OK, you’ve got kids and you’ve got a weekend — what you don’t have is a football game driving out-of-town traffic through Centre County.
What can you do?
This weekend is an island of opportunity in a sea of Penn State home games, the first away game of the season, and plenty of groups are taking advantage of it by scheduling activities while the Nittany Lions are in Iowa.
But are many of the events for kids? Oh yeah, families have a lot of options. Our Weekender pages are overflowing with activities for the youngest toddlers to the grown-ups who just might not have grown all the way up.
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Here’s a look at some of the cool things on deck for kids on Saturday. Is this all? Not by a long shot. Check out our calendar for other options.
Patton Township Children’s Fair
It’s the 16th year for the annual free event sponsored by the Patton Township Business Association and the Patton Township police. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Target and Wegmans parking lots in the Colonnade shopping center, kids will have a chance to mix fun — face painting, pony rides and a climbing wall — with health and safety.
The Boalsburg Fire Company will be on hand with junior fire equipment, and the Centre Region code administration will have a “burn trailer” demo, while Best Buy presents info on internet safety for kids and Alpha Fire Company offers rides in a ladder truck. Meanwhile, the police will be fingerprinting kids and inspecting car seats.
Great Insect Fair
Kids and bugs. It’s a classic combination.
The annual bug-tacular takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Penn State’s Snider Agricultural Arena. Sponsored by the university’s entomology department, the event has serious chops when it comes to the creepy, crawly and flying insect world.
There are butterfly tents and an insect zoo. If you like your Saturdays sweet, taste some honey. Like them spooky? Check out the “zombie ant” fungus.
It’s free, but donations are gladly accepted to defray costs.
OK, first of all, let’s admit that it’s not a cube. It’s a rectangular solid. OK, it’s not solid, it’s hollow, but that’s what makes it special.
Millipore Sigma is a global pharmaceutical and biotechnology company. The Curiosity Cube is a way that they “bring hands-on science to the masses.”
From noon to 4 p.m., the giant yellow box will be parked at the new location of Discovery Space at 1224 N. Atherton St., where people will have the chance to get in touch with interactive science experiments.
(Psst! If you want to combine activities, Discovery Space will have a booth at the Patton Township Children’s Fair, giving you a chance to get your science on there, too.)
Note: Location changed to consolidate with Patton Township Fair.
Careers on Wheels
The bigger the vehicles are, the more kids seem to love them.
From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, boys and girls who can’t get enough of hard-working equipment will have the chance to get up close and personal with it.
Emergency vehicles, construction equipment and more will be on hand for exploration, and if that’s not enough, Sesame Street’s Elmo and some other characters will be around, too.
If Mom and Dad are hoping for something more in their wheelhouse, the event will also feature arts and crafts booths.
Admission is free, but canned goods are being collected for area food banks.
Family Discovery Day
If bugs aren’t quite your thing, but butterflies are, the Bellefonte Community Garden might be the place for you.
The autumn Family Discovery Day from 10 a.m. to noon celebrates the monarch butterflies’ fall migration.
The community garden is partnering with Penn State’s master gardeners, Bellefonte Garden Club and the Centre County Library.