Thursday, October 8, 2015

10 fun things to do away from camp


Unlike Kevin Kolb and the rest of the Eagles, who will sweat their way through Eagles training camp at Lehigh University, fans can take a day off and explore the region with plenty of fun events for the whole family. Here are 10 suggestions for fun away from the scrimmage field:

1. Watch a show. The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley, will stage Robin Hood through Aug. 7. Meet the cast after every performance for pictures and autographs. Performances are 10 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday with additional shows at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29 and July 6 and 20; additional 2 p.m. matinees are July 29 and Aug. 3 and 5. Ticket prices: seating is general admission; Adults are $15, and children (12 & under) are $11. Labuda Center

2. Drink in some history. Roll Out the Barrel: Bethlehem Brews History, an exhibit at the 1810 Goundie House, home of Bethlehem's renowned brewer, John Sebastian Goundie, through Aug. 8. Learn all about beer and brewing in Bethlehem from its earliest days to the present. Take a moment to absorb the sights and sounds of a late 1800s saloon. See old and new brewing equipment and discover how it is used.

3. Check out cool cars. Das Awkscht Fescht, one of the country's largest antiques and classic car shows, will be held Aug. 6-8 at Macungie Memorial Park. Gates open at 6 a.m. for walk-in visitors. Show cars enter the fields after 7:30 a.m. Flea market goes through dusk, and arts & crafts vendors are open until 9 p.m. Entertainment goes until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Fireworks are on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Admission: $7 for adults, $2 for age 15 and under. This year's featured car is the T-Bird.

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4. Watch some future Phillies. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, have a four-game home stand against the Gwinnett Braves on Aug. 5-8. The Iron Pigs also play games against the Buffalo Bison and the Pawtucket Red Sox during Eagles camp. They play at Coca Cola Park, 1050 Ironpigs Way, Allentown. Check out the schedule at

5. Hear some of the best drum corps music in the nation. The Drum Corps International's Eastern Classic will feature 11 performing corps in competition on Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at J. Birney Crum Stadium, Linden Street, Allentown.
6. Watch the bikes zoom. Tandemonium: USA Cycling National Tandem Championship rides into the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, 1151 Mosser Road, Breinigsville, on Friday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Make it a family night. Bring the kids, grab dinner at the Breakaway Cafe, and enjoy the festivities in the Plaza. Happy hour starts at 5:30 p.m.

7. Watch a tomahawk throw. The Roasting Ears of Corn Festival will celebrate American Indian culture on Aug. 21-22 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown. This two-day event spotlights performances by award-winning drum and dance group, Silver Cloud Singers; storytelling by Vicky Schenandoah; and Aztec fire dancing by the Salinas Family of Mexico City. Other activities include tomahawk and atlatl throwing, and a children's hand-on craft area where children can experience making drums to playing games.

8. Experience Musikfest, a 10-day music festival in Bethlehem showcasing a spectrum of musical styles. From Aug. 6-15. For a lineup of performers, go to

9.  Ride your bike ... at the Liberty Mutual Bike Rodeo and Kids ID Kit Giveaway on Aug. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Da Vinci Science Center, 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, in Allentown. Boys and girls ages 12 and under can bring their bikes and helmets to the Da Vinci Science Center for this Liberty Mutual Summer Stage Series program. Children will have their bikes checked for safety and test their skills on the bike rodeo course. Each child must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults will receive a valuable children’s identification kit. Refreshments and exciting raffle prizes also will be given. Bike Rodeo is included with paid Center admission, and children must bring their own bikes and helmets. Da Vinci Science Center admission is $11.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 4-12, seniors ages 62+, and military/veteran. Toddlers ages 3 and under always are admitted free.

10. Sit at the table. Play table games - craps, baccarat, roulette and more - at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, on the site of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Restaurants include Emeril's Chop House, St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery and The Market Gourmet Express.

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