2018 Family Summer Guide


Bucks County is a great place to soak up the summer sun or spend a rainy day, from rural farms to shopping centers and indoor play parks. Townships and cities multiply the fun with outdoor activities all season long. Whether you are looking for the perfect lake to sail or a place for you and your kids to learn a new skill, you can find it this summer in our amazing county. This Summer Fun Guide will help plan your perfect summer.  

Summer Fun

Newtown Athletic Club (NAC)

120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA 18940
newtownathletic.com

The Newtown Athletic Club, known as The NAC, is a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor summer fun. For the parents who want a workout, they offer over 200+ studio fitness classes per week, including Zumba, pilates, Barre, yoga, cycling & more! They also offer childcare in their Kid's Club, so parents don't have to worry about the kids while they break a sweat.

For the little ones, they have a wide-variety of youth programs that can keep them active during the summer. New kid fitness classes they have recently added to their schedule include Obstaclimbers, Flip Force, Pawfit, Beach Sports, Disney Dash, Time to Tap & many more!

For those who need to cool down, they have both indoor and outdoor pools open for the summer season. The outdoor pool, Escape Resort, is a world-class resort like none other on the East Coast. It’s a full waterpark, restaurant & bar – all in one! It offers two 25 ft. waterslides, lazy river, cabana rentals, poolside meal service and happy hour weekly!

British Swim School

LA Fitness, Bensalem – serves communities throughout Lower Bucks and Northeast Philadelphia

500 Rockhill Drive, Bensalem

Bucks County Richboro – serves Central Bucks communities from Newtown through Warminster

100 Almshouse Road, Richboro

LA Fitness, North Wales – serves Montgomery County

120 Garden Golf Boulevard, North Wales

(215) 422-3338

www.britishswimschool.com/philadelphia

British Swim School of Greater Philadelphia is the premiere water safety and learn to swim program in Bucks County, PA! And this summer they're launching an accelerated Summer Swim Camp for current and new students. To learn more or register, give them a call at 215-850-1772 today!

The Dance Academy (TDA)

1486 Buck Road, Holland
215-860-9530
www.thedanceacademybuckscounty.com

TDA offers a variety of different summer week long camps in the Bucks County area that combine technique, inspire creativity and entertain campers. Their summer camps focus on children by providing them with training in all areas of dance. Dancers experience the joy of music creative movement, and self-expression while developing self-confidence and discover their passion for dance in a safe and nurturing environment.

For more information about our summer camps, click here.

For over 30 years, The Dance Academy in Holland, PA has been offering professional dance training with a personal touch, instilling the love of dance to students. Under the creative direction of Miss Donnajean Kline (BFA in Dance, Temple University) and staffed by a group of highly-trained instructors, The Dance Academy has acquired countless awards and accolades each year at local, national, and international competitions.

Art in the Pod

216 Bustleton Pike, Churchville

215-355-9278

www.artinthepod.com

Art in the Pod offers a variety of classes for all ages and all artistic ability. Take a look at their summer calendar for Parent/Child classes, Saturday Morning art classes, Teen skill classes, Summer Art Camps and more!

Funzilla

500 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills

Funzilla is a brand-new thrilling indoor adventure park! (Perfect for rainy or sweltering summer days!) The facility is packed with engaging activities suitable for every member of your family.  From our indoor trampoline area to ninja courses to dodgeball and more, you’re sure to find something for everyone in the family to have a blast.

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Sesame Place is always a favorite Bucks County destination for families with young children! This year is extra special because they're celebrating 50 years of Sesame Street. Visit the ALL-NEW Sesame Street Neighborhood, reimagined to reflect the vibrant new set now seen on Sesame Street! An ALL-NEW show in the Sesame Street Neighborhood will feature, for the FIRST TIME EVER at the park, the Muppets from Sesame Street – Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Big Bird! And, you can also meet Mr. Snuffleupagus!

Peddler’s Village and Giggleberry Fair

167 Carousel Lane, New Hope

Giggleberry Fair at Peddler’s Village is known for its indoor carousel, but it's so much more. It's a family play area, game room, and offers the area’s largest indoor obstacle course, Giggleberry Mountain.

It's also the home of Giggles Discovers . A place of investigation and exploration for toddlers and preschool children. Entertainment areas include the Giggles Fire Station, where children can explore an authentic wooden fire truck, ring the fire bell, put on fire hats, jackets and boots and a water play area. The game room at Giggleberry Fair features more than 40 of the newest games on the market. All games are rated “E” for everyone.

