It’s Not Just About Football, Fall is for Family Fun in Happy Valley

There’s a lot more to do than watch football this fall in Happy Valley. With festivals, food, and fun packed into every weekend, there are plenty of ways to keep your entire family entertained this season.


Find Fun at One of Many Fall Festivals

With too many festivals on the calendar to list here (find the full rundown at, our area boasts some great harvest celebrations. Our top picks include the Fall Festival at Way Fruit Farm October 8 and 15 (, where you can enjoy Face painting, pumpkin patches, hay bale mazes, and cider tastings; the Pumpkin Festival at The Arboretum at Penn State October 14-15 (, where you can enjoy a lighted jack-o'-lantern display; and the 17th Annual Downtown Fall Festival on October 15 (, complete with a pumpkin patch, kids' crafts, live entertainment, a dessert contest, and more.


Find a full list of local fall festivals at


Watch Pumpkins Fly

How far can a pumpkin fly? Find out for yourself at the 5th Annual Howard Fire Company Punkin' Chunkin' Fall Festival. Take a short drive to Bald Eagle State Park before the primetime PSU/OSU clash on October 22. The event feature fun for the whole family, including food and craft vendors, musical performances, and, of course, flying pumpkins.


See Spooky Sights Underground

Get your frights at a whole new level in a spooky environment--a cave. Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks ( promises "Pennsylvania's ultimate haunted experience" during its Ghosts and Goblins Tours weekend evenings in October. More family-friendly (i.e. less terrifying) tours of the caves will be held during daylight hours. Penns Cave ( offers two family-friendly fall activities: flashlight cave tours and a haunted miners maze (no gruesome sights!) the last two weekends of October.


Tap Into Your Inner Artist

Warm up on a cool day with a morning or afternoon of arts and crafts. In just its second year, The Makery has become a popular place for budding artists to unleash their creativity. Classes include knitting, jewelry making, painting, glass fusion, and much more. Check out the full calendar for upcoming classes, or drop in for open studio time. Several fall and Halloween craft sessions are on the agenda.




Find Hot Fun Indoors

As the weather begins to cool, check out some of the hottest indoor spots in town for family fun. Challenge the family to good old fashioned bowling at Northland Bowl (www.northlandbowl), Happy Valley's true family fun center. Or, take the kids for a climb at Fun Unleashed (, which offers 6,800 square feet of fun, including a large jungle gym, toddler area, mini carousel, arcade games, and laser tag. For fun on the cooler side, hit the rink at Pegula Ice Arena ( Home to Penn State's varsity hockey programs, the arena features a community rink with public skating available each week.


Learn and Explore

Take your curious kids to Discovery Space, State College's children's science museum where kids of all ages can enjoy 45+ interactive exhibits designed to encourage play, exploration, and experimentation. The facility also features a separate baby area, filled with science-themed soft toys, for your family's youngest explorers.


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