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Things to Do With Children in Camp Hill, PA

by Heather Frances, studioD

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, located just across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg, allows families to enjoy activities all over the area. The borough of Camp Hill offers recreational activities for families, and they can travel to nearby Harrisburg for other unique attractions such as a science center and state museum.

Water Activities

Camp Hill Borough's municipal pool is open throughout each summer, providing a place for kids to splash away the hot summer days. Families who live in Camp Hill or own property there can swim at a lower resident rate, but the pool is open to non-residents. However, a pool member must accompany nonresidents. The pool is open to families every afternoon. The borough also offers several scuba classes for kids ages 8 and up, designed to introduce them to the sport and teach them basic scuba skills.

Classes and Events

Camp Hill's recreation department hosts dozens of activities, events and sports leagues each year for kids, adults and families. In the late spring, the Annual Kite Festival showcases different kinds of kites and allows kids to make their own. Camp Hill is also home to a Memorial Day parade and musical entertainment in Willow Park during several lunch hours in the summer. Children can also participate in tennis lessons, soccer camps, girl's basketball or field hockey camp, co-ed volleyball camp or summer day camp through the recreation department.

Indoor Activities

Children ages 2 to 12 can enjoy some indoor fun at Monkey Joe’s, an inflatable play place that offers inflatable slides, jumps and obstacle courses. At ABC Lanes in nearby Harrisburg, kids can bowl in bumper bowling lanes designed to keep the bowling balls out of the gutters. The bowling alley also has cosmic bowling where families can bowl with the lights turned down in a nightclub-like atmosphere. At Fountainblu Skating Arena in New Cumberland, kids can skate to a live DJ with club-style lighting and fog and participate in skating games and prizes. For new skaters, the arena offers a mini rink and skating trainers.


At Harrisburg’s Whitaker Center for Science, kids can enter a kid-sized cityscape, examine how weather and geology impact the planet, enjoy live science theater performances and watch a movie in the center’s IMAX theater. The center even features interactive, life-sized, robotic dinosaurs. At the State Museum of Pennsylvania, children can learn about the region’s history, from pre-historic geology to Civil War battlegrounds. The museum offers a planetarium, scavenger hunt and a hands-on play environment for kids.

About the Author

Heather Frances has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published in law reviews, local newspapers and online. Frances holds a Bachelor of Arts in social studies education from the University of Wyoming and a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School.

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