Kids Activities in Allentown


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  • Lehigh Valley Grand Prix
    In a go kart, you're much closer to the source of horsepower than when you're riding in a car. All that invisible force leaps to life when you hit the accelerator, gently pushing you back into the seat. Drivers at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix feel that pull as they whip around a quarter-mile racetrack in gas-powered Sodi GT5 Proline karts. They slip past one another while making 11 brake-stomping turns, all with a vantage point not afforded by watching races on TV. The karts feature air-intake units that trap their exhaust and keep the atmosphere fresh, and the track?constructed from 1,300 used Goodyear tires and the shredded remains of Mario Andretti's learner's permit?is outfitted with three observation platforms for track marshals to regulate each lap and guarantee riders' safety. Three-point safety belts, roll bars, helmets, and neck braces also protect racers during their white-knuckle trips around the track. A full-time mechanic keeps finish lines crowded by calibrating karts to run within three-tenths of a second of one another and hanging hundreds of pi?atas from the checkered flag. At the facility's bar, Octane, racers can refuel with drinks and food while watching stock-car races on the five 42-inch TVs.
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    649 S 10th St.
    Allentown, PA US
  • Da Vinci Science Center
    Facing down winds of up to 78 mph. Controlling a robotic dinosaur with the same hydraulic technology behind amusement park rides. Such experiences only skim the surface of the 100-plus attractions available in Da Vinci Science Center's 10,000-square-foot, two-story exhibit space. Here, other hands-on activities run the gamut from assembling models of carbon nanotubes to navigating a 72-foot tunnel in complete darkness or with the aid of a friendly firefly. But exploring exhibits isn't the only way to interact with science at Da Vinci Science Center. For visitors of all ages, the center sponsors nearly three-dozen programs including Science on the Move, which brings experiments directly to schools and community centers. In addition, Da Vinci Science Center hosts several events throughout the year such as Ice Cream Wars, where participants create tasty treats using liquid nitrogen as a freezing agent.
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    3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass
    Allentown, PA US
  • Allentown Art Museum
    Allentown Art Museum invites visitors to explore its collection of art from around the world, just as it's done for more than 80 years. Though the museum is primarily focused on American painting and sculpture, its collection also includes European Old Master works from the likes of Rembrandt as well as non-Western art, such as sculptures from India and Tibet.
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    31 North 5th Street
    Allentown, PA US
  • Playdrome Rose Bowl
    Playdrome knows that true zen happiness lies within the de-verticalizing of wooden pins using a tri-holed, weighted orb. As such, it offers bowling at a number of clean and modern facilities throughout the Philadelphia area. Both the Cherry Hill and the Rose Bowl alleys sport 36 lanes, while the Devon location has 24 lanes. Playdrome's 10-pin terrains provide automatic scoring, plasma TVs, and comfortable seating, with bumpers available for all lanes. Turkey tossers looking for a new challenge can try Playdrome's Future Bowl, where glow-in-the-dark balls get hurled down a fog-covered lane crisscrossed with laser lights and disco-ball sparkles. This Groupon is not valid for "Back to the Future" bowling, where you attempt to throw the bowling ball hard enough for it to travel back in time, ensuring that your parents kiss at the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance before you cease to exist.
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    801 N 15th St
    Allentown, PA US
  • A Bit of Luck Farm
    Noemi Wilson-Debriano unfortunately couldn't fit her horses into the suitcase when she left to earn her degrees in animal sciences and psychology at Delaware Valley College. To make up for the lack of four-hoofed companions in her life, she traveled from door to door to find horse owners who needed help training and showing their steed, channeling the riding expertise she had honed since age 6. The same tenacity led her to purchase her own farm after graduation, where she and her staff now board and educate equines against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery. They recognize that horses have distinct personalities and modes of communication with their riders, helping both human and animal establish strong connections. During lessons, her staff leads beginners and advanced riders alike through tailored routines that outline horse behavior and physiology as well as cover saddle-striding form. They open their farm doors to patrons of all stripes, ranging from those who mean to trot for pleasure to those who aim to unfairly dominate the next season of The Amazing Race. The farm cultivates a quiet environment of total acceptance and calm, welcoming all breeds to the barn. They customize their boarding services to suit each horse's temperament and training regimen. A team of vets, chiropractors, massage therapists, and nutritionists on the verge of engineering apple-flavored hay tend to hoofed tenants for the duration of their stay.
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    3904 Golden Key Rd
    Kempton, PA US
  • Freedom Fest NJ
    Racing pigs. Hypnotists. The Marshall Tucker Band. Freedom Fest State Fair NJ is a lot of things, but it's not your average state fair. Besides familiar fair attractions such as roller coasters, ferris wheels, and carousels, this celebration features strange sights and hands-on activities. Or sometime face-on—pie-eating contests every night prove who is the best berry-guzzler. And on Healthy Eating Saturday, the fair hosts herb-tasting alongside gardening shows and farmers' markets. Other can't-miss events include the Eudora Animal Petting Farm, where kids can cuddle with zebras, lemurs, tortoises, and a giraffe. Celebrity hypnotist Catherine Hickland of One Life to Live, Knight Rider, and Law and Order, meanwhile, can convince adults they are cuddling zebras, lemurs, tortoises, and a giraffe. At night, big-name country artists such as Lyndsey Highlander, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the Little River Band join forces with local acts such as Kindred Spirit and cover bands such as Tusk, the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. Click here to view the complete 2013 schedule.
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    626 Rte 524
    Allentown, NJ US

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