Family Activities and Things to Do in Erie, PA

Family Activities and Things to Do in Erie, PA

For the fourth year in a row, I’m joining a great group of bloggers to bring you fabulous family fun ideas for your city or town.  Today, I’ll be sharing our bucket list for summer fun in Erie, PA.  Be sure to stop back in tomorrow for fresh new ideas from across the country.   Also, be sure to head on over to my previous staycation posts for more great ideas!

Previous Staycation Posts


Family Fun Ideas for Erie, PA from 2012

Eat Sleep Play

Broken up into Eating, Sleeping, and Doing — this post is a great resource for planning out a full week of fun. It also gives some great resources for summer learning and other blogs and twitter friends to follow for more ideas!

Family Friendly Activities for Erie, PA from 2013

Summer Fun

Local friends weigh in on this post, sharing their favorite summer activities in Erie.  Also listed are great nature centers and guide books to check out.

Family Fun and Things to Do in Erie (2012)

Shades Beach  Erie

This post is divided into age groups so you can find the perfect outing for your family! Also included are theme week ideas, day trips, and other sites worth checking out!

Now Onto This Year!

This year, our kids are a little older and are starting to love charts, schedules and checklists, so I thought they would get a kick out of a Summer Checklist.  They’ve weighed in on their favorite activities and I’ve added a few of my own as well. There’s a great mix of summer time favorites and new adventures.   I’m hoping to put up a super fun printable version soon, so stay tuned!  (Grab it below!)

Our Summer Checklist (in no particular order)

  1. Rent a surrey on Presque Isle
  2. Build a giant sandcastle (must be at least 4 feet tall)
  3. Make a water blob for the backyard
  4. Visit Waldameer with GiGi (the kids great grandma)
  5. Visit Pymatuning Deer Park
  6. Drive to Buffalo Zoo
  7. Exploding Sidewalk Chalk experiment
  8. Go horseback riding
  9. Cow Day at Chick-Fil-A (and make cute cow skirts!)
  10. Head to the Summer House Cafe for Breakfast
  11. Do a Family Service Project
  12. The Great American Book Sale (June)
  13. Donut Day Party (June 6th)
  14. Fourth of July Rocks from our beach
  15. Go camping in our backyard (anyone got a tent we can borrow?)
  16. Fourth of July Cookies
  17. Attend Summer Movie Clubhouse at Tinseltown
  18. Pontoon Ride on Lake Erie
  19. Visit a local restaurant based on a recommendation from a friend
  20. Ride the trolley to the Children’s Museum
  21. Have lunch at the Lawrence Park Dinor
  22. Walk to Dairy Queen and back with the family
  23. Chart the phases of the moon
  24. Have a moth party
  25. Attend a craft workshop with the kids at Michael’s ($2)
  26. Celebrate National Lemonade Day (August 20)

Want it in a fun printable version?

25 Things to Do in Erie, PA

What About You?

The list is still a work in progress, and I’d love to hear your ideas as well. Leave me a comment and let me know what I should add to the list!

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