Skating is open to the public at York City Ice Arena from 1:30-3pm Monday-Friday.
I have to plug the MOPS program at the Church of the Open Door, although it doesn’t start up again until September. There is a minimal fee for the entire year and you can hang out with fellow moms every other Tuesday from 9 am-11 am.
Until September rolls around, I suggest you spend an afternoon picking your own berries at Barefoot Farm. We visited this year and the strawberries were amazing! I also loved that you only have to pay for what you pick, and at a rate of about $2 per quart. Berry picking hours end in mid-July, but they re-open in the fall for pumpkin picking too.
We have also done cherry and blueberry picking at Brown’s orchard, and highly recommend them as well!
Or if you prefer to stay indoors you could go to one of the Summer Kid Movies at Frank’s Theater or West Manchester Mall on Tuesday or Wednesday. Depending on the year and the sponsorships available, sometimes these programs are free and sometimes they cost $1.
When we first moved to the area we were part of the Family Place play group at Martin Memorial Library. If you go through the 5 week program, which is very informative and a great place to meet new mom friends, you can join the playgroup too.
If you aren’t into joining things, try the public pool at Codorus State Park.Our friends who go there regularly really enjoy it. They say it is very clean. There is a minimal charge to access the pool. You can also rent boats, go fishing on the lake and even go camping or even rent a yurt (yes, a yurt!) at Codorus.
Check the county library schedule for additional children’s programs programs.
If you have a little one who loves all things on wheels, like Nicholas does, you can take a free tour of the Harley Davidson factory.
You can also visit Perrydell Farm, and if you are there at 4pm when they feed the calves, they might just let you help.
Go to a York Revolution game! The minor league baseball games are much more relaxed than major league games and a great family-friendly atmosphere. There are home games just about every weekend this summer. Lawn seats are only $8 and $2 from every ticket sold is donated to charity. There is also a great children’s area with games and rides.
After church in the morning take a day trip to Lancaster where you can visit the Science Factory, Dutch Wonderland (there is also a water park included with your admission fee), or the Strasburg Railroad.
The York area is also home to some pretty spectacular (and free!) playgrounds, such as the Getaway Playground in Springettsbury, Couseler Park in West Manchester Township, and Kids’ Kingdom in Penn Township.
Ok, you are probably not going to do all of that in a week, but I definitely think everything on the list is worth checking out. We also love: