Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore with the whole family. Find family fun throughout the Valley with hands-on exhibits, unique museums, outdoor recreation and special events.

If you're looking to get outside, head to Children's Lake for a scenic walk around the lake. Kids will love feeding the ducks that make this charming lake their hangout. You can also plan for a day of hiking at the Valley's nearby state parks, state forests and other trails. Find our top 10 recommended hikes at visitcumberlandvalley.com/10hikes.

When the kids need to blow off some steam, take them to the Carlisle Sports Emporium. Options range from rock climbing and laser tag to minigolf and go-karts.

For an experience that will get you outdoors, and is also educational, visit the Army Heritage Trail at the US Army Heritage & Education Center. This one-mile loop has fullscale interactive exhibits including a section of the Antietam battlefield, a Civil War winter encampment, a WWI trench system, an interpretation of the Vietnam helicopter air assault at Ia Drang and more.

Find more educational fun at the Oakes Museum at Messiah College. This museum is dedicated to natural history with exhibits that take you back thousands of years to America and Africa. This spot is only open on Saturdays, but features 75 full mounts including a zebra, giraffe and elephant. Another fun spot is Paulus Farm Market. Browse for farm-fresh produce, baked goods and flowers while the kids enjoy the barnyard animals and play area.

Read the full First Choice Magazine article here.