Whether you like to spend time outside in the fresh air during the winter months, or you prefer to stay inside, there is plenty of things for the whole family to do in Reading, Pennsylvania. Here are some fun winter activities to check out with activities for families with younger children and even older kids, too.
The Works at Wyomissing
This family entertainment center on Bern Road in Reading is a great place to spend the day. It has a go-cart track, a large arcade, and a massive structure for the kids to play on. There are two different restaurants, so the whole family can eat right there while they play. Everyone can burn some energy at the Indoor trampoline center, or enjoy the entertainment in the interactive, seven-dimensional motion theater. The Works is open seven days a week, and in the evenings, the adults can enjoy live music and upscale dining and dancing at “Building 24 Live,” which doubles as a nightclub.
Spend the day working on your bowling skills at Hiester Lanes. This facility offers glow bowling on Saturday and Sunday afternoons where they will play music as you bowl under the lights. Rent the lanes for a birthday party or just spend the afternoon with the family. For those with younger kids, they also offer bumper bowling to help keep the ball headed in the right direction. Hiester Lanes sits on Hiester Lane in Reading, and they are open seven days a week.
The Reading Public Museum
There are many reasons to spend a winter day at the Reading Public Museum, but one of the highlights is the Planetarium. It features a state-of-the-art SciDome system with 360-degree views that fully immerse you in the show. Sit and watch one of the films they show throughout the day and experience anything from the exploration of space to what it takes to be an astronaut.
During December, you can see The Season of Light. This film brings you through the history of holiday traditions and customs as you learn about the constellations and more. Admission is just $8 for adults and students can attend for $6.
Visit Roadside America to see a miniature panorama village depicting life in the United States. The display spans over 200 years and lets you explore how people lived and worked throughout our history. Roadside Village has over 6,000 square feet of display space and over 300 structures. You’ll find trains running around the tracks and trolleys that you can control. Located on Roadside Drive in Shartlesville, this unique experience is something everyone should see. They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week in the winter, and they close at 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Reading is also known for its outlet shopping centers, and it is sometimes referred to as “The Pretzel City” because of the large number of pretzel bakeries. Enjoy a winter day exploring the shops or head to one of these attractions for some fun.