By Michelle Reese
Those cold winter days between New Year's and the first signs of spring often feel long and daunting, especially when you have kids to entertain!
We've put together a list of places and activities to consider when you just can't take another day of hearing, “I'm bored!” Grab your coats and get out of the house to explore these local destinations.
Visit a Local Farm
Gorgeous Goats Creamery & Soap (Photo used with permission.)
Local farms are always popular from spring through fall because of the pick-your-own activities and festivals. Some however offer winter activities too!
Suggested Spots: Gorgeous Goat Creamery in Stockton, NJ offers family-friendly events such as tours and hikes where you get to interact with goats. Check their website for upcoming winter events. Make an appointment for a small group 1-hour farm visit at Head Over Hooves Farm in Coopersburg and meet the horses and ponies, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, a donkey, and chickens. And Ryerss Farm in Pottstown is a peaceful spot where you can visit retired horses.
See the Animals at the Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo
There's always something new to see at the zoo! While many exhibits are closed at local zoos to limit gatherings of people, you can still have a fun day checking out the animals.
Suggested Spots: The always-popular Philadelphia Zoo and Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown (Tip: Ask your local library about free passes!)
Learn at a Museums/Educational Destination
The Academy of Natural Sciences
We're probably all guilty of some extra screen time these days, so we could all use some intellectual stimulation. Luckily, many local museums and other similar indoor attractions are open for families to visit.
Suggested Spots: Michener Art Museum, Mercer Museum, and Fonthill Castle are all located in Doylestown, so you could even make a day out of museum hopping and then get dinner at a local spot. The Academy of Natural Sciences, The Franklin Institute, and Adventure Aquarium are always family favorites. And Wonderspaces Philadelphia, an interactive family-friendly arts venue. For younger kids, take the drive out to Easton for the Crayola Experience.
Get Active, Play or Create at a Local Spot
Kids always seem to have a TON of energy, and there's only so many ways they can get that out at home! If your child is bouncing off the walls, consider bringing them to a local spot to release that energy with either physical or creative activity.
Suggested Spots: Playpad is a brand NEW indoor play area located in Langhorne. Designed for children up to 9 years old, you can book a time for “Open Play” or “Private Play.” Funzilla in Fairless Hills recently reopened. With activities ranging from Toddler Time and Sensory Friendly Jumps to go-karts, climbing walls, ninja obstacles, trampoline fun and arcades, there's something for every age and child. If your child is more of the artistic nature, sign them up for a class at Penelope Fox Art Studio in Bristol, Art Dept Studios in North Wales, Newtown or Doylestown or The Painter's Loft Art Studio in Pennington, NJ.