nature grass person plant girl lawn spring webGo outside? Where is that? The combination of a cold winter and a continuing wariness about health have kept many of us indoors for so long that we can't wait to burst the bonds of our front door. This is especially true of kids who may have been schooling inside. Now that restrictions are easing and temperatures are rising, a lot of events and venues in the Lehigh Valley are back in action. Shouldn't you and the kids be, too?

Uncover the science of how things work at Allentown’s Da Vinci Science Center, where families can make T-Rexroth, the center’s robotic dinosaur move with a joystick, experience a Category 1 hurricane with wind forces up to 78 mph, and crawl through Tunnel Vision, a 72-foot maze-like tunnel that shows how you can adapt when you cannot see. They also offer lots of programs, camps, and events that make learning fun and fun learning. A great way to spend a rainy day. 3145 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown 484-664-1002

Feeling like getting outside and running around? How about just watching your grandkids run in a marathon?
This year's St. Luke's Youth Run takes place April 23 at 2:00. Check-in is 12:30 – 1:45. Participation is free, and all children (ages 3 through 14) must register on online. Location is Lehigh Parkway, 1600 Park Drive, Allentown. For more complete information, visit

Are the kids "bacon" you to take them to a ball game? Ferrous and FeFe are back in action and ready to welcome the family to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown. IronPigs is more than baseball — there are fireworks, bobblehead giveaways, Star Wars days, and other events. So have a ball and check out their schedule at or call 610-841-PIGS (7447).

How would you like to meet Hank and George? Who are they? Hank and George are the mules who would like to introduce you to Josiah White II at the National Canal Museum in Easton. The Josiah White II is a canal boat that plies the waters of old Section 8 of the Lehigh Canal in Hugh Moore Park. A trained and authentically-dressed crew interprets the story of the anthracite canals and the people who worked and lived on them. Hank and George tow the boat on a leisurely trip from the Museum to the Locktender’s House and back. There are exhibits, trails, bike rentals, and more. National Canal Museum, 2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd., Easton | 610-923-3548 |

Train rides don't have to be "plain" rides! Delaware River Railroad Excursions offers seasonal train rides with varied themes for all ages. You can get lost in a corn maze, get lucky in a real gem mine, or get laughing at Scott Wagstaff and his zany animals! There is so much more that we don't want to get off-track and list all the fun excursions. 100 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg, NJ | 877-872-4674

Do you remember leaving your crayons out on the sidewalk in the summer so they would melt? Do something more constructive with the kids and take them to the Crayola Experience in Easton. Discover the magic of color at Crayola’s one-of-a-kind family attraction! Dozens of colorful and creative activities and a full day of fun await families. Bigger, brighter and bolder than ever, the colorful adventures of Crayola Experience help kids and adults alike explore art and technology, express their creativity and experience color in a whole new way. 30 Centre Square, Easton | 610-515-8000 |


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