October 8


Things to Do in Marion County For Kids (or the Kid-at-Heart)

School is in full swing and some days there is not a free minute in the schedule, but occasionally you hear “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!”

That’s when you need a plan of action.  But do you find yourself having a hard time coming up with fun area activities? Never fear, we’re got the answers.

In fact, we’ll help you give your kids something to brag about when their friends ask, “What did you do over the weekend?”

Get Active

Valley Worlds of Fun boasts both indoor and outdoor activities.  From bowling, laser tag and bumper cars to a rock climbing wall, valley free fall to a sky glider, kids of all ages will have the time of their life.  What better way to burn off all that energy?

Valley Worlds of Fun also offers great party packages.  Just think, you don’t have to clean your house before OR after the party!

Open through October, Coal Country Miniature Golf and Batting Cages provides fun while giving kids a glimpse into the life of the coal mines.  Each miniature golf hole highlights a piece of equipment or aspect of a coal mine. In addition, there is a mining museum that also gives kids a peek into the life of a miner.  The can even see what it is like to shovel a ton of coal. What a good way to get them primed for snow shoveling.

Kids can also practice their swing using their automatic feed batting cages. They have baseball or softball in a variety of speeds. You can bring your own equipment or use theirs.  Call and ask about setting up a practice for your child’s team or just rent a machine for their friends!

A Different Kind of Golf

Carry on that competitiveness at the Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Course. Located at Morris Park, this course includes two 18-hole premier disc golf courses.  Kids can play as a team or as individuals.  You’ll have to bring your own discs as there are none available on site.  Not sure how to play? Rules are easy and you can review them before heading out.

Hit The Water

For the young fishermen of the family, the Marion County Youth Fishing Park, located about a half mile past the BMX Park, is a great fishing opportunity for all the children in your life.  The pond is situated so that it is easy access for those little ones. The park is owned and operated by the Marion County Commission and is open to the public each year from March 1 to October 31. The pond is stocked regularly with bass, hybrid bluegill and catfish.

Kick it Old School

Take a step back in time (before the Wii) and move to the music at Skate-A-Way.  Now when is the last time you did the hokey-pokey – on skates? Have the kids ever even been in a roller rink? Skates and rollerblades are available to rent, or you can bring your own. Skate-A-Way is also a great party destination.

Get Dressed Up

If you are looking for something to do between adventures, stop by The Illusive Skull Costume Castle.  This is one store where imaginations can run wild.  They offer hundreds of costume rentals as well as retail merchandise for every occasion. And with Halloween just around the corner, you’ll have a blast checking out the costumes and coming up with a creative disguise this year.

Ah, to be a kid again! Where else do you take kids for fun in Marion County?