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Kids´ Recreation
In Our Area

 
Misc. Sports  Horseback Riding  Misc. Activities  Party Places
 
Introduction
Since this web site went on-line, I have been asked numerous times for suggestions as to where children can participate in recreational activities, and also where parents can hold birthday parties for their young children. I, in turn, have asked visitors to this site to send me recommendations. I have accumulated a few answers to these questions and have finally gotten around to posting a page of the information. I cannot recommend these facilities from personal experience, but many are on this list because they were recommended by Township residents. I welcome additional entries and additional information on the entries already listed.
Announcements
"Starting Forever" has been added under "Party Places". Springton Manor Farm has been added under "Misc. Activities". "BounceU" has been added under "Misc. Activities".

 
Miscellaneous Sports
SoccerThe Phoenixville and Malvern areas offer a variety of organized sports activities. Two that use the Township Park behind the Valley Forge Christian College are listed below.
Fast Flicks
Located in Malvern, Fast Flicks is a developmental league for girls in grades 1 through 8 focusing on basic field hockey skills. All games are intramural. Players are responsible for providing their own stick, shin guards and mouth guards. Cleats are recommended. Go to http://www.fastflicks.org/ for more information.
 
Grand Slam USA
Located on Rt. 30 (near Friendly's), this indoor facility has baseball private and group instructional programs including full size batting cages and pitching mounds. They also have basketball instruction. Click here for more information.
 
Great Valley Little League (includes other baseball programs)
Open to residents of Charlestown, East Whiteland and East Goshen townships only. Offers T-Ball (5-6 yrs), Little League (7-12), Junior and Senior Softball (13-15), Junior and Senior Baseball (13-16), Big League Baseball (16-18). Registration for 2003 closes Feb 14. For newsletter and 2003 sign-up forms, write GVLL, 110 Shandon Place, Malvern, PA 19355 or call 610-644-7302 or email GreatValleyLL@aol.com.
 
Great Valley Basketball League
Located on Bacton Hill Road with year around girls and boys basketball offerings. Check them out at http://www.gvbl.org/.
 
Aerials Fit N' Fun Gymnastics Center
Located at Valley Forge Mall (Rt. 23 [Nutt Rd] and Township Line Rd, Phoenixville, Aerials features child sized equipment and an emphasis on FUN while learning and becoming fit and skilled. They also host birthday parties, team activities and summer camp. The Aerials website is here. (610) 983-9044
 
Pancott Gymnastic Center
This is a very well established gymnastics center that has been in our area for over 25 years. They have several facilities including a nearby one at 284 Lancaster Avenue in Frazer between Cafe LeGrande restaurant and the Saab dealer. Pancott has gymnastic programs from pre-school through advanced. The Pancott website is here. (610) 647-9847
 
Phoenixville Area Soccer Club
PASC was organized in 1961 and has extensive Soccer programs for boys and girls. Practice and many games are at Charlestown Park. Click here to learn about their programs.
 
Phoenixville Marian Youth Club
PMYC was organized in 1956 and has extensive Midget Football and Girls Field Hockey programs as well as Basketball and Lacrosse. Practice and many games are at Charlestown Park. Click here to learn about their programs and for contact information.
 
Play-a-Round Golf
Play-a-Round Golf is a year-around indoor golf facility on Route 30 in Malvern. Created for every skill level, gender and age group, their climate-controlled, state-of-the-art, 13,000 square foot indoor complex features PGA and LPGA-certified golf instructors. Their website is http://www.playaroundgolf.net/, (610) 725-9155.
 
United Sports Training Center
This new facility in Downingtown offers an incredible array of sports camps and leagues in soccer, lacross, inline hockey, basketball, field hockey, football, volleyball, day camps, pee-wee activities, fitness and dance. Click here to view their comprehensive web site.
 
