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Things To Do With Grandkids

Jan 26, 2024 11:28AM ● By Alan Allegra
What season is this? The season to have fun! This has been an unusual winter, with plenty of rain and above-normal temperatures, followed by snow and below-freezing temperatures. Maybe there has been a lull in snow-related activities, but there is still plenty to do if you’re looking to share some fun with the grandkids! Even when there is more “snow on the roof” than on the ground, you can enjoy the following activities and venues! Always remember to contact the venues for more information, reservations, and updates!

Imagine the anticipation as you approach the entrance to a city built to scale for children, complete with fire station, market, and health and dental clinic! This is no ordinary city—children make all the decisions here—which companies to visit, what jobs to perform, how much money to make and where to spend or save it. This magical place where education is seamlessly blended with entertainment is called Imagi Nation, an interactive, educational, entertainment experience where children ages 2–12 role-play over 40 different careers within a realistic, kid-sized community. Children complete jobs and are rewarded with kids currency, deciding to save their money or spend them at Janey’s Treasures! Call or visit their website for days and hours. 3313 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown | | 610-841-5919

When you were a kid, did anyone ever tell you to “take a hike”? That’s not a bad idea, even in winter! Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center offers 19 miles of trails. Don’t worry; you don’t have to walk all those miles at once—or have your grandkids carry you. The miles are broken into eight shorter trails with different ratings and amenities. Visit for information. 400 Belfast Rd., Nazareth | 610-746-2801 | [email protected]

If you want to have maxi fun despite the cold weather, get over to Two T’s Glow-in-the-Dark mini golf course. Players take an 18-hole journey through unique regions depicting different ages of the Earth. With artwork by artists whose backgrounds include Walt Disney World, Paramount and Universal Studios, your visit is sure to provide plenty of thrills! It is the ONLY Indoor Mini Golf of its kind! Maximum: 4 players per group. $8.50 per player. | 3521 Sullivan Trail, Easton | [email protected]|

If you want to be a king pin to your grandkids, strike out to one of the Valley’s bowling alleys. A quick Internet search will turn up several local venues, with one likely near you. There is New Jordan Lanes in Whitehall; Haja Rose Bowl in Allentown; Hampton Lanes in Northampton; Bar-Don Lanes in Easton; and others. Anything ranging from a strike to a gutter ball is OK—just don’t spare the laughs!

From Snoopy to Sonja Henie, skating has been a popular pastime for generations. If you try rollerblading on the winter streets, you are skating on thin ice. Instead, try one of the Valley’s skating rinks. The Steel Ice Center, 302 E. 1st St., Bethlehem, offers hockey and skating lessons, as well as public skating times and events. Visit for times, prices, and contact information. 610-625-4774. There are also the Ice Rink at Steelstacks (101 Founder’s Way, Bethlehem), Earl E. Schaffer Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink (345 Illick’s Mill Rd., Bethlehem), Whitehall Skateaway Roller Rink (3860 Lehigh St., Whitehall), and others.
Happy Winter, indoors and out!