Best Spots for Ultimate Family Fun

By Laura Zaks

“F” isn’t just for “fun” — it stands for “family fun,” and where else can it best exist other than the happiest valley in the world?

So, as summer rolls in with its warm and sunny disposition, it’s time to get the family out of hibernation and into moments of laughter and bonding brought to you by the ultimate Nittany family destinations.

Check out what the hottest spots for ultimate family fun are this season!


Taste Buds Kitchen

Cook up something special with the fam’ as you learn and bond over culinary arts! Taste Buds Kitchen offers special one-time classes for families looking to gain a new skill in the kitchen through teamwork. Throw a little spice into your night by picking any class you want — they range from creating handmade pasta to yummy cupcakes to twisty pretzels. Just check out the website for times and reservations!


What-a-Blast Laser Tag

It doesn’t matter how old you are. Strapping on that vest and grabbing a laser gun is as exciting as opening presents on Christmas morning. One-hour outings are just $13 per person and two hours are only $18. Divide into teams, decide what winners get back at home — maybe some free Creamery ice cream — and let those lasers loose! Laser tag is a wonderful and fun team-building experience that makes for an even more fabulous summer memory for the kids.


2000 Degrees

From the art of cooking, we come to the art of pottery! Grab a table at 2000 Degrees and pick anything to start painting , from a piggy bank to a decorative plate or a tea pot to a jewelry-holder. With what seems like 2000 different colors to choose from, each member of the family can make their piece original, unique and entirely their own. Making memories has never been so colorful!


Escape Room

Ever watch TV shows or read intense, suspenseful books where protagonists have to get out of a tough situation and escape the bad guy’s trap? Well, it’s time your family enters the suspense and action themselves! Quite a bonding experience, Escape Room Inc. in State College is home to two rooms full of puzzles and clues to experience a high-tech immersive quest. Perfect for any family into games, fun and problem-solving, Escape Room wants to be your summer escape!


Get Air

Wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits and obstacle courses filled with balance beams, nets, aerial silk and monkey bars… oh and did we mention the basketball and dodge ball courts? Get Air moved to State College just last October and has been killing it with its party paloozas and deals that are perfect for families. Deals are as follows: Mondays, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. is 20% off jump time, Tuesdays are buy one hour of jump time and get the second free, Wednesdays are 20% off with a student ID, and Thursdays, all tickets are 20% off. Friday and Saturday nights are known for Club Air, where from 9 p.m. to midnight, disco and DJs are pumping up the beat under the lights. You can’t get any better than that!


The Creamery

When all is said and done, ice cream is definitely the crème de la crème of summer activities with the family. When you’re done cooking, painting, escaping, etc., be sure to reward the family with delicious Creamery ice cream, indulging in its iconic flavors that range from Death by Chocolate to Grilled Stickies to Scholar’s Chip. There is nothing like enjoying cold, delicious ice cream on a sizzling hot day in Happy Valley.

So, what are you waiting for? Dig in!

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