mini-bowling center for kids, , and a 4-lane private VIP Kingpin Bowling Suite, it’s a family entertainment experience with endless variety.

Colonial Bowling lets you and your family can relax on large plush sofas while they bowl with glow-in-the-dark black lights and soft overhead lighting for a fun, relaxing mood. The addition of lane-side food and beverage service allows guests to grab a bite without missing a moment of fun. And we can’t forget to mention the strategically placed 30+ flat-screen TVs. No matter where you are in the complex, you’re never far from the big game. Best of all, our cutting-edge AV sound and motion systems are broadcast onto the latest 250-square-foot JumboTron projection/TV screens (the largest in New Jersey)—which reside at the end of each lane.

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Family Trips

Colonial Bowling & Entertainment can host any event. We welcome you and your family for a unforgettable day at our indoor entertainment complex in New jersey.  We offer activities that will keep you and your familybusy with FUN!  Some of the activities and packages we offer are:

  • Laser Tag
  • Bowling 
  • Redemption Arcade
  • Mini Bowling

Our VIP Bowling Suite is wired with state-of-the-art AV equipment and large projection screens for slideshows or presentations. It is a perfect place to host your School prom, Project Graduation, Scout meeting or any Camp Events. A full catering menu is available for your party or event, and our experienced event planners will work closely with you to ensure your event’s success. For larger groups, exclusive use of the entire facility (38,000 sq ft) is also available.

Entertainment Options Available

Bowling

Colonial Bowling Entertainment Complex offers a completely renovated 24 bowling lanes and a private VIP Kingpin Bowling Suite with 4 lanes. There are comfortable new couches, lane-side food and beverage service, black lighting, glowing lanes/balls/shoes, and state-of-the-art, 250-square-foot JumboTron video/TV units at the end of each lane. No matter what your budget, bowling is one of the best entertainment values on the planet.

Laser Tag

Mission Elite is a new and exciting Laser Tag entertainment experience designed for you: kids, teens, parents, families, Camp groups, scouts, school groups, and organizations, experienced or novice. Your objective is to deactivate the opposing players and their bases with use of your phaser, while a sophisticated computer program tallies your individual and team scores. Each player in the game of Laser Tag  is provided with a phaser and computerized vest after being thoroughly instructed on the rules, mission and strategies of the game in the briefing room. At the end of your Laser Tag mission, you’ll head back to the armory to suit down and analyze your personal mission results. Maybe you have reached Lieutenant or Captain, or maybe even earned the Medallion of the Elite, the highest of all honors.

Arcade and Redemption

For those of you tired of Laser Tag or Bowling, the Colonial Arcade is filled with over 80 games, including Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, Skeeball, basketball and a whole lot more.  Whether you’re here to work out, become a rock star or just win big, Colonial is the perfect place to hang out for your School group, Camp Group or Scout Group. Once you’re done playing games, take your ticket winnings to our prize area to claim your reward for a day of fun. Kids love choosing their prizes, and our redemption center won’t disappoint. The Colonial prize counters are the best in the area, with the hottest rewards and gizmos for kids and adults. The Colonial Arcade is the perfect addition to your traditional bowling party or laser tag party. List of Games we offer:

  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Guitar Hero
  • Skeeball
  • Lost World
  • Hoop Fever
  • Pirates Revenge
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Putt Championship
  • Fast Track
  • And many, many more!

Mini Bowling

Mini “Rollerball” Bowling is an exciting, age-appropriate experience is geared toward the younger crowd, but can accommodate any age bowler. One of the premier for young kids in New Jersey. Kids will enjoy smaller, colorful lightweight balls, glowing lanes, stunning overhead LCD monitors, and a fully functioning scoring system, just like the big lanes. No special shoes are needed, and user-friendly mini-consoles will have you bowling faster and with no hassle. The lanes also have automatic bumpers which pop up at the touch of a button, alleviating the disappointing and annoying gutterballs that kids dread.

