The warm, golden days of summer are here! While family picnics, camping and all sorts of outdoor fun are sure to be on your list, when your children say “Mom, we’re so bored!” here are some ideas to keep them happy all summer long.
When the temperature rises, the Meadville Area Recreation Complex is the place to be! Cool down in one of their indoor or outdoor pools, and let your kids splash away in the water playground complete with a water slide, water geysers, a wading pool and lots of other fun things! And you won’t need to worry about their safety; lifeguards are always on duty to make sure your visit is safe as possible. You can also indulge your athletic side by playing a game with your friends at the sand volleyball courts or hone your skating skills at the skate park. Swim and tennis classes are available in the summertime, and ice skating in the winter. Don’t forget, the MARC is a fun place to hold birthday parties, family reunions and picnics too! You can find rates, schedules and information at the MARC’s website www.marc4fun.com or call 814-724-6006.
Summer is also the perfect time to learn about nature and the outdoors in a fun and exciting way. Hands-on classes such as the ones offered by Woodcock Creek Nature Center in Meadville are a great way to spark your kids’ interest in nature and conservation. They regularly offer a wide range of classes for children and adults alike – from how to create your own composter to identifying types of trees and birds. For information on what exciting classes and camps are being offered throughout the rest of the year, call 814-763-5269 or visit their website at www.crawfordconservation.com.
If your kids are begging you to take them somewhere fun and exciting, look no further than Conneaut Lake Park. Let them experience a little piece of nostalgia by riding the classic carousel or indulging in the Park’s famous Park Fries. Relax on the beach and enjoy the sounds of summer. Float your cares away on the lazy river or the thrilling water slides at Splash City. This one hundred year old local gem has enough rides to keep them happy without the big-time price of other large amusement parks. Go to www.conneautlakepark.com for rates and a schedule of festivals taking place there, such as the Annual Fall Pumpkin Fest in October.
As a last hoorah before school starts again, your kids will love going to theCrawford County Fair, a week-long celebration of food, games, live music, tractor pulls and animals. Past musical acts include Josh Turner, Trace Adkins, Leann Rimes and more; award-winning country stars that will keep you rockin’! There are day-long ride passes for thrilling rides and lots of delicious fair food to indulge in! Visit www.crawfordcountyfair.net for more information, or pick up a Fair brochure at most local businesses.
Of course, no summer would be complete without a stop to Hank’s Frozen Custard for a cool sweet treat. They offer different flavors every day, as well as milkshakes, sundaes, and more. You can also pick up souvenirs such as t-shirts, bibs and bumper stickers! Pass on this Crawford County tradition to the next generation in your family. Visit their website www.hanksfrozencustard.com for their flavor schedule, directions and the unique history behind this Crawford County landmark.
For more information on these places to visit, as well as the many other fun and unique recreation opportunities and events in Crawford County, check out the events page at www.visitcrawford.org or call 814-333-1258.
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