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Indoor Activities for Children in Northeast Pennsylvania

by Cynthia Wolfe Boynton, studioD

Northeastern Pennsylvania may be best known as a place for outdoor fun, but it also offers a diverse range of indoor activities for children of all ages. An ice rink, arcades and museums that explore the region's rich transportation industry are among the many offerings. For those with a sweet tooth, there's also a candy factory that gives both free samples and a chance to see how some of these goodies are made.


Car fans won't want to miss the interactive America on Wheels in Allentown, which is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the United States' automotive history. Permanent and rotating exhibits feature everything from vintage cars like Ford's Model T to drag and muscle cars, as well as bicycles, scooters and Mack trucks. There's also the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton, which features interactive exhibits and vintage trolley rides that take visitors on a scenic 5 1/2-mile route along what used to be the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Laurel Railroad Line, as well through the 4,747-foot Cown Avenue Tunnel -- one of the longest interurban tunnels ever built. For motorcycle fans, Bill’s Old Bike Barn in Bloomsburg offers a collection of vintage motorcycles and motorcycle memorabilia.

Sports Facilities

The Revolution Ice Centre in Pittston offers weekday and weekend public ice skating sessions at varying times, depending on local youth hockey schedules. Batting cages are also part of the fun at Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit.

For Those With a Sweet Tooth

Family owned and operated by the Callie family, Callie's Candy Kitchen and Callie's Pretzel Factory are two separate sites that give visitors the chance to see how candy, hard and soft pretzels and gourmet popcorn are made -- as well as try free samples. The Candy Kitchen is located in Mountainhome and the Pretzel Factory three miles south in Cresco.

Arcade and Movies

The Fernwood Game Zone Arcade at the Fernwood Hotel & Convention Center in Bushkill features pool tables, air hockey, skeeball, a basketball throw, laser shooting range and more than 60 arcade games. It's open primarily on weekends, so it's a good idea to call 570-588-9500 before you go. Prize tickets can be redeemed for candy, stuffed animals, games, mugs and other rewards. There are also several movie theaters offering both independent and popular, mass-released films, including the R/C Wilkes Barre Movies 14 in Wilkes-Barre, the Galleria - Split Rock in Lake Harmony and the Casino Theatre in Mount Pocono.

About the Author

Cynthia Wolfe Boynton is an award-winning writer and editor who has been freelancing since 1994. Her writing credits include "The New York Times," "Boston Globe," "Better Health" magazine, "Connecticut" magazine and drkoop.com, among other publications and Internet sites. A college English and journalism instructor, she runs several popular creative writing programs and has an extensive public relations background.

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