We've listed some resources and local events for parents and kids in Newtown, Washington Crossing, Yardley, Richboro and surrounding communities.
Mercer Museum - Doylestown
The Mercer Museum is one of the strangest museums one will encounter. It was constructed by Henry C. Mercer in 1916 to house his collection of nearly 30,000 pre-industrial revolution tools and artifacts. Its irregular six stories and towers are centered around a central rotunda of sorts, the whole being an early example of reinforced concrete construction. The first impression one gets is of grandma's attic gone crazy and there is an obligatory gasp for first time visitors. There is, however, a definite order to the place with objects associated with specific crafts being placed in glazed alcoves.
While small children may be initially excited by the spookiness of the place, adults and children of all ages will also enjoy a visit. A practical route for visitors is to take the elevator to the highest floor (hearse, gallows, and cast iron stoves) and work your way down. It is always fun to pause on a balcony and watch the shocked expressions of arriving visitors. Be on the lookout for the footprints of Rollo (Mercer's dog) on one stairway. The Mercer Museum is operated by the Bucks County Historical Society whose library is also located here. The Museum is part of the "Mercer Mile" which includes Fonthill, Mercer's concrete home with tile encrusted interiors, and his adjoining Moravian Tile Works.
The Mercer Museum is unheated and formerly closed in colder months. Winter visitors should dress warmly.
Sleepy Hollow Hay Rides
The fun begins when the sun goes down. We have three attractions guaranteed to get your
heart pounding! Ride the one and only SLEEPY HOLLOW HAUNTED HAYRIDE in PA & NJ, pay a visit to the HAUNTED HOUSE in the HOLLOW(also the best haunted house in PA & NJ), and dare to venture into our FIELD OF FRIGHT. For those who survive there is live entertainment and refreshments up by the bonfires. A perfect place to celebrate the Halloween Season with family and friends.
Tyler State Park
Tyler State Park consists of 1,711 acres in Bucks County. Park roads, trails, and facilities are carefully nestled within the original farm and woodland setting. Neshaminy Creek meanders through the park, dividing the land into several interesting sections.
Reservable Picnic Groves - Call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS for information, pricing and reservations.
Before becoming a state park, the land was owned by Mr. and Mrs. George F. Tyler who purchased the land between 1919 and 1928. Their first purchase was the Solly Farm, currently leased to Hostelling International at the north end of the park. The Solly House served as the Tyler’s country home until the mansion was constructed. The mansion is now a part of the Bucks County Community College. The Tylers developed one of the finest Ayrshire dairy herds in the county. In addition, they raised poultry, sheep and pigs, and had a stable of about 25 fine riding horses. The productive croplands were mainly used to supply feed for the livestock. Old original stone dwellings in the park stand as fine examples of early farm dwellings of rural Pennsylvania. Some structures date back to the early 1700s. The park land was acquired by Project 70 funding and has been developed using funds from Project 500, the Pennsylvania “Land and Water Conservation and Reclamation Act.” This act has provided for the planning and development of many public outdoor recreation lands including Tyler State Park. The park officially opened on May 25, 1974.