Fundraising

Colonial Bowling Indoor Entertainment center is the perfect place to host your organization fundraising event. Let us customize a package to fit your group’s needs! We make it easy by offering a variety of packages to suit your specific fundraiser. 15% of all sign-up package sales generated from participating friends and family will be donated back to your organization. For more information, please contact our Fundraising Coordinator at 609-882-7700.

Birthday Parties

Our birthday parties will rock your kids’ world! Watch them bowl, play eat, drink and have a blast. And you? Totally taken care of. Our expert party planners ensure your party will be a STRIKING success. We can accommodate any size party, and all birthday parties can be customized to include bowling, lazer tag, arcade, and/or mini-bowling, along with several food options.

Below is a list of our kids birthday party packages.  There’s something for everyone, from our Cosmic, Galactic, to our Super-Sonic parties.  Each package is customized to your child’s interests–Bowling, Laser Tag, Arcade, or even a combination.

Each party also includes a special trip into our Cosmic Ticket Tunnel, which allows your child to grab as many tickets as they can in our super-sonic wind tunnel machine.  This experience is one of the most requested and enjoyed by the birthday party child!  Below you will also find a list of items you can include to enhance your party experience!

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States 68.78 mi

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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Family & Children’s Programs

Let your creativity soar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Explore a wide range of interactive programs designed for families with children ages 3–12. From large scale Special Family Events to intimate gallery tours, families can discover the world of art together.

Family Programs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers plenty of Family Programs that allow children and parents to learn, create, and most important, have fun together. All programs and events are free. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Services Desk.

Family Celebrations

Family Celebrations showcase local and nationally recognized performance groups for an experience that combines the magic of the visual and performing arts. The Balcony Studio features art projects inspired by artwork in the Museum’s collections.

Children’s Art Classes

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3-4 and Ages 3-5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class.

The winter session of art classes begin the week of January 21, 2014. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the Winter semester beginning December 10th at 10:00 a.m. To register by phone, call (215) 235-SHOW (7469). A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to all phone orders (member $2.50, nonmember $3.50). There is no service charge for reservations made at the Museum.

Tuition assistance is available upon request.

Self-Guided Family Tours

Audio Guides for Children
Art comes to life with the American Art Kids Tour and the Arms and Armor Tour, interactive audio guides written especially for children ages 6–10. To learn more, inquire at the Visitor Services Desks located in the East and West entrances.

Self-Guided Family Tours
Explore the Museum at your own pace with a free, printed family guide that includes information about selected works of art and artists as well as looking questions and fun activities.

Make Art At Home activities invite families to extend their Museum visit by having engaging, creative time together at home. Children can learn about masterpieces from the Museum’s vast collections and then create their own work of art in response.

For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at (215) 684-7580, by fax at (215) 236-4063, or by e-mail at educate@philamuseum.org.

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18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton Township, NJ, United States 69.17 mi

Grounds For Sculpture exhibits works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park. Centrally located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, it is easily accessible via major highways and public rail systems. Open year-round, special exhibitions, programs, and events are scheduled for your education and enjoyment.

A visit to Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey is one of the best year round things to do in New Jersey. Utilizing both outdoor gardens and two indoor settings, Grounds for Sculpture can be appreciated even during inclement weather. The manicured landscaping of the Grounds for Sculpture combine with the variety of the pieces found here to give visitors a truly unique experience. Perhaps more than any other New Jersey attraction, natural beauty and human creativity come together here.

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Workshops for families provide a venue for intergenerational groups to create art together. In these workshops, adults assist children in brainstorming ideas as well as aid with the creation of the artwork. In addition to specially scheduled family workshops, drop-in family workshops are regularly featured during our special events, such as Groundhog’s Day, A Day at the Fair, Anniversary Arts Party, Summer Social and Lights On. Past family workshops have included bubble wrap sculptures, story collages, and natural pigment creation.

