Things to do in Reading PA with kids

Whether you’re on a family vacation in Reading, PA or just looking for fun things to with the kids over the weekend, you’ve come to the right place! Berks County is filled with fascinating historic and cultural activities, but there are theme parks, sports, and plenty of other things to keep children of any age happy.

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  • Reading Public Museum and Neag Planetarium

Kids can get up close and personal with Nefrina, an Egyptian mummy, a Native American Roach headdress worn by dancers at pow wows, Pennsylvania German folk art, and 25,000 insect, bird and dinosaur specimens at the Reading Public Museum. Or treat them to a full-dome sky show and other space-related activities at the museum’s newly upgraded, state-of-the-art Neag Planetarium. Adults are sure to enjoy Floyd Final Fridays; the Planetarium features full-dome digital visuals set to the music of classic rock acts like Pink Floyd on the last Friday of each month.

  • Crystal Cave Park

things-to-do-in-reading-pa-with-kids-300x200Do your children love adventure? Take them to explore the amazing stalactites, stalagmites and pillar formations at Crystal Cave Park in Kutztown, Pennsylvania’s greatest natural wonder. The cave was discovered in 1871, and most formations are created by dripstone. Today, you can descend 125 feet underground and take a guided tour to learn all about the caverns. There’s also a miniature golf course, museum, theater and nature trail on the grounds. Enjoy Crystal Cave from March 1 to the end of November, but bring a sweater; it’s always a cool 54°F down there!

  • IMAX Movies

Cool off and feel like you’re part of the action inside the IMAX Auditorium at the R/C Reading Movies 11 & IMAX Theater. IMAX is a unique entertainment experience, and the theater features stadium seating with high back rocking chairs, huge wall-to-wall curved screens, Dolby Surround 7.1, and 3D digital projection. IMAX movies show in Reading throughout the year.

  • Fightin’ Phils Baseball

What boy doesn’t love a baseball game?! For 65 years, the Reading Fightin’ Phils, a Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, have been entertaining Berks County fans at FirstEnergy Stadium, the oldest baseball stadium in the Eastern League. This stadium has featured many famous baseball players over the past six decades, including Roger Maris, Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski, Ryne Sandberg, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels. Enjoy a Fightin’ Phils game along with some hot dogs, peanuts and other baseball fare at the 9,000 seat stadium from April through September.

  • Koziar’s Christmas Village

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Reading in November or December, don’t miss a trip to the holiday wonderland at Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville. Started as a family tradition by William Koziar, who first decorated his farm for Christmas in 1948, Koziar’s Christmas Village is still owned and operated by the Koziar family. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in Pennsylvania and has been named Best Outdoor Christmas Display in the World by Display World magazine.

Kids will love the 500,000+ lights and the displays that decorate the farmhouse, dairy barns, chicken coops, etc. Visit Santa Claus at his headquarters on Ho! Ho! Ho! Lane and view the life-size Nativity scene. The 10-acre grounds include a re-creation of the Valley Forge encampment and a G-gauge outdoor train layout that covers most of the barnyard. You’ll also find a bakery and gift barn loaded with holiday decorations. Koziar’s Christmas Village is typically open from the first Saturday of November through the first Sunday in January.

At Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau, we have plenty of other tips for fun things to do in Reading, PA with the kids. Browse our website, or visit us inside the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in historic downtown Reading for more suggestions.