With its rich history in the coal mining industry and close proximity to snow-peaked mountains, the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, provides many activities to do with children. This center of the Lackawanna River Valley boasts a population of 75,995, according to the 2011 U.S. census estimate. Whether you are just in town for a visit or plan on staying, you will be able to find things to do with the kids.
The Houdini Museum (houdini.org) provides a one-of-a-kind experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will be able to watch a movie of some of the famous Houdini magic performances, take a tour of the grounds and witness a live magic show complete with doves, rabbits and poodles. The Everhart Museum (everhart-museum.org) has an extensive collection of artwork, natural history artifacts and animal displays that would interest children. It offers several programs geared to young people, educating them in the arts and history. Steamtown (nps.gov/stea) is an historic site chronicling the history of the steam train. The museum has hands-on exhibits and learning activities for kids.
Scranton is home to the ski resort Sno-Mountain at Montage (snomtn.com). During the winter months, kids can learn how to ski or snowboard with you on the mountain or through the ski and snowboarding school. Snow tubing is also an option at Sno-Mountain. Lackawanna County (lackawannacounty.org) operates tours of an old coal mine, educating visitors in methods used in mining and heroic stories of miners as the tour descends 300 feet below ground through the mine.
Southside Bowl (southsidebowl.com) offers family fun with 32 lanes of bowling, bumper bowling, pool tables, darts and a snack bar. League play is available as well. Idle Hour Lanes (idlehourlanes.com) is a family fun center providing bowling, video arcade games, billiards and food. Just five miles up the road from Scranton in Clarks Summit is Lahey Family Fun Park (laheyfunpark.net). It houses arcade and redemption games, miniature golf, batting cages, go-karts, bumper boats and soft play for young kids.
The city of Scranton (scrantonpa.gov) provides several parks excellent for recreation with the kids. Nay Aug Park (no website; 1901 Mulberry St; 570-348-4186) is the largest of the parks, providing two playgrounds, two pools, water slides, picnic areas and kiddie rides. Weston Park (no website; Spring St; 570-348-4186) has a playground, baseball fields, a pool and open space. Jim Crowley Recreational Site (no website; Washington St; 570-348-4186) features trails, a playground and basketball courts.