With gas prices over $4.00 per gallon and rising and the cost of everything else rising faster than the mercury in your thermometer who needs to travel to the Shore or other vacation destinations when there is plenty of fun right in your own backyard? Delaware County has lots going on the summer and many activities are low cost (some or even free!) Here are some of the most popular places for summer fun for families in our region.
Swim clubs. One of the nice things about living in Delco is that just about every neighborhood has its own swim club. They are not open to the public (except as a guest of a member) but annual membership fees are reasonable and way less than a weekend at the Shore. You can enjoy swimming all summer long, and most clubs have other features such as playgrounds for the children, basketball and volleyball courts and swimming and diving teams. Some of the neighborhood swim clubs include: Aldan, Aquatic (in Morton)Briarcliffe, Clifton Heights, Creek side (in Wallingford) Drexel (in Broomall) Folcroft, Glenolden, Knowlton and Hidden Hollow (in Media), Lansdowne, Nassau (in Ridley Park), Prospect Park, Primos-Secane, Ridley Township, Springfield Country Club, Springfield Township, Swarthmore, and Tinicum (this list is not exhaustive). Some may not be open to new members so you'll need to check with each particular club.
Libraries. The Delaware County Library System has great FREE programs for children from infant to high school aged. Programs vary by local library but include: story and craft times, playgroups, summer reading clubs, Science in the Summer, and other featured entertainment programs like magicians, storytellers, and speakers. Visit the library website or your local library for more information.
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. The Summer Stage program offers theatre programs for young people performed by other young performers from the community. Some of the performances for children this year include: Peter Pan, Pinocchio and Alice and Wonderland. The Main stage performance (geared for older audiences) is My Favorite Year. These are extremely professional and entertaining productions (some have commented better than most Broadway Shows). Best of all, tickets start at just $5 .
Linvilla Orchards. "A 300 acre farmland dedicated to agriculture, fun and education" Linvilla offers a farm market, hayrides, straw maze, playground, and animals. You can also pick your own crops which vary by season and include: strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, apples and pumpkins. Many special events and festivals are held throughout the year like the Strawberry Festival in the summer and Pumpkinland in the Fall. Admission is free but some attractions like the hayrides are not.
Rose Tree Park Summer Festival. Free evening concert performances located outdoors in Rose Tree Park in Media. Something for everyone including: Big Band, Elvis Tribute, Billy Joel Tribute, Jazz, Classical and Children's Music. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy some dancing and good times. Check the website for performance schedule and times.
As you can see, there is plenty of fun close to home. Now get out there, take the kids, and enjoy!