Summer events planned at Peddler's Village include:

Red, White & Blue BBQ Bash
July 4 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Come out for a classic barbecue picnic with all-American grilled favorites, live music, family entertainment and kids' activities.

Bluegrass and Blueberries
Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21
Celebrate National Blueberry Month in July with everything blue at the Peddler's Village Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival. Come hungry and ready for a weekend brimming with locally grown blueberries and blueberry treats and a line-up of the best bluegrass music in the region.

Peach Festival and Annual Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11
The Summer Sidewalk Sale begins on Friday, August 9. Shops are open until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Rain or shine.

Sky Zone

45 Runway Road, Levittown
145 Liberty Lane, Chalfont

Keep kiddos from bouncing off the walls this summer by letting them bounce it out at a trampoline park. Sky Zone offers free jumps as well as birthday parties, and corporate team building events. They have new types of jumps all the time, rock climbs, dodge ball and many other activities perfect for sky lovers, thrill seekers, and people who just want to jump.

Bucks County Children’s Museum

500 Union Square Drive, New Hope

This museum connects children with the world around them through play in interactive exhibits and is in walking distance to other popular New Hope attractions.

Hillis Public Adjusters

1-800-HILLIS-1

Hillis Public Adjusters are property damage experts who advises and assists commercial and residential insurance policyholders through the overwhelming task of submitting an insurance claim. They specialize in exposing the damages that often get overlooked by insurance companies while interpreting ambiguous insurance policies, helping clients get the money they need to rebuild their lives. Hillis has successfully settled over 50,000 property damage claims, including damages from wind, frozen pipes, fire, water and other types of property damage, for over 30 years. Hillis is licensed in many states including Florida and has been assisting many clients with Hurricane Irma damages.

Step out into Nature

Ringing Rocks Park

Ringing Rocks Road, Upper Black Eddy

This is a place that truly rocks. Bring a hammer because the rocks in the geological formation actually ring. There are hiking trails, as well as nature and picnic areas.  It's the perfect place for a warm weather family outing. Make sure to bring plenty of water and your hiking shoes.

Middletown Grange Fair

576 Penns Park Rd, Newtown
August 14 – 18
The fair includes great food, live entertainment, amusements, vendors and judged exhibits! The famous chicken dinners will be back as well as the crowd favorite Dancing Diggers.

Snipe’s Farm and Education Center

890 West Bridge Street, Morrisville

Reconnect with the land and learn about sustainable farming and learn where your food comes from. They offer hands on activities for children as well as adult and family classes, potluck meals, and fitness events.

Nockamixon State Park

1542 Mountain View Drive, Quakertown

The lake is a rest stop for migrating water birds as well as a destination for boaters and fishermen. You can picnic, swim in the pool, hike, bike, play disc golf, fish, boat, or camp.

Bowman’s Hill Nature Preserve

1635 River Road, New Hope

Bowman’s Hill is recognized for its diverse landscape and over 700 native plant species. Explore the 2.5 miles of trails that wind through forests and meadows, along streams and ponds. You can also enjoy the bird observatory, a labyrinth, hands-on activities for children, and a butterfly trail.

Silver Lake Nature Center

1306 Bath Road, Bristol

Explore nature all summer at the Silver Lake Nature Center. Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Visitor's Building is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. While you're welcome to enjoy the trails on your own, there are also guided activities throughout the season.

Here are just a few:

June 8 – Honey Extraction Workshop
June 21 – Summer Solstice Full Moon Night Hike Campfire
June 22 – Full Moon Kayaking

Fireworks Schedule 2019

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New Hope Fireworks

For the better part of the past decade, the stretch of the Delaware River situated between New Hope, Pennsylvania and Lambertville, New Jersey has been the backdrop for a number of fireworks displays, delighting children and adults alike.  From locals to tourists, the Friday night shows have become synonymous with summer.

Mark your calendars for the 2019 displays: Fridays, June 7, July 5 and August 2

4th of July Fireworks at Sesame Place

Thursday, July 4

Fireworks will begin immediately following the 9 p.m. evening performance of the Neighborhood Street Party Night Parade.

Celebrate Doylestown Fireworks and Concert

Sunday, July 7, starting at 7 p.m.
Central Park, 425 Wells Road, Doylestown

Bigg Romeo (our 2019 Happening List Winner for Best Wedding Band) performs at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parking is $5 per car. Park opens at 5 p.m.

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