Farewell Summer & Hello Fall Fun!
School’s back in session, but don’t completely give up on summer just yet. Here in NEPA, the outdoor fun keeps on rolling through Labor Day and beyond. The days are still sunny and mild, perfect for squeezing in a few more family hikes, whitewater trips and baseball games before the autumn chill sets in.
Even though we’re sad to see summer go, we can’t help but look forward to the return of apple picking, corn mazes and pumpkin patches. Many fall attractions are reopening for the season (in fact, we can almost smell those sweet cider donuts). And parents will have just as much fun as the kids at NEPA’s countless fall festivals and county fairs.
Round up the kids and give summer a proper send-off. Our list of family-friendly events will help you make the most of this beautiful month.
Family Events in NEPA:
RailRiders Sunday Family FunDay
Baseball season is winding down, but there’s still time to catch a few more RailRiders games at PNC Field. Visit over Labor Day Weekend, when they’ll have a kids’ autograph book giveaway and a post-game fun run. And check out this sweet deal for a special ticket discount.
Apple Harvest Festival
Starting September 9
This month marks the beginning of u-pick apple season at Lakeland Orchard & Cidery in Scott Township. This family-oriented farm has over 25 varieties and 20,000 trees. Stick around for kids’ attractions, fall treats, live music and even a few final blooms in the sunflower field.
Outreach Center for Community Resources Children’s Career Fair
Outreach in Scranton is inspiring elementary students to dream big for the future. This free career exploration day will give kids the chance to meet local professionals, learn about what they do and try some fun, hands-on activities. Over 30 different careers will be represented.
Fleetville Fall Fair
This festival at the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company offers a little something for all ages. Kids will have a blast with the junior firefighter obstacle course, pony rides, a petting zoo, a touch-a-truck event and other activities. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy 80+ vendors, delicious fair food, live music and more.
Historic Farm Fall Tours
September 11 & 18
Take a step back in time at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg. Kids and parents alike will have a blast exploring the farm and learning what life was like in the 1800s. Interpreters will show you how they made crafts, cooked meals, did chores and cared for animals back in the day.
FunFest is back with plenty to see and do! Although this year’s festival will look a bit different than normal, they’ll still host their signature parade through downtown Hazleton.
Opening Weekend at Roba Family Farms
Here in NEPA, fall unofficially begins as soon as Roba’s opens up their gates. Come pick the perfect pumpkin and find your way through the giant corn maze (getting lost is half the fun, right?). And don’t miss live entertainment, family-friendly attractions and those famous Roba’s cider donuts all season long.
Tunkhannock Touch a Truck 2021
Construction equipment, emergency vehicles, tractors and other big rigs will be on display at Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock. Bring the kids to see the trucks up-close, sit in the driver’s seat and even try out the horn. All proceeds benefit the children’s programs at the Dietrich Theater.
Earth Camp: September’s So-Long to Summer
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton is celebrating fall with a one-day mini camp for kids ages 5-14. Kids will take a nature hike, learn about the changing seasons and meet the animals that call the sanctuary home. A healthy, plant-based lunch is included.
Free Outdoor Movie – The Secret Garden
Spread out a blanket in the grass and watch a movie under the stars at The Slope Amphitheater in Pittston. They’re showing the 2020 version of The Secret Garden, a whimsical movie based on the beloved children’s novel. Admission, popcorn and drinks are all free.
Night Time Zip & Climb
Every Friday in September
Explore the forest after dark at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton. Their high ropes course and zip lines will be decked out with laser lights and glow sticks for the ultimate adventure. This event books up fast, so advance tickets are highly recommended.
That’s just the beginning of the fun. Fore even more events, check out our September Can’t Miss List.
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