INDOOR FAMILY FUN
Valley Forge & Montgomery County
Close-knit applies to more than just mittens and caps; it also describes families that spend quality time together. Blustery weather doesn't mean there still isn't plenty that parents and their kids can do together.
ARNOLD'S FAMILY FUN CENTER
2200 West Drive, 422 Business Center
Perfect for chewing through pent up energy, Arnold's offers go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, duck pin bowling, inflatable bounces and the largest arcade in the area. The Bistro Restaurant & Bar offers taste-tempting appetizers to mouth-watering full-course dinners featuring steaks, seafood and pasta.
CENTER ICE AND HATFIELD ICE ARENA
87 Brower Avenue
350 County Line Road
These two indoor venues offer full programs of public skating times, plus lessons in hockey and figure skating. Rentals for birthday parties can also be arranged.
GREATER PHILADELPHIA EXPO CENTER
100 Station Ave
Family-friendly shows migrating into the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center include the Pet Expo (February 19-21), the Outdoor Sports Show (February 26-29) and the Boat Show (March 11-13).
SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK
122 Mill Road, Unit B-250
There's plenty of bounce at Sky Zone, where four zones provide plenty of (safe) activity: Open Jump, where the sky's the limit; Ultimate Dodgeball, which puts flight into a gym-class standard; The Foam Zone, where landings are amid 10,000 foam cubes; and Sky Slam, where basketball is raised to new heights.
PHILADELPHIA ROCK GYM
122 Mill Road, Unit E-520
Help your kids get a handle on 2016 with a 33-foot climb to the top of a challenging rock wall. Full instructions and equipment are part of the introduction to this muscle- and character-building sport. As we discovered in our blog, climbers at the Oaks location have ranged from ages three to 83.
RINGING ROCKS ROLLER RINK
1500 Ringing Rocks Park
Ringing Rocks brings back the retro good time that defined roller skating for years, making it perfectly sharable between the generations. What's more, it's very easy on the budget, with $5 admission and $1 skate rental. Current hours are on the winter schedule: Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.