Even if it's cold and snowy or rainy, there are still tons of family-friendly things to see and explore in Cumberland Valley. Pack up the kids and enjoy a day out of the house, but indoors, at the Valley's best attractions.

Please check each location's website before planning your visit for safety protocols and current hours of operation.

USAHEC Soldier Experience Gallery

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is the Army's premier facility dedicated to "Telling the Army story...one Soldier at a time." Interactive indoor exhibits include a digital shooting range, parachute simulation, a Korean War night attack experience, and more. If the weather permits, outdoor activities include the mile-long Army Heritage Trail with full-scale military exhibits.

Carlisle Sports Emporium

This indoor and outdoor interactive entertainment complex is the perfect destination for all ages. Indoor fun features include go-karts, a 7500 sq. ft. 2-tier Deluxe LED LASERTRON laser tag arena, brand new 4-player Hologate VR, a roller skating rink, and the largest arcade in all of PA!  Outdoor activities include go-karts, mini-golf, and batting cages.

Midway Bowling Center

This traditional bowling center also features pool tables, ping-pong tables, and foosball tables. For the little one, they also offer bumpers and dinosaur ramps for kids ages 3+, lightweight bowling balls, and small shoe sizes. Older kids will enjoy Rock & Bowl from 10 pm to midnight every Friday or try ax-throwing at their recently-installed indoor lanes.

SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park

Kids will definitely be tired out after an afternoon at SkyZone. The trampoline park includes open jump, ultimate dodgeball, foam zone, sky slam, skyfitness/skyrobics, toddler time, and jumpapalooza. 

Jubilee Cake Studio

Experience all the fun of decorating your very own cupcakes, cookies, or cake at Jubilee Cake Studio while they handle the mess. Jubilee Cake Studio is the only Decorate-It-Yourself Cake studio in Pennsylvania.  Walk-ins are always welcome to their new 9,100-square-foot Mechanicsburg location (located in the same shopping complex as SkyZone) where you can pick your canvas - cupcakes, cookies, and cake - grab your goodies - frostings, fondants, and sprinkles - and decorate! Take a stroll down the 40-foot wall of decorating tools to help you express your creativity! Or, if you are looking for a themed experience, check out their instructor-led workshops for all ages.

Oakes Museum

This hidden gem is located on the campus of Messiah University and is home to natural history exhibits that take you back thousands of years to America and Africa. It features 75 full mounts, including a zebra, giraffe, and an elephant. (Open Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.)

Monkey Joe's

Monkey Joe's is a fun-filled inflatable play center with wall-to-wall inflatable slides, jumps, and obstacle courses for kids up to 12 years old.


For a creative and crafty day indoors, head to Create-A-Palooza in Carlisle. This art and activity studio offers "paint your own" pottery, canvas painting, and glass painting for all ages.


Guests can experience varying levels of difficulty at this unique indoor rock climbing facility. This activity is suggested for children ages 8 and up.

The Coliseum

Enjoy 35,000-square-feet of entertainment at The Coliseum including a 12-lane bowling alley, billiards room, arcade & games, and 88 plasma TVs.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway

With over 40,000 square feet, Autobahn is the largest indoor go-karting facility in the state. Their high-speed, pro-karts are easy to handle, durably designed, and can reach speeds of up to 50 mph. Autobahn also features ax-throwing packages (public and private) with the bonus of a friendly ax-throwing coach to teach you tips and tricks. Reservations are highly recommended.