Grounds For Sculpture is an amazing venue where you can experience art firsthand! Throughout the year, Grounds For Sculpture offers hands-on art workshops for students of all ages, from early childhood through adult learners. Workshops taught by artist instructors are an opportunity to engage in the art-making process and expand your creative skills! Please check our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of current workshops.

Workshops for children are extremely popular at Grounds For Sculpture.

  • Tots on Tour, designed for early childhood learners age 3-5, meets monthly, year-round. This program is designed and taught by a certified art teacher. The theme and lesson changes once per month. Tots on Tour features a story time, a child-friendly tour of selected sculptures in the park, and hands-on art making. Projects explore various art media, such as painting, printmaking, collage and more!
  • Young Artist Workshops serve two age groups, children 6-9 and children 10-14. These workshops complement Grounds For Sculpture’s exhibitions by exploring art media and techniques based upon featured artists. Class size is limited and children have the opportunity to work closely with the artist instructor. Young Artist Workshops are very popular and spaces fill-up fast!

Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!

Every year over 500 guided tours are offered at Grounds For Sculpture. Volunteer Docents undergo extensive training and research in preparation for tours.  Docents are available to lead tours for a variety of groups.  For anyone interested in a less structured tour of the park, self-guided tour maps and exhibition catalogues are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Self-guided maps of the grounds and exhibition brochures are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Guided tours are available to schools and other student or adult groups by appointment only. For more information, please call the Tour Coordinator at (609) 586-0616 ext. 200.

Free Drop-in Tours

APRIL-OCTOBER Tours may be available at 11am and/or 1pm
NOVEMBER Tours are offered at 1pm
DECEMBER Tours are limited to Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm

(All of the above Drop-In tours are dependent on docent availability)

We suggest calling 609-586-0616 before visiting, to confirm that a drop-in tour is scheduled for the date/time of the visit. Please note that the park is closed on Mondays.  Reservations are not required and there is no additional charge for the tours. On arrival, to confirm place in a tour, a sign-up in the Visitor’s Center is required. Sign-up is available one hour prior the scheduled start of the tour. All registrants should meet their Volunteer Docent in the Visitor’s Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

Please note that Drop-In Tour size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All Drop-In Tours are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather and availability of docents.

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EMR Paintball 69.28 mi

EMR Paintball in Pennsylvania welcomes Youth Groups and Scout groups. Visit EMR Paintball today for the most fun and excitement you can have in the area with a game of paintball! Located at 577 Wolf’s Lair Road, New Milford, Pennsylvania, EMR Paintball is an outdoor paintball field featuring more than 122 Acres action and adrenaline! The largest playing Fields in Pennsylvania.

EMR Paintball Park is a premiere paintball and airsoft facility and home of the famous Castle Conquest. We have 20 diverse playing fields that include; Castles, Forts, Villages, and Towns complete with 2 story buildings, bunkers, tunnels, bridges, woods and various terrain!

Book a private group, stop by for paintball or airsoft open play, or register for an EMR Big Event and play with up to a 1000 people! We have a full service Rec Center and Store for all of your paintball playing needs and offer overnight stays with campsites and bunkhouses available!

We offer the best in customer service, certified safety referees, and a customizable playing experience to fit your needs! We have 20 diverse playing fields that include Castles, Forts, Villages, Towns, and Speedball complete with 2 story buildings, bunkers, tunnels, bridges, woods and various terrain! We have a full service Rec Center and Store for all of your paintball playing needs including rental equipment, foosball tables, ping pong, large TV, snacks and beverages, and tables and chairs to sit down and relax. In addition there is a Picnic Pavilion with a Gas Grill and Picnic Tables as well as Horseshoe Pits and a Volleyball Court.

EMR Paintball also offers overnight stays! For overnight stays there are 35 bunkhouses, 96 Campsites, and a Bon Fire Area..

