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Summer Fun In The Lehigh Valley

We’re Thrilled at Lehigh Valley Find and Go Seek to be guest blogging for The Clothing Tree to share our favorite summer fun ideas for summer 2016 and some great ways you can plan out your summer and make sure you don’t miss anything!!

Make your bucket list!

We’ve created a super cool Printable Summer Bucket List, which includes a number of awesome local ideas to keep the kids busy all summer long.  Use it to explore somewhere new or check back in on a local spot you haven’t been to in a while. We have copies here to print and ours or blank copy to fill in your own. 

Printable copies of our Bucket Lists lists are available here at this link!

Untitled design (6)Catch a Movie!

We’re so lucky in the Lehigh Valley to have a number of cities, and municipalities that offer FREE movies nights throughout the summer. These are some of my favorite events to attend during the summer months and our kids love them! Pop some Popcorn or pack a picnic dinner and snugggle in on your pop up chair for some great open air entertainment!

Bethlehem Movies in the Park
Allentown Movies in the Park
Forks Township Movies in the Park
Steel Stacks Family Movie Night
Lower Macungie Movies in the Park

Additionally a number of theaters are offering affordable summer movies for children and their parents this summer each week, both Carmike and Regal Cinemas have summer movie programs. for a few dollars you can cool off for the morning and enjoy a family friendly movie with the kids.

Carmike Summer Movie Series – Catasauqua Road
Carmike Summer Movie Series – Promenade Shops
Regal Summer Movie Express – Easton/Nazareth and Quakertown

 

Untitled design (5)Find a Great Summer Camp

Theres plenty to choose from on our huge list of local options here. Make sure to sort the list for day camps or overnights to find exactly what you’re looking for!

A Camp for your Adventurer!

Get exploring with Blue Mountain’s Adventure Camp! A rough and adventurous camp that allows your little camper to explore and experience all that nature has to offer! Their programs offer weekly or multiple week day or overnight camp experiences and featuring bussing from central locations for day campers.

Camps for Staying Active!

Elite Sports Academy is offering a full summer of programming that allows working parents a great option for their kids who need somewhere to be during the work day that isn’t a day care setting. Their Elite Kids Summer Camp includes a variety of sports, games and more to keep kids busy. Elite Sports Academy is also offering specialty sports camps for soccer, softball and baseball.

Active Learning Centers is one the Lehigh Valley’s premiere child care facilities, and their popular summer camp features day trips, water play, martial arts programs and more. The program runs all summer long to assist working parents with school age children.

Kids can get a chance to develop their baseball skills at IronPigs Baseball Camps Get coached by professionals and enjoy a meet and greet with the players. Kids also receive the opportunity to attend and get introduced on field at a home game.

Specialty Camps

As a former educator it is always exciting what I see camp options for children who have different needs. Valley Family Therapeutics is offering summer enrichment programs that include on site therapists. Their highly trained staff is present to work on social skills, speech, fine motor skills and more.

Get Rocking with a music camp with School of Rock Kids can hone their instrumental skills and vocal skills using their 3 camps options. Their rebound “Beatles” camps offers an amazing opportunity to explore their history and perform live.

An international Experience

Compass USA offers Lehigh Valley families the opportunity to host an international student for 3 weeks in July! This is the perfect opportunity to build friendships, immerse your children in a new culture and offers the opportunity to build their foreign language skills. Local host families just rave about this program.

5 GreatPack your bags for a day trip!

The Lehigh Valley is close to so many amazing attractions, and cities so take advantage. Take a look at some of our favorite ideas for local-ish day trips! All of these options are less than a 2 hour drive from most points in the Lehigh Valley. If these ideas don’t pique your interest see our full list of day trip ideas here!

 

Knoebles – This gem offers free admission to their amusement park! Rides of course must be paid for using a all day ride pass or tickets but, this offers a huge cost savings for parents and grandparents who just want to watch and not ride along. The park’s food is seriously amazing and couldn’t have more options to pick from, its almost worth the drive just to go eat. The park is shady, offers free parking and has a giant pool with a few water slides and a splash park to cool off at. If you’re interested in extending your stay on site camping is also available.

Mauch Chunk Lake – A bit closer to home, just north in Carbon County, is Mauch Chunk Lake. This park offers boating, swimming, camping, hiking and more. With a sand beach for children to play at, this location offers a picturesque option for a day at the beach without fighting traffic or booking an expensive place to stay overnight!

Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle – Step back in time when you visit these two incredible attractions in Doylestown. The Mercer Museum – filled with artifacts and objects gathered from 1850 – 1930 represent the time prior to the industrialization of america. The Fonthill Castle’s architecture is stunning and featuring works of art in a variety of styles, including a famed collection of Moravian tiles. They offer number of kids activities including printable scavengers hunts with a variety of themes (Harry Potter, Lord of the the Rings and more). Family friendly events are scheduled throughout the summer so check out what they have happening and make a visit.

Bushkill Falls – Even on the hottest of days walking through Bushkill Falls you will feel cool! This awesome attraction – less than 30 minutes North for most of the Valley, offers breathtaking views of waterfalls with only a short drive.

Crystal Cave or Lost River Caverns – Visit an underground caves at one of these super close day trip options. Crystal Cave- in Kutztown and Lost River Caverns in Hellertown offer an awesome both educational and entertaining experience for kids. This trip is probably best for children 7 and older but is breathtaking and completely worth the visit.

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