kids, activities, summer camp

I started out with this article on a mission to find, list and report back all of the indoor kid activities this great County has to offer.

It was all of this particularly rainy weather, with a particularly active toddler, that sent me into research mode. We needed inside activities and we needed them fast or else things would be getting reeeeally weird around here.

What I didn’t expect to find was exactly what I was hoping to write, already put together in one spot. That spot is Beaver Valley Macaroni Kid. I reached out to Dana, the woman that is responsible for Beaver County’s Mac Kids and was able to speak with her in detail about the site.

Macaroni Kid is actually a national website with local branches offering specific information for their area. What makes our local Macaroni Kid unique is that it encompasses the entire county, not just a town or city. This means more options for parents with all of the information they provide!

The Calendar

Let’s get to the important stuff – the calendar, which is located under the Event tab from the main website. On any given day, you can see all of the things to do in the county for all age ranges.

I have a teenager, a toddler and a newborn. All of their activities will be right there in the same spot. No digging through to find different things for each different kid. So if it is a rainy day and you are looking for something to do inside, well, check the calendar and there you have it! Instant plans!

There are story times, craft times, movies, plays, play times… Any scheduled event will be listed out on the calendar. You can click on each specific entry for more details.

We were able to find a story time and a craft time during what I’d like to call “The Week I’d Care To Forget”. There were so many other things that we just couldn’t make it to.

Did you know that the Cinemark in Monaca offers $1 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings throughout the summer?

Also, SkyZone in Leetsdale (technically outside of Beaver County, but really, really close) has toddler time on Friday mornings from 10am-11am? They only allow kids under 5 (as long as they are walking) on the trampolines. Parents can join, but can’t jump. Sort of a bummer… but, it’s all for sake of safety!

Hopefully the calendar stays as packed as it is now over the winter! I’m not sure how much outside time we will get when it’s freezing cold outside. Maybe we need to invest in some warmer coats, just in case.

Summer Camps, Guides, & Lists

If you are looking for a more long-term way to occupy your kids over the summer, check out the Summer Camp Guide. There are camps for every kind of kid. Fitness camps, arts camps, tennis camps, church camps… There are a ton listed, so be sure to check it out if that is something you or your kid could get into!

She also does different guides and lists, like the amusement park guide. Here Dana lists out all of the amusement parks within 300 miles from Beaver County, and she also lists where you can get discounts on admission! This is a huge help. Admissions are sometimes upwards of $50 per person and when you are traveling with the whole family, those costs can add up really quickly.

Weekly Newsletter

There is a weekly newsletter that is just fantastic – you can sign up here. When you sign up, you have the option to sign up for a bunch of different national newsletters as well. They vary in topic but all offer very good information!

There is one for new or expecting moms, one about food, one for travel…you get the gist, right?  So much information. All waiting for you.

In addition to Mac Kids, make sure you check out many of Allie’s articles about family fun things to do! She had a great article on Living Treasures Animal Park and another one on Tomlinson Run State Park, among the rest of her awesome articles.

Hopefully, armed with all of this information, these rainy days will no longer be the ultimate test of your patience with your children!

But you know, I am also relatively hopeful that the rainy days will end soon. Whoever is doing their rain dance, please.. knock it off.

Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!