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Things for Kids to Do Near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

By Jane Rodda ; Updated September 26, 2017
Kennett Square has many outdoor attractions for kids.

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is a small town about 35 miles outside of Philadelphia. It touts itself as the Mushroom Capital of the World and has several community events throughout the year. You will find plenty to do with your kids in and around this popular tourist site in the southeast corner of the state.

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Games and Thrills

Just 6 miles from Kennett Square in Avondale you will find Boomers Family Fun Center. It has a 3,000 square-foot play structure, bounce houses, laser tag, a pizza parlor and miniature golf. In Glen Mills, 11 miles from Kennett Square, your kids can play at the Oasis Family Fun Center. It features a rock climbing wall, trampoline basketball, a soft playground, ball pits, mini bowling, a laser maze and redemption games. Bette's Family Fun Center in Aston, 18 miles from Kennett Square, offers moon bouncers, video arcade games, slide and a toddler play area. Adults can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and coffee while the kids burn off the energy.

Exciting Events

Kennett Square has its Mushroom Festival year year just after Labor Day. It is a weekend filled with festivities. Events include a children's stage with comedy, music and magic shows, farm tours, carnival rides, parades and mushroom growers exhibits. During most of October, the Marlborough Valley Corn Maize is open. It has a petting zoo, hay rides, a corn maze, a hay jump, a corn cannon, a goat walk, food and drinks.

Outdoor Adventure

Perhaps your kids enjoy exploring the outdoors. The Anson B. Nixon Park is a 106-acre recreational space in the heart of Kennett Square. It has ponds for fishing, streams, hiking trails, disc golf, open fields, nature programs, picnicking areas and a playground complete with swings, slides and climbing structures. Longwood Gardens is another option. It features intricately designed gardens, fountains and artwork for visitors to enjoy. Kids will especially be drawn to the 130-foot water fountains, the indoor kids garden, the waterfalls, the tree house and a 300-foot long and 14-foot high green wall of exotic plants.

Explore a Museum

If you have a car enthusiast in your midst, a trip to the Marshall Steam Museum is a must. Located in Yorklyn, Delaware, just 4 miles from Kennett Square, it has a large collection of antique steam automobiles for viewing and riding. It features tours of an old mansion, a steam-powered popcorn popper and steam trains from the Auburn Valley Railroad. Seven miles from Kennett Square in Wilmington, Delaware, is the Delaware Museum of Natural History. It features a life-size dinosaur gallery, African animal displays, animal habitat exploration, a nature trail and a butterfly garden.

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About the Author

Jane Rodda has been a writer since 2004, with articles featured in "Gameday Magazine" and "Urban Family Magazine." She is also the social media director and lead copywriter for a piano instruction website. Rodda holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University.

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