Horseback Riding
These services range from boarding your own horse to riding lessons on your´s or the facility´s horses.
Fox Run Farm
Charlestown Township  610-827-1203
 
Marsh Creek Stables
(610) 458-8447
 
Piece of Paradise Farm
Creek Road, Phoenixville   610-945-8579
 
Reinbow's End
Green Lane, Charlestown Township   610-827-5050
 
Valley Hill Farm
Valley Hill Road, Charlestown Township   610-644-0675
 
Misc. Activities
Monkey Bars(See Party Places below as well as this section.) There are a variety of summer camps and short programs available to our children (and grandchildren).
The Abby Sanctuary
From Nancy Baldwin - "We had a lovely afternoon there last Monday with my grandchild and highly recommend the Sanctuary as a place to take your child. A wonderful place right in our backyard off Byers Road!". From the Abby's web site - "The Abby Sanctuary at Eagles' Crest Farm is located in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 2001 to provide a safe, clean, happy and loving lifetime home for unwanted animals. The Sanctuary is named after our first rescue animal, a cat we named Abby. The 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization was inspired by our family of cats and other adopted animals. It has grown to include alpacas, ponies, dogs, sheep, pigs, roosters, chickens, pheasants and goats." For more information and directions, click here.
 
BounceU
Located in Exton, Bounce U has many giant inflatable structures available in a safe and comfortable indoor environment. They host parties which are held in a private space so you do not have to share facilities with other visitors to the facility. For more information and directions, click here.
 
Bricks 4 Kids    New!
Bricks 4 Kidz is a creative learning program that teaches elementary school aged kids principles of science, technology, engineering, math and more using LEGO components. Our programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games and have loads of fun using LEGO bricks. Click here for more information.
 
Charlestown Elementary School Playground
If you're a grandparent and have young grandchildren visiting, the playground at Charlestown Elementary School is a wonderful place to let them burn up some energy and have a great time on the swings, slides and ball field.
 
Charlestown Play House
Miss Betty's Charlestown Play House is a legend in our Township, and it includes a summer camp program in addition to its "school" programs. For more information, click here.
 
Chester County Library
The Chester County Library's large Exton facility has many on-going and one-time programs for children, starting with 12-23 month old toddlers. To see the Library's event calendar, click here, for information on a large number of children activities check the library's Youth Services Website.
 
Cub Scouting
Cub Scouting wants you! Now is the time to join the fun and excitement of America's foremost youth program for boys-Cub Scouting. A sign-up night for boys ages 7 to 10 will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 29 at Charlestown Elementary School. Click here for more information about the Charlestown pack. Click here for the national cub scouting website.
 
Feet First Dance Studio
This dance studio has been in the Phoenixville area for over 20 years, and provides classes in creative movement, modern, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and dance composition to students aged 3 through adult. Click here for more information.
 
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley was chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA in 1964 to provide the Girl Scout Program to girls ages 5-17 in Bucks, Chester, and parts of Montgomery Counties. Click here for more information.
 
Great Valley Nature Center
GVNC has a wide variety of activities for children, including classes, field trips and other nature oriented activities. GVNC programs reach over 30,000 school children a year. Click here for more information.
 
Inspiration to Movement
Inspiration to Movement in Phoenixville offers classes in children's classical ballet as well as Pilates private and semi-private lessons and Mat and Towel and Floor classes. Registration beginning in February 2005 for 5 week summer ballet program for ages 3 - 10. Space is limited as class size is small for all to get individualized attention. Inspiration to Movement is located at 1041 W. Bridge St., Suite 7A, in Phoenixville. Call to have information sent or to schedule an appointment 610-933-6549. Click here for more information.
 
Rock Music Summer Camp  New!
Located on Kimberton Road, not far into West Pikeland Twp from Charlestown, this is a fabulous 1 week music camp which is repeated several times each summer. Campers are divided into groups and each group creates a quite sophisticated music video during the week. Held on a beautiful farm with non-music activities including swimming, my granddaughter is anxious to go back next year. Click here for more information.
 
Springton Manor Farm
Located in Glenmoore, 300 acre Springton Manor Farm is officially a County Park and features many agricultural exhibits, a farm tour, butterfly house, and manor house. Click here for more information and reservations for many activities.
 
