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Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore with the whole family. Find family fun throughout the Valley with hands-on exhibits, unique museums, outdoor recreation and special events.
If you’re looking to get outside, head to Children’s Lake for a scenic walk around the lake. Kids will love feeding the ducks that make this charming lake their hangout. You can also plan for a day of hiking at the Valley’s nearby state parks, state forests and other trails. Find our top 10 recommended hikes at visitcumberlandvalley.com/10hikes.
When the kids need to blow off some steam, take them to the Carlisle Sports Emporium. Options range from rock climbing and laser tag to minigolf and go-karts.
For an experience that will get you outdoors, and is also educational, visit the Army Heritage Trail at the US Army Heritage & Education Center. This one-mile loop has fullscale interactive exhibits including a section of the Antietam battlefield, a Civil War winter encampment, a WWI trench system, an interpretation of the Vietnam helicopter air assault at Ia Drang and more.
Find more educational fun at the Oakes Museum at Messiah College. This museum is dedicated to natural history with exhibits that take you back thousands of years to America and Africa. This spot is only open on Saturdays, but features 75 full mounts including a zebra, giraffe and elephant. Another fun spot is Paulus Farm Market. Browse for farm-fresh produce, baked goods and flowers while the kids enjoy the barnyard animals and play area.
The month of April also offers a variety of fun-filled events the whole family will enjoy. View a sampling below and find other exciting things to see and do this month at visitcumberlandvalley.com/events-calendar.
Sustainable Gardening Series @ Penn State Ag Extension – April 1st-22nd
Four sessions focusing on perennials -- selection, care and maintenance, new perennials, and naturalistic plantings. Presented by the Penn State Master Gardeners in Cumberland County.
NETworks Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast @ The Luhrs Center – April 9th
Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Shippensburg! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eyepopping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide.
Camp Michaux Walking Tour @ Pine Grove Furnace State Park – April 11th
David Smith will lead the popular Camp Michaux walking tour of the old Bunker Hill Farm; Pine Grove Furnace CCC Camp; Pine Grove Furnace POW Interrogation Camp; and finally the United Church of Christ & United Presbyterian Church Camp.
Genealogy Workshop @ Cumberland County Historical Society – April 13th
Join local genealogist, Deborah Sweaney, and CCHS librarian, Cara Curtis, to learn more about genealogy. Do you have questions or just need a little guidance with your research? Come to Deborah and Cara’s workshop for the help you need.
Mechanicsburg’s 7th Annual Earth Day Festival –April 18th
A fun day for the entire family. The festival will feature live music, fresh locally-grown food, exhibitors, games and family-friendly activities, a silent auction and more. This event will be held rain or shine.
9th Annual Race, Run, Ride & Ramble @ Cumberland Valley Rail Trail – April 19th
The Cumberland Valley Race Series present the Race, Run, Ride or Ramble on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail.
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