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Finding fun things to do with kids can be tricky, especially in the winter.  There are lots of kid-friendly activities across Pennsylvania’s Americana Region and we can help you find them. Sometimes you just have to think outside-of-the box. To save time, we put together a short list of suggestions for activitites to share with the entire family. Next time you hear the words, “I’m bored,” pull out this list for some great ideas.  Remember, this is the short list. There are many more things to do and places to visit throughout Berks County in winter, and year-round.

 

Visit the Pagoda

Visit the Pagoda!  Sure, you can see the Pagoda from afar, especially when it’s all lit-up at night, but seeing it up close is so much more fun.  Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, our esteemed landmark is open on weekends.  Load up your car and make the twisty trek up Duryea Drive to the Pagoda.
The ride itself is fun. Once there, be sure to talk to members of the staff to hear an accurate history of the Pagoda before climbing all 87 steps to the top floor. Don’t leave your home without quarters in your pocket. After all, you’ll will want to feed the tower viewers on the 7th floor for the best view of the surrounding area.

Pottstown Carousel Horse Ride

Carousel at Pottstown

Did you know that a 100+ year-old carousel resides in Pottstown?  The Carousel at Pottstown is one of the oldest carousels in the country. The beaustiful wooden merry-go-round was built in 1905 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. After years of service in numerous places, the carousel landed at its current location where it underwent eighteen years of renovations. Now it is our turn to enjoy this glorious roundabout, and at only $2.00 a ride, it’s a bargain.  In addition to the carousel ride, enjoy refreshments at a beautifully restored 1865 horse drawn trolley snack bar and try your luck on some arcade games.

The Allentown & Auburn Railroad's engine at dusk with the headlight on and lights shining around the lower half of the train car.

Train a Train Ride

Take a ride on one of our region’s four local train lines – Colebrookdale Railroad, Allentown Auburn Railroad, WK&S Railroad, and the Reading & Northern Railroad.  Because each rail service offers different itineraries and pricing it’s worth taking time to acquaint yourself with their excursions and pricing. Consider adding a stop at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg prior to your trip to better understand the history of locomotion in Berks County.

Sweet Ride Ice Cream Parlor

Have a Sweet Treat

Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean ice cream is out of the question. The folks at Sweet Ride Ice Cream Parlor host lots of fun events, like ice cream for breakfast days. Seriously, who isn’t up for that?  The store features a vintage soda fountain and serves locally produced premium ice cream in a number of ways. Or… you might be interested in Shady Maple’s Kids Nights. Every Thursday, Shady Maple Smorgasbord, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. children ages 4-10 eat all they can for $4.99! Kids Night features a special kids menu, face painting, animal balloons, and a photo op with Whoop E. Pie.

Get Outside

Berks County has amazing resources for outdoor fun. When the temperatures allow, Bear Creek Mountain Resort is the place to be. Learn how to ski or snowboard, or spend an afternoon or evening snowtubing. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor fun at our Berks County Parks too. Upcoming park events include an Owl Prowl and Maple Sugaring. Nolde Forest and Blue Marsh Lake also provide outdoor activities throughout winter.