Kid´s Party Places
PartyGood facilities for children's parties come and go in our area. If you know of a good place to hold parties for young children that is not on our list, please let me know and I'll add it here.
The Abby Sanctuary
From Nancy Baldwin - "We had a lovely afternoon there last Monday with my grandchild and highly recommend the Sanctuary as a place to take your child. A wonderful place right in our backyard off Byers Road!". From the Abby's web site - "The Abby Sanctuary at Eagles' Crest Farm is located in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 2001 to provide a safe, clean, happy and loving lifetime home for unwanted animals. The Sanctuary is named after our first rescue animal, a cat we named Abby. The 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization was inspired by our family of cats and other adopted animals. It has grown to include alpacas, ponies, dogs, sheep, pigs, roosters, chickens, pheasants and goats." For more information and directions, click here.
 
Aerials Fit N' Fun Gymnastics Center
Located at Valley Forge Mall (Rt. 23 [Nutt Rd] and Township Line Rd, Phoenixville, Aerials features child sized equipment and an emphasis on FUN while learning and becoming fit and skilled. They also host birthday parties, team activities and summer camp. The Aerials website is here. (610) 983-9044
 
Colonial Theatre
The historic Colonial Theatre on Bridge Street in Phoenixville offers a Saturday afternoon Kids Program. Typical entertainment includes movies, puppets, and theater groups. For more information, click here and then click "Kids Events" at the bottom of the page.
 
IMAX Theater, King of Prussia
Located adjacent to the northwest side of King of Prussia Plaza, they feature an IMAX movie and a designated area for a party and your child's photo on the screen. Call (610) 290-1376 for details.
 
Grand Slam USA
Located indoor on Rt. 30 (near Friendly's), they have party programs, 60+ arcade games, air hockey, rock climb, tube maze with ball pits, Dumbo amusement ride, train ride, 1/2 scale bowling, half court basketball, Laser Tag, and several full size indoor batting cages and offer baseball and basketball instruction. (Bring $$.) Click here for more information.
 
Great Valley Nature Center
From a resident - "The Great Valley Nature Center can do a party. They have space in the upper level of the barn and they will do a program for the children while the moms set up the table. They have a variety of programs to choose from that would interest children. Maybe your son likes snakes and I think that they have a program on snakes and they have snakes on display to show you." Click here for more information.
 
Noah's Ark Animal Workshops
Judi Thompson will come to your child's birthday party and bring animals, stuffing, a wishing star, birth certificates, take home bags that can be decorated, and other activities. Your birthday child and guests can make their own stuffed animals. Judi can be reached at 610-970-0749 or at Judizoo@comcast.net.
 
Markies
Located in on Rt. 23, west of Phoenixville, across from the Burger King, Markies features a sophisticated Miniature Golf facility as well as Markies Clayground. They have several party packages, including Ceramic Parties.
 
Milky Way Farm
Recommended by one of our residents, Milky Way Farm is located on Rt. 113 in Lionville/Chester Springs, on the west side of 113 as you approach the PA Turnpike bridge. They have a very informative website. (610) 827-1484.
 
Pancott Gymnastic Center
Located on Route 30 in Frazer between Cafe LeGrande restaurant and the Saab dealer and has party facilities and programs. (610) 647-9847. Click here for more information.
 
Patches Imagination Playzone   New!
This is a new facility located in the Exton Mall. They host parties for everyone from "crawlers to tweens". Click here to learn about their programs and click their "Locations" link for contact information.
 
Phoenxville Lanes
Located on Route 23, just west of Phoenixville, offers Bowling, Party Room, Game Room w/ Video Games and Pool Tables. (610) 935-7272
 
Starting Forever
Located in the historic Zook House by the Exton Mall, Starting Forever does birthday parties and also has other programs for children such as KidszArt classes. Click here for more information.
 
Waltz Golf Farm
While this is a bit of a hike, our grandchildren really like their two large and challenging miniature golf courses. Waltz also has a 9 hole chip and putt course, driving range and batting cages. Click here for directions and more information.
 

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