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U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center offers indoor displays.

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

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.

Oakes Museum

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.

Monkey Joe’s

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.

Create-A-Palooza

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.

The Coliseum

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.

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