Frugal Family Activities — Lehigh Valley

If you are lucky enough to live in the Lehigh Valley, here are some frugal indoor family activities you can enjoy for $5 or less!

  1. Allentown Art Museum — On Sundays admission is free to the Allentown Art Museum, and the kids can enjoy Artventures.
  2. Lowe’s/Home Depot Workshops —  The first Saturday of the month is Home Depot’s Kids Workshops, and Lowe’s features kids clinics every other week.  The kids get a little apron, and a small wooden project to put together, and a certificate of completion.  It’s free!
  3. Bounce U — Purchase a Bounce Pass for $25 and it is good for 5 bounce sessions.  Just $5 per session. 
  4. Emmaus Movie Theatre — A second-run movie theatre in downtown Emmaus.  Matinees are just $3.00.
  5. Farmers Market —  The Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market is an Allentown favorite.
  6. Roller Skating —  Try Skateaway Roller Rink in Bethlehem.  Admission is just $5 for Saturday or Sunday night.
  7. Bowling —  In general, bowling is very affordable.  Try the Emmaus Bowling Center.
  8. Coffee at the Perk —  You can enjoy some terrific coffee at The Perk on Main in Emmaus, and treat the kids to some tasty desserts.
  9. Hershey’s Chocolate World —  Take a day trip to Hershey and experience Hershey’s Chocolate World.  Admission is free, and you get a free chocolate bar at the end of the tour.
  10. Lower Macungie Community Center — Upcoming events include Pictures with Santa (2 photos for $10), free movie night, free open gym, and free drop-by storytime. 
  11. Promenade Shops in Saucon Valley — One of our favorite things to do is to stop in for storytime at Barnes & Noble.  The kids usually do a small coloring or craft project afterwards.  Instead of going to the cafe at the bookstore, we head over to Fresh Market where Emily gets a free cookie at the bakery section, and I get a free sample of coffee!
Do you have a frugal indoor activity that I forgot to mention?  Leave a comment and tell us about it!


  1. The Joys... says

    Thanks so much, I know this is an older post but WOW! Aesome! Looking for more to do with my littles

    Our favorites:
    1.Summer time at the Shoppes: "Splash Park" by the Starbucks. Be sure to wear water-safe shoes: required! It was a big bummer they turned the fountains off one time becuase kids weren't wearing shoes.
    2. Trexler Park (off Cedar Crest/Springhouse) hidden treasure! My girls love to watch the ducks and the 1.25-1.5mile trail is perfect for my oldest to walk and wear her out. Great big open fields for them to run and run in. With enough shade for the really warm days. Also the bathrooms are always kept so clean and pleasant.
    3. Lockridge Park in Alburtis. A nice woodsy path with ruins of the old factory: great for climbing. And bluebells in the first or second week of April.

  2. The Joys... says

    Oh I also wanted to add Wegman's is a fun thing. Sometimes I take the kids for a "mommy date" there. We each get a donut and some thing to share as a drink and it's usually only $4 or $5 total.