April showers bring May flowers, but they also bear an assortment of indoor entertainment for you and your family to experience in the Poconos!
Whether you’re traveling with little tikes or growing adolescents, we’ve got exciting indoor activities for kids of all ages. Browse the age-defined itineraries below for ways to enjoy a rainy day in the Pocono Mountains.
Morning: First stop, Callie’s Candy Kitchen and Callie’s Pretzel Factory. Grab yummy home-made treats, witness live demonstrations and peruse the candy museum’s sweet history. We suggest going early because the best time to see pretzels being made is first thing in the morning.
Afternoon: As the sugar rush winds down, now’s the perfect time for a car ride nap on the short drive to Jim Thorpe. Wake up your little conductors and hop aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. During April and May, choose between three train rides at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and travel through the beautiful Lehigh Gorge.
While in Jim Thorpe, stop into Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse for some lunch. Kids meals come complete with one small soda or milk cartoon and one cup of vanilla or chocolate ice cream!
Evening: If you can stand a light drizzle, you don’t want to miss out on Country Junction’s Petting Zoo. Fun for the whole family, this free attraction is sure to excite your children as they see exotic animals and can even feed them! There’s even more family-fun to discover inside Country Junction. Walk along the yellow brick road as you shop and see even more furry friends. The Barn Door features delicious pizza if you need a snack.
Energetic Youths, 6-11
Morning: Open 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center offers learning services and programs on the region’s habitats and wildlife. Head outside and walk the trails if the rain lets up. Don’t forget to stop in the gift shop before leaving! If you are interested in going on a Saturday, be sure to call first to ensure hours of operation.
Afternoon: Take everyone to blow off some steam at Pocono Rocks! This family-fun center has a range of activities for all difficulty levels. Share the bounce house slides and obstacles, conquer the ninja course or scale the climbing wall. Put your skills to the test while sharing some quality bonding time.
Refuel and hydrate at The Little Rock Cafe at Pocono Rocks. Having an American-style menu with kid-friendly items, the family can all agree on a good meal. Parents can even grab a coffee to go.
Evening: Catch a nighttime movie showing at the Casino Theatre Entertainment Center. In addition to featuring the latest blockbuster films with two 3D capable movie theaters, the Casino Theatre also has a game room and an old school malt shop showcasing a variety of foods and ice creams.
Splash and stay at an indoor waterpark. Great Wolf Lodge features kid activities included in your stay like story time with appearances by Forest Friends characters. Plus, with waterpark passes included in your stay, what’s not to love?!
Canny Teens, 12-17
Morning: Are your teens interested in science or nature? Get the best of both at the Schisler Museum of Wildlife & Natural History and McMunn Planetarium. The museum features over 100 specimens from around the world and our very own Delaware River aquarium while the planetarium uses a SPITZ projection system for star shows and custom films.
Afternoon: Time for some adventure! Suit up for some laser tagging with the fam at Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in a two-story indoor arena or put the pedal to the metal with go-karting at S&S Speedways - Indoor Go-Karts before enjoying their in-house snack bar, pool table and video games.
Evening: Put your thinking caps on in an escape room. In just 60 minutes, work together to solve the clues and make your escape. Klues Escape Room is open until 10 p.m. seven days a week. We suggest calling ahead to make a reservation, especially if you have a large group.
Many Pocono family resorts, like Woodloch Resort and Split Rock Resort & Golf Club, offer all-inclusive amenities for you to experience right on-site. Browse the offers to save on a family trip to the Pocono Mountains.