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Family Fun

Looking for family fun? Rain or shine, Ithaca is the place to be!

As the world's first community-built science museum, the Sciencenter features over 250 hands-on exhibits indoors and out, sure to engage and delight visitors of all ages. Explore the ever-changing traveling exhibition galleries, get your hands wet in the regions' only marine animal touch tank, play a round of Galaxy Golf (seasonal) or explore the solar system on the outdoor Sagan Planet Walk. The Sciencenter is open 7 days a week during July & August and closed Mondays the rest of the year.

Hungry after all that fun, visit nearby Ithaca Bakery for a snack or meal located on Route 13.

Next, visit The Ithaca Commons, where younger children will enjoy Alphabet Soup. Also visit Cat's Pajamas located in Dewitt Mall just off The Commons. These local children's stores feature fun educational toys and cool kids' clothes.

Looking for a good story? All the bookstores in the downtown area have expansive children's sections as well as something for Mom and Dad. Stop by the Tompkins County Public Library for storytelling hour or to check out a book or video.

Then head north on Route 96 to the Museum of the Earth at PRI, where the Earth comes to life and history begins. Be prepared to step back in time to see the Hyde Park Mastodon and the skeleton of Right Whale #2030. This extraordinary, world-class museum offers award-winning architecture, the 500-foot art mural, Rock of Ages, Sands of Time, hands-on experiences like working with fossils at the Discovery Stations, and a unique gift shop.

Does your family enjoy ice cream? If so, we have several local ice cream shops. Purity Ice Cream offers all home-made products made from fresh milk delivered to their store three times a week. Or, if you are near Cornell University, visit the Cornell Dairy Bar located on the corner of Tower Road & Wing Road in Stocking Hall.