Even if it’s cold and chilly or rainy, there are still tons of family-friendly things to see and explore in Cumberland Valley. Pack up the kids and enjoy a day out of the house, but indoors, at the valley’s best attractions.
USAHEC Soldier Experience Gallery
950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is the Army’s premier facility dedicated to “Telling the Army story ... one soldier at a time.” Interactive indoor exhibits include a digital shooting range, parachute simulation, a Korean War night attack experience and more. Outdoor activities include the mile-long Army Heritage Trail with full-scale military exhibits.
Carlisle Sports Emporium
29 South Middlesex Road, Carlisle
The Carlisle Sports Emporium is an indoor and outdoor interactive entertainment complex. Indoor options include laser tag, Holgate VR system and over 125 arcade games for all interests and skill levels. Outdoor activities include go-karts (indoor track also available), mini golf and batting cages.
Midway Bowling Center
1561 Holly Pike, Carlisle
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This traditional bowling center also features pool tables, ping-pong tables and foosball tables. For little ones, they also offer bumpers and dinosaur ramps for kids ages 3+, lightweight bowling balls and small shoe sizes. Adults and older children will appreciate the outdoor patio with corn hole, bocce ball and other games.
SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park
95 Gateway Drive, Mechanicsburg
Kids will definitely be tired out after an afternoon at SkyZone. The trampoline park includes freestyle jump, ultimate dodgeball, foam zone, sky slam, a toddler zone, a skyladder and more.
One College Ave., Mechanicsburg
This hidden gem is located at Messiah College and is home to natural history exhibits that take you back thousands of years to America and Africa.
3608 Hartzdale Drive, Camp Hill
Monkey Joe’s is a fun-filled inflatable play center with wall-to-wall inflatable slides, jumps and obstacle courses for kids up to 12 years old. There is separate play area for toddlers 3 and under.
11 E. High St., Carlisle
For a creative and crafty day indoors, head to Create-A-Palooza in Carlisle. This art and activity studio offers “paint your own” pottery and more family fun for all ages.
Jubilee Cake Studio
105 Gateway Drive, Mechanicsburg
Register for a scheduled workshop or visit the decorate-it-yourself cake studio as a walk-in during normal business hours. You can choose to decorate either a cake or cupcakes, and you get full use of any of the available decorating tools.
410 Saint John’s Church Road, Camp Hill
Enjoy 35,000 square feet of entertainment at The Coliseum, which includes a 12-lane bowling alley, billiards room, arcade & games, and 88 plasma TVs.
Autobahn Indoor Speedway
1001 Bosler Ave., Lemoyne
With over 40,000 square feet, Autobahn is the largest indoor go-karting facility in the state. Their high-speed, pro-karts are easy to handle, durably designed and can reach speeds of up to 50 mph.