Staying home to be a full time mom isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. There’s laundry to do, dishes to wash and other cleaning to finish. What’s worse is once you think you’re done, the week is over and you have to do it again!
Sometimes, you need to get out of the house just as much as your kids do, whether it’s taking a walk around a local park or heading to your town’s library. All it takes is a little bit of research to uncover all of the fun places to see and things to do with your children!
I currently live in Montgomery County with two little boys (ages 3 and 5). Since I grew up in the area and am now raising children there myself, I have found many “hidden gems” that help entertain my kids! Many stay at home moms, like me, find themselves acting as personal event planners for your kids, so here are a few tips on fun things to do in Montgomery County!
- Libraries – Lansdale, Indian Valley Library and North Wales Library all offer story time. Check out their websites for more information. The Lansdale library offers kids plays in the summertime and currently they have T-ball for under 5 every 2nd Tuesday of the month for $10 a session at 10:30 AM. They also have the “Little Builders Club” that meets once a month at 4:30PM. The Telford library has Halloween and Christmas specials and so much more. Click on the links about for more details!
- Playgrounds - There are so many local playgrounds with a lot to offer, especially if you like to run/walk/bike with your child.
- “Fire Engine” playground located on Oak Dr. at Alvin C. Alderfer field in Harleysville. This is great for kids of all ages because, although the playground is small, there’s a path that children can ride scooters and bikes on and run around while mom stands in the middle and watches everything. Also, if you enjoy running and walking or if your child likes to bike, you can take the path to the “duck pond’ only a few minutes away (located behind the Harleysville Hotel off of Main Street)
- “Fishers Park” is located off of Bustard Road in Towamencin. There are two playground sets, one has a sandbox, so make sure you bring shovels, buckets, etc. There are picnic tables for an outdoor lunch, there’s a creek to throw rocks and walk around in (I highly recommend bring rain boots or crocs, along with a change of clothes).
- “Franconia Community Park” is located off of both Allentown Rd. and Godshall Rd. There are two parks and a great walking trail.
- “Parkside Place Park” (also known locally as ‘Castle Park’). This is a huge wooden castle that the kids can walk through— there are multiple slides, swings, tire swing, monkey bars and a sand box with sand toys! Again there is a walking trail to take the kids on.
- Hancock Street Park” located on Hancock Street right before the railroad tracks and the North Penn School District building. While this isn’t a huge playground there is a fishing pond with a water fountain, a sandbox and a walking trail through the woods with ‘bridges’ to ride over.
- Jumping Jacks – An inflatable jumping play zone located on Schwab Rd. between Orvilla Rd. and Moyer Rd. in Hatfield. This is awesome for ages 1-12. Children under 2 are free, all others are $10. It’s money well spent, especially if your kids get to expend a little energy! You can bring in food for lunch. Groupon has offered deals in the past, so check Groupon and other coupon sites like Living Social for deals.
- Superior Play Systems – And indoor showroom that sells trampolines and playground. They have open play on Wednesday and Friday from 11-1; otherwise it is $4 a child. Very well priced. It’s located in Norristown on Industry Lane.
- Mr. Bs located at Calvary Church in Souderton – This is a coffee shop with an indoor play set for children to play. It is free to all children and is a great place for play dates. Moms can drink coffee and chat while their kids get some much needed energy out.
These are just a few of the many things to do in our area. But, if you didn’t see anything here, check out North Penn Under Ten . It’s a great place to find out local things to do in Montgomery County from a local mom.
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