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Fun place to take kids: Reading, PA

PattiCakes Aug 25, 2008 01:25 PM

I want to take my DIL and young grands out on Saturday; they live in Sinking Spring. Any suggestions for a something fun? No, not Chuckie Cheese.

  1. Chefmonty Aug 26, 2008 10:14 AM

    I haven't been up there in a while, but the use to be a place called The Works in Wyomissing near Vanity Fair. It is alot like Dave & Busters with many arcade games and the food is pretty good as well.


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    1. re: Chefmonty
      phdfoodie Aug 28, 2008 11:21 AM

      The Works has really cut back on kids' games and it can be very smoky. PB is a good idea if you care about the food and having a reasonable dining experience. We occaisionally go to the Mongolian BBQ place at the Fairgrounds Mall. The food is pretty horrible (except for the salt-and-pepper shrimp, believe it or not), but they have a huge buffet with everything from Asian to PA Dutch, and there is a place in the Mall with huge Moon bounces and slides that is not usually too crowded. My 5 yo, who has been everywhere from Judy's on Cherry to the new sushi place in Kutztown, considers it a major treat!

      1. re: phdfoodie
        PattiCakes Aug 28, 2008 12:26 PM

        Sounds like a plan. I will consult with my DIL:, who has probably been looking for places as well, and suggest the Mall. I think she'l already come up with the PB. My Granddaughter is great, but my 1 1/2 yr old grandson is ALL action ALL the time and can be a PIA at any place that requires being seated for more than 10 minutes. Maybe we can moonbounce him into a stupor before we eat.

        1. re: PattiCakes
          PattiCakes Sep 2, 2008 07:28 AM

          For any who are interested, we never went out at all. DIL and grandson were sick, so I took chicken soup, tea & honey, animal crackers and finger puppets. A good time was had by all.

          1. re: PattiCakes
            katiedid31 Sep 2, 2008 01:25 PM

            I'm glad to hear you had a good time--hope your grandson and DIL are feeling better!

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      katiedid31 Aug 25, 2008 03:03 PM

      I'm not sure how old your grandkids are, but when I was little I loved going to the Peanut Bar downtown. The food is pretty good and there is a lot of fun to be had in being allowed to throw the shells on the floor.

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      1. re: katiedid31
        PattiCakes Aug 26, 2008 05:22 AM

        That's a great suggestion, but they might be a little young. G'daughter is 2.5 and g'son is 1.5.

        1. re: PattiCakes
          pamd Aug 26, 2008 09:41 AM

          We took our 3 & 1 yo there & they loved it. They also gave them wood train whistles at the end of the meal. It's very kid friendly as long as the kids don't have nut allergies!

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