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Paintball for Youth Groups 

BirthdaysHost your birthday party at EMR Paintball park! Nothing says “Happy Birthday” like splattering friends and family with blue paintballs!Birthday Player must be between the ages of 10 and 17 and need a minimum of 10 Players for the group which may be a mix of adults and young players.

We recommend that Birthday groups show up 15 minutes before start time to get checked in. Must reserve two weeks in advance with a $299.00 deposit.

PARTIES OVER 15 PLAYERS: PRIVATE GROUP PRICING, PLAY TIME, AND DETAILS APPLY! We do not book Birthday Groups for Night Play.

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL

10–15 PLAYERS

$299

2 hours of game play

Start time: 11 AM or 2 PM

Registration

3000 Paintballs Tippmann Semi-Auto Markers Mask/Goggles Co2 Assorted Bags of Snacks One 12oz soda per player

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Paintballs

Private Group Paintball Pricing:

$6.00 for 100 balls

$27.50 for 500 balls

$50.00 for 1000 balls -1/2 case

$85.00 for 2000 balls – case

$80.00 for 2000 balls – case with Cash

Discount / No Credit Cards or Paypal

RENTAL PRICING

Equipment Forms

A single RENTAL FORM will be filled out for each private group and the organizer will be responsible for making sure that all rental equipment is turned back in by his group. To use the single form, one person must accept responsibility for all of the equipment and see to it that all equipment is returned in good shape. This person must provide a valid Credit Card and Photo Government Issued ID for the EMR staff to hold until all equipment is returned and checked in. Otherwise each individual in the group must fill out a separate Rental Form.

Paintball Markers

Markers can be upgraded to a TIPPMANN A-5 with Agitator Feeder, HPA Tank and unlimited C/A.

Tippmann A-5

Quantities are limited and should be reserved in advance.

per day $10.00
per weekend $15.00

Camo Coveralls

per day $  5.00
per weekend $  7.50

Double Packs

Double Pack-Includes two pod holder, belt, and two 140 round pods

per day $  3.00
per weekend $  5.00

Four Packs

Four Pack-Includes four pocket pod holder, belt, and four 140 round tubes

per day $  5.00
per weekend $  7.50

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1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States 69.54 mi

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications.

Family Trips & Programs

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For Parents and Families

Whether it’s camp, field trips, birthday parties, or more, sign-up for enjoyable and memorable programs for families and children. You can also participate in family-friendly festivals and museum activities.

Birthday Parties at the Academy

With a T. rex that has celebrated millions of birthdays, the Academy really knows how to throw a party! Celebrate your child’s special day with dinosaurs, butterflies, hands-on activities, and personalized attention from our staff.

Our Birthday Parties…

  • Are for children ages 3 and up
  • Are 2 hours long
  • Are available at 10:30 am or 2:00 pm on Saturdays or Sundays
  • Include free admission to the museum

For More Information on their Birthday Party Packages click here

Family Field Trips and Workshops

The Academy invites you and your family to share in one or more of fun and educational field trips and workshops that are held on selected weekends throughout the year. They are designed for children ages seven and up.

For more information about the programs, contact Hollie Barattolo at barattolo@ansp.org.

Safari Overnights

Experience the Academy After Dark. Enjoy interactive activities and meet some of our live animals—all with the guidance of the Academy’s experienced naturalists! Break to socialize and enjoy refreshments and snacks. Sleep next to lions, tigers, or Tyrannosaurus rex. Awake to a light breakfast and more exploration. Each child receives a participation patch.

For more information on their Safari Overnight Program and Schedule Click here

Tiny Tot Explorers

Young children and their favorite adults can join us in exploring nature through games, crafts, songs, and museum lorations. Tiny Tots Explorers (ages 3–4) meet from 10–11 am on Wednesday mornings in Outside In. We will provide an appropriate snack.

You may register for a single session or the entire series. Session size is limited to ten adult/child pairs.

For more information and Session dates and Times Click Here

Festivals and Events

The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts a wide variety of Events and Festivals through out the year.

Click here to see what is happening when!

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