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Field Trips With a One-Year-Old in Allentown, Pennsylvania

by Sara Ipatenco, studioD

Allentown is the third largest city in Pennsylvania and it's filled with historical clock towers, homes dating back to the 1800s, stone bridges, lush greenery and no shortage of family-friendly activities. If you've exhausted the local parks and playgrounds, rest assured that you'll be able to find a wide variety of other activities that your 1-year-old will enjoy.


While your 1-year-old probably won't want to spend an entire day at the museum, short doses can be quite enjoyable for little ones. The America on Wheels Museum (americaonwheels.org) showcases a wide variety of old-fashioned cars and vehicles, including an antique ambulance. Your child can pretend to race in the driver's seat of an Indy race car, too. The Allentown Art Museum (allentownartmuseum.org) caters to children and families with plenty of artwork and programs. The museum hosts drop-in family workshops that include art projects for children as young as 1 year old, as well as puzzles, books and activities for children of all ages.

Zoos and Amusement Parks

The Lehigh Valley Zoo (lvzoo.org) has an assortment of animals including zebras, camels, kangaroos, penguins, monkeys, bison, otters, owls and farm animals such as alpacas, cows, chickens, pigs and sheep. Your 1-year-old might enjoy the playground, paddle boats and wagon rides, as well. Visit Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom (dorneypark.com) and your toddler can ride kid-friendly rides as well as play in the Kids' Cove water park, which is a car wash-themed attraction full of water activities. The park also features Dinosaurs Alive, which includes dinosaur attractions as well as a kids' dig site where your child can dig for bones.

Outdoor Venues

Coca-Cola Park (milb.com), home of the Iron Pigs baseball team, is a family-friendly outdoor attraction. In addition to taking in a baseball game, which is free for your 1-year-old, your child can play in the Red Robin KidsZone playground area. Take your child to pick fresh fruit at Strawberry Acres (strawberryacres.com). On the weekends, the farm offers pony rides, hay bale mazes, treasure hunts and wagon rides. For an added fee, your child can make her own stuffed animal in September and October in the farm's Johnny Appleseed Schoolhouse.

Additional Attractions

At the Crayola Experience (crayola.com/factory), your 1-year-old can watch crayons being made, but he can also get creative by coloring with a huge assortment of fresh crayons or play interactive games. Your family might also enjoy the Da Vinci Science Center (davincisciencecenter.org), which features several exhibits including animal-themed ones, as well as activities that are hands-on, so your tot can get up close and personal with science concepts that allow him to do things like play in the water.

About the Author

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.