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Make the Most of Those Days Off

Don’t get bogged down by the monotony of the same cartoon theme song over and over again. You’ve been blessed with some precious, guilt-free time off. You owe it to yourself to take advantage of it. NEPA’s got tons of cool, day-off-from-school amenities. Trust us. You’ll never look at snow days or federal holidays the same way again.

There’s no way the kids can complain that they’re bored with NEPA’s sports centers and indoor play areas. They’ll stay busy for hours (and burn off all that extra energy while they’re at it) at trampoline parks, recreation centers, gyms and more.

Celebrate your day off with a little retro fun.


Stop by one of these local bowling centers or roller skating rinks and start a new snow day tradition. Slip on those shiny shoes, pick out that perfect ball and aim for anything but the gutter. Or lace up those trusty skates and cruise the polished rink floor. And when the kids are done kicking your butt, treat them to a classic bowling/roller skating meal of pizza, fries and a coke. Keep in mind that many local bowling alleys and roller skating rinks offer special snow day and winter holiday deals.

Just because school is out doesn’t mean you don’t have to use your brain.


It’s time to see if all that homework actually pays off. You’ll have your wits tested like never before at one of NEPA’s popular escape rooms. See if you can solve the mysterious riddles and find the hidden clues to beat the clock and get out. Just don’t forget – teamwork makes the dream work.

Get lost in a local library or museum for a day.

Electric City Trolley Station and Museum - Scranton - DiscoverNEPA


There’s still plenty to explore, even when you have to move the fun inside. NEPA’s incredible museums and educational destinations make learning a blast. The same goes for our local libraries. Discover great new books, explore your family tree or sign up for a craft class. They’re free, or at least very affordable, and they are specifically designed with children in mind.

Pick a movie, fill up with Milk Duds, and take a long peaceful nap.


Enjoy the tranquility of a dark theater and the warmth of a fresh bucket of buttery popcorn in your lap. For nearly two hours, the kids will be happy and content while you contemplate whether or not you defrosted the roast for dinner… oh, who cares? Snow days extend all day. Pick up a pizza on the way home.

Let their creativity run wild.


Even if you’re holed up inside, creativity can take you on a journey full of endless possibilities. Take the kids to an art center to make their own mini masterpieces (and the best part is, you don’t have the clean up the mess). Or sign them up for theater workshops or music lessons to let them shine on stage.

Our Events Calendar is bursting at the seams with fun events for the whole family.


You won’t have to look far for fun family activities and events during days off this winter. There are plenty of awesome things to do in NEPA all winter long. You just need to know where to look. Check back often with our comprehensive events calendar to find those cool crafting workshops, live shows, story hours, skating sessions and so much more.

Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 1/6/2020.

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